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Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership Offices
iTOWER BOMONTI, MERKEZ MAHALLESI
AKAR CADDESI NO:3 KAT:27
SISLI, 34381 ISTANBUL
Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership > The Legal 500 Rankings
Turkey > Employment Tier 1Banu Mert heads the practice at Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership, which has ‘strong expertise in labour law and regulations’, and represents an international and domestic client base in all areas of employment, including advisory work, terminations and collective bargaining agreements. The practice handles employment mandates concerning the Istanbul Airport project.
‘GSI has strong expertise in Labour Law and regulations. They do have a strong team in order to provide the best solutions for the companies.’
‘We can reach to the team members 24/7. They are hands-on Lawyers which help us to see the right picture. They are living in our organization which allows them to see the clear picture.’
BANK OF CHINA
ULUDAĞ ELEKTRİK DAĞITIM ANONİM ŞİRKETİ
IGA HAVALİMANI İŞLETMESİ A.Ş.
YENİ DUNYA FOUNDATION
BANK OF CHINA
ULUDAĞ ELEKTRİK DAĞITIM ANONİM ŞİRKETİ
IGA HAVALİMANI İŞLETMESİ A.Ş.
YENİ DUNYA FOUNDATION
- Advising IGA on the management of its employment processes for sub-contractors and undertakers from a legal perspective.
- Advised IDE TECHNOLOGIES on the process of its investment in Turkey, especially for non-citizen employees.
- Advising Uludağ Elektrik on general employment matters.
Turkey > Energy Tier 1The broad scope of Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership‘s work in the energy sector covers renewable projects, oil and gas, biomass and nuclear matters, with the department praised for its ‘expertise and exceptional experience in energy law‘. The team’s experience includes advising on day-to-day corporate matters, M&A, the establishment of power plants and EPC contracts, and the firm was also involved in the privatisation of distribution companies. A particular area praised by clients is the firm’s ‘use of technology in every aspect of legal practice‘, utilising comprehensive digital archives and databases. Ali Göksu is the main contact.
Other key lawyers:
Ali Sefa Turkmen; Emre Ulcaylı; Hasan Akıcıoglu
‘GSI’s main strength for us is their expertise and exceptional experience in energy law compared to other firms. Additionally, they seem to be very innovative. They make good use of technology in every aspect of legal practice, especially in client relations and reporting, which helped us a lot during the pandemic lockdown. They have dealt with our legal issues without any interruption.’
‘We have mainly worked with Ali Sefa Turkmen at senior level. Apart from his enormous legal experience in his field, he has got great professional traits too. He is always responsive, very attentive to details and solution-minded, with good negotiation skills.’
‘GSI have taken a significant role as legal counsel in the energy sector since the privatisation of electricity distribution companies in Turkey. Their sector-specific know-how and insight makes us feel comfortable in our day-to-day business operations. As the in-house counsel of the company, I work closely with them and I am highly satisfied with the quality of the work being done by them. The team is very responsive and has the power to deal with the most complex matters. They are a one-of-a-kind firm that uses special and custom-made legal technologies.’
‘Ali Göksu is the number-one lawyer in the energy sector, with great business acumen. Emre Ulcaylı has the ability to understand the day-to-day needs of the sector and always brings us practical solutions.’
Kalyon Gunes Enerjisi Uretim
Kalyon Enerji Yatırımları
Kuzey Marmara Doğal Gaz Depolama Tevsi Projesi Ikmal Inşaati Kolin Kalyon Adi Ortakliği Ticari Işletmesi
BOTAS Pipe-Line Projects
Project Internarional Energy
Eksim Holding Energy Group
Batı Hattı Doğalgaz
Humartaş Yapı ve Enerji
- Advising a client on the contract bid for a solar energy power plant project in Turkey.
- Assisting Geopol with the development of solar energy projects in the Netherlands and Greece.
- Advising Zeren Holding on the due diligence for the purchase of a biogas power plant.
Ali Sefa Turkmen; Fatma Gozde Kardes
‘Fatma Gozde Kardes has perfect negotiation and organisation skills and her meticulous approach delivers perfect results.’
