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Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki
BÜYÜKDERE CAD, BAHAR SOK NO 13
RIVER PLAZA KAT 11-12, LEVENT, SISLI
34394 ISTANBUL
Turkey

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki has strengths in banking and public financing transactions, including work for major Turkish and European lenders on syndicated lending, debt restructuring, and corporate financing matters. The dedicated capital markets team is jointly led by Müfit Arapoğlu and Günhan Yalçın, specialist capital markets lawyers who handle debt and equity deals, and sukuks. Barlas Balcıoğlu co-heads the overall team; he specialises in project finance, but also handles acquisition finance, cross-border bank M&A, and inter-bank lending.

Practice head(s):

Barlas Balcıoğlu; Müfit Arapoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Günhan Yalçın

Testimonials

‘Expertise in the field, good knowledge of legislation and practice and interpretation of the governmental authority in recent years’

‘Mufit Arapoglu is well experienced and easy to reach when needed.’

‘The team is very dedicated and has a strong client focus. In addition to their extensive knowledge on the legal area, they have a solid understanding of the business as well.’

‘Great local presence, coupled with global reach. Broad sectoral reach. Avoiding frequent turnover and providing continuity with trusted staff. Generally flexible and pragmatic approach to issues. ’

‘Barlas Balcioglu has been the bedrock for our relationship. His leadership internally and solution-oriented approach towards us have made Baseak the first choice go-to firm for us over many years.’

‘Expertise, collaborative, responsive’

‘Trustworthy, good knowledge on the field, responsive ’

‘Capital Markets Team lead by Mufit Arapoglu and the finance team are super prompt, business minded, understand the specific needs of a client and always address them.’

Key clients

Tiryaki Agro Gıda

Tüpraş Petrol Rafineleri

Bank of America Merrill Lynch International DAC

ODDO BHF Aktiengesellschaft

Taxim Capital

Türkiye Kalkınma ve Yatırım Bankası

Mercedes-Benz Finansman Türk

Enerjisa Enerji

Coca Cola İçecek

Barclays Bank

Koç Holding

Perea Capital

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki is active in M&A and private equity deals across a wide range of sectors, including energy, telecoms, and technology. Clients include large-scale Turkish conglomerates, multinational businesses, and private equity funds. The team's cross-border capabilities are bolstered by Selim Keki, a German-qualified lawyer who regularly works with German clients, and Doğan Eymirlioğlu, who is well-connected in the French market. Practice head Galip Selçuk is another highly experienced transactional counsel, advising on M&A transactions, private equity investments, and joint ventures in a number of industries. Müfit Arapoğlu handles financing and capital markets elements of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Galip Selçuk

Other key lawyers:

Selim Keki

Testimonials

‘Dedicated and experienced team members ’

‘Galip Selcuk is highly experienced and solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Hummingbird Ventures

SSR Mining

Tiryaki Agro

Taxim Capital

Acino Internationl AG

Fujitsu Technology Solutions

Turkven

Mr. Nevzat Aydın

Koç Holding

Bilkent Holding

Arkema

Pera Capital

NBK Capital

Bridgepoint

TuvTürk

Sabancı Holding

Skoda Works

Compliance Tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki has expertise in compliance matters across all key industries, with experts in IT and telecoms, competition, energy, trade, and administrative law. The firm can also benefits from multi-jurisdictional experience thanks in part to its partnership with Dentons. The team acts for major multinationals in the areas of retail, internet services, and food, advising on Turkish regulatory compliance, internal reviews, contentious issues and litigation. Corporate and white-collar crime-specialist Selim Keki leads the team alongside forensic IT and competition expert Şahin ArdıyokYasemin Saris focuses on the financial services sector, while Galip Selcuk advises on employment-related matters. Senior associate Armanç Canbeyli specialises in regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Selim Keki; Şahin Ardıyok

Other key lawyers:

Yasemin Saris; Galip Selcuk; Armanç Canbeyli

Testimonials

‘BASEAK team understands dynamics of the business very well and they are quick to return to queries.’

‘I work with this practice on data privacy compliance projects. I think that they have an established experience in this field and I strongly recommend them in this field. They are very good at keeping up with the latest developments, they are always ready with the required responses and they keep themselves up-to-date by checking the position with the relevant government bodies.’

Energy Tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki stands out for its broad regulatory expertise, assisting major clients with regulatory compliance in areas such as electricity production and distribution, natural gas and LNG, renewable energy, and climate change. The team also acts for energy companies, banks, and financial investors on transactions, project financings, and in litigation, often challenging regulatory barriers to operations. The team is led by 'bedrock' Barlas Balcioğlu, cross-border transactional specialist Selim Keki, and Şahin Ardıyok, who focuses on regulatory and competition issues. Counsel Ceren Su is noted for her expertise in acquisition and project financing.

