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

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki houses a ‘very responsive and practical’ practice, ‘particularly for international finance transactions’, drawing from its association with Dentons. Headed by Barlas Balcıoğlu, the department advises domestic and international clients regarding unsecured interbank loan facilities (syndicated and bilateral), project finance, restructuring, structured trade and export finance, acquisition finance, commercial real estate finance and corporate lending transactions in the energy, real estate, hospitality and leisure, construction and infrastructure sectors. Günhan Yalçın and senior associates Ceyda Aydın and Cenk Yılgor provide further support in the team, which was further reinforced in January 2021 with the arrival of partner Burcu Boso from YBK Law Firm in Cooperation with CMS.

Practice head(s):

Barlas Balcıoğlu

Testimonials

‘The team has been very responsive and practical. Particularly for international finance transactions, practicality is of the utmost importance to us, and we appreciated that about this team.’

‘Günhan Yalçın responded to our requests directly and promptly. While we understand the importance of associates working on our matters and are delighted to work with them, we also appreciated the fact that Günhan Yalçın was so involved because this was our first time working with this firm and his involvement inspired confidence.’

‘The firm is an expert in Turkish banking & corporate law. They are very experienced in international financing and provide legal opinions on international syndicated loans, ECA-loans, etc.’

‘Mr. Günhan Yalçın is very professional & competent. Looking always for solutions to support us as a client. Working fast, precise and reliable.’

‘The company provides legal services on banking, finance, capital markets and competition law. They have high skilled lawyers.’

‘The lawyers are very responsive and provide good quality of legal products within the agreed timeline.’

Key clients

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V.

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Olam International Limited

Test Taşıt Muayene İstasyonları Yapım ve İşletim A.Ş.

HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch International DAC

Sunrise Foods International Inc.

ODDO BHF Aktiengesellschaft

Arzum Elektrikli Ev Aletleri San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Mediterra Capital

Galata Wind Enerji A.Ş

MLP Care

MNG Kargo

Suwen Tekstil Sanayi Pazarlama A.Ş.

Taxim Capital

Cyberwise

Mercedes-Benz Finansman Türk A.Ş.

Enerjisa Enerji A.Ş.

Coca Cola İçecek A.Ş.

Turkcell İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd. on a USD term loan facility to AKİŞ Gayrimenkul Yatirim Ortaklığı A.Ş. for the re-financing of Akasya Alışveriş Merkezi in Istanbul.
  • Advised Test Taşıt Muayene İstasyonları Yapım ve İşletim A.Ş. on a dividend recapitalisation loan in an amount of TRY 800m granted by Garanti Bankası and Alternatif Bank.
  • Acted as the transaction counsel of the IPO of Galata Wind, a subsidiary of Doğan Holding. Deal value: TRY 811m.

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki's sizable practice excels in the full gamut of commercial, corporate and M&A matters, and is regularly sought out on major mandates. Department-head Galip Selçuk has a good track record advising on joint venture establishments, cross-border and domestic transactions, as well as private equity investments in a variety of sectors. Additional expertise is brought in by Selim Keki, who has a particular focus on German clients; Doğan Eymirlioğlu; and Selahattin Kaya, who was promoted to the partnership in March 2021, and has a good expertise handling local or international private equity and venture capital investments.

Practice head(s):

Galip Selçuk

Testimonials

‘Their reach-ability and the fact that they were patiently managing the individual requests of each separate selling party was truly awesome.’

Key clients

Eren Paper Ltd

Cyberwise Computer & Network Security

Ace Games

Bank Hapoalim B.M.

Yıldız Holding Anonim Şirketi

Gözde Girişim Sermayesi Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş.

Fujitsu Technology Solutions

Sabancı Holding

Gulf Capital

Demirören Holding

Multitek Elektronik Sanayi A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Advised Eren Paper Ltd on its acquisition of UPM’s Shotton newsprint mill site in North Wales, UK.
  • Advised Yıldız Holding and Gözde Girişim regarding the sale of their 100% stake in Kümaş Manyezit Sanayi Anonim Şirketi.
  • Advised Sabancı Holding and PPF Group, acting through their subsidiaries, to each acquire 50% stakes in Temsa Ulasim Araclari Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi.

