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White & Case Europe Danışmanlık Hizmetleri Avukatlık Ortaklığı is affiliated with the Turkish firm GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) based in Istanbul. It is adept at handling international M&A transactions, banking, finance and capital markets matters, IPOs and dispute resolution. Clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Enerjisa and J.P. Morgan. The team represented Zynga on its $250m acquisition of Gram Games Teknoloji. Asli Basgoz and Sebastian Buss jointly head the team.

Baker McKenzie is in an alliance with Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International and experienced in infrastructure development, M&A, private equity and real estate. Other areas of expertise include compliance, tax, employment and competition law. It acted as lead counsel to Doğan Şirketler Grubu on the $1.1bn sale of some of its media assets to Demirören. Another highlight was acting for DFDS as lead counsel on the acquisition of 98.8% of the shares of U.N. Ro-Ro from Actera and Esas Holding for €950m. Other clients include Christian Dior, PepsiCo, EBRD and Cargill. İsmail Esin, Erdal Ekinci and Eren Kurşun head the team. Caner Elmas and Duygu Gültekin both made partner.

Clifford Chance is affiliated with Yegin Ciftci Attorney Partnership. Particular areas of expertise include M&A, banking, project finance, capital markets and energy-sector work. A highlight was advising an international financial institution and Garanti Bank on their €48m financing provided to Enerya. Other clients include ICBC Turkey, HSBC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Jared Grubb heads the team.

Allen & Overy LLP works with local firm Gedik Eraksoy Avukatlik Ortakligi and is particularly active in banking and finance, M&A, projects and capital markets. Clients include ING Bank, Credit Suisse and Wells Fargo. Practice head Joe Clinton has particular experience in transactional work on both the borrower and lender side. Charles Lindsay retired from the partnership.

Dentons is affiliated with Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki. Banking and finance, corporate and M&A, competition and energy are all focus areas for the practice. Tamsyn Mileham and Ian McGrath are the names to note.

Gide Loyrette Nouel works in association with Turkish firm Özdirekcan Dündar Senocak Attorney Partnership and the practice is headed by the partners of the associated firm, Bülent Özdirekcan and Arpat Şenocak. It is active in corporate and M&A, IP, competition, dispute resolution, tax, insurance and employment law. It acted for AFD in relation to a €40m EU grant extended to the Ministry of Health for the construction of a state hospital. Other clients include Adidas and LVMH.

In 2017 Norton Rose Fulbright combined with Chadbourne & Parke, which had a local office in Turkey, and is affiliated with İnal Kama Avukatlık Ortaklığı. Areas of expertise include Islamic finance, secured and unsecured financings, export financings and derivative transactions. It is adept at handling corporate and M&A matters including private equity investments, privatisations, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Clients include global companies and financial institutions. Ayşe Yüksel Mahfoud heads the team.

Türkoğlu & Çelepçi in cooperation with Schoenherr adeptly handles cross-border corporate and M&A transactions, real estate transactions, financings and commercial litigation. Other areas of expertise include employment law, competition, insurance, regulatory and tax. Levent Çelepçi heads the team.

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