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Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership

Employment Tier 1

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership acts for an international and domestic client base in all areas of employment law. Areas of expertise include day-to-day advice, drafting of employment-related documents, terminations and collective bargaining agreements. It also advises on industrial injuries, benefits, compensations, dismissals and reinstatements. The team recently added McKinsey & Company and Mimosa Networks as clients; it also advises Çalık and Bank of China. Banu Mert is the key practitioner.

Energy Tier 1

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership is experienced in representing clients in all sub-sectors of energy including nuclear, solar, wind and thermal. Areas of expertise include project finance, EPC contracts, sales, acquisitions, tenders, corporate matters and disputes. It advised the Kalyon-Hanwha consortium on its successful $6bn bid for a solar power plant project under the renewable energy resource area (RERA) legislation. Other clients include Greeneco, Çayırhan Thermal Power Plant and Citus Power. Ali Göksu and Çiğdem Bal Ilgın are the key practitioners.

Project finance/projects Tier 1

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership is adept at handling large public infrastructure projects and in a recent highlight drafted construction and procurement agreements for İGA in relation to the €22bn development of Istanbul’s third airport. Other clients include Hanwha and Siemens. Ali Göksu and Gözde Akansel are the key practitioners. The team is ‘very dedicated and provides a high level of professional service’.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership's team is ‘responsive and helpful with in-depth knowledge of the real estate and construction sector’. It continues to advise Istanbul Airport operator İGA on the $22bn construction and infrastructure project, which is a PPP that will operate on a BOT basis; the team is handling EPC contracts as well as contentious matters. Other clients include the Hanwha-Kalyon consortium and Hekimhan Mining. ‘Exceptional lawyerAli Göksu adopts ‘a full-service approach’. Emre Ulcayli has ‘years of experience in hotel management and with real estate and construction projects’. Banu Mert is also recommended.

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership handles media-related litigation, licensing, competition, corporate, employment and social media matters and is particularly active in the broadcasting, multimedia and telecoms sectors. Emre Ulcayli, Ali Göksu, Hasan Akicioglu and Ali Tasar are the key practitioners.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The ‘outstanding’ team at Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership advises on various corporate and commercial matters including transactions. It continues to advise the new $22bn IGA Airport on its day-to-day corporate matters. Other clients include North Marmara Motorway Consortium, MT Group, Enerco and RES Company. The ‘dedicated’ team of ‘true professionals’ includes Çiğdem Bal Ilgın, Emre Ulcayli and Ali Göksu.

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership handles data protection, contracts, licensing, disputes and compliance. It also provides consultancy services around IT projects, an area of expertise for Cigdem Bal Ilgin.

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership focuses on project finance, credit agreements and banking transactions. It also handles incorporations and structured finance. Ali Göksu and Fatma Gözde Akansel head the 'respectful and helpful' team.

Dispute resolution Tier 5

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership adopts ‘a systematic approach to complicated disputes’. The team handles international arbitration and disputes, commercial litigation and criminal law. Gorkem Cakır and Esra Sumer are the key practitioners.


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
Banking, finance and capital markets Demet Dogan Akin
Competition Basak Goksu Sari
Construction and real estate Ali Göksu
Corporate and M&A Emre Ulcaylı
Corporate and M&A Hasan Akıcıoglu
Dispute resolution Gorkem Cakir
Dispute resolution Esra Sumer
Energy Cigdem Bal Ilgın
Energy Ali Göksu
Intellectual property İsmail Safi Isik
Media Ali Tasar
Labour and employment Banu Mert
IT and telecommunication Ali Tasar
Projects and project finance Ali Göksu
Projects and project finance Fatma Gozde Akansel
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Fatma Gozde Akansel  photo Mrs Fatma Gozde Akansel
Mr Hasan Akicioglu  photo Mr Hasan Akicioglu
Mrs Cigdem Bal Ilgin  photo Mrs Cigdem Bal Ilgin
 Demet Dogan  photo Demet Dogan
Mrs Basak Goksu Gurbuz  photo Mrs Basak Goksu Gurbuz
Dr Ali Göksu  photo Dr Ali Göksu
Mr Ismail Safi Isik  photo Mr Ismail Safi Isik
Mrs Banu Mert  photo Mrs Banu Mert
 Mutlu Ozturk Yurdakul  photo Mutlu Ozturk Yurdakul
 Esra Sumer  photo Esra Sumer
 Ali Tasar  photo Ali Tasar
Mr Ali Sefa Turkmen  photo Mr Ali Sefa Turkmen
Mr Emre Ulcayli  photo Mr Emre Ulcayli
Founding Partner : Dr. Ali Goksu
Managing Partner : Hasan Akicioglu
Partner : Fatma Gözde Akansel
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