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Arikan | Partners ILC delivers ‘sound advice with long-term vision’ on transactional, construction contract, leasing, financing and contentious matters. In a recent highlight, the team assisted Al Ghurair Investment and AGI’s Turkish affiliates with obtaining permissions and licences for the construction of a cement factory. Managing partner Akin Volkan Arıkan and Nazlı Arıkan are the key figures. Bora Mahmutoğlu handles matters related to M&A, compliance, and commercial and corporate law.

Çakici & Yamaner Attorney Partnership is recommended for its ability to handle ‘highly complex, high-value matters in the real estate sector’ and stands out for covering both contentious and non-contentious work, including advising on contracts, permits, tenders, acquisitions and disputes. The team is particularly experienced in the hotel sector, in mixed-use projects and in construction-related matters in the renewables space. ‘Experienced’ founding partner Cengiz Yamaner heads the practice and ‘highly respected’ senior associate Necla Nur Yamaner is noted for her ‘in-depth knowledge of real estate and construction law’.

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership’s real estate and construction practice has a key role in various landmark construction projects, including the Airport City project, the $3.5bn Kınalı Savaştepe Motorway and the Çanakkale 1915 Bridge project. The team is also active in the aviation, shipping and energy sectors and advises on both inbound and outbound investment into mixed-use and residential real estate projects. Banu Mert is noted for her ‘depth of knowledge and experience’ in the sector; Ali Göksu and Emre Ulcaylı are also recommended.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke’s real estate and construction practice advises on contracts, agreements, zoning, permits and transactions. The team has recently been assisting South Stream Transport with its land acquisition projects, including zoning plan approvals and construction usage permits. Serkan Gül is recommended for his experience in transactional matters and Nazım Kurt advises on sector-related disputes. The team has a wealth of experience in the sale and purchase of shopping malls and in the energy industry.

Abcoo Law Firm handles both contentious and non-contentious work, including the preparation and negotiation of agreements, due diligence, zoning, leasing, financing and transactions. Recent highlights include advising Palmodoro May İnşaat Turizm on all legal aspects of its $250m mixed-use project, Velvet Towers. Hasan Çağlayan, Murat Aygün and Berk Batur are all active in the sector.

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki handles leasing, inbound and outbound investment, project finance, acquisitions and disputes. Recent highlights include advising Taca İnşaat ve Ticaret on its contracts with Djibouti Ports and the Free Zone Authority regarding the construction of a five-star hotel in Djibouti. Clients include Hilton, Wyndham Hotels and airport operator TAV. Barlas Balcıoğlu and Doğan Eymirlioğlu are recommended.

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein’s real estate and construction practice is led by Birtürk Aydın, who advises on real estate M&A, contracts, lease agreements and regulatory compliance. The firm is particularly active in the hotel sector, as evidenced by its recent advice to Marriott Hotel on the negotiation and execution of a franchise agreement with Dorak Holding regarding a hotel building in Cappadocia.

Knowledgeable and pragmatic’ Serhan Koçaklı heads the real estate and construction department at Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli. The ‘proactive and experienced’ team handles development matters, acquisitions, due diligence, contracts and zoning-related issues, and assists with inbound and outbound investments. Recent highlights include advising development company Folkart on land acquisition and development agreements for a mixed-use project in Izmir.

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office provides ‘clear and practical advice’ on zoning, regulatory issues, and commercial and corporate matters pertaining to real estate and construction, including disputes. The team is led by Emre Keki and ‘excellent commercial lawyerEmre Atayılmaz and is particularly active in the hospitality industry. Another name to note is Vehbi Bilimer. Clients include Intercontinental Hotels Group, Hyatt International and Marriott.

Baspinar & Partners Law Firm advises on real estate investment, financing, contracts and transactional matters. Key figures are Gökmen Başpınar, Ali Ceylan and Aytuğ Büyükatak. The client base includes development and construction companies, asset managers, and local and foreign investors.

Kesikli Law Firm is recommended for its ‘in-depth industry knowledge and practical approach’ and advises on real estate and construction-related contracts and financing matters. Ömer Kesikli has ‘vast experience and know-how in the energy business’ and advises on inbound and outbound investment into energy projects. Clients include General Electric, Garanti Koza Energy and Tek Yapı İnşaat.

Elvan Aziz heads the real estate department at Paksoy and advises on matters such as contracts, agreements and due diligence. The construction practice is led by Zeynel Tunç, who is experienced in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Recent work includes advising Zenium Data Centers on all aspects of the development and operation of its data centre Istanbul One.

Özcan & Natan Attorney Partnership handles transactions, contracts, leasing agreements and construction permits. The team is experienced in the hotel and retail areas, and recently assisted an international luxury fashion brand with the negotiation and review of construction subcontractor agreements. Emre Özcan and Can Natan are ‘top-notch lawyers’.

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