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Fatma Gozde Akansel

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Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership


Ms Akansel’s main focus is on project development and finance practice as well as banking, finance and capital market transactions. As a project finance expert, Ms Akansel represents many parties on every side of the transactions – leading project sponsors, lenders, equipment suppliers, infrastructure funds, public sector entities – in many sectors, which transactions involve financing and structuring complex projects. She is regularly engaged in negotiating joint ventures, concessions or other development and financing agreements. Ms. Akansel also provides comprehensive counseling on local regulations relating to banking, securities, stock exchange matters and other financial products and transactions, actively advising clients on the legislative developments in financial markets.


English, French.


Baskent University, Turkey, (2002 LLB); Galatasaray University, European Union Law, Turkey, (2005 LLM); L’Université Paris 1 Sorbonne, International Economic Law, France, (2006 LLM); Fordham Law School, Banking, Finance and Corporate Law, USA, (2012 LLM).


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership’s team ‘provides quick, comprehensible, and informative responses’, and has ‘great industry knowledge’ in the transport and energy sectors. The firm advises domestic and international clients on major projects and complex financial matters. On the capital markets side, it acts for Borsa Istanbul. Ali Goksu and Fatma Gözde Akansel are the practice co-heads. Esin Taneri is also recommended.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership advises international and domestic clients on joint ventures and M&A, and provides day-to-day corporate assistance. In one highlight, Emre Ulcaylı drafted and negotiated a joint venture agreement between Kalyon and Malaysian company SapuraKencana TL Offshore pertaining to an underwater natural gas transmission pipeline in Turkey. Ali Göksu is ‘an outstanding lawyer with excellent contractual skills’, and Hasan Akıcıoglu, Fatma Gözde Akansel and Başak Göksu Gürbüz are other names to note. Gürallar and Ciner are also clients.

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Project finance/projects

Within: Project finance/projects

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.

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