Firms To Watch: Energy

Lexist Law Firm is known for its energy expertise in areas such as nuclear, project financing, PPPs, arbitration and renewables.
Ergün Avukatlik Bürosu is a boutique firm which advises on the full spectrum of energy law, including renewables, electricity trade, upstream and downstream oil & gas matters.

Firms in the Spotlight Energy

Bozoglu-Izgi Attorney Partnership

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The team has a strong energy and infrastructure practice spearheaded by the firm’s partner M. Feridun Izgi who has a long-term industry experience from in-house work within a leading Turkish energy company. Bozoğlu-İzgi provides its local and multinational clients with rapid and independent legal advice to enable them to adopt successful commercial strategies in this …

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LBF Partners

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We have a highly qualified energy law team which consists of legal experts that have worked at the Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK) and academics with global reach and strong presence in Turkish energy law practice. We advise international investors, energy companies, and governmental agencies on all aspects of complex energy matters relating to …

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Energy in Turkey

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki

The energy team at Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki leverages its experience in several areas, including petroleum markets, LNG business, smart grids, electricity and renewables. A core area for the practice is the regulatory aspect with a multidisciplined approach when assisting clients such as competition advice, contract arrangements, risk management and compliance. The team is co-led by Barlas Balcıoğlu  who regularly advising multinational companies in real estate finance, leasing and syndicated lending. The other co-heads are Şahin Ardıyok who specialises in competition, public policy and regulation, and Selim Keki  who acts for strategic investors, listed companies and private equity houses.

Practice head(s):

Barlas Balcıoğlu; Selim Keki; Şahin Ardıyok

Other key lawyers:

Fatih Kil


‘Baseak team are experts in energy law and we take training from them.’

‘Şahin Ardıyok is an expert of competition law and Fatih Kil is expert of energy law with huge experience.’

Key clients


Göltaş Enerji


Abalıoğlu (İvme Enerji)

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Association of Turkey (TEHAD)

Aksa Enerji

Aydem Enerji



Work highlights

  • Advised Galata Wind on energy law matters in the preparation of a legal report, which is an annex to the prospectus for an IPO process.
  • Advised Aksa Energy on the unbundling obligations of the group companies in the electricity and retail market.
  • Conducted an extensive competition compliance program for GDZ and ADM to identify concerns that may arise from energy law and competition law regulations.

Bezen & Partners

Bezen & Partners advises developers, contractors, investors and lenders on a wide range of power generation projects, and also assists with licensing, land, regulatory matters. The team is experienced in advising domestic and foreign renewable energy companies on the development and financing of wind, solar, hydropower and waste-to-energy plant projects. The firm’s regulatory practice is headed by Aykut Bakırcı who has been engaged in drafting and amending primary and secondary legislation regarding electricity and natural gas. Other team co-heads include Yeşim Bezen and Banu Bölükemini who are respectively involved in various project finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Yeşim Bezen; Aykut Bakırcı; Banu Bölükemini

Key clients

Akkuyu NGS Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.

STEAG GmbH and its subsidiaries

PNE AG and its subsidiaries

Public Power Corporation S.A.

SUEZ Environment

Public Power Corporation S.A.

Hitachi Zosen Inova AG

Trina Solar (Schweiz) AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Hitachi Zosen Inova AG in relation to the construction of a waste incineration and EfW to be built in Istanbul.
  • Assisted the Turkish subsidiaries of PNE AG in their respective applications for the third round of tenders concerning the Allocation of Renewable Energy Resource Areas for Wind Power Plants.
  • Advised Akkuyu NGS Elektrik Üretim A.Ş. in relation to the implementation of the USD 22 billion Akkuyu nuclear power plant project.

Boden Law

Boden Law is experienced in advising energy, real estate, financial institutions, infrastructure and technology companies in their projects. The firm is well-versed in M&A, energy trade transactions and joint ventures, in addition to representing clients in disputes through litigation and arbitration. The team is regarded for its due diligence exercises in M&A transactions and understanding of regulatory issues. Practice head Değer Boden has expertise in project development and finance transactions in the areas of power, oil and gas, ports, metals & mining and general infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Değer Boden

Other key lawyers:

İnanç Akalın

Key clients

Statkraft Enerji A.Ş

Borusan Enerji

Sanko Enerji A.Ş.


Aksa Enerji

Talesun Solar Switzerland AG

Engie Turkey



Axpo International

Axpo Turkey


Aksa Doğalgaz

Work highlights

  • Represented a Turkish energy company regarding the potential acquisition of 60 MW wind power plants.
  • Represented an European energy company regarding the potential acquisition by the client of 21,04 and 21,58 MW hydroelectric power plants as an asset transfer.
  • Represented an European energy trader client in two fuel purchase financing transactions being USD 225 million and USD 80 million respectively.

Çakmak Attorney Partnership

Çakmak Attorney Partnership advises a range of clients, including major project developers and financial institutions such as Koç Holding, Fiba Holding, Garanti BBVA and Enercon. Recent highlights for the team include acting for the Turkey Wealth Fund on the development and financing of the Afşin C Coal Mine and Power Plant Project. Mesut Çakmak is a leading legal authority in project finance and privitisation; he co-heads the practice with Zeynep Çakmak, who has particular experience in the Turkish power and gas markets, while Mustafa Durakoğlu represents lenders and sponsors in the development of projects.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Mustafa Durakoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Ayşe Eda Biçer Özen


‘Working with the Cakmak team gives me the feeling as if I have been working with my office colleagues, I feel as comfortable as someone from my office and they are working in harmony as a team.’