‘Professional quality and experience, use of technology, and full availability and close collaboration. These are the qualities that in my opinion make GSI exceptional.’
‘Fatma Gozde Kardes stands out for project finance. I have worked with her on various projects and she excelled in all of them. She is well versed in all aspects of project finance, with great experience. She stands out for her high degree of professional integrity and is hardworking.’
Kalyon Güneş Enerjisi Üretim Anonim Şirketi
Yıldırım Energy Holding
ELYAF SASA POLYESTER
Cengiz İnşaat San. ve Tic. A.Ş.
Kolin İnşaat Turizm San. ve Tic. A.Ş.
Enerco Enerji Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi
- Advised IGA on the refinancing of 75% of the new Istanbul Airport project.
- Advised Sasa Polyester on issuing and exporting the first-ever Turkish convertible bond to finance a petrochemical project in Adana.
- Advised Kalyon Group on the EPC contract for a high-speed train railway project between Bursa and Osmaneli.
Ali Göksu; Fatma Gozde Kardes
‘My number-one comment about the GSI team is that they are not just legal advisers but also business makers. What I mean is that usually legal practice tends to create obstacles rather than solutions in business deals, but GSI, thanks to its founder and the firm culture, serves its clients’ legal needs but also ensures commercial deals go through smoothly. GSI as a firm is also a very effective user of technology – it is the only firm I know that employs software engineers full time. They have a proprietary platform to manage data rooms, documents, teams and so on.’
‘GSI team is the top firm in Turkey for EPC contracts. As far as I know, they have advised on most mega-infrastructure projects and they have great experience in a variety of contracts and deals, and are able to reflect that experience to us via outside-the-box solutions to difficult problems.’
‘My experience with Ali Göksu and his team has been exceptional. They were available whenever I needed them and were actively involved in our projects; they were not just our lawyers but were instrumental in steering our business dealings to a successful conclusion.’
‘They have a good team; they divide work according to subject matter and one lawyer has overall responsibility for the project while others also give feedback when necessary.’
‘They provide alternative solutions and scenarios, explaining the positive and negative possible results of the action to be taken. When it comes to specific commercial decision points, they give their opinion but respect the management’s decision.’
Protecd İnşaat İhracat ve Sanayi Ticaret Limited Şirketi
Avrupa Otoyolu Yatırım ve İşletme A.Ş.
KMO Anadolu Otoyol İşletmesi A.Ş.
Kalyon Yatırım Holding A.Ş.
Limak Holding A.Ş.
Fıratcan İnşaat Turizm ve Ticaret LTD. ŞTİ.
KRP Otoyol İnşaatı Adi Ortaklığı
Hanwha Kalyon Güneş Teknolojileri Üretim A.Ş.
ÇAYIRHAN Elektrik Üretim ve Madencilik A.Ş.
GKS Yapı Hizmetleri
HO Kandilli Real Estate
Hasan Akıcıoglu; Mutlu Yurdakul; Emre Ulcaylı; Ecem Evin Baytun
‘They are the best in town in commercial, corporate and M&A. They are always quick and solution oriented. They have one of a kind and very sophisticated contract management systems. As CEO, their systems which is also integrated with artificial intelligence makes my life easier since I can easily track the work being done by them. When compared to the other firms, they are beyond the expectations.’
‘Managing partner of the firm, Hasan Akıcıoglu is a very collaborative lawyer.’
‘Professionalism, innovation and use of technology are the reasons why I work with GSI. Their legal IT infrastructure is fantastic. I can track every single activity that they do for me on my mobile and I can see the log records and times that they bill me for.’
IGA, Istanbul Grand Airport
Tarım Kredi Holding
Kalyon Solar Technologies
BANK OF CHINA
North Marmara Motorway
- Advised IGA solely on all its corporate matters including the refinancing contracts for 75% of $7.5bn.
- Advised Sasa Polyester on issuing and exporting a convertible bond abroad.
- Advised BMC on its acquisition of 50% of the shares of BMC.