Turkey > Compliance Tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki fields a wide-ranging, ‘unique team with a lot to offer to its clients‘, whose members have professional experience at a number of the Turkish regulatory authorities. The firm’s compliance offering has a cross-practice outlook and combines strengths in the IT and energy sectors, competition and administrative law, and trade regulations. Three partners lead the practice: transactional and anti-bribery expert Selim Keki; Şahin Ardıyok, who heads the competition, regulation and public policy groups; and 2021 partner appointment Bora Ikiler. Associate Armanç Canbeyli is a rising star of the field.

Practice head(s):

Selim Keki; Şahin Ardıyok; Bora İkiler

Other key lawyers:

Armanç Canbeyli; Evren Sesli

Testimonials

‘The compliance team in BASEAK is a unique team with a lot to offer to its clients. Their key capabilities stem from their knowledge of the business needs of their clients, and their ability to monitor and swiftly assess the business impacts of ever changing regulations.’

‘We receive anti trust compliance services from Balcıoğlu Selçuk Ardıyok Keki. As a team their knowledge is fascinating. They are very professional, punctual, solution-oriented.’

‘I think Şahin Ardiyok, is one of the best names in the compliance field with his strong knowledge, calm attitude and a great team leader. I had chance to work with Bora Ikiler and Evren Sesli, both with very good knowledge. Şahin, Bora and Evren always focus on the center of the subject matter and provide tailor made solutions.’

‘Clear understanding of our company; excellent communication and advice.’

Key clients

JTI

Loreal

Work highlights

  • Assisting JTI with a comprehensive compliance review and mock dawn raid using state-of-the-art remote technologies.
  • Advising L’Oreal on a competition compliance programme with respect to the mass cosmetic products division.

Turkey > Energy Tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki‘s energy sector group stands out for its expertise in regulatory matters, be it in contentious matters challenging the regulatory authority, or in an advisory capacity on M&A in the sector. The team’s experience covers various areas, from the natural gas and petroleum markets to climate change regulations and renewables, where the firm has seen a notable increase in new clients. Barlas Balcıoğlu, Selim Keki and Şahin Ardıyok make up the leadership team. Counsel Ceren Su has experience in energy sector financing and M&A, while senior associate İlker Fatih Kıl is highly recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Barlas Balcıoğlu; Selim Keki; Şahin Ardıyok

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Their team consist of academics, ex-government officials and ex-judges, which allows them to cover every aspect of legal matters.’

‘İlker Fatih Kıl was very good with administrative matters and has deep knowledge regarding the energy sector. His approach to dealing with clients and public officials reflects this expertise without any doubt.’

Key clients

Enerjisa

Göltaş Enerji

Karhes

Abalıoğlu (İvme Enerji)

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Association of Turkey (TEHAD)

Aksa Enerji

Aydem Enerji

Galata Wind

Work highlights

  • Advised Galata Wind on energy law matters relating to the preparation of a legal report, which is an annex to the prospectus for an IPO process.
  • Assisting Aksa Energy with the distribution and sub-distribution agreements to be executed with its distributors from a regulatory and compliance perspective.
  • Advised Aydem Energy, Gediz Electricity Distribution and ADM Electricity Distribution on an extensive competition compliance programme regarding energy sector regulation.

Turkey > Media and entertainment Tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki handles a variety of matters for clients in the Turkish media and entertainment industries, and is particularly well known for its regulatory, compliance and competition advice in this area. The sector group is coordinated between four partners with notable clients in the space: Kağan Dora is a key name in the IT sector and had in-house experience prior to joining the firm; Şahin Ardıyok has strengths in competition and regulatory matters; corporate and M&A partner Galip Selçuk assists media clients with transactional and IP matters; and Bora Ikiler, who was appointed to partner in 2021, is another go-to name for clients in these heavily regulated sectors.

