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Dr Ali Göksu

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Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership


Senior Counselor


Dr. Göksu focuses on international banking transactions, syndicated loans, and the development, financing and operation of energy and infrastructure projects. More specifically, he represents energy companies and project developers, as well as multilateral agencies, commercial banks and equity investors, in connection with upstream oil and gas projects; cross-border oil and gas pipelines; wind, hydro, solar and geothermal energy production projects and energy infrastructure projects. His practice also involves advising project financing companies and lenders on commercial risk insurance matters regarding project financing. He has been involved with energy projects in the U.S. and Middle East. Dr. Göksu is also a university lecturer at İstanbul Şehir University, teaching international commercial contracts and international project finance from a legal perspective. He has also lectured at Koç University and İstanbul Technical University. His most recent publication is entitled “Turkish Energy Market Law and Governance: How to Mobilize Investments.”. - See more at:




Post Doctorate, Columbia University, USA, 2006 Ph.D., Norwich Law School, Univ. of East Anglia, UK, in concurrence with the University of Michigan, USA, 2004 LL.M., Kings College, UK, 2000 LL.B., İstanbul University, Turkey, 1997


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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Within: Leading individuals

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Within: Energy

The team at Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership provides ‘very good response times, industry knowledge and advice, and the partners have great business acumen’. Ali Goksu has ‘substantial experience in the energy M&A space’. Practice head Hasan Akıcıoğlu, Emre Ulcaylı and Esin Taneri are the other key names.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership provides corporate advice to media companies and online social platforms around the globe. Selçuk Akgün, Emre Ulcaylı and Ali Göksu are the key names.

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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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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

At Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership, Emre Ulcaylı has notable experience advising on the purchase, sale and construction of hotels, and Ali Göksu serves as a key legal consultant to a company involved in Istanbul’s third airport project. Banu Mert, Hasan Akıcıoğlu, Başak Göksu Gürbüz and Mahmut Erbay are also noted.

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