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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

A ‘deep knowledge in finance matters‘ underscores the banking, finance and capital markets department at Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki, which benefits from an association with the Dentons international network. Its client base of domestic and multinational entities come from an array of sectors including energy, real estate, hospitality, construction and infrastructure. Project financing is also a strong area for the firm, and it offers one of the few dedicated capital markets teams in the domestic law market, adept at advising on both equity and debt matters therein. Three lawyers spearhead the department: Barlas Balcioğlu counts a host of multinational and domestic banks among his client list; Günhan Yalçın stands out for his 15 years of experience in domestic and cross-border debt finance transactions; and Burcu Boso‘s practice has a particular focus on Turkish foreign exchange regulations, structuring of funding methods, bank regulatory matters and PPPs. Ceyda Aydın was promoted to counsel in April 2022 and regularly assists international and Turkish banks, other financial institutions and corporate borrowers with a variety of bilateral and syndicated financing transactions. Senior associate Ceren Akkur Bayram supports the practice heads on the gamut of matters. Müfit Arapoğlu departed to join Gen Temizer Ozer in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Barlas Balcıoğlu; Günhan Yalçın; Burcu Boso

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly professional individuals with an excellent service attitude.’

‘Passionate for his clients, walks the extra mile, very commercial.’

‘Expert in making analyses and detailed legal research.’

‘Researcher and solution oriented team members. Deep knowledge in finance matters.’

‘Best overall private sector support for financing agreements in Turkey! Financing agreements were ready within a week. BASEAK took over the communications with the end client which made the process easier and quicker.’

‘They set realistic deadlines and stick to them, which is not a rule for counsels in Turkey!’

‘Broad range of knowledge and capabilities within this well staffed law firm. Good quality of work products at very fair tariffs.’

‘Prompt responsiveness and comprehension. Perfectly service driven mindset. Very enjoyable cooperation with Günhan Yalçin and his team.’

Key clients

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO)

Sunrise Foods International Inc.

Tiryaki Agro Gıda ve Sanayi Ticaret A.Ş.

Tiryaki Holding A.Ş.

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Bank of America Europe DAC

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Emirates NBD Capital

Unicredit SPA

Yapı ve Kredi Bankası A.Ş.

Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank AG

Aareal Bank AG

Credit Europe Bank N.V.

Sberbank (Switzerland) AG

Kiva Capital Management, LLC

REYL & Cie SA

HSBC Bank A.Ş.

Hedef Araç Kiralama ve Servis A.Ş.

Göltaş Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.

HSBC Bank plc and HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

AK Bars Bank, PAO

ODDO BHF Aktiengesellschaft

Guggenheim Partners Investment Management, LLC

Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB)

Work highlights

  • Advised Hedef Araç Kiralama ve Servis (Hedef Filo) on a ₺70m financing granted by Nurol Yatırım Bankası to Hedef Filo under a financial leasing agreement (sale and lease back).
  • Advised Sunrise Foods International on a $257.5m refinancing facility provided by a syndicate of banks.
  • Advised ODDO BHF Aktiengesellschaft and Euler Hermes Aktiengesellschaft on €20.2m ECA covered export finance facilities to Ecogreen Enerji Yatırım.

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The extensive and experienced corporate law practice at Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki is a strong choice for international companies with operations in Turkey, or those investing into the country. It is a regular fixture in some of the market’s largest deals, whether it’s traditional M&A, joint ventures or exits from Turkey. Galip Selçuk oversees the department and is an experienced figure across business law, drawing together related practice areas of the full-service firm. Selim Keki has extensive experience in transactions in all of Turkey’s key industries, and Doğan Eymirlioğlu is a key contact when in comes to contracts work, including asset purchase agreements, shareholders agreements, insurance policies, franchising and management contracts and advising foreign and local investors. Okan Arıcan joined from BTS & Partners in April 2022 and is a client favourite, noted as‘a brilliant lawyer' who is 'always available and ready to support‘.

