Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki‘s energy sector group stands out for its expertise in regulatory matters, be it in contentious matters challenging the regulatory authority, or in an advisory capacity on M&A in the sector. The team’s experience covers various areas, from the natural gas and petroleum markets to climate change regulations and renewables, where the firm has seen a notable increase in new clients. Barlas Balcıoğlu, Selim Keki and Şahin Ardıyok make up the leadership team. Counsel Ceren Su has experience in energy sector financing and M&A, while senior associate İlker Fatih Kıl is highly recommended by clients.
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KILINÇ LAW & CONSULTING
Kılınç Law & Consulting, provides legal services in domestic and international areas to nationally and worldly renowned clients operating in multiple sectors. On the field of Energy law has a unique significance for Kılınç Law & Consulting. The Firm specialises in pursuing the application process before public authorities, such as the Ministry of Energy and …View Profile...
Bozoglu-Izgi Attorney Partnership
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 …View Profile...
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 …View Profile...
Energy in Turkey
Barlas Balcıoğlu; Selim Keki; Şahin Ardıyok
Other key lawyers:
Ceren Su; İlker Fatih Kıl
‘Their team consist of academics, ex-government officials and ex-judges, which allows them to cover every aspect of legal matters.’
‘İlker Fatih Kıl was very good with administrative matters and has deep knowledge regarding the energy sector. His approach to dealing with clients and public officials reflects this expertise without any doubt.’
Abalıoğlu (İvme Enerji)
Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Association of Turkey (TEHAD)
- Advised Galata Wind on energy law matters relating to the preparation of a legal report, which is an annex to the prospectus for an IPO process.
- Assisting Aksa Energy with the distribution and sub-distribution agreements to be executed with its distributors from a regulatory and compliance perspective.
- Advised Aydem Energy, Gediz Electricity Distribution and ADM Electricity Distribution on an extensive competition compliance programme regarding energy sector regulation.
Bezen & Partners combines expertise in regulatory law and projects work to advise energy sector clients on a variety of matters. Three key contacts coordinate the sector group: administrative law expert Aykut Bakırcı, the firm’s senior statesman whose experience includes a series of energy sector privatisation projects in his time as head of legal at the privatisation administration; project financing practice head and founding partner Yeşim Bezen; and Banu Bölükemini, who specialises in project documentation, acting for domestic and international companies.
Yeşim Bezen; Aykut Bakırcı; Banu Bölükemini
‘B&P have a strong knowledge of energy law, which makes them ideal to work with and different from competitors.’
‘Yeşim Bezen is one of the key people in the organisation who adds a lot of value with her background, language and legal skills.’
Akfen Yenilenebilir Enerji
Public Power Corporation
Hitachi Zosen Inova
Trina Solar (Schweiz)
China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation
- Assisting Akkuyu NGS Elektrik Üretim (a subsidiary of Rusatom) with obtaining site and construction permits and licences and relevant agreements with state entities, including a power purchase agreement.
- Advising Hitachi Zosen Inova on the regulatory requirements and the project agreement executed with the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality for the construction of a waste incineration and energy generation plant to be built in Istanbul.
- Advising France-based utility company Suez Environment on the payment mechanics with various municipalities for waste water and solid waste collection services.
The energy sector is a key focus for full-service firm Boden Law and it has a strong presence on the transactional side of the market, advising on a host of M&A and project financing transactions for domestic and international clients. Contract agreements and disputes are also areas of strength and the team’s experience covers oil and gas, renewables and energy sector infrastructure. Founding partner Değer Boden is renowned for advising on commodity trade transactions, M&A, project financing and turnkey EPC contracts in the energy sector. She is supported by senior real estate expert İnanç Akalın and Sinem Mermer, who has a focus on technology-related matters, international contracts and disputes.
Other key lawyers:
İnanç Akalın; Sinem Mermer
‘There is no other legal firm which has their depth of knowledge about the legislation and business practices. We have not seen any need to search for another legal firm.’
‘Değer Boden and Sinem Mermer are unique legal counsellors who are also active players in the energy market – they don’t just understand the legislation but are also well informed about the commercial details of the energy business.’
‘Boden Law has an entrepreneurial spirit. The founder Değer Boden continues to expand her own and her team’s practice in pertinent and developing areas in the energy domain. Boden Law collaborates with lawyers and policy makers around the world to provide its clients with a global perspective in many areas.’
‘Değer Boden’s energy, in-depth advice and outgoing personality give a strong sense of professionalism and confidence.’
Talesun Solar Switzerland
Axpo International and Axpo Turkey
European Energy Traders Association (EFET)
- Advised a client on its potential acquisition of 60MW wind power plants.
- Acted for a client in its potential acquisition of 21.04 and 21.58 MW hydroelectric power plants as an asset transfer.
- Assisted a client with two fuel purchase financing transactions and its security packages on floating fuel to be stored in two different storage facilities in Turkey.
Çakmak Attorney Partnership has an especially strong presence in the financing of energy projects, and receives praise from clients for its ‘expertise and knowledge of the field'. In a recent example of its market-leading work, the team was instructed by the Turkey Wealth Fund to advise on the development and financing of Afşin-Elbistan C coal mine and power plant project, the client's first investment in the energy sector. This work is being led by Mesut Çakmak and Mustafa Durakoğlu, who head the practice alongside Zeynep Çakmak. Ayşe Eda Biçer Özen made partner in January 2021 and has acted for lenders and sponsors in the acquisition, development and financing of projects in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors.
Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Mustafa Durakoğlu
Other key lawyers:
Ayşe Eda Biçer Özen
‘Good cooperation and coordination.’
‘Mustafa Durakoğlu provides an excellent legal service in terms of offering solid advice, solutions and valid interpretations to overcome ambiguities and obstacles.’
‘The team is very dedicated, responsive and hardworking. Çakmak’s expertise and knowledge of the field make them stand out.’
‘The team were very open to the suggestions and comments of our team members from different departments and evaluated and tried to reflect such suggestions and comments in order to achieve consensus on the work. Additionally, they acted proactively about foreseeing possible results and risks.’
‘Mustafa Durakoğlu is a patient lawyer who can see a matter from multiple perspectives and provides to-the-point determinations and advice.’
‘Working with the team is quite satisfying. They are always on the alert to catch details that might be missed during discussions. When you start work with them, you feel reassured and confident that you will see well-studied and rounded work.’
‘We would like to thank Mustafa Durakoğlu for all his wonderful contributions. He was really helpful and made vast improvements in the most efficient way to complete the project.’
‘What makes them different is, in brief, that working with the core team is like creating a well-planned and designed pathway to complete the work more easily than you expected.’
Landesbank Baden – Württemberg
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Ceska Exportni Banka
Turkey Wealth Fund
- Advising Landesbank Baden-Württemberg and KFW Ipex-Bank on the Euler Hermes covered financing of the 132MW Phase II expansion of the Karaburun wind farm project.
- Assisting French energy conglomerate Engie with its divestment of three businesses in Turkey, one gas distribution business, one natural gas combined cycle plant and one services company.
- Advising the Turkey Wealth Fund on the development and financing of the Afşin-Elbistan C coal mine and power plant project.
The broad scope of Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership‘s work in the energy sector covers renewable projects, oil and gas, biomass and nuclear matters, with the department praised for its ‘expertise and exceptional experience in energy law‘. The team’s experience includes advising on day-to-day corporate matters, M&A, the establishment of power plants and EPC contracts, and the firm was also involved in the privatisation of distribution companies. A particular area praised by clients is the firm’s ‘use of technology in every aspect of legal practice‘, utilising comprehensive digital archives and databases. Ali Göksu is the main contact.
Other key lawyers:
Ali Sefa Turkmen; Emre Ulcaylı; Hasan Akıcıoglu
‘GSI’s main strength for us is their expertise and exceptional experience in energy law compared to other firms. Additionally, they seem to be very innovative. They make good use of technology in every aspect of legal practice, especially in client relations and reporting, which helped us a lot during the pandemic lockdown. They have dealt with our legal issues without any interruption.’
‘We have mainly worked with Ali Sefa Turkmen at senior level. Apart from his enormous legal experience in his field, he has got great professional traits too. He is always responsive, very attentive to details and solution-minded, with good negotiation skills.’
‘GSI have taken a significant role as legal counsel in the energy sector since the privatisation of electricity distribution companies in Turkey. Their sector-specific know-how and insight makes us feel comfortable in our day-to-day business operations. As the in-house counsel of the company, I work closely with them and I am highly satisfied with the quality of the work being done by them. The team is very responsive and has the power to deal with the most complex matters. They are a one-of-a-kind firm that uses special and custom-made legal technologies.’
‘Ali Göksu is the number-one lawyer in the energy sector, with great business acumen. Emre Ulcaylı has the ability to understand the day-to-day needs of the sector and always brings us practical solutions.’
Kalyon Gunes Enerjisi Uretim
Kalyon Enerji Yatırımları
Kuzey Marmara Doğal Gaz Depolama Tevsi Projesi Ikmal Inşaati Kolin Kalyon Adi Ortakliği Ticari Işletmesi
BOTAS Pipe-Line Projects
Project Internarional Energy
Eksim Holding Energy Group
Batı Hattı Doğalgaz
Humartaş Yapı ve Enerji
- Advising a client on the contract bid for a solar energy power plant project in Turkey.
- Assisting Geopol with the development of solar energy projects in the Netherlands and Greece.
- Advising Zeren Holding on the due diligence for the purchase of a biogas power plant.
Hergüner Bilgen Özeke has a long track record of advising on the most prominent projects in the energy sector, dating back to the development of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline in the early 2000s. It currently advises on matters spanning the nuclear, oil, mining, LNG and electricity spaces, including the development of international projects. Founding partner Ümit Hergüner is one of the firm’s most experienced figures in international project development; he co-leads the practice alongside Deniz Tuncel, who has advised on cross-border pipelines, renewables and electricity generation facilities, and Zeynep Tor, who was promoted to partner in 2021 and specialises in energy sector M&A, infrastructure projects and environmental regulatory advice.
Ümit Hergüner; Deniz Tuncel; Zeynep Tor
Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Pipeline Company
South Stream Transport
Mobil Oil Türk
- Advising South Stream Transport on the project work for a major pipeline.
- Advising a group of lenders – Yapı Kredi, Ziraat Bankası, Halk Bankası and Finansbank – on the financing of a hydropower generation facility.
- Advising Borusan EnBW Enerji on the refinancing and expansion of a wind energy project.
Akol Law is a frequent fixture in Turkey’s energy market, playing a particularly prominent role in financing and capital markets matters. The team acts for a number of domestic banks and financial entities, domestic and international energy companies, and energy project developers, and for cross-border matters it has a network of regular collaborators at top firms in the UK, US and elsewhere. Leading the team are private equity expert Meltem Akol and the ‘diligent‘ Tuğçe Tatari, who focuses on M&A. Ömer Gökhan Özmen and Güneş Yalçın have moved to ÖzmenYalçin.
