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Bezen & Partners

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Ankara, Istanbul

Yeşim Bezen

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Bezen & Partners

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Founding partner.


Yesim Bezen is a founding partner of Bezen & Partners. She assists international clients in a wide variety of transactions, most notably in banking, finance, asset and project finance transactions.


Yesim Bezen is a qualified solicitor (England & Wales). She has completed her training with and has been employed by a Magic Circle law firm’s London office from 2001 to 2007 where she advised clients (mainly financiers) on banking, structured finance and project finance transactions. She advises domestic and non-domestic clients on cross-border transactions. She is the co-author of several publications on finance, privatisation and energy. A selection of her publications is as follows: (1) "Right Ingredients for Turkish PPPs” Project Finance International, 28 January 2015, pp. 49-52; (2) “Procurement mind-set: A handicap to PPPs in Turkey?”, Euromoney Project Finance Yearbook 2014/2015, Chapter 10, pp. 56-62; (3) “Renewable Energy in Emerging Markets”, Euromoney Books, Investing in Emerging and Frontier Markets, June 2013, pp. 220-227; (4) “Modernisation of the Turkish health infrastructure: What went wrong?”, Euromoney Yearbooks Privatisation & Public Private Partnership Review 2013/2014, pp. 57-61; (5) “Transport infrastructure financing in Turkey: Time to get behind the wheel”, Euromoney Yearbooks Transportation Finance Review 2012/2013. She is a frequent speaker and moderator at conferences. Some notable ones are as follows: (1) “Exportinitiative Erneuerbare Energien” (Export Initiatives for Renewable Energy) organised by the German Ministry for Economics and Energy, October 2014, Berlin, Germany (Attendance as Legal Expert of Energy Law for Turkey); (2) 6th Turkey Energy Congress & Exhibition 2014, 17-18 September 2014, Istanbul; (3) 4th Annual Turkey Energy Forum, 21-23 March 2014, Istanbul; (4) Nuclear Energy Development Summit 2013, 21-22 November 2013, Istanbul; (5) The Euromoney Seminar: 8th Annual Turkey Energy and Infrastructure Finance Forum, 16-17 March 2015, Istanbul; (6) Bonds & Loans: Turkey, 2-3 October 2012, Istanbul; (7) Bonds, Loans & Sukuk, 13 November 2013, Istanbul; and (8) Project Bonds for Infrastructure Financing in Turkey – Experience from Canada, 18 March 2013, EBRD Headquarters, London.


English, French, German (native), Turkish (native).


Law Society of England & Wales; Law Society of England & Wales - International Division; International Bar Association; International Chamber of Commerce; British Chamber of Commerce of Turkey; British-Turkish Lawyers Association (BTLA).


Diplom, Politologie, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt (1st honours); Maîtrise, Relations Internationales, Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I), Paris (DAAD bursary); Diploma, International Law, London School of Economics, London (Colonia Stiftung bursary); CPE and LPC, College of Law, London.


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Bezen & Partners' 'highly reputable and capable' team advises on acquisition and leveraged finance, asset finance, banking, debt restructuring, project finance and structured finance. Other areas of expertise include issuance of debt instruments and bonds, derivatives transactions, swap and International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) transactions. It advised an international financial institution on a $95m senior unsecured loan to a Turkish chemicals manufacturer, and Pronet GĂŒvenlik Hizmetleri as the borrower on a $203m refinancing package. Other key clients include China Aircraft Leasing Group, Akbank, JP Morgan and QNB Finansbank. YeƟim Bezen, Murat Soylu and Banu Aslan head the team. Can Özilhan was promoted to senior associate.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Bezen & Partners advises an international and domestic client base on its Turkish market entry, M&A transactions, joint ventures and strategic investments. The team advised Limak on its $55m acquisition of shares in Çetin Enerji. Other clients include EBRD, Akkuyu NĂŒkleer, Shanghai Electric Power and Suez. Serdar Bezen, YeƟim Bezen and Murat Soylu, who is ‘reliable, disciplined, honest and responsive’, head the team.

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Within: Leading individuals

YeƟim Bezen - Bezen & Partners

Within: Energy

Bezen & Partners is adept at handling privatisation procedures and also advises on cross-border work, joint ventures, regulatory matters and transactions. Recent highlights include advising Akkuyu NGS Elektrik Üretim on licensing matters and obtaining site and construction permits in relation to its $22bn nuclear power plant located in Mersin. Aykut Bakırcı, YeƟim Bezen and Banu BölĂŒkemini head the team. Can Özilhan, Zekican Samlı and Uğur Sebzeci were promoted to senior associate.

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Project finance/projects

Within: Project finance/projects

Bezen & Partners advises on acquisition and leveraged finance, asset finance, project finance, refinancing, PPP finance and structured finance. In a recent highlight the team acted as local counsel to Akkuyu NGS Elektrik Üretim in relation to the $22bn Akkuyu nuclear power plant project. Other clients include QNB Finansbank and Sojitz Corporation. Key practitioners YeƟim Bezen, Banu BölĂŒkemini and Aykut Bakırcı all provide ‘prompt, hands-on advice’.

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