Practice head(s):

Galip Selçuk

Other key lawyers:

Selim Keki; Doğan Eymirlioğlu; Gökçe Sarısu Kanmaz; Selahattin Kaya; Okan Arıcan

Testimonials

‘Efficient and knowledgeable team with great experience and focus on the client.’

‘Okan was very helpful and supportive, he guided us through all the steps of the project and he is always to-the-point.’

‘BASEAK is one of the leading law firms in Turkey, not only in the entrepreneurship & technology space, but across a wide breadth of focus areas. Their global network adds significant value for us, 500 Emerging Europe, where we invest in technology startups from Central & Eastern Europe and try to take them to the global stage.’

‘We work very closely with Okan Arican, a partner at the firm. I’ve known Okan for more than 6 years, and believe him to be the leading technology & entrepreneurship-focused lawyer in Turkey & around the region. He has been one of, if not the top instrumental figure, in shaping up the legal infrastructure & common business practices with a focus on entrepreneurship in Turkey.’

‘We believe what makes this practice unique is the people quality and the knowledge comes with long years of practice. BASEAK partners’ unique capabilities of client relationship makes it easier to choose the law firm we would like to work with.’

‘Okan Arican. He is an exceptional partner and an excellent advisor of our funds. We would like to work with him as long as we can.’

‘Brilliant lawyers with extensive experience, business vision, commercial sense, problem-solving abilities. I was very satisfied.’

‘Okan Arican is a brilliant lawyer, he’s always available and ready to support, he has extensive experience and clear vision of what and how has to be done.’

Key clients

Eren Paper Ltd

Ace Games

Brisa Bridgestone Sabancı Lastik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Multitek Elektronik Sanayi A.Ş.

Tepe Insaat, Akfen Holding and IDO İstanbul Deniz Otobüsleri Ticaret ve Sanayi A.Ş.

Philip Morris International

HDF Cars Araç Kiralama Hizmetleri A.Ş.

Tepe Savunma ve Güvenlik Sistemleri Sanayi A.Ş.

P. Van De Velde Group

Mercedes-Benz Finansman Türk A.Ş.

Sabanci Holding

Bank Hapoalim

Work highlights

  • Advised private investment firm B-Flexion and Affidea Group on the sale of the group to Belgian investment firm Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL).
  • Advised Brisa on the purchase of 88.89% stake from Özer Hıncal and Track Holdings in Arvento M2M Elektronik Sistemler.
  • Advised HDF Cars Araç Kiralama Hizmetleri on its purchase of 86% stake in Hedef Araç Kiralama ve Servis, from Tcar, and purchase of 14% stake in Hedef Filo from Mr. Önder Erdem and Mr. Ersan Öztürk.

Turkey > Competition Tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki fields a large team that is admired for ‘communicating complex competition law issues in a simple, clear and practical way‘. The firm has a strong recent history in the market, acting in some of its most notable investigations, including assisting Yemek Sepeti Elektronik İletişim Tanıtım Pazarlama with a precedent-setting Turkish Competition Authority labour market investigation. The team also frequently advises on merger control filings and competition law aspects of M&A. Şahin Ardıyok and Bora Ikiler share leadership duties, while Barış Yüksel joined as of counsel from ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law in October 2021, bolstering the practice in the energy and telecommunications sectors in particular.

Practice head(s):

Şahin Ardıyok; Bora İkiler

Other key lawyers:

Barış Yüksel; Armanç Canbeyli

Testimonials

‘BASEAK’s team has a deep knowledge of Turkish competition law and they are good in communicating complex competition law issues in a simple, clear and practical way to lawyers who are not specialized in competition law or even to sales teams.’

‘Bora Ikiler has a deep knowledge of competition law matters and he is also good in explaining complex matters in an understandable way.’

‘Şahin Ardıyok has valuable expertise and experience in competition law and FMCG sector.’

Key clients

ADM Elektrik Dağıtım A.Ş.

Aksa Enerji Üretim A.Ş.

Aktaes Dağıtım ve Pazarlama A.Ş.