Meltem Akol; Tuğçe Tatari
‘The team is small and flexible. Their defining feature is their leader, Meltem Akol. They are our go-to lawyers for any M&A prospect, especially for legal due diligence and for share purchase negotiations.’
‘Meltem Akol, the founding partner, pays personal attention to clients and participates in agreement negotiations. We had absolute confidence in her, almost as much as we had in our in-house attorneys, and we were able to utilise her years of experience in the Turkish market.’
‘M&A partner Tuğçe Tatari is a diligent lawyer and an excellent person to have on your side, especially if you are negotiating a multi-faceted acquisition contract. We were able to navigate a very complicated contract fairly easily thanks to her.’
‘The team are always available when you need them and always have a solution-oriented mindset. Meltem Akol has a young team consisting of really talented lawyers who have experience in a variety of businesses. They have very good relationship management with counterparties.’
- Advised Palmet on its acquisition of the gas distribution assets of Engie, including its gas distribution network and the 775MW Baymina gas-fired power plant near Ankara.
- Advised Yapı ve Kredi Bankası and Türkiye Halk Bankası on the restructuring of Çan2 Termik’s existing loans.
- Assisted Biotrend with its IPO.
Cigdemtekin Cakirca Aranci Law Firm provides ‘exceptional energy-focused corporate and commercial advice' to its client base of developers and investors. Its expertise encompasses regulatory law as well as corporate and financing elements and the renewable energy market is a particularly strong area for the firm. The ‘efficient and effective‘ Ayça Arancı and corporate and M&A partner Gamze Çiğdemtekin head the department. Associate Başak Güneş Kaplan supports the leadership on a range of matters.
Ayça Arancı; Gamze Çiğdemtekin
Other key lawyers:
Başak Güneş Kaplan
‘CCA is a professional high-end legal practice offering exceptional energy-focused corporate and commercial advice and project management. They are highly qualified to undertake all our legal matters in a friendly and professional manner. CCA has extensive international expertise in transactional matters. From my perspective, they have exceptional cross border capabilities and a remarkable knowledge of international energy laws.’
‘They have the capacity to work on complicated regulatory matters, which is quite hard to find. They have a very deep knowledge of energy law and regulation.’
‘As our main contact Ayça Arancı is an extension of the firm and understands our business objectives to help us develop in the energy sector. Ayça is efficient and effective in handling all of our dealings in relation to corporate and contractual matters and projects by considering the regulatory aspects. It’s an absolute pleasure to work with her as she is in sync with our business objectives and able to turn legal challenges into business opportunities. Her experience in the energy sector is very significant for us.’
‘Başak Güneş Kaplan has a very good knowledge of the law and she’s professional, friendly, responsive and always a pleasure to work with. The team is highly qualified to undertake all our legal matters in a friendly and professional manner. In my experience, they welcome all legal challenges and more often than not turn these into opportunities.’
Age Enerji Group
Matthias Ingo Giersemehl – Heinle Kochendörfer Wasserkraftanlagen Turbien Maschinenbau Merkezi Almanya Türkiye Ankara Subesi
Age Elektrik Enerjisi Toptan Satış
Pt Alpha Wind Energi
Kochendörfer Hydro Elektromekanik
- Advised Egesim on its acquisition of Gümüşköy geothermal power plant with its joint venture partner Albioma, for €20m.
- Advised PT Alpha Wind Energi on potential renewable energy projects to be developed in Indonesia for an investment of $100m, providing legal consultancy on joint project development and investment projects, and agreements with local governmental bodies.
- Assisted AGE Enerji with all phases of project development, including EPC and financial agreements, for a natural gas power plant project with a 206MW capacity.
Senior associate Nigar Gökmen joined Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein from Çakmak Attorney Partnership in December 2020 to head the energy, mining and infrastructure department, bringing expertise in energy project development, including regulatory law, construction contracts and environmental permits. She joins a team already well versed in acting for power companies and investors in M&A, disputes, project financing and tax matters. The firm’s work in this industry sees a lot of cross-department collaboration, but the key partners involved are banking and finance head Muhsin Keskin and M&A expert Duygu Turgut. Senior associate Güven Maviş is a further name to note.
Other key lawyers:
Muhsin Keskin; Duygu Turgut; Güven Maviş
‘They have a fully integrated and team-based way of working.’
‘Nigar Gökmen devises effective solutions for clients.’
‘A reliable partner firm. They deliver a very high-quality legal service. Transparent, helpful and flexible according to the client’s needs.’
OYAK (Turkish Military Pension Fund)
Erdemir (Ereğli Demir Celik Fabrikalari)
STFA Holding and Partners Group
Agence Française de Dévéloppement (AFD)
Japan Bank for International Cooperation
- Advised Enerjisa Üretim on the procurement, installation and construction of a renewable energy-based power plant.
- Advised OYAK (Turkish Military Pension Fund), Erdemir Madencilik and Ataer Holding on project development matters for an iron ore pelletising plant to be established by a joint venture owned by Ataer Holding and JFE Steel.
- Assisted the shareholders of Enerya Group with the sale of its shares to Ahlatci Holding through a bid process.
GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) stands out in the energy sector for its advice on a variety of project financings, particularly acting for banks. The team often assists with regulatory and compliance matters in relation to financing projects; a recent example saw practice heads Güniz Gökçe and Ateş Turnaoğlu lead the advice to a syndicate of banks funding Turkey’s first hybrid renewable energy project, which included an environmental compliance component.
