Ms Bihter Bozbay Inan > Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli > Istanbul, Turkey > Lawyer Profile

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli
SAGLAM FIKIR SOKAK, KELEBEK CIKMAZI NO 5
ESENTEPE
34394 ISTANBUL
Turkey

Work Department

M&A/Joint Ventures, Banking & Finance

Position

Partner.

Bihter Bozbay İnan has significant experience in M&A, joint ventures, corporate and finance transactions.

She advises leading private equity firms, such as Turkven Private Equity and Mediterra Capital, as well as international and local corporations, such as Koç Holding, Sedes Holding, Doğan Holding, Blutv, team.blue, Elif Holding, Bunzl and Vinmar Group. She leads the Firm’s M&A team in numerous transactions involving various sectors. Bihter advises clients on all aspects of their investments, from entry to exit and with any add-on investments, both in Turkey and abroad.

Bihter leads the Firm’s Banking & Finance team in projects involving domestic and international corporations and financial institutions, including the Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft, Barwa Bank, İş Bank, NEF İnşaat, Merrill Lynch, Eurobank Tekfen (Burgan Bank), Odea Bank, Garanti Bank, Vakıfbank, Mediterra Capital, Wittur, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg and Samsung C&T Corporation.

Bihter’s transactional experience sees her advising across a variety of attractive sectors, including entertainment, technology, insurance, food production, chemicals, packaging and manufacturing.

In recent years, Bihter advised Elif Holding’s shareholders on the sale of Elif Plastic, which was one of the largest deals in the Turkish packaging sector and then advised Turkven and minority shareholders on their exit from Elif Plastic; advised Turkven on its acquisition of a majority stake in Vansan, a leading Turkish pump manufacturer, as well as on their exit from Vansan in a multi-bidder process. She further advised team.blue on its acquisition of Çizgi Telecommunication, and on the indirect acquisition of Nics Telecommunication, both of which are Turkey’s outstanding hosting and domain name registration service providers, as well as its add-on acquisition of Turhost, one of Turkey’s most accomplished hosting and domain name registration service providers; Blutv, Turkey’s first SVOD platform, in connection with Discovery’s, a global media company based in the USA, investment in Blutv. In addition, Bihter advised Bain Capital in connection with financing the acquisition of Wittur Group and the issuance of senior notes, as well as advised Barwa Bank in connection with the USD multi-million Murabaha and Musawamah financings to be provided to Kuzu Group. Most recently, Bihter advised Mediterra Capital, in three separate tranches, on its acquisition of a majority stake in Dürümle, a fast-food wrap kebab chain, which operates approximately 30 branches across Turkey, and advised Vinmar International, a global leading marketing and distribution company based in Texas, USA, in connection with Veser Kimyevi Maddeler’s (Vinmar international’s subsidiary) acquisition of Arısan Kimya and Transol Arısan Kimya, as well as on the acquisitions of Alfa Chemicals, Bursa Alfa Chemicals and Bursa Alfa Chemical’s 100% subsidiary, Alfa SB Chemicals.

Career

Bihter Bozbay is an M&A and Banking & Finance partner at Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı. She joined the Firm in 2013, after completing her legal internship with Garanti Bank, the second largest private bank in Turkey, and spending four years at an Istanbul-based law firm. Bihter became one of the Firm’s partners in 2019.

Languages

English, Turkish.

Education

Bahçeşehir University School of Law (LL.B., 2009).

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Next Generation Partners)

Bihter Bozbay Inan – Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli houses ‘one of the best M&A practices in Turkey’, offering ‘high-quality legal assistance, excellent interpersonal skills and commitment to every single issue, no matter the complexity involved’. The department is a popular choice for private equity funds and major strategic and financial investors. Umut Kolcuoğlu, ‘the go-to person for M&A matters’, and Serhan Koçaklı, who has a focus on foreign direct investment clients, head the team. Bihter Bozbay Inan; Melis Öget Koç, who was promoted to partner in 2021; and senior associate Alp Erçetin are other names to note.

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli‘s ‘reliable, responsive and diligent’ practice has a solid expertise in transactions ranging from cross-border secured lending to portfolio restructuring, as well as acquisition financing to regulatory compliance. The team, which is headed by Umut Kolcuoğlu and Bihter Bozbay Inan, also provides services in the capital markets sector, as well as fintech, advising on Turkish legislation on banking, e-money, and payment service solutions. Melis Öget Koç, promoted to partner in 2021, is another name to note. Hasan Yaşar was a new arrival in July 2022.