Foreign firms in Turkey


Dentons, in association with Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki, provides a diverse offering with broad knowledge which spans various sectors, including banking and finance, corporate and M&A, energy and infrastructure, and transport. Tamsyn Mileham is noted for her longstanding experience in handling debt finance transactions, and corporate and project finance mandates. Nadia Cansun has deep expertise in cross-border M&A within the energy, infrastructure and manufacturing industries.

Practice head(s):

Tamsyn Mileham; Nadia Cansun

Key clients

IC İçtaş


Karadeniz Holding



Green for Growth Fund

Finance in Motion




SK Ecoplant

International Fund for Agricultural Development

IFU (Danish IFI)

Assan Aluminyum

Work highlights

  • Advised EBRD on extending a of €200m loan to Ford Otomotiv A.Ş.
  • Advised EBRD on its acquisition and subscription of an approximately 10% stake in Defacto Perakende Ticaret A.Ş.

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

Leveraging its extensive international network of offices, Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein is well placed to advise on complex cross-border M&A and financing mandates across a variety of industries. The group is known for its broad expertise in banking and finance, competition law, energy, employment, and intellectual property. Erdal Ekinci heads the tax practice, while Eren Kurşun leads the M&A and private equity team. Co-leading the dispute resolution team, Ismail Esin and Yalın Akmenek are recommended for handling arbitrations. Muhsin Keskin stands out for his extensive regulatory knowledge of financial markets. The firm's banking and finance practice is strengthened by the addition of Simon Morgan, who relocated to the Istanbul Office in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

İsmail Esin; Eren Kurşun; Erdal Ekinci; Yalın Akmenek; Muhsin Keskin

Other key lawyers:

Simon Morgan


‘Eren Kurşun is solution oriented, business minded, and has a client friendly approach.’

‘The team has a strong expertise, good communication, and are quick to respond.’

‘Multinational work needs guidance and expertise in order to handle cases and complete the transaction. The firm did a very good job handling the work for us.’

‘They are responsive and hands on.’

Key clients



Bureau Veritas

SPI International BV

Borusan Mannesmann Boru San. ve Tic. A.Ş.,

Borusan Mannesmann Pipe US Inc.

Cigna Corporation

Groupama Assurances Mutuelles

Mando Corporation


Mondi A.G.

Playtika Holding

SPI International B.V. (and its individual shareholders)

Acıbadem Healthcare Group

Actera Group

Amgen International

Arena Bilgisayar Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi

Cargill Tarım ve Gıda San. Tic. A.Ş.

Ferrovial Aeropuertos España, S.A

Fin Tech Invest BV (and its ultimate controller)

Good Job Games


Invus and other shareholders of Airties

Kraft Heinz Company

Limak Holding A.Ş.

Marubeni Corporation

Multinet Kurumsal Hizmetler A.Ş. (and its shareholders)

OYAK (Turkish Military Pension Fund)

PEAK Games

Schneider Electric

Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş. and Zorlu Holding A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Advised Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş. and Zorlu Holding A.Ş. on a complex cross-border financial restructuring deal valued at USD 100m.

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case)

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) is home to a strong banking and project finance team that regularly acts for large international banks. The team possesses in-depth experience in handling high-value transactions within the energy and infrastructure industries. Other areas of expertise for the firm include competition law, dispute resolution, and restructuring and insolvency.  Sebastian Buss is known for his extensive expertise in project finance and private-public partnerships within the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Buss

Other key lawyers:

Guniz Gokce


‘White & Case together with GKC Partners offer seamless service of quality in the Turkish market. They are hands on and available.’

‘Sebastian Buss is very involved. He is very careful and his input on drafting is appreciated.”

‘Guniz Gokce is always available, commercial and swift. The new generation of partners is also excellent.’


Key clients




SASA Polyester Sanayi A.Ş.

Güriş İnşaat A.Ş.

Enerjisa Enerji Üretim A.Ş.

Akbank T.A.Ş.

T.C. Ziraat Bankası A.Ş.

Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası T.A.O.

