Lawyers Burçak Ünsal

Burçak Ünsal

Burçak Ünsal

Unsal Law

Burcak Unsal has 22 years of experience dedicated to law practice, admitted to New York State and Istanbul Bars.

In addition to his capacity as a lawyer, Burcak also occupies executive positions at the boards of leading companies in crypto and blockchain industry.

Prior to establishing Unsal Law, Burcak has been the regional counsel of Google & YouTube for almost three years.

Burçak Ünsal has previously led the IT Law, corporate-commercial and M&A teams of DLA Piper in Istanbul. Ünsal was also an associate at one of the leading US Law Firms, Baker Botts in Washington DC, and Kobayashi Todo Law Firm in Tokyo.

Burçak Ünsal has both science and law degrees, giving him the edge to fully comprehend the practical needs of the technology and fintech companies.

Burcak has an LL.M. at the University of Virginia Law School, an M.Sc. at the Institute of Science, University of Aegea and and LL.B. at University of Marmara, Law School.

With a multi-disciplinary Professional and educational background Burcak is also qualified as a patent and trade-mark attorney before the European Patent Institute and the Turkish Patent Institute.

Burçak Ünsal teaches crypto assets regulations at Izmir University of Economics and cyber law at the Bosphorus University, Turkey’s most prestigious university. Ünsal is a member of the Bosphorus University Information Systems Research Center. In addition to his teaching post at the Bosphorus University, Ünsal offers courses, seminars, and conferences more than 50 times a year at prestigious NGOs such as the Propeller Club, UK Chamber of Commerce, Swiss Chamber of Commerce, other prestigious universities, and Corporate/IT Law Summits.

Burçak Ünsal is also a lecturer at and corporate member of the Ethics and Reputation Society of Turkey and a board member of the Corporate Governance Association of Turkey, which is one of the most essential business societies.

By virtue of his multi-disciplinary education in law and science, Ünsal makes a significant contribution to the progress of legal practice in corporate and commercial law, technology, artificial intelligence, IoT, blockchain, telecoms and life sciences industries.

Practice Areas & Work Department


Technology & Telecoms

Information Technologies

Digital Assets and Blockchain

Data Protection & Privacy

Intellectual Property


Corporate Governance








New York Bar

Istanbul Bar

Bosphorus University Information Systems Research Center

European Patent Institue, Patent Agent, Trademark Agent

International Bar Association

American Bar Association

Corporate Governance Association of Turkey

E-Commerce and Internet Law Association

The Ethics and Reputation Society of Turkey

The Board of Discipline of the Sailing Federation of Turkey

Marmara University Law School Legal Research Society

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