Firm Profile > Paksoy > Istanbul, Turkey


Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Paksoy handles the full range of financing matters and capital market transactions. Financing expertise includes leveraged and acquisition finance, project finance, regulatory capital transactions, secured and unsecured loans, sub-loans, syndicated loans and Islamic finance products. Capital markets expertise includes IPOs, local currency bond issuances, restructuring of bonds, asset-based securities, establishment of funds and structured finance transactions and securitisations. The team advised Ziraat Bankası on its entry into a $1.4bn syndicated loan agreement with 44 banks from 22 countries. Other clients include ABC Islamic Bank, ArcelorMittal, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays and Volkswagen Financial Services. Sera Somay focuses on finance transactions and co-heads the team alongside Ömer Çollak, who deals with capital markets matters. Ökkeş Şahan was promoted to counsel.

Project finance/projects Tier 1

Paksoy advises lenders, sponsors, institutional investors, contractors and operators in the power, oil and gas, infrastructure and healthcare sectors. It is adept at handling PPP projects, advising on contracts, permits and authorisations, administrative law, litigation, and regulations. Recent highlights include advising EBRD on its $500m loan and related documentation to the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project. Carillion and Fina Enerji are also clients. Zeynel Tunç heads the team.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Paksoy handles minority investments, spin-offs, joint ventures and asset deals on the M&A side. It also deals with outsourcing, licensing, distribution, franchise agreements and corporate governance on the commercial side. It assisted Unilever with the €6.8bn sale of its spreads business to KKR & Co. and advised Sberbank of Russia on a share purchase agreement for the $3.2bn sale of Denizbank. Other clients include Linpac, Cisco Systems and The Dow Chemical Company. Elvan Aziz, Stéphanie Beghe Sonmez and Togan Turan head the team. Nihan Bacanak, Selen Terzi Özsoylu and Selin Barlın Aral were promoted to counsel.

Competition Tier 2

Paksoy advises on antitrust investigations, cartels, competition litigation, general competition law, compliance and merger control. Highlights included advising KKR & Co. on TCA filings regarding the acquisition of Unilever's spreads business. Other clients include Bayer, Bosch and Diageo. Togan Turan heads the ‘very reactive, very business-friendly and commercially-minded’ team. Derya Genç is ‘very experienced in the competition field in Turkey’. Deniz Özkan was promoted to senior associate and is ‘one to watch’.

Energy Tier 2

Paksoy advises global and domestic clients on licensing, regulatory requirements, acquisitions, due diligence, and operation and maintenance matters. It assisted Borusan EnBW Energy Investment and Production with reviewing and negotiating project documentation of a geothermal project. Other clients include Akfen, Arkema, GE Turkey and Fina Enerji. Zeynel Tunç heads the team.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Paksoy handles a range of matters including debt restructuring, corporate restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings. In a recent highlight it rendered corporate restructuring advice to a multinational consumer electronics retailer; this included fiscal, tax and legal structuring, planning and implementation of a capital scheme. Clients include lenders and borrowers. Banking expert Sera Somay and capital markets specialist Ömer Çollak count among the team's key figures. Counsels Şansal Erbacıoğlu and Selin Barlın Aral are also recommended.

Tax Tier 2

Paksoy regularly advises on tax-related M&A, corporate tax, investment tax, transfer pricing and tax litigation. It advised Della Gıda on the tax aspects of its acquisition of 80% of shares in Mavidağ. Clients include Cisco, EBRD, Gentex Corporation, Deutsche Bank and Panasonic. Counsel Şansal Erbacıoğlu heads the team.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Paksoy provides full service arbitration and litigation capabilities in various sectors including financial services, infrastructure, chemicals, healthcare, construction, manufacturing, automotive, real estate, insurance and TMT. It continues to act for a car manufacturer in regulatory action in Turkey. 'Highly knowledgeable and experienced' practice head Serdar Paksoy is supported by senior associate Simel Sarıalioğlu. 'Sharp litigator and seasoned arbitration specialistYasemin Semiz made senior associate. Former practice co-head Gökhan Bozkurt left in May 2017 to set up litigation boutique Bozkurt Bozkurt Attorney Partnership.

Employment Tier 3

Paksoy handles reviewing and drafting employment documentation, contracts of employment, staff manuals, union matters, terminations and litigation. It continues to advise The Dow Chemical Company on daily employment matters, employee claims and litigation. Other clients include DAF Trucks and Sberbank. Elvan Aziz heads the team. Selen Terzi Özsoylu and Gülce Saydam Pehlivan were promoted to counsel and senior associate, respectively.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Paksoy advises clients on drafting and negotiation of contracts, lease and construction agreements, hotel management, EPCs and O&M agreements. Other areas of expertise include compliance, zoning and permits. Akbank, Akfen, Serka İnşaat and Alfardan Group all instruct the team, headed by real estate expert Elvan Aziz and Zeynel Tunç, who specialises in construction. Selin Barlın Aral was promoted to counsel.

