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Turkey

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki

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.

Leading individuals

Barlas Balcioğlu - Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki

For some, Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki provides ‘the best advice at excellent fee rates’. Managing partner and head of corporate and M&A Galip Selcuk advised Bridgepoint on acquiring Peyman, a Turkish dried fruit, nuts and seeds producer, from its founders and Esas Holding. In another highlight, Selim Keki advised OMV on the sale of shares in OMV Petrol Ofisi and certain subsidiaries, including conducting due diligence and jointly drafting the share purchase agreement. Doğan Eymirlioğlu is ‘a highly knowledgeable and experienced lawyer, who inspires confidence at all times’, and Müfit Arapoğlu, who joined the firm in October 2015 from Clifford Chance, has experience advising local and international companies on M&A, particularly in the banking, cement, tobacco, media, manufacturing and food sectors. Other clients include Amway and Lesaffre.

Leading individuals

Galip Selçuk - Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki stands out for the breadth of its expertise, with the practice fielding several economists, including recent arrival Emin Köksal, and regulatory specialists. Practice head Şahin Ardıyok represented online food ordering platform Yemek Sepeti in an abuse of dominance investigation by the Turkish competition authority. Danone and Johnson & Johnson are new clients.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki represents international and domestic clients in civil litigation before trial and appellate courts. Practice head Özgür Akman handles all dispute resolution matters for the master franchisee of Domino’s Pizza in Turkey; Gülistan Baltacı Hatay and Semih Sander are also recommended, particularly for disputes in the transport sector; and US-trained Mark Skilling serves as a foreign expert along with İdil Tümer, a New York-licensed practitioner, who focuses on international arbitration. Amway and Coca-Cola are also clients.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki’s head of corporate and M&A Galip Selçuk also handles employment matters for clients that have sizeable personnel teams, including Amway, Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson. Doğan Eymirlioğlu and Özgür Akman are also noted.

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki

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.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki’s Şahin Ardıyok advised Türk Telekom on competition law issues and regulations pertaining to a consolidation process. Other clients include Vodafone and D-Smart. Özgür Akman, Galip Selçuk and associate Ezgi Talı are also noted.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki acts for clients including Amway, Global Brass and Copper, and Al Jazeera Media Network. The team is notably active in the hospitality sector; it recently advised two global hotel companies on IP matters in Turkey. Selim Keki is providing comprehensive IP advice to the first international online personal shopping portal in Turkey. Doğan Eymirlioğlu, Özgür Akman, and Galip Selçuk are the other key names.

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Project finance/projects
Project finance/projects - ranked: tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki

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’.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki’s managing partner and head of real estate Barlas Balcıoğlu frequently works with Doğan Eymirlioğlu in advising international clients such as Bainbridge and Goldman Sachs. Özgür Akman handles contentious matters. The team conducted an analysis of the legal risks posed by a potential joint venture investment in which the client would acquire a real estate development from a bankrupt company.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki’s Galip Selçuk has expertise handling corporate restructuring and insolvency in the retail, manufacturing, e-commerce, food and beverage, and private equity sectors. Özgür Akman is the key name for contentious matters and Doğan Eymirlioğlu handles corporate restructuring.

Leading individuals

Galip Selçuk - Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki’s team acts for clients such as Standard P&I Club, Swedish Club, Nordisk Defence Club, Caterpillar Financial Services, Denizbank, ABN Amro Bank and Mersin International Port. Semih Sander is ‘among the best counsellors across the EMEA region and is a genuinely trusted adviser rather than just a provider of legal assistance’. Gulistan Baltaci is ‘a safe pair of hands for complex and diverse litigation matters in Turkey’.

Leading individuals

Semih Sander - Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki

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