Arkel Elektrik Elektronik San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Armut Teknoloji A.S.

Batıçim Batı Anadolu Çimento Sanayii A.Ş.

Cargill Tarım ve Gıda Sanayi Tic. A.Ş.

CarrefourSA Carrefour Sabancı Ticaret Merkezi A.Ş.

Club Jolly Turizm ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Daimler – Mercedes – Benz Finansman Türk A.Ş.

Enerjisa Elektrik Perakende Satış A.Ş.

Eren Holding A.Ş.

Ferrero Fındık İthalat İhracat ve Tic. A.Ş.

GDZ Elektrik Dağıtım A.Ş.

Göltaş Göller Bölgesi Çimento Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Johnson & Johnson Medikal San. ve Tic. Ltd. Şti.

Johnson and Johnson Sıhhi Malzeme Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd. Şti

JTI Tütün Ürünleri Pazarlama A.Ş.

Krea İçerik Hizmetleri ve Prodüksiyon A.Ş. (BeIN Turkey)

Lilly İlaç Ticaret Ltd. Şti.

L’Oréal Turkiye Kozmetik Tic. ve San. A.S.

Magis Teknoloji A.Ş.

Metro Grosmarket Bakırköy Alışveriş Hizmetleri Ticaret Ltd. Şti.

Multinet Kurumsal Hizmetler A.Ş.

Mynet Medya

OMV Aktiengesellschaft

Orma Orman Mahsulleri Integre Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Panasonic Life Solutions Elektrik San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Siemens Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

SPITCH Ltd

Toyota Pazarlama ve Satış A.Ş.

Türk Henkel Kimya Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Varinak Onkoloji Ssitemleri Satış ve Servis A.Ş.

Vava Cars Turkey Otomotiv A.Ş.

WBS Veri Merkezi Çözümleri Ltd. Şti.

Yemek Sepeti Elektronik İletişim Tanıtım Pazarlama A.Ş. (Delivery Hero Turkey)

Work highlights

  • Advising Krea İçerik on an investigation before the TCA concerning its pricing policies and distribution system related to Turkish football broadcasting.
  • Assisting Johnson and Johnson Sıhhi Malzeme with submitting an individual exemption for its selective distribution system concerning four medical products.
  • Advising Yemek Sepeti Elektronik İletişim Tanıtım Pazarlama on two investigations.

Turkey > Compliance Tier 1

Full-service firm Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki has an established client list of multinationals which look to the regulatory and compliance team for assistance navigating the legal framework of their respective industries. The practice covers all aspects of a compliance mandate, from white-collar irregularities to regulatory compliance and sector-specific issues. The department is well integrated into the rest of the firm, as part of its ‘one-stop shop’ offering to clients. As head of the firm’s competition, public policy and regulation team, Şahin Ardıyok is the primary contact and has extensive experience in a range of investigations. Co-heading the team is Bora Ikiler, who has represented clients in corruption and bribery issues, as well as in AML investigations, competition law and data protection. Transactional-focused senior partner Selim Keki also plays a role in overseeing the department. Senior associate Armanç Canbeyli is one of the stand-out junior lawyers in the market.

Practice head(s):

Selim Keki; Şahin Ardıyok; Bora İkiler

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

JTI

L’Oreal

Work highlights

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

Turkey > Energy Tier 1

The energy team at Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki leverages its experience in several areas, including petroleum markets, LNG business, smart grids, electricity and renewables. A core area for the practice is the regulatory aspect with a multidisciplined approach when assisting clients such as competition advice, contract arrangements, risk management and compliance. The team is co-led by Barlas Balcıoğlu  who regularly advising multinational companies in real estate finance, leasing and syndicated lending. The other co-heads are Şahin Ardıyok who specialises in competition, public policy and regulation, and Selim Keki  who acts for strategic investors, listed companies and private equity houses.

Practice head(s):

Barlas Balcıoğlu; Selim Keki; Şahin Ardıyok

Other key lawyers:

Fatih Kil

Testimonials

‘Baseak team are experts in energy law and we take training from them.’

