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

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International operates at the top end of the market for equity capital markets transactions, and it is also highly active in the debt capital markets sphere. Banking mandates are another key workstream for the firm, with it generating repeat instructions from Turkish and international banks. Team head Muhsin Keskin works with senior associate Berk Cin, whose experience includes syndicated loans, ECA-backed financing, acquisition finance, project finance and securitisation transactions.

Practice head(s):

Muhsin Keskin

Key clients

Saudi Telecom Company

Abraaj Credit B.V

Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

ING Bank A.Ş.

Zorlu Holding A.Ş. and Zorlu Dış Ticaret A.Ş.

DFDS A/S, DFDS Turkey Denizcilik ve Taşımacılık Yatırımları A.Ş., DFDS Logistics AS and U.N. RoRo İşletmeleri A.Ş.

Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş.

Doğuş SK Girişim Sermayesi Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş

Penta Teknoloji Ürünleri Dağıtım Ticaret A.Ş. (Penta Teknoloji) and Gözde Girişim Sermayesi Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş. (Gözde Girişim)

Akbank T.A.Ş.

ÜNLÜ & Co

Murat Barış Tansever, İstanbul Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş. and Istanbul Portföy Ark II Hedge Fund

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International undertakes a mix of cross-border M&A, tender offers, de-listings of public companies and advises on the protection of minority shareholders. It also demonstrates strong capabilities in joint ventures, privatisations, asset transfers and outbound investments by Turkish conglomerates. Its client roster comprises of entities from industries such as engineering, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and transportation. Eren Kurşun is the head of the team, which includes İsmail Esin.

Practice head(s):

Eren Kurşun

Key clients

Doğan Şirketler Grubu Holding A.Ş. (Doğan Group)

Modanisa Elektronik Mağazacılık ve Tic. A.Ş (Modanisa)

DSM Grup Danismanlik Iletisim ve Satis Ticaret A.Ş (Trendyol)

DFDS A/S

Avicennia Capital (Subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad)

Oyak Group (Ordu Yardımlaşma Kurumu)

Kasap Family (the founders and owners of Ofçay)

SOCAR Turkey Petrol Enerji Dağıtım Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Lotte Advanced Materials Co., Ltd

Altınyağ Kombinaları A.Ş.

SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.Ş.

ICA IC İÇTAŞ ASTALDI

Nusret Gökçe, Nusmit Yiyecek Icecek Gida Pazarlama Tic. A.S.

Brookfield Capital Partners LLC

Worthington Industries

Marubeni Corporation

Cargill Tarım ve Gıda San. A.Ş.

Compliance Tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International's compliance team operates alongside the IT, commercial, tax, competition and IP departments to provide a full range of services to clients. The firm assists clients with a wide range of compliance issues, including those relating to anti-corruption, anti-bribery, trade sanctions, export controls, money laundering and white-collar crime. Its strong capabilities see it act for clients in sectors such as infrastructure, defence, energy, hospitality, life sciences, manufacturing and finance. The head of the team is Birtürk Aydın, who assists clients with internal compliance investigations, M&A-related due diligence and compliance training sessions. Senior associate Kerem Kuşcu is also recommended, as is İlay Yılmaz, who was hired from ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law.

Practice head(s):

Birtürk Aydın

Key clients

European Investment Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Gama Holding A.S.

PepsiCo Turkey Group

Mavi Giyim

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International acts for clients in arbitration proceedings, litigation and mediation. Its team works closely with members of other departments to handle contentious issues associated with areas such as M&A, tax, employment, IP and real estate. The firm has a strong track record acting for domestic and international companies in proceedings before Turkish and international courts. Koray Söğüt is the head of litigation. The arbitration practice is led by Ismail Esin, who generates mandates from banks, multinational companies, governments and private equity funds. Yalın Akmenek was a new arrival in 2020 from GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case).

Practice head(s):

İsmail Esin; Koray Söğüt; Yalın Akmenek

Key clients

Österreichische Post AG

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International advises on a variety of media and entertainment matters, including in the related areas of IT and telecoms, data protection and data privacy. It also advises on white-collar irregularities, tax, commercial, contracts, antitrust and real estate matters connected with the media and entertainment industry. Clients include large multinational entertainment organisations, as well as marketing and media companies. İlay Yılmaz, who joined from ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law, co-heads the team with senior associate Can Sözer.

Practice head(s):

İlay Yılmaz; Can Sözer

Key clients

Yandex

Hasbro

Mattel

Pinterest

Reddit

N11

Spotify

Netflix

TikTok

Twitter

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International mainly advises on financial restructurings, corporate reorganisations and insolvencies. Litigation is another driver of activity, including disputes between lenders and borrowers, and contentious shareholder-related matters. Clients include Turkish companies, financial institutions and international banks. The Istanbul-based group works closely with its counterparts in the London office. Banking and finance expert Muhsin Keskin is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Muhsin Keskin

Key clients

Saudi Telecom Company

The Abraaj Group

Abraaj Credit B.V.

