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Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı Attorneys at Law

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Managing Partner: Dr. Umut Kolcuoğlu
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 50
Languages:English, French, German, Turkish

Firm Overview:
Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı (KDK) is a full-service law firm with offices in Istanbul and Izmir. Since its inception in 2006, KDK has grown to become one of Turkey’s larger law firms. KDK uses a results-oriented approach to provide tailor-made solutions for domestic and international companies, institutions and individuals in various sectors and seeks to provide the highest quality legal services across a wide range of practice areas, serving clients’ needs through pragmatic and efficient solutions. While the firm’s members have a diverse range of backgrounds, they all have significant experience collaborating with major foreign law firms in several jurisdictions.

Main Areas Of Practice:
Banking and Finance
Capital Markets
Competition Law
Corporate and Commercial
Dispute Resolution
Employment
Energy and Infrastructure
Ethics and Compliance
Insurance
Mergers and Acquisitions
Personal Data Privacy
Real Estate

Banking and Finance
2 partners; 4 fee earners
• Legal advice to Barwa Bank PQSC in connection with the multi-million USD Murabaha financing and multi-million USD Musawamah financing provided to Kuzu Group
• Legal advice to DEG regarding provision of a multi-million EURO loan by Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft Mbh and Société De Promotion Et De Participation Pour La Coopération Economique S.A. to Limak Afrika S.A. in connection with Limak Group’s investment in Côte d'Ivoire
Key Clients: Barwa Bank, Mediterra, Turkven
Contact: Bihter Bozbay
Email: [email protected]

Capital Markets
2 partners; 5 fee earners
• Legal advice to Turkven in connection with its exit from Doğtaş Kelebek Mobilya, through accelerated book building (ABB) method in BORSA Istanbul’s wholesale market
• Legal advice to EBRD on its acquisition of a minority stake in AKIS REIT at the Istanbul Stock Exchange wholesale market and its participation in Şok Marketler’s IPO. This was among the largest listings on BORSA Istanbul in recent years.
Key Clients: Logo Yazılım, Turkven
Contact: Melis Öget Koç
Email: [email protected]

Competition
1 partner; 1 counsel; 4 fee earners
• Legal advice to Vinmar Group regarding the formation of a joint venture between Prime Global Holdings and Pinhas Chemicals and the relevant merger control clearance process
• Legal advice to the Turkish chapter of HDI Insurance on (i) the preliminary investigation and (ii) the subsequent full-fledged investigation initiated by the Competition Authority against 32 insurance companies representing the entire traffic insurance market and the Insurance Association of Turkey, with respect to price increases in mandatory traffic insurance
Key Clients: Vinmar Group, Gratis, HDI Insurance
Contact: Neyzar Ünübol
Email: [email protected]

Corporate and Commercial
2 partners; 1 counsel; 12 fee earners
• Legal advice to Deloitte Turkey, in relation to its regulatory, corporate and commercial matters
• Legal advice to majority shareholders of a multi-billion USD FMCG company, which is among Turkey’s top 100 companies, in connection with restructuring the executive bodies and, incorporation and implementation of corporate governance principles
Key Clients: Huntsman, Duracell, Hedef Filo
Contact: İnci Karcılıoğlu
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution
1 partner; 16 fee earners
• Successful representation of Coca Cola in an ICC arbitration arising from a FIDIC contract
• Representation of BM Bank in a number of commercial proceedings as well as execution and bankruptcy proceedings, for the collection of a multi-hundred million EURO receivable
Key Clients: Abdi İbrahim, Trabzonspor, OdeaBank
Contact: Okan Demirkan
Email: [email protected]

Employment
1 partner; 1 counsel; 4 fee earners
• Legal advice to Magneti Marelli in connection with various employment law matters, including negotiations with labor unions, termination of key employee contracts, overtime policies and labor disputes
• Legal assistance to TPI Composites in connection with all aspects of employment law and collective labor law
Key Clients: Hugo Boss, Gucci, Superdry
Contact: Maral Minasyan
Email: [email protected]

Energy and Infrastructure
1 partner; 2 fee earners
• Legal advice to BP in relation to several regulatory issues concerning the TANAP Project, a project that entails the transportation of natural gas from Azerbaijan to the EU and is among Turkey’s largest infrastructure projects
• Legal support to Alsim Alarko in relation to the Kabataş-Mahmutbey Metro Line Project
Key Clients: Mitsubishi, Turcas
Contact: Okan Demirkan
Email: [email protected]

Ethics and Compliance
1 partner; 3 fee earners
• In 2016 and 2017, KDK conducted one of the most extensive investigations in Turkey’s private sector history. Working with a team of US lawyers, KDK examined more than 3.5 million documents and interviewed 18 individuals multiple times, within the scope of a multi-jurisdictional regulatory violation allegation raised by a whistle-blower. Subsequently, in 2017 and 2018, KDK conducted an investigation in relation to various bribery as well as other violation allegations raised by a whistle-blower.
• KDK conducted a very sensitive and high-profile investigation concerning alleged wrongdoings in a major digital entertainment company. The team has also been representing this company in civil and criminal proceedings against former employees and distributors, arising from the results of the investigation.
Key Clients: RZK Çelik, TPI Composites
Contact: Okan Demirkan
Email: [email protected]

Insurance
1 partner; 1 counsel; 2 fee earners
• Legal advice to Allianz Insurance in connection with a bancassurance arrangement and limited due diligence on counterparty bank
• Legal advice to VHV Group in connection with the legal framework in Turkey applicable to insurance companies, available insurance products as well as the establishment of a reinsurance company
Key Clients: HDI Insurance, Talanx Group, Demir Hayat
Contact: Maral Minasyan
Email: [email protected]

Mergers and Acquisitions
2 partners; 1 counsel; 19 fee earners
• Legal advice to shareholders of Iyzico Payment Solutions in connection with various investment rounds involving strategic and financial investors including International Finance Corporation (IFC), 212, Vostok Emerging Finance, Amadeus Capital and MIH PayU B.V. In its Mergers and Acquisitions Report 2019, E&Y selected PayU’s acquisition of iyzico as the “Deal of 2019”.
• Legal advice to Vitol in connection with its acquisition of Turkey’s largest fuel distribution company, Petrol Ofisi. In 2018, the CEE Legal Matters news outlet gave the Firm the prestigious “2017 Deal of The Year for Turkey” award, for its success in Vitol’s acquisition of Petrol Ofisi.
Key Clients: Mediterra Capital, Turkven, Koç Holding
Contact: Dr. Umut Kolcuoğlu
Email: [email protected]

Personal Data Privacy
1 counsel; 4 fee earners
• Legal advice to The Boston Consultancy Group’s Turkish subsidiary on its compliance with Turkish personal data protection legislation and the preparation of its personal data protection compliance package
• Legal advice to Facebook, on its objection to an administrative fine
Key Clients: Duracell, Terumo, Hugo Boss
Contact: Maral Minasyan
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate
1 partner; 4 fee earners
• Legal assistance to the Turkish subsidiary of Mercator, an international real property trading and leasing company, with the sale of a real property
• Legal advice to a major port operator in connection with a contentious port tender matter and zoning plan amendments for the relevant port area
Key Clients: Yu Group, TPI Composites, Cummins
Contact: Serhan Koçaklı
Email: [email protected]