‘Şahin Ardıyok is an expert of competition law and Fatih Kil is expert of energy law with huge experience.’

Key clients

Enerjisa

Göltaş Enerji

Karhes

Abalıoğlu (İvme Enerji)

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Association of Turkey (TEHAD)

Aksa Enerji

Aydem Enerji

EBRD

TÜPRAŞ

Work highlights

  • Advised Galata Wind on energy law matters in the preparation of a legal report, which is an annex to the prospectus for an IPO process.
  • Advised Aksa Energy on the unbundling obligations of the group companies in the electricity and retail market.
  • Conducted an extensive competition compliance program for GDZ and ADM to identify concerns that may arise from energy law and competition law regulations.

Turkey > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki provides legal solutions for a wide range of clients across the IT ecosystem from emerging growth companies and investors to multinational corporations. The practice is well-versed in work relating to e-commerce, licensing, advertisement, content production and geographic data systems. From a fintech standpoint the firm advises on cybersecurity, cryptocurrencies, blockchain and smart contracts. Regulatory expert Şahin Ardıyok is experienced in competition law and co-heads the team with Kağan Dora, who combines his IT workload with a more general practice, and Bora Ikiler, who focuses on data protection compliance.

Practice head(s):

Kagan Dora; Şahin Ardıyok; Bora İkiler

Other key lawyers:

Hazal Durak; Ramiz Arslan; Asli Ak

Testimonials

‘We are mostly working on law on protection of personal data related issues. The firm is knowledgeable and professional.’

‘The Baseak IT & Telecoms team exhibits strong knowledge, accurate instincts, and practical knowledge regarding BTK/ICTA regulatory matters. In our experience, we have found few firms in Turkey with such direct and relevant experience.’

‘Sahin Ardiyok provided competent, superb, and balanced counsel.’

‘Sahin performed at all times in a relaxed, confident, and exceedingly professional manner while helping us address a series of complex regulatory matters, manage potential high-risk issues vis-à-vis government officials, and otherwise navigate uncharted waters in Turkey.’

‘I would characterize the Baseak IT and Telecoms team as clearly top-tier, providing a world-class level of legal services.’

Key clients

İpragaz A.Ş. and affiliates (Yildirim Petrol, İpra Enerji and EVAS)

Johnson & Johnson Turkey

Open Education Holdings, Inc.

NN Hayat ve Emeklilik A.Ş.

Solera Holdings, Inc.

Willis Towers Watson

Vivy GmBH

WeFi Technology Partners, LLC

Wyndham Hotel Group (UK) Ltd

Delivery Hero Turkey

eBay Turkey

Twitch Interactive, Inc.

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton Group

Red Bull GmbH

Agilent Technologies Inc

Analog Devices, Inc.

Epam Systems

Moet Hennessy Turkey Şaraplar ve Alkollü İçkiler Ticaret Limited Şirketi

BN Telekom Haberleşme Ticaret A.Ş.

Club Jolly Turizm ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Nike Inc.

Mynet Medya Yayıncılık Uluslararası Elektronik Bilgilendirme ve Haberleşme Hizmetleri A.Ş.

Evam Yazılım Danışmanlık A.Ş.

GlassHouse Bilgi Sistemleri Ticaret A.Ş.

Brisa Bridgestone Sabancı Lastik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Teknoser Bilgisayar Teknik Hizmetler Sanayi ve Dış Ticaret A.Ş.

Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH

Binance

Haulotte Group

Tüvana Okuma İstekli Çocuk Eğitim Vakfı

Silesia Flavours Gıda Ticaret ve Servis Ltd. Şti.

Work highlights

  • Advised eBay Turkey on its undertaking application process before the Turkish Data Protection Authority for obtaining the necessary approval to transfer personal data abroad.
  • Provided roadmaps and solutions for creating leverage for GlassHouse’s businesses.
  • Advised Brisa on developing strategies regarding the use of customer database after an acquisition.