Citibank

ING Bank

MUFG Bank

Deutsche Bank

Intesa Sanpaolo

Odea Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Denizbank A.Ş.

JP Morgan

Tax Tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International is well-placed to cover the entire spectrum of tax matters for clients, with its specialist team working closely with members of the compliance, real estate, banking and finance, employment, trade and commerce and corporate maintenance practices. Areas of expertise include transfer pricing, tax planning, internal taxation and dispute resolution. The group also provides M&A-related tax support, and is also knowledgeable about international taxation, tax restructuring, wealth management, employee benefits and indirect tax. Practice head Erdal Ekinci undertakes a significant amount of work for multinational companies. Güneş Helvacı is recommended for her experience of cross-border transactions and international tax matters that involve Turkish tax legislation. Senior associate Orhan Pala joined from an in-house role at Erdemir.

Competition Tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International is adept at handling cross-border merger control filings, competition compliance programmes, day-to-day competition matters and representing clients before the TCA. The firm acts for domestic and international companies in the telecoms, pharmaceuticals, insurance, online retail, steel, logistics, petrochemicals, energy and electronics sectors. Zümrüt Esin leads the team, which includes senior associate Sinan Diniz.

Practice head(s):

Zümrüt Esin

Key clients

PepsiCo Turkey / Frito-Lay

Siemens Healthcare

British American Tobacco (BAT Turkey)

Banvit Bandirma Vitaminli Yem Sanayii A.Ş

Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service Company Ltd.

SOCAR Turkey

IQVIA (formerly known as IMS Health Turkey)

Lotte Advanced Materials

Marubeni Corporation

Employment Tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International advises local and multinational clients on litigation, immigration issues, collective terminations, restructurings and redundancies and terminating the employment of senior executives. The practice acts for clients in the technology, consumer goods, agriculture, financial and manufacturing sectors, as well as NGOs, charities and religious organisations. Senior associate Sertaç Kökenek, who has experience in compliance, leads the team. Elif Nur Çakır Vurgun is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Sertaç Kökenek

Energy Tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International advises on regulatory issues, M&A, and financing in the oil, gas and renewables sectors. Banking and finance expert Muhsin Keskin and M&A specialist Duygu Turgut lead the team. Recent highlights include acting as lead counsel on the sale of a 55% stake in Socar LNG for Socar Dağıtım A.Ş., an affiliate of the Azeri state-owned oil company Socar. Shanghai Electric and Siemens AG are other clients.

Practice head(s):

Muhsin Keskin; Duygu Turgut

Key clients

SOCAR Turkey Petrol Enerji Dağıtım Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.Ş.

ICA IC İÇTAŞ ASTALDI

Power Construction Corporation of China Ltd.

Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş

J-Power

Shanghai Electric Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Kastamonu Entegre Ağaç San.Tic. A.Ş.

Foreign firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie is in an alliance with Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International. Key areas include infrastructure development, cross-border M&A, private equity and real estate. The firm also has expertise in tax, compliance, employment and competition law. İsmail Esin, Eren Kurşun and tax expert Erdal Ekinci lead the team. In recent highlights, the practice acted for Brookfield on its proposed acquisition of JCI’s power solutions business and advised Modanisa, an online Islamic fashion retailer, on the sale of a minority stake to Goldman Sachs and EBRD.

Key clients

Brookfield Capital Partners LLC

BNP Paribas

Yaşar Holding A.Ş.

Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş.

Modanisa Elektronik Mağazacılık ve Tic. A.Ş

Oyak Group

Intellectual property Tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International's practice is led by senior associate Mine Güner. The practice covers a wide variety of issues, such as those relating to copyright law, domain name disputes, unfair competition, patent litigation, enforcement and advertising law. It also advises on copyright matters, including digital rights, collecting society regulations and licensing issues. Transactional IP is another area of focus, which includes the IP aspects of acquisitions, joint ventures, reorganisations and franchise agreements. The team acts for domestic and international clients in the consumer goods, e-commerce and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mine Güner

Key clients

Unilever NV

Swarovski Aktiengeselschaft

Louis Vuitton Malletier

Hasbro

General Motors

General Electric

Bi-Qem Pte Ltd

FedEx

Abbott Laboratories

L Brands

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International fields a team which is highly capable in areas such as data protection and data privacy, e-commerce and internet law, among others. It also advises on regulatory, communications and contractual matters. The group acts for multinational companies in the finance, e-payments, e-commerce, telecoms, healthcare and energy sectors. İlay Yılmaz, who joined with two associates from ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law in May 2019, jointly leads the group with senior associate Can Sözer.

Practice head(s):

İlay Yılmaz; Can Sözer

Testimonials

‘Starting from the first correspondence phase Esin Attorney Partnership is always very professional’.

