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Sayin Law & Consulting
Ayazaga Mahallesi, Azerbaycan Caddesi
Vadistanbul Bulvar 2A Blok K: 11 No: 84-85-86 Sariyer

Turkey > Energy Tier 4

Sayin Law & Consulting regularly assists both Turkish and global energy and petroleum companies with regulatory issues, licensing, M&A, and legal documentation, among other matters. Founding partner Murat Sayin has extensive experience advising on energy law. Sayin leads the team alongside İlhan Kul and Beril Atikyilmaz. Onur Pajo is a key contact within the practice for contentious mandates.

Practice head(s):

Murat Sayin; Ilhan Kul; Beril Atikyilmaz

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is excellent at communicating with its clients. You can always reach them, ask them your questions and receive answers.’

‘The firm possesses a strong and extensive team of professionals. Their solution-oriented approach greatly facilitates the easy resolution of challenges.’

‘The employees of Sayın Law Firm are highly successful, respectful, possess excellent communication skills, and are professionals in their field. They can assist you whenever you need their support and are capable of generating solutions to problems.’

‘Sayın Law & Consulting is particularly active in the area of energy law, and its associates are well-known for their expertise in it.’

‘Sayın Law & Consulting keeps up every regulation and innovation not only on oil and natural gas but also on sustainable energy resources.’

‘Murat Sayın has extensive experience in energy law and has worked with some of the biggest international businesses in the sector.’

‘İlhan Kul is a top-tier legal partner. He leads his team with skill and industry knowledge.’

‘Sayın Law & Consulting is extremely professional, quick, effective and solution focused.’

Key clients

Tp Petrol Dağitim A.Ş.

Güzel Enerji Akaryakit Dağitim A.Ş

Socar Turkey Petrol Enerji Dağitim Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Gediz Elektrik Perakende Satiş A.Ş.

Aydem Elektrik Perakende Satiş A.Ş.

İgdaş Gaz Dağitim A.Ş

Trakya Elektrik Dağitim A.Ş.

İstanbul Enerji Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Tayraş Baz Yağ Rafineri A.Ş.

State Oil Company Of Azerbaijan Republic

Best Gaz İnşaat Nakliye Sanayi Ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi

Minas Enerji Ve Teknoloji Çözümleri A.Ş.

Likitgaz Dağıtım ve Endüstri A.Ş.

Fox Petrolcülük A.Ş.

Energy House Enerji Yatırımları Anonim Şirketi

Work highlights

  • Advising on all aspects of the approx. USD 400m sale process of TP Petrol Dağıtım A.Ş., including the preparation and establishment of the data room, the drafting of NDAs and sales and purchase agreements and the execution of the closing procedures.

The firm: Founded by Murat Sayin, Sayin Law & Consulting is an Istanbul based (incorporated) full-service law firm offering high quality and solution oriented legal service in a professional business manner to corporations, individuals and investors operating across a broad range of industries.

Sayin Law & Consulting’s professional team consists of expert lawyers and support personnel, all of whom are experienced in their area, bilingual and have studied at recognized law schools in Turkey and/or abroad.

Sayin Law & Consulting’s young and dynamic team follows legal advancement and development day by day to provide the best legal service to its clients keeping them uptodate at all times.

Client focused service: Our professional team always works together with our clients by providing regular reports regarding the legal actions and executions; keeping them informed regarding all progress. We are aware that keeping our clients’ rights and claims safe, is top priority.

Best possible solution: Every legal need of a client is met with the best possible solution under the Sayin Law & Consulting’s roof. We achieve this by following the legal advancements and current situations of business life day to day and analyzing them for the most pragmatic and long-term solutions. Our team is connected with academic members, providing the most solid legal basis for the execution of our cases.

Top level secrecy: Every piece of information given to us by our clients is considered as a trade secret within our confidentiality policy. Our understanding of our professional work sees confidentiality obligation as a basis for client-lawyer interaction.