‘For me Mesut Çakmak as partner is one of the authorities in Turkey for all type of PPP projects in all stages like financing, construction, operating.’

‘Çakmak provides the opportunity to work with very high skilled and business-oriented lawyers. They are immensely attentive and experienced in project finance which make them a core member of the project team.’

‘Mesut Çakmak is a reliable attorney with extensive knowledge and experience in project finance in the energy sector.’

‘Always reachable.’

‘For Cakmak I can easily say that teamwork is the joint action of people working toward the same end goal and it is more than just completing a task for them and they work together effectively. The strength of the team comes from supporting each other, communicating well, and doing their share. Although the Çakmak members have varying areas of expertise, they still share similar goals, resources, and leadership and with their diverse set of specialized skills, they are able to solve problems as a group. They also have a designated authority figure who resolves their differences and makes decisions. With their perfect and good leader, the Çakmak team can accomplish their goals within in a limited time period and/or targeted schedule.’

‘High quality level overall and very qualified substitutes in urgent matters.’

‘Very experienced and focused on the important matters.’

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Ceska Exportni Banka

Turkey Wealth Fund

Landesbank Baden – Württemberg and KFW IPEX – Bank

AKKÖK Holding A.Ş

Koç Holding

Uni-Mar Enerji Yatırımları A.Ş.

Baymina Enerji Anonim Şirketi

Enercon GmbH

Çelikler Holding A.Ş.

ERG İnşaat Ticaret ve Sanayi Anonim Şirketi

Work highlights

  • Advised EBRD on the legal aspects of the feasibility study of an 27 MW license-exempt solar project to be developed by Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality.
  • Represented Ceska Exportni Banka (Czech Export Bank) in connection with a coal-fired thermal power plant in Turkey.
  • Advised Turkey Wealth Fund in connection with the development and financing of Afşin-Elbistan C coal mine and power plant project.

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

The energy, mining and infrastructure team at Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein focuses on the development of projects while representing a range of international and Turkish banks, financial institutions and construction companies. The practice is experienced in regulatory matters, project agreements, construction contracts and environmental matters. Practice head Nigar Gökmen is well-versed in regulatory issues, project agreement, construction contracts and operation/service agreements.

Practice head(s):

Nigar Gökmen

Other key lawyers:

Muhsin Keskin; Duygu Turgut


‘Knowledgeable team. Prompt return. Save the company from wrong applications/information.’

‘Nigar Gokmen and Muhsin Keskin are very experienced and client oriented.’

‘Esin Attorney Partnership is so far the number one law firm in Turkey. I work with them almost in every matters: M&A, Financing, Compliance, General Legal Advice etc. All the associates at each level are chosen very carefully, they choose top tier law students as interns. All the attorneys have in-debt knowledge of legal matters and give valuable legal advice. Their client treatment is extremely good.’

Key clients

OYAK (Turkish Military Pension Fund)

Erdemir (Ereğli Demir Celik Fabrikalari T.A.Ş.)

Socar Turkey

Enerya Enerji

Agence Française de Dévéloppement (AFD)


Société Générale

Intesa Sanpaolo


Alacer Gold



ING Bank


Yapı Kredi

Kastamonu Entegre

Enerjisa Üretim

Minerals Technologies


IC İçtaş

Çalık Enerji


Work highlights

  • Advised Enerjisa Enerji A.Ş. in relation to a USD 110,000,000 term loan facility provided by European Bank for Reconstructuring and Development to finance the capital expenditure investments of Başkent Elektrik Dağıtım A.Ş., İstanbul Anadolu Yakası Elektrik Dağıtım A.Ş. and Toroslar Elektrik Dağıtım A.Ş.
  • Advised Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Economique S.A. (Proparco) in relation to a EUR 37 million term loan facility provided to Sanko Holding A.Ş. and Sanko Tekstil İşletmeleri Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.
  • Advised Çalık Holding A.Ş. in relation to evaluation of its aborted acquisition of AKCEZ Enerji Yatırımları San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership is co-headed by Ali Göksu and Ali Sefa Turkmen and covers the full spectrum of energy matters from natural gas and biomass to renewables and nuclear. The team has been involved in corporate matters, including M&A in addition to EPC contracts and technology transfer deals. The practice also has substantial experience on the contentious side, boasting a track record in both litigation and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Ali Goksu; Ali Sefa Turkmen

Other key lawyers:

Emre Ulcayli


‘Team was all engaging and available at all times. What makes them exceptional is their perspective from the commercial angle. It is to be highly noted the Legal Tech A.I. they have developed and use brings in a different level from the rest of the firms we have worked with.’

‘The overall engagement and the availability of the individuals can vouch for the entirety of the firm as they behave as one. They follow a code of workplace which lets you feel once you are talking with one, you are talking with all.’

‘This practice has a long history in the Turkish legal ecosystem, with lots of experience in various fields such as energy, investments, PPPs etc. The team is well-developed and covers a wide range of services.’

‘The team is well-developed and covers a wide range of services. Number of team members is huge, which can give them the chance to help the clients with lots of different service needs.’

‘A caring and knowledgeable team.’

‘Solution oriented and experienced employees.’

