Interview with: Levent Lezgin Kılınç, Founding Partner
What do you see as the main points that differentiate Kılınç Law & Consulting from your competitors?
“Our lawyers all come from a range of legal and commercial backgrounds, and so the Firm posseses a thorough knowledge of the industries in which our clients operate. The team is also fluent in a range of languages. In addition to English and Turkish, our lawyers also speak Azerbaijani, Russian, German, Swedish and Spanish, allowing us to work effectively with our international clients.
Our main focus is to assist our clients in a simple, clear and cost-effective manner. I myself come from an in-house background; prior to founding Kılınç Law & Consulting, I was legal counsel at SOCAR, Azerbaijian’s State Oil Company, in Turkey. The Firm is therefore founded on a core understanding of corporate clients’ expectations of their legal services providers, and we apply this knowledge across all the matters on which we are instructed.”
Which practices in your member firm do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?
“We envisage that our core services, energy and corporate, will continue to see substantial growth over the next year as Turkey solidifies its position in the region as a key energy and business hub. Furthermore, we have recently appointed a maritime law specialist, which will enable us to expand our offering in this sector.
There are many international individuals and companies that wish to invest in Turkey, especially in light of the new regulations in regard to Foreign Direct Investment recently passed through Turkish Parliament. The new Presidential Investment Office provides incentives for international investors, and so the country is ripe for investment across its regions. We expect an influx of international companies seeking lawyers with the specialist knowledge in local laws to achieve their objectives in Turkey.”
What is the main change you have made in your firm that will benefit clients?
“In order to enhance our services further, the Firm is contactable 24 hours a day so as to make sure any urgent client matters are dealt with swiftly. We have also made our website more user-friendly and incorporated a media section, which features articles written by the team. This allows us to build a bridge between our clients and ourselves, keeping them informed on trends, changes in regulations, codes, amendments and sector developments.
We we will continue to maintain our highly international perspective and enhance our expertise in international areas, and have recently set up offices in Izmir and London.”
How is technology changing the way you interact with your clients and the services you can provide them?
“Absolutely. Technology enables the Firm to efficiently and effectively serve our clients. We utilise a range of systems to keep our legal knowledge at the forefront and to ensure that the work we provide to our clients is both cutting-edge and takes into consideration the most recent changes and updates to the law, remaining compliant with both international and domestic regulation.”
Can you give us a practical example of how you helped a client add value to their business?
“Kılınç Law & Consulting provides legal services on every practice area relevant to our clients. For instance, one of our clients recently consulted regarding an investment in Turkey. First of all, we researched and found the areas where the company could invest in its field of activity. We then provided opportunities to our client for incentives from the relevant ministries on the investment. We then completed all the necessary legal processes for the establishment of the company in Turkey. We are currently providing legal service in all litigation and corporate matters for the company. This will allow our client to add value to the company, both within its own organisation and internationally.”
Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three year’s time?
“Our stability and strategic direction are the key components that attract our clients to us, and we plan to stringently maintain these qualities. As a matter of course, we are always improving the Firm and the quality of our services. We are training our colleagues on the issues we deem necessary to go above and beyond in the practice of law. Our success in this regard has allowed us to provide exceptional professional services to our clients, and we will continue to expand the scope of these activities in both the national and international arena.