Okan Demirkan
Okan Demirkan

Admitted to the Istanbul Bar Association

Okan Demirkan leads the Firm’s dispute resolution, energy and infrastructure, as well as ethics and compliance practices. He has been heavily involved in all legal and regulatory issues of many pipelines including the BTC and TANAP transit pipelines. He has advised in major natural gas sale projects, as well as a number of electricity generation facility projects.

He has successfully represented several international clients as well as local entities both in institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings concerning major infrastructure projects including build-operate-transfer (BOT) model investments, share purchase agreements, shareholders agreements, EPC contracts and licensing contracts. He also represents clients in litigation proceedings in Turkey and from time to time acts as expert witness in foreign jurisdictions, on Turkish law matters. Mr. Demirkan has acted as co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration and as sole arbitrator in an ISTAC arbitration. In 2017, he was an expert witness in a multi-billion dollar arbitration under the LCIA Rules.

Okan Demirkan is a prominent figure in the area of ethics and compliance. He has conducted several investigations related to various regulatory as well as anti-bribery/anti-corruption allegations.

Practice Areas

Dispute Resolution
Energy & Infrastructure
Ethics & Compliance


University of Sussex School of Legal Studies (LL.B., 2000)
Rijnlands Lyceum, Leiden-The Netherlands (International Baccalaureate, 1997)


Recognized as a “Global Elite Thought Leader” in the field of Energy by Who’s Who Legal in 2020 and 2021
Recognized as a “World Leading Energy Lawyer” by Who’s Who Legal in 2019
Recognized as a “Future Leader of the Arbitration World” by Who’s Who Legal and GAR in 2019 and 2020
Client Choice Award 2017, 2014, 2013:  Best Energy and Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year (granted by International Law Office Magazine)

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