Firm Profile > CETINKAYA > Istanbul, Turkey


Turkey > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Newly-formed firm CETINKAYA provides a partner-led service covering criminal defence, employment and commercial litigation, mediation and other ADR. The team also has experience in international arbitration. Headed by Orçun Çetinkaya, the 'dynamic and responsive team' has won praise from clients for its performance in and out of court. Torehan Buyuksoy and Bentley Yaffe also play key roles in a wide range of cases.

Practice head(s):

Orçun Çetinkaya

Other key lawyers:

Torehan Buyuksoy; Bentley Yaffe


Dynamic and responsive team, quick to grasp commercial imperatives.

We work with Cetinkaya for tax and professional negligence disputes. They are the best. Their partners are real court advocates.

They work with us closely, monitor our operations and provide recommendations to prevent disputes. This is a uniqe approach. It helped us avoid many disputes. Also they are very active at pre-litigation stage. They negotiate very hard and helped us very good settlement under difficult circumstances.

They have a massive network of International lawyers and experts which tremendously helped us in the case. Also they are very fast and assertive when it comes to injunctions. They secured the injunction we need in about a week which helped us secure our receivables.

Exceptional availability from partner at outset (out of hours), great client care, brilliant grasp of key issues, follow through on plan and achievement of results, transparent billing. All in all an exceptional service. Would highly recommend.

Turkey > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Since its formation in 2020, CETINKAYA has established itself in the real estate space, quickly developing a client portfolio of foreign real estate investors. The team advises clients on leasing and portfolio acquisitions, many of which involving cross-border elements, as well as working with Turkish developers on overseas construction projects. The real estate team is led by Orçun Çetinkaya.

Practice head(s):

Orçun Çetinkaya


We rely on Cetinkaya for international construction law contracts and disputes. They know our industry as much as a civil engineer, and their partners are always available.’

Orçun Çetinkaya is leader in construction law. He is great in negotiations and formidable in court proceedings.

The Cetinkaya team knows the Turkish construction industry inside out and are becoming a go-to for clients who have claims in international construction arbitration as well as contractors bringing investor state claims.

Turkey > Employment Tier 4

CETINKAYA has attracted a number of notable clients since its recent formation, already advising a number of major international brands and businesses on Turkish employment issues. The team provides continuous advice on issues such as contracts and internal policies, as well as representing in termination proceedings and other contentious matters, including a recent focus on COVID-19 measures. Altug Ozgun  heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Compliance, Employment, Privacy & Data Protection Altug Ozgun +90 212 351 3140
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Ural Ozbek +90 212 351 3140
Intellectual Property, Corporate & Commercial Ozgur Altintas +90 212 351 3140
Corporate & Commercial, Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lale Defne Mete +90 212 351 3140
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Ozgur Altintas  photo Ms Ozgur Altintas Partner, Corporate & Commercial, Energy and Intellectual Property
Mr Orçun Çetinkaya photo Mr Orçun Çetinkaya Partner and Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Mr Ural Ozbek  photo Mr Ural Ozbek Partner and Head of German Desk
Mr Altug Ozgun  photo Mr Altug Ozgun Partner and Head of Compliance & Business Ethics
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