Akinci Law Office
Bebek Mah. Cevdet Paşa Cad. No:55
Tel: + 90 212 287 07 00
Fax: + 90 212 287 87 86
Cemile Gökyayla is a partner at Akıncı Law, a leading arbitration and litigation firm in Istanbul. With over 10 years’ experience, she is a specialist in international commercial and investment arbitration. She has acted as counsel and arbitrator in numerous ad hoc and administered international arbitral proceedings under the UNCITRAL, ICC, DIAC, ICSID, TOBB and ITOTAM arbitration rules governed by many countries’ laws (including Swiss, German, Turkish, Yemeni, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Khazak, Qatari, Emirati, Iraqi and Romanian law).
She is particularly experienced in disputes arising from construction contracts (eg, infrastructure, building, road and energy projects) in Europe, Gulf countries, the Middle East, Africa and CIS countries financed by the European Union, the European Investment Bank, the Asian Development Bank, JBIC, and the World Bank.
Dr Gökyayla advises contractors and employers in international construction projects in Turkey and abroad. She also represents parties in Turkish court proceedings related to the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and board judgments.
Dr Gökyayla is a member of the Istanbul Arbitration Centre National Court and Advising Committee, and worked on the drafting of the Istanbul Arbitration Centre Arbitration Rules. She was previously a member of the sub-committee reviewing the articles regulating domestic arbitration in the Turkish Civil Code. She is also a member of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre.
Dr Gökyayla is the president of the International Private Law Department of the Faculty of Law at Istanbul Bilgi University, where she teaches international arbitration law, international commercial law, foreign investment law and international private law.
Dr Gökyayla participates as speaker or moderator in conferences on international arbitration law or international construction law. She is the author of the following books: Document Production in International Arbitration (2014), International Distribution Agreements (2nd Edition 2013), International Family Law (with Prof Ziya Akıncı 2010) and Public Order in Enforcement of Foreign Judgements (2000). She has also published several articles in the field of international private law.
Dr Gökyayla is fluent in English and Turkish and has a working knowledge of French and German.
The International Arbitration Practice:
Akinci Law Office has extensive and rooted experience in International Arbitration and proceedings under, among others, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
Our work in the field of international arbitration has been highly commended by many respected international organizations. For example, Akinci holds the honor of being selected amongst the top 100 law firms worldwide for 2010-2017 in the Global Arbitration Review 100. Akinci has also been listed amongst the recommended law firms in the field of dispute resolution by Legal500 and Chambers and Partners. We were recently chosen “Arbitration Law Firm of the Year – Turkey” by Lawyer Monthly.
We deal with all kinds of international disputes, including among others those related to international commercial law, construction contracts, highway construction projects, energy distribution, and water and waste plant management projects.
Prof. Ziya Akinci has acted as an arbitrator and counsel in numerous ad-hoc and institutional international arbitration cases, including ones performed under the rules of ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, TRAC, ITO and others. Prof. Akinci has been a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration since 2006.
In recent years, Akinci Law Office has successfully represented, and is representing, multiple clients regarding disputes related to significant investments by these clients 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.
Akinci Law Office:
Akinci Law Office is an international law firm, based in Istanbul Turkey, committed to providing high-quality legal service both in international and domestic practices. The firm provides specialized legal services to prominent local firms as well as to well-known corporations around the world.
Clients range from public institutions, internationally renowned firms to small businesses and individual entrepreneurs. The firm assists in matters arising from civil law, penal law and other branches of the law, and aim to fulfill all of our clients’ varied needs.
The hallmark of their practice is treating each matter individually, taking into consideration its own merits. Orientated with the philosophy of personal service and a team approach, Akinci Law Office are dedicated to resolving all aspects of their clients’ legal matters efficiently.
Akinci Law Office has been listed as one of the recommended law firms in the field of dispute resolution by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.
Today, the firm’s staff consists of an outstanding group of professional lawyers, all of which are fluent in English; also, French, German and Russian are spoken.
Clients are; Local and International Public Institutions, Leading Construction Companies, Energy Companies, Shipyard Companies, Investors, Manufacturers and Processors and Major Banks.