Our team plays the most important role in achieving the best results for our clients. Known for their “know-how” and commitment, our dynamic group of lawyers are led by experienced and respected  partners providing legal services to international and domestic clients alike.  

Our clients include private companies, strategic investors, private equity firms, financial institutions, investment and commercial banks across all sectors with an emphasis on cross-border transactions, energy, transportation, infrastructure, privatizations and PPP’s. 

Partners

Meltem Akol
Senior & Founding Partner
makol@akol.av.tr

Practice Areas: 
Mergers & Acquisitions,
Capital Markets,  Banking & Finance, Real Estate, Privatizations

Bars and Courts: Istanbul Bar Association, 1992

Education:
LL.M., Harvard University,
Faculty of Law, 2003

LL.B., University of Istanbul,
Faculty of Law, 1991

Languages: English, Turkish

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Meltem Akol’s 25+ year practice concentrates mainly on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, capital markets, banking and structured finance and PPPs.

Meltem has been involved in numerous major transactions involving Turkish companies operating in a wide range of sectors across the value spectrum most of the “fırst of their kind” and “most complex of their kind" transactions in Turkey and many international and big-size capital markets, M&A transactions and privatization projects.

Meltem represents domestic and multinational strategic investors, as well as investment and private equity funds in connection with their investments in Turkey and Turkish investors investing abroad. She acts for equity investors, investment funds and financiers across sectors, including retail, financial institutions, construction, energy, ports, real estate, pharmaceuticals. Throughout her career she developed her expertise in different perspectives by taking place in different sides of the projects.

Meltem Akol has been recognized as one of the best lawyers and described as one of the undoubted leading M&A  and Capital Markets lawyers of Turkey, her success being ranked as Tier 1 by many well-known legal directories.

Accolades

  • Leading Lawyer, IFLR1000, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Band 1, Leading Lawyer, Corporate/M&A, Chambers & Partners, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Band 1, Leading Lawyer, Banking & Finance, Chambers & Partners, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Band 1, Leading Lawyer, Capital Markets, Chambers & Partners, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Leading Individual, Corporate/M&A, Legal 500 EMEA, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Leading Individual, Capital Markets, Legal 500 EMEA, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

“The widely admired Meltem Akol has substantial expertise in major public and private transactions acroos a variety of sectors” Chambers Europe, Corporate and M&A, Turkey, 2015

Meltem Akol has vast experience of both debt and equity mandates” Chambers Europe, Capital Markets, Turkey, 2015

 “Sources speak highly of managing partner Meltem Akol, noting that she “experienced, clearly commercially savvy and has a good sense of business matters.” Chambers & Partners, Corporate and M&A, Turkey

 “Sources say “Meltem Akol is excellent at reading people and reading the situation” Chambers & Partners, Corporate and M&A, Turkey

 “Observers say Meltem Akol “is very well plugged in and knows the legal framework off the top of her head”. She is especially well regarded for her extensive transactional experience in both corporate and finance deals. Chambers & Partners, Banking & Finance, Turkey

 “Meltem Akol is hailed as “first class” by clients. Chambers & Partners, Corporate and M&A, Turkey,

 “Sources describe Meltem Akol as “knowledgeable with a down-to-earth attitude.” Legal500, Turkey

 “Meltem Akol has excellent standing in the market” Legal500, Turkey

 “Meltem Akol continues to be a significant force in the M&A market and has led all the major deals this year” IFLR1000


Özgün Özok
Founding Partner
oozok@akol.av.tr

Practice Areas: 
Banking & Finance, Project Finance, Energy & Natural Resources, Infrastructure, PPPs & Construction

Bars and Courts: Istanbul Bar Association, 2004

Education:
LL.B., Galatasaray University, School of Law, 2003

Languages: English, French, Turkish

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Özgün Özok is specialized in banking and project finance transactions with substantial experience for more than a decade acting for Turkish and international commercial banks, international financial institutions and sponsors across a wide range of loan facilities both local and cross-border.

Prior to joining our firm, Özgün worked at Akol Law Firm in association with White & Case and before that at ASC Law Office where he was actively involved in advising on major financing transactions for drafting and negotiating financing and complex credit agreements and security documents.