Practice head(s):

Barlas Balcıoğlu; Selim Keki; Şahin Ardıyok

Other key lawyers:

Ceren Su

Testimonials

‘Great local presence, coupled with global reach. Broad sectoral reach. Avoiding frequent turnover and providing continuity with trusted staff. Generally flexible and pragmatic approach to issues.’

‘Barlas Balcioglu has been the bedrock for our relationship. His leadership internally and solution-oriented approach towards us have made Baseak the first choice go-to firm for us over many years.’

‘Timely work and prompt responses – the firm’s approach to clients is unique. ’

Key clients

EnerjiSA

Göltaş Enerji

Petrol Ofisi

Karhes

Abalioglu

Energo-Pro

EBRD

TEHAD

Crescent Capital

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki handles a wide range of matters for media clients, encompassing corporate advice, regulatory support, disputes, and transactional work. The firm acts for TV production companies and channels, media conglomerates, and advertising agencies. Advertising forms a major part of the firm's work, including advice on strategy, intellectual property and data considerations, and contentious issues. The team is led by intellectual property and IT specialist Kağan Dora, competition and regulatory-focused Şahin Ardıyok, and Galip Selçuk, who advises on corporate governance, transactions, and patents.

Practice head(s):

Kağan Dora; Galip Selçuk; Şahin Ardıyok

Key clients

beIN Turkey

Mynet Medya

Rafineri Advertising Services

WPP Group Companies Turkey

Advertisement Agencies Association

Motion Content Group

Motion Picture Association

Transport Tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki focuses on the maritime and aviation sectors, with an experienced team acting in disputes, insurance matters, and financing transactions. Clients include major Turkish and international shipping and logistics companies, European banks, and a number of P&I clubs. The team is led by Gülistan Baltacı Hatay, who acts for a wide range of shipping and aviation clients on insurance claims, civil litigation, and financing contracts, alongside Semih Sander, a shipping and admiralty specialist heavily involved in contentious accident and pollution claims for ship owners and P&I clients.

Practice head(s):

Gülistan Baltacı Hatay; Semih Sander

Testimonials

‘We highly appreciate Mrs. Gulistan Baltaci’s and Selin’s efforts to assist us with proper actions and advice.

‘The most proactive firm I have worked with anywhere in the world. I never have to chase for updates. Their advice is sound and their attention to detail and level of organization is unparalleled. ’

‘Clear, concise, sound advice. Very proactive in their actions and updates. I can leave things in their hands and just trust that they will get on with it and keep me updated as needed. It’s like having them as part of my team!’

Key clients

TOLL Global Logistics

Ocean Network Express

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation

DNV GL Turkey

Wärtsilä Finland Oy

United Insurance Brokers Ltd. (UIB) & Navigators Insurance (Navigators)

China Eximbank

Competition Tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki is noted for its experience of competition law and is also recognised for its in-house expertise in economic analysis. Clients include major Turkish corporates and subsidiaries of multinational businesses. The team handles merger control proceedings, exemption applications, and TCA investigations into abuse of dominance, retail pricing, and cartel allegations. A new area of focus is IT, with new clients and personnel focusing on the use of technology in competition proceedings. Competition and antitrust specialist Şahin Ardıyok leads the team, alongside Bora Ikiler.

Practice head(s):

Şahin Ardıyok; Bora İkiler

Testimonials

‘Sahin Ardiyok has a deep expertise in the competition law practice, we are glad to work with him. ’

‘Unsurpassed depth and breadth of knowledge and experience. Always available. Prompt turnaround. Clear, commercial, guidance. They are truly trusted partners.’

‘The BASEAK Competition team understands needs of the business very well and they are also very proactive. Their advice is timely and to the point. ’

‘A law firm providing high quality legal services and high quality work. A client may feel free whenever needs to reach lawyers of the firm who are maintaining a positive approach in all transactions to best serve the needs of the clients. ’

‘A law firm with an experienced and collaborative team having its client to make the right decision and executing them in the healthiest way possible.’

‘Team is very experienced, punctual. They can provide good work within strict deadlines and they are always accessible in case of urgent need.’

‘Relatively big team in Competition Law area. Diversified capabilities. Cross-border cooperation with Dentons teams as an advantage over pure locals. ’

‘Sahin Ardiyok is a very good partner who always brings in new ideas and appreciates the business aspect of discussions. I trust his expertise and it is always an eye opening discussion with him when I bring new subjects to him. Bora Ikiler is a very hard working, responsive lawyer who is always available to help and support. He is also very business minded and practical in his work which I really appreciate.’

