Alper Işıkal, owner of Işıkal Law Firm, the Turkish representative of Grata International Law Association which has around 20 branches in Eurasia and Central Europe, stated that Turkish investors are not on their own in Eurasia, thanks to this significant collaboration.
How was your entry into the business world?
Following graduation from Istanbul University Law School, I began my career as an intern in a law firm, where I kept on as an employee after my internship period. Later on, I worked as a legal director in international companies such as McDonalds, Multi and Turkmall. Then I established Işıkal Law Firm in the light of the experience I have gained from both the companies I have worked in, and from the business world.
How was your introduction to real estate law and the real estate world?
My former employers, as I stated before. McDonald’s, for instance. Although it may seem like a fast food company, it also manages hundreds of lease agreements and properties. In that sense, we can also consider McDonald’s as a real estate and real estate management company. Later on, I worked at Multi Turkmall as a legal director, where I participated in each and every phase of real estate development of the Forum Shopping Centers, which contributed to my experience in real estate law and business law.
You have recently became a member of Grata International, an international legal association. Can you please explain?
We provide legal services to many companies in Kazakhstan. In that respect, we entered into a collaboration with Grata International, which has around 20 offices in Eurasia and Central Europe. The association has law offices in many Eurasian and Central European countries such as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Latvia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Russia, Azerbaijan, Switzerland and China, as well as representatives in the United States of America, Great Britain and the Netherlands. Among the country members of such association, Işıkal Law Firm is authorized for the legal matters in Turkey. I would also like to inform that we have the ability to provide services directly from Turkey, for any business activity that Turkish investors would conduct in such countries.
How would your collaboration with Grata International contribute to the Turkish business community and the Turkish law?
First of all, there are numerous advantages of being a member of an association with offices in 20 countries. This is a combination of a great amount of legal experience. With respect to the business community, Turkish investors would have the opportunity to receive support regarding any activity and investment they would conduct in Eurasia, as well as the legal framework, from expert lawyers who speak their language and are familiar with their culture. Turkish investors would therefore have a significant opportunity for legal support. Likewise, the association would provide us the opportunity to offer legal services to investors who has investments here in Turkey.