Özgün also advises major Turkish banks on a regular basis on their regulatory needs and in high profile banking transactions and clients for cross-border multi-jurisdictional financing transactions as leading local counsel in association with prestigious correspondent foreign law firms. Özgün has worked on syndicated loans for financial institutions and corporates, club loans, acquisition financing and aircraft financing projects.

He also represents clients in connection with major initial public offerings and M&A transactions, takes part in regulatory M&As across a variety of sectors with a focus on Banking and Energy M&As.

Özgün is recognized and ranked as “Leading Lawyer” by various international legal directories.


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Fırat Namlı
Founding Partner
fnamli@akol.av.tr

Practice Areas: 
Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate,
Labour & Employment

Bars and Courts: Istanbul Bar Association, 2009

Education:
Ph.D., Ankara University, Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law, (Anticipated 2016)

LL.M., Eastern Mediterranean University, School of Law, 2005

LL.B., Eastern Mediterranean University, School of Law, 2002

Languages: English, Turkish

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Fırat Namlı is specialized in litigation, dispute resolution, Corporate & Commercial and Labour and Employment Law. Fırat is also a listed mediator of the Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Justice.

Fırat acted as an in-house Senior Legal Counsel for Turkcell, the largest GSM mobile operator in the country and Dogan Holding, one of Turkey’s biggest conglomerates. Before these ventures, he worked at reputable local law firms’ Corporate and Litigation Departments in Istanbul.

Fırat represents clients in their conflicts or disputes, with regard to their investments involving commercial, company, liability law and civil law actions. He has extensive experience in all kinds of court actions for creditors, in seizures, liens, insolvency cases and bankruptcy proceedings.  He also acts for clients in commercial litigation, IP disputes, unfair competition, employment law litigation, insolvency, bankruptcy and liability law before national courts and has in-depth experience in sectors troubled by advertisement regulations such as health, pharmaceuticals, education, cosmetics, tobacco and alcohol.

Outside his corporate life, Fırat also has a strong academician background. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. from Ankara University for Civil and Private Law. Before that, he served as the Deputy Faculty Secretary at Çağ University, School of Law and Research Fellow at Eastern Mediteranean University, School of Law.

 

Counsel

Yavuz Demirbaş
Counsel
ydemirbas@akol.av.tr

Practice Areas:  Litigation & Dispute Resolution,  Restructuring & Insolvency, Labour & Employment 

Bars and Courts: Istanbul Bar Association, 1999

Education: 
LL.B., Ankara University, School of Law, 1997

Languages: English, Turkish

Yavuz Demirbaş is acting as a counsel specialized in litigation, dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency, and debt collection.

Yavuz has vast experience in representing clients on all types of court actions for creditors, in seizures, liens, insolvency cases, and bankruptcy proceedings. Throughout his career of over 15 years, Yavuz successfully acted for clients in commercial litigation, unfair competition, insolvency, bankruptcy, and liability law before national courts. In addition to his in depth experience in the banking sector. He also has thorough experience in providing legal advice on construction law to numerous construction companies.

Prior to joining our firm, Yavuz Demirbaş has been working as the partner of a local law firm. For long years he worked as an outside Counsel to a wide range of banks, TMT, and construction companies while working in local law firms.


Çiğdem Öztürk
Counsel
cozturk@akol.av.tr 

Practice Areas: 
Litigation & Dispute Resolution,  Restructuring & Insolvency  

Bars and Courts: Istanbul Bar Association, 2001

Education:
LL.B., Istanbul University, School of Law, 1999

Languages: English, French, Turkish

Çiğdem Öztürk is acting as a counsel specialized in litigation, dispute resolution, and debt collection.

Çiğdem has in-depth experience acting for clients on all types of court actions for creditors, in seizures, liens, insolvency cases and bankruptcy proceedings, commercial litigation, insolvency, bankruptcy, and liability law before national courts and has vast experience in the financial services sector. 

Prior to joining our firm, Çiğdem Öztürk has been working as the partner of a local law firm and previous to that, she acted for clients as an outside Counsel for a wide range of banks, TMT, and construction companies.


