Akinci Law Office
Akinci Law Office is an international law firm, based in Istanbul, committed to providing high-quality legal service both in international and domestic practices. We provide specialized alternative legal services to prominent firms as well as to well-known corporations around the world. We can assist our clients quickly and cost-efficiently with immediate advice and help in most countries around the world.Akinci Law Office has a diversified practice with an extensive range of expertise. Our office is also represented in the ICC (International Court of Commerce) and ICC International Court of Arbitration (member for 2006-2008) by one of the partners, Ziya AKINCI, founder lawyer, who works as an arbitrator for this institution. Our clients range from internationally renowned firms to small businesses and individual entrepreneurs. We also assist in matters arising from penal law, civil law and other branches of law, and aim to fulfill all of our clients’ varied needs. The hallmark of our practice is treating each matter individually taking into consideration its own merits. Orientated with the philosophy of a personal service and a team approach, we are dedicated to resolving all aspects of our clients’ legal matters efficiently. Today, our staff consists of an outstanding group of professional lawyers. All of the attorneys are fluent in English. Besides this, German, French, Spanish Italian and Russian are represented. The partners are all specialized in their particular areas many with advanced degrees from overseas as well as Turkey. Our breadth of knowledge and experience is supported by the effective use of technology, which allows us to offer convenient and practical service whenever it is needed.. ArbitrationWe have extensive experience in arbitration proceedings under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The founder lawyer of the Akinci Law Office, Ziya AKINCI has been appointed as an arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Dr. Akinci has also been chosen as a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration for 2006-2008.Our office has a wide-range of experience in disputes concerning international commercial law construction contracts, highway construction disputes, energy distribution disputes, and water and waste plant management disputes.Corporate GovernanceOur team has practical experience and substantive legal expertise of the structure and regulation of financial institutions and other legal entities with all aspects of corporate governance. In this regard we developed different corporate governance models to provide compliance overview for board oversight. Banking & FinanceAKINCI has extensive experience in the banking and financial services industry and maintains legal expertise in a variety of areas. Regulation & ComplianceLegal entities including financial institutions, corporations face an expanding set of rules and regulations in Turkey , affecting their domestic and transnational activities.  AKINCI assist its clients in compliance issues arising out of their domestic and transnational operations.Construction LawAkinci Law Office assists clients with its broad experience regarding building and construction contracts of all types, as well as construction projects, subcontracts, and technology supply and license agreements. The founder lawyer of the Akinci Law Office, Ziya AKINCI has a book on construction Law called International Construction Law, 1996Energy Project DevelopmentWe provide legal assistance within the various areas of the energy sector. Our proficiency covers the distribution agreements of the electrical energy area as well as supplier agreements and energy project development.Foreign InvestmentWe provide legal advice to international companies who wish to open a business in Turkey. Our services covers legal matters at all stages of the life of a business entity. They include the drafting of formation documents (articles of associations and by-laws), administrative matters, establishing a branch, and suchlike.International Business Law Acquisitions, sales and mergers of businesses are an important activity of our law firm. Acting for buyers, sellers, targets and other parties such as financial institutions we provide assistance at all stages of such transactions -structuring, offering, negotiating, due diligence, drafting of agreements and other legal documentation, procuring regulatory permits or clearance, and organizing signing, closing and post closing measures.International Commercial LawWe provide all necessary legal assistance to domestic and international companies who wish to establish a company in Turkey, by drafting Shareholder agreements or Consortium agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and suchlike. The founder lawyer of the Akinci Law Office, Ziya AKINCI has a book on contracts: International Contract Law, 1992Intellectual Property LawAKINCI LAW OFFICE assists clients with its lawyers' considerable experience on patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights, licenses, franchising and distribution, domain names, media and entertainment, computer hardware and software, digital information, privacy and data protection, trade secrets, and