Firms To Watch: Real estate and construction

Acar & Ergönen Law Firm has a good track record of advising on real estate transactions, and particularly solid expertise in property-related disputes. Onur Ergönen and Duygu Acar Yucesoy head the department.
Fırat Gültekin & Partners Law Firm is sought after to advise on the construction of residential developments.
Kizilyel Partners Law Firm has an established landlord and tenant practice.
Duygu Ozmen and Ferhat Pekin lead the department at Pekin Bayar Mizrahi, which covers land development projects, disposals and transfers of property, commercial leasing matters, transactions and contracts.
İpek | Akbal Schwimann Partners is acclaimed for its handling of arbitration cases in the real estate space.

Firms in the Spotlight Real estate and construction

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Real estate and construction in Turkey

Abcoo Law Firm

Praised for its ‘great knowledge’ and ‘huge experience’, Abcoo Law Firm's practice remains a top choice for handling large-scale and high-profile real estate deals, share transfers and portfolio sales. Experienced practitioners Hasan Çağlayan, who is also well versed in contentious work, transactional specialist Murat Aygün and Berk Batur co-head the department, which also advises on sale and purchase agreements, joint ventures, and lease and security agreements for international and domestic developers and investors. Senior associate Merve Savcı provides additional support to the team. Recent work highlights include advising Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company on various stages of the Sea Pearl project.

Practice head(s):

Hasan Çağlayan; Murat Aygün; Berk Batur

Other key lawyers:

Merve Savcı

Testimonials

‘They have huge experience and have very polite attitude.’

‘The team have great knowledge and are friendly and reachable.’

Key clients

ADEL KALEMCILIK

AEH ANA GIDA

AEH ANADOLU GAYRIMENKUL YATIRIMLARI

AK PORTFOY YONETIMI A.S.

AKSOY GIRISIMCILIK (VENTURES)

BARAKA PROJE GELISTIRME

BSH EV ALETLERI SAN. VE TIC. A.S.

COUNSEL AND INVEST INSAAT

DIAR SULEYMANIYE GAYRIMENKUL A.S.

DOLPHIN GAYRIMENKUL (subsidiary of Dolphin Overseas Fund)

ECZACIBASI HOLDING A.S.

ELCA KOZMETIK LTD. STI. (Estée Lauder Companies Turkey)

ERIA PARTNERS

ERIA PRAMERICA

EVYAP HOLDING – EVYAP SABUN

EYUSTA MIMARLIK

GALATA GAYRIMENKUL

GMW ARCHITECHTS

GOLDMAN SACHS

H&M TURKEY

HPP INTERNATIONAL TURKEY MIMARLIK VE DANIŞMANLIK HIZ. LTD. STI.

HUDA DIS TICARET DANISMANLIK LIMITED SIRKETI

KALE KILIT

KAT TURIZM GAYRIMENKUL

KORFEZ GYO

KORFEZ TATIL

METRO PROPERTIES

METALSAC TICARET VE SANAYI A.S.

METROSITE INSAAT

MOSS GAYRIMENKUL

NEBA GAYRIMENKUL

ODEABANK

OLBIA GAYRIMENKUL

ORAN TURIZM PETROL YATIRIM A.S.

ORAU ORHAN OTOMOTIV

ORHAN HOLDİNG

OXBRIDGE

PD TURIZM VE GAYRIMENKUL

PEAK OYUN YAZILIM VE PAZARLAMA A.S. (Peak)

PEF ANTALYA RETAIL INVESTMENTS SARL

PELITLI LOJISTIK ANTREPO VE DEPOLAMA HIZMETLERI TICARET A.S.

PENINSULA EMLAK YATIRIM ANONIM SIRKETI

POLO GARAGE

PRADERA

PRONEGY GAYRIMENKUL ENERJI

QATARI DIAR ISTANBUL

QATARI DIAR REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT COMPANY

RONESANS HOLDING

SARP YAPI

SAUDI BIN LADIN

SEPAS DANISMANLIK

SVR GAYRIMENKUL YATIRIM

SYMRISE

TASYAKAN INSAAT SAN. VE TIC. LTD. STI.