Key clients

Akfel Gaz Sanayi Ticaret Anonim Şirketi

Avrasya Gaz Anonim Şirketi

Cengiz Enerji

Citus Power

Delta Star Enerji

Demirören Holding

Erdemir Group

Ela Kimyevi




Kuzey Marmara Doğal Gaz Depolama Tevsi Projesi İkmal İnşaati Kolin Kalyon Adi Ortakliği Ticari İşletmesi


Project Internarional Energy

SHV Energy

Uludag Elektrik

Yeniköy Kemerkoy

Work highlights

  • Advised Erdemir Group on four EPC contract as a framework for their energy projects.
  • Provided general legal consultancy to the Uludağ Elektrik on all energy and related matters.
  • Advised GEOPOL on all energy matters and projects in Turkey and abroad.

Hergüner Bilgen Üçer Attorney Partnership

Hergüner Bilgen Üçer Attorney Partnership is well-versed in international energy transmission-related matters, including sizable power and pipeline projects in Turkey. The firm is advisor to the project developers in the Turk Stream Pipeline project, which connects Russia’s natural gas reserves via offshore pipelines through the Black Sea. Ümit Hergüner  is an expert in the field of renewable energy and natural gas who serve as practice head alongside Deniz Tuncel, who focuses on electricity generation facilities and decommissioning matters, as well as Zeynep Tor, a lawyer with a unique knowledge of the inter-governmental agreement model.

Practice head(s):

Ümit Hergüner; Deniz Tuncel; Zeynep Tor

Other key lawyers:

Piraye Kuranel Başol


‘Their strength comes from their previous experience in similar projects, which are not many in Turkey. In a sense, they were the pioneers on the subject, which is quite assuring for a foreign company wishing to work in unknown geography.’

‘Each team member deserves credit for being responsive and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Polat Holding A.S.

South Stream Transport AV

Arteche Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Polat Holding A.S. (Polat Holding) in formation of a new joint venture with Maxis Girişim Sermayesi Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş. Temiz Enerji Girişim Sermayesi Yatırım Fonu, that currently owns one of the largest renewable energy portfolios in the country.
  • Represented South Stream Transport B.V. in the TurkStream pipeline project which connects Russian natural gas reserves to Turkey via two parallel offshore pipelines.
  • Represented a group of Turkish finance institutions in the financing of the Yukarı Kaleköy Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant.

Cigdemtekin Cakirca Aranci Law Firm

Cigdemtekin Cakirca Aranci Law Firm represents energy companies in M&A privitisations, project development, financing, commodities, trading, licensing and litigation. The team is experienced in dealing with regulatory bodies and governmental agencies in addition to renewable projects such as wind parks, hydroelectric plants and trading, production and storage of natural gas. Ayça Arancı co-heads the team and has a particular focus on energy, renewables and environmental law. The team’s other co-head, Gamze Çiğdemtekin, regularly represents sponsors, lenders, energy companies, buyers and sellers.

Practice head(s):

Ayça Arancı; Gamze Çiğdemtekin

Other key lawyers:

Tuna Çakırca Engür

Key clients


Egeres Enerji Dan. Müh. Hiz. A.Ş.

Age Enerji Group

Egeres Investment Pte. Ltd.


Solar Group

Astroenergy Turkey

Sona A.Ş.

Matthias Ingo Giersemehl – Heinle Kochendörfer Wasserkraftanlagen Turbien Maschinenbau Merkezi Almanya Türkiye Ankara Subesi

Age Elektrik Enerjisi Toptan Satış A.Ş.

Pt Alpha Wind Energi

Kochendörfer Hydro Elektromekanik San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Hydro-Construct GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Egesim in its development of a geothermal power plant in Ethiopia.
  • Advised PT Alpha Wind Energi on owning potential renewable energy projects to be developed in Indonesia for an investment of 100 million USD.
  • Represented Turkcell Energy in its acquisition of 100% of the shares of Boyut Grup Enerji Elektrik Üretim İnşaat San. Ve Tic. A.Ş. owning and operating a wind energy farm of 18 MW on the Aegean region of Turkey.

Gen Temizer Ozer

Gen Temizer Özer has a diverse client base consisting of conglomerates, multinationals, investment and private equity funds and financial institutions. Much of the work conducted by the practice is cross-border and this is combined with expertise in energy regulation and compliance matters. Team head Edmund Emre Özer has a broad corporate and finance practice, while Ebru Temizer is well-versed in dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Edmund Emre Özer

Other key lawyers:

Ebru Temizer; Baran Gen


‘Firm provides excellent client focused service with a business mind set. Able to lead through often complex transactional matters.’

‘They have a strong training regime so quality is reflected on associates.’

‘We have worked with Edmund Emre Ozer almost 10 years. Outstanding lawyer in international transactions. Has common law background and able to lead and negotiate complex transactions with international counterparties.’

‘First of all, the GTO team is a very dedicated legal advisor team and they work very hard thorough out all the processes. Having British law experts on board, is another criteria which is unique for them.’

‘As partners, they work with a hands on style and this approach gives huge comfort to the clients.’

‘Commitment, professionality and timing are the strongest attributes of the team.’

‘Mr. Edmund Emre Özer is like an old friend, can understand your problem easily and has ability to create swift solutions. This makes him precious.’

Key clients

Commerzbank AG

Torunlar Group

Baskent Dogalgaz

SK Innovations


BP plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Commerzbank with respect to the wind turbine financing provided by it to Simay Elektrik and Atakale Wind Projects.
  • Advised Torunlar Group and Başkentgaz on their acquisition of Cez Group’s 50% stake in Akcez.
  • Advised SK Innovations on Turkish law matters in relation to the electric vehicle battery plant to be established as a joint venture with Ford and Koc Group.