Practice head(s):

Kağan Dora; Galip Selçuk; Şahin Ardıyok; Bora İkiler

Other key lawyers:

Ceren Gizem Özoktay; Hazal Durak

Key clients

beIN Turkey

WPP Group Companies Turkey

GroupM Medya

AMVG AMVG Uluslararası İnternet ve Telekomünikasyon

Rafineri Advertising Agencies

Advertisement Agencies Association (Reklamcılar Derneği)

Mynet Medya

Twitch

BLUTV

Sony Columbia Pictures

Fox Networks Group Yapım

Motion Pictures Association

Loop Games Oyun Teknolojileri

Work highlights

  • Advising Rafineri Reklam Hizmetleri on day-to-day compliance matters relating to its advertisements, visual materials, slogans and related campaign materials.
  • Advising streaming platform Twitch on recent amendments to the internet law that targets social media platforms.
  • Assisting Sony Columbia Pictures with licence annulment procedures.

Turkey > Transport Tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki's broad transport sector group acts in disputes, complex contract negotiations and transactional matters, focusing on the maritime and aviation sectors while maintaining a presence in various other related industries. Both practice heads have experience in the maritime sector, Gülistan Baltacı excels in the negotiation and enforcement of asset finance contracts, restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings, and Semih Sander acts for shipowners, P&I Clubs and charterers, handling claims relating to cargo, oil pollution, collision and salvage. At the associate level, Burcu Tuna, Selin Sandıkçı Ateş and Melek Başak Aldı are the contacts to note.

Practice head(s):

Gülistan Baltacı; Semih Sander

Key clients

Mersin Uluslararası Liman İşletmeciliği (Mersin International Port)

The Swedish Club

Caterpillar Financial Services

Det Norske Veritas Gemi Sınıflandırma

Catoni Deniz Isleri

Toll Global Forwarding Cooperatief

Ocean Network Express

Karadeniz Holding

Navigators Insurance (Navigators)

United Brokers Insurance (UIB)

Wärtsilä Finland Oy

Borusan Holding

Orix Aviation Systems

Qatar Airways

Emirates Airlines

Lufthansa Airplus Servicekarten

Cavic 36 Designated Activity Company

China Eximbank

Eren Holding

Eren Enerji Elektrik Uretim

Venture Investment & Co UK

Aves

Naturwaren-Niederrhein

Modern Global City

Advanced Public Transport Systems

Work highlights

  • Representing Toll Global Logistics in over 12 maritime law and aviation disputes.
  • Assisting Caterpillar Financial Services with the foreclosure of mortgages over two boxships, Espero and Beluga Modesty, both owned by Volum Denizcilik.
  • Advising UIB, the broker of Mersin International Port (MIP), and Navigators, the reinsurer of MIP, on the recourse claim directed by an insurance company against MIP for the damages arising from an incident causing damage to tunnel equipment.

Turkey > Competition Tier 2

A very strong team with excellent knowledge of its field‘, Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki has a sizeable, experienced and collaborative competition law practice that works with lawyers with different jurisdictional experiences; economists; IT specialists and regulatory experts. In TCA investigations the recent focus has been on the consumer products and digital technology markets, reflective of market trends. On the advisory side, companies sought advice on competition law amendments that are bringing Turkey’s legislation in line with the EU. Şahin Ardıyok oversees the wider competition, public policy and regulation team, and Bora Ikiler jointly heads the competition team with him. Evren Sesli is a further contact to note and Barış Yüksel joined as of counsel from ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Şahin Ardıyok; Bora İkiler

Other key lawyers:

Evren Sesli; Armanç Canbeyli

Testimonials

‘They put the clients front and centre, they understand the need and they have the required knowledge for a perfect legal service.’

‘Sahin Ardiyok and Bora Ikiler are very much on top of the issues of the clients (despite the very good allocation of work among the team members) and are very much aware of the client’s priorities. Their expertise from the sector and the authority deviates them from the rest of the competitors and makes them great partners to work with.’

‘A very strong team with excellent knowledge of their field. Always reachable and ready to provide support.’

‘BASEAK’s main strength lies in the depth of its competition team, and their agility to meet the challenging deadlines. The team also includes a data scientist and software engineer, which is not frequently encountered in Turkey. All in all, a very trustworthy team.’