TAZ GAYRIMENKUL

TNL GAYRIMENKUL

VADI ISTANBUL

VERITAS AG

VOYS

VERITAS AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company on various stages of the Sea Pearl project, which currently has 1,600 independent units mainly consisting of residences, an office tower and the Jumeirah Hotel, with a minimum revenue expectation of $2.7bn.
  • Advised Aksoy Ventures on the preparation, negotiation and execution of its residential agreements with Marriott for the management and operation of the Epique Island project by Marriott under the Ritz-Carlton brand.
  • Advised Peninsula Emlak Yatırım A.Ş. on the Süleymaniye renewal project, which is being conducted on land owned by a subsidiary of Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company in Fatih, Istanbul.

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership

Regarded as a ‘top firm in Turkey’, Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership houses a solid team of real estate lawyers who are ‘not just legal advisers but also business makers’, regularly advising on significant construction projects. Co-headed by Ali Göksu and Fatma Gozde Kardes, the team is advising Istanbul Airport operator İGA on various aspects of the notable project for the construction of a new airport, including EPC contracts, a particular area of expertise for the team.

Practice head(s):

Ali Göksu; Fatma Gozde Kardes

Testimonials

‘My number-one comment about the GSI team is that they are not just legal advisers but also business makers. What I mean is that usually legal practice tends to create obstacles rather than solutions in business deals, but GSI, thanks to its founder and the firm culture, serves its clients’ legal needs but also ensures commercial deals go through smoothly. GSI as a firm is also a very effective user of technology – it is the only firm I know that employs software engineers full time. They have a proprietary platform to manage data rooms, documents, teams and so on.’

GSI team is the top firm in Turkey for EPC contracts. As far as I know, they have advised on most mega-infrastructure projects and they have great experience in a variety of contracts and deals, and are able to reflect that experience to us via outside-the-box solutions to difficult problems.’

‘My experience with Ali Göksu and his team has been exceptional. They were available whenever I needed them and were actively involved in our projects; they were not just our lawyers but were instrumental in steering our business dealings to a successful conclusion.’

‘They have a good team; they divide work according to subject matter and one lawyer has overall responsibility for the project while others also give feedback when necessary.’

‘They provide alternative solutions and scenarios, explaining the positive and negative possible results of the action to be taken. When it comes to specific commercial decision points, they give their opinion but respect the management’s decision.’

Key clients

IGA Consrtuction

Protecd İnşaat İhracat ve Sanayi Ticaret Limited Şirketi

Avrupa Otoyolu Yatırım ve İşletme A.Ş.

KMO Anadolu Otoyol İşletmesi A.Ş.

IC Holding

Kalyon Yatırım Holding A.Ş.

Limak Holding A.Ş.

Fıratcan İnşaat Turizm ve Ticaret LTD. ŞTİ.

KRP Otoyol İnşaatı Adi Ortaklığı

Hanwha Kalyon Güneş Teknolojileri Üretim A.Ş.

ÇAYIRHAN Elektrik Üretim ve Madencilik A.Ş.

GKS Yapı Hizmetleri

Nur Yapı

YTU TechnoPark

HO Kandilli Real Estate

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke fields a ‘very strong team with in-depth knowledge’ of the real estate sphere. The department, which is headed by Serkan Gül and skilled litigator Nazım O. Kurt, has a significant track record of handling real estate disputes, transactions, development and construction, licensing and permitting, and rental agreements, as well as financing work. The firm is particularly strong in sectors such as energy, retail and hospitality, and advises a notable client roster, including Siemens, UPS, PGIM, APM Terminals and Metro Properties. The team's partnership ranks expanded with the promotion of Zeynep Tor in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Serkan Gül; Nazım O. Kurt

Other key lawyers:

Zeynep Tor

Testimonials

‘Ability to provide effective guidance in real estate projects. Very strong team.’

