Powerlist Members

Ahmet Berkan

Ahmet Berkan photo Senior counsel - director | Philip Morris International

With over 13 years of experience at tobacco giant Philip Morris International, Ahmet Berkan is one of the most trusted in-house advisers for the company in the region, having spent time in Istanbul and Dubai in the respective roles of legal counsel and senior counsel – director before assuming his current role. Recommended as a …

Ahmet İlker Doğan

Ahmet İlker Doğan photo Vice president - general counsel | Anagold Madencilik

Established in 2000 as a joint-venture corporation of Alacer Gold and Lidya Madencilik, Anagold Madencilik is the operator of the world-class Çöpler Gold Mine located in east-central Turkey. In 2013, the company recruited the highly respected Ahmet İlker Doğan as vice president – general counsel. Doğan had a distinguished private practice career before this appointment, …

Ahmet Serdar Kayhan

Ahmet Serdar Kayhan photo Chief legal advisor | Ford Otosan

Founded in 1959, Ford Otosan has been one of the top three exporting companies in Turkey since 2005 and is the largest commercial vehicle production centre in Ford Europe, thanks to its production capacity of 415,000 commercial vehicles, 80,000 engines and 140,000 transmissions. As chief legal since 2007, Ahmet Serdar Kayhan has led the company …

Ali Murat Dizdar

Ali Murat Dizdar photo Executive vice president - chief legal counsel | DenizBank

As head of legal for international law and consultancy at Halkbank, Murat Caglar is responsible for dealing with its international legal issues, as well as with its various affiliates and subsidiaries. As part of his role at Turkey’s sixth largest bank in terms of assets, Caglar works closely with Halkbank’s internal departments such as the …

Ali Uysal

Ali Uysal photo Head legal counsel | Türk Hava Yolları (Turkish Airlines)

Experienced aviation lawyer Ali Uysal has been the head legal counsel for Turkish Airlines, the country’s flag carrier, for the last three years heading all of its legal operations and managing more than 30 employees in the legal function. Leading significant changes in the legal department during his time there, Uysal has introduced a law …

Aybars Yağız

Aybars Yağız photo Legal counsel | GAMA Energy

Founded in 2002, GAMA Energy develops and invests in power and water infrastructure projects in Turkey and the surrounding region. Aybars Yağız joined the company in 2012 as its first legal counsel and now heads a legal team of nine lawyers. During his five-year tenure at the company, Yağız has achieved a number of notable …

Ayça Ögel

Ayça Ögel photo Deputy legal counsel - legal department | Garanti Emeklilik

Part of Garanti Bank, Turkey’s second largest private bank, Garanti Emeklilik has become a domestic market leader in the provision of pensions and insurance in a short space of time. Head of the legal department at Garanti Emeklilik currently is Ayça Ögel, a tri-lingual lawyer known in the industry for expert skills in banking law, …

Aydın Düren

Aydın Düren photo General counsel and corporate secretary | Garanti Bankası

Established in 1946, Garanti Bank is an integrated financial services group and Turkey’s second largest private bank with consolidated assets of $95.7bn as of June 2017, approximately 14.5 million customers and more than 19,000 employees. The bank’s executive vice president for legal services, Aydın Düren, joined in February 2009 after a very successful 17 year …

Ayşe Akcan

Ayşe Akcan photo Legal Counsel | Turkish Airlines

During her eight year career at Turkish Airlines, Ayşe Akcan has worked on nearly 250 aircraft and engine financings, aircraft purchase agreements and a variety of other matters in both international and Turkish law. Her transactional work over this period has received wide industry recognition. For instance, her work on Turkey’s first enhanced equipment trust …

Azra Oguz Çakıl

Azra Oguz Çakıl photo Executive counsel | GE Turkey

Established in 1953 with the aim of supporting rural development and the sugar industry, today Şekerbank provides a plethora of services to businesses across agricultural, commercial and SME, corporate and retail banking. Istanbul-based Dr Sefer Oguz oversees a flexible legal team that provides support to the full scope of the bank’s activities across its network …

Barış Öner

Barış Öner photo Chief legal counsel | Pladis

A subsidiary of Yıldız Holding, Pladis was established in early 2016 to bring together the confectionary and biscuit companies of Yıldız together under one roof. Leading brands Ülker, McVitie’s and Godiva are handled by Pladis, and account for over $5bn in revenues per year. Barış Öner is chief legal officer of this powerful enterprise, and …

Bora Kaya

Bora Kaya photo Managing legal counsel | GAMA Power Systems Engineering & Contracting

Having been mentioned in the GC Powerlist: Turkey Teams in 2016 as part of the recommended GAMA Power Systems legal department, managing legal counsel of the company Bora Kaya has amassed an impressive individual record across a variety of in-house legal roles. Kaya’s career has seen him spend a number of years within in-house legal …

Burak Ismail Okay

Burak Ismail Okay photo Legal affairs coordinator and chief legal officer | Zorlu Holding

Burak Ismail Okay leads the legal team of Zorlu Holding, one of Turkey’s largest corporate groups that employs over 26,000 employees across a portfolio of over 60 companies operating in a range of sectors, from textiles to electrical goods. He joined Zorlu in 2006 and played an active role in the structuring of the legal …

Burcu Şener Sözer

Burcu Şener Sözer photo Head of legal | Aygaz

Aygaz is Turkey’s seventh largest industrial organisation according to the listing by Istanbul Chamber of Commerce and it is owned by the Koç Group. Providing legal support as head of legal at the company since 2010, Burcu Şener Sözer heads the Aygaz legal department and in doing so has a particular focus on affairs relating …

Burcu Sönmezyalçın Döker

Burcu Sönmezyalçın Döker photo General counsel, compliance officer and data protection official | Media Markt Turkey

Formerly with Metro Cash and Carry and head of legal for Sütaş Group, Burcu Sönmezyalçın Döker now takes on a highly varied set of responsibilities in her role as general counsel, compliance officer and data protection official for German-headquartered consumer electronics retailer Media Markt Turkey. She goes into how her prior career gave her the …

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