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GKC Partners

MAYA AKAR CENTER, BUYUKDERE CADDESI NO: 102, KAT: 28, 34394 ESENTEPE, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
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Work +90 212 355 1300
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Fax +90 212 355 1301

Turkey

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

GKC Partners

GKC Partners is noted for its ‘strong industry knowledge, experience and good judgement’. Practice head Güniz Gökçe is ‘the driving force behind the team’, and Derin Altan advises on capital markets matters. The team is active on both the sponsor and lender side and handles project finance, financial restructuring and refinancing. Recent highlights include assisting a group of banks, including Türkiye Garanti Bankası and the EBRD, with the refinancing of existing debts and the financing of new investments in the electricity distribution sector. Borrower-side work includes advising Kazancı Holding and Doğal Gaz Dağıtım on obtaining $800m in refinancing and investment loans. The firm’s client roster also includes Yapı Kredi, Akbank and IFC.

Leading individuals

Güniz Gökçe - GKC Partners

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

GKC Partners

Despite the relatively calm M&A market in Turkey, GKC Partners continues to be involved in significant domestic and cross-border transactions. In one recent highlight, the team led advice to Qatar Holding as part of a joint venture acquiring approximately 79.5% of the shares of the country’s largest poultry producer, Banvit. Other key strengths of the practice are day-to-day corporate advice, drafting and review of contracts and agreements, as well as due diligence. Emre Özşar heads the team and Rozita Nigrin-Borden is another key figure. Ceylan Kara was made partner in January 2017 and is particularly experienced in the banking and insurance sectors.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 3

GKC Partners

GKC Partners’ competition practice is led by recommended counsel Sezin Elçin-Cengiz and provides ‘proactive, detailed and precise’ advice on contentious and non-contentious matters, including merger filings, compliance and litigation. It also represents clients in cartel and abuse of dominance investigations. Recent work includes representing Société Générale in a preliminary investigation conducted by the Turkish Competition Authority. Other clients include Nestle Waters, IFM Investors and Turkish Banks Association.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

GKC Partners

GKC Partners’ dispute resolution practice is led by Yalın Akmenek. The team handles arbitration and litigation and has particular expertise in the energy and construction sectors. The team advises on disputes regarding employment, corporate and tax law and recently led advice to Uni-Mar regarding its tax lawsuits against the Ministry of Finance. Zeynep Çakmak departed to Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı in February 2018.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

GKC Partners

The ‘excellentGKC Partners is recommended for its ‘detailed knowledge in very complex areas’ of employment law. The team is led by Rozita Nigrin-Borden and handles labour-related disputes, collective dismissals and the employment aspects of M&A transactions. The client roster includes Goldman Sachs, TUI, IFM and Boeing.

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

GKC Partners

GKC Partners is particularly experienced in project finance and refinancing matters in the energy industry. The team also advises on transactions and regulatory matters. Recent highlights include advising Kazancı Holding and natural gas distributor Aksa on investment loans and refinancing from a consortium of seven banks. The client base includes energy companies, investors and banks. Güniz Gökçe is the key figure in the department; Zeynep Çakmak departed to Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı in February 2018.

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Foreign firms
Foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

White & Case Europe Danışmanlık Hizmetleri Avukatlık Ortaklığı

White & Case Europe Danışmanlık Hizmetleri Avukatlık Ortaklığı maintains its affiliation with GKC Partners in Istanbul, whereas the association with Ankara-based Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı ended in July 2016. The firm is particularly well known for its experience in banking, finance, capital markets, dispute resolution and cross-border M&A. In one recent highlight, the team advised Spanish bank BBVA on the €859m acquisition of an additional 9.95% stake in Garanti Bank. Asli Basgoz is the key contact.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

GKC Partners

GKC Partners advises insurance companies and banks, such as BNP Paribas, on transactions and competition-related matters. Sezin Elçin-Cengiz and Yalın Akmenek are active in the sector.

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

GKC Partners

GKC Partners is experienced in advising local banks, lenders and sponsors on the financing and refinancing of projects in the renewable energy, health and infrastructure sectors. The team is led by Güniz Gökçe, after the departure of former practice head Zeynep Çakmak to Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı in February 2018. Recent work saw the team lead advice to Yapı ve Kredi Bankası regarding the financing of solar energy plants by Hanwha Group. Other clients include DenizBank, Ziraat Bankası and Garanti Bankası.

Leading individuals

Güniz Gokce - GKC Partners

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