Zeynep Gunday Sakarya is a senior associate in the International Dispute Resolution Practice of the New York office. She is dual-qualified in New York and Turkey and has practiced in both jurisdictions for more than 10 years, advising clients at all stages of conflict resolution, especially on investment treaty and commercial arbitrations across a diverse range of sectors, including construction, agriculture, oil and gas, and telecommunications.

    Zeynep’s experience includes arbitration proceedings under all major institution rules, including the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).  

    Zeynep began her legal career as a transactional lawyer, advising clients on corporate and commercial transactions, and fostered her reputation representing sovereigns and state-owned entities in arbitrations involving the CIS region, the Middle East and Europe.   

    Zeynep has written several publications on international and Turkish law and was recently invited as a speaker at the annual conference of the ABA Section of International Law in New York.

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    • Representing Libya in an €80 million ICSID Additional Facility arbitration relating to an integrated infrastructure and multiple highway design and construction projects. The arbitration is ongoing.
    • Representing the state of Kuwait in a US$240 million ICSID arbitration relating to a highway construction project. The arbitration is ongoing.
    • Representing a European state and state-owned entity in a US$600 million ICC arbitration and ad hoc expert proceeding concerning an oil exploration and extraction agreement. The arbitration is ongoing.
    • Representing Turkmenistan in a US$450 million ICSID arbitration involving more than 30 EPC contracts for the construction of various facilities, including iron and steel, water treatment and recycling plants. The arbitration is ongoing.
    • Representing Turkmenistan in a US$570 million ICSID arbitration involving multiple civil engineering EPC contracts for various facilities, including schools, hotels and a manmade canal.
    • Representing a Turkish contractor in an ICC arbitration with an amount in dispute of US$16 million, concerning the construction of a shopping mall in Turkey.
    • Representing Turkmenistan in a US$64 million ICSID arbitration arising out of a highway construction project.
    • Representing Kazakhstan in a US$2 billion ICSID arbitration relating to the termination of an oil exploration and production agreement.
    • Representing Turkmenistan in a US$65 million ICSID arbitration relating to a large-scale agribusiness project.
    • Representing a Central Asian state in a US$200 million UNCITRAL arbitration involving a large-scale agribusiness project.
    • Representing a Central Asian state in US$100 million UNCITRAL arbitration in connection with an agriculture project.
    • Representing Turkmenistan in a US$275 million ICSID arbitration arising from multiple contracts for the construction of municipal buildings.

    Education

    • Tulane Law School, J.D., Tulane Journal of International & Comparative Law, Managing Editor, Certificate in European Legal Studies, 2008
    • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 2003

    Admissions

    • New York
    • Istanbul, Turkey

    Languages

    • Turkish
    • French
    • Spanish
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