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

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Led by the highly-rated Muhsin Keskin, the team at Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International acts for a number of major international banks and financial institutions in corporate lending, debt restructuring, and regulatory matters. The team is also active on the  borrower side, where it advises corporates and private equity houses on acquisition financing transactions. Of recent note, the team advised on a market-leading Eurobond issue, the first since the Covid-19 pandemic. The firms also stands out in capital markets work. Senior associate Berk Cin is recognised for his expertise in complex syndicated lending and Islamic financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Muhsin Keskin

Other key lawyers:

Berk Cin

Key clients

Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Économique

Enerjisa Group

AB Svensk Exportkredit

Akbank

BNP Paribas Fortis

ING Bank

U.S. Overseas Private Investment Fund

Peker Yüzey Tasarımları

Turkey Wealth Fund

Yaşar Holding

Türk Telekomünikasyon

Şeker Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı

Garanti BBVA Securities

Mars Cinemas

Koç Holding

Akzo Nobel

Resolute Mining

Ünlü & Co.

Ak Yatırım

Citigroup

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International has a broad corporate and M&A offering, with expertise in corporate transactions, acquisition finance, and related tax structuring, and complementary strength in dispute resolution. The firm remains active in major cross-border deals, having adapted well to the Covid-19 pandemic through the use of legal technology, both internally and in collaboration with clients. Focus areas for the team include manufacturing, heavy industrials, and technology, with private equity investments also a regular source of work. The team is led by Eren Kurşun, a regular adviser on high-value deals. Also recommended is İsmail Esin, who handles contentious work arising from M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Eren Kurşun

Other key lawyers:

İsmail Esin

Testimonials

‘Stellar responsiveness, quick grasp of challenges and proactive and very engaged legal advice and negotiation attitude’

‘Rather on the informal side of things what I personally appreciate and very positive attitude towards our team and in general. Super pleasant to work with and also very quick in responding and providing practical solutions to complex problems.’

Key clients

PEAK

Turkish Military Pension Fund

Turkey Wealth Fund

Nusret Gökçe, Nusmit Yiyecek İcecek

Akzo Nobel Coatings International

Worthington Industries

Franklin Templeton Investment Management

Sanovel İlaç

Marubeni Corporation

Koç Holding

ICA

Marmara Otoyolu

Sabancı Holding

Enechange

Compliance Tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International acts for major international clients in the financial services, technology, defence, manufacturing, and hospitality sectors, handling a wide range of investigations and due diligence relating to white-collar crime and fraud, tax, and corporate governance. Led by new disputes head Yalın Akmenek, the team has taken a lead role in trending issues such as sexual harassment, smuggling, terrorism, and data privacy, reflecting its adaptability and broad expertise. Senior associate Kerem Kuşcu is also highly recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Yalın Akmenek

Other key lawyers:

Kerem Kuşcu

Key clients

Samsung G&T

Nestle Turkey

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International provides dedicated litigation and arbitration services to major corporate clients, with broad capabilities in administrative law, IP, and white-collar criminal defence, as well as a strong record in M&A and shareholder disputes. The firm represents both domestic and international clients, and is regularly involved in English law proceedings and ICC arbitrations. The practice group's diverse expertise is reflected in its leadership. İsmail Esin is an in-demand arbitrator with a focus on M&A disputes, Koray Söğüt specialises in complex commercial and criminal litigation for multinational clients, and Yalın Akmenek adds to the firm's cross-border expertise, following his arrival from GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

İsmail Esin; Yalın Akmenek; Koray Söğüt

Key clients

Österreichische Post

Foreign firms Tier 1

Baker McKenzie LLP has a strong profile in Turkey via its affiliate firm Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International , which performs strongly across a wide variety of practice areas, including banking and finance, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, capital markets, tax and competition. The firm regularly acts for major international clients on complex cross-border mandates, and in the past year has played a key role in legal tech advancements, both within the firm and in the wider market. Key names include litigators Ismail Esin and Yalın Akmenek, the latter of whom joined from GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) in 2020, corporate and private equity specialist Eren Kurşun, and tax advisor Erdal Ekinci.

Practice head(s):

İsmail Esin; Eren Kurşun; Erdal Ekinci; Yalın Akmenek

Key clients

PEAK

Turkish Military Pension Fund (OYAK)

Turkey Wealth Fund

Varian Medical Systems

Akzo Nobel Coatings International

Worthington Industries

Franklin Templeton Investment Management

Marubeni Corporation

Koç Holding

ICA IC İÇTAŞ ASTALDİ

Sabancı Holding

Enechange

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International acts for a diverse range of major international media companies, including television, gaming, and streaming services, with standout clients including Spotify and Netflix. The firm advises on the establishment of businesses in Turkey, and has strong capabilities in the regulatory field, encompassing data protection laws, social media regulations, media and entertainment laws, and practical issues such as filming restrictions. Data privacy and regulatory expert Ilay Yilmaz co-leads the team with senior associate Can Sözer, who advises media clients on a range of corporate and operational issues.