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case)

The energy team at GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) has considerable experience in project financing across renewable matters. Recently, the team was involved in the financing of the construction and operation of an integrated solar module manufacturing facility in Turkey for Kalyon Günes Enerjisi Üretim A.Ş. Ateş Turnaoğlu frequently acts for contractors and regulatory authorities in negotiations relating to direct agreements; he co-heads the practice with Güniz Gökçe.

Practice head(s):

Güniz Gökçe; Ateş Turnaoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Kaan Alkan


‘Each time when we face any obstacle in our deal, they come up with a creative solution that makes the deal happen. GKC Partners is pioneering and more importantly has a human impact when carrying out their work.’

‘Ateş Turnaoğlu is very well-known partner in the energy sector. He’s not only an outstanding finance lawyer but is also recommended by major conglomerates and regulatory authorities as a trustful advisor for most complex energy related works.’

‘GKC Partners’ team is united and delivers the best work on time. From the first moment when we instructed them, we realized we have an international advisor who will walk with us until the end. They don’t take no as an answer but of course it has an impact on their pricing. In short, better call GKC Partners!’

‘Working with GKC has always been a great experience. The team is more than qualified, they lead their clients in the right direct and you can always count on them to protect your best interest.’

‘I have been working closely with Ates Turnaoglu and Kaan Alkan for many years. Their exceptional work ethic, knowledge and understanding have always been critical for me. I am grateful and feeling safe to be working with them.’

Key clients

Aksa Enerji

T. Vakıflar Bankası T.A.O.

Türkiye Kalkınma Yatırım Bankası

EnerjiSA Enerji Üretim A.Ş.

T. Halk Bankası

T. Garanti Bankası A.Ş.

Denizbank A.Ş.

Türkiye Sınai Kalkınma Bankası A.Ş.

T.İş Bankası A.Ş.

Yapı ve Kredi Bankası A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Represented Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası T.A.O. and T.C. Ziraat Bankası A.Ş. in connection with the financing of the construction and operation of an integrated solar module manufacturing facility.
  • Represented the the consortium of conventional and Islamic financiers, Is Bank, Garanti BBVA, DenizBank, Halkbank, TSKB, Türkiye Finans and Vakıfbank, in the debt reprofiling and new CAPEX financing of the electricity distribution and retail companies of the Uludağ Region.
  • Represented Türkiye Kalkınma ve Yatırım Bankası A.Ş. as the lender in the financing of the Çandır wind power plant.

Kesikli Law Firm

The projects practice at Kesikli Law Firm is experienced in cross border energy, construction and infrastructure matters across Turkey, the Middle East and Africa. The team acts for a range of clients, such as investors, project developers, private equity companies, IPPs, O&M contractors and EPC contractors. Practice head Omer Kesikli has expertise in the structuring of energy and construction projects, in addition to contentious matters arising out of the associated project contracts.

Practice head(s):

Omer Kesikli

Other key lawyers:

Başak Akin


‘Kesikli law firm provides all possible future legal issues and advise in very detail which I have not experienced before.’

‘Kesikli law firm is our dedicated law firm and legal consultant for the last 10 years. They offer us a wide range of services including energy EPC contracts, legal due diligences and several other legal services. The team has a wide range of people and we can handle all our demands that need intense legal advice and services.’

‘Kesikli has been our go-to law firm for many years. The firm has dealt with a variety of energy project matters involving financing, bankability, contracting and litigation for us and it is the efficiency and results which ensured our ongoing loyalty. We’ve found that it is not only the firm’s legal expertise but its solid knowledge and insight that really set them apart from the competition.’

‘Team is able to operate under tight deadlines but still deliver quality and comprehensive work.’

‘They have always been our reliable partners getting us the results and efficiency we require. In structuring the legal background of our recent innovative energy projects we have used their profound experience and expertise in corporate law and energy law. We are also developing projects out of Turkey where we receive valuable advice and guidance from Kesikli. They are well-versed in renewables and conventional energy projects.’

‘Humble and thorough. Able to look at things from a pragmatic and objective point of view, without simply being focused on one-sided strategies or advise. Vast knowledge of all aspects of the value-chain in energy, from project sponsor to lenders/investors to service providers, EPC and O&M. They have touched the entire value-chain at one time or another. They understand the nuances of focusing on real risk without leaning on old and outdated paradigms.’

‘Kesikli has always been a law firm that provides unique energy and construction sector expertise with its hands-on experience in the regulatory framework, corporate transactions and project contracts. The key strengths and capabilities of the team include creative solutions to overcome regulatory challenges, reach to the network of key people in the market, in-depth knowledge of energy business and vast experience in the market.’

‘Omer Kesikli is one of the best lawyers in the market, who leads a team of bright lawyers. The hallmarks of the firm are a solid market reputation, adaptation ability to changes, quick and to-the-point responses, attention to details, and exceptionally good quality legal service.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a multinational group in sale of its assets in Turkey to another leading energy group.
  • Advised KS Energy Africa in developing and structuring a complex and innovative energy investment project.
  • Advised KS Energy Africa relating to a dispute resolution matter arising out of contracts entered with regard to a Power Plant Project in Benin.


