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Sengün & Partners Attorney Partnership

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Şengün & Partners provides agile solutions in the full range of commercial, corporate and M&A matters including IPOs, private equity, corporate compliance, risk management and takeovers via its offices in Istanbul, Izmir, London and Vienna. The firm has provided services for large media and entertainment companies, construction companies, food & beverage …

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KILINÇ LAW & CONSULTING

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Kılınç Law & Consulting provides legal services across both domestic and international areas. M&A department is one of the more active departments our firm and due to the extent of the work we do in the field, the multinational aspect of our work and our overall expertise in other areas, such as energy law, project …

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ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office

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Commercial, corporate and M&A is the largest practice at ADMD. We offer a wide range services including negotiating, drafting commercial and trading contracts, structuring of distribution systems, regulations on manufacturing and sale of products. ADMD offers a unique protective approach. We analyse commercial or other considerations of parties involved in broad detail in order to …

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Commercial, corporate and M&A in Turkey

Akol Law

Akol Law specialises in cross-border M&A, with recognised expertise in buy- and sell-side transactions. In addition to handling corporate transactions for major Turkish businesses and multinationals such as Amazon and Chevron, the team has also highlighted growth in its share of corporate retainer clients. Jointly led by the highly experienced Meltem Akol and the hotly-tipped Tuğçe Tatari, the team handles joint ventures, majority and minority acquisitions and sales, restructuring, and distressed M&A, with sector focuses including energy, heavy industrials, and tech. Ömer Gökhan Özmen regularly advises bank lenders on acquisition finance matters, while senior associate Başak Belet has a combination of expertise in transactional and regulatory issues, particularly in tech deals.

Practice head(s):

Meltem Akol; Tuğçe Tatari

Other key lawyers:

Ömer Gökhan Özmen; Başak Belet 

Testimonials

‘Wonderful strength of Meltem Akol who is one of the best corporate, capital markets, and finance lawyers in the Turkish market. Responsiveness and international quality of Tugce Tatari and others in the team.’

‘Meltem Akol is truly an eminent practitioner but has never let this reputation go to her head and remains hungry and focused on developing her firm and building long-term relationships with quality clients. Tugce Tatari is fantastically responsive and has the international quality to quickly understand and deliver to the requirements of clients. Basak Belet is an extremely intelligent and able associate who is qualified in multiple jurisdictions and had an excellent knowledge of specialist areas such as insurance and technology.’

‘They are quite experienced and partners are accessible. They are extremely responsive and never miss a deadline.’

‘Team is led in person by the founding partner Meltem Akol. There are also other dedicated very capable and dedicated partners that work in tandem with Meltem  like Tugce Tatari. They have been our go-to choice in acquisition work for the past three years with four different jobs. ’

‘Tugce Tatari is a very capable lawyer with exceptional work ethic. She has a great knack for drafting share purchase agreements. The practice also has experienced litigators who have proved themselves very useful during due diligence of target companies. ’

Key clients

Amazon

Arconic

Arkadin

Betek Boya

Chevron

Coty

Doğan Holding

Doğanlar Yatırım Holding

Fotive Group

General Electric

GPS Bulgaria

IC Ictaş

İş Girişim

Mid Europa Partners

Olayan Group

Palmet Enerji

Sovos

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Betek Boya on the sale of their majority stake in Betek Boya to Nippon Paint for $245m.
  • Advised Sovos on its acquisition of Foriba for $53m.
  • Advised Doğan Holding on its indirect acquisition of 70% of Sesa Ambalaj ve Plastik.

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki is active in M&A and private equity deals across a wide range of sectors, including energy, telecoms, and technology. Clients include large-scale Turkish conglomerates, multinational businesses, and private equity funds. The team's cross-border capabilities are bolstered by Selim Keki, a German-qualified lawyer who regularly works with German clients, and Doğan Eymirlioğlu, who is well-connected in the French market. Practice head Galip Selçuk is another highly experienced transactional counsel, advising on M&A transactions, private equity investments, and joint ventures in a number of industries. Müfit Arapoğlu handles financing and capital markets elements of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Galip Selçuk

Other key lawyers:

Selim Keki

Testimonials

‘Dedicated and experienced team members ’

‘Galip Selcuk is highly experienced and solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Hummingbird Ventures

SSR Mining

Tiryaki Agro

Taxim Capital

Acino Internationl AG

Fujitsu Technology Solutions

Turkven

Mr. Nevzat Aydın

Koç Holding

Bilkent Holding

Arkema

Pera Capital

NBK Capital

Bridgepoint

TuvTürk

Sabancı Holding

Skoda Works

Work highlights

  • Advised Hummingbird Ventures on the $1.8bn sale of Peak Oyun Yazılım  to Zynga.
  • Advised Anatolia, a subsidiary of Tiryaki Agro Foods, on the sale of 25.58% shareholding in Sunrise Foods International to Hassad Holdings.
  • Advised SSR in connection with the proposed acquisition of Alacer Gold Corp and affiliates.

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International has a broad corporate and M&A offering, with expertise in corporate transactions, acquisition finance, and related tax structuring, and complementary strength in dispute resolution. The firm remains active in major cross-border deals, having adapted well to the Covid-19 pandemic through the use of legal technology, both internally and in collaboration with clients. Focus areas for the team include manufacturing, heavy industrials, and technology, with private equity investments also a regular source of work. The team is led by Eren Kurşun, a regular adviser on high-value deals. Also recommended is İsmail Esin, who handles contentious work arising from M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Eren Kurşun

Other key lawyers:

İsmail Esin

Testimonials

‘Stellar responsiveness, quick grasp of challenges and proactive and very engaged legal advice and negotiation attitude’

‘Rather on the informal side of things what I personally appreciate and very positive attitude towards our team and in general. Super pleasant to work with and also very quick in responding and providing practical solutions to complex problems.’

Key clients

PEAK

Turkish Military Pension Fund

Turkey Wealth Fund

Nusret Gökçe, Nusmit Yiyecek İcecek

Akzo Nobel Coatings International

Worthington Industries

Franklin Templeton Investment Management

Sanovel İlaç

Marubeni Corporation

Koç Holding

ICA

Marmara Otoyolu

Sabancı Holding

Enechange

Work highlights

  • Advised Peak on its $1.8bn acquisition by Zynga.
  • Advised IC Holding, on the sale of a majority stake in Üçüncü Boğaz Köprüsü to a Chinese consortium.
  • Advised Turkey Wealth Fund in relation to the acquisition, merger and restructuring the insurance companies owned by state-owned banks including six listed and non-listed leading insurance companies.

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case)

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) has a full-service corporate offering, with strengths in tax, employment, capital markets, bank  finance and M&A. The team is active in the financial services and gaming spaces, notably advising Zynga on its landmark acquisition of Peak. It has also increased its activity in the data and fintech sectors. In line with its international partnerships, the firm is regularly involved cross-border deals. Emre Özşar oversees the practice, and made partner in early 2020 in recognition of his transactional record. Senior associate Can Tolga Tezel specialises in the tech and e-commerce sectors.

Practice head(s):

Emre Özşar

Other key lawyers:

Can Tolga Tezel

Testimonials

‘Highly professional, attentive to details, amazing negotiators. Very responsive even to non standard requests. Able to keep high level of performance under time pressure.’

‘High standards of ethics, professionalism, flexibility. Excellent performance on unusual and complex project.’

‘Very strong capabilities working across Western and Turkish business cultures.’

‘This is a very professional team, with an extremely committed and solution-oriented approach. Compared to other law firms, you always receive direct, satisfactory responses without any long and unnecessary explanations and you feel extremely confident on the level and quality of the responses.’

‘I can say they have strong team full of expert in our related areas like energy & M&A & banking & finance. They are always organized and meet our expectations for many way. They are always on the other side of the line whenever we need them.’