Practice head(s):

İlay Yılmaz; Can Sözer

Key clients

Spotify

Netflix

CGTN Corp

Twitter

Bytedance (TikTok)

Storytel

Twitch

Peak Games

Pinterest

Dailymotion

Tesla

Linkedin

n11.com

Yemeksepeti

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

With an impressive portfolio of international banking and financial services clients, Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International handles large-scale debt restructurings, and corporate bankruptcy and reorganisation matters relating to domestic and cross-border business operations and loans. Most notably, the firm has been advising Abraaj on Turkish elements of the high-profile liquidation of the private equity client. The team is led by banking and finance head Muhsin Keskin, corporate disputes leaders Koray Söğüt and Yalın Akmenek, and Ismail Esin, an in-demand arbitrator and disputes-focused practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Muhsin Keskin; Koray Söğüt; Yalın Akmenek; İsmail G. Esin

Testimonials

‘Strong knowledge of local practices, leverage international network quickly when necessary, excellent interpersonal skills at difficult times and good partner involvement ’

‘The team is ready for duty any time you need. They answered questions in detail and meticulously as quickly as possible.’

‘Business follow-up was strong. They are knowledgeable and hard workers.’

‘They are experienced, reachable and practical and have completed large number of sizable deals successfully’

‘Muhsin Keskin is one of the best legal advisers I have worked with. His approach is result oriented, friendly and wise.’

 

Key clients

Abraaj

HSBC

Intesa

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Citi

Hattat Holding

Hema Endüstri

Lucas Elektrik

Yaşar Holding

Abraaj Group

Acıbadem Healthcare

Sunexpress

ING

Tax Tier 1

Erdal Ekinci leads the team at Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, which houses a number of experts with extensive past experience at tax consultancies. Ekinci is a specialist tax counsel, and focuses on large-scale tax investigations, litigation, and support with the tax elements of major transactions. Güneş Helvacı is highly praised by clients for her tax advisory work, including transfer pricing and cross-border tax treaty matters. Clients include multinational tech businesses, financial services providers, and banks.

Competition Tier 2

In Early 2020, Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International strengthened its competition team with the hire of Hakan Özgökçen from ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law. Özgökçen jointly heads the practice with Zümrüt Esin, a regular adviser to major corporate clients on merger control filings and competition investigations. The firm also handles large-scale antitrust proceedings before Turkish and European courts on behalf of clients in heavily scrutinised industries such as retail, logistics, and automotives. Senior associate Sinan Diniz is another key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Zümrüt Esin; Hakan Özgökçen

Other key lawyers:

Sinan Diniz

Key clients

PepsiCo Turkey / Frito-Lay

Unilever Sanayi

Banvit Bandirma Vitaminli

SOCAR Turkey

Sysmex Turkey Diagnostik Sistemleri

TNT Turkey

Doğuş Planet Elektronik

SteelSummit Holdings

Franklin Resources

Marubeni Corporation

Toppan Printing Co

Hitachi

Faurecia

Employment Tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International supports a variety of international and multinational businesses on Turkish employment issues, including day-to-day employment law compliance, restructurings and mass terminations. The firm's international connections also enable it to act on immigration-related employment issues. The team has a specialist employment litigation capability, representing clients in mediation, litigation, and settlement proceedings. Sertaç Kökenek leads the team, and specialises in employment advisory matters including redundancies, employee stock options, restructurings and the termination of senior executives, in addition to employment litigation, immigration, social-security-related issues and compliance matters. Senior associate Elif Nur Çakır Vurgun also advises both on employment advisory matters and employment litigation as well as immigration and social security-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Sertaç Kökenek

Other key lawyers:

Elif Nur Çakır Vurgun

Key clients

Peak Games

Energy Tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International works for a range of clients across the energy and infrastructure sectors, handling transactions, project financing and development and regulatory issues. Areas of expertise include power generation, both conventional and renewable, mining, LNG and natural gas projects, and PPPs. Clients include power companies, private equity investors and funds, and international bank lenders. The team is led by Nigar Gökmen, former senior associate at Çakmak Attorney Partnership who joined the firm in December 2020, while senior associate Güven Maviş is a regular point of contact for industry clients.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Güven Maviş

Key clients

IC Holding

OYAK (Turkish Military Pension Fund)

BNP Paribas Fortis

Anagold Madencilik

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Asian Development Bank

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Agence Française de Dévéloppement

Société Générale

The Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

Enechange

Intellectual property Tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International specialises in trade mark registration and enforcement matters, acting for major international brands including Victoria's Secret and global entities such as NBC Television. The team, led by senior associate Mine Güner, advises on Turkish copyright and trade mark applications, challenges misuse of brand trade marks, and represents in litigation, including a number of complex and long-running proceedings. The firm collaborates with its wider global brand management practice, utilising developments in legal technology to act on cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Mine Güner

Key clients

Louis Vuitton Malletier

NBC Universal

Rotana Hotels

Honda Motor Co

BI-QEM

Netflix

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International is active in a wide range of IT and telecoms-related matters, including transactional, corporate, and regulatory advice to major domestic and international clients such as Bytedance and Peak. The firm focuses heavily on innovation within the industry, advising a number of start-up gaming, fintech, and legaltech companies, including hosting a LegalTech Start-Up Challenge in late 2019. İlay Yılmaz heads up the team, and advises a number of major clients on complex areas of IT law, including data protection and privacy, supported by senior associate Can Sözer.