Turkey > Media and entertainment Tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki provides legal solutions to a wide range of clients across the IT ecosystem, from emerging growth companies to investors and multinational corporations. The team is involved in the development of public policies and the creation of sector-specific regulations. Key clients for the firm include Ericsson, Uber, eBay and Facebook. The practice is co-led with Kağan Dora focusing on IT-related work, while Şahin Ardıyok is well-versed in public policy and competition matters. Other co-head Bora Ikiler focuses on data protection compliance and privacy.

Practice head(s):

Kağan Dora; Şahin Ardıyok

Key clients

Krea İçerik Hizmetleri ve Prodüksiyon A.Ş

Wavemaker İletişim Planlama Hizmetleri Limited Şirketi

Mediacom İstanbul Medya Hizmetleri A.Ş.

GroupM Medya Hizmetleri Limited Şirketi

Connect Dijital Hizmetler A.Ş.

Karmel Pazarlama Hizmetleri ve Danışmanlık Hizmetleri A.Ş.

The And Partnership İletişim Hizmetleri Anonim Şirketi

Rafineri Advertising Agencies

Advertisement Agencies Association

Mynet Medya

Mynet Games

Twitch

Johnson and Johnson Sıhhi Malzeme Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi

Sony Columbia Pictures Corporation Limited

SPITCH Ltd.

Twitter Inc.

Work highlights

  • Conducted a comprehensive study on the questionnaire from Twitter regarding online cryptocurrency advertising, fintech advertisements and legislations regulating these subjects.
  • Provided comprehensive consultancy service regarding an influencer marketing platform developed by WPP Plc at a global level.
  • Advised Krea İçerik Hizmetleri ve Prodüksiyon A.Ş in relation to the full-fledged investigation before the Turkish Competition Authority.

Turkey > Transport Tier 1

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki provides legal expertise to maritime businesses, such as ship owners, traders, operators, financiers and cargo underwriters. The firm has expertise in disputes involving claims for lost, damaged or delayed cargo and collisions, personal injury, contract disputes and pollution claims. The firm team frequently works with lenders such as Deutsche Bank, Denizbank and Dekabank. Gülistan Baltacı Hatay has notable experience in asset finance and securitisation matters, and co-heads the practice with Semih Sander whose core work involves shipping and admiralty work.

Practice head(s):

Gülistan Baltacı Hatay; Semih Sander

Key clients

Mersin Uluslararası Liman İşletmeciliği A.Ş. (Mersin International Port)

The Swedish Club

Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation

Det Norske Veritas Gemi Sınıflandırma

Catoni Deniz Isleri A.S.

Toll Global Forwarding Cooperatief U.A.

Ocean Network Express

Karadeniz Holding

Navigators Insurance (Navigators)

United Brokers Insurance (UIB)

Lufthansa Airplus Servicekarten GMHB

Cavic 36 Designated Activity Company

China Eximbank

Venture Investment & Co UK LLP

AVES A.S.

Naturwaren-Niederrhein GmbH

Modern Global City LLC

Advanced Public Transport Systems BV

QNB Finansbank AS

Credit Europe BANK NV

Ursa Gemicilik Bakım Onarım Tersanecilik Sanayii ve Tic. A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Advised Mersin Uluslararası Liman İşletmeciliği A.Ş. (Mersin International Port) on claims of approximately USD 40 million by a service provider.
  • Advised Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation on the foreclosure of mortgages EUR 66 million over two boxships, namely “Espero” and “Beluga Modesty”, both owned by Volum Denizcilik.
  • Advised United Insurance Brokers Ltd. (UIB) & Navigators Insurance (Navigators) regarding the recourse claim directed by an insurance company for the damages arising from an incident causing damage to a tunnel equipment.

