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Akinci Law Office

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Tel: 0090 212 287 07 00

Partner: Prof. Dr. Ziya Akinci
Number of Lawyers: 21
Languages: English, French, Russian, Romanian, Turkish

Firm Overview
Akinci is a leading global law firm with 37 years of experience in international arbitration, corporate law, and commercial litigation. Akinci has consistently achieved substantial victories in commercial litigation and international arbitration and is known as a ‘full service’ law firm that provides comprehensive solutions to clients’ commercial and legal problems, both locally and cross-border, with exceeding versatility and competitive rates. Particularly, Akinci has unrivalled experience in construction disputes.

Akinci is a truly international workforce, where lawyers of several jurisdictions (Turkey, England & Wales, New York) each have a unique skillset to provide seamless service to clients; and are further supported by an in-house construction engineer, and prominent Turkish law professors.

Actively engaged with the legal and business community, Akinci regularly participates in the Turkish British Chamber of Commerce and Industry (London-based), the Turkish German Lawyers Association, the Turkish Lawyers Association, the Turkish-Scandinavian Businessmen’s Association, and the local branches of the British, US, Swiss and Swedish Chambers of Commerce.

The dispute resolution department has consistently been selected as Global Arbitration Review’s 100 leading arbitration firms in the world, and the only firm in Turkey. Both the firm and Professor Dr Ziya Akinci are highlighted in Who’s Who Legal as a global leader in arbitration, mediation, ligation, and construction.

Main Areas of Practice  

Dispute Resolution
Akinci’s litigation department has an extensive network and knowledge of the business world, as well as an excellent track record in a broad range of matters such as employment law, real estate, commercial disputes, matters related to the Trade Registry or Civil Registry, and recognition and enforcement of awards. The team are supported by legal professors from the most renowned universities in Turkey, providing a well-rounded and stellar team with unparalleled practical and academic knowledge for any matter.

Akinci has accumulated unrivalled know-how through years of experience in commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings before ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, SCC, SIAC, DIAC, and ITO. Professor Dr Ziya Akıncı is a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration, and the president of the Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC) and is the most sought-after Turkish arbitrator. Akinci provides a full service to its clients, ranging from consulting and preliminary work, to bringing the case and enforcing the decision, or skilfully negotiating a settlement.

The corporate department comprises experienced attorneys, as well as department head Dr Aysegul Sezgin Huysal. The corporate team collectively have years of practical experience in achieving the client’s aims, as well as support from legal professors to continuously stay on top of the developing legal market.

While the corporate team can confidently take on any matter, it has extensive experience and an established business network in M&A, due diligence of contracts, data protection (KVKK), intellectual property, employment, construction, energy, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, and several other sectors. Notably, the corporate team can make good use of its network in assisting clients with international sales, international finance contracts (e.g. loan agreements), escrow, and start-ups.

Key Experience :

●Real Estate law
●Employment law
●Commercial disputes
●Debt collection
●Recognition & enforcement of international awards and decisions (including a multi billion dollar litigation in France concerning a dispute between Turkish companies    )

●Merger / Acquisition of several local manufacturing companies, and notably a large French minerals company
●Consulting services for international and local businesses (e.g. currently providing consulting to numerous construction companies, an energy investment company, German-Turkish Energy company, Turkish mining company, construction, Turkish steel company and a Turkish Logistics company.)
●Data Protection (KVKK) and compliance
●International Finance Agreements
●Establishing Employee Unions
●Estate Planning and Inheritance

Prof. Dr. Ziya Akinci was appointed as Arbitrator in 51 cases under the ICC, DIAC, TRAC and Ad-Hoc rules; he was also appointed to an ICSID arbitration wherein the parties eventually settled. Akinci has experience from over 200 arbitration cases, with key experience in:
●International business law
●Infrastructure and energy projects
●PPP, public contracts
●Distributions and logistics
●Agency agreements; share transfers
●International mining
●International road construction and urban development
●International finance

●Acting as counsel in 8 ICSID cases
●Appointed as legal expert in an ICSID case

Practice Areas
Litigation (debt collection; asset recovery; real estate; commercial; employment; recognition & enforcement)
Corporate (consulting; incorporation; branch companies; data protection; KVKK; Unions; Estate Planning, International Finance Contracts)
Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Contact : Mr. Orhan Akinci - [email protected]

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Akinci Law Office rankings

Europe Guide 2023
Dispute Resolution
1 Department
1 Ranked Lawyer
Dispute Resolution
Dispute Resolution
Band 2
Ziya Akıncı
Band 1