KILINÇ LAW & CONSULTING acts on both contentious and non-contentious matters, providing services in the areas of project finance, capital markets and M&A. Additionally, the team is experienced in compliance given the ever-changing energy regulations in Turkey. The firm’s client portfolio is made up of domestic entities, venture capital investment funds and foreign investors. Levent Lezgin Kılınç  has numerous clients in the field of foreign direct investment and serves as practice co-head alongside Seray Özsoy  who has expertise in M&A transactions within the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Levent Lezgin Kılınç; Seray Özsoy Yavuz

Other key lawyers:

Nigar Guliyeva


‘Kilinc is a great law firm with excellent client services in the energy sector.’

‘Kilinç Law & Consulting has many need-based lawyers such as energy law, commercial law, competition law, merger and acquisition transactions, project finance and consultancy services to Foreign Direct Investments, including the execution of application processes to the Competition Authority. The lawyers are experts in energy law regulations in both national and international arena, as well as EMRA regulations in Turkey.’

‘As Levent Lezgin Kilinç has knowledge and experience in the sector, we can get legal solution advice very effectively. At the same time, he has a strong reference network as he is a person who has been in many national and international sectors and projects.

‘Working in harmony with each other and producing solution-oriented and constructive solutions on the subject makes Kilinç Law different from other firms.’

‘It was a great experience to work with Levent Kilinc and the team. They made themselves available whenever we would need their assistance. Their expertise and connections in Turkey and Middle East helped us a lot to solve our problems with their great expertise.’

‘Levent Kilinc’s availability and expertise makes the difference.’

Key clients

SOCAR Turkey Company Group

PETKİM Petrokimya Holding A.Ş.

TANAP (Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline)

STAR Rafineri A.Ş.

DOKA Kalıp İskele Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.Ş.

BOR Şeker Anonim Şirketi

RMA Group

Resistanbul Enerji Anonim Şirketi

Work highlights

  • Advised a venture capital fund on the $2.5m investment to a wind energy production company.
  • Advised on the establishment of a JV between two major energy companies.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli provides legal advice on electricity, natural gas, petroleum, LPG, renewable energy and nuclear energy issues. In addition to its involvement in upstream and midstream petroleum projects, the team also advises electricity wholesale companies and eligible consumers on electricity wholesale agreements and applicable tariffs. In a recent highlight, the team advised on the legal structure of the Shah Deniz Stage 2 Natural Gas Sales Project. Practice head Okan Demirkan specialises in public procurement, PPP and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan

Other key lawyers:

Melis Öget Koç


‘I was extremely satisfied with their professionalism, approach and knowledge of the industry. Capable of providing high quality advice on an urgent basis.’

Key clients

TDC Parsons Peebles Limited



Turcas Petrol


Orix Corporation

Petrol Ofisi


Glencore Energy UK Ltd.

Karadeniz LPG Storage

TPI Composites

Work highlights

  • Advised Glencore in connection with its exit from Karadeniz LPG, a company active in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market.
  • Advised ORIX on its acquisition of an 80% stake in Elawan Energy S.L., a global renewable energy company that is headquartered in Spain.


Paksoy advises clients on project finance, contract and regulatory matters in relation to big-ticket energy and infrastructure projects. The team is regularly involved in energy projects including M&A, construction and supply contracts, operation and maintenance agreements and regulatory matters. The practice is led by Sera Somay who covers a range of financing transactions including club loans, syndicated loans, regulatory capital, acquisition financing and ECA covered loans.

Practice head(s):

Sera Somay

Other key lawyers:

Merve Kurdak


‘Very responsive.’


Key clients

Deutsche Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Gexpro Services

PV Hardware

Sendrea Holding

Zorlu Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Deutsche Bank on the financing provided to Turkey’s state-owned crude oil and natural gas pipelines and trading company BOTAŞ for its future purchases of Liquefied Natural Gas.
  • Advised Turkish multinational conglomerate Zorlu Group on the project financing of Osmangazi Power Distribution (OEDAŞ).
  • Advised HSBC on three different loans provided to EnerjiSa, a member of the Sabancı industrial conglomerate and a leading electricity distribution and retail company.

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office is known for its expertise in M&A transactions within the energy, mining and natural resources industry. The firm also provides a wealth of other legal services to important players in the energy market such as Shell, Alpiq, ACWA Power and Vitus Commodities. Emre Keki specialises in non-financial reporting standards, sustainable finance and supply chain due diligence. He co-heads the team with Gokhan Enkur who focuses on M&A and private equity matters.

Practice head(s):

Emre Keki; Gokhan Enkur

Other key lawyers:

Kerim Pelister


‘PAE has first helped us identify some potential partnering offices with which we could cooperate in the establishment of a new SPV and then in receiving legal support through the following stages of the development process. PAE not only made the effort to find us these offices but also reviewed extensively the legal requirements involved in project development.’

‘We have been working with Mr. Emre Keki and he has been exceptional in not only finding competent legal assistance but he has also spent a great deal of time reviewing renewable energy law, using his experience from the Turkish Energy law in understanding how specific issues might be interpreted.’

‘Gokhan Enkur is a great advocate having deep insights and industry experience.’

