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Karkin & Yüksel

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Address: The Gherkin
                30 St. Mary Axe, Floor 33
                London, EC3A 8BF,
                United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 3942 7900
Fax: +44 20 3942 7919

Co-Managing Partners: Murat Karkın and Cüneyt Yüksel
Number of partners: 2
Number of lawyers: 10 (2 Partners and 8 Non-Partners)
Languages: English, Turkish, French

With a global network and over 25 years of Turkish legal expertise, including founding and managing Turkey’s former largest law firm, Karkın & Yüksel offers expert Turkish law counsel from the heart of the City of London. The Gherkin location is just one of many differentiators from their predominantly Turkey-based competitors, enabling them to provide both local and international clients with legal advisory, security and privacy from the global legal center of London.

Their expertise is also unmatche as two of Turkey’s most accomplished and awarded lawyers, Murat Karkın and Cüneyt Yüksel founded and co-managed YükselKarkın Attorney Partnership, the country’s largest and market-leading law firm in 2006. Providing legal services to its local and multinational corporate clients, Cüneyt and Murat acted as Co-Managing Partners and respective heads of the Corporate and Dispute Resolution departments. From 2010 to 2014, the firm acted as the Turkish arm of an international law firm.

In 2017, they relocated to London and established a new office. Following rapid growth, the firm moved at the beginning of 2019 to the 33rd floor of the iconic Gherkin in London’s financial and legal district under the name “Karkın & Yüksel”. With their knowledge and understanding of the Turkish legal system, the firm are ideally placed to advise clients with interests in the country. Karkın and Yüksel offers trusted and specialist legal counsel from a foundation of heritage and expertise.

Aside from the firm’s Turkish expertise, their Advisory Board is comprised of experts from the legal and business worlds - Lord Edward Garnier QC (One Brick Court), Timothy Otty QC (Blackstone Chambers) Tom Dimitroff (the esteemed lawyer, strategy advisor and negotiator) and John Evans (Hawthorn Advisors).

Notable events included a drinks party at London’s Supreme Court in June for partners from leading law firms, barristers from numerous sets and Members of the House of Lords. Attendees congregated in the Court to hear testimonials from Lord Falconer, Lord Garnier and Lord Clement-Jones. Most recently, at the beginning of 2020, Karkın & Yüksel welcomed members of the House of Lords, diplomats and lawyers to the Home Room at the House of Lords for an insightful event with a keynote speech from Sir. Nicholas Soames: “Turkey & The Middle East: Steering Business Interests and Navigating Change”.

With their international outlook, global network, diverse offering and extensive expertise, they are confident of their ability to lead the European market for Turkish legal services from London.


Corporate & M&A
■ Represented Turkey’s leading biscuit and chocolate producer regarding the acquisition of 100% shares of British multinational snack and biscuit maker from the shareholders in a deal valued over £2 billion.
■ Represented one of Turkey’s leading industry group companies in its acquisition of 80% shares of Turkey’s largest retail company from a private equity fund for a value over USD2.5 billion.
■ Represented leading global alternative asset manager in the sale of Turkish leading freight ferry company to a leading private equity fund.
■ Represented one of Middle East’s leading private equity companies in the acquisition of leading Turkish producer of fresh cut and packaged processed red meat products.
■ Represented one of Turkey’s leading energy companies in the sale of wind farms to an international pension fund.
■ Represented one of Turkey’s leading industry group companies in the sale of 70% shares of a bank toa leading Qatari based international banking group.
■ Represented a leading private equity fund in its 100% acquisition of the first and one of the largest bus companies in Turkey that offers inter-city and international passenger transport.
■ Represented, one of the biggest plastic pipes and fitting manufacturer in Turkey, in its sale of 90% shares to a worldwide piping manufacturer and supplier.

Contact: Cüneyt Yüksel +44 20 3942 7900
[email protected]

Dispute Resolution
■ Advised one of the world’s leading investment funds in its highly complex dispute arising from a shareholder with fraud issues. This is a major multijurisdictional matter with a number of different actions in Luxembourg, British Virgin Islands (BVI), United Kingdom, Switzerland and Turkey.
■ Represented a leading Nigerian energy company in an ICC arbitration arising from the cooperation framework agreement between the parties.
■ Represented a leading French company owning a well-known web video portal in an ICC arbitration arising from a joint venture agreement. The case requires complicated evaluations on technical obligations of the parties under the agreement.
■ Represented one of Turkey’s leading GSM operators in an ad hoc arbitration against Iran in the dispute arising from breach of expropriation, fair and equitable treatment and most favoured nation provisions of BIT.
■ Represented two individuals in an ICSID arbitration against the Government of Romania based on the BIT between Turkey and Romania.
■ Represented one of the world's leading investment management company in ICC arbitration in relation to port investment, as a result of which the client has been unanimously awarded nearly USD 70,000,000 by the arbitral tribunal.
■ Represented one of the world’s largest steel manufacturers in a dispute arising from breach of settlement agreements.
■ Represented a leading portfolio management company regarding an incident in which the company employees defrauded the company in collaboration with others, filing a criminal complaint as well as civil actions and following the criminal case filed in this respect.
■ Advised one of the world's leading providers of financial products, brokerage services, and advanced trading Technologies in relation to enforcement of a worldwide freezing order rendered by the English court and advising in relation to a complex dispute between a Turkish partner containing legal and criminal aspects.
■ Represented a leading French company owning a well-known web video portal in a dispute arising from liquidation of JV Company incorporated in Turkey.
■ Represented a leading nutrition, health and beauty company which has one of world’s largest direct selling businesses in two disputes before the Tax Courts regarding the customs value of imported goods and the items to be included in the customs value.

Contact: Murat Karkin +44 20 3942 7900
[email protected]

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The Gherkin, Floor 33
30 St Mary Axe
London EC3A 8BF
Tel: +44 20 3942 7900