‘In-depth knowledge. Positive attitude and good communication.’

Key clients

South Stream Transport B.V. (SSTTBV)

Hanon Otomotiv İklimlendirme Sistemleri Üretim San. ve Tic. A.Ş

St Martins Şişli Gayrimenkul Yatırımcılığı Ticaret A.Ş.

Multi Turkey Yönetim A.Ş.

Metro Properties Gayrimenkul Yatırım A.Ş.

Akıncıoğlu Şirketler Grubu

Uransan Dış Ticaret Taahhüt ve Yatırım A.Ş.

Venue Istanbul Gayrimenkul Hizmetleri ve Danışmanlık Ltd. Şti.

Fiba Ticari Gayrimenkul Yatırımları

German Consulate

German Archaeology Institute

Pardus Real Estate Development

Aksu Family

Bodrum Meridian Capital

GIC

Eczacıbası Real Estate Company

Rodaman Hotels

Volkswagen AG

The Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan Pipeline Company (BTC Co.)

İzmir Özel Türk Koleji

Uran Holding

EPM Gayrimenkul Tic. Ltd. Şti

Pramerica Real Estate (PGIM)

Extensa Istanbul Emlak Yatırım İnşaat ve Tic. A.Ş

Union Investment Real Estate GmbH

Dubai Ports World Yarımca Liman İşletmeleri A.Ş. (DP World)

Anadolu Gayrimenkul Yatırımcılığı ve Tic. A.Ş. (Anadolu Holding)

Kaan Otelcilik Ve Gayrimenkul Yatırımları Turizm Ticaret A.Ş.

UPS

Dolphin Overseas Fund LLC

Kaşa Turizm Bilgisayar Yazılım İnşaat Sanayii ve Ticaret A.Ş

State General Reserve Fund of Sultanate of Oman (SGRF)

Work highlights

  • Assisting the German Consulate with renovating the consulate and securing a temporary location.
  • Assisting Dubai Port World with all real estate matters related to a significant port in Turkey.
  • Assisting St Martins Şişli Gayrimenkul Yatırımcılığı Ticaret with the project development work and litigation matters relating to a major shopping centre.

ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC

Offering a ‘high level of know-how in real estate and construction, as well as significant cross-border capabilities, ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC advises local and international companies on transactions and construction projects in Turkey, including in relation to industrial sites and commercial and retail buildings. Of late, the team has advised Emaar Properties on the Emaar project in Libadiye, and Eczacıbaşı on the Galataport project. Steering the team are ‘exceptional lawyerNazli Arikan, who is well known for her construction expertise, and managing partner Akin Volkan Arikan.

Practice head(s):

Nazli Arikan; Akin Volkan Arikan

Testimonials

‘Arikan is a boutique firm comprised of experts in this field. The legal advice we receive from Arikan is always trusted, without any hesitation. Arikan is very attentive to details and handles the work with great care.’

‘Nazli Arikan is an exceptional lawyer, who is very attentive to details, takes care of her work and is always accessible.’

‘The team is professional and always maintains an objective and neutral attitude when investigating any kind of issue, which is an essential quality and key to making a proper judgement on any case.’

‘Akin Volkan Arikan and Nazli Arikan lead their team well – both have different points of view and complement each other, providing a wide range of perspectives when investigating a case.’

‘Very professional. They follow up every detail until the end and inform you of the developments.’

‘Very serious and compassionate, especially Akin Volkan Arikan, with whom I work very closely.’

‘They have a high level of know-how in real estate and construction.’

‘They are all honest, experienced and skilled enough to make you feel that you are in safe hands. Akin Volkan Arikan and Nazli Arikan have a good reputation in the country and they are known as trustworthy legal experts.’