unfair competition. Multi-jurisdictional contractual matters are also within the expert of AKINCI LAW OFFICE. ApplicationAKINCI LAW OFFICE prepares, files and prosecutes IP applications and registrations before the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office. We have obtained patents, trademarks, and designs on a wide variety of inventions in areas such as machinery, technology, nutrition products, and personal care products. CounselingAKINCI LAW OFFICE, develops and implements strategies and programs for IP protection and enforcement in all jurisdictions, performs due diligence, audits and appraisals of IP rights and portfolios. Another expert area of AKINCI LAW OFFICE is providing counseling services to its clients in relation with their intellectual property rights and also providing legal advice throughout the transactions before the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office. With its lawyers' considerable experience AKINCI LAW OFFICE has necessary skills to draw up effective legal opinion giving an understanding of current situation of the conflict and clear sense of the future possibilities to be followed. Licensing and AgreementsConsidering the importance of the license agreements in business law as well as in Intellectual Property Law, AKINCI LAW OFFICE assists its clients in drafting, reviewing, restructuring and negotiating license agreements with its substantial experience. AKINCI LAW OFFICE has vast experience on drafting, revision and extension of agreements for licenses, assignment, co-existence, employee's invention and innovation, know-how, manufacturing, technology transfer, franchise, distribution, agency and addendum agreements. In relation with the due diligence and audit performances AKINCI LAW OFFICE, conducts clearance and registration of license agreements involving IP rights, manufacturing, and technology transfer before General Directorate of Foreign Investment depending from the Undersecretary of Treasury and Foreign Trade. LitigationAKINCI LAW OFFICE is experienced in the litigation of intellectual property law matters in all levels of Courts in Turkey . AKINCI LAW OFFICE regularly bring up actions and preliminary injunction before all levels of Courts, conducts negotiations for settlement agreements whether out of court or in ongoing actions, organizes and follow-up the establishment of private experts' reports as well as investigation reports on counterfeits. Within this scope AKINCI LAW OFFICE represents its clients before the administrative and regulatory authorities; counsels, prepares, institutes and prosecutes court actions for enforcement, defensive and regulatory purposes; determines evidence or facts established through the civil court experts' report on various matters and declares non-infringement. AKINCI LAW OFFICE also assists its clients regarding the suspension of release procedure before Customs for the seizure of counterfeits by the Customs Authorities when they are imported into or exported from Turkey as well as regarding the seizure of counterfeits by police raids criminal proceedings. Litigation We conduct litigation, and act as arbitrators. Litigates of our offices are experienced in all major fields of litigation and at all court levels. Members of our firm act both as counsel to Turkish and non-Turkish corporate claimants or defendants in international or domestic arbitration, or as arbitrators in such proceedings. The subject matters of past litigations and arbitrations have included construction, transportation and trade disputes. As a main principle, it is very important to us to perform our tasks speedily, efficiently and within a reasonable budget.Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures Akinci Law Office engages in all kinds of matters regarding to mergers and acquisitions as well as joint ventures. Acquisitions, sales and mergers of business are an important activity of our law firm. Acting for buyers, sellers, targets and other parties such as financial institutions we provide assistance at all stages of such transactions -structuring, offering, negotiating, due diligence, drafting of agreements and other legal documentation, procuring regulatory permits or clearances, and organizing signing, closing and post closing measures.Real EstateAkinci Law Office represents and assists owners of all types of real estate assets, investors, financiers, property developers and tenants within the practice area of purchasing and selling real estate assets, tenancy, financing and leasing back, and due diligence.Tax LawSince the tax structure is crucial for corporate acquisitions and all kinds of commercial business entities, Akinci Law Office has substantial experience on forming the op

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Alternative Dispute ResolutionArbitrationBanking LawBusiness LawConstruction LawCorporate LawEmployee BenefitsEmployment ContractsEnergyEnergy RegulationFamily LawFinanceInformation TechnologyIntellectual PropertyInternational LawLabor and EmploymentLitigationMediationMergers and Acquisitions and DivestituresMining and MineralsNatural ResourcesReal EstateTaxationUnfair Competition

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