‘Mr. Emre Ozsar His intelligence made all process easier for us. And his self confidence & communication skills always boost our chance in negotiation process and/or in conflicts.

‘Extensive experience on the field with strong team both locally and globally. ’

‘GKC advised us on a significant and complex transaction in the banking sector in Turkey, encompassing both an M&A and a capital market leg. Being an investor based abroad, it was crucial for us to work with a firm which could combine good M&A legal skills and strong local knowledge. The GKC team proved to be the right choice, as it showed not only strong technical competences, but also excellent local knowledge and contacts.’

Key clients

Zynga

Unicredit

Sisal

Birlesik Holding

Goldman Sachs International

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Gama Holding

Hanwha Q Cells

Firmenich International

Mid Europa Partners

Alfardan Gayrimenkul

SK Engineering & Construction

InfraMed Infrastructure

Turkey Wealth Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Zynga on its $1.8bn acquisition of Peak.
  • Advised Sisal as successful bidder on acquisition of the 10-year contract for the operation of the Turkish state lottery,
  • Advised UniCredit on the unwinding of its seventeen year-long joint venture with Koç Holding and simultaneously carried out a follow on sale by way of an accelerated book build of a 12% stake in Yapı Kredi.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke stands out for its cross-border capabilities and broad range of sector specialisms, including telecoms, technology, e-commerce, energy, and regulated markets. The team has particular experience assisting Asian clients with investments into Turkey. Matters include complex arrangements relating to state-owned assets, capital markets, and international joint ventures. The team is overseen by Ümit Hergüner, a senior partner with a strong record in energy and automotive deals; corporate governance specialist Kayra ÜçerMert Oğuzülgen, who works on cross-border retail and e-commerce deals; and energy and regulatory-focused Deniz Tuncel.

Practice head(s):

Ümit Hergüner; Kayra Üçer; Mert Oğuzülgen; Deniz Tuncel

Testimonials

‘The Hergüner team commercial team we work with are excellent lawyers who really understand the international commercial imperatives of a very challenging transaction’

‘Kayra Üçer is an excellent commercial lawyer, pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Scientific Games Szerencsejatek Szolgaltatasok

Nagase & Co

Telia Company

Newrest Group Holding

Arcelormittal France

LBO France Gestion

Actuant Corporation

Medek Medikal Ürünler

Essilor Amera Pte

Marubeni

Johnson Controls Holding Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Scientific Games on the creation of a JV that submitted the winning bid in the tender to operate fixed odds bets and pari-mutuel betting games based on sports competitions in Turkey, and drafted a back-to-back supply agreement with a term of ten years.
  • Advised Johnson Controls Holding Company on a deal regrading the global sale of certain assets including capital stock or other equity interests in certain companies all around the world.
  • Advised Telia Company on an agreement to acquire Turkcell’s 41.45% stake in Fintur.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli has a strong domestic transactional record, regularly acting for prominent Turkish conglomerates in high-value strategic acquisitions and sales. Additionally, the team is increasingly active in the tech start-up space, where it advises private equity and venture capital clients on investment transactions. The practice added a number of personnel in late 2019, boosting its expertise across key sectors including financial services, IT, and insurance. The team is led by experienced transactional counsel Umut Kolcuoğlu and foreign investor-focused Serhan KoçaklıBihter Bozbay is noted for her stable of private equity and financial investor clients. Begüm Inceçam left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Umut Kolcuoğlu; Serhan Koçaklı

Other key lawyers:

Bihter Bozbay 

Testimonials

‘Their legal knowledge and experience in M&A transactions compares to no other law firm. The firm has a knack of training each and every associate and hone in their skills into becoming a practical, diligent, commercially minded lawyer. This is very impressive. Each and every associate is almost just as qualified as a partner. ’

‘I had the pleasure of working with various partners and senior associates of KDK. All are impressive and diligent and practical.

‘All round commercial and corporate team, very knowledgeable and experienced individuals’

‘Fast response, even on weekends and holidays, pragmatic approach with a business mindset. Compliance and ethics is also well understood and applied. Advise is practical, to the point and understandable for the non-lawyers. They follow up and monitor responses.I have worked most with Serhan who I value very highly.’

‘KDK is a top-notch legal counsel. They are good negotiators. They work a lot and they are extremely diligent.’

‘Kolcuoglu is excellent in identifying legal issues and finding solutions. Their quality of work is best in class and arrives on time. ’

‘They are experts in their fields. They also have specialized experts that make it very unique. ’

Key clients

Iyzico

HDI Insurance

True Value Capital Partners

Mediterra Capital

Turkven

Akemi

Deloitte

LR Health & Beauty Systems

The Boston Consulting Group

TPI Composites

PayPal

Magneti Marelli

Vava Cars

Vitol

Bunzl

Duracell

Helen Doron

Bozetto

Hugo Boss

Gucci

Wabtec Corporation

Cummins

W.A.G. Issuing Services

Huntsman

Hedef Filo

Glasshouse IT Systems

Enabler Music

Work highlights

  • Advised iyzico and its shareholders, including individual founding shareholders, on the transfer of majority shares in iyzico to MIH PayU.
  • Advised HDI Insurance, the Turkish subsidiary of Talanx Group, on its acquisition of Ergo Insurance in a multi-bidder process.
  • Advised Logo Software on its acquisition of a majority of the stake in Elba HR, that had two rounds of investment from private funds, Revo Capital and 500 Startups.

Paksoy

The team at Paksoy is regularly involved in large-scale cross-border transactions and also provides comprehensive corporate and commercial advice to multinationals relating to their operations in Turkey. Notable clients include Dow Chemicals, BNP Paribas, and BAE Systems, reflecting the firm's broad sector expertise across heavy industrials, defence, energy, and financial services. Elvan Aziz co-leads the M&A team and heads up the corporate and commercial practice, showcasing strengths in transactional work and corporate governance. M&A co-head Togan Turan has significant regulatory expertise, handling competition filings and other strategic antitrust matters. Tech and IP specialist Stéphanie Beghe Sönmez also co-leads the M&A group.

Practice head(s):

Elvan Aziz; Togan Turan; Stéphanie Beghe Sönmez

Other key lawyers:

Nazlı Bezirci

Testimonials

‘Paksoy as a long standing, established law firm, has long proved its quality and expertise in all fields, particularly in M&A. Due to the high number of deals they are involved, one can always benefit their experience. They are very accessible, and they have easy going partners.’

‘Elvan Aziz is an exceptional partner with her accessibility and her passion for work as well as her expertise.’

‘Very good capacity to understand the client’s need flexible and adaptable to the need of the client very pro active and proposing consistent solutions’

‘Paksoy is very available when there are urgencies and crisis. There is a very good synergy between the partner and the associate. ’

‘Excellent English language skills and technical skills’

‘Outstanding commercially-oriented and practical advice. Very knowledgeable and responsive. ’

‘Elvan Aziz leads an incredible team. She is smart, focused and very practical.’

Key clients

Ahli United Bank

BAE Systems

beIN Media

BNP Paribas

Carrefour

Cisco

Compass Group

Danfoss

Deutsche Beteiligungs

The Dow Chemical Company

Getir

Imerys

I Squared Capital

Novartis / Sandoz

Orica

Telus International

Work highlights

  • Advised Imerys on the acquisition of a 60% stake in the Haznedar Group, with options to acquire up to 100% of the share capital.
  • Advised Novartis/Sandoz on the sale of assets associated with one of Sandoz’ pharmaceuticals manufacturing sites to Generica.
  • Advised Telus International on Turkish elements of its $1bn acquisition of Competence Call Center.

