Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm is one of the leading Turkish law firms with a long record of excellence and professional leadership in Istanbul, Turkey. Since its foundation in 1992, Akkas & Associates has been the choice of numerous clients in need of English-speaking lawyers in Turkey.
Top Tier Experience
Thanks to its nationally recognized litigation group and sophisticated business law practice, our firm is now one of the globally recognized Turkish law firms in Istanbul, Turkey.
Akkas & Associates is a relatively young Turkish law firm, but one with an impressive and respected history. We began from the efforts and dreams of one lawyer, Selcuk Akkas, who was soon joined by his colleagues and associates. Together they and many other talented individuals built an organization around collaboration and mutual respect, and absolute dedication to providing clients with value.
English-Speaking Lawyers in Turkey
The expertise and specialization of English Speaking Lawyers in Turkey and the forging of a team approach to problem-solving enable us to address and meet your particular challenge with the application of the most appropriate talents and experience.
We invite you to learn more about these practice areas; business & commercial law, criminal defense, foreign investment law, intellectual property law, litigation & trial practice, and tax law to meet our teams and attorneys who comprise them.
Turkish Bankruptcy & Debt Recovery Law
Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm’s English-speaking lawyers in Turkey are prepared to handle debt recovery cases. Our debt recovery lawyers have a wide range of experience in Turkish insolvency proceedings. We have represented both domestic and foreign clients in numerous bankruptcy cases in Turkey.
Our English-speaking lawyers in Turkey have vigorously asserted creditor’s claims in a wide range of cases involving such debtors as shipyards, biotech companies, real estate developments, and textile manufacturers. We have successfully represented not only secured creditors, but also lien holders and unsecured creditors. For example, Akkas & Associates attorneys have successfully marshaled the debtor’s assets for the benefit of a lien creditor. Our bankruptcy attorneys have also represented numerous clients in cancellation actions in fraudulent conveyance actions.
In addition to adversary proceedings, Akkas & Associates’ attorneys have also counseled clients on a wide range of insolvency-related issues, including the merits of different types of insolvency proceedings, how best to protect themselves when doing business with a financially troubled entity, and lender liability. We have also advised clients in connection with purchases of debtors’ assets, tax issues arising from insolvency proceedings, and environmental issues related to acquisitions of debtors’ assets.
Our English-speaking lawyers in Turkey have substantial experience in providing efficient and useful advice to clients to assist them to recover money owing in Turkey. All debt needs to be scrutinized and assessed and an action plan started to ensure you are not working without appropriate reward. Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm’s lawyers can assist you with implementing such an action plan.
Turkish Business & Commercial Law
Akkas & Associates English-speaking lawyers in Turkey are prepared to handle all types of business matters. Our Turkish business and commercial lawyers also represent our clients in the following areas of law; corporate law, company formation and governance, labor employment law, bankruptcy & debt recovery, work and resident permit applications, mergers & acquisitions, due diligence, and commercial transactions.
Akkas & Associates English-speaking lawyers in Turkey represent the firm’s business clients including corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and sole proprietorships with respect to all types and aspects of commercial transactions and business-related legal issues. Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm lawyers have extensive experience in advising clients on the formation of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and joint ventures, in addition to the preparation of purchase orders, warranties, and other commercial forms.
Akkas & Associates attorneys have the expertise to assist all types of companies, from start-ups to multinational conglomerates, in meeting their day-to-day commercial and business needs, including, but not limited to, sale of goods, commercial paper, and letter of credit or bulk transfer issues. Akkas & Associates prides itself on responding quickly to the needs of its clients to assist them in taking full advantage of business opportunities that may arise in their day-to-day operations.
Akkas & Associates English-speaking lawyers in Turkey work closely with the firm’s litigation attorneys to provide support and expertise in commercial litigation. This ensures that all the needs of the firm’s clients are met in a coordinated manner, whether those needs relate to business law, litigation, or both.