‘Bora İkiler is a hands-on and pragmatic lawyer with deep understanding of the client’s business. Bora possesses the ability to adapt his views swiftly, without prejudicing the continuity of the operations. He is clear and concise in his advice, and is very reachable and deeply engaged in the assistance the firm provides to its clients.’

‘The team’s expertise in competition law, industry knowledge and accessibility give a sense of safety both for investigation and day-to-day competition matters.’

‘BASEAK has one of the strongest competition practices among Turkish law firms. The stronghold is mainly driven by the team, co-headed by Şahin Ardıyok and Bora İkiler. Very resourceful team, always with the ability to bring a new perspective to the table.’

‘BASEAK’s expertise in competition practice is exceptional. They quickly grasp the matter at hand, always consider client’s priorities and tailor their opinion accordingly. I think they stand out in the market by their specific-to-client opinions and are not struck with classical borders. They are open to challenges, discussions and new ideas and always end up with providing a first tier legal advice, regardless of the circumstances. Needless to say, they are very helpful in following up and taking actions with respect to upcoming legislation(s).’

Key clients

JTI

Cargill

L’Oreal

Yemek Sepeti

Henkel

Lilly

Work highlights

  • Assisting Lilly İlaç Ticaret with tender participation procedures with competition law rules, tender and pharmaceuticals regulations.
  • Representing Türk Henkel Kimya Sanayi ve Ticaret before the TCA in the first Covid-related antitrust investigation in Turkey.
  • Representing Yemek Sepeti Elektronik İletişim Tanıtım Pazarlama before the TCA in a labour market investigation.

Turkey > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki houses a ‘well resourced’ dispute resolution department, ‘comprised of exceptional partners supplemented by a wide array of associates‘. The team handles, among others, litigation cases related to tax, administrative lawsuits against competition authorities, shareholder disputes, international arbitration, and has particular expertise in the maritime sector. Özge Akman Özmenlikan; IP expert and skilled litigator Şahin Ardıyok; and Mahmut Karyağdı, who ‘always rises to the occasion’, are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Özge Akman Özmenlikan; Şahin Ardıyok; Mahmut Karyağdı

Testimonials

‘Very well resourced, as they have a team comprised of exceptional partners supplemented by a wide array of associates.’

‘They truly stand out within the Turkish legal sector with their presence.’

‘Mahmut Karyağdı is an important figure and a partner at the firm. He is very much available and always rises to the occasion, giving adequate face time to his clients.’

‘Balcıoğlu Selçuk Ardıyok Keki’s team in dispute resolution deliver always quality work within a short period of time. They can understand the needs of their clients.’

‘I am really happy to work with Sahin Ardiyok in a litigation file, where he successfully managed to have a decision in our favor, which became a spectacular development in the sector.’

Key clients

Emaar Properties Turkey

Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH

İf Girişim

Teknoser

Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation

Mersin International Port (MIP)

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

Abalioglu Holding (Ivme Energy)

Yemek Sepeti Elektronik İletişim Perakende Gıda Lojistik Anonim Şirketi

Turkey > Employment Tier 2

The team at Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki is ‘very responsive, knowledgeable and orientated towards practical solutions’. The practice acts for clients from a wide range of sectors from hotels and leisure to technology, manufacturing and retail. to retailers, Its workload includes assisting with employment contracts, internal regulations, disciplinary procedures, and litigation relating to discrimination, unlawful harassment and unfair dismissal. Galip M. Selcuk, who is particularly experienced in negotiating executive employment agreements, heads the team, closely supported by counsel Gözde Manav Kılıçbeyli, who represents clients in employment-related mediation processes.

Practice head(s):

Galip M. Selçuk

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive, knowledgeable and orientated towards practical solutions.’

‘Gözde Manav Kılıçbeyli  is thoughtful in her approach, sees issues clearly and works to resolve them in a constructive way that is much appreciated.’

Key clients

WBS

Wyndham Hotel Group

Ocean Network Express

Ansell

FMC

Novus

Hoya

Ontex Group

Moët Hennessy

Work highlights

  • Advised Hoya on a unilateral employment termination concerning an employee who acted against good faith and ethics, based on just cause.
  • Advised Ontex Group on Covid-19 pandemic measures applicable in workplaces, and remote work regulations.
  • Advised WBS on the revision of workplace policies, termination of employment agreements, and issuance of employee warnings.