CIFTCI Attorney Partnership

CIFTCI Law Firm is most active in the areas of pharmaceuticals, energy, and infrastructure, acting for a combination of domestic and international clients, including corporates, banks, and financial services companies, in complex, often cross-border transactions. Its ability to handle cross-border work is further strengthened by the firm's partnership with Clifford Chance. The firm expanded its client base during 2020, and has notably increased its involvement in private equity investments. Names to note include prolific cross-border specialist and practice head Itır Sevim-Çiftçi; counsel Kemal Aksel; and senior associate Deniz Göcük, who specialises in energy-sector M&A.

Practice head(s):

Itır Sevim-Çiftçi

Other key lawyers:

Kemal Aksel; Deniz Göcük 

Key clients

China Consotrium

EWE AG

Flix Mobility

Sazka Group

GS E&C

EBRD

IFC

Yamma Investments, Metric Capital

CVC Capital Partners

Ford Motor Company

Airbus Group

Admiral Group

Pfizer

Oman Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Advising a China-based consortium on its proposed acquisition of a 51% stake in ICA.
  • Advising EWE AG on the sale of its energy business in Turkey to the Azeri State Energy Company.
  • Acting as the Turkish legal counsel for Emirates NBD in its acquisition of 99.85% of the share capital of Denizbank.

Gen Temizer Ozer

Gen Temizer Ozer has a strong record in major Turkish M&A and equity investments, advising buyers and sellers on a variety of high-value deals. The team is instructed by major private equity houses such as Acteras, as well as a number of tech-focused venture capital funds, with technology and telecoms ranking among the firm's sector strengths. Other focus areas include e-commerce and heavy industrials. The team is jointly led by Edmund Emre Özer and Baran Gen: two experienced, foreign-qualified lawyers with expertise in complex, and often cross-border corporate transactions and investment arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Edmund Emre Özer; Baran Gen

Testimonials

‘Every team member from partner to associate is very dedicated and focused on the task ahead. They respond very quickly to requests and engage in senior levels to every aspect of the deals we have worked with them. They focus on finding solutions to the problems we face during contract negotiations rather than only pointing out the problem which is essential in their line of work.’

‘I worked mostly with Baran Gen and Emre Ozer. They complement each other well both on personality wise and expertise as well. Emre has excellent knowledge of English law and a very good contract negotiator whilst Baran is an expert on Turkish and international law and her attention to detail is excellent in contract drafting and negotiations.’

‘Top quality M&A firm, they act as a trusted advisor with their immense expertise in M&A transactions. Partners are with you at every stage of a deal and we have worked together over many years.’

‘Baran: she can fight every inch of the way to secure the best deal for the client, she has high respect in market and very experienced in this area. Emre: a fantastic international lawyer with tremendous expertise, guided us very successfully through a complicated transaction process with overseas partners.

‘The level of senior attention and persistent effort to get the best result is a clear differentiator for Gen & Temizer’

‘Baran is a very hands-on partner, available whenever you need her and always following the transactions very closely. She is very good at coming up with alternative solutions and comes with a very strong presence in the negotiation table. Emre is an excellent negotiator with a rather smooth style as well as being an excellent drafter of complex transaction documentation. His capability to practice under English law also proves to be very helpful.

Key clients

Competence Call Center

Propertyfinder

Namet Gıda

Infinity Invest

Bonfilet

Earlybird

Aslanoba

Dream Games

Vivense

Work highlights

  • Advised Vivense and its founder Kemal Erol on all aspects of the $130m investment by and sale of a majority of shares to Actera.
  • Advised Hacı Ömer Sabancı Holding on the sale of its shares in the publicly listed company, Yünsa Yünlü, to a joint venture company of Sürmegöz Tekstil and the state owned bank, Ziraat Katılım Bankas.
  • Advised Propertyfinder on its 100% acquisition of JRD from iMENA, negotiating and drafting the share purchase agreement.

Moroglu Arseven

Moroglu Arseven's broad corporate service group covers transactional support, dispute resolution support, corporate governance and operational advice. The firm has a strong corporate retainer portfolio, including major international telecoms companies and notable fashion brands. Additionally, the team is highly active in advising venture capital and private equity funds on tech-sector investments. It also acts for a number of Turkish start-ups. The team is led by senior partner Seyfi Moroğlu, highly-rated cross-border transactional counsel Benan Arseven, and Burcu Tuzcu Ersin, noted for her work on venture capital and growth investments.

Practice head(s):

Seyfi Moroğlu; Benan Arseven; Burcu Tuzcu Ersin

Testimonials

‘It is a great combination of young and dynamic team with seasoned experienced senior staff. International as well as local policies are well studied and field experienced. Holistic approach makes the difference.’

‘I work with Mr. Benan Arseven as well as Mr. Seyfi Moroğlu. Both are very approachable, not aggressive in their manner, solution oriented, and using soft power to persuade the parties.’

Çakmak Attorney Partnership

Çakmak Attorney Partnership recently bolstered its corporate offering with the arrival of experienced transactional advisor Kemal Aksel from CIFTCI Law Firm in September 2020, who joined as co-head. The firm remains active in cross-border M&A and investment work, with a strong focus on private equity and energy matters, where key clients include Gazprom and Petrobas. The team also advises multinationals on the establishment and maintenance of operations in Turkey, including corporate and commercial issues and compliance. Aksel jointly heads the team alongside senior partner and energy specialist Mesut ÇakmakZeynep Çakmak and Naz Bandik Hatipoglu, who advises on cross-border transactions and shareholder issues.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Naz Bandik Hatipoğlu; Kemal Aksel

Testimonials

‘The Cakmak Team provided an excellent work. They are very responsive, knowledgeable and helpful throughout the process.’

‘The team has an extensive experience, knowledge and know how about energy sector in Turkey. They are very responsive, attentive and punctual when delivering their advice.’

Key clients

Rönesans and Sonatrach

ERG İnşaat

China Railway Rolling Stock Corp

Gates Corporation

Centerra Gold

Ascend Performance Materials

Gazprom Germania

Petrobras

Boeing International Corporation

Uni-Mar Enerji Yatırımları

Visa Europe

Western Union

Türkiye Ürün İhtisas Bankası

Assystem

Work highlights

  • Advising Rönesans and Sonatrach on a partnership as well as the development, construction, operation and maintenance, and financing of a propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene production facility.
  • Advising ERG on the sale of all of its shares in Afşin-Elbistan (A) Thermal Power Plant.
  • Advising Boeing International on its ongoing and potential business activities in Turkey.

Bener Law Office

Bener Law Office has a broad corporate offering, with a large number of retainer clients the firm advises on a continuous basis regarding commercial operations, employment, and governance issues. The team also handles transactions, investments, and tax advisory work, with an in-house tax counsel in the practice. Areas of focus include energy, e-commerce, and manufacturing. The team is led by managing partner Erim Bener, alongside the highly experienced Gözde Esen Sakar, who has advised on a number of high-value energy, private equity, and technology transactions, while Onur Kordel is also heavily focused on energy and infrastructure work.

Practice head(s):

Erim Bener; Gozde Esen Sakar

Other key lawyers:

Onur Kordel

Key clients

Socar

OMV

Polisan

Saica

Mars Sinema

Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait

Mitsubishi

Fluidmaster

Klepierre

Avid Management

Tarkett

Work highlights

  • Advised Socar on the acquisition of 100% shares in TAliaga Container Port, from APM.
  • Advised Saica Pack on the acquisition of assets (production facilities producing corrugated cardboard) from Norm Ambalaj.
  • Advised AZELIS on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in pharmaceutical product distributor Ekin Kimya.

Bezen & Partners

Bezen & Partners handles corporate transactions and tax structuring matters for a range of clients in the energy, financial services, and infrastructure sectors. Matters include acquisitions and corporate finance, joint ventures and investments, business formations, and advice relating to Turkish business operations, incorporation, and corporate governance. The team is led by Serdar Bezen and corporate finance-focused Murat Soylu.

