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Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership
iTOWER BOMONTI, MERKEZ MAHALLESI
AKAR CADDESI NO:3 KAT:27
SISLI, 34381 ISTANBUL
Turkey

Turkey > Employment Tier 1

Banu 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.

Practice head(s):

Banu Mert

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

İGA Airport

İGA Construction

NORTH MARMARA

ABDULJAWAD HOLDING

IDE TECHNOLOGIES

BANK OF CHINA

KALYON HOLDING

GEZER HOLDING

KALYON HOLDING

INTEGRAL MEDYA

ULUDAĞ ELEKTRİK DAĞITIM ANONİM ŞİRKETİ

HT PARTNERS

IGA HAVALİMANI İŞLETMESİ A.Ş.

YENİ DUNYA FOUNDATION

TARIM KREDİ

İGA Airport

İGA Construction

NORTH MARMARA

ABDULJAWAD HOLDING

IDE TECHNOLOGIES

BANK OF CHINA

KALYON HOLDING

GEZER HOLDING

KALYON HOLDING

INTEGRAL MEDYA

ULUDAĞ ELEKTRİK DAĞITIM ANONİM ŞİRKETİ

HT PARTNERS

IGA HAVALİMANI İŞLETMESİ A.Ş.

YENİ DUNYA FOUNDATION

TARIM KREDİ

Work highlights

  • 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 1

The 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.

Practice head(s):

Ali Göksu

Other key lawyers:

Ali Sefa Turkmen; Emre Ulcaylı; Hasan Akıcıoglu

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Akfel Gaz

Avrasya Gaz

BOTAS International

Kalyon Gunes Enerjisi Uretim

Kalyon Enerji Yatırımları

Kuzey Marmara Doğal Gaz Depolama Tevsi Projesi Ikmal Inşaati Kolin Kalyon Adi Ortakliği Ticari Işletmesi

İGA Havalimanı

Uludag Elektrik

TFS Akaryakıt

Cayırhan Elektrik

BOTAS Pipe-Line Projects

Project Internarional Energy

Kibar Enerji

Eksim Holding Energy Group

SHV Energy

Geopol

Petrofac

Batı Hattı Doğalgaz

Humartaş Yapı ve Enerji

Cengiz Enerji

Work highlights

  • 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.

Turkey > Project finance/projects Tier 1

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership is renowned for its active role in large public infrastructure projects in sectors including energy, construction, defence and aviation. With Fatma Gozde Kardes, who ‘stands out for project finance’ and is recommended for her ‘perfect negotiation and organisation skills’, and Ali Sefa Turkmen at the helm, the team is currently advising IGA on the refinancing of 75% of the new Istanbul Airport project.

Practice head(s):

Ali Sefa Turkmen; Fatma Gozde Kardes

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

IGA

Kalyon Güneş Enerjisi Üretim Anonim Şirketi

IC Holding

Yıldırım Energy Holding

ELYAF SASA POLYESTER

Zeren Group

Geopol Greece

Geopol Holland

Mapa İnşaat

Cengiz İnşaat San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Kolin İnşaat Turizm San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Enerco Enerji Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi

Work highlights

  • 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.

Turkey > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Regarded as a ‘top firm in Turkey’, Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership houses a solid team of real estate lawyers who are ‘not just legal advisers but also business makers’, regularly advising on significant construction projects. Co-headed by Ali Göksu and Fatma Gozde Kardes, the team is advising Istanbul Airport operator İGA on various aspects of the notable project for the construction of a new airport, including EPC contracts, a particular area of expertise for the team.

Practice head(s):

Ali Göksu; Fatma Gozde Kardes

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

IGA Consrtuction

Protecd İnşaat İhracat ve Sanayi Ticaret Limited Şirketi

Avrupa Otoyolu Yatırım ve İşletme A.Ş.

KMO Anadolu Otoyol İşletmesi A.Ş.