Full-time service: Our office provides every legal service a client needs under one roof. Legal advice regarding the risks encountered during business life, litigation services that are carried forward precisely and cautiously at every step, execution proceedings which are approached with great care to ensure that progress proceeds speedily and easily and also arbitration and negotiation services which are the future methods of settling disputes, are all provided under the roof of Sayin Law & Consulting.

Technology is a part of our work: Sayin Law & Consulting follows technological advancements daily, makes use of the best available software programs to track legal precedents accurately and has all the needed infrastructure for this purpose.

Fast and effective services throughout Turkey: Besides our main office in Istanbul, we have offices throughout Turkey. These include Ankara the capital; Izmir, the trade center of west and Antalya, the capital city of tourism. With offices all around Turkey, we provide the fastest and most effective solutions to our clients.

Energy law: The fact the energy term is an inseparable part of our lives is undeniable. Energy, by its nature, continues its dynamism, starting with fossil energy sources in the past and continuing with the change and development of renewable energy sources today. In line with the increasing need for energy every day, it is inevitable that the activities of the production, distribution, supply, storage, transmission and transmission of energy to the final consumer shall increase. In the face of the intensification of these activities and the increase in social importance, it was essential to organize these activities and to establish a system of regulation that would take care of the public interest by the state hand. In this context, in our country, as in other countries, ensuring that energy is delivered to consumers in the most advantageous way in a competitive environment is considered a duty to be performed by the hands of the social state. Energy, which has a significant value in terms of both social benefit and economic value due to its importance, is protected by both administrative and criminal sanctions within the framework of all kinds of laws.

In the market regulated by the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) in our country, the Petroleum Market Legislation, Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LPG) Market Legislation, Natural Gas Market Legislation and Electricity Market Legislation are the primary legislation determining the rights and obligations of the market stakeholders in the sector. At the same time, fuel station operators engaged in the sale of products that considered dangerous is also engaged by work safety and environmental legislation. In addition to this, as an employer, it is closely related to labour laws, law on the protection of the consumer and its underlying responsibilities within the scope of consumer regulations and as a trading company, it is closely related to commercial law, law on obligations and countless legislations.

Sayin Law & Consulting provides legal assistance and dispute resolution services to both domestic and foreign firms that are active in petroleum, LPG, natural gas, electricity, renewable energy and mining fields, regarding their projects that are either in Turkey or abroad. In this sense;

    • Providing legal advice and preventive legal services to firms who are active in petroleum, LPG, natural gas and electricity fields;
    • License applications, renewals, amendments and transfers on all subjects regarding the energy market; appealing, following and concluding permit processes;
    • Carrying out every procedure and resolving disputes that might come out during the procedures regarding the Energy Market Regulatory Authority; presenting pleas, following case processes regarding the cancellation of administrative fines;
    • Market tenders, buying-selling, trade and connection contracts, restructuring projects; coordinating the merger and demerger processes of energy companies and changing title and kind with regulatory authorities;
    • Following and settling disputes and proceedings by considering the market requirements, for clients that are active in the energy and mining fields; and establishing dealership relations with filling stations, preparing every contract required for the business and resolving disputes.
    • Establishing a dealership with fuel stations, preparing all kinds of contracts necessary in this regard and resolving any disputes that may arise,
    • Providing legal advice on financing energy projects,
    • Preparation, negotiation and execution of Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) for the joint ventures that domestic and / or foreign entrepreneurs want to establish,
    • Preparation, negotiation and execution of Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) by providing legal consultancy services for electricity market legislation,
    • Preparation, negotiation and execution of Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC)
    • Preparation of reports based on the acquisition, purchase or legal review of energy companies and / or energy facilities,

Service areas: Sayin Law & Consulting provides practical solutions to a diverse range of clients in all areas of law; particularly in energy law, international law and citizenship, information and technology law, commercial and corporate law, arbitration and negotiation processes, labor and social security law, litigation and execution and bankruptcy proceedings. Based upon our ambition to provide the best legal service to our clients; we evaluate all the alternatives that can come out during the judicial process and follow latest jurisdictional decisions of High Court daily.