Practice head(s):

Serdar Bezen; Murat Soylu

Testimonials

‘They all great professionals and great listeners. No matter with whom you are in touch with among the team, the quality of the service is always at a certain level.’

‘The team is very qualified in providing top legal advice (including anti-trust law matters) and is very responsive. As corporate and M&A deals require a good organization, I can say that I am satisfied with the quality in this respect too. The documents provided are very detailed so that all parties are aware of timing and the necessary steps to be taken in order to be able to successfully close a deal.’

‘Murat Soylu is very qualified and keeps track of all matters the team is working on. He is also very responsive and available all the time.’

‘The Team at Bezen is always supportive, quick to react and have great knowledge. They are willing to work on topics that are new to them and the client.’

Key clients

Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation

Villeroy & Boch

Public Power Corporation

PNE AG / PNE Wind

Suez Groupe

Rönesans Holding

Meridiam Infrastructure Sarl

Akfen Holding

Hitachi Zosen Inova

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Work highlights

  • Advising Rosatom on corporates elements of its development and construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant.
  • Advising EBRD on updating existing corporate documentation between Borsa İstanbul, the Turkish Sovereign Wealth Fund and EBRD in connection with IPO preparations for Borsa Istanbul.
  • Assisting Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group with Turkish due diligence regarding the acquisition of the shares of local subsidiaries of Benteler Distribution.

Cigdemtekin Cakirca Aranci Law Firm

Cigdemtekin Cakirca Aranci Law Firm advises on transactions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, and regulatory issues, focusing on the renewable energy, tech, retail, and e-commerce sectors. The firm also has relationships with international investment funds, including Franklin Templeton. Practice head Gamze Çiğdemtekin Özer is an experienced practitioner with a strong record in cross-border work, and Tuna Çakırca is also noted for her transactional and corporate advisory expertise. The firm has also highlighted its innovative working groups relating to climate change legislation and female entrepreneurship.

Practice head(s):

Gamze Çiğdemtekin Özer

Other key lawyers:

Tuna Çakırca 

Key clients

Aabar Investments PSJ

ADM Capital

Age Enerji Group

Aimtech Elektronik

Andar Elektromekanik

Ankara Development Agency

APPS Bilgi Teknolojileri

Arvato Turkey

Astroenergy Turkey

Banvit Bandırma Vitaminli

Barko-Med Elektronik

Bıçakçılar Çandarlı Elektrik Üretim

Brensan Enerji Savunma

Çağdaş Holding

CEECAT Capital

Danish Refugee Council

eBay Turkey

Edenred Turkey

Egeres Enerji

Egeres Investment

EnglishCentral Eğitim Teknolojileri

Franklin Templeton Investments

Further Network

Görener Family

Gözde Girişim Sermayesi

Just Food

KAREL Elektronik

Work highlights

  • Representing Franklin Templeton and ADM Capital in their sale of shares in a major Turkish retailer.
  • Advised Cevher on the purchase of a new production plant, and associated financing.
  • Continuous advice to eBay Turkey on commercial agreements, contracts, and advertising.

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law's corporate team is integrated with the firm's wider competition and disputes offering, enabling it to act across contentious and regulatory elements of transactions. The firm has a number of major international clients in the areas of internet services, retail, and private equity, where it advises on corporate governance and structuring issues alongside cross-border transactions and investments. The team is jointly led by managing partner Gönenç Gürkaynak, a highly experienced competition and merger filing specialist, and Nazlı Nil Yukaruç, who focuses on transactions and commercial law.

Practice head(s):

Gönenç Gürkaynak; Nazlı Nil Yukaruç

Testimonials

‘The team always follows the deadlines and corporate affairs regularly. They provide the right directions at the right times by giving detailed information. The team is very talented, knows the laws well and follows up the developments. Given the nature of our company’s work, their advice and attention on the details is what makes this practice unique.’

‘ELIG has a big team, always available.’

Key clients

L’Oréal

Google Ireland and Google Turkey

Ralph Lauren

Knauf Insulation

Warner Bros

CA Technologies

TRB

OCP

Tetra Pak

TI Automotive

Betafence

Harvard Business School

Booking.com

Work highlights

  • Advised Knauf Insulation on a share capital increase process.
  • Conducted a legal due diligence on the Turkish subsidiary of Hutchinson in the context of indirect change of control in the Turkish subsidiary due to acquisition of its parent company.
  • Prepared a legal opinion for Booking.com in connection with the Turkish insurance law.

Gökçe

Gökçe's transactional particularly acquisition finance capabilities were significantly strengthened by its merger with YaziciLegal. The team has advised on a number of notable sales and acquisitions, with a particular focus on the IT, tech, and real estate sectors. Practice heads Görkem Gökçe and Ali Paslı are noted for their expertise, specialising in cross-border mandates and corporate governance issues respectively. Deniz Okuyucu joined from Pekin Bayar Mizrahi as a practice co-head in late 2020. Special counsel Melike Akan Yüksel is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Görkem Gökçe; Ali Paslı; Deniz Okuyucu

Other key lawyers:

Melike Akan Yüksel

Testimonials

‘They have a very dynamic team, they get up to speed about anything new in a very short time. Most importantly they really know scaled-up startups’

‘They are on top of their stuff, they are very resourceful with lots of tech company dynamics experience’

‘Görkem Gökçe and his team are proactive and commercial, as well as being very responsive. The assistance which they provided on a cross border matter has proven to be quite valuable. ’

‘Friendly and personable team, with practical, timely and relevant advice.’

Key clients

Sony

Mercedes

HUYA (Nimo TV)

B.Braun

Boyner

Neurodis

Insider

Foriba

Onedio

Evreka

Figopara

Scotty

Inofab

Gram Games

Miniclip

N11

Trendbox

Armada Varlık Yönetim

Mega Varlık Yönetim

Work highlights

  • Advised founders of Foriba and FIT on the sale to Sobos, for approximately $55m.
  • Advised Mega Varlık Yönetim on the sale of Kervansaray Bodrum Resort Hote to Şaban Kayıkçı for around €30m.
  • Advising Heksagon on the acquisition of 80% of the shares of Unıco Sigorta.

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership advises major energy and infrastructure-sector clients, including Istanbul Grand Airport, on transactions and various other corporate issues, including commercial contracts and leasing, employment issues, governance. The team also has experience of acquisition finance. Hasan AkiciogluMutlu Ozturk Yurdakul, and Emre Ulcayli lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Hasan Akıcıoglu; Mutlu Yurdakul; Emre Ulcaylı

Testimonials

‘GSI provides full service. GSI differentiates itself with its quality of the team and truly inspiring professional organization and technological strength.’

‘We worked with GSI in different projects in the past and recently we continue to working both for our corporate issues and in joint projects with other partners.

‘The team is over qualified in the context of Turkish market and responsive. They look into each single matter from different perspectives and make good risk analysis. The whole team is highly experienced in management of big projects such as ours, which enables them to assess the issues with a wholistic approach as well and this experience played an important factor in our choice to work with GSI . They understand the needs of the business and provide solutions to our day-to-day corporate matters. Their commercial law and M&A practice is far beyond our expectations.’

‘Ali Goksu is an excellent partner to work with. He has a tremendous experience in commercial and corporate life due to his roles in many different projects. He can therefore make most possible contributions from legal perspective with a business mind as well.’

