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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul, Turkey.
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.
Top Tier Experience
The expertise and specialization of English-speaking Turkish Lawyers in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Istanbul 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 Turkish in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul represent the firm’s business clients including corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and sole proprietors 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 Turkish Law Firm lawyers also regularly assist clients in complying with governmental regulatory requirements and in negotiating and drafting franchise agreements, equipment lease or purchase agreements, licensing and intellectual property agreements, supply agreements, sales representation agreements, management or services agreements, and requirement and output contracts.
We also have significant experience in assisting, advising, and representing clients in commercial divorces and settlements, structuring buy/sell arrangements among business owners, and in negotiating and drafting agreements to address management and control issues.
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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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, 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 Formation Services
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
in Turkey. We maintain an unsurpassed practice in counseling and representing large and small companies and boards of directors regarding entity formation and corporate governance matters. We advise our public and private clients on all matters concerning the formation of new entities from corporate formalities to tax issues.
Turkish Criminal Law
Akkas & Associates English-speaking Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul can defend clients nationally and internationally from our Istanbul Office.
Our group quickly delivers the experience and resources necessary to perform complex and often time-pressured internal investigations that usually accompany any significant government investigation and related civil plaintiffs’ litigation. Providing coordinated and consistent defenses to such “parallel proceedings” have been the hallmark of our practice for decades. We react quickly when there is an opportunity to understand the scope of any potential problems before they are discovered by potential governmental or civil plaintiff adversaries.
Our group’s ability to manage the competing pressures and restraints of a matter has been proven in numerous industries. Our knowledge of the criminal process and civil fraud litigation means that our investigations are conducted with an eye toward both the potential benefits of a successful investigation as well as an awareness of the pitfalls inherent to such investigations.
Compliance Program Counseling
We also provide counsel in the development of compliance programs to minimize the risk of future criminal or civil problems. Our lawyers recognize the value of prevention or at least early detection of possible misconduct. Our lawyers are experienced with the importance of compliance programs and, more importantly, in persuading prosecutors to decline indictment. Toward that end, our lawyers assist management in developing effective compliance programs, carefully tailored to the client’s industry and particular needs.
Turkish Customs Law
Akkas & Associates English-speaking Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul give you sound legal advice based upon 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 Grounds:
- Adultery, Maltreatment, a threat to life, severe insult
- Committing a crime that degrades the integrity or the prestige of the other party
- Deserting home: If one of the parties leaves home and does not return for at least 6 months without showing a valid reason and also does not respond to the Judge’s warnings, the deserted spouse may open a court case for a divorce. The party who has forced his/her spouse to leave home or who prevents the return of the spouse without any valid reason is also considered to have deserted his/her home.
- Mental illness: If one of the parties has a mental problem that is confirmed by an official medical committee report that it cannot be treated, a court case for a divorce can easily be opened.
- Incompatibility: Though this is the widest area of grounds for opening divorce cases, the Defendant has the right to reject a court case if the Plaintiff is found to be more at fault. If the judge, however, decides that the right of rejection is being exploited and that there is no benefit for the Defendant and the children in maintaining the marriage, a decision for divorce can be made.
If the marriage has lasted for at least one year and a joint application for divorce is made, or a court case filed by one spouse is accepted by the other spouse, the marriage is considered to be impaired. In such cases, the Judge listens to both sides and approves the agreement reached by the parties regarding the protection of the children and financial affairs. The Judge has the authority to make any changes to the arrangements. If both parties consent to these changes, the divorce decision is given.
If three years have elapsed from the date a divorce case is rejected and living together has not been established, the marriage is considered to be impaired and a divorce decision is given upon application to the court by either spouse.
If you live outside of Turkey and are looking for an English-speaking Turkish lawyer in Istanbul to assist you with divorce, child custody or child visitation, and child support issues, give us a call. We work regularly with clients who live abroad but have children or divorce matters in Turkey. We understand the frustration that a long-distance legal battle can cause and will do all we can to limit your travel expenses and win your case.
Health Law & Malpractice in Turkey
Akkas & Associates English-speaking Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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.
When doctors act carelessly, the results can be catastrophic for the patient. It is not surprising, then, that damage awards in medical malpractice cases are among the largest of all personal injury cases. Damages may include medical expenses, physical pain, and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, decreases in earning potential, punitive damages, as well as compensation for partial or complete impairment, disfigurement, and death.
Expert witnesses play a unique role in medical malpractice lawsuits. Many of the issues debated in these cases, such as whether surgery was performed correctly, are too complex for judges and juries to understand on their own. This means other doctors must be called upon to study the case, render an opinion, and explain their findings. For the injured patient, the expense of hiring an expert significantly increases the cost of bringing the claim.
A number of public policy groups and elected officials oppose large damage awards in medical malpractice suits. Referred to as tort reform, this effort aims to pass legislation making it more difficult for injured people to file lawsuits, and cap the number of damages they can recover once they win. Proponents argue that tort reform will reduce the cost of health care, but the data is inconclusive, and the issue remains highly contentious.
Turkish Citizenship Law
Akkas & Associates English-speaking Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 passport.
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.
English-speaking Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Inheritance Law
Akkas & Associates English-speaking Turkish lawyers in Istanbul are prepared to handle your inheritance cases in Turkey.
Turkish inheritance law (Miras) aims to protect the extended family and imposes a reserved portion or statutory share for the benefit of the extended family. It is not possible for the entire property to go to the surviving husband or wife.
Turkish IP Law
Akkas & Associates English-speaking Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul are particularly well suited to aid clients in 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.
Turkish Labor & Employment Law
Akkas & Associates English-speaking Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul 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.
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.
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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.