Competition law: In Sayin Law & Consulting, with our lawyers who have master’s degrees on competition law field, any legal problem regarding competition law can find its solution. Legal processes and consulting services are provided with a professional understanding, mainly in the energy field, regarding non-compete agreements, abuse of dominant position, control of mergers and permission processes.

Commercial and corporate law: Our office mainly provides the following services regarding domestic and foreign corporate law:

  • Preparing commercial contracts and resolving disputes arising out of the contracts in question;
  • Founding and registration of commercial companies;
  • Securing and registering the titles and names of commercial companies;
  • Amending and registering the Articles of Association of the companies;
  • Carrying out the procedures regarding the General Assembly of the companies;
  • Capital increase and decrease of the companies;
  • Merger and acquisition and demerger of the companies; and
  • Providing legal assistance to prevent risks in advance.

Information and technology law: Sayin Law & Consulting offers the following services under the title of information and technology law:

  • Preparing, examining and editing software license contracts, maintenance and support contracts;
  • Securing copyrights regarding software;
  • Preparing contracts for buying, selling and trading domain names;
  • Identifying measures that needs to be taken for protection of personal data under the title of Information and Technology Law and the relevant regulations; and
  • Providing legal assistance for settling disputes within the scope of these subjects.

Arbitration and dispute solutions: Sayin Law & Consulting provides legal support to his foreigner clients regarding the recognition and enforcement of the foreign judgments. In addition, Sayın Law&Consulting also carries out domestic arbitration negotiations, follows arbitration cases at ICC and ICSID and provides mediation services to settle disputes pre-court.

Data protection: In today’s our modern world, the most valuable asset of societies has become “data”. The information society process, which continues exponentially with the spread of the internet, has brought with it many legal problems. As a result of this, it began to primarily damage fundamental rights and freedoms. Therefore, making legal regulations on the protection of personal data has become essential and one of the important reasons for making regulations is the increase of violations.

There was an amendment on Constitution, with the clause added to the Constitution, the ‘Right to Protect Personal Data’ has become a constitutional guarantee, and then on 24.03.2016 the Personal Data Protection Law No. 6698 (“KVKK”) and this right have been adopted by a special regulation and published in the Official Gazette on 07.04.2016. KVKK aims to prevent the violation of personal rights as a result of unlimited and irrelevant collection of personal data, access, disclosure or misuse of unauthorized persons.

Personal data and regulations that found their place in almost all areas also concerned commercial relations, and the sanctions imposed led to the formation of audit mechanisms. Therefore, taking measures in both legal and technical terms has become a necessity for the protection of personal data.

As Sayın Law & Consulting, our primary legal services in this field are:

  • Finalizing the Personal Data Protection Law compliance project in order to fulfill the required obligations within the scope of Personal Data Protection Law,
  • Complying with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR-Regulation), which stipulates additional regulations for the European Union,,
  • Preparing protocols for international data transfer and conducting compliance procedures with affiliated companies,
  • Preparation and / or revision of contracts in accordance with Personal Data Protection Law,
  • Providing in-company lectures for the relevant departments for Data Controllers,
  • Carrying out all Data Controllers Registry (“VERBIS) processes for companies that are obliged to register in VERBIS.

Transportation and logistics; We provide counseling and advocacy on resolving legal disputes to our clients who are providing services on land transport and logistics. Transportation and logistics sector has many actors such as, transporter companies, producer and shipper companies and warehouse companies. As Sayın Law & Consulting, we provide all these actors legal counsel on their legal disputes and track their execution files.