Key clients

Petrol Ofisi

Johnson and Johnson

beIN Turkey

DYO

BASF

Loreal

Doğadan

ALJ

Aksa

Yemeksepeti

Kazancı Holding

Varinak

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki represents notable corporate clients in civil, commercial, and administrative litigation, both before trial and appelate courts, as well as handling large-scale corporate disputes, including debt recovery and post-M&A issues. A particular area of strength for the firm is the shipping sector, where it regularly acts on ship seizure and foreclosure matters. The team is led by Kağan Dora, who focuses on commercial issues in a number of sectors, alongside recently-promoted Özge Akman Özmenlikan and Mahmut Karyağdı, a specialist litigator and intellectual property practitioner respectively.

Practice head(s):

Kağan Dora; Özge Akman Özmenlikan; Mahmut Karyağdı

Testimonials

‘Aygul Coskun is an exceptionally talented counsel in this firm. Her thoroughness and ability to advance client interests are unmatched. Very responsive and clear in communication.’

Key clients

İpragaz

Petrol Ofisi

Lesaffre

Domino’s Pizza Turkey

Socar Turkey Enerji

Broadway Malyan

ADB Safegate BVBA & ADB Safegate Sweden

Schott Orim Cam

Ford Otomotiv

Employment Tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki advises a range of multinational clients on day-to-day employment considerations, including contracts, internal policies, and disciplinary matters, alongside complex issues such as executive compensation, restructurings, and mass terminations. The firm has a strong litigation offering which includes newly promoted partner Özge Akman ÖzmenlikanGalip M. Selcuk leads the team, and is a specialist in employment agreements, executive contracts, and cross-border employment considerations, particularly relating to transactions. Corporate partners Dr Selim Keki and Doğan Eymirlioğlu are also noted for their employment work, particularly relating to business restructurings and transactions, alongside issues such as severance agreements and incentives.

Practice head(s):

Galip M. Selçuk

Other key lawyers:

Dr Selim Keki; Doğan Eymirlioğlu; Özge Akman Özmenlikan

Testimonials

‘Provided excellent advice and execution – very safe set of hands in a difficult situation, at very short notice and in an unfamiliar jurisdiction.’

Key clients

Maxim Integrated

Schott

WBS

Wyndham Hotel Group

Club Jolly

Ocean Network Express

Insurance Tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki expanded its share of insurance-focused work with the arrival of senior associate Ece Eşkinat Çakırel from Gide Loyrette Nouel in 2019. This has seen the firm increase both its insurance sector client base and its expertise in insurance-related work. The team largely supports international corporate and investment clients with negotiation and renewal of insurance policies, most commonly D&O products. The team is overseen by Doğan Eymirlioğlu, who has extensive experience in the corporate and insurance sectors, acting for a number of global insurers. Semih Sander regularly acts on maritime insurance claims for P&I clubs and shipping companies.

Practice head(s):

Doğan Eymirlioğlu

Other key lawyers:

Ece Eşkinat Çakırel; Semih Sander

Key clients

Maxis Private Equity

Bilkent Holding

Club Jolly

İş Private Equity

AddValora

NN Hayat

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki has expanded its share of IT industry clients, advising the likes of WPP Group and eBay. The practice specialises in complex regulatory issues, supporting clients in compliance matters as well as keeping them updated on regulatory changes in multiple jurisdictions through its Lybrio system. The team regularly advises on data protection compliance, privacy concerns, and intellectual property matters. The team is led by the highly regarded Kağan Dora, a former in-house IT lawyer with experience in regulatory compliance, disputes, and corporate governance, alongside Şahin Ardıyok, who focuses on competition and M&A. Senior associate Bora Ikiler handles telecoms and broadcasting issues.

Practice head(s):

Kağan Dora; Şahin Ardıyok

Other key lawyers:

Bora Ikiler

Testimonials

‘I work with this practice on data privacy compliance projects. I think that they have an established experience in this field and I strongly recommend them in this field. They are very good at keeping up with the latest developments, they are always ready with the required responses and they keep themselves up-to-date by checking the position with the relevant government bodies.’

‘Kagan Dora is a very good business partner, who is practical in the advice that he gives.’

‘Sahin Ardiyok provided thorough legal and practical advice on complex matters. Having clear expertise, he deftly helped our team navigate uncharted waters in Turkey. His approach was always responsive, thoughtful, courteous, and patient throughout our challenging project.’

