Omer KesikliManaging Partner
Kesikli Law Firm
Omer Kesikli is the founding partner of Kesikli Law Firm (“Firm”). He is a trusted and recognized business lawyer in Turkey. His past experiences as the legal advisor of both investor and contractor companies coupled with his legal educational background enable him to deeply understand his clients’ concerns and to advise them on effective allocation of the relevant risks of their businesses appropriately. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Kesikli has advised a number of local and foreign corporations and handled a broad range of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters internationally and locally regarding various aspects of Turkish Law including consortiums and joint ventures; structuring share purchase agreements, shareholders agreements, guarantee arrangements, strategic alliances, project development agreements, providing legal advice on corporate transactions, competition law, project finance, privatizations, energy law and regulatory matters, public tenders, construction law, EPC Projects, labor law, tax law and foreign investments.
Kesikli Law Firm, an independent law practice based in Istanbul, Turkey, serves a diverse client base, from global corporations to small, entrepreneurial companies and individuals in a range of transactional, litigious and regulatory matters. Through its involvement as counsel to investors, contractors, engineers, project developers, trading companies and other project proponents, Kesikli Law Firm established a trustworthy reputation as the provider of tailored legal solutions in the areas of Power & Energy, Real Estate & Construction Law, Corporate & Commercial Law, IP Law and Employment Law on contentious and non-contentious matters
Contentious and Non-Contentious Legal Work
Transactional Legal Work: Kesikli’s lawyers serve as outsourcing counsel to companies from very early stage to mature firms, from small to very large in size, all in vibrant and challenging markets including energy, construction, real estate, manufacturing, transportation, and financial services. Kesikli
Dispute Resolution: Kesikli provides savvy, strategic, and results-oriented legal representation for both corporate and individual clients in corporate, commercial, construction, real estate, and IP litigation. From employment-related lawsuits to complex commercial and construction disputes, Kesikli has the experience and focus that any company or individual needs to protect its assets and enforce its legal rights.
Regulatory Advice & Representation: Kesikli regularly acts for organizations involved in matters before administrative and regulatory bodies. Kesikli’s hands-on experience coupled with its lawyers’ academic knowledge and business network, enables it to guide its clients in complying with the complex web of laws, regulations, guidelines, policies, and procedures in different sectors.
Power and energy: Kesikli’s power and energy practice cover a comprehensive range of legal and business matters including the development/financing of green or brownfield energy and infrastructure projects, permitting and licensing matters and providing counsel on structuring the contractual and regulatory background of the projects. Kesikli advises on energy market participation and regulatory rules, the law of privatization, acquisitions of energy projects and drafting and negotiation of required contracts.
EPC and infrastructure projects: Kesikli has extensive experience in EPC and infrastructure projects in Turkey, the Russian Federation, Israel, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Romania, Namibia, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Kesikli represents clients in various projects on contentious and non-contentious matters, involving EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) and EPCM (EPC Management) contracts, FIDIC model contracts, equipment supply, and erection contracts, construction contracts, electricity sales contracts, natural gas sale contracts, O&M contracts and settlement of disputes.
Corporate and commercial: corporate law is an area in which Kesikli excels. Its corporate legal practice is structured to represent clients through every stage of the business life cycle, providing daily legal advice from initial conception and start-up, through trade sale or acquisitions. Kesikli regularly renders legal services to clients on joint ventures, consortium, partnership and share purchase transactions and arrangements. Kesikli advises clients in day-to-day operations as well as drafting, negotiating and terminating a variety of contracts including distribution agreements, licensing agreements, exclusivity agreements, franchising agreements, project development agreements, e-contracts, web-site legal content and other tailor-made contracts.
Intellectual Property: Kesikli is experienced in all aspects of IP protection, including idea development, trademark, trade secret, copyright infringement matters; and licensing arrangements.
Public tenders: Kesikli provides legal support when evaluating public tender laws and privatization procedures as well as possible process scenarios. This support covers qualification criteria, representation in privatization-related disputes, preparation of complaints and objections; negotiations with privatization agencies and public authorities; assistance with preparing tender documentation; legal due diligence of target companies; and negotiating privatization and investment agreements.
Employment: Kesikli’s team is well-versed in the intricacies of Turkish employment law, regularly providing counsel on local labor laws and hiring practices, including the consequences of M&As, restructurings, joint ventures, and privatizations; termination of employment contracts of employees and executive staff at all levels and resolving any labor disputes.
Competition: Kesikli has extensive experience in dealing with the complex issues facing clients in various sectors at the intersection of competition law, antitrust regulations and consumer law. Kesikli advises clients relating to legal needs on Turkish competition laws and regulations.