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Bezen & Partners handles transactional matters, regulatory issues and renewable energy projects. English-law qualified Yeşim Bezen heads the team and managing partner Serdar Bezen is also recommended.

Çakmak Avukatlik Bürosu is among the elite firms for energy and infrastructure projects. In a recent highlight, the team advised the IFC, the EBRD and Proparco, as lenders, on the $650m development and financing of the Adana Integrated Health Campus PPP. Elsewhere, the team assisted Akuo Energy with the financing of the Bağlar wind project. Mesut Çakmak IS recommended. Other clients include Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Gama and DenizBank. Çağdaş Evrim Ergün is now with Ergun Avukatlik Burosu.

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Gedik Eraksoy Avukatlik Ortakligi

Our partners Hakki Gedik and Gökhan Eraksoy established Gedik & Eraksoy in November 2012. For almost a decade, Hakki and Gökhan had been equity partners at a leading local law firm, where they had set up and led a distinct practice group.

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Çakmak-Gökçe Avukatlik Bürosu’s practice head Zeynep Çakmak is assisting a syndicate of lenders composed of Turkish banks with the financing of Istanbul’s third airport. Güniz Gökçe advised Gürmat Elektrik Üretim, as sponsor, on the financing, construction and operation of a new geothermal power project in Aydın.

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership has a team of ‘perfect lawyers and decision-makers, who deserve to be highlighted for their management skills’. Fatma Gözde Akansel heads the practice, which has been increasingly involved in restructuring ongoing projects of late. Ali Göksu recently renegotiated various supply and installation agreements between providers involved in the development of Istanbul’s third airport. Mahmut Erbay and Kübra Kavuk are also recommended.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke acts for borrowers, including recently special purpose project company Otoyol Yatırım ve İşletme, international as well as domestic lenders, and sponsors. The projects handled cover, among others, renewable energy, road infrastructure and healthcare. Senem İşmen, practice head Kemal Mamak and Asli Budak are the key contacts.

Paksoy’s team head Zeynel Tunç focuses on project finance and advises developers, sponsors, and creditors in the energy sector. Aslı Kehale Altunyuva advises clients on energy purchase agreements, EPC contracts, O&M contracts and other project-related agreements. Clients include Gestamp Renewables, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Polat Enerji.

Okan Beygo at ASC Law Office recently advised on the construction, management and operation of the Tarsus-based underground natural gas storage facility, which is the first of its kind in Turkey. Beygo also excels in project financing and refinancing. Senior associate and team head Levent Yetkil is also recommended.

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki’s team ‘understands business, provides solid advice and responds to questions in a timely manner’. In a recent highlight, practice heads Tamsyn Mileham and Barlas Balcıoğlu advised Crescent Capital on the negotiation of senior and mezzanine financing agreements pertaining to the Clean Energy Transition Fund’s acquisition of Akenerji hydropower project from Akenerji Elektrik Uretim. Senior associate Ferda Dumrul ‘can handle all projects without any partner level assistance’.

Bener Law Office’s team advised a Kuwaiti real estate development company on the formation of a joint venture with Turkish property developer Dumankaya concerning a commercial and residential real estate project worth $260m. Erim Bener heads the practice. Onur Küçük left the firm.

Birsel Law Office’s ‘proactive’ team is ‘focused on the core objectives with the capacity to give advice on key points without wasting time on irrelevant issues’. Handan Bacioglu is the key figure. Clients include BNP Paribas, Nonghyup Bank, TDX Power and Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical.

Esin Attorney Partnership, member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein advised Anagold Madencilik Sanayi ve Ticaret, as the borrower, and Alacer Gold and Alacer Gold Madencilik, on a $250m senior secured project facility with BNP Paribas, ING Bank Śląski and Société Générale for the expansion of the Çöpler gold mine in eastern Turkey. Other clients include Aquila Capital, Akbank, Siemens, Zorlu and Petgaz. Muhsin Keskin and Duygu Turgut are the names to note.

Güner Law Office handles projects in the oil and gas, electricity, mining, telecoms, transport and water sectors. Practice head Ömer Erdoğan and Caner Özen stand out for their ‘impressive commitment, knowledge and response times’.

Project management specialist Kemal Serdengeçti at Pekin & Pekin advised Edison on its potential acquisition of five hydroelectric power plants in a complex transaction that would involve a capital injection in order to acquire the shares of the holding company. Ahmed Pekin is recommended for project finance.

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    On 26 May 2017, the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation has been amended to shorten the time frames for environmental impact assessment (“EIA”) process and to extend the scope of EIA requirement for solar and wind power projects.
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