Our People


Varol Senel 

Holding an LL.M. degree from George Washington University Law School in International Trade and Finance Law, Mr. Varol Şenel has deep experience in all kinds of commercial law and corporate law structuring and contract drafting and/or negotiation, especially in finance sector. He also has experience on product and services structuring, agreement/form generation and negotiation for banking, insurance, brokerage, leasing, and factoring businesses.

Mr. Varol Şenel served at the Turkish Treasury between the years 1983 and 1998 and worked as a foreign lawyer in White & Case in 1991. He also worked for Citibank Turkey as Contry Legal Counsel and Citibank Dubai for Turkey, ME and Africa as Division Legal Counsel between the years 1998 to 2005 and 2005 to 2008 respectively. He has been Board Member of TFKB since 2008. He gained comprehensive experience on financial analysis and legal negotiation of project finance for hundreds of public sector projects reaching multi billion dollars total portfolio. All types of conventional (bilateral, syndication, export, government etc.), Islamic (murabaha, ijara, istisna etc.), and securitization for projects in all sectors including infrastructure, energy, transportation, aviation, and metal industry are within his expertise areas. Several M&A, corporate restructuring, and venture capital transactions, especially for finance industry, have alsoadded important experience to his skills. He works as of counsel at AVK Law Office.

 Dr. Aslıhan Erbaş Açıkel 

Aslihan finished her PhD at the University of Ankara and holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Hamburg. She focuses her practice in the area of general business law, with particular expertise in energy and maritime law. She advises clients in a wide range of legal matters, including international infrastructure projects, cross border pipeline projects and international trade law.

She served as a Legal Counsel for Baku – Tbilisi Crude Oil Pipeline Project Directorate. During this time she gained unique experience on Oil and Gas Law, Construction Law, Project Finance, Transportation Law and Project Negotiations.


Mr. Serkan Açıkel holds the Master degree from the Ankara University, on Take or Pay Clauses in Long Term Natural Gas Purchase Agreements. Having five years experience in BOTAŞ, he advises and assists clients on gas sales and transportation contracts, construction contracts, finance and corporate law, public procurements and regulatory matters.

Serkan has extensive experience in litigation before Turkish courts and arbitral bodies. He is also a member of Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and PhD candidate at the İstanbul University.

Arna Byegaris

Arna graduated from Ankara University, Law Faculty in 1999 and has LL.M degree from the same university on Consortium Agreements. She speaks fluent Turkish, Mongolian, Kazakh, English and Russian and advises our clients in their investments in Turkey.