Key clients


Alpiq Group

Kummler Matter

Al Enerji

Axpo Holding

Moove Lubricants (Cosan Group)

Güzel Enerji (OYAK Group)

ERIH Holding

ERIH Renewables

Work highlights

  • Advised Shell & Turcas Petrol A.S., which is one of the biggest oil distribution companies and Shell Group’s main subsidiary in Turkey that is active in the downstream sector.
  • Advised Alpiq Energy Group on various energy matters, also through one of its Turkish subsidiaries, namely Alpiq Turkey Enerji Toptan Satis Limited Sirketi.
  • Advised ERIH Holding on the development of greenfield renewable energy projects in the Republic of Serbia.|

Yazici Attorney Partnership

Oil & gas and energy-related infrastructure projects are at the heart of Yazici Attorney Partnership‘s practice, which advises clients on production sharing, rehabilitation, joint operating and buy-back agreements. In regard to energy-related infrastructure construction, the team is experienced in drafting, risk analysis and representing clients in ensuing disputes. Murat Yazıcı advises clients on financing, M&A and construction matters, and co-heads the practice with Kerem Arıç  who focuses on companies active in the oil & gas field.

Practice head(s):

Murat Yazıcı; Kerem Arıç


‘The team is well balanced in terms of experience and motivation. The energy practice in the country has many different parameters. All the points are well followed and simplified for companies understand easily.’

‘Well educated, dynamic and open for discussion.’

Key clients

Marsa (Marsa Turkey B.V.)

AGE Enerji Üretim A.Ş.

UK Oil and Gas

Aldridge Mineral Madencilik Anonim Şirketi

SOCAR – AQS Sondaj Mühendislik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Taq Taq Operating Company Limited


Ermaş Marble (Ermaş Madencilik)

Work highlights

  • Advised Marsa Turkey B.V. with regards to contractual and regulatory matters in relation to license applications and renewals, amendments, and registrations with the Turkish regulatory authorities.
  • Advised Taq Taq Operating Company Limited in relation to oil and gas exploration and production activities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
  • Advised Petform in relation to the legal framework of lobbying activities in oil & gas exploration and production.

ASC Law Office

ASC Law Office has extensive experience in the energy sector with practitioners in both the consultancy and dispute resolution departments providing transactional and contentious legal services. The team represents corporations, banks and financial institutions in renewable matters and is co-headed by Okan Beygo, Levent Yetkil and Ela Sarı.

Practice head(s):

Okan Beygo; Levent Yetkil; Ela Sarı

Key clients

Türkiye’nin Otomobili Girişim Grubu San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Gaz Depo ve Madencilik A.Ş.

Toren Doğalgaz Depolama ve Madencilik A.Ş.

Aslancık Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.

Boyabat Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.

Bayerische Landesbank

Canadian Solar Construction S.r.l.

Universal Wind Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.

Dirkshof / EED GmnH &Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Represented a factory owner with regard to the construction of a Solar Power Plant, which the owner is now using to supply the electricity needed to run its factory.
  • Acted for a client in an arbitration before the ICC concerning an alleged breach of an electricity supply contract.
  • Represented clients involved in the energy sector who are preparing to sell shares of two of their subsidiaries to obtain financing for those companies’ energy-related operations.

Erdem & Erdem Law Office

Erdem & Erdem Law Office advises a range of clients, including electric utilities, independent power producers, mining farms and transport companies in regulatory and legislative matters, litigation and transactional work. Practice head Tuna Çolgar  is experienced in cross-border business transactions and acquisition finance.

Practice head(s):

Tuna Çolgar


‘In renewable energy, the team has a great contract information and the team can rapidly and pro-actively comment and contribute to the issues. They are very flexible and responsive.’

‘Even in case of technical issues, the team has a very good of understanding and is very capable of inserting the issues into the letters and contracts. Especially as they are very good at directing us in legal issues.’


Key clients

Eti Krom A.Ş.


Work highlights

  • Advised Eti Krom A.Ş. on the structuring of the project and preparing the EPC contract for a solar energy farm.
  • Advised Enerjisa on the firms’ renewable energy investments.

Moroglu Arseven

Moroglu Arseven advises international and major local clients in all aspects of energy and natural resources, from research and exploration through to generation, supply and project implementation and portfolio acquisition. Benan Arseven leads the team and provides advice on a range of practice areas including litigation, compliance, M&A and risk.

Practice head(s):

Benan Arseven

Work highlights

    Orak Attorneys at Law

    Orak Attorneys at Law utilises a deep understanding of the energy and mining regulatory regime in Turkey to provide sector-focused advice on supply agreements and EPC contracts. The firm is also experienced in dealing with administrative and environmental permits in M&A and project finance transactions. Cem Cagatay Orak leads the team and acts for large players, including ENKA, Shell and MNG.

    Practice head(s):

    Cem Cagatay Orak


    ‘Orak Law Firm is fantastic. Its small team belies its enormous knowledge of the law, business sectors relevant to us and the Turkish law market. Its legal services are swift, focused, helpful and of an extraordinarily high quality.’

    ‘Cem Orak is quite simply one of the nicest and best lawyers whom I have worked with in a 20 year career. His team provides valuable support.’

    ‘Orak’s boutique practice is unique because of its deep industry knowledge. Orak offers a comprehensive understanding of both private law and public law matters in relation to energy, infrastructure and real estate projects, unlike many other typical corporate law firms. We are sometimes tired of receiving standardized and grey legal opinions, but Orak is always clear and to the point, which help executives and in-house legal counsels render their decisions efficiently. I also observe that Orak being a law firm in the capital city of Turkey is well-positioned to advise on projects, considering involvement of regulatory bodies.’

    ‘I can easily mention Cem Cagatay Orak. He is the go-to lawyer for project development and permitting matters in Turkey. He is always reachable and punctual.’

    ‘Orak is highly experienced in its practice. The team is consistently attentive to what matters to a client, providing comfort, confidence and transparent predictability.’

