Dr. Zeynep Çakmak


Practice Experience

Zeynep Çakmak 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 specialized in administrative law matters, regulatory agencies and administrative litigation. She represents her clients in commercial and administrative litigation.


  • Istanbul Bar Association, Turkey (2015)
  • Ankara Bar Association, Turkey (1990)
  • Turkish Bar Associations Union (1990)


  • Ankara University, Faculty of Law, Ph.D. (2011)
  • Nottingham University, Law School, LL.M. (1992)
  • Ankara University, Faculty of Law, LL.B. (1989)


  • Chambers Europe: Senior Statespeople in Projects & Energy
  • IFLR 1000 Women Leaders List: Recognized as a woman leader in the legal sector
  • IFLR 1000: Market Leader in Competition, M&A, Project development, Project finance
  • Chambers Global: Leading lawyer in Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, and Projects & Energy
  • European Legal 500: Leading lawyer in Project Finance / Projects
  • IFLR 1000: Highly regarded lawyer in Project Finance & Development, M&A and Dispute Resolution


  • Turkish, English