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Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership

Employment Tier 1

The team at Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership provides 'fast and accurate' advice; it deals with issues including the drafting of employment documents, work and residency permits, employment-related litigation including dismissals and workplace accidents. Banu Mert heads the practice. Key clients are the Bank of China and IGA, the consortium building Istanbul Airport.

Practice head(s):


‘Provides quick and comprehensive responses.’

Fast and accurate.

‘They deliver high-quality consultancy in a highly efficient manner.’

Key clients

Abduljawad Group

Gezer Shoes and Slippers


May Group

Turk Kenesi


Mutlu Aku

Uludag Elektrik

Mimeso Networks

Cengiz Holding

Integral Medya

Yeni Dunya Vakfı

Kalyon Group

Energy Tier 1

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership handles project finance, acquisitions, EPC contracts and regulatory work in areas across the sector, including nuclear, solar, wind and thermal power. Ali Göksu, Cigdem Bal Ilgin and Mutlu Ozturk Yurdakul are the names to note. The team advised Sonatrach, an Algerian gas company, on a project for the production of polypropylene in a deal worth $1bn. Other clients include Cengiz Energy and Euroasia Gas.

Key clients

Uludag Elektrik

Akfel Group


Botas International



Eksim Holding

Cengiz Enerji


Çayırhan Electricity Plant

Euroasia Gas

Project finance/projects Tier 1

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership advises on the financing and management of large energy and infrastructure projects. Recent work included matters involving solar, natural gas and geothermal power plants. Ali Göksu and Gözde Akansel are key practitioners.


‘GSI is one of the best legal houses that are active in Turkish market and they have experiences with the tier one banks and reputable companies in Turkey’.        

‘GSI consistently provides high quality service’.

‘Their punctuality, industry knowledge and to-the-point advice are just some of the reasons why we continue to work with GSI’.

‘Their professional conduct is highly standardised and in high quality in terms of response times, quality of format and reporting systems and the like’.

‘We always get quick, clear and qualified responses to our requests’.    

‘Ali Göksu stands out as a brilliant legal advisor; his comprehensive understanding of commercial side of business enables him to take appropriate initiatives that helps us tackle the arising issues’.

‘GSI is the most consistently excellent firm we have worked with’.

‘Ali Göksu has deep legal and financial knowledge, he directs all project participants in a very favourable manner’.

‘Led by Ali Göksu, GSI team is very knowledgeable, professional and highly dedicated’.

Key clients





North Marmara



Avrupa Motorway Investment and Management Co.

Cengiz Holding



Real estate and construction Tier 1

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership handles major infrastructure construction such as airports, motorways, energy projects and urban renewal projects. The practice is currently advising on the construction of Istanbul Airport, and on the related construction of the Airport City project. Ali Göksu is the key name.

Key clients

Cengiz Enerji Sanayii ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi


Hanwha Kalyon Güneş Teknolojileri Üretim A.Ş.

GKS Construction


Karadeniz Garanti Biyokütle Enerji Tesisleri Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership’s media department works with the firm's specialists in corporate, IT and litigation to provide an integrated service to clients. It advises telecoms and media companies on corporate transactions, and also handles advertising issues for broadcasters. In addition, further reflective of the breadth of the practice, the team assists streaming companies with regulatory matters. Elsewhere, the firm is active in contentious work, as is illustrated by its involvement in media litigation (including court proceedings related to the use of social media). Key practitioners include Ali GöksuAli Taşar and Hasan Akıcıoglu.


‘They have reliable and knowing team members’.

‘Their major strength is professional behaviors’. 

‘They are very careful and attentive in communications and with deadlines’.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership's practice is particularly well-known for its specialism in the energy and construction sectors, and it also undertakes work for clients in other industries. It generates a notably strong flow of mandates from key client IGA, for whom it advises on day-to-day corporate issues and various corporate and commercial agreements. Key practitioner Ali Göksu is recommended for domestic and cross-border M&A, and corproate governance matters. Emre Ulcayli handles strategic partnerships, joint ventures and regulatory issues.


‘The team makes the life of business people really easy’.

‘They are not just our lawyers. We see them as our solution partners’.

‘GSI is a well structured legal firm with an effective hierarchy and is able to provide timely responses to our demands for all fields of expertise in legal matters’.

‘I can confidently state that we are satisfied with the services GSI has provided until today’.

‘The team is able to broadly analyse the matters and explain their legal implications in the most understandable way’.

Key clients


Kalyon Grup

Uludag Elektrik

Akfel Grup

Kuzey Marmara Otoyolu

Gezer Holding

Tarim Kredi

Cengiz Holding

Bereket Emeklilik




Borusan Group

Calik Holding

AALI Investments

IS Private Equity


Bank of China

USK Kimya

BMC Otomotiv


GKS Yapi Insaat Yatirim

Uluc Makina


Pozitif Group

Mimosa Networks


Ciner Holding


Alsaeed Hamad Sulaiman H

STFA Fernas Kalyon JV


Zuhair Murad S.A.R.L.

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership handles a wide range of banking transactions and finance matters, with a particular specialism in project finance. It is experienced in various infrastructure projects including airports, motorways and energy plants. Key practitioner Ali Göksu handles project finance work and international banking law matters. Fatma Gözde Akansel is also recommended.


