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At Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki, managing partner and banking and finance practice head Barlas Balcıoğlu advises multinational and Turkish banks on asset finance, real estate finance, leasing, syndicated lending and structured finance matters. He advised Bainbridge on an English-law refinancing and new financing loan agreement with Akbank in a transaction involving a security package for six shopping malls. Müfit Arapoğlu heads the capital markets practice, which advises issuers and underwriters, and local and international companies on equity public offerings, debt instrument offerings, private placements and sales. Tamsyn Mileham focuses on banking, project finance and corporate lending. Clients also include HSBC, Credit Suisse, Crescent Trade Finance and Ford Motor Group.

Birsel Law Office has advised on landmark financings from domestic and foreign banks to Turkish companies; the team typically, but not exclusively, acts on the lender side. Hasan Yldiran has expertise in trade finance litigation and is ‘always available’. Begüm Durukan Özaydin recently left to found Durukan+Partners

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Gür Law Firm

Gür Law Firm is regarded as one of the leading banking and finance law firms in Turkey. The firm acts for local and international financial institutions as well as syndicates, borrowers, lessees, investors, funds, sponsors and multinational agencies. Our solution-focused, hands-on team has extensive experience in advising clients on finance transactions. We provide a wide range of legal services tailored to our clients’ needs in all types of transactions including project finance, ship and aircraft finance, acquisition finance, trade, asset, commodity finance and Islamic finance.

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The team at Çakmak-Gökçe Avukatlik Bürosu has ‘an excellent understanding of business, and is very thorough, professional and responsive’. Güniz Gökçe, who leads the banking and finance side, and Zeynep Cakmak assisted a syndicate of lenders composed of Turkish banks with the project financing of Istanbul’s third airport. Capital markets practice head Derin Altan advised Turkish private bank Yapı Kredi on the establishment of a global medium term note programme worth $1.2bn; the value of the programme, which was prepared by Deutsche Bank and UniCredit and listed on the Irish Stock Exchange, was subsequently increased to $11bn. Clients also include Bank of America, HSBC, Barclays Capital, Citibank and Deutsche Securities.

Paksoy’s capital markets team is led by Ömer Çollak, who has expertise in Eurobond offerings and Islamic finance debt offerings, including sukuk. He recently acted for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Finansinvest as underwriters on a proposed secondary public offering of Finansbank. Banking and finance practice head Sera Somay advised UniCredit, as local counsel, on a cross-border €120m facility granted to Luxembourg Investment Company 43 and OnlinePizza Norden, two affiliates of online food delivery service Delivery Hero.

Founder Ahmed Pekin heads the banking and finance practice at Pekin & Pekin and advises clients on the financial aspects of complex M&A and projects. Capital markets specialist Özge Okat handles equity and debt matters, Islamic finance transactions, derivatives and private placements.

At Bezen & Partners, English-qualified solicitor Yeşim Bezen focuses on banking and structured finance, particularly in the energy, aviation and shipping sectors. Banu Aslan is able to draw on past experience at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)’s Istanbul office, where she handled project finance and corporate loan transactions. Clients include Credit Suisse, General Electric and Akfen Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı.

Esin Attorney Partnership, member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein is active in the syndicated loan market and has an impressive capital markets team. It acts for international and domestic clients such as J.P. Morgan, Akbank, Citibank, Société Générale and Turkish Aerospace Industries. Financial and capital markets expert Muhsin Keskin ‘combines a deep knowledge of banking and finance with the ability to address complex situations and explore new structures’. He led the firm’s advice to KBC Bank on an amendment and restatement agreement related to senior multi-currency term and revolving facilities extended to Deceuninck.

Gedik Eraksoy Avukatlik Ortakligi advises international banks and financial institutions on their operations in Turkey. Clients include Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and HSBC. Gökhan Eraksoy and Hakki Gedik are recommended.

Güner Law Office handles trade finance, syndicated loans and commodities transactions, among other matters. Practice head Ömer Erdoğan and associate Caner Özen are ‘committed’.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke’s Kemal Mamak has particular sector expertise in oil and gas, and advises clients on domestic transactions, foreign investments and project finance. With regards to the latter area, Aslı Budak and Piraye Kuranel Başol are also recommended. Ender Özeke left to work as a freelance consultant and senior associate Nzihe Boran Deir joined Erdem and Erdem Law Office.

YaziciLegal has expertise in structured and project finance, and capital markets law. Hakan Yazici and Güneş Yalçın are recommended.

Mete Yegin heads Yegin Ciftci Attorney Partnership’s practice, which excels in all areas of banking and finance. Itir Ciftci focuses on private equity-led deals and has significant experience advising financial and strategic investors. The firm maintains an association with Clifford Chance.

At ASC Law Office, Okan Beygo heads the banking, finance and capital markets practice, and recently advised a client on a syndicated loan facility involving five major domestic and European banks. Senior associate Ela Sarı has ‘a strong commitment’ to clients.

Bener Law Office has a strong focus on development banks but also acts for state and multinational financial institutions. In one work highlight, Erim Bener advised Şekerbank, as borrower, on three separate loan facility agreements. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Kuwait Finance House are also clients. Gozde Esen Sakar, Onur Kordel and senior associate Bahar Ülgen are other names to note. Ali Cem Davutoglu departed in December 2015 to serve as legal counsel at Akbank, while Win Michaelsen relocated to the US in February 2016 and now works for the firm as outside counsel.