Güniz Gökçe; Ateş Turnaoğlu
‘Ateş Turnaoğlu has substantial experience and a client-oriented approach.’
‘We have utilised the GKC Partners team mostly for finance-related business. The team has proven to be fast and effective, which is very important.’
‘Ateş Turnaoğlu stands out. He was our main point of contact from start to finish and could easily engage with the other party’s lawyers, explain to us their requirements and revert back with ours. He was also instrumental in getting an acquisition financing contract ready in record time. I am sure he drove his team to work unusually hard at the time. We felt very special and safe with him.’
‘The team is really professional and supportive.’
‘Whenever you need something they explain transparently and give you the right direction.’
Türkiye Garanti Bankası
T.C. Ziraat Bankası
Türkiye Sınai Kalkınma Bankası
Türkiye Halk Bankası
Türkiye Kalkınma ve Yatırım Bankası
Türkiye Ekonomi Bankası (TEB)
- Advised Türkiye Garanti Bankası, TC Ziraat Bankası, Türkiye Sınai Kalkınma Bankası, Türkiye Halk Bankası and Türkiye Kalkınma ve Yatırım Bankası, as lenders, on the financing of the Aşağı Kaleköy combined dam and hydroelectric and solar renewable power plant, the first hybrid renewable energy project in Turkey.
- Assisting TEB with the refinancing of CK Güneş Enerji Üretim for a total of 43.5MWp unlicensed solar power plant projects, where Kolin and Cengiz Groups acted as sponsors.
- Advising ICBC Turkey Yatırım Menkul Değerler, a subsidiary of ICBC Turkey Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Dubai (DIFC) Branch, China Construction Bank, Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası TAO and TC Zirrat Bankası, as lenders, on the financing of the construction and operation of an integrated solar module manufacturing facility in Turkey for Kalyon Günes Enerjisi Üretim.
Kesikli Law Firm is well regarded for its broad offering in the energy sector, praised for ‘adapting to unusual transactions in difficult markets' and providing the gamut of contentious and non-contentious services in power and energy regulation, EPC projects and construction. Considered by one client as ‘the go-to person for any energy-related transactional and dispute matters‘, practice head Omer Kesikli is experienced in the structuring and construction of energy projects, as well as acting in related disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Sena Gungordu; Nevra Aydin
‘The experienced core team have a strong knowledge of legislation, which enables them to perform insightful deep-dive legal assessments of the energy market. The team have a great ability to combine their analytical thinking skills with their legislative knowledge, both in practice and theory.’
‘Omer Kesikli is exceptionally great. He consistently shows great skill and know-how with a friendly approach that is solution oriented, commercially minded and practical. He knows the law and energy matters inside out, translating his insights into practical advice.’
‘The overall level of service is high. The firm represents us in all our important deals involving commercial, construction, energy and EPC-related negotiations with the project proponents. The firm’s key capabilities are excellent problem-solving skills, dedication to our business, industry knowledge and consistency in delivering the results we need.’
‘Omer Kesikli is a top-quality legal expert who is always ready to help us in making our deals and resolving our disputes. He is reliable, knowledgeable and results oriented. His brilliant team’s efforts are also worth mentioning: Sena Gungordu is recommended for her responsiveness and smart negotiation skills in project deals and Nevra Aydin is recommended for her stamina in challenging litigation matters.’
‘Always focused on details and attentive to our needs. The level of service is high, and the advice is clearly well analysed and solution-driven. The team is cooperative, understanding and always quick to respond whenever we need. The firm stands out for its industry knowledge, particularly in energy and construction projects and corporate matters.’
‘Omer Kesikli is the go-to person for any energy-related transactional and dispute matters. His team is well organised and always committed to adding value to our business.’
‘A boutique firm with the knowledge and capability to adapt to unusual transactions in difficult markets.’
‘We have been working with Kesikli Law Firm for the last ten years and they are very professional, friendly, generous with the budget, dedicated and hardworking. We have recommended them several times to other companies.’
- Advised KS Energy Africa on the drafting and negotiation of an EPC contract for a combined-cycle power plant project in the Republic of Benin.
- Acted for an international contractor in disputes arising from the EPC contract for a large power plant rehabilitation project, involving claims for delays, force majeure, defective work and costs overrun.
- Advising two clients on their potential acquisition of several biomass-fired power plants operating in Turkey.
KILINÇ LAW & CONSULTING‘s cross-practice services in the energy sector combine expertise in cross-border M&A, project development, investments and disputes. The team has also developed regulatory expertise over its years of advising energy clients. Levent Lezgin Kılınç ‘provides pragmatic, practical advice' and co-ordinates the sector group alongside Seray Özsoy.
Levent Lezgin Kılınç; Seray Özsoy
Other key lawyers:
Nigar Guliyeva; Gülenay Kavcar; Eren Can Ersoy
‘The team at Kılınç Law & Consulting has an excellent perspective of market trends and vast knowledge of the energy sector.’
‘Levent Lezgin Kılınç is a very well-known partner in the energy sector and provides pragmatic, practical advice on our operations. Gülenay Kavcar is also an excellent M&A lawyer and she has always been extremely proficient in our deals in the energy sector with her great knowledge in the practice area.’
‘They have exceptional knowledge in the field regarding electricity, natural gas and petroleum operations.’
‘Levent Lezgin Kılınç is very attentive to details and ensures the his clients get the best possible outcome in any matter he handles.’
