Dr. Umut Kolcuoğlu
Dr. Umut Kolcuoğlu
Managing Partner

Admitted to the Istanbul Bar Association
Admitted to the New York Bar Association

Dr. Umut Kolcuoğlu is the managing partner of Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı. Before founding the Firm in 2007, he worked in prominent law firms in Istanbul, New York and Frankfurt.

Umut has significant experience in commercial law, M&A, corporate finance and capital markets law. He has advised leading domestic and multinational companies, private equities and other financial institutions in various cross-border and local transactions involving numerous industry sectors, including energy and infrastructure, insurance, retail, aerospace, hospitality, electronics, automotive, pharmaceuticals and financial services. Umut also provides corporate and commercial law support to companies and individuals in both contentious and uncontentious matters. From time to time he acts as expert witness in international arbitration proceedings.

He serves as a board member of Boyner Holding and as a member of the board of trustees of the Turkey Entrepreneurship Foundation. Since 2017, he authors a column for Turkey’s leading economic newspaper, Nasıl Bir Ekonomi.

Umut leads the Firm’s German Desk

Practice Areas

Mergers and Acquisitions
Corporate and Commercial
Banking and Finance
Capital Markets
Competition Law


Istanbul University School of Law (Ph.D. in Corporate Law and Capital Markets Law, 2009)
New York University School of Law (LL.M., 2001)
Istanbul University School of Law (1998)
Sankt Georg Austrian High School (1994)


Client Choice Awards 2015, 2014: Corporate and M&A Lawyer of the Year, Turkey (Granted by the International Law Office Magazine)

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