Atty. Okan DemirkanBoard Advisor
Okan Demirkan has completed his academic education in Israel, the Netherlands and England, and started working as a lawyer in 2000. He is currently a partner in charge of conflicts resolution, energy & infrastructure and ethics & compliance.
Demirkan’s advocacy cases include commercial, administrative and business cases and criminal cases related to white-collar crimes. Having gained extensive experience in international arbitration cases for more than 15 years, he has also served as an arbitrator and legal expert in international and domestic arbitration processes. He is recognized internationally by institutes such as Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, among the leading lawyers in Turkey in dispute resolution. Demirkan’s other areas of expertise are energy and infrastructure projects. Some of Turkey’s most important and internationally critical energy projects, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Crude Oil Pipeline, Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), Shah Deniz (Stage II) and Sinop Nuclear Power Plant, are among the projects where Demirkan played an important role. As a result of his accomplishments in such projects, Demirkan won the Client Choice Award as the Energy and Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year by International Law Office magazine in 2013, 2014 and 2017. He is also one of the authors of the book “Regulations and Practices Regarding the Security of Critical Energy Infrastructure Facilities for International Law and Turkish Law”, published in 2012. As one of the board members of Turkey’s leading NGO in ethics and compliance, Ethics & Reputation Society, he founded the Council of Legislation Development and Activation. In this context, Demirkan takes an active role in the development of bribery and corruption laws in the private sector, and offers consultancy services in this area for many clients as well. Demirkan is the member of following associations: Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), International Nuclear Law Association (INLA), ICC, Young International Arbitrators Group (YIAG), International Bar Association (IBA), Turkish – British Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TBCCI), Corporate Governance Association of Turkey, Ethics & Reputation Society of Turkey, Yenibirlider Association and Galatasaray Sports Club