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Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie Inter
EBULULA MARDIN CAD., GÜL SOK. NO. 2
MAYA PARK TOWER 2
AKATLAR-BESIKTAS, 34335 ISTANBUL
Turkey

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Praised for being ‘capable of running multiple projects in parallel and meeting deadlines’, Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein represents international and Turkish banks, corporates and private equity funds in financial restructuring, NPLs, acquisition finance, project finance, securitisation and sustainable and structured finance and equity and debt issuances, as well as regulatory matters. Muhsin Keskin, who has a ‘hands-on and detail-oriented approach’ heads the practice, which is also recommended for its capital markets services, particularly bond issuances and IPOs. In recent work, the team advised in relation to Ülker Bisküvi's debut $650m eurobond issuance.

Practice head(s):

Muhsin Keskin

Testimonials

‘Esin has a large team capable of running multiple projects in parallel and meeting deadlines on each specific project without any delays. Team members are all experienced in their areas and capable of advising clients.’

‘I worked with Muhsin on multiple projects. Muhsin has a very hands-on and detail-oriented approach, which gives comfort to me so that I can focus on other commercial matters during deal making (e.g. in the case of our ongoing IPO project).’

‘The company provides legal services with very wide coverage from banking, finance capital markets to labour law. They have very high skilled lawyers. They have appropriate resources.’

‘The lawyers (partners and associates) are very responsive and provide good quality product within the agreed timeline.’

Key clients

Akbank T.A.Ş.

Citi

MUFG Bank

Intesa Sanpaolo

The Export-Import Bank of China

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Économique S.A. (Proparco)

BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV

U.S. Overseas Private Investment Fund (OPIC)

QNB Financial Leasing

Agence Française de Dévéloppement

ICBC

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

ING Bank

Commerzbank

Rabobank

Work highlights

  • Advised Akbank in relation to the issuance of its ESG-linked  $500m fixed resettable sustainability Tier 2 Notes due 2031.
  • Advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs as underwriters in relation to Pegasus Hava Taşımacılığı A.Ş.’s debut eurobond/high-yield bond offering: the issuance of the $375m 9.25% Notes due 2026.
  • Acted for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan, HSBC Bank plc and Rabobank in relation to Ülker Bisküvi’s debut $650m eurobond issuance.

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein houses a renowned M&A team, which is ‘unique in terms of its legal services’, and is supported by its global network of offices. The department is frequently involved on landmark deals, which of late have been centred in the manufacturing and industrials, food and beverage, TMT and healthcare sectors. Eren Kurşun, who has notable cross-border capabilities advising national and international clients, heads the practice. Caner Elmas, ‘one of the best M&A partners I have worked with’ according to a client; Duygu Turgut, whose expertise spans over the healthcare, energy, infrastructure and retail sectors; and Ali Selim Demirel, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Eren Kurşun

Testimonials

‘They are unique in terms of the legal services. This may sound generic, but I believe covers much such as quality of lawyers, approach to clients and always being super nice even in stressful moments. Potential clients should know that while having the best service, stress management is perfect.’

‘The most particular capability, comparing to other firms, is they own the subject and always try to deeply understand the business where they are requested to legally advise. That is very rare in most of the law firms. You feel part of the team as in house counsel during the work.’

‘Caner Elmas can be regarded as one of the best M&A partners I have worked with.’

‘They are not hesitant to be available at partner level, and still have the best competitive billing.’

‘Team is up-to-date on the technical ( legal) developments moreover also very knowledgeable on the market trends and new needs for their clients. Strong collaboration is their strongest area.’

‘Duygu Turgut: Strong experience on M&A. Her ideas and business view makes the difference and she makes you feel as a business partner more than a legal consultant. Very strong leadership especially on building the M&A strategy and the plan . Her communication style is very powerful.

Key clients

Peak Games

OYAK (Turkish Military Pension Fund)

Erdemir (Ereğli Demir Çelik Fabrikaları T.A.Ş.)

Mondi A.G.

Paragon Partners

NH Foods Ltd

Enerya Enerji A.Ş, STFA

Partners Group

BİM (BİM Birleşik Mağazalar A.Ş.)

Varian Medical Systems

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

ICA IC İÇTAŞ ASTALDİ Üçüncü Boğaz Köprüsü ve Kuzey Marmara Otoyolu Yatırım ve İşletme A.Ş.

