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Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership


Founding Partner


Dr. Göksu focuses on international banking transactions, syndicated loans, development, financing and operation of energy and infrastructure projects. More specifically, he represents energy companies and project developers, as well as multilateral agencies, commercial banks and equity investors, in connection with upstream oil and gas projects, cross border oil and gas pipe-lines, wind, hydro, solar and geothermal energy production projects and energy infrastructure projects, construction and operation of nuclear power plants in Turkey, Middle East. His practice also involves advising project companies on potential risks and mitigant measures with regard to the project financing.

Having legal experience of over fifteen years, Dr. Göksu had also been heavily involved in corporate and commercial law, international commercial arbitration, international banking law, energy law, privatizations, construction and real estate law. He provided legal consultancy on all sorts of legal issues, advising on the merits of Turkish Law to high profile local and international corporate clients, reporting the legal risks in the respective areas of law and negotiating, drafting, reviewing and executing complex legal documents. Dr. Göksu has also a well-established practice in M&A, law of corporations and corporate governance matters. He regularly represents his clients in their domestic and cross-border transactions involving complex shareholder disputes. 




İstanbul Bar Association


Post Doctorate, Columbia University, USA, 2006 Ph.D., Norwich Law School, Univ. of East Anglia, UK, in concurrence with the University of Michigan, USA, 2004 LL.M., Kings College, UK, 2000 LL.B., İstanbul University, Turkey, 1997

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Energy

(Leading individuals)

Ali GöksuGoksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership

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.

Turkey > Real estate and construction

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.

Turkey > Project finance/projects

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.

Turkey > Media and entertainment

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.

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets

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.