Who We Are

At YILMAZ LAW OFFICES , we pride ourselves on our family's 40-year legacy in the legal field. Our enduring commitment to providing high-quality legal services has earned us a reputation that spans generations.

As pioneers in serving foreign direct investors in Turkey, we have developed deep insights into the intricacies of international business operations. Our specialized expertise in this area sets us apart, with 85% of our clients hailing from foreign jurisdictions.

Our Journey: A Legacy of Passion and Dedication

Founded by two adventurous fresh graduates from Ankara Law School, Ms. Banu Yilmaz and the late Mr. Ilter Yilmaz, our story began with a spark of ambition and a thirst for legal excellence.

In 1971, immediately after graduation, Banu and Ilter were awarded a scholarship to further their studies in Rome, Italy. Seizing the moment, they quickly tied the knot and embarked on their academic journey together. Enrolling at the University of Rome Law School, they delved into a doctoral program focused on “labour law.”

As fate would have it, during their time in Rome, their only son, who would later grow to become the managing partner of our firm, was born. This experience cemented the Yilmaz family’s bond and commitment to both family and legal excellence.

In 1982, armed with a wealth of knowledge and a burning desire to make a difference, Banu and Ilter bid farewell to their roles in the public sector and embarked on a new chapter. They founded their own law firm in Kocaeli, Izmit—a city steeped in industry and innovation, in close proximity to Istanbul.

In 1997, their son Cagatay Yilmaz joined the firm, breathing new life and energy into the legacy. In 2000, Rana Yilmaz, Cagatay’s spouse, became an integral part of the team. Together, they expanded the firm’s reach by opening an office in Istanbul, the vibrant heart of business in Turkey.

While Rana followed in the footsteps of her parents-in-law, specializing in labour law, Cagatay charted a different course. He established a practice exclusively dedicated to assisting small and mid-sized foreign direct investors looking to thrive in the Turkish market.

Ilter Yilmaz, one of the founders, wasn’t just a legal practitioner; he also served as a neutral expert witness accredited to labour courts, bringing his expertise to bear on labour accidents for over 25 years. His contributions extended beyond the courtroom—he served as the president of the local bar in Kocaeli from 2006 to 2008, and following his tenure, he was elected to the high disciplinary board of the national union of lawyers’ bar, where he served for four years.

In 2018, we bid a heartfelt farewell to Ilter Yilmaz, but his legacy lives on in our hearts and in the principles he instilled in our firm. Recently, Banu Yilmaz has chosen to take a step back, leaving the reins in the capable hands of the second generation, who are committed to upholding the values and traditions that have defined us.

Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of serving over 100 foreign investors, while also providing invaluable services to local clients venturing abroad.

Our journey is a testament to the power of passion, dedication, and a steadfast commitment to excellence. As we look to the future, we carry forward the torch of our founders, driven by a shared vision of making a positive impact in the world of law.

40+
YEARS OF
EXPERIENCE
100+
COMPANIES WORKED
WITH
150.000
HOURS OF
CONSULTANCY
20+
COUNTRIES

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

1

Beyond Borders, Beyond Lawyering

At YILMAZ LAW OFFICES , we go the extra mile to bridge the gap between legal expertise and practical, on-the-ground support. Our commitment to your success extends far beyond the confines of traditional legal services.

2

International Practice: Global Expertise, Local Insight

At YILMAZ LAW OFFICES , our extensive network of decades-long connections across different jurisdictions empowers us to deliver cost-effective and timely solutions for our clients engaged in complex international transactions.

3

Proven Track Record

Over the last five years alone, we’ve successfully concluded 20 multi-jurisdictional investments in over 15 countries. This track record attests to our ability to navigate the complexities of cross-border business with precision and efficiency.

4

Seamless Global Solutions

With a deep understanding of both local and international legal landscapes, we offer seamless support for clients expanding their business horizons beyond borders. Our international practice is not just about legal expertise; it’s about providing practical, results-driven solutions in a global context.

5

More Than Lawyering: Making Impact Beyond Borders

At YILMAZ LAW OFFICES , we believe in the power of our expertise to make a difference in the world. Our commitment to excellence goes beyond the confines of the legal field, extending into various impactful endeavors.

6

Collaborating with the World Bank

Since 2009, we’ve partnered with the World Bank, contributing our insights to important initiatives such as the World Doing Business and World Employing Workers projects. This collaboration underscores our dedication to shaping global business environments.

7

Educating the Next Generation of Global Business Leaders

Since 2010, we’ve been honored to lecture graduate students in Rome, Italy, focusing on foreign direct investment practices at LUISS Law School. This opportunity allows us to share our knowledge and passion for international business with the leaders of tomorrow.

TESTIMONIALS

I would recommend Cagatay without hesitation.

Cagatay is a consummate professional and valued International Business partner. I had the great pleasure of working with him and his exceptional team for the first time nearly 8 years ago. Today, my company considers his work invaluable to our future growth and success in the many markets in which Cagatay lends his expertise. Moreso, his work approach is straightforward, friendly, and informative. He is a pleasure to partner with and I enthusiastically offer the highest recommendation of Cagatay.

Moreso, his work approach is straightforward, friendly, and informative. He is a pleasure to partner with and I enthusiastically offer the highest recommendation of Cagatay.

Today, my company considers his work invaluable to our future growth and success in the many markets in which Cagatay lends his expertise.

I had the pleasure of working with Cagatay and his team. He always had a positive attitude and a focused “can do” mentality. His mix of skills and background makes him a valuable asset to any organization.

Cagatay is a consummate professional and valued International Business partner. I had the great pleasure of working with him and his exceptional team for the first time nearly 8 years ago.