Hyundai Motor Company

Österreichische Post AG (ÖPAG)

Cargill Tarım ve Gıda San. Tic. A.Ş.

Index Ventures X (Jersey) LP

Investcorp

KION Group

Limak Holding A.Ş.

Kraft Heinz Company

Whirlpool EMEA S.p.A.

Kamco Invest

CFM Soğutma ve Otomasyon A.Ş.

Dikey Vitamin (Supplementler)

Work highlights

  • Advised Erdemir on the acquisition of Kümaş Manyezit Sanayi A.Ş., the largest mine operator of quality magnesite ore industry in the world, and the market leader of the refractory industry in Turkey.
  • Advised Oyak Gıda ve Tarım Holding, a subsidiary of OYAK, on its acquisition of assets related to the production of Tadelle, Sarelle, Gol, Sagra, Sagra Special and Gofy branded products from Sanset Gıda Turizm San. ve Tic. A.Ş.
  • Advised Mondi on the acquisition of a 90.38% stake in Olmuksan International Paper.

Turkey > Compliance Tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein fields one of Turkey's go-to practices for contentious compliance matters, particularly in corporate corruption investigations. Clients include a wealth of multinationals with operations in Turkey, spanning the financial services, healthcare, infrastructure and hospitality sectors, among others. Yalın Akmenek leads the department and has extensive dispute resolution expertise. Senior associate Gökçe Serez is the key contact on a number of matters and comes with strong client recommendations.

Practice head(s):

Yalın Akmenek

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I must say that they were really knowledgeable, responsive and also very polite. I could get clear answers for all my questions during the engagement period.’

‘We are happy to work with Esin. They are knowledgeable and practical.’

‘Business savvy. They provide user friendly opinions. We don’t spend hours to try to understand what they meant. Gökçe Serez is very easy to work with. Always reachable. Very happy to work with Gökçe and the team.’

‘They are not arrogant, they try to look for all possible viewpoints. They work with you but they sometimes act like a third party, even sometimes opponent. They have collaborations with very special and strategic expects. The way of their interpretation is unique. They can catch very minor but strategic points.’

‘They listen most importantly.’

‘100% integrity with Baker McKenzie’s corporate culture in: taking the responsibility in own field, customer oriented behavior, perfect communication skills, professional project management, etc. Gokce Serez is our main contact in compliance related fields. We appreciated her involvement and valuable contributions to our projects.’

‘They are very diligent and very attentive. They always study the topic beforehand and provide the timely solution.’

‘Esin Law Firms stands out with its investment into the right profile lawyers, ie; compliance is a relatively new topic in Turkey. But, Esin hired and trained the best team for their clients.’

Key clients

Nestlé (Nespresso Turkey)

PepsiCo

VF Corporation

Unilever

N11

Work highlights

  • Advised a healthcare company on carrying out a thorough investigation over its subsidiary regarding alleged collusive tendering and anti-competitive behaviours.
  • Acted for a global technology company in a thorough investigation over its subsidiary regarding alleged manipulation, insider trading, fraud, sexual harassment and mobbing.
  • Advised a global Fortune 500 company on a multi-jurisdictional investigation over its subsidiary regarding allegations with respect to disclosure of confidential corporate information.

Turkey > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein is a top choice for both international and domestic clients in search of solid litigation and arbitration services. The team, which is headed by Ismail Esin, Koray Söğüt and Yalın Akmenek, has an excellent track record handling commercial litigation, including post-M&A disputes, and ICC arbitrations, in a variety of sectors such as construction, real estate, and IP. Senior associate Demet Kaşarcıoğlu provides additional expertise.

Practice head(s):

İsmail Esin; Yalın Akmenek; Koray Söğüt

Other key lawyers:

Demet Kaşarcıoğlu

Testimonials

‘Yalin Akmenek is very competent, very helpful, client and business oriented. He is very competent in arbitration and judicial proceedings, in Turkey and worldwide.’

‘The team is hard-working and engaged, producing strong legal outputs.’

‘Yalin Akmenek has great client-facing skills and is available and friendly.’

Key clients

Bureau Veritas

Uber

Unilever

Hyundai

Work highlights

  • Representing one of the leading providers of information technology products and services, in a complex ICC arbitration for a compensation claim arising out of an M&A transaction.
  • Represented a leading international transportation services provider in a commercial lawsuit regarding an unfair competition claim.
  • Representing the Turkish subsidiary of a leading FMCG company before the administrative courts against the Turkish Competition Board’s decision against the company regarding the administrative fines due to abuse of dominance.

