Dr. Zeynep Çakmak | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Zeynep Cakmak
Zeynep Cakmak

Dr. Zeynep Çakmak

Association Partner, Istanbul

T +90 212 355 1300

E zcakmak@cakmak-gokce.av.tr

Sources consider her “an expert in energy deals” who is “very hands-on when solving a problem. We really trust her legal evaluations and knowledge.”

Chambers 2015


Zeynep has considerable 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 also specializes in administrative law matters, regulatory agencies and administrative litigation.

Zeynep has lectured on "Basic Concepts of English Law" at the Research Institute of Banking and Commercial Law in Ankara as well as on "Introduction to Law" at Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences.

Bars and Courts

  • Istanbul Bar Association


  • PhD, Faculty of Law, Ankara University
  • LLM, Law, Nottingham Law School
  • LLB, Doctoral, Ankara University


  • Turkish
  • English
For Turkish law matters, White & Case works with Çakmak-Gökçe Avukatlık Bürosu in Istanbul.


Financing of the New Istanbul Airport

Advised a syndication of Turkish lenders composed of several Turkish banks in both the bridge financing and the project finance of the Third İstanbul Airport which will be constructed and operated on a BOT basis.

İzmir and Kocaeli Health PPP Projects

Advised the sponsors in connection with the İzmir and Kocaeli Health PPP Projects.


Advised the lenders, including EIB, EBRD and IFC on the US$ multi-billion Nabucco pipeline project which attempted to link Turkey and Austria, one of the most important gas hubs in Central Europe, via Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary.


Advised Rönesans Enerji in the development and financing of the KANYON CCGT Project.


Advised ENGIE in their several power deals in Turkey.

Motorways Privatization

Advised the lenders to the winning consortium in the Motorways Privatization launched by the Turkish government.


Advised ExxonMobil in its offshore upstream oil exploration activities in the Black Sea Region of Turkey.


Advised Petrobras in its offshore upstream oil exploration activities in the Black Sea Region of Turkey.


  • Commercial Litigation – International Series (Turkey chapter), Thomson Reuters p. 467-479, September 2015, (with Elif Demiröz)
  • Turkey section of PLC - Cartel Leniency, September 2012, (contributing author, with Dr. Gamze Öz and Dr. Zeynep Çakmak)
  • Infrastructure & Construction, chapter of IFLR's 2012 Guide to Turkey, p. 13-16, (with Çağdaş Evrim Ergün)
  • Energy Market Regulatory Authority as an Independent Administrative Authority (Bağımsız İdari Otorite Olarak Enerji Piyasası Düzenleme Kurumu), May 2011, (author)

Awards & Recognition

Leading Individuals, Legal 500

Turkey, Project Finance/Projects

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global/Europe 2015

Turkey, Projects & Energy, Band 1 Turkey, Dispute Resolution, Band 3

Leading Lawyer, IFLR Energy & Infrastructure Guide