Ms Ece Güner Toprak > Güner Law Office > Istanbul, Turkey > Lawyer Profile

Güner Law Office
Levent Caddesi Alt Zeren Sokak No.7
Levent Istanbul 34330
Turkey

Work Department

M&A, TMT (with a focus on telecoms and media), project work (PPP, infrastructure and energy), litigation, arbitration, and privatization and generally in cross-border investment transactions.

Position

Ece has a total of 20 years of experience in these fields of law. She formed her office in July 1996. As resident and founding partner, she has been leading projects of the firm in Turkey for the past 17 years. Ece Guner advised Shell on its over US$4 billion acquisition (as part of a consortium with the Koc Group) of Turkish state-owned refinery Tupraswhich formed the second biggest oil distribution company in Turkey.Some other examples of clients the firm advised include international private equity fund General Atlantic in its recent acquisition of the leading Turkish ecommerce company YemekSepeti, MapeiS.p.a. in its acquisition of Wallmerk adhesives, Cadbury Schweppes Plc, Advent or Aviva Plc. among others. The Firm’s strong banking and project finance expertise covers all aspects of B&F matters including syndicated and structured loans, asset or trade finance, project finance and Islamic finance. The Firm advised Standard Chartered Bank on a loan facility worth close to a $1 billion granted to a local bank; SociétéGénérale on a project financing of a mining project worth USD 325,000,000, İs Bankası on acquisition finance for the acquisition of AFM Cinema; as well as ING Bank NV, Raiffeisen Bank International AG and HSBC Bank plc among others. The Firm recently advised an energy company owned by Gama and General Electric on theproject financing of an 840MW combined cycle gas turbine power project and Limak in relation to the USD 105,000,000 financing of the privatization of the Hamitabat 1,120MW power plant. Ece Guner is proud to be legal advisors to some of the largest global technology, media and telecoms companies including News Corporation, Fox International Channels, Nokia Corporation, ICANN etc. on all corporate, broadcasting and regulatory matters in Turkey.

Career

Managing Partner since 1996.

Languages

French, English.

Memberships

BCCT, CCIFT, DBA Turkey

Education

University of Law of Paris II (Pantheon-Assas, attached to the Sorbonne) Qualified Masters Degree with a major in Commercial and Tax Law and a minor in International Private Law, with the Highest Honor Degree: ‘Mention Tres Bien’.

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Intellectual property

Güner Law Office‘s practice is jointly led by Ece Güner ToprakÖmer Erdoğan and Burçak Kurt Biçer. Its non-contentious work includes registering IP rights, oppositions before the Turkish Patent and Trademark Organisation, licensing and production agreements. In addition, IP litigation is another key strength. Clients include domestic and multinational businesses in the media and entertainment, IT and telecoms, and energy sectors.

Turkey > Media and entertainment

Güner Law Office, whose practice is jointly led by Ece Güner Toprak and Burçak Kurt Biçer, advises media companies on broadcasting, M&A, corporate, commercial, IP, regulatory, employment, dispute resolution and contractual issues. It also advises on administrative, consumer and competition matters. The firm advises key client Fox Networks Group on a wide range of matters.

Turkey > Dispute resolution

Güner Law Office‘s team is experienced in various types of commercial arbitration proceedings, including disputes connected with joint ventures and M&A-related matters. It also represents clients in litigation connected with insolvencies, debt restructurings, IP, consumer and product liability, and employment. The group acts for clients such as large multinational companies and smaller domestic businesses. Ece Güner Toprak and Can Güner are the joint heads of the team.

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Güner Law Office‘s corporate and commercial practice has been a cornerstone of the firm’s work since its inception in 1996. It acts for domestic and international investors in a wide range of matters, including joint ventures, privatisations, and sales of public and private companies. The telecoms, media and mining sectors have emerged as core areas of expertise for the team, which is jointly led by Ece Güner Toprak and Burçak Kurt Biçer.

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets

Güner Law Office‘s practice is jointly led by Ece Güner ToprakÖmer Erdoğan and Burçak Kurt Biçer. It excels in transactions involving syndicated loans, asset finance, project finance, trade finance, Islamic finance, among other areas. The team has has particular experience of the financing aspects of greenfield and brownfield mine projects. Clients include domestic and international financial institutions, and also multilateral entities funding Turkish companies and banks.