Turkey > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki fields 'an experienced legal team' that is a strong choice for high-profile litigation, be it civil, commercial or administrative cases before trial or appellate courts. The practice also acts for local and foreign investors in arbitration and mediation processes arising from complex transactions. Özge Akman Özmenlikan and Doğan Eymirlioğlu share leadership duties for the department: Özmenlikan has a client base of leading Turkish and multinational firms in the retail, franchising and distribution, energy and infrastructure sectors; and Eymirlioğlu is well-known in the corporate litigation and arbitration markets. The firm draws on its multi-practice experts to cover the spectrum of disputes, including finance-focused Gülistan Baltacı and shipping law expert Semih Sander.

Practice head(s):

Özge Akman Özmenlikan; Doğan Eymirlioğlu

Other key lawyers:

Gülistan Baltacı; Kağan Dora; Semih Sander; Şahin Ardıyok; Mahmut Karyağdı; Gökçe Sarısu Kanmaz

Testimonials

‘Baseak litigation team is an experienced legal team that enjoys strong technical know-how. Providing sufficient practical know-how to our urgent requests and supporting us during strategic decision taking processes are the two strengths and therefore, the reasons for us to work with this team.’

‘Commercial knowledge. Sincere communication with client. Short, qualified, professional legal advice.’

‘We recommend Ozge Ozmenlikan.’

Key clients

Emaar Properties Turkey

Çanakçı Hes Elektrik Üretim Anonim Şirketi

Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH

İf Girişim

Teknoser

Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation

Mersin International Port (MIP)

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

Metro Grosmarket Bakırköy Alışveriş Hizmetleri Ticaret Ltd. Şti.

Abalioglu Holding (Ivme Energy)

Yemek Sepeti Elektronik İletişim Perakende Gıda Lojistik A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Representing Emaar Turkey in three lawsuits initiated against it by Arıkan Yapı with whom Emaar entered a contractual relation for construction of luxury villas.
  • Advised Göltaş on administrative disputes with the Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) regarding licensing matters and Renewable Energy Sources Support Mechanism (YEKDEM) applications.
  • Assisting Abalioglu Holding with legal consultancy on relationship with the regulatory agency and the other public institutions.

Turkey > Employment Tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki covers the entire spectrum of employment law matters, including benefits-related litigation, corporate investigations, executive compensation, counselling projects and closure of business termination. The team is experienced in drafting executive level employment agreements, severance agreements and incentive plans. Galip M. Selçuk leads the practice and frequently advises companies in the retail, manufacturing, e-commerce, food and beverage sectors. Selim Keki has expertise in restructuring projects, internal business recalibrations, debt restructurings and M&A employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Galip M. Selçuk

Other key lawyers:

Selim Keki; Doğan Eymirlioğlu

Key clients

Wyndham Hotel Group

Ocean Network Express

FMC

Novus

Hoya

Moët Hennessy

NLMK

KT&G

BASF

EPAM

Excellence Logging

Franklin Templeton

Grub Tech

Informa

Mashreq

Semrush

Tenable

TMAC

Work highlights

  • Provided legal advice to KT & G on employee restructuring including but not limited to the matters regarding termination or transfer of employment agreements and assignment of foreign employees.
  • Provided legal advice to Hoya regarding termination of an employment agreement and represented the client in the reinstatement lawsuit successfully.
  • Provided NLMK with regular consultancy on various aspects of employment law.

Turkey > Insurance Tier 2

The insurance practice at Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki provides legal advice on accident and health insurance, product development, insurance-related insolvencies, professional liability, reinsurance and risk management. The firm also provides mediation, arbitration and litigation services in matters relating to coverage claims, class action lawsuits and bankruptcies. Doğan Eymirlioğlu  leads the team and has particular expertise in financial lines products and D&O insurance, while also assisting companies in reshaping policy contents.

Practice head(s):

Doğan Eymirlioğlu

Key clients

Mersin Uluslararası Liman İşletmeciliği A.Ş.

Navigators Insurance (Navigators)

United Brokers Insurance (UIB)

NN Hayat ve Emeklilik A.S.