At Bilgiç Attorney Partnership, Ekin İnal, who was recently promoted to international partner, and Haluk Bilgiç are the banking and finance practice co-heads. In one work highlight, they advised the IFC and ICF Debt Pool on an investment in Hexagon Katı Atık Yönetimi Sanayi ve Ticaret consisting of financing in the form of parallel loans and equity investments. Other clients include the EBRD, Yapı Kredi, and Ziraat Bank. Çağdaş Selvi left the firm in April 2016.

CCAO’s team frequently works with domestic banks on the financing of major projects but is also noted for its expertise in structured finance. Practice head Onur Taktak is ‘a pure banking and finance lawyer’, and at associate level, Candemir Baltalı and Begüm Yörükoğlu are recommended. Çağrı Çetinkaya left to establish Çetinkaya Legal.

The ‘efficient, knowledgeable and reliable’ team at Çaga & Çaga acts for banks and corporations on financings in the transport and textile sectors, among others. Practice head Erdem Degerli advised a commercial bank on the restructuring of payment guarantees.

Çakici & Yamaner Attorney Partnership’s ‘dynamic team’ has ‘a deep knowledge of the banking and finance industry, especially in the real estate sector’. Founding partner Cengiz Yamaner and counsel Deniz Yamaner, who are ‘responsive, dedicated and knowledgeable’, have particular expertise in construction-related financings.

Çakmak Avukatlik Bürosu recently advised ERG-Verbund on the rehabilitation, construction, operation and financing of the $3bn Afşin-Elbistan thermal power plant; the team also assisted with the sale of electricity to be generated from the plant under a concession agreement. Mesut Çakmak is well respected and very active in the financing of major projects. Counsel Zeynep Çakmak, Mehtap Yıldırım Öztürk and Çağdaş Evrim Ergün are the other key names.

Cukur & Yilmaz advises European corporations, mainly in the mining industry, and and has strength in Islamic finance. İrem Soyman handles real estate financing matters and Gozde Yolal is noted for capital markets work.

Erdem & Erdem Law Office’s ‘senior attorneys are hands-on and their business acumen is impressive’. The team advises borrowers, private equity funds and banks on acquisition and project finance, and also frequently works with industrial groups and international port management companies. Özgür Kocabaşoğlu, who concentrates on international finance and securities, advised Yıldırım Group on the amendment of a $500m loan agreement. Ercüment Erdem is experienced in project finance; Ali Sami Er, who has extensive capital markets expertise, was promoted to partner in 2016; and senior associate Nezihe Boran Demir, who joined from Hergüner Bilgen Özeke in 2016, is recommended for complex cross-border financings.

Baran Gen leads the team at Gen Temizer Ozer, which is strong on financial services regulation, and acquisition and project finance. Work highlights have included advising the EBRD on a $50m facility provided to Coca-Cola Tajikistan for the construction of a bottling plant in Dushanbe.

PAE Law Office acts for foreign credit agencies and investment banks, among others. Kerim Pelister, who is experienced in corporate restructurings, energy transactions and privatisations, advised Finansbank on the sale of personal loans and credit card debts. He also assisted collection agency Collecturk with the transfer and purchase of significant receivables portfolios. Experienced corporate attorney Gokhan Enkur works alongside Pelister on most major matters.

Selin Bayar’s practice at Pekin & Bayar Law Firm advises lenders, borrowers and guarantors on energy and hospitality projects, and is experienced in multi-option and term-loan facility agreements. Sıla Yavuz joined Esin Attorney Partnership, member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein and Murat Soylu left for Bezen & Partners.

Turunç advises financial institutions, corporate borrowers and alternative capital providers on domestic and cross-border transactions. In one highlight, founding partner and practice co-head Noyan Turunç advised two Germany-based financial institutions, HSH Nordbank and AKA Bank, on a contemplated loan to Turkish yarn producer Melike Tekstil. Kerem Turunç is the other practice co-head.

Çigdemtekin Dora Cakirca Aranci Law Firm handles financial transactions for borrowers and has been active in the online payment systems sector. In one highlight, Gamze Çiğdemtekin assisted Banvit with a major refinancing transaction that involved multiple banks. Tuna Çakırca and partner Kağan Dora advised SanalPazar, a Turkey-based online marketplace of Gold Teknolojileri, on its successful application to the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency to obtain a negative clearance under payment services law. eBay subsidiary GittiGidiyor is also a client.

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership’s team ‘provides quick, comprehensible, and informative responses’, and has ‘great industry knowledge’ in the transport and energy sectors. The firm advises domestic and international clients on major projects and complex financial matters. On the capital markets side, it acts for Borsa Istanbul. Ali Goksu and Fatma Gözde Akansel are the practice co-heads. Esin Taneri is also recommended.

Gür Law Firm’s team is ‘always willing to go the extra mile and regularly assists with last minute requests and questions’. It advises banks on financing transactions, mainly in the real estate and aviation sectors. Practice head Sena Apak leads on most major matters and is ‘strongly recommended’. Corporate head Serkan Yildirim is also noted.

Moroglu Arseven frequently works with angel investors, including BIC Angel Investments and İstanbul Startup Angels. Seyfi Moroğlu heads the banking and finance practice, which was bolstered in October 2015 by the addition of counsel Nilay Göker, a specialist in the areas of private equity and capital markets, among others. Burcu Tuzcu Ersin is also recommended.

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