‘They have a big team and every sub-group is experienced in different areas; you are always consulting with a senior lawyer’.

‘Team members are practical and easy to work with’.

‘Can Sözer is a very professional, hard working, clever lawyer. He is also very friendly and his communication skills are above excellent’.

‘They have provided us with excellent information in such short time periods regarding compliance to data privacy regulations’.

Key clients

Unilever

n11

Yandex

BAT

Decathlon

Koton

IQVIA

Baxter

Siemens Healthcare

Medical Park

Spotify

TikTok

Hewlett Packard Enterprices (HPE)

Twitter

Project finance/projects Tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International specialises in energy, mining and infrastructure projects.  Its strong track record in this space has enabled it to build up a diverse client base, which includes international and domestic banks, and other financial institutions, as well as companies. Jointly led by Muhsin Keskin and Duygu Turgut, the team provides assistance with operational matters, government regulations, M&A, finance and privatisations. In the energy sphere, the group has expertise in renewables, conventional power, natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

Practice head(s):

Muhsin Keskin; Duygu Turgut

Key clients

SOCAR Turkey Petrol Enerji Dağıtım Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.Ş.

ICA IC İÇTAŞ ASTALDI

Power Construction Corporation of China Ltd.

Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş

J-Power

Shanghai Electric Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Kastamonu Entegre Ağaç San.Tic. A.Ş.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International advises on construction, lease agreements, regulatory matters, real estate-related M&A deals and hotel projects, and has particular expertise in the hotels, leisure and tourism sectors. Birtürk Aydın heads the team. In a recent highlight, the practice reviewed and negotiated the operating agreement for student housing for Maryapı.

Key clients

Marriott Hotel (Global Hospitality Licensing S.A R.L.)

Nusret Gökçe, Nusmit Yiyecek Icecek Gida Pazarlama Tic. A.S

Astaş Holding A.Ş

Daniel Wellington Turkey Saatleri Ltd. Şti.

Mar Yapı Turizm İnşaat San ve Tic A.Ş.

The firm: Esin Attorney Partnership, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, is committed to helping its clients succeed not merely in Turkey but worldwide.

Esin Attorney Partnership was named Turkey Legal M&A Adviser of the Year at the Mergermarket European M&A Awards in 2016 and Turkey International Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Europe Awards in 2014 and 2015. Esin was ranked number one for two years in a row in the Mergermarket M&A league tables for Turkey. Some of the firm’s latest notable transactions include BRF’s acquisition of Banvit and Qatar Investment Holdings; Turkven and Sancak Groups’ acquisition of MNG Kargo; Abraaj’s acquisition of Netlog; Marubeni’s acquisition of Saide Tekstil; and the listings of Mavi Jeans on the Borsa Istanbul and Global Ports on the London Stock Exchange.

Areas of practice: With over seventy lawyers, Esin advises Turkish and foreign companies in major industries including finance, energy, healthcare, retail, technology, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverage. The firm represents most of the private equity funds active in Turkey on a regular basis.

Esin’s dedicated expert teams serve clients in the following practices: M&A, private equity, banking and finance, capital markets, compliance, dispute resolution, employment, real estate, corporate advisory and maintenance, competition, intellectual property, data privacy, healthcare, tax, IT and communications, energy, mining and infrastructure, and international commercial and trade.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Compliance and investigations
Data protection
Dispute resolution
Employment
Energy, mining and infrastructure
Intellectual property
International commercial and trade
IT and communications
M&A and private equity
Real estate
Tax
Photo Name Position Profile
 Hakan Özgökçen  photo Hakan Özgökçen
 Yalın Akmenek  photo Yalın Akmenek
Mr Birtürk Aydın  photo Mr Birtürk Aydın
 Berk Cin photo Berk Cin
 Sinan Diniz photo Sinan Diniz
Mr Erdal Ekinci  photo Mr Erdal Ekinci
Mr Caner Elmas  photo Mr Caner Elmas
Mr İsmail Esin  photo Mr İsmail Esin
Mrs Zümrüt Esin  photo Mrs Zümrüt Esin
Ms Duygu Gültekin  photo Ms Duygu Gültekin
Ms Mine Güner  photo Ms Mine Güner
 Güneş Helvacı  photo Güneş Helvacı
Mr Sertaç Kökenek  photo Mr Sertaç Kökenek
Mr Muhsin Keskin  photo Mr Muhsin Keskin
 Kerem Kuşcu  photo Kerem Kuşcu
Mr Eren Kurşun  photo Mr Eren Kurşun Partner
Mr Koray Söğüt  photo Mr Koray Söğüt
Mr Can Sözer  photo Mr Can Sözer
Ms Duygu Turgut  photo Ms Duygu Turgut
Number of lawyers :
at this office : 70+
English
French
Turkish
Contacts : Ismail G Esin (partner)
Contacts : Eren Kursun (partner)