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The firm

Ketenci & Ketenci is a team of international lawyers, with a top-tier global reputation in both advisory and contentious matters.

Ketenci & Ketenci is a full service leading boutique Turkish law firm offering an international approach. The firm provides high-level legal services to respected high-profile corporate clients based in 86 different countries.

Areas of practice

The main practice areas are corporate, energy, real estate, aviation, competition, litigation, banking and finance, and commercial law.

Project finance/aircraft financing: Ketenci & Ketenci’s Erman M Yurdakul leads the financing team which advises public and private sector clients on various financing projects. It recently advised EDC as a lender for an aircraft financing project in Turkey.

Competition: Ketenci & Ketenci has represented and provided legal assistance to a number of clients before the Turkish Competition Board with respect to sanctions imposed for violating competition rules as well as transaction approvals.

Corporate and M&A: Ketenci & Ketenci’s M&A team handles a high volume of significant transactions, assisting both local and multinational clients. The team includes some of the most renowned M&A lawyers, antitrust experts and certified public accountants. The firm has built an outstanding reputation and expertise in M&As, joint ventures, strategic alliances and a variety of other corporate transactions. Attorneys at law, Güvenç Ketenci and Erman M Yurdakul, are referenced by the clients as ‘very knowledgeable, responsive, practical and solutions-oriented’. Ketenci & Ketenci has recently acted for the purchasers in a share transaction of a joint stock company quoted within the Istanbul Stock Exchange.

Dispute resolution/litigation/arbitration: the firm represents clients before the courts in Turkey relating to legal issues against either private persons or public institutions including tax offices. The arbitration team handles a range of commercial, corporate and finance disputes as well as investment treaty cases before the international arbitration tribunals.

Real estate matters: Ketenci & Ketenci represents high-profile clients in relation to their real estate investments in Turkey and provides significant advice from a Turkish property law point of view in respect to the disputes that may arise. Ketenci & Ketenci has particular expertise in conducting complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, real estate portfolio acquisitions, dispositions and financings, and in the establishment of investment funds and joint ventures.

Shipping, aviation and transportation: Ketenci & Ketenci handles international trade, transportation, logistics and insurance matters. As a dynamic law firm, it is well known for its ship and maritime disputes. The firm also offers comprehensive advice and a unique level of service on contentious matters. It is involved in all aspects of asset financing for clients in the shipping industry and advises a diverse range of international clients including financial institutions, owners and operators. Legal advice covers non-contentious shipping transactions including ship finance and leasing transactions, corporate structures for ship ownership and joint ventures, complex structured financings, ship sale and purchase, ship construction, and securities including mortgage registration.

Debt collection: Ketenci & Ketenci provides efficient, simple and cost-effective solutions to its clients for all debt collection needs against individuals and entities.

Banking, finance and capital markets: Ketenci & Ketenci represents and advises various financial institutions on a range of leveraged financings, lending and security-related deals. It also has broad capabilities in either debt or equity transactions including equity offerings and IPOs.

Energy: Ketenci & Ketenci provides its clients with a full range of legal expertise covering the spectrum of energy sectors including electricity generation and transmission, oil and gas, pipelines and renewable energy. It also provides all requested legal services in the energy sector including M&A, financings, projects, commercial law, environmental law, utilities regulation, project finance and construction law.

Güvenç Ketenci
Erman Yurdakul


Other offices
New York

Member European Lawyers (founding member)

Number of lawyers 40

at this office 10

Above material supplied by Ketenci & Ketenci International legal practice.

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