Managing Partner: Mesut Çakmak
Number of partners and counsel: 13
Number of lawyers: 18
Languages: English, Turkish
Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı is a top-tier, full service law firm located in both Ankara and İstanbul. With clients from all over the world, the firm has earned an outstanding reputation for its legal expertise and high quality of service especially in energy, infrastructure, project finance and dispute resolution. All of Çakmak’s lawyers are bilingual and many have also trained or worked in other jurisdictions. The firm also has a US-qualified foreign legal counsel, a tax consultant, a competition law counsel, and an English law consultant.
Main Areas of Practice:
Projects & Energy:
Energy and infrastructure projects are Çakmak’s core practice areas, and Çakmak is consistently recognised as a top firm in Turkey in these practice areas. Çakmak has vast experience and strong expertise in all aspects of project finance and acts on behalf of sponsors, developers, lenders, equity investors and multilateral agencies involved in the development of major infrastructure projects, notably in the energy, transportation, industrial and healthcare sectors.
The firm acts for developers, sponsors and lenders in the development and financing of generation and distribution power projects in Turkey. Çakmak has particular experience in hydro, thermal and renewable energy projects in all available structures including merchant power plants and has represented investors in several recent power sector privatisations.
Oil & Gas:
Çakmak advises national oil companies, multinational oil companies, construction companies, lenders and equity investors in matters involving upstream, mid-stream and downstream oil and gas projects, international transportation of pipeline oil and gas, the import of natural gas, the purchase of oil exploration licenses, natural gas purchase contracts, LNG master sales agreements, and cross-border gas sales.
Çakmak has an outstanding global dispute resolution practice and is consistently recognised as a leading firm in Turkey for administrative and commercial litigation and international arbitration. Çakmak represents clients in all forms of commercial and investment dispute resolution, and routinely assists clients with disputes arising out of complex, high-value, cross-border transactions.
Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions:
Çakmak advises multinational industrial and service businesses and major commercial and investment banks in structuring and completing domestic and cross-border joint ventures, M&As, and corporate matters.
Banking & Finance:
A major component of the firm’s banking and finance practice consists of advising lending institutions in financings, M&As, joint ventures, and equity investments in the energy, power, oil and gas, mining, transportation, and health and healthcare sectors.
Administrative Law & Regulatory Matters:
Çakmak has special expertise in administrative law and advises its clients on administrative law and regulatory matters primarily concerning the energy and infrastructure sectors, state-owned enterprises, public tenders, and public law and economics.
Çakmak represents investors and lenders in significant projects in the transportation sector, including ports, airports, railways, highways, and tunnels.
Çakmak represents multinational companies in the development of mines and provides assistance in all mining related matters including the development of natural resources, the transfer of mining licenses and royalties, and legal due diligence studies regarding mining permits and leases.
Çakmak has been extensively involved in the development and financing of the pioneer healthcare projects and several others under Turkey’s healthcare PPP program, representing the lenders and sponsors.
Çakmak is one of Turkey’s leading law firms in advising lenders and strategic investors on privatisations and financing of privatisation acquisitions.
Çakmak provides legal services in all areas of competition law with the assistance of reputable competition law experts including legal advice on M&As, distribution agreements, compliance matters and antitrust issues, and representation in investigations concerning different sectors before the Turkish Competition Authority.
Çakmak assists a wide variety of clients with respect to employment related matters and in connection with labor law compliance and has considerable experience in drafting employment contracts.
Çakmak advises airline operators, aircraft and engine manufacturers, banking and financial institutions and other players in the aviation industry on the full array of legal transactions.
Çakmak’s Recent Major Representations Include:
■ The syndication of lenders composed of several Turkish banks in the €4.5 billion financing of the Third İstanbul Airport Project
■ ERG with regards to the construction, operation, financing and post-financing of the Ankara-Niğde Highway Project
■ Representation of ERG İnşaat with regard to the sale of all of its shares in the Afşin-Elbistan (A) Thermal Power Plant to Çelikler Holding
■ Gama Holding and Türkerler İnşaat, the sponsors, with regard to the financing of the construction and operation of the 2,060 bed İzmir Bayraklı and 1,180 bed Kocaeli Integrated Health Campus PPP Projects
■ The lenders in connection with the financing for the privatisation of the Kadıncık I and Kadıncık II Hydroelectric Power Plants under the transfer of operating rights method and the refinancing of the operational hydroelectric power plant portfolio of IC İçtaş Hidroelektrik ve Termik Enerji and Trabzon Enerji
■ Three Turkish energy companies in ICC and SCAI arbitrations involving total claims of over €750 million
■ Representation of IZGAZ in its administrative and commercial litigation cases
■ Bunge in connection with the acquisition of Ana Gıda, owner of the ‘Komili’ trademark
■ The Boeing Company, BIC Boeing International Corporation, and BAC in relation to their sales, financing and other business activities in Turkey