Türkiye Sınai Kalkınma Bankası A.Ş.

Borusan EnBW Enerji Yatırımları ve Üretim A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Represented IFC, EBRD and AIIB in connection with their accession to the existing financing of the Antalya Airport and related amendment of the financing documentation.
  • Represented Borusan EnBW Enerji in the USD 600m financing for Borusan EnBW’s renewable energy portfolio.
  • Advised EnerjiSA Üretim on the USD 102m Export Credit Agency (ECA)-backed commercial green financing provided by HSBC Group for the development of Erciyes wind power plant and solar hybrid power plants.

A&O Shearman

Adam Fadian leads the English law team at A&O Shearman, in association with Gedik & Eraksoy. The firm routinely advises sponsors, construction companies, and lenders for project development and infrastructure matters, often collaborating with partners in London, Paris and Dubai. Fadian regularly assists clients with a wide range of international financing mandates, including commodity finance, corporate lending, Islamic finance, and leveraged acquisition finance.

Practice head(s):

Adam Fadian

Key clients

National Development Fund of Saudi Arabia


Bank of China


Drake & Scull International

Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi A.S.



Turkiye Is Bankasi A.S.

Metinvest B.V.

Aygaz A.S.

Arçelik A.S

Work highlights

  • Advised the credit providers on the financing of the NEOM Green Hydrogen Project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising Akbank as borrower in relation to the IBOR transition.
  • Advising Bank of China on a bridge loan ACWA Uzbekistan Project Holding Company.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.  (in association with Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak) utilises its strong network of international lawyers in Africa, Asia and Europe to advise on insurance, dispute resolution, tax, banking and finance, and corporate and M&A mandates. Bülent Özdirekcan and Arpat Şenocak have international bar qualifications in France and Switzerland respectively. Other key members of the team include Ali Osman Ak, who has in-depth knowledge of employment law, and Esra Dündar Loiseau, who heads the IP practice.

Practice head(s):

Bülent Ozdirekcan; Arpat Şenocak; Ali Osman Ak; Esra Dündar Loiseau


‘The team stands out for its multinational presence. The French and Swiss relations of the team are strong and unique in Turkish market.’

‘Bülent Özdirekcan, having presence in the Turkish market, is a prominent member of Turkish law community. Ali Osman Ak is diligent and provides commercially accurate solutions for all disputes.’

‘ODS stands out for its unwavering commitment to putting clients first. They prioritize understanding clients’ unique needs and tailoring legal strategies accordingly. They also stand out for its multi-disciplinary team.’

‘The team at ODS boasts a broad range of legal expertise, including M&A and corporate law, intellectual property, energy, employment law, banking and insurance law among others.’

‘Arpat Senocak stands out for his exceptional communication and problem-solving skills.’

‘The team stands out for its pragmatic approach and creative mindset.’

Key clients

Agence Française de Développement

Ak Gıda

Akdeniz Turistik Tesisler A.Ş.

ALD Automotive Turkey

ALD International

Air Liquide

Alchem Europe



Allianz Hayat ve Emeklilik A.Ş.


AXA Hayat ve Emeklilik A.S.

AXA Sigorta

Believe Digital

Bel Karper Gıda Sanayi A.Ş.

Bereket Tekaful

BNP Paribas Cardif Hayat Sigorta A.S.

BNP Paribas Cardif Sigorta A.S

BNP Paribas Cardif Emeklilik A.S.

BNP Paribas SA


BPF Acentelik ve Aracilik Hizmetleri A.S.

BTA Havalimanları

Carel Industries

Ca Technologies Yazılım ve Bilişim Hizmetleri Limited Şirketi

Cepas Galvaniz Demir Celik Madencilik Insaat Nakliye Ticaret ve Sanayi A.S

Christian Dior


Club Méditerranée SA


Crédit Agricole Ukraine


Eker Süt Ürünleri Gıda San. Tic. A.S.

Electronics for Imaging


Euler Hermes Sigorta A.S.

Euler Hermes (Italy)





GCL Factoring France

Global Enerji

Gestamp North Europe Services S.L.

