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Founding Partner: Begüm Durukan Özaydın

Partner: Hikmet Fadıllıoğlu

Number of lawyers: 14

Languages: English, French, German, Turkish

Firm Overview:

DURUKAN+PARTNERS is a full-service law firm combining its dynamism and motivation with reliable and long-established experience. The firm comprises of lawyers who are respected for their high talent and trusted advice in the Turkish market. The team has long worked together in harmony providing top quality advice, whilst being inspired and desiring to embrace innovation. The quality of services delivered with team spirit create a confident image attractive to clients. The firm’s highly capable team members possess sectoral and regulatory know-how, which brings a business oriented and to-the-point approach. Founding Partner Begüm Durukan Özaydın is ranked as a leading individual across different practice areas. DURUKAN+PARTNERS also uses the proficiency of specialists providing expert advice in special fields of law in convoluted matters. Being an independent Turkish law firm, DURUKAN+PARTNERS offers a flexible global reach as well, through membership in leading networks and individual good connections with reputable law firms worldwide.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance

Capital Markets

Corporate & Commercial Work

Dispute Resolution

Employment & Immigration


Mergers & Acquisitions

Projects & Energy

Public Procurement

Real Estate & Construction

Restructuring & Insolvency

DURUKAN+PARTNERS advises foreign and domestic clients in cross border transactions in the main practice areas of banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial work, dispute resolution, employment and immigration, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, projects and energy, public procurement, real estate and construction, restructuring and insolvency (in alphabetical order). DURUKAN+PARTNERS has been involved in several landmark and high-value transactions in Turkey in the recent years. The firm also provides day-to-day advice to clients that are world leaders in their sectors, as their long-term trusted business partner in Turkey.

Banking & Finance:

The team has extensive experience representing numerous local and overseas banks, finance institutions, export credit agencies and Turkish borrowers in different sectors, in financings, refinancing, restructurings and repayments. The team possesses significant experience in secured and unsecured loan transactions and complex project finance deals, regulatory advice in the banking and financial services sectors, different banking products and services, letters of guarantees, and M&As in this sector.

Key Clients: Sovcom Bank, IFC, KfW, BNP Paribas, Mastercard, Emaar, Credit Europe Bank, Europe Arab Bank, Arab Bank, Oger Telecom.

Contact: Begüm Durukan Özaydın, Founding Partner

Tel: +90 212 266 66 93 (ext. 111)

Email: [email protected]

Capital Markets:

The team advises foreign authorised market players regulatory advice regarding the introduction of their products in Turkey and their transactions. The team represents clients before governmental agencies and independent regulators and provide advice to shareholders in Turkish publicly held companies and other clients in issues surrounding dematerialised securities, mandatory tender offers, buy-backs, bond issues, corporate governance issues, public disclosure requirements shareholding issues and complex corporate restructurings.

Key Clients: LetterOne, Oger Telecom, Euroclear, Bankmed, STEAG, LabCorp.

Contact: Begüm Durukan Özaydın, Founding Partner

Tel: +90 212 266 66 93 (ext. 111)

Email: [email protected]


The team advises corporations during the conduct of their businesses, from the stage of establishing presence to structuring and conducting operations in Turkey, as well as exit from the market and liquidation. The assistance includes advice on issues such as corporate, commercial, IP, employment, consumer and contract matters. The team acts for both the sellers and purchasers in M&A transactions among private parties, as well as in privatisations.

Key Clients: Apax Partners LP, LetterOne, Sephora, Daniel Wellington, Gazprom, McCormick, Enka, Polynt, HMT, Arris, dormakaba, Isagro.

Contacts: Begüm Durukan Özaydın, Founding Partner, and Hikmet Fadıllıoğlu, Partner

Tel: +90 212 266 66 93 (ext. 111 and ext. 112)

Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Projects & Energy:

The team has long serving clients in cross border projects in the power, oil, gas and real estate sectors, including the developing, financing, structuring and implementing of projects. The team adds value to landmark cross-border projects governed by private law as well as host-governmental agreements under different schemes. It advises sponsors, project companies and lenders and has negotiated project documents with governmental agencies.

Key Clients: Ansaldo Energia, Globalstar, Gazprom, Enka Power, Emaar, Power Engineers, Stryker.

Contact: Begüm Durukan Özaydın, Founding Partner

Tel: +90 212 266 66 93 (ext. 111 and ext. 112)

Email: [email protected]


The team advises corporations on their employment law matters, employment contract structuring and surveillance, redundancies, immigration and work permit issues, as well as representing them in employment disputes. The team also provides experienced legal advice in more intricate matters such as share and award grants and benefit schemes for employees.

Key Clients: Amazon, pladis, PVH, Sephora, Arris, LabCorp, TDX, LyondellBasell, HMT.

Contacts: Begüm Durukan Özaydın, Founding Partner and Hikmet Fadıllıoğlu, Partner

Tel: +90 212 266 66 93 (ext. 111 and ext. 112)

Emails: [email protected], [email protected]m

Restructuring & Insolvency:

The team has broad experience in restructuring of secured and unsecured financings and arrangements for curing of insolvency, capital loss and bankruptcy/ technical bankruptcy of corporations. The experience includes restructuring of the highest defaulted debt so far in Turkey. The team also advises its clients in restructuring of their corporate operations in Turkey by tailoring their corporate presence and governance to their needs.

Key Clients: Ansaldo Energia, Oger Telecom, LetterOne, Gazprom, TDX, Europe Arab Bank.

Contact: Begüm Durukan Özaydın, Founding Partner

Tel: +90 212 266 66 93 (ext. 111)

Email: [email protected]