Key clients

Iga, Istanbul Grand Airport

Bank Of China

Demirören Holding

Cengiz Holding

Kalyon Grup

Limak Group

Kolin Group

Sbi Bilişim

Ulusal Radyo Yayincilari Derneği

Overseas Energy

Efs Ebrex

Protecd

Sasa Polyester

Ecotherm End

Power Equipment & Materials

Asteksan Makina Ve Madeni Eşya

Fleetcorp Operasyonal

Mapa Holding

Grandx Diş Ticaret

Uludag Elektrik

Akfel Grup

Kuzey Marmara Otoyolu

Tarim Kredi

Work highlights

  • Advising IGA on all corporate issues, including negotiating, drafting and reviewing all the contracts from the credit agreements to employment agreements, incorporation of many sub-companies and leases, sales agreements, IT services, and Ground Services Contracts.
  • Reviewing and revising the Natural Gas Purchase and Sale Contracts for Overseas Enerji in different cases both as a buyer and seller with international clients.
  • Providing legal advice to both national and international companies on the purchase of several aircrafts.  

Gün + Partners

Gün + Partners has expanded its M&A offering, adding notable new clients in the tourism and retail sectors to its existing strength in regulated industries, particularly technology and pharmaceuticals. Due to the impacts of Covid-19, the team has been particularly active in distressed M&A for corporates and family businesses. The team is led by Filiz Toprak Esin, who made partner in early 2020. Pelin Baysal left the firm in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Filiz Toprak Esin

Testimonials

‘Very competent, helpful and hands-on.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a soft drink beverage company on a partial spin-off within its units and the transfer of its juice business to an investment fund, a transaction valued at roughly $40m.
  • Advised a large tourism group on its commercial agreements with hotels, collectively worth around €200m.
  • Advised a large food and beverage company on the review, revision, negotiation and finalisation of the SPA for transfer of the client’s shares to the other JV partners in Turkey, a transaction worth around $94m.

Moral & Partners

Moral & Partners is expanding its client base, increasingly advising international corporates and private equity investors on transactions in Turkey. In particular, the firm draws its clients from the automotive, heavy industrials, textiles, and energy sectors. In addition to transactional work, the practice group specialises in corporate governance advice, particularly for family businesses. The team is led by Reşat Moral and Serkan Pamukkale.

Practice head(s):

Reşat Moral; Serkan Pamukkale

Testimonials

‘Moral & Partners Team gives their clients both the comfort of working with a hands-on boutique and confidence of working with a top-level law office. I must definitely mention that they act in an agile way where you could reach to a partner whenever you need while their jr lawyers are also capable enough to solve big problems on the way.’

‘Their leader – namely Resat Moral – is one of a kind lawyer in the Turkish M&A ecosystem with a wide network and in-depth technical information.’

‘All members of the Moral & Partners team are creative, enthusiastic, customer-oriented individuals with good technical knowledge and excellent communication skills. Their advice is always clear, concise and provided with a quick turnaround. ’

‘I would recommend Resat Moral in commercial, corporate and M & A practice as well as in negotiating international contracts. He provides us with high quality legal services in commercial, corporate matters.’

‘Reliability, attendance to details, trustworthiness Focusing on the specific needs of the customers with a vast area of expertise. Making the customer feel well valued and secure with every type of legal issues.

‘Being able to reach our contacts whenever needed is a big plus. Fast and accurate responses are received for every type of issues. We work with attorneys with the top level of expertise in every field and we are able to reach and consult the partners as well.’

‘In our opinion, Moral & Partners team members are always accessible and ready to assist. They are knowledgeable, diligent and hard-working. They have commercial understanding as well as legal know-how. They respond timely with great professionalism. ’

‘All attorneys were very responsive and smooth as a person to deal with. Especially Resat Moral was easy to communicate with; we were able to raise all questions we have in our minds due to his positive attitude towards the clients. Melis Menk’

 Resat Moral is a great leader. He has very thorough technical knowledge of all corporate law, M&A, local legal aspects of these areas and he is very sharp in negotiations. He easily establishes very good relationships with clients as well as his counterparts and enables a very smooth deal to take place. I enjoyed working with him on a personal level as well.’

Key clients

Eczacibaşi Tuketi̇m Ürünleri̇

Japan Tobacco International

Borcelik

Groupe Psa

Bitpanda Gmbh

Taxim Capital

Careem

Stoller Turkey

Syngenta Turkey

Gozalan Group

Vansan Water Technologies

Barçin Sports Wear

Proteksan (Turquoise Yacht)

Ortopro Medical Devices

Asmira Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Taxim Capital on the acquisition of 100% of shares in Doganay Gida.
  • Advised Turquoise Yacht on the sale of 40% of shares to Al Barwani Group.
  • Advised Yanmar Europe on the acquisition of 100% of shares in Solis Traktor.

Pekin & Pekin

Pekin & Pekin concentrates on key industry sectors such as energy, infrastructure, financial services, and healthcare, mainly advising foreign corporates and private equity investors. The team's work regularly involves acquisitions, exit transactions, and joint ventures. Also of note, the team stands out in the market as a majority-female team, including at senior level. Yegân Liaje heads up the practice group and Zeynep Şener is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Yegân Liaje

Other key lawyers:

 Zeynep Şener 

Testimonials

‘Quick to respond, very helpful and on top of their workstreams. ’

‘Pekin & Pekin has provided sound legal advice in respect of the laws in Turkey to our company, a foreign entity doing business in Turkey. The team was easily accessible, and the turnaround time was very fast. They were very responsive to our needs and provided recommendations which were useful in assisting the company in making business strategic decisions.’

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office specialises in M&A involving regulated industries, including insurance, energy, heavy industrials, and natural resources. Clients include Turkish corporates and overseas investors, with international joint ventures also a regular source of work for the team. Gökhan EnkürKerim PelisterEmre Atayilmaz, and Emre Keki are key figures in the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Gokhan Enkur; Kerim Pelister; Emre Atayilmaz; Emre Keki

Testimonials

‘Their responsiveness, together with their dedication makes it a very enjoyable working experience.’

Friendly atmosphere, prompt and to-the-point service.’

Gokhan Enkur is one of the most dedicated lawyers I’ve ever worked with. He understands the client’s objectives.’

Hands-on approach from all levels of the company, including partners and owners. Great experience. Very solution-oriented.’

Emre Keki has wide expertise and excellent understanding of legal concepts and their translation into other jurisdictions.’

Very qualified and disciplined team with strong communication skills.

Gokhan Enkur is really one of kind. Highly intelligent and forward thinking, anticipating several steps ahead combined with high legal skillset both in Turkey and internationally. Great to have on board in tough negotiations.

Kerim Pelister is one of the best corporate lawyers I have worked with in my career. Highly trustworthy and an all-around excellent and very experienced lawyer.

Key clients

Cigna Corporation

Cigna Finans Emeklilik (Life and Pension)

Hoshizaki Group

Lockton Overseas

Shell

AFP Group

SIFI S.p.A

Koc Holding

Tekfen Holding

Elton Group

Kummler Matter

Nederman Holding

Alpiq Intec

Vera Capital

Hapimag

Ralph Lauren

Expedia

Hotels.com

Dyson

Vodafone

Lamberti

Pine Bridge Investments

Terex

SoftwareOne

Asia Pulp and Paper

Datalogic

ANC Nutrition

Teknasyon Yazilim

CCL Label GmbH

Overseas for Water

Sun Chemical

Discovery Channel

Vibracoustic

Eagle Burgmann

Noatum

Atotech

Work highlights

  • Advised Hoshizaki Corporation on the acquisition of shares in Oztiryakiler.
  • Advised Lockton Overseas on its joint venture with Omni Turkey.
  • Advised Koc Holding and Inventram on the acquisition of a 9.9% stake in Vispera.

Özdirekcan Dündar Senocak Attorney Partnership

Özdirekcan Dündar Senocak Attorney Partnership advises foreign and domestic corporates, and various inbound investors into Turkey, on transactions in a range of industries, including agribusiness, banking, heavy industrials, and insurance. The firm's cross-border capabilities are boosted by its partnership with Gide Loyrette Nouel, creating a network that also benefits the firm's tax and competition services. The team is led by Bülent Özdirekcan and Arpat Şenocak.