Turkey > Foreign firms Tier 1

Baker McKenzie LLP‘s presence in Turkey, through its local affiliate firm Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member of Baker McKenzie International, is strong across a range of practice areas; the firm is a regular fixture in major capital markets deals, key financing transactions, disputes in various sectors, and in assisting international companies with compliance in tax and competition law. Its major clients include international investment groups and infrastructure project development has been an area of recent growth for the firm, reflecting the wider Turkish market. Litigators İsmail Esin and Yalın Akmenek are among the standout figures, along with M&A and private equity leader Eren Kurşun, tax specialist Erdal Ekinci, and banking and finance practice head Muhsin Keskin.

Practice head(s):

İsmail Esin; Eren Kurşun; Erdal Ekinci; Yalın Akmenek; Muhsin Keskin

Key clients

PEAK

Turkish Military Pension Fund (OYAK)

Worthington Industries

Franklin Templeton Investment Management

Marubeni

Koç Holding

Sabancı Holding

Enechange

Mondi

Paragon Partners

NH Foods

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Österreichische Post

Cargill Tarım ve Gıda

Index Ventures X (Jersey)

Kraft Heinz Company

Whirlpool EMEA

Kamco Invest

Work highlights

  • Advised Index Ventures on its $155m series A and B investments into Dream Games, valuing the business at $1bn.
  • Assisted Walgreens Boots Alliance with the carve out and disposal of its pharmaceutical wholesale business, Alliance Healthcare, to AmerisourceBergen Corporation for approximately $6.5bn.
  • Advised Akbank on the issuance of its ESG-linked $500m fixed resettable sustainability tier 2 notes due 2031.

Turkey > Media and entertainment Tier 1

A number of the most recognisable global digital media companies instruct Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein on their matters in Turkey, with the ‘large and diverse team' handling a range of issues and keeping clients up to date on the often-changing regulatory landscape. Senior associate Can Sözer, who assists clients with data protection, telecoms and e-commerce issues, heads the team. Since publication Ilay Yılmaz left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Can Sözer

Testimonials

‘Esin’s team is accustomed to working with multinational media and entertainment companies, which makes it easier for us to work with them.’

‘A very large and diverse team of well-trained and experienced professionals. The firm has a great international network. They are responsive and respond quickly on complicated matters.’

‘Very experienced experts. Good communication skills and stay in close touch with clients.’

Key clients

Spotify

Netflix

Storytel

Google

Twitter

Twitch

Yemeksepeti

Zynga

CGTN Corp

Peak Games

Pinterest

Dailymotion

Tesla

Linkedin

Work highlights

  • Assisted Spotify with its submission to obtain a broadcasting licence.
  • Assisted Netflix with its successful submission to obtain a broadcasting licence.
  • Advised Netflix on its collaboration with the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, reviewed the collaboration agreement from a commercial as well as a tax law perspective and assisted Netflix with the negotiation process.

Turkey > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Well known for covering the financial, dispute management and insolvency aspects of restructuring for an impressive roster of clients, the practice at Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein advises on bankruptcy, reorganisations and debt restructuring matters. Muhsin Keskin, head of the banking and practice department, heads the practice alongside Koray Söğüt and Yalın Akmenek, who jointly head the firm's disputes practice. Recent highlights include advising Özgörkey Holding and Etapak Baskı Ambalaj San. ve Tic on the restructuring of their financial indebtedness to Turkish banks and financial institutions, which amounts to $200m.

Practice head(s):

Muhsin Keskin; Koray Söğüt; Yalın Akmenek

Key clients

Lucas Elektrik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş

Me-Sa Otomotiv Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Eray Makine Ticaret ve Sanayi A.Ş.

Özel Kent Sağlik Hizmetleri ve Malzemeleri Sanayi Ticaret A.Ş.

VR Capital

Republika

Ortaköy Aparts Otelcilik A.Ş.

Çakmaklı Otelcilik A.Ş.

Sefaköy Aparts Otelcilik A.Ş.

TCP Petcoke Corporation

Abraaj Credit B.V.

Özcan Tahincioğlu

Tahincioğlu Gayrimenkul İnşaat ve Turizm Anonim Şirketi

Kozken İnşaat Taahhüt ve Turizm Anonim Şirketi

Abalıoğlu Holding A.Ş.

