May Law Office > Istanbul, Turkey > Firm Profile

May Law Office
Sultan Selim Mah. Lalegül Sok.
NEF 09 Plaza A Blok Kat 6
Daire 65-66 4. Levent, Istanbul

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Melike Akan Yüksel, former partner at Gökçe Attorney Partnership, established boutique firm, May Law Office, which advises clients on domestic and cross-border transactions and corporate matters, and has been particularly active, of late, assisting with closing investment rounds in relation to tech companies.

Firm: MAY Law Office, established by Melike Akan Yüksel, who is a highly regarded attorney and an expert in her respective fields with more than 17 years’ of experience with comprehensive academic and professional background, is a boutique full-service law firm providing high quality assistance and distinguished services combined with tailor made legal solutions striving to exceed the expectations of its clients in variety of legal and regulatory matters in all aspects of Turkish law. MAY offers continuous and broad range of legal services with a strong expertise and credibility with the ability to lead and manage international matters and seamless integrated service across multiple disciplines to multinational companies, foreign and domestic companies, private equity companies, holdings, domestic and foreign banks and financial institutions, multinational organizations and real persons since its establishment. MAY provides a wide range of legal services, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate and contracts, banking and project finance, restructuring, technology and media, energy, litigation and dispute resolution, debt collection, competition, intellectual property, data protection, real estate and employment.

Our Approach: MAY is built upon the philosophy of putting clients first. MAY advises its clients with a client-oriented perspective on all of the above mentioned legal issues regarding domestic and cross-border transactions, multi-specialism and its international approach. MAY maintains the highest professional and ethical standards during the course of its works on a value-added, cost-effective basis, as determined by the client. MAY’s dynamic and forward thinking, leading experts in their areas are equipped to handle a broad range of matters and ready to use their talents, knowledge and experience to understand, anticipate and satisfy clients’ individual legal needs across their industries. By being a boutique full-service law firm, MAY’s solutions are tailored to clients’ requirements, services are provided in timely manner and involvement of partner level in projects is of the essence, which allows MAY to pay its clients personal attention, ability to responsiveness and establish trusting relationships.

Main Practice Areas:

Corporate&Commercial Law and Contracts: MAY’s corporate and commercial law services focus mainly but not limited to drafting, negotiating and reviewing agreements of various natures, including service, licensing, franchising, distributorship, sales and joint venture agreements. MAY is also highly involved in corporate governance, including providing advice on board of directors’ meetings, holding ordinary and extraordinary general assembly meetings and managing capital increases or decreases from a corporate and tax perspective, exit strategies and stock option agreements, business organization. MAY provides daily basis legal consultancy services to many local or worldwide known corporations regarding establishing their corporate existence in the Turkish market as well as during their post incorporation matters followed by their operational needs in the day to day business.

Mergers&Acquisitions and Investments: MAY’s founding partner, Melike Akan Yüksel, is one of the most respected lawyers in the sector with her broad experience in consultancy services to her clients in relation to investments and M&A transactions. MAY represents majority and minority owners of private corporations, local and foreign investors, private equities, angel investors and venture capital clients with its well-established unique practice in cross-border and local mergers and acquisitions, various types of asset and stock transfers and wide range of investment transactions, particularly in the technology area. With its reputable experience, MAY advises across key sectors such as technology, energy, port operations, infrastructure, banking, insurance, financial services, real estate, telecommunications, media and communications.

Banking & Finance: MAY is one of the leading law offices in Turkey which has specific expertise and extensive experience in banking and finance. MAY plays a major role advising banks, financial institutions and companies in energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors on project finance, asset finance, acquisition finance and has a strong record in restructuring and refinancing facilities.

Data Protection, E-Commerce and Information Technologies: MAY has accumulated unrivalled know-how through years of experience in information technologies, including technology and software licensing, copyright, internet law, regulatory compliance, privacy and security, e-commerce, licensing, software procurement, mobile applications and the associated regulatory and compliance matters.

MAY has developed a solid reputation in providing legal consultancy services to web-based and technology based companies with holistic approach covering preparing the legal infrastructure of e-commerce practices, preparing B2B and B2C contracts, web-based value added service agreements, services of internet content providers and hosting providers, follow-up on the infringements that occur via the Internet.

MAY also offers data management and data protection legal services within the scope of the compliance processes with the Turkish Personal Data Protection Law.