Company Formation in Turkey
Akkas & Associates English-speaking lawyers in Turkey are prepared to assist you to form a company in Turkey. Our company formation lawyers are experienced in LLC establishment, joint stock company, holding company, branch office, liaison office, and free trade zone company incorporation, and company management and governance.
Today, clients are faced with unprecedented challenges as new laws and regulations are changing the way the corporate world works. Akkas & Associates has one of the preeminent corporate governance practices in Turkey, drawing upon the expertise of our corporate, securities, governance, litigation, and compensation specialists to provide our clients with the information and analysis needed to respond to a rapidly changing regulatory environment.
Turkish Company Types
Our attorneys are experienced in the formation and governance of;
- Branch Offices
- Liaison Offices
- Limited Liability Companies
- Joint Stock Companies
- Free Trade Zone Companies
- Joint Ventures
Turkish Criminal Law
Akkas & Associates English-speaking lawyers in Turkey are prepared to handle criminal cases against companies and their executives and directors. Our criminal lawyers have defended our client companies and their executives and directors in different types of criminal litigation.
Akkas & Associates English-speaking lawyers in Turkey vigorously defend companies and their executives and directors against charges of criminal misconduct and related civil claims. Utilizing a talent base composed of former high-ranking prosecutors and long-time defense practitioners, we have delivered successful results through both the adversary process as well as through skillful negotiation.
Our matters span varied industries and have involved concerns of criminal misconduct under antitrust, banking, environmental, false claims, healthcare, and securities laws, among others. With the support of counsels, our English-speaking lawyers in Turkey can defend clients nationally and internationally from our Istanbul Office.
Turkish Customs Law
Akkas & Associates English-speaking lawyers in Turkey are prepared to handle all types of business matters. Our Turkish customs lawyers also represent our clients in the following areas of law; corporate law, company formation and governance, labor employment law, bankruptcy & debt recovery, work and resident permit applications, mergers & acquisitions, due diligence, and commercial transactions.
Turkish Family Law & Divorce
Akkas & Associates English-speaking lawyers in Turkey are prepared to handle divorce cases, from a simple no-contest divorce proceeding to a complicated divorce with significant property and children. Our divorce lawyers also represent our clients in other family law issues including; contested divorce, uncontested divorce, alimony & compensation, child custody, child support, recognition of foreign divorce decree, and other family law litigation.
We understand your needs when it comes to family law issues. We’re dedicated to helping you make the right decisions, even during difficult and emotional circumstances. Our English-speaking lawyers in Turkey give you sound legal advice based on the law, our experience, and the unique facts of your situation. Our firm’s family lawyers are devoted exclusively to family law issues including contested divorce, uncontested divorce, alimony & compensation, child custody & support, recognition of foreign divorce decrees, and litigation.
Turkish Divorce Regulations
Turkey legally recognizes marriages executed in Turkey. Marriage is registered at a local Vital Statistics Office (Nufus Dairesi). In Turkey, all family records are recorded in the Vital Statistics office which was the original home of the family. Even if no one currently lives in that area, births, marriages, divorces, and other events are recorded in this one location.
In the event the marriage was executed in another country, the marriage may be registered through the nearest Turkish consulate. The Turkish Consulate will forward the documents to the office that handles that family record book.
To terminate a legal marriage it is required to obtain a divorce decree from a Turkish family court. Divorce proceedings are generally open to the public. However, at the request of either party, a judge may choose to preside over a closed or private court case. Judges may also take temporary measures for the protection of the parties, their property, and the welfare of their children.
When a divorce case is filed, a judge may decide on separation, if he or she determines there is a possibility of the parties reconciling. A period of 1-3 years can be given for separation before the final decision to grant a divorce is reached.
Following a divorce, the woman generally resumes the last name she had before the marriage. She may, however, continue to use her husband’s last name if the judge approves this decision. The divorced woman may not legally remarry within 300 days following the date of the dissolution except in cases where court permission is obtained.
