CETINKAYA > Istanbul, Turkey > Firm Profile


Turkey > Employment Tier 4

Altug Ozgun heads the practice at CETINKAYA, which handles employment relations, recruitment and termination of employment contracts, day-to-day HR issues and negotiations with trade unions. Senior associate Ozgur Yasasin is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Altug Ozgun

Other key lawyers:


They are a very good team. Responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘They work with our HR team closely and have changed the way we work. We are very pleased with the level of service.’

Altug Ozgun- He is a true leader in employment. His in-house experience definitely makes him understand our environment better than other practitioners. His compliance knowledge and grasp helps us avoid employment and hr problems.

Ozgur Yasasin is a star. He helped us avoid and solve serious employment cases. His academic style and advocacy skills make him unique.’

We are extremely satisfied with the service that we have received since the first day we started working with CETİNKAYA. The legal advice given is extremely accurate and logical.’

Since we are extremely satisfied with our company, upon our recommendation our business partners working with us also started to work with Cetinkaya.’

Turkey > Dispute resolution Tier 5

Ural Ozbek heads the dispute resolution practice at CETINKAYA, which regularly acts for multinational companies in disputes in Turkey, as well as Turkish clients in international disputes. The department has a solid track record in handling international arbitration mandates, tax disputes and construction lawsuits, insurance claims, and media-related litigation. Torehan Buyuksoy is another key name. Bentley Yaffe left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ural Ozbek

Other key lawyers:


All individuals are excellent, without exception.’

‘They are a great choice for big-ticket litigation.’

‘They are very competent in cross border litigation, very knowledgeable about foreign jurisdiction and high-level comparative law analysis.’

A focus on quality.

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A

CETINKAYA, which has a broad commercial and M&A practice, was established in early 2020.

Cetinkaya is a full-service law firm based in Istanbul servicing local and international clients. With extensive expertise in dispute resolution, white-collar crime, technology, data protection and IT, the team has a broad perspective with the commercial and technical understanding needed to help you meet the challenges of a fast-paced world. Cetinkaya takes pride in a clear and straightforward approach that helps you to navigate the legal framework of today’s intense regulatory environment. Guided by the entrepreneurial spirit and consistent high standards set by its founders, the team strives to forge close relationships, tailor effective solutions, and to help you meet your long-term business goals.

Areas of practice
Litigation and dispute resolution: Cetinkaya is a market leader advising in contentious matters. Regularly acting in high-value and precedent-setting cases, the team has successfully represented clients in disputes relating to construction, insurance, tax, media and a variety of employment and intellectual property matters in Istanbul and Turkey. Alongside numerous commercial litigation cases, Cetinkaya excels in domestic and international arbitration, representing clients in connection with commercial and investment arbitrations while maintaining a network of leading lawyers and specialists around the world. In recent years, the firm’s lawyers have been at the forefront of business human rights litigation, acting for clients internationally and in Turkey. The team also has comprehensive sectoral knowledge that gives an unparalleled insight into industries such as construction, infrastructure, textiles, and food manufacturers that frequently use alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods.

Corporate: Cetinkaya provides comprehensive, tailored legal advice, guiding clients’ business decisions and strategies in relation to legal, regulatory and compliance requirements in Turkey. Assisting through all stages of corporate development, across a broad range of sectors, the firm’s strength in regulated markets in Turkey and strong compliance practice ensures clients operate within local and international regulations, and soft laws. Cetinkaya has extensive risk prevention, crisis management, litigation and white-collar crime capabilities, successfully safeguarding a range of corporate clients against commercial risks in Turkey. Recent work highlights include the acquisition of a Turkish technology business by a Swedish company; ongoing guidance for a Turkish construction company’s international projects in countries such as the UK, Canada and Nigeria; and the restructuring of a software development company in Turkey.

Privacy and data protection: Cetinkaya understands that the global economy is increasingly driven by, and reliant upon data. Considerable data protection experience and in-depth understanding of many industries allows the firm’s lawyers to focus on the specific requirements of a business, providing a range of support such as designing and implementing compliance programs, evaluating data breaches and representation before the Turkish Data Protection Authority. Cetinkaya’s team tracks developments in data protection globally, in order to provide the most satisfactory long-term solutions, focusing on recommendations that integrate current requirements and anticipate future trends, such as privacy by design and cross-border data transfer considerations.

Compliance: Cetinkaya provides tailor-made compliance solutions supporting corporations in increasing customer confidence, controlling internal policies, building a solid reputation for stakeholders, and reducing legal and regulatory risks. From internal investigations and interviews, to speak up hotlines and pre-trial strategy, the team recognizes how to fight misconduct, design accurate risk assessments, and maintain strong company culture and organizational justice. Cetinkaya understands the global compliance environment and the regulatory regime in Turkey, and the requirements of extraterritorial legislation such as FCPA, UKBA, Loi Sapin II, Sanctions, UN Guiding Principles and etc. Recent client work includes monitoring, risk assessment and third-party due diligence for international clients.                                                                                                 

IP: Cetinkaya provides a comprehensive range of legal services for intellectual property owners in Turkey, including trademark owners from the food and beverage, entertainment, media, and technology sectors. Advising clients on matters relating to false advertising, unfair competition, trademark and trade dress issues, the firm protects clients in copyright infringement, injunctions, mediations, and settlements. With particular expertise in designer and architects’ rights and in-depth insight into the media and entertainment industry, Cetinkaya also regularly acts as counsel in trade secrets cases and internet-related disputes. Recent work highlights have included advising on copyright transfers for a foreign production taking place in Turkey.