Jolly Tur

Work highlights

Turkey > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Barlas Balcioğlu and Ali Can Gören are admired for their ‘incredible performance‘ as the key contacts in Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki‘s real estate and construction practice group. Balcıoğlu leads the team with a ‘unique business-minded approach‘ and is particularly strong on the financing side, with 20 years of experience acting for international and Turkish banks. Gören supports at counsel level and impresses clients with his ‘extensive knowledge and experience in real estate‘.

Practice head(s):

Barlas Balcıoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ali Can Gören and Barlas Balcıoğlu worked as a tandem, which had a lot of advantages in terms of timely delivery and accessibility. Unlike some other law firms, their support was more than just legal advice, but also a sparring partner for some business decisions, which is not always a given in the industry.’

‘The two project leads delivered (and still deliver) an incredible performance on three large relocation projects within the Istanbul boundaries. From the first day on they were absolutely focussed and driven to win. We’ve experienced excellent knowledge in regard to real estate (legal) matters, compared with very good negotiation skills, based on a high level of empathic capabilities (especially Ali Can Gören). We really can highly recommend this law firm.’

‘In depth knowledge as well as a very developed insight on the market practices are one of the strong suits of the firm. Also the immediate availability of the personnel when required and cross-teams knowledge transfer are also providing a bonus to the client.’

‘Barlas Balcıoğlu: His unique business-minded approach is also quite useful not only in legal but also in commercial aspects of the real estate business. His expertise and experience in his field is quite unparalleled and this also is reflected in his management style.’

‘Ali Gören: I have known him since his associate times and appreciate his learning and self-development capabilities during this time. He became a solid and efficient lawyer in the last decade. He has extensive knowledge and experience in real estate, that he develops further day by day.’

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

Work highlights

Turkey > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki draws together its expert lawyers across banking and finance, litigation, tax and corporate law, to assist its clients with the gamut of restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy issues. It is well-versed in cross-border restructurings and is able to act in contentious matters, either litigation or arbitration. In a sizeable team, Günhan Yalçın stands out for his debt expertise in multi-jurisdictional debt financing transactions and Doğan Eymirlioğlu acts in high-profile domestic and cross-border transactions. Barlas Balcioğlu is an experienced name in finance and real estate.

Practice head(s):

Galip Selçuk; Barlas Balcıoğlu; Selim Keki; Doğan Eymirlioğlu; Semih Sander; Günhan Yalçın; Özge Akman Özmenlikan; Mahmut Karyağdı

Other key lawyers:

Aygül Coşkun; Seda Nur Ün

Testimonials

‘Very well qualified in insolvency (including in particular composition) law as well as in the respective legal proceedings; the firm gives clear and well structured advices in all questions; fair pricing.’

‘Good cooperation; very good qualification.’

‘Outstanding associates/ partners: Seda Ün and Günhan Yalçın.’

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

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Turkey > Intellectual property Tier 3

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki provides legal strategy and assistance in areas such as IP contracts, licensing, strategic structuring, trademarks, patents and domain names. The team also has sector-focused litigation expertise and handles proceedings regarding IP, media and entertainment. Kağan Dora  advises on protection of personal data and co-heads the practice with Mahmut Karyağdı, a lawyer who represents Turkish and multinational companies.

Practice head(s):

Kağan Dora; Mahmut Karyağdı

Other key lawyers:

Ertugrul Akinci

Testimonials

‘A great team of excellent lawyers with lots of experience.’

‘Ertugrul Akinci is a smart expert providing first class legal advice, always willing to help and find a pragmatic, customer friendly solution.’

‘Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki’s services range from intellectual property, unjust competition, and general day-to-day counsel work, such as customer and procurement agreements and legal requirement adherence. The team has been great overall, as they’re very responsive, knowledgeable, and cost-effective.’

‘It’s helpful to have one dedicated point of contact that you can build a relationship with. I have been working with Mahmut Karyağdı for almost 4-5 years. His communication and willingness to involve on the trademark legal cases of our company were impressive. We couldn’t have asked for a better partner for trademark cases. In addition, they were exceptionally responsive to all our questions, and they delivered on time. We mainly communicated through emails and phone calls.’