The firm

Paksoy is an independent full-service law firm in Istanbul, Turkey focused on helping clients in a wide range of legal areas: cross-border investments, international business transactions, investigations, compliance and disputes. Established in 1997, Paksoy stands today as one of the strongest local legal brands in Turkey, focusing on numerous practice groups and sectors.

Areas of practice

Antitrust and competition: Paksoy advises on antitrust clearance for M&As before the Turkish Competition Authority and provides assistance in antitrust investigations and counselling with respect to commercial agreements.

Banking and finance: Paksoy has considerable experience in banking and finance work advising international and domestic investment and commercial banks, ECAs, borrowers and sponsors in leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance and structured finance.

Capital markets: Paksoy advises financial institutions, investment banks, underwriters, managers and issuers in domestic and international markets on equity, debt and equity-linked transactions.

Compliance and investigations: Paksoy advises clients on anti-bribery and corruption reviews and investigations by public bodies and conducts compliance checks in connection with FCPA and UK Bribery Act.

Corporate and commercial: Paksoy advises listed and privately held entities on general corporate and contracts law, IT, licensing, marketing and distribution/agency agreements and corporate governance issues.

Data protection: Paksoy advises clients on data protection matters in the context of the new legal regime by drafting privacy policies, revising standard contracts, assessing preparedness for the implementation of new legal constraints and bringing existing databases into compliance.

Energy and natural resources: Paksoy advises leading global and domestic clients on major projects in Turkey in connection with concession and licence-based energy and natural resources deals.

Infrastructure, PPP and construction: Paksoy has significant experience in PPPs, representing clients in major public assets and infrastructures, advises contractors and owners in projects involving construction, operation and maintenance of complex structures, plants, infrastructure systems, shopping malls and mine operation sites.

Islamic finance: Paksoy has been at the forefront of Islamic product development in Turkey and advises the sovereign, conventional and Islamic financial institutions, investors, and corporate borrowers on all aspects of Islamic finance.

Labour and employment: Paksoy provides clients with advice on all aspects of individual and collective labour law, including localisation and drafting employment agreements and bylaws, as well as termination-related documentation and outsourcing agreements.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Paksoy acts for clients in litigation and arbitration work covering areas of contract, tort, fraud, shareholder disputes, procurement matters, product liability, employment, competition, bankruptcy and insolvency.

M&A: Paksoy provides advice to global clients on cross-border transactions and domestic investments in a wide range of sectors, represents investors from strategic to private equity houses and provides sell-side advisory services.

Project finance: Paksoy advises the lenders, sponsors, project companies, contractors and operators in various types of projects including power, oil and gas, mining, infrastructure, healthcare and shopping mall projects.

Real estate: Paksoy handles a wide variety of real estate development projects including joint venture and revenue sharing systems, sale and purchase of property, long-term leasehold contracts, construction loans and leases of residential and commercial properties.

Tax and fiscal services: Paksoy provides clients advice on all types of taxation events, on corporate, income tax, VAT and stamp duty as well as transfer pricing, expatriate taxation and international tax structurings.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition M Togan Turan
Antitrust and competition Derya Genç
Banking and finance Sera Somay
Capital markets Ömer Çollak
Compliance and investigations Serdar Paksoy
Corporate and commercial Elvan Aziz
Corporate and commercial M Togan Turan
Corporate and commercial Stéphanie Beghe Sönmez
Data protection Stéphanie Beghe Sönmez
Energy and natural resources, project finance Zeynel Tunç
Infrastructure, PPP and construction Zeynel Tunç
Islamic finance Sera Somay
Labour and employment Elvan Aziz
Litigation and dispute resolution Serdar Paksoy
M&A Elvan Aziz
M&A M Togan Turan
M&A Stéphanie Beghe Sönmez
Real estate Elvan Aziz
Tax and fiscal services Sansal Erbacioglu
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ömer Çollak  photo Mr Ömer Çollak
Ms Elvan Aziz  photo Ms Elvan Aziz
Ms Stéphanie Beghe Sonmez  photo Ms Stéphanie Beghe Sonmez
Mr Serdar Paksoy  photo Mr Serdar Paksoy
Ms Sera Somay  photo Ms Sera Somay
Mr Zeynel Tunç  photo Mr Zeynel Tunç
Mr M. Togan Turan  photo Mr M. Togan Turan
Number of lawyers : 55+
Contact : Serdar Paksoy (founder/senior partner)