Former Paksoy lawyer Burak Kepkep has become the new General Counsel at Polat Enerji San. ve Tic. A.S. in Istanbul, taking over from Melis Alkan Bolukbasi, who left spending four years with the company.
Polat Enerji is a subsidiary of EDF (France) and PSP Investments, and is engaged in the generation of electricity from renewable resources (primarily wind and solar). Kepkep describes Polat Enerji, which has a total installed capacity of around 660MW, as "one of the two major players in wind energy projects in Turkey." In addition, he says, "late in 2017, Polat Enerji was the winning bidder of an additional capacity of around 500MW. If everything goes as planned, hopefully in three to five years Polat Enerji will become the dominant player in Turkey for generation of electricity from wind."
Kepkep had been with Paksoy since August 2014. Previously, he spent two years in-house with Vizzion Europe and another 15 months with the PALMET Energy Group. He began his professional career with two years at the Herguner Bilgen Ozeke law firm.
In an exclusive interview with CEE Legal Matters, Kepkep explained the rationale for leaving Paksoy for Polat. "My move to in-house — and more specifically to Polat Enerji — has a couple of reasons. By education (high school and university), I am familiar with the French culture and fascinated to be a part of the EDF family. Polat Enerji's commercial success in the past couple of years in the domestic market further motivated me to that end. To contribute both to the firm and the Turkish renewable sector and to be able to directly work with the chief management will fulfill my professional and personal goals. Finally, energy markets — and more specifically electricity markets — require a particular expertise which I acquired during the past years thanks to my past in-house experience in Palmet Energy and my role at Paksoy."
He added that, "I would also like to recognize my former colleagues at Paksoy, Zeynel Tunc and Asli Kehale Altunyuva — both very good experts in energy markets."