Primary services in this field:

  • Preventive advocacy services such as preparation and examination of the contracts Resolution of disputes arising during the transportation of goods
  • Legal services on consultancy, litigation and execution proceedings in case of loss, loss, damage
  • Providing consultancy and advocacy services to client companies in the transportation and logistics sectors
  • Resolution of disputes arising from CRM

Labour and social security law: Sayin Law & Consulting ensures that every procedure is carried out according to the regulations regarding labour law, as either a contractor or a sub-contractor, by providing the necessary legal consultation services to its clients and carry out all the proceedings arising out of a dispute.

In this regard the provided services are as follows:

  • Resolving disputes regarding reinstatement and receivable claims;
  • Operating the termination of labour contracts and dismissal of the employees, either by settlement agreements or proceeding necessary cases;
  • Keeping labour contracts up to date with current legislation changes; and
  • Holding legal records of important events, demanding defence statements from employees and preparing warning and termination notices.

Litigation and execution proceedings: Our office and its experienced team can get prompt results from both litigation and execution proceedings. We also provide legal consultation and follow up services regarding bankruptcy and arrangements of bankruptcy. In this regard provided services are as follows:

  • Running pre-court negotiations that are obligatory by legislation;
  • Following up execution proceedings and court cases from beginning to end;
  • Carrying out researches in order to locate the debtor’s assets, rights and claims;
  • Getting in contact with debtors to establish protocols regarding their debts and collecting our clients claims easily; and
  • Resolving disputes that might arise during all these procedures.

International law and citizenship: Sayin Law & Consulting contributes to Turkey’s international economic relationships by promoting both domestic and foreign business projects and investments ran by either public institutions or private-corporations.

We also provide legal support regarding Turkish law to our foreign clients; and help Turkish clients with their international commercial businesses with our international link of foreign law offices.

Sayin Law & Consulting’s experienced multilingual team also provide legal assistance to foreigners regarding the subjects such as becoming a Turkish citizen, buying real estates or investing in Turkey within the scope of Nationality Law. In addition, our office also provides legal services for acquiring Turkish citizenship, short and long term residence permits and work permits; represents foreign investors before Turkish entities and makes sure that they make use of the incentives that are available in Turkish legislation.

Department Name Email Telephone
Energy Law Murat Sayın +90 212 212 40 70
Competition Law Murat Sayın +90 212 212 40 70
Energy Law Ilhan Kul +90 212 212 40 70
Commercial and Corporate Law Onur Pajo +90 212 212 40 70
Mergers & Acquisitions Onur Pajo +90 212 212 40 70
Arbitration and Dispute Resolutions Beril Atikyılmaz +90 212 212 40 70
Energy Law Berrak Cantürk +90 212 212 40 70
Transportation and Logistics Elif Uzungüngör +90 212 212 40 70
Commercial and Corporate Law Ezgi Güzel Yüksel +90 212 212 40 70
Execution Proceedings Gizem Kara Yücel +90 212 212 40 70
Data Protection Hilal Olmez +90 212 212 40 70
Information and Technology Law Hilal Olmez +90 212 212 40 70
Commercial and Corporate Law Fatih Aslandağ +90 212 212 40 70
International Law and Citizenship Yusuf Eray Sayın +90 212 212 40 70
Partner : 4
Lawyer : 27
Union of Turkish Bar Associations
Istanbal Bar Association

We have always attached importance to being a poised and fair-minded law firm since our foundation. As SAYIN Law & Consulting family, we are so proud to state that far from many other firms operating in our sector. We have interoperated dynamic people who try to prove themselves. Moreover; SAYIN Law & Consulting is honored to be a diverse team, regardless of race, religion, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status and other status.

SAYIN Law & Consulting has a strict zero-tolerance policy on discrimination and prejudice and believes in equal access to legal services for all who need it. Therefore, we are committed to a pluralistic and inclusive worldview that values diversity and above all intercultural exchange of ideas. SAYIN Law & Consulting is highly and there are currently associates in the firm from a lot of countries.

