Mr Barlas Balcıoğlu > Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki > Istanbul, Turkey > Lawyer Profile

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki
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Work Department

Banking, finance and capital markets, Project finance, Real Estate


Partner, Head of Banking and Finance Group, Head of Real Estate Group


Barlas Balcıoğlu is the Head of Banking and Finance and Real Estate teams. He focuses on real estate, energy, banking & finance law. Barlas has close to 20 years experience in representing multinational and Turkish banks in real estate finance, asset finance and leasing, project finance, syndicated lending and structured finance projects.
He also advises foreign investors and domestic corporations on Turkish energy legislation, licensing, green field development, and expansion and operation of energy generation plants. Barlas’ real estate experience includes direct and indirect provision of equity to investment and development projects.
His clients include owners, developers, investors, and others in connection with the development, purchase, sale, and exchange of commercial real estate such as business complexes, shopping centres, hotels and vacant land for development purposes. He has substantial experience representing owners in construction matters, including the structuring of complex design-build and construction management arrangements. Barlas also works in high-profile cross-border mergers and acquisitions, domestic and international joint ventures and corporate restructurings.


Turkish; English; German; Dutch


Istanbul Bar Association, 2001


Sheffield University Law School, LLM, 1999; Istanbul University, Faculty of Law, LLB, 1998

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Project finance/projects

(Leading individuals)

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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.

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

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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.

Turkey > Energy

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.

Turkey > Real estate and construction

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.

Turkey > Restructuring and insolvency

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.