Gen Temizer Ozer > Istanbul, Turkey > Firm Profile

Gen Temizer Ozer
Levent Mah. Ebulula Mardin Cad. No:55
34330 Besiktas
ISTANBUL
Turkey

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Gen Temizer Ozer garners praise for its ‘timely and flawless service’, as well as for its ‘outstanding sector knowledge and legal know-how’. The firm, which is a fully integrated part of Kinstellar, has notable cross-border capabilities, and maintains a good activity in the tech space. The team is jointly headed by Baran Gen, and Edmund Emre Özer, an ‘excellent lawyer with great communication skills’, who is particularly valued for his ability to handle ‘international investment matters’.

Practice head(s):

Edmund Emre Özer; Baran Gen

Testimonials

‘Baran Gen is a top tier M&A lawyer. She has a vast experience in all types of issues that may come up in M&A transactions. Her foresight is very strong about potential risks which gives a sense of trust and the deal process becomes very smooth. She differentiates herself from competitors with her vast experience which allows her to completely master the process. She definitely stands out as one of the most successful M&A lawyers in Turkey.’

‘Being flexible in terms of managing their work balance, and being punctual with our requests are perhaps the most important points for our engagement.’

‘GTO’s ability to connect us with the right persons in the network when needed is also a plus.’

‘Partners Emre Ozer and Baran Gen, among other team members, managed the company’s resources properly during our collaboration.’

‘The practice is a boutique one that tailors to the client’s needs. The team is always swift, responsive and well aware of the urgency of matters at hand.’

‘I had an opportunity to work with some of the associates and their performance was always excellent.’

‘Very attentive, always available, excellent at understanding the needs and vision of the client.’

‘Baran Gen – top of her profession in M&A with commercial approach and strong negotiation skills. Emre Ozer – excellent lawyer with great communication skills and able to handle complicated matters. Always go to him for our international investment matters.’

Key clients

Doğuş Holding

Vivense

Mikro Biyosistemler A.Ş.

Hasan Aslanoba – Aslanoba Gıda

Çağdaş Telekomünikasyon

DSL Group

Earlybird

Dream Games

Propertyfinder

Princeville Global Partners

Diffusion Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Doğuş Holding in the sale of 30% of its shares in one of Istanbul’s most premium shopping malls, IstinyePark, to Qatar Holding LLC.
  • Represented Vivense and its CEO and founder Kemal Erol in relation to the $130m investment by Actera Group.
  • Represented Dream Games in relation to its Series B investment round led by Index Ventures and Makers Fund valuing the business at $1bn.

Turkey > Energy Tier 3

Gen Temizer Ozer assists clients involved in the energy sector with project financing and development, M&A and joint ventures. The team is headed by founding partner Edmund Emre Özer, who is English qualified and has prior experience working in the US, which aids the team’s cross-border capabilities; this is further boosted by the firm's association with Kinstellar. The team has a particular niche strength in renewable energy projects, especially wind power.

Practice head(s):

Edmund Emre Özer

Other key lawyers:

Ebru Temizer

Testimonials

‘They put the interests of the client at the centre of their work and create new solutions for legal challenging issues.’

‘Results-oriented, quick responses, high quality of service and flexibility.’

Key clients

Commerzbank

Limak

Calık Energy

Vestas

Akuo Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Commerzbank on negotiating the transaction documents, structuring, collection of Turkish CP documents and providing legal opinions with respect to the client’s wind turbine financing to Simay Elektrik.
  • Advised Commerzbank on the financing of a wind renewable energy plant belonging to Atakaleres Elektrik.

Turkey > IT and telecoms Tier 3

Gen Temizer Ozer‘s TMT sector clients often instruct the team on transactions, particularly venture capital investments. The practice also acts for a number of investors in the sector, as well as having broad expertise in regulatory and compliance issues. English-qualified Edmund Emre Özer focuses on public and private acquisitions, joint ventures and capital markets transactions, and co-leads the practice with corporate and finance expert Baran Gen.

Practice head(s):

Edmund Emre Özer; Baran Gen

Testimonials

‘IT and telecoms is a practice that requires fast responses due to the overall industry boom, and it also requires a deep understanding of the subject and the ability to predict what the counterparty to a contract might do next. The lawyers need to be diligent and pay attention to small details to make sure every clause is functioning properly. The team should also suggest clear and to-the-point next steps, and follow up with further recommendations. The GTO partners and associates were able to maintain a nice balance of these qualities during our recent transactions and were quite flexible regarding our requests.’