‘Levent Lezgin Kılınç is much more to us than just an external counsel and his relationship with us is extremely important to us. He is an extremely reputable team leader and a quick and efficient problem solver.’
SOCAR Turkey Company Group / SOCAR Turkey Enerji
Tanap Doğalgaz Iletim
- Advised Socar Turkey LNG Satış on the TRY 55m sale of its shares to Naturelgaz.
- Advised a joint venture formed by a venture capital fund and an energy company on the $17.5m buyout of a licensed electricity producer.
- Representing Petkim Petrokimya Holding in a TRY 5m case regarding exemption from electricity and gas consumption tax.
The team at Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli assists a host of international clients with electricity, gas, petroleum, renewables and nuclear energy issues. The team’s expertise covers both sector-specific regulatory matters and permits, as well as a range of transactional and disputes work in the energy market. Practice head Okan Demirkan is praised for his ‘excellent legal and commercial acumen‘ and has broad experience in matters relating to energy projects, including compliance and litigation. Appointed to partner in 2021, Melis Öget Koç is well versed in advising clients from heavily regulated sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Melis Öget Koç; Cihan Mercan
‘KDK is a sophisticated legal operator. The team know what international clients want and go above and beyond to deliver it. They are also excellent at developing their associates to ensure the team has appropriate strength in depth.’
‘Okan Demirkan has excellent legal and commercial acumen. He is super responsive and will give his clients reliable advice that goes far beyond simply setting out the law.’
- Advised Vitol on a project regarding the storage of petroleum and natural gas products in facilities owned by third parties.
- Acted for Orix in its acquisition of an 80% stake in Elawan Energy, a global renewable energy company based in Spain.
A diverse mix of domestic and international clients look to Paksoy‘s ‘extremely reliable and supportive‘ team for assistance with work in the energy sector, be it for financing and M&A or regulatory and compliance issues. The firm’s banking and finance department head Sera Somay is the primary contact for energy matters and has experience advising lenders on internationally financed power projects.
Other key lawyers:
Soner Dağlı; Ali Batuhan Sevinç; Beril Paksoy
‘The team at Paksoy is extremely reliable and supportive and always delivers exceptional quality within the relevant deadlines at reasonable and competitive pricing.’
‘Sera Somay is an outstanding partner, supported by a group of excellent associates, including Beril Paksoy, Soner Dağlı and Ali Batuhan Sevinç. They are all highly motivated and responsive lawyers, who not only guide us through all of our legal issues, but also fully understand the needs and requirements of international businesses. Working with this excellent team guarantees success.’
Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office is noted for its advice to multinational clients in the energy sector, with expertise in regulatory issues relating to oil and gas, renewable energy and natural resource extraction projects. Shell is a longstanding key client, while new names that have recently instructed the team include Güzel Enerji Akaryakıt and Moove Lubricants. Leadership of the department is shared by Emre Keki and Gökhan Enkür.
Emre Keki; Gökhan Enkür
‘PAE has a flexible structure and is capable of delivering know-how and solutions to issues that go beyond the terms of our engagement with the firm.’
‘Emre Keki has a good understanding of the legal procedures involved in the development of energy projects and, equally importantly, he understands the value and role of project developers. Combined with PAE’s extensive network of legal offices outside of Turkey, this gives him the ability to reach out and find the right contacts, saving us time and money.’
Moove Lubricants (Cosan Group)
Güzel Enerji (OYAK Group)
- Advising Shell Turkey on a range of matters.
- Advising Alpiq Turkey on various regulatory issues relating to Turkish electricity legislation and ongoing business practices.
- Advising Alpiq InTec and Colas Rail on a cross-border takeover transaction, in which the France-based Bouygues Construction acquired Alpiq InTec and Kraftanlagen for €813m.
The ‘extremely professional‘ energy sector group at Yazici Attorney Partnership places oil and gas and energy-related infrastructure projects at the heart of its practice. It has a strong client base of international companies with interests in Turkey but also stands out for its advice to Turkish clients on projects abroad. Senior partners Murat Yazici and Bilge Müftüoğlu share leadership responsibilities, while Ayşe Yazıcı Adanır is the name to note for oil and gas exploration projects. Kerem Arıç has experience acting for companies in the oil and gas, power generation and mining sectors, and Ceren Ak Güngör is a key contact at senior associate level.
Murat Yazıcı; Bilge Müftüoğlu
Other key lawyers:
Ayşe Yazıcı Adanır; Kerem Arıç; Ceren Ak Güngör
‘Yazici are very responsive, extremely good at following up on matters and always on top of the issues. We are very impressed with their work and their client-handling skills.’
‘We mostly work with Murat Yazıcı and Ceren Ak Güngör. Both of them are exceptional lawyers, extremely responsive and excellent at coming up with legal strategies and solutions. They are very experienced and practical.’
‘The strengths of the practice are their experience and legal knowledge in the oil and gas and construction sectors, their engagement and collaboration with the technical team, the diversity of their legal team, and their expert network in different countries with a strong background in the local legal systems.’
‘A variety of in-depth legal knowledge in different work sectors, collaborative approach and excellent command of different foreign languages to be used in legal cases.’
‘The team lead by Murat Yazıcı is extremely professional. They always respond rapidly to any queries and have excellent communication skills. They easily understand the client’s requirements and do their best to help.’
AGE Enerji Üretim
- Advised Marsa Energy on contractual and regulatory matters in relation to licence applications and renewals, amendments and registrations with the Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority and the General Directorate of Petroleum Affairs.
