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Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki’s energy practice advises on financing, transactions, joint ventures, contracts and agreements. The team is also experienced in sector-specific regulatory advice, licensing and contentious matters. In one recent highlight, practice head Barlas Balcıoğlu and Galip Selçuk led advice to Statkraft Enerji regarding the sale of its power plant project Çetin Hydroelectric. Özgür Akman handles energy-related disputes and Şahin Ardıyok focuses on regulation and competition issues. The client roster includes SunEdison, Acwa Power and Karadeniz Holding.

Boden Law has ‘deep knowledge of energy law in Turkey’ and advises on regulatory matters, contracts, joint ventures and disputes. Recent work includes advising solar power generation company Gildemeister on due diligence, agreements and the financing structure of its solar power plant projects in Turkey. The client base also includes Tractebel, Naturelgaz and Talesun. ‘Standout energy lawyerDeğer Boden heads the practice and is recommended for her ‘exceptional transactional skills and expertise in highly regulated industries’. Corporate law expert Murat Yörükoğlu is another key figure.

FIRMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Firat – Izgi Attorney Partnership

Firat – Izgi Attorney Partnership, founded by Elvan Sevi Firat and Mehmet Feridun Izgi in 2013, is a full-service law firm based in Istanbul, Turkey. Focusing on three main industries consisting of life sciences, energy and direct selling industries along with nine practice areas consisting of competition and regulatory, investigations and compliance, corporate and M&A, employment and labour litigation, dispute resolution, intellectual property, data protection and privacy, environment and climate change, real estate and construction practices, Firat-Izgi provides legal counselling and litigation services by offering carefully designed and practical legal solutions to even most complex matters.

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Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership is ‘recognised for its strength and experience in the energy sector’ and advises both production and distribution companies on corporate matters, licensing, the drafting and negotiation of agreements, project finance, litigation and arbitration. The firm is regularly involved in landmark domestic deals and recently represented joint venture company Kalyon-Hanwha with its successful tender participation and subsequent negotiation and drafting of contracts regarding the construction of a 1,000MW solar power plant project in Turkey. Çiğdem Bal Ilgın is recommended for her expertise in contentious matters and Ali Göksu is another name to note.

The energy department at Bezen & Partners advises on transactions, joint ventures, regulatory matters, anti-dumping and licensing. Recent work includes advising solar energy company First Solar concerning its entry into the Turkish market and the related regulatory requirements. Aykut Bakırcı heads the practice; Yeşim Bezen and Banu Aslan are also active in the area. Clients include local and multinational companies from the finance, construction and energy sectors.

Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı stands out with its ‘vast industry knowledge’ and wide scope of sector-related work, which includes advice on transactions, contracts, agreements, energy regulation, privatisation and litigious matters. The sizeable team recently assisted ERG İnşaat Ticaret ve Sanayi with the legal aspects of the development, rehabilitation, financing, construction and operation of the Afşin-Elbistan thermal power project. Mesut Çakmak has ‘extensive experience in corporate finance regarding energy projects’. Zeynep Çakmak returned to the firm from GKC Partners in February 2018; Özlem Kızıl Voyvoda and the ‘dedicatedNaz Bandik Hatipoğlu were promoted to partnership in January 2017.

Çigdemtekin Dora Cakirca Aranci Law Firm’s energy practice handles corporate and regulatory matters, licensing, M&A and financing. Highlights included assisting Biçakcılar Çandarlı Elektrik Üretim with the acquisition and development of its wind power project. In other work, the team advises Egeres Enerji on all aspects of its investments into solar, wind and geothermal power projects. The key figures are Ayça Arancı, Gamze Çiğdemtekin and Tuna Çakırca.

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein’s energy department is jointly led by banking and finance expert Muhsin Keskin and corporate lawyer Duygu Turgut. The team advises banks, investors and companies from the oil and gas and renewables sectors on project finance, refinancing, agreements, contracts and regulatory law. Recent highlights include advising Odea Bank on a $25m project finance facility for the development of a biogas facility. Other clients include Gama Enerji, Petgaz and Arab Bank.

GKC Partners is particularly experienced in project finance and refinancing matters in the energy industry. The team also advises on transactions and regulatory matters. Recent highlights include advising Kazancı Holding and natural gas distributor Aksa on investment loans and refinancing from a consortium of seven banks. The client base includes energy companies, investors and banks. Güniz Gökçe is the key figure in the department; Zeynep Çakmak departed to Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı in February 2018.

Deniz Tuncel now heads the energy practice at Hergüner Bilgen Özeke, following the departures of former heads Kemal Mamak, who moved into academia, and Ender Özeke, who joined Selek Law. The firm advises on project finance, contracts, licensing and contentious matters. Recent work includes advising Gazprom-owned project company South Stream Transport on permits and land acquisition issues for its onshore and offshore pipeline projects. The client base also includes Finansbank, Avrasya Tüneli and Unit Group.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli’s energy department is led by litigation expert Okan Demirkan, who is ‘very experienced in the applicable regulatory regime of Turkey’. The team handles both contentious and non-contentious work, including arbitrations, M&A and corporate matters. Recent highlights include advising the Tanap consortium, comprising BP, Total, Socar and Statoil, on Turkish and public international law aspects of its gas pipeline project. RWP and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are other clients of the firm.

Moroglu Arseven advises on contentious and non-contentious matters in the energy sector, including litigation, transactions, construction contracts, project finance and refinancing. Benan Arseven, Burcu Tuzcu Ersin and Seyfi Moroğlu are all active in the sector. Clients include Enso Hydro and its subsidiaries, as well as Solar Pro Holding.

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office’s energy practice handles disputes, transactions, regulatory issues and corporate matters. Gökhan Enkür is particularly active in the oil and gas industry, while Emre Keki and Kerim Pelister are active in the renewables space. The team continues to lead advice to Shell on EMRA-related regulatory aspects regarding the restructuring of its Turkish electricity and natural gas businesses. The client roster also includes Alpiq Energy Group and AI Enerji.

Zeynel Tunç heads the energy practice at Paksoy and advises on acquisitions, tenders, licensing and regulatory law. Recent highlights include assisting new client Akfen with its potential acquisition of seven wind power plant assets. In other work, the team led advice to EnerjiSA concerning licensing matters. Arkema and Engie are also new clients.

Ali Sefa Turkmen heads the practice at Deliveli Turkmen Attorney Partnership and ‘knows the energy market very well’. Corporate and M&A expert Lale Deliveli is also active in energy matters. Recent highlights include advising a consortium, including Borusan and Fina Enerji, on agreements with General Electric regarding Turkey’s wind energy project YEKA. The client roster also includes Enisolar Enerji, Phoenix Solar and Hun Holding.

Erdem & Erdem Law Office advises clients from the energy sector on corporate structuring and restructuring, agreements, contracts and liquidation. The team is led by corporate expert Özgür Kocabaşoğlu; Gaye Spolitis and Tuna Çolgar are other key figures.

Ömer Kesikli leads Kesikli Law Firm’s energy department and ‘knows energy and project finance matters inside out’. The team advises on financing, contractual agreements, tender and regulatory law, and both inbound and outbound investments into the energy industry. Clients include General Electric, Tek Yapı and Garanti Koza Enerji.

Kurucu Law Offices is particularly well known for its expertise in the oil and gas sector. Practice head Batuhan Eser ‘has an excellent understanding of Turkey’s petroleum law’ and advises on contracts, claims and transactions. The client roster includes Baltec, Limak Holding and Uluslararası Birleşmiş Müşavirler.

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