Compliance, Employment, Privacy & Data Protection Altug Ozgunaltug.ozgun@cetinkaya.com+90 212 351 3140
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Ural Ozbekural.ozbek@cetinkaya.com+90 212 351 3140
Intellectual Property, Corporate & Commercial Ozgur Altintasozgur.altintas@cetinkaya.com+90 212 351 3140
Corporate & Commercial, Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lale Defne Metelale.defne@cetinkaya.com+90 212 351 3140
Ms Ozgur Altintas photo Ms Ozgur AltintasPartner, Corporate & Commercial
Mr Torehan Buyuksoy photo Mr Torehan BuyuksoyPartner
Ms Lale Defne Mete photo Ms Lale Defne MetePartner, Corporate & Commercial
Mr Ural Ozbek photo Mr Ural OzbekPartner and Head of German Desk
Mr Altug Ozgun photo Mr Altug OzgunPartner and Head of Compliance & Business Ethics and International Services
Ms Cansu Ak Yilmaz photo Ms Cansu Ak YilmazPartner, Corporate & Commercial
Partner : 6
Associate : 25
Istanbul Bar and Turkish Bar Association
LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration)
British-Turkish Lawyers Association
British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey
American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
Russian Arbitration Association
ABA (American Bar Association)
Society of Construction Law
CCI France Turquie
DEIK – Dış Ekonomik İlişkiler Kurulu Foreign Economic Relations Board

Our international services team help foreign businesses to successfully expand into Turkey and Turkish organizations to source and achieve new business operations overseas. We have a wealth of experience working with important stakeholders from a variety of jurisdictions, allowing us to provide prompt and seamless solutions for our clients.

We offer legal and compliance services to individuals and organizations investing in Turkey including licensing to trade, IP, litigation & dispute resolution, regulatory, compliance, and immigration. Our corporate services include contract management and mergers and acquisitions. We also advise on new market entry opportunities, go-to-market strategy and portfolio management among other services that enable businesses and investors to manage their risk and succeed in Turkey.

In addition, our Turkish clients that operate overseas enjoy the benefits of the many close relationships that we have forged with leading law firms and specialists in global jurisdictions such as the UK, USA, Canada, Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the EU. We assist our network of clients on a variety of issues that they may face when operating in new jurisdictions, including those relating to trade, government relations, compliance, corporate, tax, IP, licensing, employment, immigration and in disputes. We invest time in getting to know our partner firms to ensure that we provide clients with prompt and seamless business, legal and compliance services.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity, inclusion, and well-being is an important part of Cetinkaya’s culture and values. We support our colleagues and strive for the highest ethical culture within our organization through diversity and inclusion. We provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees and look to hire talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, regardless of age, sex, race, sexual orientation, or disability. More than 50% of our lawyers and 50% of our leadership team are female. We comply with all relevant Turkish legislation and regularly review internal policies, making updates when necessary to continue working towards a diverse culture within the firm. We strive to create a fair and rewarding place to work that looks to fulfil everyone’s potential and together achieve personal and business goals. We do all we can to treat people fairly and with mutual respect, whether they are colleagues, clients, suppliers, or those from the wider communities we engage with.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility and sustainability is at the core of how we operate as a business. Whether it be our team, clients, suppliers, or wider society there are always expectations on us to make the right choices in respect to how we conduct ourselves and our business operations. Inspired by our clients, our team, and our professional responsibility as lawyers, we strive to always do the right thing in every situation. Integrity is a key component of everything we do.

Cetinkaya will continuously look to improve the way it operates so that it acts responsibly. We achieve this by taking a holistic approach, towards a range of issues including our own actions towards climate change, human rights, anti-bribery and anti-corruption, responsible corporate governance, business ethics and our team’s health and wellbeing. We are always seeking ways in which we can reduce our own environmental impacts through energy and resource efficiency, waste prevention, sustainable travel, and supply chain engagement.

Pro Bono

Under our pro bono program which includes work carried out for non-governmental organizations in Turkey, we provide support mainly in the areas of compliance, employment law and general business advice.

For our support in compliance, we draft clarification texts in relation to personal data processing and provide training on local and international laws and processes that are relevant to our client’s operations.

In terms of labor law, we provide legal opinions and advice on all employment focused questions or processes our pro bono clients are facing and are on hand to provide advice relating to general business concerns and operations.