Özgörkey Holding A.Ş.

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Hattat Holding A.Ş.

Hema Endüstri A.Ş.

Hema Exim Ticaret A.Ş.

Hattat Tarım Makinaları Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Hema Otomotiv Sistemleri A.Ş.

Hattat Otomotiv Pazarlama A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Advising Abalıoğlu Holding A.Ş. on the restructuring of the financial obligations of its subsidiary, Er-Bakır Elektrolitik Bakır Mamulleri A.Ş.
  • Advising Abraaj Credit on a matter involving the financial and solvent restructuring of Derindere Turizm Otomotiv Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş., a Turkish company to which Abraaj Credit B.V. provided a loan.
  • Advised VR Capital on the acquisition of the loan and restructuring of the financial obligations of Multi Properties in relation to €482m provided to finance the development of the Marmara Forum Shopping Mall.

Turkey > Tax Tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein's team stands out for its ‘really good expertise and experience in the tax practice’. Led by the ‘responsive, detail-focused and result-orientedErdal Ekinci, the team works for an impressive roster of clients, including leading tech companies, covering tax audits, disputes, transfer pricing, and planning. Other areas of expertise include tax-related M&A, tax restructuring, wealth management, employee benefits, and international taxation. Senior associate Orhan Pala brings in key support to the practice, mainly regarding tax litigations and inspections, but also with tax planning and group restructurings in a wide range of industries.

Practice head(s):

Erdal Ekinci

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Erdal Ekinci and Orhan Pala: Extremely knowledgeable, business acumen, responsive, aware of international mechanics (i.e. not just locally focused).’

‘Tax team of Esin Attorney Partnership is technically highly qualified and experienced in practice.’

‘The communication of the individuals with the clients are always at top levels and they earn trust quickly as they always prepared, ready to help and cooperate.’

‘I believe the team I have worked with have been very professional and clear in the communication. Also I believe they demonstrated really good expertise and experience in the tax practice.’

‘Available and efficient.’

‘Excellent team and the tax partner on the account is very knowledgeable and comes up with practical advice.’

‘The tax partner on our account is always available, gives practical advice and is aware of the risk profile of our business and is very well recognized in the industry.’

‘Erdal Ekinci has an in-depth knowledge and experience in this field. He is responsive, detail focused and result oriented.’

Turkey > Competition Tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein's client base of heavyweight multinationals benefit from its global network when it comes to multi-jurisdictional competition matters. Practice heads Zümrüt Esin and Hakan Özgökçen are frequent fixtures on the Turkish aspects of global transactions with competition implications, a recent standout being Fiat Chrysler's merger with Groupe PSA, which included a phase II TCA investigation. The team also acts for clients in standalone antitrust investigations, for which senior associate Sinan Diniz is an important contact.

Practice head(s):

Zümrüt Esin; Hakan Özgökçen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Unique expertise, excellent knowledge, high quality opinions. Always trusted.’

‘Partners’ and theirs teams’ trustworthy experience and high quality as lawyers.’

‘The team is very well prepared to support both the legal and business of the companies. As a team, they are highly knowledgeable, strategic and straightforward practitioners.’

‘Sinan Diniz has been particularly brilliant in supporting the company in a high profile merger process. He has a very client- focused approach and always provides insightful and practical advice. The strong all-around competition law expertise and self-control of Hakan Özgökçen are of high value.’

‘Esin is our trusted partner for Competition Law related questions.’

‘Sinan Diniz is our key contact at Esin. His detailed and comprehensive advice, eases the work that we need to do both for external and internal compliance purposes. He has a good level of industry knowledge, which helps him to understand the sensitivities of our business, which in turn allows him to give us relevant and reliable advice.’

Key clients

Hyundai Motor Group

AAR

Ube Industries

Mitsubishi Materials

Mondi

Turkey Wealth Fund

Platinum Equity Advisors

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Work highlights

  • Advised Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on its merger with Groupe PSA, including assisting with a phase II investigation, to secure conditional clearance of the merger by the Turkish Competition Authority.
  • Acted for Hyundai Motor Group on its the acquisition of sole control over Hyundai Assan Otomotiv Sanayi, securing unconditional clearance.
  • Advised Mondi on the acquisition of a 90.38% stake in Olmuksan International Paper, a Turkish public company, and on the post-acquisition matters such as mandatory tender offer and post-closing integration.