Turkey > Insurance Tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki has been steadily increasing its presence in the insurance market, acting for both insurance companies and corporates in litigation and advising on regulatory issues. Senior associate Ece Çakırel Eşkinat has solid experience in the sector and an especially strong client base in the insurtech space. She provides support on the full range of matters, while practice head Doğan Eymirlioğlu has a corporate and commercial focus.

Practice head(s):

Doğan Eymirlioğlu

Other key lawyers:

Ece Çakırel Eşkinat; Gülistan Baltacı Hatay

Key clients

Mersin Uluslararası Liman İşletmeciliği (Mersin International Port)

Navigators Insurance

United Insurance Brokers (UIB)

Integra Sigorta ve Reasurans Brokerligi for Sun Express

NN Hayat ve Emeklilik

Work highlights

  • Assisting NN Hayat with regulatory and structuring advice regarding the development of a new healthcare assistance programme.
  • Advising UIB, the broker of Mersin International Port and Navigators (MIP), on legal proceedings commenced against MIP with several recourse claims seeking compensation for damages incurred due to heavy rain causing severe flooding.
  • Advising Integra Sigorta ve Reasurans Brokerligi’s client Gunes Ekspres (SunExpress) on the provision of additional protection that it can offer to its directors and officers in light of the limitations in its D&O policy.

Turkey > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki assists a range of companies with IT law issues, advising both companies operating in the industry and those needing comprehensive support with digital transformations across a growing number of sectors. The team provides a full-service offering to IT clients but specialises in regulatory and compliance advice in IT and telecoms, as well as having a robust data protection practice. Kağan Dora, Galip Selçuk and Şahin Ardıyok jointly coordinate the group, and at senior associate level, Neslihan Kasap joined from Paksoy in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Kağan Dora; Galip Selçuk; Şahin Ardıyok

Other key lawyers:

Hazal Durak; Neslihan Kasap

Testimonials

‘This is a very strong practice area for BASEAK, coupled with an exceptional team. The team possesses know-how on the level of seasoned business colleagues, which makes them unique in the way they render their legal advice.’

‘Kağan Dora is all a client can ask for: understanding, knowledgeable on the matter, always clear and to the point when it comes to his legal advice, and with exceptional communication skills.’

‘BASEAK offers great services to its clients in this niche practice area. The team is very reachable and adapts quickly to the ever-changing business landscape in the field.’

‘They have a strong data privacy and regulatory practice, and viewed risk from a business-friendly standpoint.’

‘I appreciated the thoroughness and clarity of the guidance from Hazal Durak, in particular.’

‘The team is very cooperative and hardworking, always available and accessible. They have a specialisation in this field and follow any developments. They easily understand our needs as a client company; it is very obvious that they know their client very well. This means they can provide legal opinions and reply to our questions faster.’

‘I am working closely with Balcıoğlu Selçuk Ardıyok Keki on data protection matters and I really appreciate their responsiveness, flexibility and their knowledge in the area.’

‘Şahin Ardiyok and his core team have all been professional, competent, efficient and highly responsive throughout an extended and complex legal project in Turkey, which has required significant creativity and sensitivities regarding government relations.’

Key clients

Binance

Haulotte Group

Teknoser Bilgisayar Teknik Hizmetler

Wirecard Ödeme ve Elektronik Para Hizmetleri

Uber International Holding

İpragaz and affiliates

Fujitsu Technology Solutions

Here Global

Johnson & Johnson Turkey

Open Education Holdings

NN Hayat ve Emeklilik

Zip

Payneer Bilgi Teknolojileri

Epay Limited, Euronet Elektronik İşlem Hizmetleri

Experian Bilgi Hizmetleri

SDT Uzay ve Savunma Teknolojileri

Solera Holdings

Willis Towers Watson

Vivy

WeFi Technology Partners

Honeywell Teknoloji

NTT Data

Wyndham Hotel Group

Odeabank

Delivery Hero Turkey (Yemeksepeti)

eBay Turkey (Gitti Gidiyor)

Twitch Interactive

Work highlights

  • Advised Haulotte Group on Turkish telecoms regulations with respect to devices that allow the location tracking of large vehicles and machines in Turkey.
  • Advised NTT Data on its contractual negotiation procedure with a large financial institution in Turkey.
  • Assisting Twitch with data privacy matters and social media law.