Practice head(s):

Ilay Yilmaz

Other key lawyers:

Can Sözer

Key clients

Sprint

KDDI

Spotify

Airbnb

Pegasystems

LinkedIn

Bytedance (TikTok )

N11.com

Storytel

Twitch

Yemeksepeti

Peak Games

Netflix

Salesforce

Intesa Sanpaolo

Geotab

Nestle Turkey

Project finance/projects Tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International works across the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors, handling financings, transactions and regulatory matters for clients, which include domestic and international banks, energy and mining companies, and financial institutions. Notable areas of strength include operational advice, government relations issues and regulatory compliance matters, and work within the renewable energy sector. The team is overseen by Nigar Gökmen, who joined the firm in December 2020 from Çakmak Attorney Partnership. Banking specialist Muhsin Keskin handles both financings and regulatory issues, and Duygu Turgut is a transactional lawyer with a strong focus on the energy and mining sectors.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Muhsin Keskin; Duygu Turgut

Key clients

IC Holding

OYAK (Turkish Military Pension Fund)

BNP Paribas Fortis

Anagold Madencilik

Enerjisa Enerji

Asian Development Bank

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Agence Française de Dévéloppement

Société Générale

The Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

SOCAR

Enechange

MUFG Bank

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International advises on construction, real estate management, commercial leasing and transactional matters, with a strong focus on the retail and hotel sectors. Notable clients include Marriot, Sumitomo and a number of private equity investors. The practice is headed up by litigator and arbitrator İsmail Esin, allowing the team to act in contentious issues relating to leases, joint ventures and construction projects, including large-scale cross-border projects in Turkey and internationally. Senior associate Kerem Kuşcu takes the lead on transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ismail Esin

Other key lawyers:

Kerem Kuşcu

Key clients

ICA IC İÇTAŞ ASTALDİ

Marmara Otoyolu Yatırım

Dogan Holding

Marriott

SHG Ventures

Hitachi Kokusai

Allegion

Sumitomo Corporation

Türk Böbrek Vakfı

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 90 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 & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Compliance
  • Competition
  • Corporate Maintenance & Global Reorganizations
  • Data Privacy
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Energy, Mining & Infrastructure
  • Healthcare
  • M&A
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Commercial & Trade
  • IT & Communications
  • Private Equity
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Real Estate
  • Tax

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition Zümrüt Esin
Antitrust and competition Hakan Özgökcen
Banking and finance Muhsin Keskin
Capital markets Muhsin Keskin
Compliance and investigations Yalın Akmenek
Data protection İlay Yılmaz
Dispute resolution Koray Söğüt
Dispute resolution Yalın Akmenek
Dispute resolution İsmail Esin
Employment Sertaç Kökenek
Energy, mining and infrastructure Nigar Gokmen
Intellectual property Mine Güner
International commercial and trade İlay Yılmaz
IT and communications İlay Yılmaz
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
Media & Entertainment İlay Yılmaz
Restructuring & Insolvency Yalın Akmenek
Restructuring & Insolvency Koray Söğüt
Restructuring & Insolvency Muhsin Keskin
Healthcare Can Sözer
Photo Name Position Profile
 Hakan Özgökçen  photo Hakan Özgökçen
 Yalın Akmenek  photo Yalın Akmenek
 Berk Cin photo Berk Cin
 Sinan Diniz photo Sinan Diniz
Mr Erdal Ekinci  photo Mr Erdal Ekinci
Mr Caner Elmas  photo Mr Caner Elmas
 İsmail Esin  photo İsmail Esin
 Zümrüt Esin  photo Zümrüt Esin
 Duygu Gültekin  photo Duygu Gültekin
 Mine Güner  photo Mine Güner
 Güneş Helvacı  photo Güneş Helvacı
 Sertaç Kökenek  photo Sertaç Kökenek
Mr Muhsin Keskin  photo Mr Muhsin Keskin
 Kerem Kuşcu  photo Kerem Kuşcu
 Eren Kurşun  photo Eren Kurşun Partner
 Hakan Ozgökçen  photo Hakan Ozgökçen Mr. Hakan Özgökçen is a partner at ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law and joined…
 Koray Söğüt  photo Koray Söğüt
 Can Sözer  photo Can Sözer
Ms Duygu Turgut  photo Ms Duygu Turgut
Number of lawyers : 90+
Number of partners : 13
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