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Barlas Balcıoğlu

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Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki

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


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


Barlas Balcıoğlu is the managing partner of Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki and 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


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Leading individuals

Barlas Balcıoğlu - Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

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.

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Within: Energy

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.

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Project finance/projects

Within: Project finance/projects

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.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

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.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

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.

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