Key clients

EMAAR Properties PJSC

Key Quantum International

Archicad Construction Uk

Al Ghurair Investment LLC

Eczacibasi Holding

NEF Real Estate & Development Inc

Mitsubishi Elevators / AG Melco Turkey

ASAL Group of Companies

Plato Mining & Construction Inc.

Gemak Gemi İnşaat San. Ve Tic. A.Ş.

Gulman Real Estate & Development

Work highlights

  • Advised Emaar Properties PJSC in relation to the development and construction of the Emaar project in Libadiye, which has a total value of $2.3bn.
  • Advising Eczacıbaşı Holding on the management of construction contracts for the development of the Galataport project.
  • Advising Al Ghurair Investment LLC on ongoing real estate and construction matters.

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki is ‘very well versed in both the commercial and technical aspects of real estate transactions, from start to finish’. The practice is known for its extensive experience of advising Turkish and multinational companies on leasing, project finance, acquisition and disposition, development, construction and investment matters, and often assists clients in real estate disputes. Barlas Balcıoğlu, ‘a veteran in high-profile real estate transactions’, and senior associate Ali Can Gören, a ‘bright lawyer’ who provides ‘exceptionally clear and commercially focused advice’, are the key contacts in the department.

Practice head(s):

Barlas Balcıoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Ali Can Gören

Testimonials

‘The team is very well versed in both the commercial and technical aspects of real estate transactions, from start to finish. On top of impeccable legal skills, they do not shy away from taking the initiative and providing clear and actionable input, as well as managing and coordinating every legal aspect of any given assignment.’

‘Barlas Balcıoğlu is a veteran in high-profile real estate transactions in the Turkish market. His decades of experience grant him a keen insight into winning the most critical points at the negotiation table and ensuring that we are provided with a legal product that holds up to the highest standards. Ali Can Gören demonstrates remarkable project management skills, persistently driving the transaction forward and ensuring that high-quality legal support is provided on an ongoing basis throughout the transaction.’

‘Ali Can Gören provides exceptionally clear and commercially focused advice and has an excellent understanding of our business area.’

‘They understand the needs of the client thoroughly and establish their strategy accordingly. They are always accessible when you need them, which is quite comforting in times of crisis. On the operational side they are always up to date in terms of technology and its uses. The wide range of expertise within the firm allows them to provide cross-disciplinary views and expertise when required.’

Their expertise, experience and vision are very reassuring when we work with them.’

‘Barlas Balcıoğlu is successful in managing his team and has a brilliant business vision; he is not focused on the profitability of the work, but on solving clients’ problems and preventing new ones from arising.’

‘Ali Can Gören is always willing to help in any way he can, and is also open to new ideas. He always cooperates with other teams to get the best service for his client and he is quite willing to improve himself. He has good experience of the real estate business and is a bright lawyer.’

Key clients

Bainbridge Holding A.S.

Coca-Cola Meşrubat Pazarlama ve Danışmanlık Hizmetleri A.Ş.

SaleFish

Emaar Properties Gayrimenkul Geliştirme A.Ş.

British Broadcasting Company (BBC)

Christian Dior

Metro Cash & Carry

Yemek Sepeti

Eren Holding

Florence Nightingale Hastaneleri Holding A.S.

Work highlights

  • Advising SaleFish on the establishment of its operations in Turkey for the online sale of residential real estate properties.
  • Advising Emaar on its existing and upcoming real estate projects in Turkey and on real estate-related litigation proceedings.
  • Providing general regulatory and real estate advice to Metro Cash & Carry, as well as advising on the real estate aspects of an ongoing real estate lawsuit.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli‘s real estate practice has a solid track record of advising domestic and international clients on a variety of matters, including acquisitions, structuring, development agreements, land concessions and zoning law. The department is headed by Serhan Koçaklı and is also skilled in commercial lease agreements, sales and real estate-related transactions. Senior associate Büşra Özden is another key practitioner in the team, which advises notable clients such as Huntsman Corporation-Ema Kimya, Marriott International, Pfizer, QTerminals and Duracell.

