Cem Congar

Cem Congar is our exclusively recommended Insurance and Shipping & Maritime Law expert in Turkey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Cem directly using the contact details listed above.

Cem graduated from Istanbul University in 2006. Then, he got his LL.M. Degree from Istanbul Aydın University.

He completed his legal internship in the office of Prof. Dr. Abuzer Kendigelen who is the Dean of The Faculty of Law of Istanbul University. Afterward, he continued his law career at Antalya Coast Guard Command, Ceynak Logistics Inc. & Samsunport Port Management and head office of AXA InsuranceInc. Most particularly he worked as an expert attorney on subjects as Marine and Land Transportation, Insurance, Logistics and International law cases.

As a speaker, moderator, or organiser, he has attended more than 40 academic panels and seminars related to national and international transportation and insurance at many Universities, Bar Associations, and Institutions.

He participated in the establishment of the Carriage and Logistics Commission of the Istanbul Bar Association and he was assigned as Vice President for a period. He is still giving lectures at the Intern Education Centre of the Istanbul Bar Association.

He had attended as a guest speaker at Boards of Trade and Bar Associations of provinces such as Ankara, İstanbul, İzmir, and Mersin. He participated in many academic studies. In addition to this, he has been awarded from the United Nations, American and Balcanic Countries in order to the international organisations that he led.

His academic papers are published in many newspapers and journals. In the book “TRANSPORTATION AND INSURANCE LAW” published by the Istanbul Bar Association, he wrote an article which is “Carrier’s Liability In The Light of The Court of Appeal Decisions”.

Cem Congar knows advanced Turkish, English and German.

Selim Güray Çelik

Selim Güray Çelik is our exclusively recommended Debt Collection Services expert in Turkey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Selim directly using the contact details listed above.

Selim graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Business Administration of the University of Ankara. He has a Master’s Degree in Finance from the University of Illinois.

He started his professional career at the Treasury Undersecretariat.  He later worked as the Chief Inspector and the Head of Department at the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency. He continued his professional life at T.C.Ziraat Bank A.S. as Deputy General Manager and in 2013, was Executive Vice President at Şekerbank.  In addition to these positions  he has provided professional services to many financial corporations as member and president of executive boards.

Selim Güray Çelik is fluent in English and has been working as a managing partner at GCCG since September, 2019.

Firm Overview:


Glocal Collection and Consulting Group (GCCG) was set up to provide receivables management and debt collection, financial restructuring, and debt management services, financial and legal consultancy to its local and international customers as a strategic partner.

Bringing a new dimension to their work through many years of experience in finance and law, Glocal Collection and Consulting Group serves many banks, financial corporations, asset management companies, eximbanks (export-import banks), international debt collection corporations and insurance companies.

Erdem Atilla

Erdem Atilla is our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation expert in Turkey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Erdem directly using the contact details listed above.

Following his graduation from Galatasaray University Faculty of Law, Erdem joined Pekin & Pekin in 2009 and as the Team Leader of the Dispute Resolution team, is currently the most senior member of the Firm.

Erdem, as a Senior Partner leading the Dispute Resolution team, has been involved in a wide range of lawsuits including commercial disputes, employment disputes, criminal proceedings, administrative disputes, execution and bankruptcy proceedings, debt collection proceedings, compensation lawsuits, consumer disputes, disputes arising from contracts having an international aspect as well as contracts subject to Turkish Law.

The clients that Erdem advises and represents are both international and local clients from a wide range of sectors including Automotive, Banking & Finance, Consumer Products and Retail, Energy and Natural Resources, Hospitality and Leisure, Industrial Manufacturing and Service Industries, Infrastructure, Insurance, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare and Biotechnology, Real Estate and Construction, TMT, Transportation, Logistics and Defense.

With more than ten years of court litigation experience, Erdem is described by clients to have a “very professional approach” and to provide with “concrete solution ideas rather than citing the disputes in legal parlance”.

Erdem Atilla is a Lycée Saint-Joseph graduate and is fluent in English and French.