    ‘Cem Cagatay Orak provides solid, sufficiently detailed and tailor-made strategic advice in regulatory watch and transactions.’

    ‘Orak has a notable experience in projects, construction and real estate matters. I always recall Orak from its clear and to-the-point guidance and advice.’

    ‘I can name Cem Cagatay Orak as a leading individual in energy and infrastructure projects. He has significant experience in permitting as well as regulatory matters in connection with energy, mining and infrastructure projects.’

    Key clients




    MNG Investments



    ÖZALTIN Holding

    Sayin Law & Consulting

    Sayin Law & Consulting acts on complex conflicts and acquisitions within the oil & gas and renewables industries, in addition to its day to day support to energy companies. Murat Sayin is experienced in drafting contracts for Turkish and international businesses, while İlhan Kul has expertise in corporate financing. They co-lead the team with Beril Atikyilmaz who deals with storage licences and distribution.

    Practice head(s):

    Murat Sayin; Ilhan Kul; Beril Atikyilmaz


    ‘Murat Sayin is a lawyer whom I know from our work at that time, who has a high level of knowledge about the energy sector and understands this sector well in the legal sense. He is a lawyer who continues developing processes. This aspect also makes a significant difference, and it shows this by conveying legal developments and preparing articles. He also published in a bulletin in the field of energy law for a while.’

    ‘Sayin Law is one of Turkey’s most qualified legal companies. Sayin Law stands out from other law offices due to its active presence in several Turkish cities, including Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya, and Izmir. Murat Sayin and her team are always understanding and accessible in terms of providing legal support.’

    ‘Being a regulated industry, the energy sector requires close relationships with the organizations having the authority to examine and control it. Sayin Law may provide answers for issues with governmental organizations about licensing, administrative applications and other issues in addition to legal issues.’

    ‘Energy law is a field in which Sayin Law is indeed very active and its associates are renowned for their knowledge of it. Sayin Law is always in cooperation and exchange of information with experts in the field of law.’

    ‘Sayin Law provides legal advice by collaborating with law professors on complex or high-volume files. Sayin Law Firm closely follows every regulation and innovation not only on oil and natural gas but also on sustainable energy resources. In this respect, the fast and effective legal support of Sayin Law Firm is one of our reasons for preference.’

    ‘Sayin Law & Consulting has a sizeable network of international companies in the energy sector that they work with, which puts them in a higher regard when one wants to work with an experienced Law Firm. Their work efficiency and professionalism is unmatched, and their creativity in work makes them a must choice.’

    ‘Founding partner Mr. Murat Sayin is a highly experienced energy law and has worked with some of the largest international companies in the Energy Sector.’

    ‘Sayin Law & Consulting is solution oriented, fast, efficient and most importantly exceptionally professional.’

    Key clients

    Tp Petrol Dağıtım a.ş

    Güzel Enerji Akaryakıt A.Ş

    SOCAR Turkey Petrol Ticaret Anonim Şirketi

    Gediz Elektrik Perakende Satış A.Ş

    Aydem Elektrik Perakende Satış A.Ş

    IGDAS Gaz Dağıtım

    Trakya Elektrik Dağıtım A.Ş

    İstanbul Enerji Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ

    TAYRAŞ Baz Yağ Rafineri A.Ş.

    State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR)

    Best Gaz İnşaat Nakliye Sanayi Ve Ticaret Limited

    Minas Enerji ve Teknoloji Çözümleri A.Ş.

    Energy House Enerji Yatırımları Anonim Şirketi

    Work highlights

    • Provided legal support to Energy House Enerji Yatırımları Anonim Şirketi in the acquisition of all of the shares of Best Gaz. AsSayın Law and Consulting.
    • Assisted MHM Invest in drafting the SPA, acquisition negotiations, and general compliances with legislations in Turkey.
    • Assisted Varşarj Elektrik Datm A. in obtaining an electric charging station operating licence and establishing charging stations around Turkey.

    Tunc Firat Dereli Attorney Partnership

    Tunc Firat Dereli Attorney Partnership fields a team which is experienced in all stages of financings including negotiations, drafting of finance documents, establishing and perfecting securities. Zeynel Tunç is involved in advising on the regulatory processes and co-heads the practice with Nazlı Dereli Oba, a lawyer who focuses on M&A transactions and IPOs.

    Practice head(s):

    Zeynel Tunç; Nazlı Dereli Oba


    ‘The team is highly experienced in Turkish energy markets. We always receive swift response to our demands from Tunç Firat Dereli team.’

    ‘Mr. Zeynel Tunc is available at any time. He evaluates our needs with a wide perspective and finds an appropriate solution on time.’

    ‘Very talented and knowledgable team. Quick to return and follow up. Diversified.’

    ‘Understand our needs, gives example from industry standards and help us to make the right decisions.’

    Key clients

    Karadeniz Holding

    Akfen Holding

    Akfen Renewables

    Acacia Mining

    T.C. Vakıflar Bank

    Gümüşköy Geothermal

    General Electric

    Albioma Geothermal

    Tekfen Construction

    Serbest Energy

    Çalık Energy

    GKE Energy

    Albioma S.A.