Yunus Emre Berk
Of Counsel

Practice Areas: 
Data Protection & Privacy Law, Intellectual & Industrial Property, Information Technology Law, Consumer Law 

Bars and Courts: Istanbul Bar Association, 2001

Education:
LL.M., University of London, Queen Mary, School of Law, 2012

LL.B., Marmara University, School of Law, 1999

Languages: English, Turkish

Yunus Emre Berk is an international legal advisor/qualified lawyer advising clients for over 15 years. He is well known especially for his vast expertise on information and communication technologies and e-commerce.

Yunus Emre advises numerous local and international companies from various sectors in their digital transition/transformation processes. He has a vast expertise in international contract drafting, reviewing and negotiations as well as strong experience in Data Protection & Privacy, marketing, consumer/brand protection, general commercial law experience on ICT, Telecoms, FMCG and banking/finance sectors. 

Yunus has been involved and is still actively involved in the legislative processes of Data Protection, E-Commerce and Consumer Laws; an active member of related working groups in the Ministries. He is experienced in; International Contracts, Investment Projects, Cross-border Litigation, IPR, IT & Telecoms, Data Protection & Privacy, Internet, E-Commerce, Marketing & Advertising Law, Consumer Protection, Digital Risk Management & Fraud, Payment Systems, and BDDK (BRSA) Regulations related with e-Commerce and Governmental Affairs.

 

Lawyers

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Aşkın Karaduman
Senior Associate
akaraduman@akol.av.tr

Practice Areas: 
Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial

Bars and Courts:
Istanbul Bar Association, 2006

Education:
LL.B., Marmara University, School of Law, 2003

Languages: English, Turkish

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Aşkın Karaduman is a Senior Associate specialized in Mergers and Acquisitions along with an in-depth expertise in Corporate Law.

Aşkın’s practice concentrates mainly on mergers and acquisitions, joint-ventures and private equity transactions. He has been involved in numerous transactions acting for international and Turkish companies and important transactions within Turkey.

Prior to joining our firm, Aşkın led many successful transactions at ELIG Attorneys at Law’s Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions Department in Istanbul including working also as an in-house Legal Counsel at Alarko Group Companies, one of the biggest tourism and leisure groups in Turkey.


Akşit Berkay Noyan
Senior Associate
bnoyan@akol.av.tr

Practice AreasMergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Energy & Natural Resources

Bars and Courts: Istanbul Bar Association, 2007

Education:
LL.M., Free University of Brussels, Institute of European Studies 2006

LL.B., Galatasaray University, School of Law, 2005

Languages: English, French, Turkish

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Akşit Berkay Noyan is a Senior Associate specialized in Mergers and Acquisitions, foreign investments and special contracts.

Berkay regularly advises multinational companies in negotiating and amending their investments schemes in Turkey and provides day-to-day counseling on general corporate and business law matters to numerous clients.

Berkay also advises some of major foreign financial institutions in corporate finance and Turkish banking sector, as well as well-known foreign companies for the implementation of their energy, infrastructure and industrial projects in Turkey.

Prior to joining our firm Berkay worked at Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Law Firm in association with Gide Loyrette Nouel as a senior associate and member of International M&A/Corporate, Competition/International Trade and Tax Practice Groups.


Zeynep Yavuz
Senior Associate
zyavuz@akol.av.tr

Practice Areas: Banking & Finance, Project Finance, Energy & Natural Resources, Infrastructure, PPPs & Construction

Bars and Courts: Istanbul Bar Association, 2008

Education
LL.M., Galatasaray University, Institute of Social Sciences, 2009

LL.B., Istanbul University, School of Law, 2007

Languages: English, Turkish

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Zeynep Yavuz is a Senior Associate specialized in project finance, acquisition finance and structured finance with a special focus on energy, infrastructure, PPP and real estate investments.

Zeynep’s practice focuses on the representation of commercial and investment banks, credit agencies and other financial institutions as well as sponsors and borrowers in relation to a broad range of banking and finance transactions, with a particular focus on domestic and international acquisition finance, project finance, structured finance, restructuring and refinancing transactions.