Turkey > Employment Tier 2

The practice at Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein, which is praised for its ‘ high quality opinions’. The team, which includes senior associate Elif Nur Çakır Vurgun, is particularly renowned for its litigation strength, but is also proficient at handling advisory matters, including redundancies, restructurings and the termination of senior executives' employment, as well as social security matters, immigration, compliance and investigations. The department advises local and multinational clients, and can draw from the resources of the firm's network of offices. Since publication, Sertaç Kokenek left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Unique expertise, excellent knowledge, high quality opinions. Always trusted.’

‘Multi ways of thinking considering business needs, expertise, excellent knowledge.’

‘They are responsive and provide detailed analysis.’

‘Their availability is this team’s leading capability.’

‘Loyalty & accountability & commitment to quality are the key strengths of the team.’

‘Outstanding communication skills & ability to draw reasonable, logical conclusions & trustful approach are the key qualifications that make them special. I would like to thank Elif Nur Cakir.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a multinational manufacturer of sportswear, apparel and equipment on its global restructuring project, which aims to change its operating model through a cross-border merger.
  • Representing a multinational technology company in an employment receivables lawsuit filed by a former employee, who was working for the client in Turkey.
  • Advised a global data analytics, insights and brand consulting company with respect to its multijurisdictional restructuring project, which also affected its Turkish business and employees.

Turkey > Energy Tier 2

Senior associate Nigar Gökmen joined Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein from Çakmak Attorney Partnership in December 2020 to head the energy, mining and infrastructure department, bringing expertise in energy project development, including regulatory law, construction contracts and environmental permits. She joins a team already well versed in acting for power companies and investors in M&A, disputes, project financing and tax matters. The firm’s work in this industry sees a lot of cross-department collaboration, but the key partners involved are banking and finance head Muhsin Keskin and M&A expert Duygu Turgut. Senior associate Güven Maviş is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Nigar Gökmen

Testimonials

‘They have a fully integrated and team-based way of working.’

‘Nigar Gökmen devises effective solutions for clients.’

‘A reliable partner firm. They deliver a very high-quality legal service. Transparent, helpful and flexible according to the client’s needs.’

Key clients

OYAK (Turkish Military Pension Fund)

Erdemir (Ereğli Demir Celik Fabrikalari)

Enechange

Socar Turkey

Enerya Enerji

STFA Holding and Partners Group

Agence Française de Dévéloppement (AFD)

RWE

Société Générale

Intesa Sanpaolo

Energo-pro

Alacer Gold

Anagold

Centerra Gold

MUFG Bank

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

ING Bank

HSBC

Yapı Kredi

Kastamonu Entegre

Enerjisa Üretim

Minerals Technologies

ABB

Gold Royalty

Work highlights

  • Advised Enerjisa Üretim on the procurement, installation and construction of a renewable energy-based power plant.
  • Advised OYAK (Turkish Military Pension Fund), Erdemir Madencilik and Ataer Holding on project development matters for an iron ore pelletising plant to be established by a joint venture owned by Ataer Holding and JFE Steel.
  • Assisted the shareholders of Enerya Group with the sale of its shares to Ahlatci Holding through a bid process.

Turkey > Intellectual property Tier 2

Trade mark registration and enforcement is the standout strength of the dedicated IP practice at Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein. The team is led by well-regarded senior associate Mine Güner, who has a particular focus on the retail and consumer goods industries. The team’s advice to its wide-ranging client base is boosted by the strength of its international network, which allows for coordinated brand protection for multinational companies.

Practice head(s):

Mine Güner

Other key lawyers:

Pelin Aydoğdu

Key clients

Hasbro

NBC Universal

Oyak (Turkish Military Pension Fund)

BI-QEM

Koch Companies

Work highlights

  • Advised Oyak on the due diligence and closing stages of the asset transfer agreement on the acquisition of Sagra group trade marks.
  • Advised Oyak on the due diligence and closing stages of the asset transfer agreement on the acquisition of Tamek group trade marks.

Turkey > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein is recommended for its ‘very deep knowledge of the local and international market' and excels in negotiations with various regulatory authorities relevant to IT and telecoms clients. As the fintech and e-commerce markets have grown since the start of the pandemic, the firm has taken on a number of instructions in these areas, including updating clients on the slew of new e-commerce regulations. Senior associate Can Sözer leads the team. Since publication Ilay Yılmaz left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Can Sözer

Other key lawyers:

Ecem Elver

Testimonials

‘Esin’s team has a good understanding of privacy laws. They follow international trends and can come up with comparative legal guidance when needed.’