Practice head(s):

Bülent Özdirekcan; Arpat Şenocak

Key clients

Alchem

ALD Automotive

Akdeniz

Air Liquide

Aptar

Averys

AXA Holding

AXA Sigorta

AXA Hayat ve Emeklilik

Banque PSA Finance

Believe Digital

BNP Paribas Cardif

Colina Capital UK

EFI

Euler Hermes

Gonvarri Solar

Groupama

ITFAS

KYU (Hakuhodo)

Lactalis

Liquide Petroleum Gas Development Company

Orfim SA

Renault

Schindler

Schuelke

Société Générale

SNOP

Sojern

Taiyuan Iron & Steel

TEB Arval

TEB Bank

TEB Portföy

Union Bancaire Privée

Yves Rocher

Work highlights

  • Advised Believe International on setting-up a joint venture with Turkish Dogan Group through Dogan Music Company.
  • Advised Colina Capital UK on the setting-up of a joint venture in France with Turkish shareholders, taking full control of two Turkish companies.
  • Advised Groupama on the sale of its historical shareholding in Günes Sigorta to Turkey Soverign Wealth Fund.

ASC Law Office

ASC Law Office provides consultancy services to corporate clients, covering a variety of issues relating to business operations, pre- and post-M&A issues, due diligence, and restructuring. The team also handles cross-border M&A and financing, as well as related disputes disputes. Clients include retailers, tech start-ups, and energy companies. The practice is overseen by Okan Beygo and managing partner Doğan Coşgu.

Practice head(s):

Okan Beygo; Doğan Coşgu

Testimonials

The firm provides first-class corporate, commercial and M&A services. The firm delivers the same quality of work product as large international law firms while providing a level of client service and attentiveness that only can be provided by a boutique firm.

They are definitely a cut above their peer firms in the market. They have worked hard to adopt technology and processes to facilitate their cross-border practice. I think they are the go-to firm for foreign businesses transacting business in Turkey and Turkish businesses transacting business in Europe and the U.S.

I am constantly impressed by the quality of work of the attorneys. I have been particularly impressed by Okan Beygo, Dogan Cosgun, Ayhan Kilinc and Gozde Emek. All of them are great technical lawyers and all of them have problem-solving abilities as good as any other attorneys you will find anywhere.

The team is very experienced and professional. They can think out of box and do not give up finding formula and solutions if one necessary. They are very positive and constructive on problem solving. Strong personal skills and empathy skills that a good team requires.

Key clients

AG Anadolu Grubu Holding

Toksöz Spor

Ming Yang Wind Power Co.

Quantumdot Global

İstanbul Memorial

EHM Mağazacılık

Yeni Mağazacılık

CTC Enerji Madencilik

Atalian Entegre Tesis

Atalian Güvenlik

Ekol Teknik

EVD Enerji Yönetimi

Denizolgun Group Companies

NGM Yapım

Work highlights

  • Advising AG Anadolu Grubu Holding on its sale of 100% of shares in McDonalds Turkey.
  • Advised Toksöz Spor on a simultaneous capital decrease and capital increase, shareholding structuring and disputed general assembly procedures, alongside dispute resolution for various conflicts.
  • Advising Quantumdot Global on a retainer basis, with services including advising on its private investment offering.

Boden Law

Boden Law is active in business transactions and investment work across several sectors. While the firm's core strength lies in the energy sector, the corporate team also advises companies in the heavy industrials and agribusiness sectors on acquisitions, sales, and investment rounds. The team is overseen by Değer BodenSinem Mermer, and İnanç Akalın.

Practice head(s):

Değer Boden; Sinem Mermer; İnanç Akalın

Key clients

Statkraft Enerji

Sms Group Metalurji Servis

RSB RG

Aksa Enerji

Axpo International

Sanko Enerji

Axpo Turkey Enerji

Tosyalı Toyo Çelik

Tosyalı Holding

Engie Enerji

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on its potential acquisition of 21,04 and 21,58 MWe hydroelectric power plants.
  • Advised a client on the potential acquisition of of 60 MWe wind power plants.
  • Represented a client in the micromobility sector during both pre-seed and seed investment rounds against investors from Poland and Turkey.

Erdem & Erdem Law Office

Erdem & Erdem Law Office has a strong focus on cross-border work, operating foreign desks for GCC-facing transactions and deals throughout Asia-Pacific, including China. The team regularly works with private equity investors on investments, joint ventures, and acquisitions, particularly in the energy, projects, and infrastructure sectors. Ercüment Erdem and Özgür Kocabaşoğlu lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Ercüment Erdem; Özgür Kocabaşoğlu

Testimonials

‘Solution-oriented team with good attitude’

‘Our deal was related to the port sector. Apart from their experience and broad knowledge on M&A practice, the team also had solid experience in our sector. This was the main reason of our preference. The team is capable of and eager to resolve and find solutions for complex structures, hardworking, easily accessible and provide legal assistance shortly in urgent matters.’

‘Along with a solid experience in law, we seek our legal counsellors to have a business and solution oriented approach. During the deal, if necessary, we may request them to advise us legal alternatives and consequences thereof rather than directly advising the application of the mere rule. Both of the lawyers we worked with had that quality and we appreciated that.’

Key clients

IC Holding

Limak Holding

Yıldırım Holding

Yılport Holding

Samsunspor

Polat Holding

BMC Otomotiv

Norm Holding

Baran Arın

Akinon

MIP

Kemin

ICA

ICE

BKM

TT Endüstriyel

Dorak Holding

Norm Holding

Çelik Motor

Gucci

GAP İnşaat

Türkiye Spastik Çocuklar Vakfı

Tohum Otizm Vakfı

Feka Automotive

Şişecam

BMC

Neapco

Göçtur

Sapio Life Turkey

Feka Otomotiv

Imtiaz Holding

Husch Blackwell

Stantec Mühendislik ve Müşavirlik

Point S Development

Pelco

Livewell

Tetratech

JA Solar

Taska Prosthetics

Work highlights

  • Advising Akinon on a private equity investment to be contributed by SmartFin.
  • Advising IC Holding, IC Içtaş, ICE, ICA and other group companies on general corporate matters including contracts, general assembly meetings, and company incorporations.
  • Advising Şişecam Group on the merger of six companies, five of which are publicly held joint stock companies.

Güner Law Office

Güner Law Office advises domestic and international clients on M&A, private equity investments, and broader corporate issues. It is also adept at handling post-M&A disputes in litigation and arbitration. The firm has a strong record in the media and mining sectors, regularly acting on Turkish elements of international deals. Ece Güner ToprakBurçak Kurt Biçer, and Ömer Erdoğan are key figures in the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Ece Güner Toprak; Burçak Kurt Biçer; Ömer Erdoğan

Key clients

A&E Networks

Imerys

Ferro Corporation

Fox Networks Group

Konecranes

Mapei International

Tracel

Dow Jones

OSTC

Sicame SAS

Forcepoint Holdings

Ferro Turkey

Avient (formerly Polyone) Turkey

Suez WTS

Şafak Elektrik

Compin Group

New York Times

Endemol Shine Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Ferro Corporation on Turkish elements of the global sale of its tile business to Lone Star.
  • Advising Avient (formerly PolyOne) on Turkish elements of its global acquisition of Clariant.
  • Advised Sicame on the 100% acquisition of Şafak Elektrik.

GSG Attorneys at Law/GSG Hukuk

An affiliate of PricewaterhouseCoopersGSG Attorneys at Law/GSG Hukuk has international capabilities and a broad range of expertise across transactional work, corporate restructuring, and regulatory issues, including tax considerations. The firm acts for corporates in fields including energy, electronics, and manufacturing, reflecting broad expertise and regulatory capabilities. The team is led by the 'deeply experienced and agile' Nilgün Serdar Şimşek, who has considerable experience of transactions and corporate governance issues.