Zeynep regularly advises major Turkish and foreign banks, other financial institutions, sponsors and corporate borrowers in relation to drafting and negotiating project finance, acquisition finance and structured finance agreements, facility and security agreements (including share pledges, mortgage, commercial enterprise pledges, account pledges, assignments of receivables and guarantee agreements), legal opinions and all other documents related to domestic and cross-border finance transactions.

Prior to joining our firm, Zeynep worked for ASC Law Office’s Banking & Finance Department and as in-house legal counsel for one of the top-five largest banks in Turkey.


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Ece Sarıca
Associate
esarica@akol.av.tr

Practice Areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial

Bars and Courts: 
Istanbul Bar Association, 2011

Education
LL.M., London School of Economics and Political Science, 2013

LL.B., Ankara University, School of Law, 2010

Languages: Turkish, English, German

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Ece Sarıca is specializing in transactional Corporate Law with a special focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Ece advises international and local clients on their mergers and acquisitions deals as well as daily corporate, regulatory and compliance matters in regulated industries including life sciences (i.e. pharmaceutical, medical device, dietary supplements), logistics, energy, real estate, media and financial services.

Ece participates in the revision and drafting of shareholders’ agreements, share purchase agreements, share subscription agreements and actively takes part in legal due diligences. She also handles disputes at the post-closing period as per the contractual claim mechanism set forth under the corporate documentation governing the acquisition.

Being a Trademark & Patent attorney since 2011, Ece also has expertise in relation to all aspects of IPR portfolio management in cross-border and local business transactions. 

Prior to joining our firm, Ece gained expertise at Yüksel Karkın Küçük Avukatlık Ortaklığı where she joined after completing her legal internship at Gün + Partners.

 


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Şule Akcan
Associate
sakcan@akol.av.tr

Practice Areas: Banking & Finance, Project Finance, Energy & Natural Resources, Infrastructure, PPPs & Construction

Bars and Courts: 
Istanbul Bar Association, 2013

Education:
LL.B., Galatasaray University, School of Law, 2012

Languages: English, French, Turkish

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Şule Akcan is specializing in finance with a particular focus on project finance, acquisition finance, structured finance, PPP and real estate.

Şule represents Turkish and international banks, financial institutions, sponsors and corporate borrowers on a wide range of financing transactions in connection with energy, PPP, infrastructure, real estate, acquisition finance projects. 

Through her participation in multi-sourced PPPs and energy project financings, Şule has gained expertise across various fields of banking & finance, including project finance, refinancing, restructuring and acquisition finance, by way of preparation of project finance documents, facility agreements, legal opinions, security documents and perfection of those securities.

Şule also advises clients across a variety of sectors in connection with M&A transactions including due diligences, and providing legal services for retainer clients in regards to daily corporate matters.

Prior to joining our firm, Şule gained experience at ASC Law Office.


Merve Kurdak
Associate
mkurdak@akol.av.tr

Practice Areas:
Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Capital Markets

Bars and Courts: Istanbul Bar Association, 2014

Education:
Summer School, London School of Economics and Political Science, Competition Law and Policy, 2013

LL.B., Galatasaray University, School of Law, 2013

Languages: English, French, Turkish

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Merve Kurdak is specializing in Capital Markets Law as well as Corporate Law with a special focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Merve advises a range of local and international clients in their regulatory matters, involved in drafting corporate documents such as articles of association and general assembly meeting minutes.

Merve provides legal advice to clients in bond issuances, initial public offerings, stock split and contingent capital increase processes and actively takes part in drafting prospectuses and law reports.

Merve also has experience in PPP projects and intellectual property law. 

Prior to joining our firm, Merve worked for Ketenci Law Firm's Corporate/M&A Department and gained further expertise at Gün + Partners. 


Kaan Demir
Associate
kdemir@akol.av.tr

Practice Areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Capital Markets

Bars and Courts: Istanbul Bar Association, 2012

Education:
LL.M., City University, International Commercial Law, United Kingdom, 2013

LL.B., Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey, 2010

Languages: English, Turkish

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Kaan Demir is specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions and corporate law.

