Akin Volkan Arikan - Managing Partner

Mr. Akin Volkan Arıkan is the managing partner of ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC and has broad experience in contract consultancy and dispute resolution matters concentrated on international projects.

Mr. Arikan represents firm’s clients in sophisticated cross-border projects including international commercial contracts, construction, mergers & acquisitions, project finance, corporate restructuring and complex dispute resolution matters.

He has been involved in numerous international dispute resolution matters including international arbitration cases before ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID and LCIA. Mr. Arikan’s involvement in international dispute resolution is not limited to the litigation matters but include alternative dispute resolution methods. Most of the disputes settled under Mr. Arikan’s consultancy and representation are related to the biggest companies in different sectors including oil & gas, construction and technology. The amount of the recently settled disputes is more than one billion dollars.

His international experience encompasses projects amounting to billions of dollars in diversified countries including UK, USA, Russia, Switzerland, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Qatar, Libya, Jordan, Georgia, Iran, Egypt, Nigeria and Turkey.

Mr. Arikan’s previous experience before ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC includes the counselling and representation of national and international clients in diverse practice areas in international arbitration and corporate law related matters. Mr. Arıkan is now representing companies with an operational power of multi-billion dollar transactions and the leading companies doing business in Turkey and abroad.

With his team of focused lawyers, Mr. Arikan helps his clients in complicated international corporate and dispute resolution projects by brining solutions to the needs of companies. Moreover, Mr. Arikan advises several foreign investors in their investment plans to Turkey.

Mr. Arikan is admitted to Istanbul Bar Association, graduate of Galatasaray University Faculty of Law LL.B. and fluent in English and French.

Nazli Arikan - Partner
Head of Construction & Arbitration


Ms. Nazli Arikan is a partner in the Construction & Arbitration Department of ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC and leads international dispute resolution and construction practices of the firm.

Having her academic thesis on Jurisdiction in International Arbitration, Ms. Arikan represented more than 20 different private companies and four states in international arbitration proceedings held before ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL and Istanbul Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Arikan’s experience in international construction encompasses sophisticated international construction projects in numerous countries including Libya, Russia, Yemen, Nigeria, Qatar and Jordan. She also represents the firm’s clients in most challenging construction and project finance matters in Turkey, too.

Her broad experience includes dispute resolution and contract consultancy projects based on FIDIC, AIA and JCT type contracts, as well.

Ms. Arikan represents both employers and contractors in construction projects amounting to more than billions of dollars in Turkey and abroad.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Arikan worked for one of the big four audit firm’s legal department and also in two law firms where she represented clients in multi-million dollar international projects.

Ms. Arikan is admitted to Istanbul Bar Association and graduate of Galatasaray University Faculty of Law LL.B and Lycée Français Privé Saint-Benoît, Istanbul. Ms. Arikan has also obtained her LL.M degree from University of Galatasaray with her academic thesis on international arbitration and is fluent in English and French.

Bora Mahmutoğlu – Partner
Head of Investment & Administration

Mr. Bora Mahmutoğlu is a partner in the Investment & Administration Department of ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC. He advises firm’s clients in international investment and finance projects. His practice includes the phases of market research, pre-negotiations, contract negotiations and conclusion of transactions for firm’s clients.

Mr. Mahmutoglu, after having studied business management in France and before joining to ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC, worked for one of the biggest international investment and management groups.

Mr. Mahmutoglu is graduate of Faculty of Law and Economics at University of Franche-Comté (France) and Lycée Français Privé Saint-Benoît, Istanbul and is fluent in English and French.

Onur Özalp - Partner
Head of Business Development and Projects Coordination

Mr. Onur Ozalp is a partner in the Business Development and Projects Coordination Department of ARIKAN | PARTNERS and leads the firm’s practice in the coordination and management of the most sophisticated local and international projects for the firm’s clients.

Mr. Ozalp has significant experience in cross-border and the most prestigious infrastructure projects of railways, highways, airports, harbours and cement plants as well as superstructure projects of real estate, high-rise buildings, hotels and malls effectuated in various countries including Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Senegal.

Mr. Ozalp’s role includes but is not limited to the development of upscale clients for ARIKAN | PARTNERS. Furthermore, he supports firm’s clients in international and domestic construction and investment projects from a technical and strategic perspective by combining the legal competence of ARIKAN | PARTNERS and his personal experience.

Before joining ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC, Mr. Ozalp has acted in technical and managerial positions in national and multinational companies involving both in domestic and international construction projects.

Mr. Ozalp is a graduate of Yildiz Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering; where he also obtained his MSc. Degree at the Department of Transportation with his academic thesis on Urban Railway Systems. Additionally, Mr. Ozalp holds an Executive MBA degree from Bogazici University.

Mr. Özalp is fluent in English and at an intermediate level in Russian.