Key clients

RTL Group S.A.

Evam Yazılım Danışmanlık A.Ş.

Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.

Alticor Inc. (Amway)

Avis Budget Group (ABG)

HERE Global BV

United International Pictures

SDT Uzay ve Savunma Teknolojileri A.Ş.

Delivery Hero Turkey (Yemeksepeti)

eBay Turkey (Gitti Gidiyor)

Mynet Medya

Club Jolly Turizm ve Ticaret A.Ş.

BN Telekom Haberleşme Ticaret A.Ş.

Nureva Inc.

Rafineri Advertisement Agency

GroupM Media Agency

Buro Advertisement Agency

EdgeConnex, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Delivery Hero Turkey in a series of lawsuits concerning the banabi trademark.
  • We have provided both investigative and legal assistance to Alticor Inc. for the detecting infringers and their manufacturing sites.
  • Represented RTL Group S.A. in a number of trademark disputes and opposition proceedings.

Turkey > Project finance/projects Tier 3

The broad financing expertise and market recognition of Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki lends itself to a strong practice in project finance, where the firm acts for numerous international banks and financial institutions. One of the department’s particular strengths is in unsecured interbank loan facilities. The team is managed by Barlas Balcioğlu, Burcu Boso and Günhan Yalçın and the senior associate contacts to note are Ceyda Aydın and Ceren Akkur Bayram.

Practice head(s):

Barlas Balcıoğlu; Günhan Yalçın; Burcu Boso

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO)

Sunrise Foods International Inc.

Tiryaki Agro Gıda ve Sanayi Ticaret A.Ş.

Tiryaki Holding A.Ş.

Bank of America Europe DAC

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Emirates NBD Capital

UNICREDIT SPA

Yapı ve Kredi Bankası A.Ş.

Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank AG

Aareal Bank AG

Credit Europe Bank N.V.

Sberbank (Switzerland) AG

Kiva Capital Management, LLC

REYL & Cie SA

HSBC Bank A.Ş.

Hedef Araç Kiralama ve Servis A.Ş.

Göltaş Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.

HSBC Bank plc and HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

AK Bars Bank, PAO

ODDO BHF Aktiengesellschaft

Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB)

Turkey > Foreign firms

Dentons’s affiliated firm Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki provides legal assistance to clients from conventional and renewable power companies to foreign investors, financial institutions and transport companies. The practice has strong M&A capabilities providing advice on every aspect of transactions including due diligence, tax structuring, employment issues and negotiation of SPAs. Tamsyn Mileham has expertise in banking and finance, acting for commercial banks, private equity investors and corporate borrowers; she co-heads the team with infrastructure expert Ian McGrath and Nadia Cansun who focuses on cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ian McGrath; Nadia Cansun; Tamsyn Mileham

Testimonials

‘Team is dedicated and reachable on demand. High level quality is provided along with some commercial point of view advice.’

 

Key clients

IC İçtaş

Rönesans

Karadeniz Holding/Karpowership

EBRD

Aksa Energy

Green for Growth Fund

Akfen

IFC

ICBC

SK Ecoplant

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Work highlights

  • Advised Karadeniz Holding on USD 250Mn refinancing of its power ship projects in Ghana, and on its new facilities for projects in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Advised EBRD on its first true green financing following LMA Green Principles with a EUR 150 million loan to Arçelik A.Ş to invest in R&D and production activities.
  • Advised EBRD on their largest loan to the Turkish market in 2021, under a EUR 650m A/B loan to Ford Otosan.

Turkey > Tax

The tax practice at Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki is led by Gökçe Sarısu Kanmaz, who 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.

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
Şahin Ardıyok photo Mr Şahin Ardıyok Partner, Head of Competition and Antitrust Group
Barlas Balcıoğlu photo Mr 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 Mr Doğan Eymirlioğlu Partner
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 Mr Galip M. Selçuk Managing Partner, Head of Corporate and M&A Group
Günhan Yalçın photo Mr 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