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 graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Law in 1989. After graduating from Istanbul University, Ayse qualified with the Istanbul Bar Association and worked as a Commercial Lawyer in Turkey. She received her MBA program in International Business at London City University Business School. Before setting up Acacia International, Ayse Ozcan worked for the US Government as a Senior Advisor at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Ayse Ozcan specialises in Turkish Law and advises clients on Turkish property and associated transactions. Ayse was also an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in London. She still resides in London and sets networks for Acacia International.

Gurkan OZCAN, (Founding Partner), Lawyer


Gurkan Ozcan graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Law in 1983. He qualified with the Aydin Bar Association in 1984. He served between 1990-1992 on the Board of the association. Later on, he was registered in Izmir Bar Association and has continued his practice in Izmir. More than 36 years of practice, Gurkan has a wealth of experience particularly in Turkish Property Law, Zoning and Construction Law, Inheritance Law, and Family Law. Gurkan manages the proceedings and operations of foreign clients in Turkey.

Ozlem OZCAN, Lawyer


Ozlem Ozcan graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Law in 1984 and started her professional career as a registered lawyer at Aydin Bar Association. Ozlem has been one of the senior lawyers of Acacia International Lawyers since its foundation and continues her work with the Acacia team as being a senior advisor lawyer.

Yasemin PAMUK ÖZMEN, Lawyer


Yasemin graduated from Izmir Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Law in 2003. Upon graduation, she participated in an English language program in the UK / Brighton. She was also accepted to European Law LL.M. in Nijmegan / Netherlands. As she returned to Tukey, she was registered at Izmir Bar Association in 2007. She operates Turkish citizenship application for Acacia International together with BalPa Partner law office. She is experienced in real estate law, commercial law, and corporate law. Yasemin has a good command of English.

Asli DENIZ, Lawyer


Aslı graduated from Izmir Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Law in 2015 She completed her internship at Acacia International, and attended the International Legal English Certificate (ILEC) program in London Meridian College located in 2017 and received the ILEC. She continues her studies at Milano University LL.M. Law and Sustainable Development. She also continues her legal career at Acacia International. She has a good command of English and a basic level of Italian.

S. Sercan Gezer, Trainee Lawyer


Sercan graduated from Izmir University of Economics Faculty of Law in 2020. He was granted with full scholarship along with his education. He was registered in Izmir Bar Association and he continues his internship at Acacia International. He has a good command of English and a beginner level of French. He conducts studies oriented to solving foreign nationals’ Turkish Law related problems. Real estate law, the law of obligations, criminal law, labour law, family law, and the law of heritage are within his fields of interest.

Cagla Nur CAVDAR

Cagla continues her studies at Ataturk University Faculty of Law. Meanwhile, she started her internship at Acacia International to practice in the field and have experience. Cagla has a good command of English.

Firdevs YALCIN, Consultant

Firdevs Yalcin started her career as a Clerk at Denizli Land Registry Office in 1979 and was appointed to Aydin Land Registry Office in 1995. 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 in our office as a consultant regarding the official transactions carried out at deed offices.