Practice head(s):

Nilgün Serdar Şimşek

Testimonials

‘The team is deeply experienced and agile, very thorough, well organized and client focused . We are very happy to work with them for years. The firm stands out in understanding the commercial interests and needs of both their clients and their counterparts, which greatly helps in getting deals closed and disputes resolved in a valuable and safe way. We recently closed a very complex and a long-standing deal together, thanks to their legal approach and communication skills. We often observe that they come up with practical solutions based on their knowledge and experience.’

‘We have previously worked with GSG for our investment in the energy market in Turkey and they have counselled us during the share purchase agreement negotiations for our investment. We do believe that GSG Team holds the unique skill of providing high quality legal advice while understanding the business needs involved.’

‘The strength of the team comes from the depth of their legal knowledge, their vast experience especially in the field of M&A and diligent and meticulous handling of their projects.’

‘I worked with the GSG Corporate team for more than one project. GSG Corporate team is very practical, focusing on the needs of the client and always trying to provide solutions. They do understand the necessities of the client in a comprehensible manner and the team is always very good at communication.’

‘ The GSG team has great technical skills and they always provide quick and accurate advice. The lawyers are very committed, hardworking and experienced. They devote time and effort to understanding and getting to know your company and your needs.’

‘I have had the opportunity to work with GSG attorneys on various separate occasions. Mrs. Simsek and her legal team are of the highest caliber and an absolute joy to work with. We have once again engaged with them for a very complex restructuring project which included reorganization of a real estate project with our then existing partner, which is one of the preeminent group of companies in Turkey. GSG attorneys produced for us a framework agreement, a shareholders’

‘Nilgun Serdar Simsek, is the leading partner. She is open to feedback and she has been very constructive at solving any issue any time. She gives importance to team development. She had invested much at her team over the years.’

Pekin Bayar Mizrahi

Pekin Bayar Mizrahi is instructed by a number of domestic and international companies, particularly in the fields of heavy industrials, automotives, and maritime. Highlights have included transactional advice, work with private equity investors, and strategic corporate governance advice. The team is jointly led by Selin Bayar, an experienced adviser on cross-border transactions, alongside Ferhat Pekin and Deniz Altınay.

Practice head(s):

Selin Bayar; Ferhat Pekin; Deniz Altınay

TURUNÇ

TURUNÇ handles a combination of corporate and investment transactions, corporate advisory matters, and commercial litigation work for a client roster including international businesses such as Android, SC Johnson, and Caffè Nero, as well as investment funds and major Turkish entities. Private equity and venture capital are particular areas of focus for the firm, specialisms that bring a flow of activity in the technology sector. Practice co-heads Noyan Turunç and Kerem Turunç have experience both in transactional and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Noyan Turunç; Kerem Turunç

Testimonials

‘The team carries unique expertise in both understanding and explaining to the client the risks and opportunities of transnational agreements and collaborations. Both their advisory and legal implementation are top-level.’

‘Turunc has the ability to represent us in various jurisdictions in US, UK and Turkey which is very unique.’

‘Noyan and Kerem Turunc have both exceptional business acumen.’

‘Their docs are quality-wise equivalent to magic circle firms.’

Key clients

BigChefs

Caffè Nero

Camper Shoes

Export-Import Bank of Korea

Is Private Equity

Itochu

SC Johnson

Suwen

Taxim Capital

Vinci Venture Capital

Yü-Ce

Android Industries

Work highlights

  • Advised Riverwood Capital on its investment into Insider.
  • Advised BigChefs on its acquisition of NumNum.
  • Represented Micro Focus in its acquisition of ATAR Labs.

YBK Law Firm in Cooperation with CMS

YBK Law Firm in Cooperation with CMS has notable international connections, and as such regularly works on cross-border transactions, and is also well-positioned to assist international companies with investments and operations in Turkey. The firm is also instructed by a number of private equity funds. Sector strengths for the team include financial services, energy, and manufacturing. Döne Yalcin and Alican Babalıoğlu jointly lead the practice group; both have a wealth of experience in international transactions.

Practice head(s):

Döne Yalçin; Alican Babalıoğlu

Testimonials

We have been cooperating with them in Turkey for around 6-7 years. The rapid growth in our business, both in the local market and in the international arena, has contributed to why we have chosen to partner up with them as a law firm. Working with them benefits our international exposure and we benefit from their local and international experience. They have remarkable expertise in  M&A.

The team are very approachable and highly responsive to our requests. Both the partners and associates are highly knowledgeable and reliable, we contact them on a very regular basis and they provide us with to the point and practical advice.

The firm is highly disciplined and always available. They give practical answers and see the bigger picture.

Dr. Döne Yalçın leads the team and is a very responsive and capable project leader.

Key clients

AK-TAŞ Dış

Dürr

Amstar Group

Lone Star Fund

T Dinamik Enerji

Howden Broking Group

Warner Music

Jiangsu Zhongtian Technology

Kellogg

Douglas Holding

MCI Management

Work highlights

  • Advised the Turkish subsidiary of Dürr on the acquisition of a specific business line operated by its Turkish distributor.
  • Advising AK-TAŞ Dışon the 100% sale of Ekin Kimya Ticaret to Azelis.
  • Advised a major consumer products manufacturer on the Turkish phase of the separation of its professional products business from the group globally, a complex deal involving over 40 jurisdictions.

KILINÇ LAW & CONSULTING

KILINÇ LAW & CONSULTING stands out in particular for its experience handling M&A in the energy sector as well as buy-side transactions more widely. The group's workload also includes corporate governance matters. Levent Lezgin Kılınç  and Seray Özsoy are the key names. 

Key clients

SOCAR Turkey Company Group 

Bor Şeker Anonim Şirketi 

Serdivan Adi Ortakliği  

Kızılay Gayrimenkul Ve Girişim Sermayesi Portföy Yönetimi Anonim Şirketi

RMA Group 

Türkiye Tarim Kredi Kooperatifleri 

Asnak Lojistik Teknolojileri Anonim Şirketi 

Resistanbul Anonim Şirketi 

Yu Group 

Qimia Enterprise Bilgi Ve Teknoloji Hizmetleri Anonim Şirketi 

Mayadem Teknoloji A.Ş. 

SAF Tesis Yönetimi Ve Endüstriyel Temizlik Hizmetleri Ltd. Şti. 

Arz Gayrimenkul Venture Capital Fund

Work highlights

  • Advising Resistanbul Anonim Şirketi on its $17.5m acquisition of a licensed electricity producer working on the construction of wind energy turbines in Istanbul. 
  • Advising Socar Turkey LNG Satiş on the TRY55m sale of its shares to Naturelgaz Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi. 
  • Advising Arz Venture Capital Investment Fund on investments in several technology companies. 

ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC

ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC advises a combination of domestic, European, and Middle Eastern clients on corporate transactions, commercial contracts, and governance matters. Investment funds, industrial manufacturers, and construction companies are among the firm's key clients. The team is led by Akin Volkan Arikan, a prolific transactional adviser, and Prof. Dr. Fatih Aydogan.

Practice head(s):

Akin Volkan Arikan; Prof. Dr. Fatih Aydogan

Testimonials

‘The team is very diligent and practical. Very international and is up to date with local developments.’

‘They speak French and English. A great plus. Always sharp on time and moderate billing style. Very flexible schedules. Mr. Akin Volkan Arikan is my point of contact. He is excellent.’