Practice head(s):

Serhan Koçaklı

Other key lawyers:

Büşra Özden

Testimonials

‘Business minded. Highly qualified. English-speaking team members.’

‘Excellent quality of partners and associates.’

‘Büşra Özden did a great job with our contract preparations. She was fast in her responses and contributed to the design of a well-balanced contract from a negotiations perspective.’

‘The team of Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli is one of the most professional in this specific field. The team is very talented and punctual in its response to clients. The team members are respectful and open to new ideas. Additionally, the team have expertise in different and unique areas of law.’

‘As a client, when we work with Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli we are aware that we are working with a highly qualified team. They give us very professional advice and we know we will get full support in accordance with our requirements.’

Key clients

Ab Initio

Bunzl/İstanbul Ticaret

Cummins

DM İnşaat

Duracell

Extensa

Folkart

Volt Teknoloji

Hugo Boss

Huntsman Corporation – Ema Kimya

Marriott International

Monsoon/Accessorize

Otto International

Pfizer

QTerminals

TPI Composites

Turkven

Vava Cars

Veser

Yu Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Huntsman Corporation-Ema Kimya on the reconstruction of its production facility and the temporary relocation of another production facility, including the drafting and negotiation of two FIDIC-based construction contracts for civil engineering works and mechanical works.
  • Advised the Turkish subsidiary of Pfizer Inc on a lease agreement for a property located in Zorlu Gayrimenkul’s signature high-rise building in Istanbul.
  • Advised Marriott International in connection with its new homes and villas within the scope of the Marriott project.

Paksoy

The ‘friendly, competent and creative’ practice at Paksoy is best known for its expertise in large-scale real estate developments, advising on the structuring of deals and projects involving residential, industrial, commercial infrastructure and hospitality properties. Corporate and real estate expert Elvan Aziz heads the department; she has a focus on development work, including residential, commercial property and hotel projects, and on drafting and negotiating project agreements for developers and investors.

Practice head(s):

Elvan Aziz

Testimonials

‘Friendly, competent and creative.’

‘The team are very practical and results oriented. They are very good at sticking to deadlines.’

‘Elvan Aziz has a very good level of industry knowledge. Besides this, she also understands the details of a deal very well. Most of all I appreciate her patience when she has to explain the details to us.’

‘Wide range of capabilities. Responsive.’

Key clients

IMCD

Kıraç Gayrimenkul Yatırımı

Maher Yatırım Holding

Novartis / Sandoz

Qatar Investment Authority

Volex

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office's ‘professional and well-rounded’ practice is a preferred choice for several leading names from the hospitality sector, and is also frequently sought out by corporate clients for assistance with large-scale projects, including commercial outlets, shopping malls and hotel complexes. Department head Emre Atayilmaz has a particular expertise in advising on the development of residential and commercial projects, hotel management contracts and property leases. Senior associate Senem Sarac, who is also a skilled litigator, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayılmaz; Emre Keki

Other key lawyers:

Senem Sarac

Testimonials

‘PAE are excellent at what they do – their response times are excellent and they clearly have significant legal expertise and also great commercial experience in the Turkish legal sector. They always deliver and always provide excellent service.’

‘Emre Atayilmaz has looked after us for some time. He is extremely responsive and gives detailed explanations and feedback where requested, and I have great confidence in his abilities. He always responds quickly and is willing to have further calls and follow up. He provides excellent service and is an excellent communicator.’

‘Our deal had a critical and complex real estate element and PAE helped us to better understand the local nuances of the problem. This local knowledge was really helpful.’

‘Their real estate team was very clear and enabled us to full comprehend the magnitude of the problem.’

‘A professional and well-rounded team. Most importantly, they provide quick solutions and are available any time.’

‘Their kindness and deep analytical strength makes them very valuable.’