Firm Overview:

Founded in 1971, Pekin & Pekin is a full-service law firm providing integrated legal services to clients involved in transactions within Turkey.

The vision of Pekin & Pekin today is the same vision as in 1971 – to provide clients with legal advice that helps them achieve their long-term objectives in Turkey and globally with the greatest efficiency. This vision is attained by a strategy of steady expansion, allowing the Firm to retain its boutique character and standard of service.

The Firm has pioneered legal structures for Turkish banking transactions, facilitated the introduction of new financial products and organisational structures, advised regulators on new laws and regulators on new laws and regulations across multiple sectors acted in the largest and most high profile finance and M&A deals in the jurisdiction and succeeded in complex arbitration cases.

Dogukan Berk Aksoy, LL.M.

Doğukan B. Aksoy, a registered attorney-at-law and trademark attorney in Turkey, is the founder of Aksoy – Trademark and Patent.

Prior to founding Aksoy in Ankara (where the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office is located, and lawsuits against the decisions of the Office shall exclusively be settled), Doğukan had worked at the Istanbul office of an international law firm as the primary contact person with respect to the filing and prosecuting of intellectual property rights.

At Aksoy, Doğukan now advises his local and international clients from various sectors on a wide range of intellectual property matters, files their registration applications and oppositions against third party applications before the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office and negotiates assignment and license agreements with counter-parties on behalf of his clients.

Apart from the services mentioned above, with his extensive experience in litigation, Doğukan regularly represents his clients before the Turkish Courts in all kinds of disputes related to trademarks, patents and designs. He also carries out seizure proceedings and customs measure applications against counterfeit goods.

Firm Overview:

Aksoy IP is a boutique and dynamic intellectual property firm in Turkey. With our team composed of trademark and patent attorneys and lawyers, we are a one-stop-shop when it comes to the protection of intellectual property rights in Turkey.

We represent our local and international clients before the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office in registration and opposition procedures and before the Turkish courts in lawsuits and advise them in their intellectual property-related contractual relationships.

We are committed to offering to our clients high-quality work with our local expertise and always being very responsive.

Aksoy IP is located in Ankara, where the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office is established, and lawsuits against the decisions of the Office shall be exclusively settled.

Mustafa Tırtır

Mustafa Tırtır is our exclusively recommended Criminal Law expert in Turkey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mustafa directly using the contact details listed above.

Mustafa graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Law in 1999. He completed his legal internship in the law firm of Prof. Köksal Bayraktar, his professor from university. He registered to the bar in 2000 and later on did short-time military service in Balıkesir. He then worked as a lawyer at Prof. Köksal Bayraktar’s law firm until 2011 when he set up his own firm. The same year he was admitted to the Istanbul Commerce University graduate program on public law. He graduated from İstanbul Commerce University in 2005. The same year he was admitted to the İstanbul Medipol University on public law Ph.D. program.

Mustafa Tırtır started consultancy services at Aksan Law Firm as the head of the criminal law department. He is a member of the Ideal Hukuk Editorial Board and an attorney of trademark and patent law. He has over 30 articles on criminal legislation, as well as criminal law in relation to the press and visual media. Mustafa has been working in the field of criminal law for over 20 years.

Dr. Zeynep Çakmak

Dr. Zeynep Çakmak is our exclusively recommended Energy & Natural Resources Law expert in Turkey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Zeynep directly using the contact details listed above.

Zeynep has substantial experience in the representation of lenders, sponsors and developers in a range of project development and financings. Zeynep’s practice concentrates on energy, infrastructure and project finance, with particular experience in the Turkish power and gas market, privatizations, and energy mergers and acquisitions. She is also specialised in administrative law matters, regulatory agencies and administrative litigation.

Firm Overview:

Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı is one of the most respected top-tier law firms in Turkey

Since 1993, Çakmak has represented international and Turkish clients in a wide range of private and public transactions and businesses. Having established practices in both Ankara and İstanbul, and with a detailed understanding of local law and international practice, Çakmak has the experience and the expertise to assist clients doing business in Turkey today.