In divorce cases in Turkey, the court also rules on child custody issues. The court may compel non-custodial parents to contribute to each child’s health and education expenses in proportion to the parent’s economic status.
Health Law & Malpractice in Turkey
Akkas & Associates English-speaking lawyers in Turkey are prepared to handle all types of business matters. Our Turkish health law malpractice lawyers also represent our clients in cases against medical insurance lawsuits.
Health law malpractice law governs the liability of doctors and other providers when they cause harm to a patient by rendering their services in a negligent manner. Turkey has its own laws and procedures to handle these specialized personal injury cases. But in general terms, a doctor will be held liable if his or her conduct fails to meet the “standard of care” provided by other doctors under similar circumstances.
Errors that qualify as medical malpractice will typically fall into one of several categories. These include a failure or delay in diagnosing a patient’s condition, misreading X-rays, prescribing the wrong pharmaceuticals, failing to warn a patient of the risks or side effects of a procedure, performing services without the patient’s informed consent, and making a mistake during surgery or childbirth.
Turkish Citizenship Law
Akkas & Associates English-speaking lawyers in Turkey are prepared to handle real estate acquisitions to get Turkish citizenship. Our investment in Turkish citizenship practice includes; buying, leasing, and selling residential and commercial properties to both domestic and foreign customers in Turkey. Our Turkish real estate lawyers also represent our clients in real property acquisition, we prepare real estate sale contracts or amend the contracts that are prepared by the developers. We also represent our clients throughout the Turkish citizenship application process until they get their Turkish passports.
Turkey has slashed the financial and investment criteria for foreigners to become Turkish citizens. According to new regulations, foreigners can become Turkish citizens, if they own property worth 400,000 US Dollars for three years. Foreigners purchased 4.6 billion US Dollars worth of properties last year, with a large proportion of them from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Russia, according to official data.
Services for Turkish Citizenship with Investment
We do perform legal services for property purchase and management for foreign clients. Our services include preparation, legal help and representation regarding the sale or purchase of a real estate property in Turkey.
Our English speaking lawyers in Turkey will prepare your purchase and sale agreement to buy or sell an off-plan or second-hand house or apartment in Turkey. Our lawyer will advise you of any potential pitfalls, recommend specific changes that would benefit you, discuss or negotiate these concerns and changes with the other party, and accompany you to the Title Deed Office to close the transaction.
Turkish Immigration Law
Akkas & Associates English-speaking lawyers in Turkey are prepared to handle work and resident permit applications. Our Turkish citizenship lawyers also represent our clients in other immigration law issues including; extending resident and work permits, applying for Turkish citizenship, and filing a lawsuit to cancel any objections.
Given its complexity and frequent modifications, immigration law represents one of the biggest commercial and regulatory obstacles to the employment of key foreign personnel in Turkey. Our firm has the “client-centric” focus, depth, and breadth of expertise in the immigration sub-specialties that businesses require.
We work diligently to ensure that our clients maintain a solid understanding of the immigration laws that directly impact their organizations. We help our clients customize their immigration processes into meaningful methods for attracting global talent. Our combined client response practices and technology produce case feedback that is both timely and continuing.
Our ability to provide a broad array of immigration-related legal services such as audits, compliance, tax, business formation, employment law, and “white-collar/government-enforcement” defense services has proven valuable to clients of all sizes. Our foreign language capabilities and experience living and working abroad allow us to comfortably serve our clients in any corner of the world.
