People

Ankara University, LL.B. 2007

Kent College – Illinois Institute of Technology, LL.M. 2017

Istanbul Bilgi University, LL.M. in Information and Technology Law, 2020

MEF University, Ph.D. in Private Law (current)

Cemal is a dispute & corporate lawyer with a focus on IT Law practice. He has more than 15 years of experience representing Turkish and multinational corporations in high-profile dispute resolution matters (both arbitration and local litigation) and as well as daily corporate issues including a wide range of compliance matters. 

Taking his dispute experience into consideration, his main focus areas include white-collar crimes, construction disputes, conflicts arising from the liability of board members, high-profile IT&IP disputes, employment issues, energy disputes concerning both commercial and administrative law perspectives, competition investigations, and media & telecommunications law. Prior to joining Çetinkaya, Cemal led litigation teams of reputable law firms as a partner and head of their litigation teams. Apart from his local litigation skills, Cemal has represented many multinational and local clients for their complex arbitration procedures such as the International Chamber of Commerce, ICSID, and American Arbitration Association.

Having strong transactional background, Cemal has also consulted clients on a broad range of issues including complex IT&IP Law disputes, data protection and compliance projects (data protection projects involving local requirements and GDPR, anti-bribery, money-laundering, competition, privacy), fin-tech projects (consultancy for crypto-asset service providers, fin-tech companies electronic money and payment institutions, open banking, digital banking, handling the required procedures with relevant authorities in Turkey such as MASAK, Capital Markets Board, Banking Regulation & Supervision Authority, etc.). Besides that, his daily corporate advice boasts different market-leading corporate clients in industries such as gaming, electronics, telecommunication, stationery, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, media and advertising, aviation, insurance, reinsurance, construction, energy, and confectionery.

While Cemal has been involved in many blockchain-related projects, he has also consulted crypto assets service providers, decentralized autonomous organizations, initial coin offerings, and metaverse platforms for shaping their legal strategy. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on different aspects of blockchain technology in leading publications and he attended many academic symposiums and gave speeches as a keynote speaker.  Cemal is a Certified Blockchain Expert (CBE) and Certified Metaverse Expert (CME) certified by Blockchain Council. He is a member of the IT Law Commission of Istanbul Bar Association, Member of Turkish Information Association (TBD), Information & Technology Law Association, and Sodimer (President Consultant for Legal Strategies). Cemal is Senior Mentor at Idea to Business (BTM) and throughout this time, he has repeatedly mentored plenty of startups and shaped their legal strategies.