ASC Law Office brings its experience in finance matters to bear in its energy sector work, advising borrowers on a range of projects as well as providing assistance with contracts, regulatory issues and related disputes. Key contacts include founding partner Okan Beygo, Levent Yetkil, who has particular strength in construction matters, and Ela Sari, whose expertise includes capital markets matters, project finance and infrastructure investments.
Okan Beygo; Levent Yetkil; Ela Sari
Gaz Depo ve Madencilik
Toren Doğalgaz Depolama ve Madencilik
Türkiye’nin Otomobili Girişim Grubu
Dirkshof/EED GmnH &Co. KG
Mr. Dirk Johannes Ketelsen
DHH Enerji Üretim
CTC Enerji Madencilik
3S Kale Enerji Üretim
Universal Wind Elektrik Üretim
Canadian Solar Construction
Akenerji Elektrik Üretim
Er-Bakır Elektronik Bakır Mamulleri
TTES Elektrik Tedarik Satış
EVD Enerji Yönetimi ve Danışmanlık
- Assisting Gas Depo and Mining and Toren Natural Gas Storage and Mining with the preparation of the project documentation, and related financing, of the Tarsus underground natural gas storage facility project.
- Advising Türkiye’nin Otomobili Girişim Grubu (Automobile Joint Venture Group) on its joint venture with US-based Farasis Energy.
- Advised Dirkshof, EED GmbH & Co KG and Dirk Johannes Ketelsen on the $72m sale of their 100% interest in Universal Wind Electricity.
Erdem & Erdem Law Office acts for stakeholders in various areas of the energy sector, including project developers, energy suppliers and investors. The team is co-headed by projects and real estate expert Tuna Çolgar, who has ‘in-depth knowledge of the energy industry‘, and competition law partner Mert Karamustafaoglu. ‘Highly knowledgeable and responsive‘ associate Melissa Balıkçı is a further contact to note.
Tuna Çolgar; Mert Karamustafaoğlu
Other key lawyers:
Melissa Balıkçı; Ecem Süsoy Uygun
‘We have a long history with Erdem & Erdem. They are well known for energy law and their key strength is their understanding of the sector, from natural gas and electricity to renewable energy, and from production to distribution. We trust their in-depth knowledge of the renewable energy industry and especially wind turbines. Erdem & Erdem are able to efficiently leverage their knowledge and experience for the benefit of their clients.’
‘Tuna Çolgar has exceptional expertise in energy law. He stands out for his in-depth knowledge of the energy industry in Turkey and of EPC and O&M contracts. Melissa Balıkçı combines her deep knowledge of Turkish and English law related to the energy industry and advises the clients from an international perspective.’
‘Everyone in the team is competent and knowledgeable. They prepared all our contracts in the energy sector even better than we expected. They had a good overall picture of the process.’
‘Their mastery of the subject and their ability to solve problems are at a high level.’
‘They have lawyers from different backgrounds and levels of seniority, and they work together quite harmoniously.’
‘Tuna Çolgar’s business acumen and efficiency stand out. He provides first-rate advice at very competitive rates and he has a strong reputation in the energy sector. His influence on the project is always positive and the solutions that he creates are very constructive at all times.’
‘Melissa Balıkçı is highly knowledgeable and responsive. In addition, her experience in negotiation techniques is very helpful to ensure matters proceed rapidly when dealing with other parties.’
Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD)
- Advising Yıldırım Enerji on Uzbekistan’s first combined-cycle power generation facility of 660Mw, to be constructed and operated based on the public-private partnership model.
- Advising IC Holding on the draft text amending many laws, including the laws on renewable energy resources, the electricity market and mining.
- Advising Şişecam on the transfer of the electricity generation licences belonging to companies it had acquired (Soda Sanayii and Trakya Cam).
Gen Temizer Ozer assists clients involved in the energy sector with project financing and development, M&A and joint ventures. The team is headed by founding partner Edmund Emre Özer, who is English qualified and has prior experience working in the US, which aids the team’s cross-border capabilities; this is further boosted by the firm's association with Kinstellar. The team has a particular niche strength in renewable energy projects, especially wind power.
Edmund Emre Özer
Other key lawyers:
‘They put the interests of the client at the centre of their work and create new solutions for legal challenging issues.’
‘Results-oriented, quick responses, high quality of service and flexibility.’
- Advised Commerzbank on negotiating the transaction documents, structuring, collection of Turkish CP documents and providing legal opinions with respect to the client’s wind turbine financing to Simay Elektrik.
- Advised Commerzbank on the financing of a wind renewable energy plant belonging to Atakaleres Elektrik.
Moroglu Arseven advises a range of clients in the energy and natural resources space, including a number of major multinationals. With a focus on mining, fossil fuels and renewable energy, the team advises on regulatory issues, transactions including procurement and portfolio acquisitions, and operational matters. Benan Arseven is the primary contact.
Other key lawyers:
Burcu Tuzcu Ersin; Seyfi Moroğlu; Hazal Baydar; Sevi İslamageç
Cem Cagatay Orak employs his ‘extensive knowledge of energy law and its contractual framework‘ to lead the team at Orak Attorneys at Law, advising clients on regulatory and permitting issues. He also has broad experience in assisting clients with administrative and environmental permits in M&A and project finance transactions in the energy, mining and construction sectors.
Cem Çağatay Orak
‘Cem Çağatay Orak has an extraordinary and multi-disciplinary approach to clients’ matters. He has a wide understanding and deep knowledge of energy regulations and energy contracts as well as disputes, and gives clients valuable advice on all aspects of a matter. He is always available to clients and treats their problems as his own.’
