Foreign Investment Law


Akinci Law Office is internationally recognized for its successful foreign investment practice. It is one of the the foremost legal advisers to companies and investors entering the Turkish market.

We provide legal advice to international companies who wish to set up a business in Turkey.

Our services cover 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), conducting General Assembly meetings, drafting board resolutions, establishing local branches and suchlike.

Our specialists negotiate and advise on and implement joint venture and alliance agreements between Turkish companies, and between Turkish companies and foreign parties.

We offer our clients advice with respect to structuring joint venture arrangements, including negotiating and preparing joint venture agreements, devising and forming joint venture entities, and negotiating and documenting licensing arrangements and co-branding arrangements.

We advise on the appropriate structure of deals between the venture partners, the tax impact of such arrangements, related management and governance matters, and on particular issues related to the joint ventures.

Particular issues include MWBE certification matters, RFP responses and qualifications, and the impact of such arrangements on commercial or other relationships.

Akinci also provides counsel to individuals regarding Turkish and global immigration. Our services include advising and assisting in obtaining residency and work permit in Turkey.

In recent years, Akinci Law Office has successfully represented, and is representing, multiple clients regarding disputes related to significant investments by these clients in in among other countries, several members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, an association set up after the collapse of the U.S.S.R. of former Soviet Republics. These disputes were, and are being, adjudicated before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”), a World Bank-related arbitration tribunal, based on violations of the Bilateral Investment Treaties involved. They cover legal and factual situations unique to this particularly troubled region and we believe no law firm in the world has had more experience, and success, with ICSID arbitrations that have arisen there.