We believe that diversity in hiring and promoting makes sense to both us and for our clients as part of good business.

In addition to all of these, SAYIN Law & Consulting always organizes sport activities, evening entertainment, parties, picnics, breakfast, dinner and thus makes the togetherness valuable. We know that this is inestimable to us. It makes us happy to see the benefits of these activities for our team day by day. We continue these activities by adding new ones every day. In this direction, SAYIN Law & Consulting works with a corporate Human Resources company and necessary improvements are made in our law firm in line with the feedback of our team. In this way, it ensures that our team works efficiently in the best conditions and ensures that the positive results of this situation are reflected for our customers.

Another important issue for us is that we frequently meet and exchange opinions with law school students, who are the future of Turkish law. Afterwards, we find the opportunity to work with these students who want to join us. Coming together with these students and finding the opportunity to work with them makes a great contribution to us. Most especially, we are happy to witness the expectations of these students and the business life they dream of throughout their education life. In addition, with our energy law bulletin, which we regularly publish in the field of Energy Law, we inform the companies in the sector about the current legal legislation regarding their business fields.

With our technology and competence, we have the chance to provide a healthy legal service to our clients anytime and anywhere.

On the other hand, we regularly communicate with our clients and conduct surveys regarding their satisfaction with us. We are always trying to improve ourselves to do our best according to their opinions, recommendations and survey results.

As a result of these opinions and recommendations by our clients; SAYIN Law & Consulting’s young and dynamic team follows legal advancements and developments day by day to provide the best legal service to its clients and informs them regarding important matters and developments. As SAYIN Law & Consulting family, we guarantee its clients the best legal services that are getting better every single day. We would also like to state that SAYIN Law & Consulting takes care to protect its clients’ data, files and confidential information.

TESTIMONIAL: Our company is one of the biggest oil distribution company in Turkey. In every legal matter with respect to the market our company is active, we consult Sayin Law & Consulting and in each area such as execution and litigation proceedings, consultancy or inside corporate issues, we get back rapid brief solutions. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has affected the world and we had to operate our business online. During the lock down, we carried on our business smoothly thanks to Sayin Law & Consulting. They set up meetings via video conference and made them updated and accessible 7/24.

TESTIMONIAL: Our company is the unique refinery producing base oil from the waste oil. This unique project is very environmental and we work with Sayin Law for all the legal matters. Sayin Law&Consulting cares about their clients and they work strictly scheduled. They always right on time which makes our business continues without interruption. What makes the Sayin Law&Consulting practices unique and very valuable to us is that it has team, which have a brilliant command on languages and international regulations. As a legal counsellor, I can highly recommend Murat SAYIN. He always finds a creative way to deal with a legal issue. He gives value to all of his clients and send us monthly reports about the current situations and risks of our ongoing cases.

TESTIMONIAL: SAYIN Law & Consulting houses a thriving energy practice. Their lawyers are very responsive on time-sensitive matters. SAYIN Law & Consulting has strength across country. Their extensive knowledge in energy law continuously improving and you can always count on them being practical and detecting the issues that really matter. Their only focus is problem solving and we know we can count on them to deliver the desired results. Through his career, he served as a legal counsel within international companies like ours. His team is clearly benefiting from his experience and knowledge. His work ethic and leadership skills are promising.

TESTIMONIAL: Our company is active in the field of fuel sales and electricity producing. We are glad to work with Sayin Law. They are always very direct, honest and informative in their approach. Through their extensive experience, they are quite impressive in recognising potential risks in legal proceedings. They have a vision ready for the era and the future. With their legal solutions and their constant support, they enable us to take a safe path in our initiatives. For this reason, Sayin Law is different from other law firms. Sayin Law, in order to provide us with legal consultancy services all over the world, shows this with video conferences, various legal softwares and information and report presentations.