Key clients

Emaar Properties

Bashan Agricultural Products

Consera Off-Site UK

Al Ghurair Investment LLC

London Forfaiting Company

Fichtner Gmbh & Co KG

Eczacibasi Holding

SFS

Koray Group

NEF Group

Duzce Cam Glass Manufacturing

Mitsubushi Elevators

SHAPIR Industries

Prime Capital Equity Fund

MDC Industries

Work highlights

  • Continuously advising Mitshubishi Elevators on corporate matters.
  • Advised Emaar Properties on a $2bn construction contract.
  • Advised Prime Capital Holding on the acquisition of one Turkey’s biggest hotels groups in 2020 for an estimated $100m.

Baspinar & Partners

Baspinar & Partners has a strong record advising buyers and sellers on M&A and investment transactions. The team has also developed niche expertise in privatisation deals. Clients include private equity investors, high-net-worth individuals, and major corporates in areas including textiles, automotives and construction. The team is led by Gökmen BaşpınarAli Ceylan, and Kaan Gök.

Practice head(s):

Gökmen Başpınar; Ali Ceylan; Kaan Gök

Key clients

Baykanlar Group

Re-Pie Real Estate and Venture Capital Fund Management

Nizh Yug Group

Intertek Test Services

Intertek Quality Services

Spectrum Holding

Ceads

Apleona Group

Ramgün Tourism and Energy

Bursel Textile

Acalis Healthcare Services

Almetsan Construction Material Industry

Mr. Hızır Yılmaz and Mr. Suleyman Yılmaz

Marmara Deri

Work highlights

  • Advised Re-Pie Real Estate and Investment on its 50% investment into GTC Güneş, a national producer of solar panels.
  • Advised the shareholders of Moka Ödeme Sistemleri on the sale of their full shares to Türkiye İş Bankas.
  • Advised Re-Pie Real Estate and Investment on a $2m investment into Getir.

Breitegger-Develioglu Law Firm

Breitegger Develioglu Law Firm is a boutique firm focusing on cross-border M&A, with clients including a range of foreign-domiciled businesses making investments in Turkey. Recent highlights include M&A transactions, equity investments, and joint ventures with Turkish companies. The internationally-experienced team is led by Sezen Ergen Breitegger, Burçin Yıldırım Develioğlu , and Murat Develioglu.

Practice head(s):

Sezen Ergen Breitegger; Burçin Yıldırım Develioglu; Murat Develioglu

Testimonials

Sezen Ergen-Breitegger has a very pragmatic and professional approach.She has excellent cultural and business knowledge of Austria and Turkey which helps to avoid any misunderstanding in cross-border transactions.

Flexible approach and sound understanding of legal work to be done. Very good communication skills.

We have been working with Breitegger – Develioglu since 2015 and since then, we have been very satisfied with their work. Their extensive knowledge about international business helped us manage our international contracts and ease our relationship with our customers. They are very fast to answer and we always received academically researched compact legal information from them.

Sezen Ergen Breitegger and Burçin Yıldırım Develioglu are excellent at providing legal service and help our business navigate through the difficult negotiations. Both are prominent attorneys. They both have experience abroad and with different cultures which makes them key people in international business deals.‘

Partner availability and engagement is one of the main strengths of Breitegger – Develioglu Lawyers. We have always been able to reach the partners of the firm with all our inquiries.

From the very start of our relationship, Sezen Breitegger came across as professional, friendly and straight to the point, giving feed back on everything she was asked to do. Great team spirit. Looking forward to working with her again in the future.

Widespread cultural understanding; excellent combination of legal practice and what would make a contract acceptable for both parties; excellent knowledge of different jurisdictions, such as case- or codified law.

‘A highly energetic, and knowledgeable team that is able put themselves in your shoes.

Key clients

Aurosun

Pürsan Pigment Ürünleri

Armada Yalıtım

Nepha Tıbbi Cihazlar

Metito

Reform Cnc Takım Tezgahları

Schiebel Antriebstechnik

US Liberty LLC

f&s Ingenieurbüros

Work highlights

  • Advised Aurosun on its joint venture agreement negotiated with  Turkish partners Kara Holding.

DURUKAN+PARTNERS

DURUKAN+PARTNERS advises a combination of domestic and international clients, with a particular focus on the financial services and banking sectors.  The firm provides corporate advice on a range of issues, including transactional support, equity raisings, Turkish commercial law and regulations, and contracting. The team is led by Begüm Durukan Özaydin and Hikmet Fadillioglu.

Practice head(s):

Begum Durukan Ozaydin; Hikmet Fadillioglu

Key clients

Sephora Kozmetik  and Benefit Cosmetics

HMT LLC and HMT Turkey

Enka Power Projects

Etam Turkey Rhodium

Thales

Gemalto

BYK

Ojer Telekomunikasyon

Daniel Wellington

LyondellBasell

Gilan Mücevher

Isagro

dormakaba

Pladis Food

Ansaldo Energia

Letterone Group

Work highlights

  • Advising LetterOne, indirect shareholder in Turkcell, on certain restructuring and shareholding issues and concepts of capital markets laws.
  • Advising Sephora on all corporate matters in Turkey.
  • Advising Gemalto on capital market concepts as applicable to Plastkart, in which Gemalto holds a majority stake.

Heuvels Uras

Heuvels Uras advises a diverse roster of domestic clients, including tech, hospitality, and energy companies. The team's core activities lie in corporate retainer advice, due diligence, and governance work. It also has notable expertise in M&A and overseas investment transactions. The practice group is headed by Sena Apak, an experienced lawyer with a broad corporate practice.

Practice head(s):

Sena Apak

Key clients

Transal Shipping

Hitay Group Companies

Ki̇bar Group Companies

Steltech Makina

Stenia Gayri̇menkul

Evsen Group

Momentum Group

Felix Group

Karaköy Güllüoğlu

Exolvo

Prive Holding

Pekpan İnşaat i

Work highlights

  • Advising Evsen Group/MGPC on the transfer of 12% stock in an EMG pipeline to enable a landmark $15bn natural gas export deal.
  • Advising Momentum Group on its investments in Turkey, and conducting company and branch establishments, JVs, license and permit applications, reviewing all commercial agreements.
  • Advising Teknoser Bilgisayar Teknik on the acquisition of 100% of a global technology group.

İnal Kama Attorney Partnership

Affiliated with Norton Rose Fulbrightİnal Kama Attorney Partnership advises corporates and private equity clients on domestic and international transactions, regulatory and insurance issues, white-collar considerations, and corporate governance. The team is overseen by Ekin İnal, an internationally-experienced lawyer with a good record in private equity, technology, and insurance deals.

Practice head(s):

Ekin İnal

Key clients

TPAY Mobile

International Finance Corporation

Nederlandse Financierings

Ontwikkelingslanden

I-Pulse Oil & Gas

Turkish Airlines

Avesoro

Cronus Chemicals

Work highlights

  • Advised TPAY Mobile on its acquisition of 100% of the shares of Trend Ödeme Kuruluşu, known in the market as Payguru.

Yazici Attorney Partnership

With a focus on regulated industries including energy and heavy industrials, Yazici Attorney Partnership advises a number of Turkish companies on corporate issues, including contracts, restructuring, governance, and disputes. Jointly headed by oil and gas specialist Murat Yazici and Elif Karagözoğlu, the team has extensive experience of domestic and international transactions, particularly in Central Asia and the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Murat Yazıcı; Elif Karagözoğlu

Key clients

Termo Makina

Leonardo Turkey

Aviagen

Turner Project Management

BTA Havalimanları

Hisarlar Makina

Genetec

Ekin Maden and Ekin Nikel Metal

Bosphorus Gaz Corp

AGE İnşaat

Work highlights

  • Advising Haluk Naci Tuğcu on the sale of his entire shareholding in Fio Gaz to Pietro Fiorentini.
  • Advising Bosphorus Gaz on all corporate governance related issues, contracts, and contractual disputes.
  • Advised Mahindra & Mahindra on its $110m acquisition of the entire share capital of Erkunt Traktör.