Turkish Immigration Services
We have the ability to tackle the full spectrum of immigration matters, including:
- Work and resident permit applications
- Extending resident and work permit
- Application for Turkish citizenship
- Develop Client Immigration Compliance Programs
- Counsel Clients on Immigration Issues Resulting from Mergers and Other Business Transactions
- Defend Against Claims of Unlawful Immigration Practices
- Conduct Immigration Due Diligence In Connection with Business Transactions
- Conduct Audits of Client Immigration Documentation
- Prepare Immigration Documentation
- Represent Clients in Naturalization Cases
Turkish IP Law
Akkas & Associates English-speaking lawyers in Turkey help clients obtain, protect and enforce intellectual property rights; patents, trademarks, design patents, and copyrights in Turkey. Our Turkish intellectual property lawyers also represent our clients in other IP law issues including; IP counseling, patent transactions, licensing, assignment, franchising, patent due diligence, patent infringement analysis, IP litigation including infringement, dilution cases, and counterfeiting.
Akkas & Associates IP Law Firm has assembled an experienced group of attorneys to help clients obtain, protect and enforce intellectual property rights in Turkey, as well as maximize intellectual property through various business transactions. Our clients range from Fortune 500 companies to emerging companies to individuals. More specifically, the firm’s IP attorneys regularly counsel clients about patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.
Our IP attorneys practice before government agencies to secure those rights; render patentability and patent, trademark, and copyright infringement opinions; litigate to protect intellectual property; handle arbitration, mediation, and other litigation alternatives; and negotiate licenses and similar business transactions to maximize the value of such property.
Turkish Intellectual Property Law Services
The skills and backgrounds of Akkas & Associates English-speaking lawyers in Turkey are particularly well suited to aid clients in the IP law practice area. Our IP attorneys are licensed to practice before the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office.
Their technical expertise is balanced with considerable litigation and business experience. Akkas & Associates’ IP lawyers are experienced in intellectual property disputes, including all aspects of patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright cases in Turkish Courts, arbitrations, and mediations, representing both the intellectual property owner and the accused infringer.
An invaluable tool for many intellectual property owners, particularly those with large IP portfolios, is an audit of their intellectual property assets. We conduct IP audits to help our clients develop the most cost-effective strategy for commercializing their intellectual property, guide research, and development efforts to focus on core competencies and technology, maximize return on investment, and minimize unwanted, unproductive legal disputes.
Turkish Labor & Employment Law
Akkas & Associates English-speaking lawyers in Turkey are prepared to represent employers in connection with virtually every aspect of the employment relationship. Our Turkish labor and employment lawyers also represent our clients in both unionized and union-free, administrative proceedings, arbitration, and litigation.
Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm represents clients across the spectrum of labor and employment matters, including allegations of wrongful termination, employment discrimination, and non-competition violations. We also have extensive experience in matters arising in representation proceedings, collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, and litigation in labor courts.
For over the past two decades, Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm has regularly been engaged in various employment law disputes. We have represented various companies in defending employment-related matters. Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm lawyers have experience in all aspects of Turkish labor laws.
We represent employers in dealing with unions in collective bargaining and arbitration, and in defense of unfair labor practice charges. Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm lawyers also have experience representing employers in union organizing campaigns, elections, and representation proceedings.
Turkish Labor & Employment Lawyers
Akkas & Associates English-speaking lawyers in Turkey are also experienced in all aspects of Turkish Labour & Employment law. We draft policies and employee handbooks and conduct training for management and for the entire workforce in the areas of discrimination and sexual harassment. Akkas & Associates attorneys have successfully represented employers in proceedings before agencies having jurisdiction over discrimination cases in Turkey.
Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm’s lawyers have assisted clients with reductions in force and structuring voluntary separation packages. Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm also has experience in negotiating and drafting individual employment agreements, separation agreements, and non-compete agreements.
Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm English-speaking lawyers in Turkey frequently provide lectures to human resource professionals and attorneys on a wide range of subjects related to the employment relationship. Perhaps most important, Our lawyers provide their clients with day-to-day counseling. In so doing, we assist employers in maintaining compliance with applicable laws and avoiding litigation by dealing with employees effectively and fairly within the bounds of the law.
