Karkın & Yüksel

With a global network and over 25 years of Turkish legal expertise, including founding and managing Turkey’s former largest law firm, Karkın & Yüksel offers expert counsel on Turkish law across a range of sectors and specialisms.

Karkın & Yüksel is a full-service law firm providing a diverse range of legal services, operating from the heart of the City of London. Our firm looks to build long-term relationships with clients, from international law firms to corporates, providing bespoke solutions to legal needs.

Karkın & Yüksel predominantly practices and advises on Turkish law but, has the capability and expertise to advise on international law especially international arbitration and international transactions covering multiple jurisdictions.


Murat Karkın and Cüneyt Yüksel are leading Turkish lawyers who previously founded and were Co-Managing Partners of the largest law firm in Turkey, YükselKarkın Attorney Partnership, which they established in 2006. This award winning and highly respected law firm served Turkish and international business out of Istanbul and Ankara. Yüksel and Karkın acted as Co-Managing Partners and respective heads of the Corporate and Dispute Resolution departments. From 2010 to 2014 the firm was the Turkish arm of DLA Piper. Yüksel and Karkın were the Regional Managing Partners of DLA Piper during this period.

Known for its multidisciplinary strength and breadth of legal services, YükselKarkın Attorney Partnership were the pre-eminent lawyers of choice for local and multinational corporate clients and grew to a team of over  100 lawyers and 60 administration staff and became a market-leading law firm in terms of lawyer headcount and generated income.

YükselKarkın Attorney Partnership received recognition from a number of international award directories, including “Leading Firm” in the Legal 500 EMEA (2016), “Top Ranked Global Firm” from Chambers and Partners (2016) and the “Financial and Corporate Top Tier Firm” in the IFLR 1000 (2015) for consecutive years with both Murat Karkın and Cüneyt Yüksel also recognised individually as Tier 1 and “Leading Individuals” within Corporate and Dispute Resolution work.

Some of the awards and rankings we have received throughout the years are as follows:

In 2017, they relocated to London and have rapidly built a new law practice. Following significant growth, the firm moved at the beginning of 2019 to the 33rd floor of the iconic Gherkin in London’s financial and legal district. The same dedication to serving the needs of their clients that became the hallmark of their success and recognition in Turkey is now brought to the UK under the name Karkin & Yuksel.