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Dr Ali Göksu

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Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership


Senior Counselor


Dr. Göksu focuses on international banking transactions, syndicated loans, and the 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 pipelines; wind, hydro, solar and geothermal energy production projects and energy infrastructure projects. His practice also involves advising project financing companies and lenders on commercial risk insurance matters regarding project financing. He has been involved with energy projects in the U.S. and Middle East. Dr. Göksu is also a university lecturer at İstanbul Şehir University, teaching international commercial contracts and international project finance from a legal perspective. He has also lectured at Koç University and İstanbul Technical University. His most recent publication is entitled “Turkish Energy Market Law and Governance: How to Mobilize Investments.”. - See more at:




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


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

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.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.

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Within: Leading individuals

Ali Göksu - Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership

Within: Energy

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.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

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.

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Project finance/projects

Within: Project finance/projects

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’.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

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.

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