Key clients

WPP Group Companies Turkey

eBay Turkey

Johnson & Johnson Turkey

HERE

Fujitsu Technology Solutions Bilişim

İpragaz A.Ş. and affiliates

Mynet

FMC Turkey

Cisco International

Krea İçerik Hizmetleri ve Prodüksiyon

Parametric Technology Corporation

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Association of Turkey

BASF Turk Kimya, Mitsui & Co.

Project finance/projects Tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki has specialist expertise in complex structured project financing work, handling unusual structures including unsecured syndicated lending and export finance work, alongside corporate financing, restructuring and cross-border lending mandates. The practice acts for a number of international banks, as well as sponsors. Affiliated with Dentons, the team regularly handles cross-border projects, and specialises in handling regulatory issues including foreign exchange and capital controls, and conflict of laws work. The team is led by Barlas Balcioğlu, who is a specialist banking and project finance practitioner, and is ably assisted by senior associate Ceyda Aydın.

Practice head(s):

Barlas Balcıoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Ceyda Aydın

Testimonials

‘Great local presence, coupled with global reach. Broad sectoral reach. Avoiding frequent turnover and providing continuity with trusted staff. Generally flexible and pragmatic approach to issues.’

‘Barlas Balcıoğlu has been the bedrock for our relationship. His leadership internally and solution-oriented approach towards us have made them the first choice go-to firm for us over many years.’

Key clients

Tiryaki Agro Gıda

ODDO BHF Aktiengesellschaft

Black Sea and Development Bank

Real estate and construction Tier 2

With a client portfolio including major domestic and international real estate investors, corporates and high-net-worth individuals, Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki advises on property acquisitions and disposals, portfolio management issues and construction work, alongside handling real estate disputes. For major clients including Amazon and Dominos, the firm also has a strong track record in commercial leasing work. Barlas Balcıoğlu leads the team, advising constructors, developers and investors on transactional and operational matters. Galip M. Selcuk takes the lead on transactional work, particularly cross-border private equity deals, while Doğan Eymirlioğlu specialises in the leisure and hotels sectors, particularly the construction of hotels in Turkey, Africa and the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Barlas Balcıoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Galip M. Selcuk; Doğan Eymirlioğlu 

Testimonials

‘What is unique is the high quality of service and the focus on client wellbeing. They are creative problem-solvers. Key capabilities are in the commercial law area.’

‘They are very focused on customer satisfaction. They approach problems with a high degree of flexibility and innovation. The individuals I have worked with stand out for their responsiveness, professionalism, persistence, patience, poise and diplomacy. They have strong communication and interpersonal skills. I was extremely impressed with their linguistic abilities, in particular their superb ability to articulate Turkish law matters in English.’

Key clients

Amazon.com

Bainbridge Holding

Nevzat Aydın

Florence Nightingale Hastaneleri Holding

Hutchison Ports Europe

Dominos Pizza

Thomas Cook

Turkven

Eren Holding

7Cs Diamond & Jewellery Trading

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki advises a combination of domestic and international corporates, alongside banks and financial institutions, on corporate restructurings, many cross-border. It also advises on insolvency proceedings including litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, creditor and debtor issues, including credit swaps and possession financing, and distressed M&A. A notable additional area of expertise is insolvencies in the financial services sector. In line with the firm's full-service offering, many practitioners are involved in the restructuring team, with expertise ranging from financial services to regulatory issues, to real estate. Key names include Galip M. SelcukBarlas BalcıoğluSelim KekiDoğan EymirlioğluSemih Sander, and Günhan Yalçın.

Practice head(s):

Galip M. Selçuk; Barlas Balcıoğlu; Selim Keki; Doğan Eymirlioğlu; Semih Sander; Günhan Yalçın

Key clients

Schott AG

ODDO BHF Aktiengesellschaft

Northstar Europe

Yapı ve Kredi Bankası

Islamic Corporation for the Development of Private Sector (ICD)

TOLL Global Logistics

Perkins Engines

K-Line

Intertrust Group

Intellectual property Tier 4

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki advises a diverse client base on intellectual property considerations, including negotiating contracts, policing and enforcing client trade marks, and registering and renewing trade marks, patents, and copyright before the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office. Clients are from the IT, telecoms, defence, advertising, and media sectors. Kağan DoraGalip Selcuk, and recently promoted partner Mahmut Karyağdı lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Kağan Dora; Galip Selçuk; Mahmut Karyağdı

Testimonials

‘The firm has been very helpful. Correspondence is clear and prompt.’

‘This team has vast experience in dealing with international business agreements and contracts.’

‘Kagan Dora is my primary contact in the team. He and his team are very capable and he provides very good and powerful written contract language for our agreements and points out rights available to us in difficult and challenging situations.’