Our English-speaking lawyers in Turkey also provide assistance on issues relating to our firm’s general corporate representations. We ranked in the top tier for labor law 2020. Our attorneys frequently speak on numerous topics related to labor and employment. We also publish numerous articles regarding labor and employment law.
Turkish Real Estate Law
Our English-speaking lawyers in Turkey are prepared to handle real estate transactions. Our real estate law practice includes; buying, leasing, and selling residential and commercial properties to both domestic and foreign customers in Turkey. Our Turkish real estate lawyers also represent our clients in real property acquisition, we prepare real estate sale contracts or amend the contracts that are prepared by the developers. We also represent our clients in real estate law litigation.
Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm English-speaking lawyers in Turkey aggressively represent individuals, family-owned businesses, and corporations in all aspects of real estate law, including buying, developing, leasing, financing, and selling real estate in Turkey.
Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm attorneys have represented buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, and lenders. We have also represented numerous developers on a wide range of development projects, including cluster homes, residential subdivisions, industrial facilities and parks, multi-tenant office buildings, shopping facilities, and hotels.
Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm advises clients on all aspects of their projects, including the determination of the development vehicle to use, the initial assembly of the property, obtaining local, and state approvals for permits and zoning, construction of the project, and ultimate sale or lease of the development.
Throughout each of these stages, Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm attorneys assist clients in obtaining and analyzing environmental site assessments and in working with consultants, lenders, and governmental authorities in related environmental matters. We also assist in workouts on behalf of owners and lenders.
Turkish Property Law
Our firm’s English-speaking lawyers in Turkey have significant experience in negotiating and drafting construction and land acquisition contracts, as well as handling land use and zoning matters, and right of way and other property acquisitions in Turkey.
We are Litigation & Trial Attorneys
Akkas & Associates English-speaking lawyers in Turkey are deeply committed to understanding a company’s business strategy, its industry, and its regulatory environment. Our Turkish litigation trial attorneys value this knowledge and use it as the foundation of a tactical litigation plan. We pursue litigation with a zealous, principled, and pragmatic approach, always striving to align litigation strategy with our client’s goals. If skilled representation in the courtroom is the best course, we provide it. If a different route to resolution is required, we provide that.
The ultimate goal is to not just serve as an emergency asset, but as a trusted business partner to help clients make common-sense decisions about their businesses.
When You Engage Akkas & Associates, You Mean Business
Bet-the-company litigation looks different for every size of organization, which means that a one-size-fits-all approach to litigation does not exist. For a large global organization, millions of Turkish Liras may be at stake; for a small, entrepreneurial company, a swipe at last year’s revenues could close doors. We are sensitive to these nuances. As skilled, experienced, and creative trial lawyers, we handle business litigation of all sizes while keeping an eye on the efficiencies that keep legal services cost-effective.
We Provide Legal Solutions Proportionate to Your Needs
Teamwork, responsiveness, and flexibility are not hollow buzzwords to us; they have stood at the core of our business since we opened our doors more than 25 years ago. Our lawyers are not rewarded for hoarding work. Instead, we reward excellence and collaboration. That helps us stand out from the crowd but, more importantly, helps us serve our clients with the most effective and efficient legal services possible. In fact, we have received multiple honors for our approach to client service.
IP Litigation is the strength of our practice and the foundation for the firm’s success. Winning an IP case is the product of experience and the execution of a skillful, balanced strategy. In IP litigation, Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm capitalizes on its attorneys’ experience in having filed and prosecuted hundreds of trademark, patent, and copyright applications. Our teams of IP attorneys and trial lawyers have litigated all types of intellectual property matters in Turkish IP courts and the Supreme Court.
Reach us for English Speaking Lawyers in Turkey
Since its foundation in 1992, Akkas & Associates Turkish Law Firm has been the choice of numerous clients in Istanbul, Turkey. Thanks to its nationally recognized litigation practice, our firm is now one of the leading Turkish law firms in Istanbul, Turkey. You may reach our Turkish attorneys through our Contact page.