‘They have a good network which facilitates to have access to the current practices of some offices’.

‘The team is devoted to their work, especially associates’.            

‘The team is available 24/7 and their response time for any request’.

‘Ali Goksu has in-depth knowledge of law and a strong commercial mind set’.

Key clients

IGA (Istanbul Grand Airport )

Kalyon Group

Tarım Kredi (Agricultural Credit Fund)

North Marmara Motorway

Bank of China

Cengiz Holding

Is Private Equity

A Ali Investment

Bank of China

Fleet Corp

Istanbul Stock Exchange

Vera Asset

Dispute resolution Tier 5

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership advises on various disputes matters including criminal cases, commercial litigation, international arbitration, and disputes relating to employment, IP, energy and data protection.


‘The arbitration team of GSI is very responsive, adapts quickly to the needs of the client and the case’.

‘Gorkem Cakır knows how to handle difficult situations and stays calm’.

‘ The firm’s comprehensive approach to the different kinds of corporate disputes makes us feel self-confident against our counterparties’.

‘Their prudent and farsighted approach always makes us feel that we are on the safe side’.


Key clients



Turkey’s Education FOundation

TİAK (TV Broadcasters Union)

Kaptanoglu Group


May Group

Gezer Shoes

The House Cafe

Zuhair Murad

The firm: Göksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership provides legal services in a wide range of areas. The firm advises both national and international companies doing business in Turkey and the region.

The team is comprised of more than 120 lawyers, counsellors and administrative staff who are recognised for expertise in their fields as well as their professional skills. The firm’s attorneys are all graduates of reputable universities in Turkey and abroad. Along with Turkish, the lawyers offer services in English as well as other major languages.

Göksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership is committed to providing clients with sector-specific expertise and the best legal practice in Turkish jurisprudence and international law within professional ethics and its corporate values are reflected in the motto of ‘delivering peace of mind’.

Areas of practice: As a full-service attorney partnership firm, Göksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership’s practice covers a wide range of legal services and sectors. It provides legal advice to multinational companies investing in Turkey or doing business with Turkish companies, in addition to many large Turkish industrials, governmental bodies, banks and other financial institutions in their domestic and cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other equity investments.

The firm’s practice areas cover energy, competition, real estate, corporate and M&A, privatisation, taxation, intellectual property, capital markets, banking and finance, and employment and labour.

Department Name Email Telephone
Construction and real estate Ali Göksu
Corporate and M&A Hasan Akıcıoglu
Corporate and M&A Emre Ulcaylı
Dispute resolution Esra Sumer
Energy Ali Göksu
Intellectual property İsmail Safi Isik
Banking, finance and capital markets Demet Dogan Akin
Energy Cigdem Bal Ilgın
Competition Basak Goksu Sari
Penal Law Ali Tasar
Labour and employment Banu Mert
IT & Telecommunication Emre Ulcaylı
Media Ali Tasar
Projects and project finance Ali Göksu
Projects and project finance Fatma Gozde Kardes
Projects and project finance Ali Sefa Türkmen
Restructuring Ezgi Eylül Bora
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Hasan Akicioglu  photo Mr Hasan Akicioglu Managing Partner
Mrs Cigdem Bal Ilgin  photo Mrs Cigdem Bal Ilgin Partner
 Ecem Evin Baytun  photo Ecem Evin Baytun Partner
 Ezgi Eylul Bora  photo Ezgi Eylul Bora Partner
 Ozge Cevik  photo Ozge Cevik Partner
 Demet Dogan  photo Demet Dogan Partner
Dr Ali Göksu  photo Dr Ali Göksu Founding Partner
Mrs Basak Goksu Gurbuz  photo Mrs Basak Goksu Gurbuz Partner
 Cansev Erinc Incekas  photo Cansev Erinc Incekas Partner
Mr Ismail Safi Isik  photo Mr Ismail Safi Isik Partner
Mrs Fatma Gozde Kardes photo Mrs Fatma Gozde Kardes Partner
Mrs Banu Mert  photo Mrs Banu Mert Partner
 Mutlu Ozturk Yurdakul  photo Mutlu Ozturk Yurdakul Partner
 Esra Sumer  photo Esra Sumer Partner
 Ali Tasar  photo Ali Tasar Partner
Mr Ali Sefa Turkmen  photo Mr Ali Sefa Turkmen Partner
Mr Emre Ulcayli  photo Mr Emre Ulcayli Partner
Founding Partner : Dr. Ali Goksu
Managing Partner : Hasan Akicioglu
Partner : Fatma Gözde Kardes
Partner : Demet Dogan Akin
Partner : Basak Goksu Sari
Partner : Çigdem Bal Ilgin
Partner : Ismail Safi Isik
Partner : Ali Sefa Turkmen
Partner : Banu Mert
Partner : Emre Ulcayli
Partner : Mutlu Öztürk Yurdakul
Partner : Esra Sümer
Partner : Ali Tasar
Partner : Ecem Evin Baytun
Partner : Ezgi Eylül Bora
Partner : Özge Çevik
Partner : Cansev Erinç İncekaş