Groupama Sigorta A.S.

Groupama Emeklilik A.S.

Groupama Assurances Mutuelles

Group Atlantic

Helvetia Swiss Insurance Company Limited

H & M


Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc



Koop Hub

Hakuhodo DY Holding

Lactalis Group


Levi Strauss Co

Lombard Odier

Loyens & Loeff


Maisto E Associeti

MDS AP Tech Yazılım Ürünleri ve Bilişim Hizmetleri Ticaret Ltd. Şti.

Midis Group

NN Hayat ve Emeklilik A.S.


OYAK Renault

Orange Sigorta Aracılık Hizmetleri A.S.


PJSC Rosbank

Reinsurance Group of America

Saint Gobain


SG Hambros

Skandinavska Enskilda Banken

Société Générale Milano

Sojern INC.

Şen-Er Boya Kimya



Steelcase SAS


Taiyuan Iron & Steel (Group) Company Limited

TEB Portföy

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Türkiye Hayat ve Emeklilik A.S.

Türkiye Katılım Hayat A.Ş.

Türkiye Katılım Sigorta A.Ş.

Türkiye Sigorta A.S.

Türkiye Wealth Fund

Union Bancaire Privée


Volvo Group Otomotiv Tic. Ltd. Şti

Volvo Trucks AB


Work highlights

  • Advising AXA Sigorta on the structuring of its distribution relationship with Denizbank in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright, in alliance with Pekin Bayar Mizrahi, is noted for its vast experience in handling complex, cross-border M&A and corporate transactions. In addition to its Istanbul office, the group regularly collaborates with its international network of offices in Dubai, New York, and London. The team boasts deep expertise across a broad range of industries, from energy and infrastructure to manufacturing and chemicals. Ayşe Yüksel Mahfoud regularly advises a diverse client list of financial institutions, investment funds, and private equity funds.

Practice head(s):

Ayşe Yüksel Mahfoud

Other key lawyers:

Utku Ünver


‘The Norton Rose Fulbright team is led by Ayşe Yuksel Mahfoud, who has a very hands-on approach and knows the Turkish market very well. Also, being a global firm is helpful when there is more than one jurisdiction.’

‘They have a very responsive team, and they are very commercially oriented.’

‘Ayşe Yuksel Mahfoud is a brilliant individual with in-depth knowledge about the Turkish market and culture. She has very strong communication skills and is a treasure to work with.’

‘They have good business acumen and understand the country and legal nuances.’

Key clients

Koç Holding

Turkish Airlines


EDC Canada

Credit Europe


Bausch Health Company




Louis Dreyfus


Stage Capital

Ethemba Capital


Bosch Company

Sabancı Holding

QNB Finansbank

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Turkish pharmaceuticals company Birgi Mefar Group on the sale of 100% of its shares to Abu Dhabi investment and holding company ADQ.

Özkan Gürden Bingöl Attorney Partnership

Özkan Gürden Bingöl Attorney Partnership frequently acts for international clients in matters relating to dispute resolution, corporate and M&A, employment, and energy. Orkun Özkan has in-depth experience in corporate and compliance mandates. Güryay Bingöl advises both local and multinational companies on large transactions across a variety of sectors, including infrastructure, real estate, and construction. Erden Gürden is recommended for employment and labour law mandates.

Practice head(s):

Orkun Özkan; Güryay Bingöl; Erden Gürden

Key clients

RRH Küçük Elektrikli Aletler Ltd. Şti.

Natixis S.A.

Zurich Insurance

Horizons Global Technology Pte. Ltd.

SAES Getters S.p.A

Tekspar Tekstil Makine Yedek Parçaları Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd. Şti.

Johnson Matthey Deutschland GmbH

Work highlights

  • Providing day-to-day corporate secretarial services to Spectrum Brands, RRH Küçük Elektrikli Aletler Ltd. Şti.
  • Advised SAES Getters S.p.A on the conclusion of an agency agreement.
  • Advised Zurich Insurance with respect to statutory limitation periods specifically within the scope of Turkish insurance law.