Key clients

RCI

Avantgarde Hotels

VR Gayrimenkul

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)

Work highlights

  • Advised RCI Europe on a new hotel project in Turkey.
  • Advised Avantgarde Hotel in relation to its operations.
  • Advising VR Gayrimenkul on a residential project which includes the development of 120 residential units.

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

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein‘s real estate practice earns praise for its ‘dedication and attention to detail’, advising on sales, acquisitions, store and commercial office leases, and hotel projects, as well as covering the real estate components of M&A deals and disputes. Seasoned litigator and arbitrator İsmail Esin heads the team, closely supported by associate Berk Bengi.

Practice head(s):

Ismail Esin

Other key lawyers:

Berk Bengi

Testimonials

‘The firm has always been the gateway to excellence in Turkey. Their dedication and attention to detail is beyond expectations. Each team member is very unique, with diverse skills, and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Despite being an experienced and busy partner, Ismail Esin is always available when you need him. He and his team are always on top of the deal and make you feel very comfortable throughout the process. His strategic thinking, guidance and creativity provides a competitive advantage. His leadership and negotiations skills are unique and come into play when you need them.’

Berk Bengi’s speed and focus on details is remarkable. He is very clear about deliverables and punctual on deadlines. Thanks to his prompt and perfectionist work, deals flow very smooth and are well structured.’

‘They have a wide diversity of substantive knowledge and experience. They give practical and actionable advice that is extremely helpful in evaluating local legal issues.’

‘Esin Attorney Partnership treated our matter like it was their own. Along with their wide knowledge and expertise, their relationships with clients are outstanding.’

‘We worked very closely with Berk Bengi. He is a good listener and provider of solutions, has extensive knowledge and, above all, he is reachable anytime we need him. He maintained a strong, trusting relationship with us, which makes us very confident and motivated. Also I have to give a lot of credit to Ismail Esin. Anytime that it was necessary, he was always there with his vast experience and in-depth market knowledge.’

Key clients

Marriott

SHG Ventures Limited

Netflix

Mondi Plc.

Ankara Chamber of Commerce

Pepsi Turkey

Rönenans Gayrimenkul Yatırım A.Ş.

Tahincioğlu Gayrimenkul and Kozken İnşaat

Şeker Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş

ICA IC İÇTAŞ ASTALDİ Üçüncü Boğaz Köprüsü ve Kuzey Marmara Otoyolu Yatırım ve İşletme A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Advised Marriott on the due diligence process for a prestigious hotel located in the commercial heart of Istanbul, to be branded as Delta Levent.
  • Advised SHG Ventures Limited on the incorporation of a legal entity in Turkey, on the drafting and negotiation of a hotel lease agreement with Emrag Insaat for the conversion of Rebis Hotel Bodrum to METT Hotels, and on related tax structuring issues.
  • Advised Netflix on the drafting, negotiation and signing of an office lease agreement with Baser Faktoring for the lease of an office in Akmerkez, Istanbul.

Güner Law Office

The ‘very responsive’ practice at Güner Law Office, which garners praise for its ‘great knowledge of the real estate market in Turkey’, advises clients regarding hotel management agreements, lease agreements, the documentation for real estate development projects and regulatory matters related to domestic residential and commercial units. Ömer Erdoğan and Burçak Kurt Biçer co-head the department.

Practice head(s):

Ömer Erdoğan; Burçak Kurt Biçer

Testimonials

‘Güner Law Office has great knowledge of the real estate market in Turkey and is very solution and business minded. They are a one-stop-shop firm, which is very helpful in transactions as they are very rapid and concise.’

‘Ömer Erdoğan has been working with our company for over ten years and is a very valued partner for our transactions in Turkey. He is very knowledgeable about the Turkish real estate market and is very available and prompt in replying to our requests. He is solution minded and really helps to get the deal done.’

‘The team is very responsive and provides comprehensive support for our real estate portfolio.’

