Our Team


Our staff in London and in Turkey consist of English-speaking lawyers qualified in Turkish law with membership of Bar Associations (BARO) in Istanbul and Izmir.  BARO is a recognized authority on the rules and principles of professional conduct for practicing lawyers in Turkey.  We fully comply with their standards as they underpin the profession’s reputation.

Ayse OZCAN, (Founding Partner), Lawyer, MBA ACIArb


Ayse Ozcan specialises in Turkish Law and advises clients on Turkish property and associated transactions. After graduating from Istanbul University, Ayse qualified with the Istanbul Bar Association and worked as a Commercial Lawyer in Turkey. She received her MBA in International Business from London City University Business School. Prior to setting up Acacia International, Ayse Ozcan worked for the US Government as a Senior Advisor in relation to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Ayse is also an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in London.

Gurkan OZCAN, (Founding Partner), Lawyer


Gurkan graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Law in 1983. He qualified with the Aydin Bar Association in 1984 where he served number of years in the Board of the association. With 30 years of practice, Gurkan has a wealth of experience in Turkish Law. Gurkan is currently practicing under the Izmir Bar Association and manages our Turkish operations. Gurkan specialises in Turkish Property Law, Zoning and Construction Law, Inheritance Law and Family Law.

Ozlem OZCAN, Lawyer


In 1983, Ozlem graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Law and started her professional career as registered lawyer at Aydin Bar Association. Ozlem has been one of senior lawyers of Acacia International Lawyers since its foundation and continues her work with Acacia team as being a senior advisor lawyer.

Asli DENIZ, Lawyer


Aslı graduated from Izmir Dokuz Eylül University in 2015 and following graduation, she started her internship at Izmir Bar Association. Upon that, she attended to the International Legal English Certificate (ILEC) programme in London Meridian College located in London and received the ILEC. Aslı was admitted to Izmir Bar Association in 2016 and currently continues her career at our office.

IRMAK GURSEL, Trainee Lawyer


Irmak graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2019. She started her internship at Izmir Bar Association. She has a good command of English. Conducts studies oriented to solving foreign nationals’ Turkish Law related problems. Real estate law, law of obligations, family law, commercial law are within her fields of interest.

Firdevs YALCIN, Consultant

Firdevs Yalcin started her career as a Clerk at the Land Registry Office of Denizli in 1979 and appointed to Aydin Land Registry Office in 1995. She has completed in-service training successfully in 1996 and subsequently received the title of Deed Office Chief. Firdevs who participated in and contributed to the Project of TAKBIS, worked as Deputy Manager at Karsiyaka/Izmir Deed Office from 1997 till 2004 when she retires from civil service. She is currently engaged to our office as a consultant regarding the official transactions carried out at deed offices