Turkey > Project finance/projects Tier 2

With wide-ranging expertise in the energy, real estate, hospitality and leisure, construction and infrastructure sectors, Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki's practice advises multinational and domestic banks on project and acquisition finance and bilateral and syndicated lending. Barlas Balcıoğlu, who is highly skilled in acquisition finance, heads the department, closely supported by the ‘very professional and competentGünhan Yalçın and senior associate Ceyda Aydın. The team was further strengthened by the addition of Burcu Boso, who joined from YBK Law Firm in Cooperation with CMS in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Barlas Balcıoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Ceyda Aydın; Günhan Yalcin; Burcu Boso

Testimonials

‘In my experience, BASEAK’s team are experts in Turkish banking law. They are very experienced in international financing.’

‘Günhan Yalcin is very professional and competent, always looking for solutions to support us as a client. He works quickly, and is precise and reliable.’

Turkey > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki is ‘very well versed in both the commercial and technical aspects of real estate transactions, from start to finish’. The practice is known for its extensive experience of advising Turkish and multinational companies on leasing, project finance, acquisition and disposition, development, construction and investment matters, and often assists clients in real estate disputes. Barlas Balcıoğlu, ‘a veteran in high-profile real estate transactions’, and senior associate Ali Can Gören, a ‘bright lawyer’ who provides ‘exceptionally clear and commercially focused advice’, are the key contacts in the department.

Practice head(s):

Barlas Balcıoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very well versed in both the commercial and technical aspects of real estate transactions, from start to finish. On top of impeccable legal skills, they do not shy away from taking the initiative and providing clear and actionable input, as well as managing and coordinating every legal aspect of any given assignment.’

‘Barlas Balcıoğlu is a veteran in high-profile real estate transactions in the Turkish market. His decades of experience grant him a keen insight into winning the most critical points at the negotiation table and ensuring that we are provided with a legal product that holds up to the highest standards. Ali Can Gören demonstrates remarkable project management skills, persistently driving the transaction forward and ensuring that high-quality legal support is provided on an ongoing basis throughout the transaction.’

‘Ali Can Gören provides exceptionally clear and commercially focused advice and has an excellent understanding of our business area.’

‘They understand the needs of the client thoroughly and establish their strategy accordingly. They are always accessible when you need them, which is quite comforting in times of crisis. On the operational side they are always up to date in terms of technology and its uses. The wide range of expertise within the firm allows them to provide cross-disciplinary views and expertise when required.’

Their expertise, experience and vision are very reassuring when we work with them.’

‘Barlas Balcıoğlu is successful in managing his team and has a brilliant business vision; he is not focused on the profitability of the work, but on solving clients’ problems and preventing new ones from arising.’

‘Ali Can Gören is always willing to help in any way he can, and is also open to new ideas. He always cooperates with other teams to get the best service for his client and he is quite willing to improve himself. He has good experience of the real estate business and is a bright lawyer.’

Key clients

Bainbridge Holding A.S.

Coca-Cola Meşrubat Pazarlama ve Danışmanlık Hizmetleri A.Ş.

SaleFish

Emaar Properties Gayrimenkul Geliştirme A.Ş.

British Broadcasting Company (BBC)

Christian Dior

Metro Cash & Carry

Yemek Sepeti

Eren Holding

Florence Nightingale Hastaneleri Holding A.S.

Work highlights

  • Advising SaleFish on the establishment of its operations in Turkey for the online sale of residential real estate properties.
  • Advising Emaar on its existing and upcoming real estate projects in Turkey and on real estate-related litigation proceedings.
  • Providing general regulatory and real estate advice to Metro Cash & Carry, as well as advising on the real estate aspects of an ongoing real estate lawsuit.

