Firm Profile > Yegin Ciftci Attorney Partnership > Istanbul, Turkey

Yegin Ciftci Attorney Partnership

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Yegin Ciftci Attorney Partnership is adept at handling structured and complex financings including corporate lending, leveraged and acquisition finance, structured finance, project finance, debt restructuring, export finance, real estate finance and sovereign lending. It also attracts capital markets matters including equity deals and IPOs. Recent highlights include advising EBRD and Türkiye Garanti Bankası as the lenders on a $375m finance package for the privatisation of the Menzelet and Kılavuzlu hydroelectric power plants. Other clients include International Finance Corporation, ICBC Turkey, China Development Bank, BNP Paribas and HSBC. Mete Yegin and Itır Sevim-Çiftçi head the team. Sait Eryilmaz was promoted to counsel.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Yegin Ciftci Attorney Partnership is adept at handling international M&A transactions, strategic alliances and joint ventures. Other areas of expertise include corporate restructuring, company law, corporate governance and regulatory advice. The team acted as Turkish counsel for Emirates in its $4.4bn acquisition of 99.85% of the share capital of Denizbank. Other clients include Pfizer, Mastercard, IFC and EBRD. Practice head Itır Sevim-Çiftçi is supported by counsel Kemal Aksel.

Project finance/projects Tier 3

Yegin Ciftci Attorney Partnership focuses on representing lenders in project finance transactions. In a recent highlight it advised EBRD and Garanti Bank on the $375m acquisition financing for the Menzelet and Kılavuzlu hydropower plants. Other clients include International Finance Corporation, China Development Bank and BNP Paribas. Mete Yegin heads the team.


The firm

Yegin Ciftci Attorney Partnership focuses on infrastructure, energy, corporate/M&A, privatisations, finance and capital markets. The firm advises major domestic and international banks, governmental entities and corporates on their Turkish and international operations. Since 2011, the firm has been working in co-operation with Clifford Chance, giving its clients access to Clifford Chance’s impressive international law capability and global network.

Areas of practice

Banking and finance: Yegin Ciftci offers a market-renowned finance practice acting on many of the ground-breaking deals and introducing new financial products in the Turkish market, advising on a full spectrum of financial products, including asset finance, derivatives and structured finance, Islamic finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, projects and infrastructure finance and real estate finance.

Corporate and M&A: Yegin Ciftci advises local and international strategic and financial investors in their domestic and outbound M&A transactions, focusing on cross-border acquisitions, public and private M&A, management/leveraged buy-outs and asset/business transfers and offering the combination of specialist industry expertise across various sectors from financial services to energy and resources and healthcare.

Energy, infrastructure, project finance and PPPs: Yegin Ciftci has extensive experience in conventional power, renewables, oil/gas/mining, ports/airports, bridges, roads, hospitals and telecommunications. In line with the firm’s in-depth knowledge and experience of the regulatory framework, Yegin Ciftci plays a major role advising lenders in healthcare PPP projects and on energy and infrastructure M&A transactions. The firm is unique in its ability to understand the needs of lenders, other financiers (including conventional term facility lenders, financiers in bond markets as well as funds and Islamic investors), sponsors (including Turkish and international developers and investors) and public authorities.

Capital markets: Yegin Ciftci covers the whole spectrum of capital markets work including debt and equity transactions, structured debt, high yield and advises major market participants including leading financial institutions, corporates and the Turkish government.

Islamic finance: the firm has been involved in Islamic financing techniques and Islamic product development and is also highly regarded for its Islamic finance practice. Yegin Ciftci helps deliver financing solutions for both investors and issuers/borrowers and advises on a wide range of Islamic financial services and products including capital markets, project and infrastructure finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, asset finance, structured products and derivatives and real estate finance.

Private equity: Yegin Ciftci has extensive experience in representing both domestic and international private equity firms in their investments in Turkey in a variety of sectors, advising on cross-border transactions covering a variety of investment strategies, including buyouts and growth capital transactions, real estate private equity and investment, spin-outs and portfolio acquisitions and divestitures.

Real estate: Yegin Ciftci advises on the full range of real estate-related transactions covering the entire property ‘life cycle’ from the initial acquisition, development, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit.

Consumer goods and retail: Yegin Ciftci offers a full service to CG&R companies ranging from strategic acquisitions, disposals and financings to brand management and commercial agreements.

Telecommunications, media and technology: Yegin Ciftci has an in-depth understanding of the TMT sector, providing transactional and regulatory advice in connection with mergers and acquisitions, compliance, antitrust and competition, financing and capital markets.


Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Mete Yegin - Sait Eryılmaz - Irem Su
Corporate/M&A Itir Çiftçi - Kemal Aksel - Deniz Göcük
Capital markets Mete Yegin
Capital markets Itir Çiftçi
Capital markets Sait Eryilmaz
Energy and infrastructure Mete Yegin
Energy and infrastructure Itir Çiftçi
Energy Deniz Göcük
Energy Irem Su
Islamic finance Mete Yegin
Islamic finance Sait Eryilmaz
Project finance/PPPs Mete Yegin
Project finance/PPPs Sait Eryilmaz
Project finance/PPPs Irem Su
Privatisations Itir Çiftçi
Privatisations Mete Yegin
Private equity Itir Çiftçi
Private equity Kemal Aksel
Real estate Mete Yegin
Real estate Itir Çiftçi
Real estate Kemal Aksel
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Itır Çiftçi  photo Mrs Itır Çiftçi
Mr Umut Özdoğan  photo Mr Umut Özdoğan
Mr Kemal Aksel  photo Mr Kemal Aksel
Mr Sait Eryılmaz  photo Mr Sait Eryılmaz
Mrs Deniz Göcük  photo Mrs Deniz Göcük
Mrs Irem Su Karasalih  photo Mrs Irem Su Karasalih
Mr Mete Yegin  photo Mr Mete Yegin
Number of lawyers : 20+
In co-operation with Clifford Chance
Contacts : Mete Yegin (
Contacts : Itir Çiftçi (