IC Holding

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

Nur Yapı

YTU TechnoPark

HO Kandilli Real Estate

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership's team is headed by Hasan Akıcıoglu, Mutlu Yurdakul, Emre Ulcaylı, and Ecem Evin Baytun. The group advises on transactions, commercial and corporate matters, and is involved in major projects in Turkey such as the Istanbul Grand Airport, where it handles day-to-day corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Hasan Akıcıoglu; Mutlu Yurdakul; Emre Ulcaylı; Ecem Evin Baytun

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

IGA, Istanbul Grand Airport

IGA, Construction

Barzan Holdings

IC Holding

Abduljaweed Group

SASA Polyester

KALYON GRUP

Tarım Kredi Holding

Kalyon Solar Technologies

BANK OF CHINA

North Marmara Motorway

LIMAK GROUP

ULUDAG Elektrik

DEMIRÖREN HOLDING

CENGIZ HOLDING

MAPA HOLDING

CALIK HOLDING

KOLIN GROUP

AKFEL Group

PETROFAC

DSSA WARRANTY

HUAWEI

DAIKIN

BORUSAN GROUP

FORUS GLOBAL

POLEXCHEM

GEZER Slippers

SHM Global

Bony Socks

Work highlights

  • 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.

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Ali Göksu and Fatma Gözde Akansel head the ‘always ready and available’ team at Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership, which has a particular expertise in project finance -mainly infrastructure-, credit agreements and banking transactions. The group also well versed in structured finance.

Practice head(s):

Ali Goksu; Fatma Gozde Kardes

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

IGA Airport

İGA Construction

SASA Polyester

Kalyon Gunes Teknolojileri Üretim

Kalyon Gunes Enerjisi Uretim

Bank of China

Macellan

IC Holding

MAPA

A Ali Investment

TARIM KREDİ

Cengiz Holding

Kolin Insaat

Work highlights

  • 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 5

Goksu 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.

Practice head(s):

Esra Sumer; Ali Tasar

Testimonials

‘Detailed approach.’

‘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.’

Key clients

ISTANBUL GRAND AIRPORT

IGA PETROLUEM

ULUDAG ELEKTRIK

ŞEKERPINAR

CENGIZ HOLDING

NORTH MARMARA MOTORWAY

DSSA WARRANTY

NEW WORLD FOUNDATION

TURKEY MAARIF FOUNDATION

URUS KIYMETLI MADENLER

HALI SARAYI

ZEREN GRUUP

YTU TECHNOPARK

DAIKIN

ALFATEK

BDB CLINIC

ASTAY GAYRIMENKUL

HO– AGAINST NEF YAPI- KANDILLI PROJECT

NORA ELECTRIC

GUROK TURISM

MIRAY BASALARAN VS WORQUARTERS OFICE SERVICES

BONY TEKSTİL

İLKO İLAÇ SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIM ŞIRKETI

TARIM KREDI KOOPERATIFLERI

Work highlights

  • 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.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Construction and real estate Ali Göksuagoksu@goksusafiisik.av.tr
Corporate and M&A Hasan Akıcıogluhakicioglu@goksusafiisik.av.tr
Corporate and M&A Emre Ulcaylıeulcayli@goksusafiisik.av.tr
Dispute resolution Esra Sumeresumer@goksusafiisik.av.tr
Energy Ali Göksuagoksu@goksusafiisik.av.tr
Intellectual property İsmail Safi Isikisafi@goksusafiisik.av.tr
Competition Basak Goksu Sarigsari@goksusafiisik.av.tr
Penal Law Ali Tasaratasar@goksusafiisik.av.tr
Labour and employment Banu Mertbmert@goksusafiisik.av.tr
IT & Telecommunication Emre Ulcaylıeulcayli@goksusafiisik.av.tr
Media Ali Tasaratasar@goksusafiisik.av.tr
Projects and project finance Ali Göksuagoksu@goksusafiisik.av.tr
Projects and project finance Fatma Gozde Kardesfgkardes@goksusafiisik.av.tr
Projects and project finance Ali Sefa Türkmenasturkmen@goksusafiisik.av.tr
Founding 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
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