Turkey > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki's practice covers the gamut of insolvency and restructuring matters, showing a particular strength in credit risk management, cross-border restructurings, debtor representation, as well as in insolvency, litigation, mediation, and safeguard proceedings. Günhan Yalçın, who is highly experienced in domestic and cross-border debt finance transactions; Barlas Balcıoğlu, Selim Keki, Doğan Eymirlioğlu, Semih Sander, and Galip Selçuk, who frequently advises management and stakeholders on distressed M&A and corporate restructurings, are the standout names.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘Focus on solutions rather than conflict for the sake of it.’

‘Knowledgeable, prompt and efficient, extremely professional and efficient in all engagements and dealings, good technical knowledge and is particularly good at insolvency, M&A, restructuring and financial professional negligence cases.’

‘The team has a lot of experience. They are lean and agile and also solution oriented.’

‘They offer all the data that will be useful for you to decide for a solution in a simple and understandable language.’

‘The firm is very competent.’

‘Fair pricing.’

‘Very good co-operation, good qualification.’

Key clients

SCHOTT AG

ODDO BHF Aktiengesellschaft (BHF)

Northstar Europe S.A.

Yapı ve Kredi Bankası A.Ş.

Islamic Corporation for the Development of Private Sector (ICD)

TOLL Global Logistics

Perkins Engines

K-Line

Intertrust Group

IDO Istanbul Deniz Otobüsleri

Turkey > Intellectual property Tier 4

Clients of Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki look to its IP practice for assistance with issues ranging from trade mark disputes to M&A due diligence and rights transfers. The TMT and defence sectors are a particularly rich source of instructions. Leadership of the practice is shared between Kağan Dora, Galip Selçuk and Mahmut Karyağdı.

Practice head(s):

Kağan Dora; Galip Selçuk; Mahmut Karyağdı

Testimonials

‘The team is very strong in intellectual property issues. They are dynamic and experienced in advising on commercial agreements.’

‘They are responsive, giving the right answers and solutions that will fit in with our business goals.’

‘BASEAK’s team is different from the teams of other law firms: they’re far more diverse in their knowledge, views and perspectives, as well as in age and gender.’

‘Although Mahmut Karyağdı is a partner in the firm, he always keeps in touch with our company directly. This approach makes communication fast and easy even though there is huge team involved. They are quite proactive, and always eager to step in and take on new matters or brainstorm new solutions to old legal problems.’

Key clients

Rafineri Reklamcılık Hizmetleri

SDT Uzay ve Savunma Teknolojileri

Fujitsu Technology Solutions Bilişim

Türkiye Ürün İhtisas Borsası

eBay Turkey

BN Telekom

Mynet Medya Yayıncılık Uluslararası Elektronik Bilgilendirme ve Haberleşme Hizmetleri Anonim Şirketi

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Work highlights

  • Representing Yemek Sepeti in a series of lawsuits in connection with the trade mark “Banabi”.
  • Acting for BN Telekom in an unfair competition lawsuit in connection with a commercial broadcast on TV.
  • Advised Rafineri on the negotiation of a franchise agreement with regard to influencer marketing.

Turkey > Tax

Gökçe Sarısu Kanmaz heads the recently created tax practice at Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki and has broad experience of tax dispute resolution and management of tax controversies.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Müfit Arapoğlu photo Müfit ArapoğluPartner, Head of Capital Markets
Mr Şahin Ardıyok photo Mr Şahin ArdıyokPartner, Head of Competition and Antitrust Group
Mr Barlas Balcıoğlu photo Mr Barlas BalcıoğluPartner, Head of Banking and Finance Group, Head of Real Estate Group
Gülistan Baltacı photo Gülistan BaltacıPartner
Kağan Dora photo Kağan DoraPartner, Head of Intellectual Property and Technology
Mr Doğan Eymirlioğlu photo Mr Doğan EymirlioğluPartner
Dr Selim Keki photo Dr Selim KekiPartner
Semih Sander photo Semih SanderPartner
Gökçe Sarısu Kanmaz photo Gökçe Sarısu KanmazPartner
Mr Galip M. Selçuk photo Mr Galip M. SelçukManaging Partner, Head of Corporate and M&A Group
Mr Günhan Yalçın photo Mr Günhan YalçınPartner
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