Ms Sera Somay > Paksoy > Istanbul, Turkey > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Islamic Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions


Sera Somay is the partner heading the banking and finance practice of the firm with a specific focus on Islamic finance transactions. Sera works on syndicated and club loans for financial institutions and corporates, acquisition financing, secured financing and other structured financings. Sera advised on the first international Sukuk issuance by the Republic of Turkey and the first Sukuk issuance by a Turkish Islamic bank. She also works on murabaha syndications of Turkish participation banks as well as their annual sukuk issuances. Sera also advises on regulatory M&As across a variety of sectors with a focus on Banking M&As.


English, French, Turkish


Istanbul Bar Association, International Bar Association


New York University, School of Law, LL.M.
Istanbul University, School of Law

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Sera SomayPaksoy

Paksoy, ‘one of the premier full-service Turkish law firms’, advises borrowers and sponsors on all kinds of domestic and international financing transactions spanning a variety of industries, including financial services, energy and infrastructure, logistics, chemicals, manufacturing, aviation and maritime, FMCG, and TMT. It is also the ‘go-to firm in Turkey’ for capital market transactions, and has a particular niche strength handling Islamic finance transactions, including sukuk issuances. Key practitioners include department-heads Ömer Çollak and Sera Somay and senior associate Beril Paksoy. The team advised Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, and Goldman Sachs on the $780m Nasdaq IPO of Hepsiburada.

Turkey > Restructuring and insolvency

(Leading individuals)

Sera SomayPaksoy

Turkey > IT and telecoms

Paksoy‘s broad offering in the telecoms and IT fields covers compliance and regulatory advice, assistance with data protection and emerging technology issues, and more general transactional and corporate support for clients operating or investing in these industries. Stéphanie Beghe Sönmez, who is experienced in advising on both the IT and IP aspects of transactions, co-leads the practice with fintech expert Sera Somay. Elvan Aziz is another key contact for commercial and labour law matters in these sectors.