TESTIMONIAL: We are one of the biggest company working in the fields of energy, infrastructure, construction and tourism. We get legal assistance by Sayin Law & Consulting, and its team who have a good command of international law and energy law. We can find all of our searches in Sayin Law & Consulting. Especially, they provide legal consultancy on the projects we deal with. As we know that they have managed such projects before, therefore we worked directly with Sayin Law & Consulting.

TESTIMONIAL: I must express that Mr. Murat Sayin and his team are very competent and pioneer in the field of energy law. Sayin Law & Consulting is very good at understanding our needs and provide tailor-made legal services. Also, quick solutions are very important for our business. This point is what makes Sayin Law & Consulting indispensable and different for us. For this reason, I have been undertaking important roles in companies in the energy sector for many years and I always preferred Sayin Law & Consulting to be my business partner in the field of energy law. Sayin Law & Consulting has a strong and stable human resource.

Murat Sayin, Founding Partner

Founding partner Murat Sayın shed light on vision of the firm, Turkish energy sector and near future.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Sayın Law & Consulting from your competitors?

As SAYIN Law & Consulting, we care about our clients and we want to make sure that they feel unique. To understand them better, we put ourselves in their shoes and for their legal issues we always think outside of the box. These are our main principles that are impress our clients. In our industry, trust is an essential matter and our clients are like business partner to us therefore we are always in this together. With our dynamic, well-informed, hardworking team and their amazing communication skills we constantly achieve to manage earn our clients trust therefore, they feel that they are in the safe hands.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

It is irrefutable fact that since the COVID-19 defined as pandemic, has a huge impact on world. In the simplest term we gained new words in our daily language and started work from home. Thus the legal sector impact from these changes. In line with these developments, information technology law gained a value and shall be one of the essential area legal sector within the 12 months. Other than the IT law, with the huge increase on online shopping, it is impossible not to see the electronic commerce law shall gain a huge value. We would like to state that with all these electronic developments also there is a risk for our personal data therefore, data protection law shall be one of the important areas within 12 months. In these matters with our well-informed, dynamic team that are following the developments, we are ready to support our clients.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

As an expert firm in energy law, we regularly publish bulletin called “Energy Law Bulletin” for our clients in the energy industry. With our publication, we make our clients aware from the latest regulations related to energy law. In addition to that, we changed our case reports into an online system and with this development;our clients can reach an updated information whenever they want. We make weekly client meetings via video conference thanks to this innovation and we can solve our clients problem quickly, safely and satisfy their needs in an efficient way.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Our world is changing rapidly, especially when the World Health Organization’s (“WHO”) characterized COVID-19 as a Pandemic and the lockdowns started in all over the world, everything started to be online. Technology became an essential part of our lives. SAYIN Law & Consulting, with its young and dynamic team, was already working in harmony with the latest technology. During the quarantine period, there was no change in the functioning of our firm in the transition to the home office. We continued to inform our clients by making Case Reports up-to-date and accessible 7/24. In addition, we have always kept our clients informed with the active use of our social media accounts, which are an indispensable part of technology, especially with academic articles on our LinkedIn page. Technology is an indispensable part of our lives and thanks to technology, we can provide fast, accurate and efficient service to our clients.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

The energy sector in our country is regulated by EMRA (Energy Market Regulatory Authority), an administrative institution. Our main sector is energy law therefore, our clients may have some legal trouble with EMRA’s fines. To explain more briefly, one of our key clients is a company whom is obliged to operating under the EMRA’s obligations. Administrative fine was imposed on the said company by EMRA and with our legal support, all these unlawful administrative fines and possible economic losses have been prevented.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Stability, balance and loyalty are the key elements for us and for ourclients. In our opinion, law firms should present stability and strategic direction to their clients. As SAYIN Law & Consulting, we constantly provide great quality of service and protect our line. With this principle of ours our clients feel themselves more valuable and trust us even more. Within three to five years, our goal is expand our family thus, to open an international branch in Europe.