Employment Law: MAY also provides consultancy services as well as representing the clients in lawsuits on all aspects of individual and collective labour law. MAY team provides all kinds of legal services, including drafting and negotiating employment contracts, employee relations of the senior management, advise on employees’ obligations of non-compete, confidentiality and loyalty clauses, relocation of the employees and amending employment and bonus agreements, conducting termination process of the employment contracts.

Intellectual Property: MAY provides services in creating, acquiring, divesting and protecting intellectual property rights and assets in Turkey covering drafting and negotiating licensing and technology transfer agreements.

Dispute Resolution and Debt Collection: MAY provides full-service assistance in a variety of complex local and international disputes arising from commercial contracts by representing its clients in litigation, arbitration, mediation procedures as well as dispute avoidance and enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards.



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CLIENT: Dilek Akdaş Kökenek – Head of Legal
COMPANY/FIRM: Çiçeksepeti İnternet Hizmetleri Anonim Şirketi / Mizu B.V.
TESTIMONIAL: As a tech company we are more than glad to work with MAY Law Office especially in terms of their responsive and approachable attitude as well as their expertise in corporate law. It should be highlighted that the team has a comprehensive understanding on commercial issues considering the decision-making process of a fast-moving tech company. MAY differ from many other firms regarding their practical and tailor-made solutions, highly motivated and goal-oriented approach together with their exceptionally good communication skills. In addition to all, their price/performance ratio is high enough to eliminate their competitors without any second thought.

CLIENT: Tanzer Gücümen – CFO
COMPANY/FIRM: Çelebi Holding Anonim Şirketi
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with MAY Law Office for three different projects last three years. Two were related debt raising of which ticket size was USD 75 million and one for related M&A transaction as sell side legal advisor. They represented us professionally and successfully for each of them. I would definitely recommend them considering their professional approach and as well as their motivated and dedicated team who contributed to our projects/businesses in a very positive manner.

CLIENT: Jack Thorogood – Founder
COMPANY/FIRM: Native Teams Limited
TESTIMONIAL: We engaged MAY Law Office, upon recommendation from an active Istanbul-based investor, to help us expand into the Turkish market. Melike, at MAY Law Office, has been instrumental in our successful entry into this market. We have used their services for company incorporation, advisory, and employment matters. Their service has been responsive, timely and successful at each step of the way thus far.

CLIENT: Görkem Özyılmaz – Group Manager of Project and Structured Finance
COMPANY/FIRM: Odea Bank Anonim Şirketi
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with MAY Law Office to amend a Facility Agreement of a client that is active in service industry. It was nice to work with MAY since the team consists of experts who master the subject. They are also knowledgeable, helpful and easily accessible. During the time that we worked together, they completed the process in full both legally and technically.

CLIENT: Engin Can Kurt – Co-Founder and CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Clotie Elektronik Hizmetler ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi
TESTIMONIAL: We were introduced to MAY Law Office during our second investment round and it has been a pleasure to work with. That is why we aspired to collaborate with MAY on our day-to-day business afterwards. Ever since, MAY finds ways to approach our legal needs from our perspective as an e-commerce company. With their accessibility and responsiveness, we always know they are ready to cooperate when we need.

CLIENT: Orhan Bayram – Founder and CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Helo Teknoloji Girişim Yönetim Danışmanlığı Anonim Şirketi
TESTIMONIAL: MAY has been a business partner for us, acting as a company partner and guiding us in the right ways and methods from the initial establishment process to the growth process of the company.

We had the opportunity to work in investment, consultancy, contract management, and many other fields with MAY law firm.

They acted as one of the team during the investment we received at the early stage. They guided us in all contract management processes with our customers and brought the most accurate business partnership methods to our company.

Melike, the founder of MAY, is one of the best lawyers I’ve known so far and we are very lucky to meet her at the first step of our journey.

MAY appreciates diversity, equity and corporate social responsibility. Considering MAY’s inclusive culture, without prejudice to any ethnical origin, religion or gender, MAY is open to everyone who is enthusiastic and dedicated in their profession. At MAY, as being established by a female founding partner, gender equality is also appraised and %70 of the team composes of women.

As part of MAY’s sense of equity, MAY gives scholarships for those students unfortunate in access to education. MAY encourages professional improvement and gives particular importance on contributing law students and newly graduates competency on profession. Thereby MAY employs student interns at various grades of their legal studies and legal interns, in certain periods.