About Us

About Us

YükselKarkın offers a diverse range of legal services, particularly in corporate transactions, mergers & acquisitions, energy, competition/antitrust, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, banking & finance, employment, real estate and litigation - arbitration, white collar crime for multinational businesses in their cross-border transactions.

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Our firm seeks long-term relationships with its clients and aims to provide the best possible solution to the client’s legal needs with our understanding of the business and sector requirements.

Our clients include major international and local corporations operating in various sectors such as energy, banking, insurance, telecommunications, broadcasting, IT, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, aviation, maritime, transportation, textile, construction, industrial gas, chemicals, cement, retail, foods, manufacturing, recruitment & outsourcing.


About Us Corporate

Our Corporate team, competent in various disciplines, strives to offer solutions suitable for the purpose. We are one of Turkey’s leading law firms in the area of M&A. We are prominent for our experience and focus on private equity and industry specific strategic acquisition transactions, both Turkish and cross border.

Our aim is to provide our clients the best strategic advice and mobilise it quickly. We work in partnership with our clients to understands their needs and deliver swift and effective performance from heads of terms stage to exit.

Our established relationship with business leaders plays a large role in offering our clients added value in both maintaining relationships at a strategic level and the completion of projects at an operational level.

Head of Department:   Cüneyt YÜKSEL  |  Partner:   Ekin GÖKKILIÇ  |  Jonathan CLARKE

Dispute Resolution

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The Dispute Resolution practice, which comprises the Arbitration and the Litigation teams, has extensive experience in providing assistance to sector leading businesses, operating both locally and abroad, in all aspects of preventing disputes and aiming to resolve issues prior to trial.

Our lawyers collaborate with clients and their counterparts to identify and execute the most advantageous business- oriented solutions, either by pursuing or by defending in litigation or arbitration proceedings, or through alternative methods such as mediation.

Head of Department:   Murat KARKIN  |  Partner:   Onur YALÇIN

Finance & Projects

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The Finance & Projects department is uniquely placed to provide advice on a domestic and international level in all manner of transactions, across a variety of sectors, as well as providing initial structuring advice, assistance on security issues and updating clients on latest market positions in Turkey and in the international market.

We not only draft Turkish law loan agreements and ancillary documents, but also draft, negotiate and handle all aspects of English law financing transactions, including the issue of English law (as well as Turkish law) legal opinions.

Head of Department:   Muharrem KÜÇÜK  |  Partner:   Işıl ÖKTEN  |  Tamsyn MILEHAM

White Collar Crime & Compliance

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The White Collar crime practice provides specialised legal advice in all corporate crime matters such as fraud, misappropriation, forgery of documents and unfair competition, criminal investigations, legal proceedings and criminal litigations, compliance, abuse of trust by employees and directors, and liabilities of directors and managers.

The rapid economic development in Turkey and foreign investment has played a large role in proliferating legal disputes and criminal actions. Our lawyers aim to meet all these issues efficiently and effectively.

Our White Collar Crime practice represents and vigorously defends corporations, business entities and individuals when they are facing criminal investigations, are subject to potential charges or are involved in litigation. We also counsel clients seeking effective corporate compliance to avert problems before they occur.

Head of Department:   Aydın METİN Relevant Partner:   Murat KARKIN

Intellectual Property & Technology

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The Intellectual Property & Technology practice comprises a specialised team of 15 lawyers. By analysing our clients’ business objectives and priorities in the most accurate way, our team provides innovative and strategic solutions to meet the legal requirements arising from matters concerning intellectual property, technology, media, healthcare and international trade.

Our overriding objective is to provide our clients with reliable and prompt legal advice in accordance with internationally recognised professional quality standards. In this context, we monitor the relevant legal fields using local and foreign sources on a daily basis, attend scientific events held in Turkey and developed countries, and offer our attorneys with ongoing training opportunities. We are aware that our clients expect quick responses; we ensure that this is met by utilising the means provided by technology to maintain a close contact with our clients.

Head of Department:   Gökhan GÖKÇE  |  Partner:   İbrahim YAMAKOĞLU


About Us Employment

YükselKarkın Attorney Partnership is one of the few leading law firms housing a team of lawyers fully specialised in employment law. The Employment team provides proactive counselling to lead our clients through laws and regulations governing employment matters.

Our underlying drive is to develop and implement employment policies designed to minimise risk and avoid litigation for employers from all industries. However, when dispute becomes inevitable, our lawyers seek to offer the best possible solutions promptly and effectively.

Head of Department:   Melek ONARAN YÜKSEL

Competition & Antitrust

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Our Competition team believes that effective communication with clients is essential to understanding their aims, and the groundwork for a long lasting relationship. Our Competition practice is efficient in dealing with complex fact patterns and multiple issues of law and the strong cooperation between different practice areas within our firm enables us to quickly and thoroughly address these issues.