Kaan advises clients from numerous industries, varying from media, energy, pharmaceuticals, construction, telecommunications to financial sectors. He works on various projects related to M&A and corporate spin-off, drafts and revises shareholders’ agreements, share subscription agreements, share purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, documents of general assembly meetings, notifications to Turkish Competition Authority and also takes actively part in corporate due diligences.

Prior to joining our firm, Kaan gained experience at Göksu Safi Işık Attorney (GSI) Partnership and worked for local law firms’ corporate/M&A departments.


Müjgan Güngör
Associate
mgungor@akol.av.tr

Practice Areas: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Labour & Employment, Restructuring & Insolvency

Bars and Courts: Istanbul Bar Association, 2013

Education
LL.M., University of Reading, 2015

LL.B., Istanbul University, School of Law, 2012

Languages: English, German, Turkish

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Müjgan Güngör is specializing in commercial dispute resolution with a special focus on litigation.

Müjgan represents local and multinational companies in commercial, employment, consumer and construction law related disputes. Her work includes all stages of execution proceedings as well.

She prepared a wide range of commercial contracts, drafted and revised company employment policies of foreign clients in accordance with Turkish law, advised clients on employment contracts, wages and dismissals, issued legal opinions on Turkish litigation and enforcement procedure as well as potential litigation risks of clients in certain circumstances.

Müjgan is also involved in day-to-day corporate transactions and participated in a number of due diligence processes.

Prior to joining our firm, Müjgan worked for Gün + Partners’ Commercial Dispute Resolution department.


Begüm Kayum
Associate

Practice Areas:  Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Project Finance

Bars & Courts: Ankara, 2013; New York, 2016

Education:
LL.M, Fordham University, School of Law, International Business & Trade Law, 2014

LL.B., Bilkent University, Faculty of Law, 2011

Languages: English, Turkish

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Begüm Kayum is specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions with a special focus on cross-border transactions.

Begüm advises local and international clients on corporate law matters such as company formation, share transfer, capital increase, and due diligence transactions.

Apart from her M&A advisory she also participates with the teams in commercial and financial, international project finance transactions on lending and investment operations, multi-jurisdictional projects, secured and unsecured lending operations. She also has experience in all phases of banking operations including; legal structuring, negotiating, drafting reviewing and finalizing relevant financial agreements and security documents.

Prior to joining our firm, Begüm worked at Esin Attorney Partnership/Member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, and Dogan & Associates in New York as an international transactional lawyer. 


Ipek Yüce
Associate
iyuce@akol.av.tr

Practice Areas: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial

Education:
LL.M. Business Law, University of Geneva, School of Law, 2015

LL.B., University of Geneva, School of Law, 2013

Languages: English, French, Turkish

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Ipek Yüce is specializing in Capital Markets Law with a special focus on initial public offerings.

Ipek advises clients regarding bond issuances, initial public offerings, stock split and contingent capital increase processes. She actively takes part in the applications to Capital Markets Board and drafts prospectuses and law reports.

Ipek also takes part in advising local and international clients for corporate regulatory matters and corporate due diligences.

Ipek is qualified in Swiss law and is currently in the process of obtaining a diploma equivalency to be admitted into the Istanbul Bar Association.


Bora Karaman
Associate
bkaraman@akol.av.tr

Practice Areas: Banking & Finance, Project Finance, Energy & Natural Resources, Infrastructure, PPPs & Construction

Education
LL.M., Bahcesehir University, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Capital Markets and Commercial Law (Anticipated 2017)

LL.B., Bahcesehir University, School of Law, 2015

Languages: English, German, Turkish

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Bora Karaman is specializing in Banking & Finance / Project Finance transactions with a special focus on Energy & Natural Resources.

Bora extensively assists the teams that advise borrowers or lenders in relation to project finance, facility, and security agreements. He also takes part in regulatory M&As concerning banking & finance perspectives of due diligence and is advancing his experience in acquisition finance transactions.

Prior to joining our firm, Bora worked for a Turkish group of companies active in the mining, energy, and defense industry.