The Firm was established by Nedim Karako in 1970 in Istanbul. In the beginning, the Firm was involved in general litigation, foreign investments, intellectual property law, labor law and commercial law, and then expanded its services to a wide range of areas such as banking law, financial law, aviation law, transportation law, real estate transactions, international legal affairs and M&A projects.

Nedim Karako is leading the Firm with his experience of more than 40 years and his passion for his work from the very first day of the Firm.

The Firm has a broad range of clientele, including aircraft lessees, lessors, aircraft maintenance and repair stations, traders, freight forwarders, motorboat and yacht sellers, underwriters, reinsurers, insurance brokers, banks and finance institutions. The clients are based in Turkey and as well as outside Turkey.

The Firm has strong links with many international law firms and is able to offer its local clients legal assistance in foreign jurisdictions.

English, French, German and Dutch are fluently spoken in the Firm. The Firm operates on a 24-hour a day basis.

The aim of the Firm is to provide efficient and teamwork oriented legal services in accordance with ethical and international standards.


The focus of the Firm is Aviation Law, Corporate Law, Labor Law, Litigation, Banking & Finance Law, Foreign Investment Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Transportation Law and Data Protection & Privacy.

Aviation Law

The Firm provides legal assistance to the aviation industry. Attorneys act as legal advisers and litigators for foreign aircraft/aircraft engine owners and lessors,  …

Corporate Law

Corporate attorneys provide guidance necessary to respond to operational and regulatory needs of clients and today’s demanding business atmosphere …

Labor Law

The Team represents employers from various sectors in all aspects of labor law. Alternatively, the Firm works for individuals and corporations regarding …


Litigation team frequently provides lead trial strategy in cases where the outcome is crucial to the economic impact or continued financial viability of client’s business…

Banking & Finance Law

Banking & Finance practice focuses on lending and regulatory activities of commercial lenders, banks and other financial institutions. Advisory services are …

Foreign Investment Law

The Firm represents international entrepreneurs investing in Turkey; assists them in establishing companies, joint ventures, branch offices, …

Mergers & Acquisitions

The Firm represents clients in all phases of mergers and acquisition transactions. Clients are advised in structuring, negotiating and completing domestic …

Intellectual Property

The Firm provides legal consultancy on protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights in Turkey. The consultancy includes legal matters, including trademarks

Transportation Law

In today’s globalized world in which borders are disappearing, international agreements and regulations governing transportation have become …

Data Protection & Privacy

Since the launch of Personal Data Protection Act in 2016 in Turkey, data protection and privacy has become a fundamental topic for all companies. Firm advises …


Our Team consists of seven attorneys and operates under consultancy and litigation sub-divisions. The Firm collaborates with specialists in other fields of expertise, as well. That collaboration might be on international, local or geographical basis, if necessary.


  • Nedim KARAKO

    Founding Partner

    Nedim was born in 1945 in Istanbul. He obtained his LL.B. at Istanbul University Law Faculty in 1967.  In 1968, he has been admitted to Istanbul Bar Association. Nedim founded the Firm in 1970 and since he is working as senior partner of the Firm.

    Nedim has been accepted and registered as arbitrator and mediator in various international intellectual property organizations and arbitration institutions. He speaks English, French and Spanish.


  • Cem KARAKO, LL.M.


    Cem was born in 1981 in Istanbul. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in law from Istanbul University Law Faculty in 2004. He graduated from the International Institute of Air and Space Law, University of Leiden, cum laude, in 2008. In 2005, he has been admitted to Istanbul Bar Association. Since 2004, Cem has been acting as legal counsel in the Firm. He is also guest lecturer on air law at Yeditepe University Law Faculty, Istanbul, since 2009. Cem speaks English, German and Dutch.

    Publications of Cem are as follows: 

    • Article with Fabio Tronchetti (associate professor of law at the School of Law, Harbin Institute of Technology, People’s Republic of China), in Air & Space Law/Contemporary Issues And Future Challenges/Liber Amicorum, ‘The Draft Protocol on Matter Relating to Space Assets: New Developments and Perspectives for Success’ (August, 2011);
    • Author, ‘Separate Financing of Aircraft Engines – Legal Obstacles’ (August, 2010);
    • Article, Current Law Review, ‘Comments to the Turkish Draft Translation of the Montreal Convention, 1999’ (April, 2009), Turkish;
    • Article, Current Law Review, ‘The Distinction Between Actual and Contractual Carrier in Air Law’ (April, 2008), Turkish.
G. Gözde ÇELİK

  • G. Gözde ÇELİK

    Senior Associate

    Gözde was born in 1988 in Ankara. She obtained her LL.B. at Marmara University Law Faculty in 2010. She has been admitted to Istanbul Bar Association in 2011. Gözde joined the Firm in 2014. She speaks English and German.


  • Seda ŞAHİN

    Senior Associate

    Seda was born in 1986 in Sakarya. She obtained her LL.B. at Marmara University Law Faculty in 2010. She has been admitted to Istanbul Bar Association in 2011. Seda joined the Firm in 2014. She speaks English and German.


  • İ. Ensar BATIRMAN

    Junior Associate

    Ensar was born in 1991 in Kocaeli. He obtained his LL.B. at Istanbul University Law Faculty in 2013. He has been admitted to Istanbul Bar Association in 2014. Same year, he joined the Firm. He speaks English. At the moment, he works on his master degree on civil law at the University of Bahçesehir, Law Faculty.

Merve ALİŞ

  • Merve ALİŞ

    Junior Associate

    Merve was born in 1990 in Istanbul. She obtained her LL.B. at Ankara University Law Faculty in 2012. She has been admitted to Istanbul Bar Association in 2014. The next year, she joined the Firm. She speaks English. At the moment, she works on her master thesis in maritime law.

Kemal AKAN

  • Kemal AKAN


    Kemal was born in 1992 in Usak. He obtained his LL.B. at Istanbul University Law Faculty in 2015. He has been admitted to Istanbul Bar Association in 2015. Kemal joined the Firm the same year. He speaks English.


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