Our main principle is to offer clients a successful business strategy through our expert knowledge of competition law, whether a company plans to form a business alliance, challenge its competitors, implement new production, marketing or distribution strategies, or grow through corporate development.

Head of Department:   Zeynep ERGUN

Real Estate

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Our Real Estate team acts for domestic and foreign clients in all aspects of real estate dealings. Our goal is to provide commercial and innovative advice that adds value at all stages of the investment and development cycle. As an integrated, one-stop shop for real estate, we cover areas such as planning, development, construction, real estate acquisitions and disposals, real estate financings and leases.

Our Real Estate team provides specialised legal consultancy to clients in the real estate field including, but not limited to, project developers, REITs, owners, private or corporate investors, real estate project lenders, construction companies, leasing and management companies, retailers and tourism companies. By cooperating with our Corporate, Tax, Finance & Project, and Dispute Resolution teams, we are able to offer our clients a complete service. Our work, across a diverse range of sectors, gives us a rounded view of the market that adds more insight to the advice we give our clients.

Head of Department:   Emre ÇİZİOĞLU


About Us Tax

YükselKarkın’s comprehensive Tax department provides its clients with a one-stop shop for legal and tax advice. Tax law is a highly regulated area, which means that those involved in business must adjust to these requirements and demands, and act accordingly in order to achieve effective results. It is of critical importance for the success of a transaction, and indeed a business, to recognise tax law implications and navigate accordingly. We are one of the leading law firms in Turkey providing legal services in all matters relating to tax. Our objective is to help our clients manage their tax issues in the most effective way. In line with this goal, our Tax team provides diverse perspectives and expertise to help clients maintain an effective relationship with the tax authorities throughout all the challenges of tax audit, tax compliance, and tax planning.

The Tax team has far-reaching tax expertise and is fully equipped to offer assistance in tax litigation and investigations, transfer pricing, and taxation of corporate restructuring transactions.

Head of Department:   Ersin NAZALI Relevant Partner:   Cüneyt YÜKSEL  | 

Awards and Rankings

Chambers & Partners

2014 2013 2012
2014 Top Ranked Leading Law Firm
2013 The Law Firm of the Year // The Chambers Europe Award for Exellence 2013
2012 The Law Firm of the Year // The Chambers Europe Award for Exellence 2012
2014 Band 1 - Corporate / M&A
2014 Band 1 - Competition / Antitrust
2014 Band 1 - Intellectual Property
2014 Band 1 - Real Estate
2014 Band 2 - Banking & Finance
2014 Band 2 - Dispute Resolution
2014 Band 2 - Projects & Energy
2013 Band 1 - Corporate / M&A
2013 Band 1 - Competition / Antitrust
2013 Band 1 - Intellectual Property
2013 Band 2 - Dispute Resolution
2013 Band 2 - Projects & Energy
2012 Band 1 - Intellectual Property
2012 Band 2 - Corporate / M&A
2012 Band 2 - Dispute Resolution

Legal 500

2014 2013 2012
2014 Top Tier Recommended Law Firm
2014 Band 1 - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
2014 Band 1 - Corporate and M&A
2014 Band 1 - Dispute Resolution
2014 Band 1 - Project Finance / Projects
2014 Band 2 - Competition
2014 Band 2 - IT & Telecoms
2014 Band 2 - Intellectual Property
2014 Band 2 - Tax
2013 Band 1 - Corporate and M&A
2013 Band 1 - Dispute Resolution
2013 Band 1 - Project Finance / Projects
2013 Band 1 - Tax
2013 Band 2 - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
2013 Band 2 - Competition
2013 Band 2 - Intellectual Property
2013 Band 2 - IT & Telecoms
2012 Band 1 - IT & Telecoms
2012 Band 1 - Tax
2012 Band 2 - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
2012 Band 2 - Competition
2012 Band 2 - Corporate and M&A
2012 Band 2 - Dispute Resolution
2012 Band 2 - Intellectual Property
2012 Band 2 - Privatisation
2012 Band 2 - Project Finance / Projects


2014 2013 2012
2014 Tier 1 - Competition
2014 Tier 2 - Bank Lending
2014 Tier 2 - Energy & Infrastructure : Disputes
2014 Tier 2 - Energy & Infrastructure : Project Development
2014 Tier 2 - Energy & Infrastructure : Corporate
2014 Tier 2 - Capital Markets
2014 Tier 2 - M&A
2013 Tier 1 - Competition
2013 Tier 2 - Banking
2013 Tier 2 - Capital Markets
2013 Tier 2 - M&A
2012 Tier 2 - Banking
2012 Tier 2 - Capital Markets
2012 Tier 2 - M&A


2013 2012
2013 Ranked # 1 in M&A Deal Count
2012 Ranked # 1 in M&A Deal Count