‘Esin Attorney Partnership has helped us to get through a busy period with its timely and creative legal evaluations. For this reason, I think that both Esin Attorney Partnership are very competent in this regard and deserve congratulations.’

‘Ecem Elver stands out for her organisational and communication skills.’

‘Can Sözer deserves endless praise. In addition to all their other talents, they stand out for providing creative insights in the most difficult times.’

‘Very deep knowledge of the local and international markets. They are business minded and professional but friendly.’

‘Quick assessment of the situation, precise solutions not only from a legal but also a practical perspective, very good communication skills.’

Key clients

Doğuş Planet

Tesla

Google

Visa

Jotform

Yandex

Nestlé

Spotify

Peak Games

Yemeksepeti (Delivery Hero)

Storytel

PepsiCo

Uber

Netflix

Work highlights

  • Assisted Visa with its foreign entity registration with the Data Controllers’ Registry (VERBIS).
  • Advised Tesla Motors on data privacy matters.
  • Advised garaj11, a second-hand vehicle marketplace owned by n11.com, on its legal needs, including B2B and B2C agreements and terms and conditions, consumer and privacy notices, and draft responses to consumer complaints and regulators’ queries.

Turkey > Project finance/projects Tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein advises local and multinational companies with a special focus on the development of projects in the energy, mining and infrastructure (EMI) sectors. Headed by senior associate Nigar Gökmen, the practice covers matters related to project operations, governmental regulations, M&A and financing involving Turkish cross-border and domestic EMI projects. In particular, the team has a good track record of assisting investors with PPP projects. Banking expert Muhsin Keskin and transactional specialist Duygu Turgut bring additional experience to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Nigar Gökmen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Fully integrated and team-based way of working.’

‘They have a client-oriented approach and in-depth expertise. Nigar Gökmen offers effective solutions for clients.’

‘Esin Attorney Partnership is very experienced in financial loan agreements in Turkey and in other countries where we have operations, and has relations with other countries such as Russia and Germany. They have a problem-solving approach and they are very quick to answer our questions.’

‘Reliable partners. They deliver a very high-quality legal service. Transparent, helpful and flexible according to the client’s needs.’

Key clients

OYAK (Turkish Military Pension Fund)

Erdemir (Ereğli Demir Celik Fabrikalari T.A.Ş.)

Enechange

Socar Turkey

Enerya Enerji

STFA Holding and Partners Group

Agence Française de Dévéloppement (AFD)

RWE

Société Générale

Intesa Sanpaolo

Energo-pro

Alacer Gold

Anagold

Centerra Gold

MUFG Bank

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

ING Bank

HSBC

Yapı Kredi

Kastamonu Entegre

Enerjisa Üretim

Minerals Technologies

ABB

Gold Royalty

Work highlights

  • Advised Agence française de développement in relation to a €49.8m term loan facility guaranteed by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and provided to İzsu (Izmir Municipality Water and Sewage Treatment Administration).
  • Advised the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in relation to a €100m term loan facility provided to the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.
  • Advised Japan Bank for International Cooperation in relation to a $170m green untied loan facility provided to Türkiye Kalkınma ve Yatırım Bankası.

Turkey > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein‘s real estate practice earns praise for its ‘dedication and attention to detail’, advising on sales, acquisitions, store and commercial office leases, and hotel projects, as well as covering the real estate components of M&A deals and disputes. Seasoned litigator and arbitrator İsmail Esin heads the team, closely supported by associate Berk Bengi.

Practice head(s):

Ismail Esin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm has always been the gateway to excellence in Turkey. Their dedication and attention to detail is beyond expectations. Each team member is very unique, with diverse skills, and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Despite being an experienced and busy partner, Ismail Esin is always available when you need him. He and his team are always on top of the deal and make you feel very comfortable throughout the process. His strategic thinking, guidance and creativity provides a competitive advantage. His leadership and negotiations skills are unique and come into play when you need them.’

Berk Bengi’s speed and focus on details is remarkable. He is very clear about deliverables and punctual on deadlines. Thanks to his prompt and perfectionist work, deals flow very smooth and are well structured.’

‘They have a wide diversity of substantive knowledge and experience. They give practical and actionable advice that is extremely helpful in evaluating local legal issues.’