Ali Goksu; Fatma Gozde Kardes
‘Their main innovation is their AI based technological infrastructure which allows us to get insight into both macro picture and micro details of our legal world. They have a solely dedicated team for us which is always ready and available whenever needed. So we have an excellent level of cooperation.’
‘I personally deal with Ali Goksu and Gozde Kardes at senior level. They are both excellent partners to run a project. Most recently, we were heavily engaged with each other due to the refinancing of the company and they have done an excellent job and some billion USD deal was very successfully negotiated and closed.’
‘Professional quality and experience, use of technology and full-availability and close collaboration. These are the qualities I think what makes GSI exceptional.’
‘Ali Goksu and Gozde Kardes are the partners I work with at senior level. They are both excellent and visionary lawyers in banking and project finance matters.’
‘Based on my experience, I can also note that they are way ahead in using legal-tech in Turkish legal market.’
‘Merging legal expertise with a strong financial insight is an excellent attribute which brings in creative and practical solutions to the issues and Gozde Kardes has the ability to do that.’
Kalyon Gunes Teknolojileri Üretim
Kalyon Gunes Enerjisi Uretim
Bank of China
A Ali Investment
- Advised IGA on refinancing the loan of 75% of €7.5bn.
- Advised Sasa Polyester on issuing the first- convertible bond in Turkey for project financing.
Turkey > Dispute resolution Tier 5Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership acts for corporate clients in national and international arbitrations, and disputes relating to media and personal data protection law. The practice, which is headed by Esra Sumer and Ali Tasar, also has a particular focus on the construction and infrastructure sectors.
Esra Sumer; Ali Tasar
‘The firm’s follow up skills are wonderful. Because, they have special software systems which makes my life easy in following up numerous litigation proceedings all at once.’
‘With the assistance of GSI, we always feel that we are in capable hands.’
‘Esra Sümer and Ali Tasar are perfect litigators, who makes us feel that we always gain what we want.’
ISTANBUL GRAND AIRPORT
NORTH MARMARA MOTORWAY
NEW WORLD FOUNDATION
TURKEY MAARIF FOUNDATION
URUS KIYMETLI MADENLER
HO– AGAINST NEF YAPI- KANDILLI PROJECT
MIRAY BASALARAN VS WORQUARTERS OFICE SERVICES
İLKO İLAÇ SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIM ŞIRKETI
TARIM KREDI KOOPERATIFLERI
- Represented IGA in its dispute with Quickwrap at ICC arbitration.
- Represented Cengiz Holding in their arbitrations against Kuwait state in relation to their investment therein.
- Represented CNN in relation to their three separate disputes arising from three different projects, with the Ministery of Health of Turkish Republican in an international arbitration centre.
Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership > Firm Profile
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.
|Construction and real estate||Ali Göksuemail@example.com|
|Corporate and M&A||Hasan Akıcıoglufirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Corporate and M&A||Emre Ulcaylıemail@example.com|
|Dispute resolution||Esra Sumerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Intellectual property||İsmail Safi Isikemail@example.com|
|Competition||Basak Goksu Sarifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Penal Law||Ali Tasaremail@example.com|
|Labour and employment||Banu Mertfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|IT & Telecommunication||Emre Ulcaylıemail@example.com|
|Projects and project finance||Ali Göksufirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Projects and project finance||Fatma Gozde Kardesemail@example.com|
|Projects and project finance||Ali Sefa Türkmenfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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Staff FiguresFounding Partner : Dr. Ali Goksu Managing Partner : Hasan Akicioglu Partner : Fatma Gözde Kardes Partner : Basak Goksu Sari 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 : Cansev Erinç İncekaş
LanguagesArabic English French German Turkish
Legal Developments24th May 2020
Real estate investments can basically be realized in three different ways composing of a direct purchase of real estate, a purchase of share of real estate investment partnership, and a purchase of fund participation certificate. A great deal of capital is needed for direct real estate investments. For real estate investments by purchasing the share of real estate investment partnership, variations occur between the value of investment and price of the shares since the shares are traded in the stock exchange. However, such troubles which are faced in these other two real estate investment instruments are not in question for funds and the fund becomes more attractive with some other advantages it provides and its privileged legal position for investors.