Okan Demirkan

Okan Demirkan
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Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Future Leaders - Partners

Mr Okan Demirkan leads the firm’s dispute resolution, energy and infrastructure and ethics and compliance practices. He represents domestic and international clients before arbitral tribunals and in their local litigation proceedings, including commercial, administrative and employment lawsuits as well as criminal lawsuits in relation to white-collar crimes. Mr Demirkan has been extensively involved in several institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings concerning disputes arising from major infrastructure projects, share purchase agreements, shareholders’ agreements, asset transfer agreements, construction contracts and license agreements. He and his disputes team have also represented several international clients in the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, with a 100 per cent success rate since Mr Demirkan joining Kolcuoglu Demirkan Kocakli as name partner.

With significant experience of over 15 years in international arbitration, he regularly serves as counsel, arbitrator or expert witness in various commercial disputes involving Turkish law. Recently, he was as an expert witness in an arbitration before the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), in relation to a billion-dollar dispute arising from an international natural gas project. In 2016, he acted as co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration and in 2017, he was sole arbitrator in a dispute before the Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC). Okan Demirkan is probably the youngest non-academic lawyer in Turkey that has acted as counsel, arbitrator and expert witness in arbitration proceedings, thereby experiencing every seat of arbitration.

Mr Demirkan completed his education respectively in Israel, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. He holds a law degree from the University of Sussex (2000). He started his legal career in 2000 and has been admitted to the Istanbul Bar Association since 2003.

WWL says: Okan Demirkan “has a great reputation” in the arbitration field and is “an absolute must for inclusion” according to peers.

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