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Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki advises major energy investors and financiers, such as Conergy, Canadian Solar EMEA, Enerjisa, SunEdison and the EBRD. The team was bolstered by the arrival of energy specialist and consultant Tolga Turan from the Energy Market Regulatory Authority. Managing partner Barlas Balcıoğlu leads the team, which also includes Selim Keki and Özgür Akman. The team advised Crescent Capital on acquiring Akocak hydropower plant.

Yeşim Bezen and Aykut Bakırcı are the main contacts at Bezen & Partners, which has a strong reputation in the energy space. Highlights included advising on the implementation and construction of geothermal power plants and assisting a Chinese state-owned nuclear reactor developer with various issues pertaining to a nuclear power plant in Turkey.

Boden Law is acting for Gunvor Group in energy compliance matters. In another highlight, Değer Boden assisted Igdeas with a tire gasification and electricity generation project, which included advising on tire supply agreements, gasification technology license agreements, joint venture agreements, EPC contracts and related project finance negotiations. Boden’s ‘energy expertise brings additional value’, and Murat Yörükoğlu is ‘an effective and practical lawyer, who provides to-the-point advice’.

Çakmak-Gökçe Avukatlik Bürosu has notable expertise in the renewables sector. It advised Akuo Energy on financing the Bağlar wind farm project and assisted the EBRD, as lender, with financing the privatisation of hydroelectric power plants located in Burdur. Güniz Gökçe and Zeynep Çakmak are the main contacts.

The team at Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership provides ‘very good response times, industry knowledge and advice, and the partners have great business acumen’. Ali Goksu has ‘substantial experience in the energy M&A space’. Practice head Hasan Akıcıoğlu, Emre Ulcaylı and Esin Taneri are the other key names.

Çakmak Avukatlik Bürosu’s Mesut Çakmak advised ERG-Verbund on the rehabilitation, construction, operation and financing of the Afşin-Elbistan (A) thermal power plant, as well as on the sale of electricity to be generated from the power plant. Zeynep Çakmak is the other name to note. Çağdaş Evrim Ergün is now with Ergun Avukatlik Burosu.

Çigdemtekin Dora Cakirca Aranci Law Firm’s Gamze Çiğdemtekin and Tuna Çakırca handled Astroenergy’s acquisition of several solar power plant portfolios in the Middle Anatolia region. In another highlight, Ayça Arancı assisted Fetaş with the development of two hydroelectric power plant projects in the Aegean and Black Sea.

At Esin Attorney Partnership, member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein, M&A expert Duygu Turgut is ‘a very bright, sophisticated lawyer with an excellent understanding of the law and the market’. Muhsin Keskin focuses on the banking and finance aspects of energy deals, including project finance and energy infrastructure development. Senior associate Gul Incesulu advises clients on energy generation, distribution, privatisations and regulatory issues.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli’s energy practice has traditionally been strong in oil and gas; BP, Socar and Statoil are key clients. The team, led by Okan Demirkan, is also growing the volume of electricity and power-related work it handles, having recently advised an international client on the construction of a nuclear plant project.

Acting for domestic and regional clients, Moroglu Arseven’s workload includes energy transactions, the construction and development of power plants, and corporate issues in the sector. Benan Arseven, Seyfi Moroğlu and counsel Nilay Göker are the key contacts. Clients include SolarPro and Mor Elektrik.

PAE Law Office is advising Shell on the restructuring of its electricity and natural gas operations in the country. Gokhan Enkur, who focuses on oil and gas, handles various matters for Al Enerji, including advising on licensing procedures, generation, state subsidies and regulatory changes. Emre Keki has notable expertise in the electricity space and Kerim Pelister is a key name for renewables. Alpiq Turkey is also a client.

At Paksoy, Zeynel Tunç’s recent highlights cover natural gas, where he advised Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on an acquisition of shares in a project company, renewable energy, having acted for Borusan ENBW in its contractual negotiations relating to a geothermal project, and coal, among others.

Akinci Law Office represents energy companies involved in arbitration proceedings and is adept at handling disputes pertaining to power distribution and breach of contract. Selda Taşyürek is the name to note.

Güner Law Office is experienced in acting for domestic and foreign companies, particularly in the oil and gas, power, electricity, mining and water sectors. Practice head Ömer Erdoğan and Caner Özen advise Imerys on the client’s mining activity in Turkey.

Ender Özeke and Kemal Mamak are the key contacts at Hergüner Bilgen Özeke, which handles the financing of energy projects, including a major hydroelectric power plant. The firm has also advised on wind power and other renewable energy.

Kesikli Law Firm is assisting KS Energy with the Walvis Bay power plant project in Namibia. In another highlight, the team is advising an investor in a major domestic energy project on negotiating and drafting all key contracts, including the EPC agreement. Founding partner Omer Kesikli is the key contact.

Kinstellar Danismanlik Hizmetleri Avukatlik Ortakligi is known for its expertise in infrastructure project financing, including power generation projects. Onur Taktak is the key contact and associate Begüm Yörükoğlu is dual-qualified in New York and Istanbul.

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