Notable for the tremendous support they provide, seemingly around the clock!’

‘They are very responsive and have good manners.’

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

Ferro Turkey Kaplama Cam ve Renk Cozumleri San. ve tic. Ltd. Şti.

Marriott Hotels International Inc

Polyone Tekno Polimer Müh. Pls.San.tic.A.Ş

Bank of America

Tractel International S.A.S.

Sicame S.A.S.

Wafra Capital Partners Investments LP

Work highlights

  • Advised Marriot Hotels International regarding three new five-star hotel projects and investments in Turkey.
  • Advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch in relation to a lease agreement between Merrill Lynch Yatırım Bank, Merrill Lynch Menkul Değerler A.Ş. and EIS Eczacıbaşı İlaç, Sınai ve Finansal Yatırımlar Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.
  • Advised the Walt Disney Company in relation to lease agreements executed by its Turkish subsidiaries.

Kesikli Law Firm

Kesikli Law Firm houses a practice praised for its ‘knowledge and experience in domestic and international real estate and construction projects’, mainly within the energy sector. The team headed by Omer Kesikli also handles the drafting, negotiation and management of EPC contracts, loan agreements and contentious matters arising out of project contracts.

Practice head(s):

Omer Kesikli

Testimonials

‘Omer Kesikli managed the whole process with his team in a very professional manner. He got it perfectly and managed the whole construction cycle like a maestro. His dedication and hard work saved the project.’

‘Omer Kesikli is a true deal-maker. His most valuable qualities are his great stamina in negotiations, construction and real estate sector knowledge, business acumen, attention to detail, dedication to our priorities and focus on getting the work done on time.’

‘Kesikli’s real estate and construction practice has a very high level of sector knowledge, prompt and appropriate response times, very valuable advice and a well-educated team of lawyers.’

‘Overall the 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 stakeholders. The firm’s key capabilities are excellent problem solving skills, dedication to our business, industry knowledge and consistency in delivering results.’

‘Their knowledge and experience in domestic and international real estate and construction projects stand out.’

Moral & Partners

With ‘very detailed legal knowledge about the real estate and construction industry from A to Z’, Moral & Partners' practice is headed by the ‘very practicalSerkan Pamukkale, who mainly handles the acquisition of housing for immigrants seeking Turkish citizenship, as well as development projects, shopping mall leases for retail brands and the sale of property. Reşat Moral is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Serkan Pamukkale

Other key lawyers:

Reşat Moral

Testimonials

‘Moral Partners has a very capable real estate team. They perfectly blend legal and technical knowledge of the real estate industry. They have very detailed legal knowledge about the real estate and construction industry from A to Z . They are easy to communicate with and can work with international clients. They handle all the bureaucratic work very swiftly where needed.’

‘Serkan Pamukkale has deep knowledge of Turkish real estate law. He is very practical and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Alterra Worldwide

Stellantis (formerly Groupe PSA)

Billion Concept Ltd

Günak Construction

Syngenta

Columbia (via Gözalan Retail)

Barçın Sports

DHL

Medianova

Eczacıbaşı Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading paper and cardboard manufacturer on negotiations relating to the use of property located in the port of Göcek.
  • Advising more than 40 individual Chinese clients on the acquisition of residential properties in order to obtain Turkish citizenship under the Turkish government’s citizenship by investment programme.
  • Advising a Turkish real estate developer on the maintenance of a mixed-use project developed on land with a surface area of 27,000 sq m.

Moroglu Arseven

Moroglu Arseven is renowned for supporting construction and real estate clients throughout the complete life cycles of their commercial, residential and industrial developments, including handling corporate transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, and spin-offs. The team, which is jointly headed by Seyfi Moroğlu and Benan Arseven, is also backed by the firm´s solid dispute resolution department. 