Key clients

Rafineri Reklamcılık

Colombina

SDT Uzay

Fujitsu Technology Solutions

Türkiye Ürün İhtisas Borsası

Peyman Kuruyemiş Gıda

eBay Turkey

Mynet Medya

Yemek Sepeti Elektronik

The firm: Balcioglu Selçuk Ardıyok Keki Attorney Partnership (BASEAK) is an Istanbul-based full-service law firm. Drawing on broad experience gained at Turkish and global law firms, BASEAK’s lawyers are well equipped to provide creative and diligent transaction counselling and litigation services.

BASEAK has gained an outstanding reputation and valued clientele by tailoring effective legal solutions to a broad spectrum of clients of all sizes – individuals; entrepreneurs; small businesses and start-ups; governments and government agencies; and mid-sized and larger private and public corporations, including international and global entities.

Now clients benefit from a team of 85-plus lawyers and economists who are committed to offering creative business and legal solutions. BASEAK provides Turkish law services to the global law firm Dentons and combines the global expertise and network with local understanding.

Areas of practice: BASEAK’s practice focuses on a wide range of areas, including real estate, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, project finance, capital markets, competition and antitrust, labour, litigation and arbitration, regulatory and public law, tax,  intellectual property and telecommunications. It represents and advises a diverse client portfolio of Turkish and multinational clients, including Fortune 500 companies, in the banking and finance, corporate, real estate, hospitality and leisure, retail, automotive, energy, PPP and infrastructure, maritime, information technology, life sciences, luxury fashion and beauty, and media sectors. It provides law services in Turkish, English, French, German and Italian.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and commercial Galip M. Selçuk
Corporate and commercial Dr Selim Keki
Mergers and acquisitions Galip M Selçuk
Mergers and acquisitions Dr Selim Keki
Mergers and acquisitions Doğan Eymirlioğlu
Bank finance Barlas Balcıoğlu
Bank finance Günhan Yalçın
Bank finance Burcu Boso
Project finance Barlas Balcıoğlu
Project finance Günhan Yalçın
Energy, infrastructure and PPP Barlas Balcıoğlu
Energy, infrastructure and PPP Dr Selim Keki
Energy, infrastructure and PPP Şahin Ardıyok
Real estate Barlas Balcıoğlu
Capital markets Müfit Arapoğlu
Labour Galip M Selçuk
Competition Şahin Ardıyok
Antitrust Şahin Ardıyok
Regulatory and public law Şahin Ardıyok
Intellectual property Kağan Dora
Oil and gas Selim Keki
Maritime and admiralty Gülistan Baltacı
Off shore shipping business Gülistan Baltacı
Avitation Gülistan Baltacı
Maritime and admiralty Semih Sander
Media and entertainment Galip M. Selçuk
Life sciences Galip M. Selçuk
Life sciences Dr Selim Keki
Life sciences Doğan Eymirlioğlu
Luxury, fashion and beauty Barlas Balcıoğlu
Luxury, fashion and beauty Dr Selim Keki
Technology Kağan Dora
Tax Gökçe Sarısu Kanmaz
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Özge Akman Özmenlikan
IP Litigation and Dispute Resolution Mahmut Karyağdı
Corporate and commercial Selahattin Kaya
Competition / Antitrust Bora İkiler
Photo Name Position Profile
 Müfit Arapoğlu  photo Müfit Arapoğlu Partner, Head of Capital Markets
 Şahin Ardıyok  photo Şahin Ardıyok Partner, Head of Competition and Antitrust Group
 Barlas Balcıoğlu  photo Barlas Balcıoğlu Partner, Head of Banking and Finance Group, Head of Real Estate Group
 Gülistan Baltacı  photo Gülistan Baltacı Partner
 Kağan Dora  photo Kağan Dora Partner, Head of Intellectual Property and Technology
 Doğan Eymirlioğlu  photo Doğan Eymirlioğlu Partner
Dr Selim Keki  photo Dr Selim Keki Partner
 Semih Sander  photo Semih Sander Partner
 Gökçe Sarısu Kanmaz  photo Gökçe Sarısu Kanmaz Partner
 Galip M. Selçuk  photo Galip M. Selçuk Managing Partner, Head of Corporate and M&A Group
 Günhan Yalçın  photo Günhan Yalçın Partner
Number of partners : 19
Number of other lawyers : 85+
English
French
German
Italian
Turkish
ICC
Contacts : Galip M Selçuk
Contacts : Barlas Balcioglu
Contacts : Dr Selim Keki
Contacts : Sahin Ardiyok