‘Cem Çağatay Orak is the key contact, with extensive knowledge of energy law and its contractual framework. He is highly recommended for all aspects of energy law, including matters relating to infrastructure, investment and EPC and energy trading contracts, with long and effective experience in the field.’
‘The firm really knows its stuff across the board in the energy sector, from regulatory matters to transactions and litigation.’
‘Cem Çağatay Orak is extremely diligent and responsive. His attention to detail is great. He considers every single paragraph of the project contracts and transaction documents. He also advises on strategy and business matters, in addition to typical legal issues relating to project contracts. We really appreciated his advice because our investment was complex, with a number of project contracts that we were not very familiar with.’
‘Cem Çağatay Orak and his team are very dedicated to understanding the client’s needs and managing complex issues on behalf of the client. This gives them confidence that all of their issues will be dealt with by a core team focused on mitigating the issues and risks.’
‘The team members are open and transparent in their communication and they have diverse perspectives on solving the issues.’
‘Cem Çağatay Orak is switched on, helpful and always available.’
Sayin Law & Consulting fields ‘an experienced professional team‘ that ‘has proven itself in energy law‘ and focuses on providing contractual advice to prevent disputes arising from commercial activities in the energy sector. Founding partner Murat Sayın draws on his background acting as an in-house lawyer for energy companies. He leads the team alongside İlhan Kul, who ‘knows the energy sector, especially the petroleum sector, very well‘, and senior associate Berrak Cantürk.
Murat Sayın; İlhan Kul; Berrak Cantürk
Other key lawyers:
‘I have known Murat Sayın for more than ten years and I must express that he and his team are very competent in the field of energy law. Sayın Law & Consulting is very good at understanding our needs and provides tailor-made legal services. Also, quick solutions are very important for our business and this point is what makes Sayın Law indispensable and different for us. For this reason, I have always preferred Sayın Law to be my business partner in this field of law.’
‘Sayın Law & Consulting is known for its achievements in energy law. This industry always demands extra attention and this team is one of the rare law firms that can provide it.’
‘Sayın Law & Consulting has proven itself in energy law. Since they are an experienced professional team, they can fully understand what you need.’
‘İlhan Kul is an experienced lawyer who knows the energy sector, especially the petroleum sector, very well. His success comes from his experience. Another person who must be mentioned is founding partner Murat Sayın, who is always available and ready to answer all our questions.’
‘Energy is a sector in which there is movement 24/7 and therefore legal support is very much needed. As a company, we are very pleased in this regard. Sayın Law & Consulting has experience advising on energy law in Turkey and also has offices in many cities in Turkey. All the members of the Sayın Law & Consulting team, especially Murat Sayın, give us the correct guidance in both litigation processes and legal opinions.’
‘We are very lucky to be working with Murat Sayın and his team. Every time I think about the role that this team plays in the activities of our company, I know working with them was the right decision. Sayın Law & Consulting is very active in the field of energy law and its partners are known for their expertise in this field.’
‘Founding partner Murat Sayın is great for the management of legal matters, and specifically for solving difficult issues. İlhan Kul has great legal and sectoral knowledge. The team is very dedicated and diligent, and highly knowledgeable about energy law. They provide straightforward solutions and are responsive, deliver high-quality legal advice and value for money, and have very good communication skills.’
‘Murat Sayın and his team are experienced lawyers, especially in the field of energy market regulation in Turkey. They always help us with our legal issues and answer our questions patiently. I totally recommend Sayın Law & Consulting. The most important feature that distinguishes the firm from others is that Sayın Law & Consulting has an Energy Law Bulletin that you can easily access from all technological devices.’
TP Petrol Dağitim
Milan Petrol Dağitim
Güzel Enerji Akaryakit Dağitim
Gediz Elektrik Perakende Satiş
Aydem Elektrik Perakende Satiş
Igdaş Gaz Dağitim
Trakya Elektrik Dağitim
IC Ibrahim Çeçen Holding
Tayraş Baz Yağ Rafineri
Renatus Marine Denizcilik ve Liman Işletmeciliği
Yurtiçi Kargo Servisi
Yurtiçi Lojistik Tedarik Zinciri Yönetimi ve Dağitimi
Yurtiçi Inşaat Pazarlama
Maya Plastik Ambalaj
Mef Okullari ve Özel Eğitm
Iris Bağcilik Şarapçilik Üretim Pazarlama
Günari Mermer Maden
- Advising Tayraş Baz Yağ Rafineri on the delivery contracts for overseas purchases, financial contracts, obtaining the required licenses, and amending the articles of association of the company in order to comply with the local legislations and regulations.
- Assisting Istanbul Gaz Dagitim with permits relating to an energy efficiency project.
- Advising Socar on organising dealership contracts, litigation and regulatory compliance.
Tunc Firat Dereli Attorney Partnership fields a team with ‘in-depth energy experience' that focuses on portfolio acquisitions, energy project developments, financings and joint ventures. The team advises on matters in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors, as well as other forms of power. Zeynel Tunç is praised for his ‘extensive knowledge regarding energy regulations, disputes and contractual frameworks'; he co-leads the practice with Nazlı Dereli Oba, who focuses on arbitration and finance matters in the sector.
Zeynel Tunç; Nazlı Dereli Oba
Other key lawyers:
Bengü Coşkun; Delal Özvarış; Tuğçe Ergüden
‘The team is dedicated and their response to any question is very quick.’
