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Bezen & Partners

SULTAN SELIM CAD. LALEGUL SOK., NEF 09 PLAZA, A BLOK FLOOR:12, 4 LEVENT, 34415 ISTANBUL, TURKEY
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www.bezenpartners.com
Ankara, Istanbul

Turkey

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Bezen & Partners

Yeşim Bezen heads the banking, finance and capital markets practice at Bezen & Partners, which handles cross-border transactions, asset and project finance, loan agreements and debt restructuring. Recent highlights include assisting Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı with the €250m refinancing of its real estate investment trust portfolio. In other work, the team advised China Aircraft Leasing Group on a Turkish law guarantee for an aircraft lease agreement. ‘Pragmatic and practicalMurat Soylu was made partner; Banu Aslan and Serdar Bezen are other key figures.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Bezen & Partners

Bezen & Partners advises on general commercial and corporate law, the drafting and negotiation of contracts, corporate restructuring, transactions and joint ventures. Recent work includes advising Akfen Holding on the pre-sale corporate restructuring of its energy company portfolio. Serdar Bezen heads the practice and Murat Soylu is another key figure. The team is particularly active in the energy and healthcare sectors. First Solar, Akkuyu Nükleer and Trelleborg are clients of the firm.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Bezen & Partners

Serdar Bezen leads the dispute resolution team at Bezen & Partners, which handles civil, commercial and administrative litigation, including shareholder disputes and other contentious matters in the construction, energy and projects sectors. Aykut Bakırcı is also a name to note.

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

Bezen & Partners

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.

Leading individuals

Yeşim Bezen - Bezen & Partners

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

Bezen & Partners

Bezen & Partners’ project finance department is led by Yeşim Bezen and handles project finance and refinancing matters. Recent highlights include advising French-Turkish consortium ELZ Sağlık Yatırım on the corporate structuring aspects of its PPP project Elazığ Healthcare Campus. The client base also includes Akkuyu NGS Elektrik Üretim, Rönesans Holding and Akfen Gayrımenkul Yatırım.

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