‘Esin Attorney Partnership treated our matter like it was their own. Along with their wide knowledge and expertise, their relationships with clients are outstanding.’

‘We worked very closely with Berk Bengi. He is a good listener and provider of solutions, has extensive knowledge and, above all, he is reachable anytime we need him. He maintained a strong, trusting relationship with us, which makes us very confident and motivated. Also I have to give a lot of credit to Ismail Esin. Anytime that it was necessary, he was always there with his vast experience and in-depth market knowledge.’

Key clients

Marriott

SHG Ventures Limited

Netflix

Mondi Plc.

Ankara Chamber of Commerce

Pepsi Turkey

Rönenans Gayrimenkul Yatırım A.Ş.

Tahincioğlu Gayrimenkul and Kozken İnşaat

Şeker Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş

ICA IC İÇTAŞ ASTALDİ Üçüncü Boğaz Köprüsü ve Kuzey Marmara Otoyolu Yatırım ve İşletme A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Advised Marriott on the due diligence process for a prestigious hotel located in the commercial heart of Istanbul, to be branded as Delta Levent.
  • Advised SHG Ventures Limited on the incorporation of a legal entity in Turkey, on the drafting and negotiation of a hotel lease agreement with Emrag Insaat for the conversion of Rebis Hotel Bodrum to METT Hotels, and on related tax structuring issues.
  • Advised Netflix on the drafting, negotiation and signing of an office lease agreement with Baser Faktoring for the lease of an office in Akmerkez, Istanbul.

The firm:   Esin Attorney Partnership, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, has long been a leading provider of legal services in the Turkish market. We have a total of nearly 150 staff, including over 100 lawyers, serving some of the largest Turkish and multinational corporations.

Our clients benefit from on-the-ground assistance that reflects a deep understanding of the country’s legal, regulatory and commercial practices, while also having access to the full-service, international and foreign law advice of the world’s leading global law firm.

We help our clients capture and optimize opportunities in Turkey’s dynamic market, including the key growth areas of mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure development, private equity and real estate. In addition, we are one of the few firms that can offer services in areas such as compliance, tax, employment, and competition law — vital for companies doing business in Turkey.

We also have a reputation for providing excellence in service. Esin Attorney Partnership has been named Turkey Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Europe Awards in 2021, Turkey Banking & Finance Firm of the Year at the IFLR Europe Awards 2021, Turkey M&A Legal Advisor of the Year by the Mergermarket Europe Awards 2020, Turkey Law Firm of the Year by the IFLR European Awards in 2020, Diversity & Inclusion Firm of the Year by the International Tax Review in 2020; Turkey Tax Firm of the Year by the International Tax Review in 2019 and 2020, Turkey Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Europe Awards 2018; Turkey Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year at the IFLR European Awards 2018; Legal Adviser of the Year in Turkey at the European M&A Awards in 2016 and 2010 by the Financial Times and Mergermarket showing our long history of top-quality legal work.

Our dedicated expert teams serve clients in the following practices:

  • Banking and finance
  • Capital markets
  • Compliance
  • Competition
  • Corporate maintenance and global reorganizations
  • Data privacy
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment
  • Energy, mining and infrastructure
  • Healthcare
  • M&A
  • Media and entertainment
  • Intellectual property
  • International commercial and trade
  • IT and communications
  • Private equity
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Real estate
  • Tax
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Antitrust and competition Hakan Özgökcen
Banking and finance Muhsin Keskin
Capital markets Muhsin Keskin
Compliance and investigations Yalın Akmenek
Dispute resolution Koray Söğüt
Dispute resolution Yalın Akmenek
Dispute resolution İsmail Esin
Energy, mining and infrastructure Nigar Gokmen
Intellectual property Mine Güner
M&A and private equity Duygu Turgut
M&A and private equity Ali Selim Demirel
Corporate Maintenance & Global Reorganizations Duygu Gültekin
M&A and private equity Caner Elmas
M&A and private equity Eren Kurşun
Real estate İsmail Esin
Tax Erdal Ekinci
Restructuring & Insolvency Yalın Akmenek
Restructuring & Insolvency Koray Söğüt
Restructuring & Insolvency Muhsin Keskin
Healthcare Can Sözer
Media & Entertainment Can Sözer
IT & Telecoms Can Sözer
Number of lawyers : 100+
Number of partners : 16
English
French
Turkish
German
Contacts: : mert.tuglan@esin.av.tr
Contacts: : begum.arici@esin.av.tr