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Balcıoğlu Selçuk Ardıyok Keki

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki advises on acquisition finance, asset-based lending, asset finance, bank formation, bilateral and syndicated lending, debt capital markets, financial institutions regulation, project finance, trade finance and consumer finance. The team advised Tiryaki Agro on its $65m long-term loan facility extended by a syndicate led by Dutch development bank FMO, jointly with other lenders European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Proparco. Other clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, HSBC, Mizuho Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. Barlas Balcıoğlu and Müfit Arapoğlu, who is 'very responsive, client-oriented and has vast expertise in capital markets matters', head the team. Günhan Yalçın and Tamsyn Mileham are also recommended.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki is well versed in the full range of commercial, corporate and M&A matters including IPOs, joint ventures, private equity, privatisations, risk management, takeovers and tender offers and venture capital. Recent highlights include advising KKR & Co. on the Turkish law aspects of its €6.8bn acquisition of Unilever’s spreads business. Other clients include Pera Capital Partners, Cargill and Coca-Cola. Galip Selçuk heads the team; Selim Keki, Doğan Eymirlioğlu and the 'very diligentMüfit Arapoğlu are also recommended. Selahattin Kaya was promoted to counsel.

Energy Tier 1

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki handles regulatory compliance and investigations, renewables, PPP and infrastructure projects, disputes, financing, transactions, joint ventures, contracts and agreements. The team recently advised Yapı ve Kredi Bankası on its $44.5m loan to finance solar power projects. Other clients include ACWA Power, Statkraft Energy and OMV. Barlas Balcıoğlu heads the team with support from Şahin Ardıyok. Counsel Ceren Su is also recommended.

Transport Tier 1

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki advises on the full range of transport law including regulatory, transactions, procurement, freight and logistics, aviation law, competition and antitrust, and dispute resolution. The team has particular experience in the maritime sector and continues to advise Mersin International Port on supply agreements, transactions, permits, disputes and labour law. Other clients include Denizbank, Lufthansa Airplus Servicekarten, The Swedish Club and Deutsche Bank. Semih Sander and Gülistan Baltacı head the team.

Competition Tier 2

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki provides advice on pre-merger and post-merger market analysis, quantitative analysis on unilateral conduct, competition compliance programmes and also represents clients in TCA investigations. Turkven Private Equity received advice on the competition law aspects of the acquisition of shares of Zirve Yazılım Bilgi Teknolojileri. Other clients include BASF, Cargill and Coca-Cola. The ‘dedicated’ team is headed by Şahin Ardıyok and provides ‘regular updates and precise guidance with a hands-on approach’. Counsel Bora Ikiler joined from Moroglu Arseven; associate Dilara Yesilyaprak is also recommended.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki adeptly handles international arbitration, debt recovery, litigation in trial and appellate courts, and also mediation and pre-litigation negotiation processes. The team continues to advise Pizza Restaurantları on all contentious matters including employment, lease, compliance, administrative law, debt collection and enforcement. Other clients include Johnson & Johnson and Mynet. Özgür Akman heads the team; Gülistan Baltacı and Semih Sander are also recommended.

Project finance/projects Tier 2

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki advises on multi-jurisdictional syndicated loans for infrastructure projects, real estate acquisitions, corporate finance and energy projects. Acquisition finance, asset-based lending, asset finance, real estate finance and project finance all form part of the team's workload. It advised IFC, KFW and the government of Kyrgyzstan on the development of a dialysis healthcare PPP facility in the country. Other clients include Aareal Bank, EBRD, Standard Chartered Bank and Türkiye İş Bankası. Barlas Balcıoğlu heads the team. Doğan Eymirlioğlu is also recommended.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki advises clients on leasing, project finance, transactions, construction and development, and contentious matters. Other areas of expertise include zoning and planning, environmental issues, joint ventures, PPPs and residential developments. Barlas Balcıoğlu and Doğan Eymirlioğlu are the key names to note.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki handles a broad range of restructuring and insolvency matters including credit risk management, creditor and equity committee representation, cross-border restructurings and debtor representation. Other areas of expertise include insolvency, litigation, arbitration, mediation, reorganisations and safeguard proceedings. Dispute resolution specialist Özgür Akman heads the sizeable team. Galip Selçuk advises management and stakeholders on distressed M&A and corporate restructurings. Banking expert Barlas Balcıoğlu, Doğan Eymirlioğlu and Semih Sander are also recommended.

Employment Tier 3

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki advises on general employment matters, employment-related ADR, disciplinary procedures, discrimination, contracts, HR matters, internal investigations occupational health and safety, investigations and litigation. Clients include Arkema France and F.H. Bertling Logistics. Galip Selçuk heads the team with support from Doğan Eymirlioğlu, Selim Keki and Özgür Akman.

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki handles data protection, e-commerce, e-payment, internet law, mobile communications, broadcasting, licensing and regulatory matters. Clients include BN Telekom and Silknet. Galip Selçuk, Özgür Akman and Şahin Ardıyok head the team. Kağan Dora joined from Cigdemtekin Cakirca Aranci Law Firm.

Intellectual property Tier 4

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki advises on IP protection, e-commerce, advertising, data privacy, data protection, copyright, licensing, registration, regulatory compliance, infringement and litigation. Clients include inventors, artists, entrepreneurs and businesses. Galip Selçuk and Özgür Akman head the team.


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
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Müfit Arapoğlu  photo Müfit Arapoğlu
Mr Şahin Ardıyok  photo Mr Şahin Ardıyok
Mr Barlas Balcıoğlu  photo Mr Barlas Balcıoğlu
 Gülistan Baltacı  photo Gülistan Baltacı
 Kağan Dora  photo Kağan Dora
Mr Doğan Eymirlioğlu  photo Mr Doğan Eymirlioğlu
Dr Selim Keki  photo Dr Selim Keki
 Semih Sander  photo Semih Sander
 Gökçe Sarısu Kanmaz  photo Gökçe Sarısu Kanmaz
Mr Galip M. Selçuk  photo Mr Galip M. Selçuk
Mr Günhan Yalçın  photo Mr Günhan Yalçın
Number of partners : 14
Number of other lawyers : 85+
Contacts : Galip M Selçuk
Contacts : Barlas Balcioglu
Contacts : Dr Selim Keki
Contacts : Sahin Ardiyok