‘Being flexible and punctual with our requests are perhaps the firm’s most important strengths. In addition, GTO’s ability to connect us with the right people in their network when needed is also a plus. We had no issues with the billing. Edmund Emre Özer and Baran Gen, among other team members, managed the company’s resources properly during our collaboration.’

Key clients

Vivense

Hasan Aslanoba – Aslanoba Gıda

Çağdaş Telekomünikasyon

Earlybird

Dream Games

Propertyfinder

Paximum

Princeville Global Partners

Diffusion Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Dream Games on its series A and series B investment rounds, which valued the mobile gaming company at $1bn.
  • Advised Vivense and its CEO and founder Kemal Erol on a $130m investment by Actera Group.
  • Advised early-stage venture capital fund Earlybird Ventures on several of its investments, including in Payhawk and Obilet.

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Noted for its ‘expertise in project finance’, mainly for energy projects, the practice at Gen Temizer Ozer is also particularly active in acquisition debt in the context of M&A. Recent work highlights include advising Commerzbank on its financing of wind turbines to renewable company Simay Elektrik. Edmund Emre Özer and Baran Gen, who ‘combines first-class legal knowledge with practical deal-making skills’, co-head the department.

Practice head(s):

Edmund Emre Özer; Baran Gen

Testimonials

‘We appreciate their expertise in project finance. For us their strength is that it is a deal focused firm that is led from the front by the partners who are hands on and highly responsive. Also very helpful in providing information on market developments that are relevant to the bank.’

‘Baran Gen: combines first class legal knowledge with practical deal-making skills. She puts the focus on the transaction to make sure it is done in the right way. She also fights hard for her clients when it is needed.’

Edmund Emre Ozer: he has English law expertise which we appreciate since many cross border financing deals are English law governed. He has a calm and constructive style of working with great experience in international transactions.’

‘Edmund Emre Özer is well versed both in English and Turkish Law. Being a credited lawyer in both a common law and a continental law country, he is able to tackle a wide range of problems.’

‘They advise us both on our financing matters and on our main businesses, industry and manufacturing. It is very refreshing for us to be able to take advice from them on diverse matters. Mr. Özer is especially is our go-to person in complex transactions.’

Key clients

Commerzbank AG

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Partners for Growth VI, LP

Erciyas Holding

Work highlights

  • Advised Commerzbank on its financing of wind turbines to the renewable energy business Simay Elektrik.
  • Advised PF Growth on its collateral package in respect of its financing of the Turkish micro mobility business Martı.
  • Advised Berkshire Hathaway on its approval process before the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency in respect of the client’s indirect shareholding in Bank of America Yatırım Bank A.Ş.

Turkey > Dispute resolution Tier 4

The dispute resolution department at Gen Temizer Ozer maintains a steady growth, particularly for matters in the field of post-M&A disputes as well as administrative lawsuits against state entities or departments. The group also has strong cross-border capabilities, in part due to its integration with Kinstellar. Practice head Ebru Temizer is ‘knowledgeable, calm, very responsive, and very clear’.

Practice head(s):

Ebru Temizer; Edmund Emre Özer

Testimonials

‘Partners are extremely involved and knowledgeable, with incredibly short response times.’

‘The whole team works very well and knows our team.’

‘Ebru Temizer is a pleasure to work with: knowledgeable, calm, very responsive, very clear. Interactions are efficient.’

‘I have been particularly impressed by the commercially astute and collaborative approach of Kinstellar Turkey / GTO. ‘

‘They are fluent at lawyering in English and Turkish with none of the headaches that one can sometimes face with translation issues when involved in cross-border disputes.’

Key clients

British American Tobacco

eBay

Çolakoğlu Metalurji

Mayen

Koza Altın

Veolia

Aksoy Petrol

Erciyas Steel

China Navigation

Work highlights

  • Representing Koza Altin Isletmeleri under supervision of the SDIF (“Koza Altin”) and the former trustees of Koza Altın İşletmeleri in a dispute with the former chairman of the business and its English subsidiary, Koza Ltd.
  • Representing British American Tobacco in a case filed by the daughter of a person who passed away due to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
  • Representing eBay in a lawsuit filed against the Ministry of Health seeking cancellation of a regulation which prohibits the sale of medical devices on the internet.