Practice head(s):

Seyfi Moroğlu; Benan Arseven

Çelepçi in cooperation with Schoenherr

Transactional expert Levent Çelepçi heads the real estate department at Çelepçi in cooperation with Schoenherr, which advises on a wide range of matters. Of late, the team has assisted MT Group with the drafting and negotiation of construction agreements, and Sunglass Hut and Luxottica regarding their business expansion throughout Turkey, advising on a lease agreement and on the organisation of a tender for the construction of new headquarters, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Levent Çelepçi

Key clients

Atrium

HALKBANK

Iulius Real Estate SRL

MT Group Companies-Maxicells İlaç Sanayi Anonim Şirketi

Sunglass Hut Turkey

Luxottica Turkey

General Aviation

Greiner Packaging International GmbH

Polimeks

Build Corp Development S.R.L

Work highlights

  • Advising Atrium European Real Estate regarding the ownership structure and zoning issues of its mega property in central Istanbul.
  • Advising Luxottica regarding its business expansion throughout Turkey, assisting with real estate, lease and retail legal matters.

DURUKAN+PARTNERS

DURUKAN+PARTNERS' real estate and construction practice, which garners praise for ‘being available at any time’, is jointly headed by Begum Durukan Ozaydin and ‘exceptional partnerHikmet Fadillioglu. The team advises on land acquisitions and lease agreements, as well as on creating rights in rem over real estate.

Practice head(s):

Begum Durukan Ozaydin; Hikmet Fadillioglu

Testimonials

We work with various teams across Europe on real estate matters and Durukan + Partners stands out for being available at any time for calls and meetings and for keeping us abreast of the ever-changing legal environment.’

I would like to single out Hikmet Fadillioglu, who is an exceptional partner. The law seems to change at a faster pace in Turkey than in many of countries that I deal with and Hikmet will proactively keep me informed of the relevant changes and the potential impact of these changes on our business.’

Key clients

Emaar Properties PJSC

An Iraqi real person

Zadig & Voltaire

Perini Navi

Enka

Work highlights

  • Advised Emaar Properties on the restructuring of the $500m loan facility for the financing of the Emaar Square project.
  • Advised Enka in connection with various legal matters concerning its projects.
  • Advised Sephora on the transfer of 19 stores from another Turkish cosmetics company by negotiating lease agreements and completing all formalities for such a transfer before the relevant governmental agencies.

Hansu Law Office

Ömer Faruk Hansu, a ‘super competent and motivated rainmaker’, co-heads the practice at Hansu Law Office together with Ebru Özduran. The group, which is recommended for its ‘in-depth understanding of the real estate and construction market’, has a focus on real estate project development, advising on commercial and residential properties, hotels, shopping malls and hospitals from project planning to post-completion operational issues. Senior associate Ata Torun is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Ömer Faruk Hansu; Ebru Özduran

Other key lawyers:

Ata Torun

Testimonials

The team have an in-depth understanding of the real estate and construction market. They are able to resolve complex legal problems very effectively and intelligently. They have top-notch skills and ethical standards, and they are very much on top of local legal issues and complexities.

‘Ömer Faruk Hansu is the most competent lawyer I have come across in my professional life. He is a very effective, astute business leader, and a super competent and motivated rainmaker. Ata Torun is also a very intelligent, competent, hardworking lawyer. He has a strong grasp of business issues.

‘The team is always up to date on new laws and regulations.’

‘They have amazing communication skills and come up with solutions to any given problems. What makes them different from their competitors is their government connections and the quality I value most is that they are straight as an arrow – they simply don’t beat about the bush.’

As a result of its comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the real estate and industrial zone sector, Hansu Law Office has very experienced lawyers providing practical and effective legal advice and solutions to all real estate project development and management issues.’

Ömer Faruk Hansu is the leading lawyer in the area of the establishment and development of industrial zones. We are very happy to have his legal guidance on our matters.’

They are dedicated and have deep knowledge of real estate and construction regulations. Their main difference from other firms is their capability in practice.’