‘The reason we work with Tunç Firat Dereli is that they have in-depth energy experience combined with sophisticated legal minds. They have a team consisting of truly professional lawyers with industry backgrounds, which enables them to speak the same language as our commercial and technical teams. We are impressed by their negotiation skills and unique, constructive approach. They handle complex and difficult processes smoothly with a great degree of responsiveness.’
‘Zeynel Tunç has exceptional negotiation skills and admirable legal knowledge. He always provides clear advice with quick turnaround, and does not hesitate to dive into commercial and technical issues to successfully resolve a deadlock.’
‘Zeynel Tunç has extensive knowledge regarding energy regulations, disputes and contractual frameworks. This knowledge can make the difference for potential clients.’
‘Two of the partners, Zeynel Tunç and Nazlı Dereli Oba, have experience working in the legal departments of leading Turkish energy companies. Due to this fact, they have extensive hands-on experience and an in-depth understanding of the regulatory aspects of energy matters. Our experience with TFD has been as if they are our in-house legal department, rather than being an external firm. This helped a lot in negotiating contracts with our customers and our interactions with regulatory bodies.’
‘Zeynel Tunç is very knowledgeable and he has extensive experience in the energy sector. More importantly, he has great social skills, enabling us to communicate with him very efficiently.’
‘Zeynel Tunç has in-depth knowledge of the legal aspects of projects, but also understands the technical aspects and can speak the same language as construction professionals. He always asks the right questions and communicates effectively.’
Titan2 IC İçtaş
GE Global Parts & Products
Sarı Kanat Energy
Borusan ENBW Energy
Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası
- Advised Albioma Group on the acquisition and sale of a company that owns a geothermal power plant in Turkey.
- Advised General Electric, as the creditor, in relation to Gama Group’s $890m debt restructuring, subject to an enhanced out-of-court debt restructuring scheme.
- Advised Serbest Energy on the financing of its wind power project by Kuveyt Türk Participation Bank.
TUNCA ATTORNEY PARTNERSHIP ‘handles all of the problems a company working in the energy industry might face' and is especially active in project support, including contract negotiations and regulatory advice. It has a particular strength in public law and has developed a niche in advising Turkey’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, alongside its client base of private companies. Practice head Sidar Tunca is recommended for his ‘very good litigation skills and experience in energy law'.
Other key lawyers:
Şirin Elif Öztürk
‘They have a superb team that has advised on lots of deals in the past. Therefore, their expertise is very beneficial for the client. They can foresee what is going to come.’
‘The team’s commitment and knowledge of both energy and administrative law are the key factors in their success with our cases, as well as their trust in each other’s work. The variety of fields of law that Tunca Attorney Partnership can advise on is another of the fundamental reasons why their clients recommend them. As individuals, they are all experts in their subjects so the lawyers have the same standard regardless of which field of law the client needs advice on. Sidar Tunca is a standout partner. His very good litigation skills and experience in energy law deserve mention.’
‘The team consists of hardworking individuals who have helped us a lot during the pandemic. They have provided insight on all matters regarding the energy sector.’
‘All of the individuals are team workers and they show great care for every client. Whenever we needed help, they were ready to help and guide us. We were very satisfied with the level of service we received from Tunca Attorney Partnership.’
‘The head of Tunca Attorney Partnership, Sidar Tunca, is a very talented lawyer. He has impressive negotiating and mediating skills. His background in energy, mining, arbitration, public tender and commercial law is very extensive. Therefore, he can easily handle different and sophisticated problems. The most important thing about Tunca Attorney Partnership is their credible, hardworking and innovative lawyers, who always try to think outside the box.’
‘Tunca Attorney Partnership stands out for us because of its professionalism and integrity. Their capabilities enable them to execute the most important transactions and cases efficiently, and meet all of our industry’s domestic and international requirements. They are keen to use technology to improve client service. Lastly, they handle all of the problems a company working in the energy industry might face with great attention to detail and under very strict time restrictions. We have never had an issue regarding a deadline and this is crucial to us since the energy industry requires fast-paced action to be taken.’
‘Everyone at Tunca Attorney Partnership has advanced expertise that has been tailored to the most difficult and innovative projects. They pay special attention to each project. They consistently give excellent service and meet our needs. While most attorneys focus on a single field of law, the needs and wishes of clients necessitate the existence of an office with experts in multiple fields. Thanks to the diversity of expertise in this team, it fully meets the needs and wishes of its clients. The attorneys’ ability to look at matters from different angles has helped us greatly in the past.’
‘Sidar Tunca’s approach is always “we can do it” and that makes him an excellent lawyer. He has an amazing ability to build different strategies for each case while taking into account any possible development and providing us with the highest quality work.’
Republic of Turkey Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources
Tüprag Metal ve Madencilik
Albedo BS Elektrik Üretim
Düzgün Iş Makinalari Inşaat Madencilik
ITC-Ka enerji Üretim
Alacer Gold Madencilik
Yildizlar Enerji Elektrik Üretim
FTZ Akaryakit Otomotiv Inşaat Taahhüt Tekstil Gida Paketleme
Arakli Elektrik Üretim
KRC Hes Enerji Üretim
Bakras Enerji Elektrik Üretim
Zafer Taahhüt Inşaat ve Ticaret
Özaltin Inşaat Enerji
- Advising the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources on the RES 1 wind power plant project.
- Advising the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources on solar power plant projects.
- Assisting the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources with the YEKA GES-3 project, which consists of solar power plants with a 15-20MW capacity that will be built across 19 regions.