    Sarı Kanat Energy

    Korda Energy

    Enerco Energy

    A.B.H. Electric

    Power Europe Srl

    Work highlights

    • Advised General Electric entities on the negotiation and execution of the financial restructuring of Gama Group in the amount of USD 890,000,000.00.
    • Advised Albioma S.A. in its acquisition of 100% stake in Turcas Kuyucak Geothermal.
    • Advised Vakıflar Bank in relation to restructuring of the project financing terms of Akfen Holding’saffiliates’ investments of Çiçekli hydroelectrical power plant and Çalıkobası hydroelectrical power plant.


    TUNCA ATTORNEY PARTNERSHIP advises on the full range of energy matters, from commercial agreements governing large-scale projects through to regulatory compliance and dispute resolution. Practice head Sidar Tunca represents several players in the sector including generator, gas and energy traders and marketers, energy service providers and public entities.

    Practice head(s):

    Sidar Tunca


    ‘Since we operate various areas of the energy sector, we needed a law firm that includes professional lawyers in energy law. TAP is a law firm that we would like to work with for many years with its expert staff who are nature conscious and dominate the new generation energy sector.’

    ‘Tunca Attorney Partnership has lawyers qualified in different jurisdiction, which is not common for Ankara. We worked closely with Sidar Tunca, the founding partner of this law firm, whose team we know and love to work with. Sidar Tunca, who has a long experience in energy law, is full of knowledge enough to provide pages of information on even the most detailed and rarely encountered issues.’

    ‘They are working closely with the key market leader companies; therefore, they are very experienced. They are based in Ankara so in very good and prompt contact with the governmental agencies. Billing is very good.’

    ‘Sidar Tunca is the key person. Besides his knowledge, finding easy solutions for very though issues is a great asset. He knows the market and fundamentals. He is very reachable and responsive to the clients.’

    ‘Tunca is a very well qualified law firm in Ankara with which I collaborate for a number of projects in the area of the financing of wind farms. Tunca is always responsive, delivers highest quality, and it is a pleasure to work with this firm.’

    ‘Tunca Attorney Partnership is immersed in the wind energy industry. Attorneys we have contacted have in-depth experience representing independent power companies. We are active participants in local and regional wind energy programs and stay on the top of issues that impact the wind energy sector, including legislative, regulatory and commercial developments such as incentives.’

    ‘We have been working with TAP for more than a year, over varied matters. They have been very informative and efficient in tandem with their line of business. I would definitely recommend this outstanding firm. Sidar Tunca is thorough and has lambent wit who has successfully guided me through complex issues. He genuinely knows when subtle touch is required.’

    ‘Tunca Attorney Partnership is a law firm that we would happily and enthusiastically recommend to large companies in the energy sector. Lawyers of Tunca Attorney Partnership have resistive and a result-oriented approach, they always search for alternative solutions, evaluate all options and never give up.’

    Key clients

    Republic of Turkey Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources – Directorate General of Energy Affairs

    Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation

    Akfen Altyapi holding AS

    ITC Katı Atık Enerji Üretim A.Ş


    Universal Wind Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş

    Tüprag Metal Ve Madencilik San TIC. A.Ş.

    Caba İnşaat Enerji Turizm San. Ve Tic. A.Ş

    Albedo BS Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.

    Lokal İnşaat Enerji Petrol Nakliyat San. ve Tic. A.Ş

    Kur Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.

    Zenit Madencilik Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.Ş.

    Anagold Madencilik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş

    Yayla GMC Solar

    EKON Endüstri İnşaat ve Ticaret A.Ş

    Bayerische Landesbank

    Egesa Elektrik İnşaat Enerji Üretim A.Ş.

    Work highlights

    • Advised the Directorate General of Energy Affairs on the construction of new units for a thermal power plant in Afşin Elbistan.
    • Advised Atomenergoremont PJSC (AER) on its business operations in Turkey.
    • Provided expropriation and litigation services to Akfen Renewable Energy company in relation to is hydroelectric power facility in Sakarya.


    ÖzmenYalçin is regularly involved in a number of major energy projects with expertise being drawn from several practice areas, including M&A, project finance and equity capital markets. The team is experienced in the construction of greenfield facilities and asset financing matters. Ömer Gökhan Özmen is well-versed in acting for foreign and local banks and co-heads the team with Güneş Yalçın.

    Practice head(s):

    Ömer Gökhan Özmen; Güneş Yalçın

    Key clients

    Adnan Polat Enerji Yatırımı A.Ş.

    Türkiye Sınai Kalkınma Bankası A.Ş.

    Türkiye İş Bankası A.Ş.

    Denizbank A.Ş.

    T. Garanti Bankası A.Ş.

    T. Halk Bankası A.Ş.

    T. Vakıflar Bankası T.A.O

    T.C. Ziraat Bankası A.Ş.

    Odeabank A.Ş.

    Yapı ve Kredi Bankası A.Ş.

    Kıvanç Tekstil

    Bali Rüzgar

    Systemair HSK Havalandırma Endüstri San. ve Tic. A.Ş


    Biotrend Çevre ve Enerji Yatırımları A.Ş.

    Doğanlar Yatırım Holding A.Ş.

    Doğu Aras Enerji Yatırımları A.Ş.

    Work highlights

    • Advised Adnan Polat Enerji Yatırımı A.Ş. (APEY) as borrower for refinancing by a syndication of banks including EBRD.
    • Assisted TSKB in an ECA-backed project financing provided for 30 MW Yakaağzı WPP Project in Ağrı to Knot Enerji Elektrik Üretimi A.Ş.
    • Assisted Doğanlar Holding and Biotrend in EBRD’s acquisition of Biotrend shares as well as restructuring of EBRD’s investment in Biotrend.