Mr Demirkan currently leads the firm’s energy and dispute resolution practices.
Between 2004 and 2010, Mr Demirkan was heavily involved in all legal issues surrounding the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan Crude Oil Pipeline Project (BTC), where he played a key role in real estate, employment, litigation and regulatory issues. In addition to BTC, Mr Demirkan advised clients in connection with the Nabucco gas pipeline and the Samsun–Ceyhan oil pipeline.
In 2011, Mr Demirkan took an active role in the Shah Deniz Stage 2 natural gas pipeline project, where he led the KDK team advising on the project’s legal structure in Turkey, including intergovernmental agreements, Turkey’s natural gas market legislation, the Transit Law and on related commercial and public international law matters. Mr Demirkan’s energy experience also includes advice to an American energy company in its proposed bid in the privatisation of Turkey’s electricity distribution entities. He is also a board member of INLA’s (International Nuclear Law Association) Turkey chapter.
Between January and June 2012, Mr Demirkan led the KDK team in the firm’s key role in the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project. In this multibillion-dollar project, the KDK team drafted the Host Government Agreement and negotiated it with the Turkish government, along with the IGA, which was signed in late June 2012. In 2013 and 2014, Mr Demirkan received the Client Choice Award for his work in energy and natural resources projects. More importantly, KDK won Law Firm of the Year: Turkey for 2015, awarded by globally published magazine The Lawyer.
Mr Demirkan has also been heavily involved in several international arbitration proceedings, concerning disputes arising from major infrastructure projects including build-operate-transfer model investments, share purchase agreements, shareholders’ agreements, EPC contracts, asset transfer agreements and licensing contracts.