Firm Profile > GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) > Istanbul, Turkey

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case)
Büyükdere Caddesi, No: 175, Kat: 10
34394 Esentepe, Istanbul
Turkey

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case)'s team has expertise in a wide range of banking transactions, including those involving acquisition finance, project finance, structured finance, global mortgages and mortgage covered bonds issuances. It also advises on the regulatory framework relating to restructurings. Clients include borrowers, foreign and Turkish banks, private equity investors, arrangers and purchasers. Güniz Gokce, who acts for arrangers, lenders and multilateral financial institutions in cross-border financings. Gokce co-heads the practice with Derin Altan, who is recommended for his capital markets expertise. Newly promoted partner Ceren Şen advises on all aspects of the structuring, negotiation and documentation of debt capital markets deals. Ateş Turnaoğlu also made partner.

Practice head(s):

Güniz Gökçe; Derin Altan

Testimonials

‘The team is specialized in banking & finance law and practice. Therefore, even the most complicated issues are dealt with effective care and resolved in a short period of time’.

‘Team’s synergy is vivid and positive, with a “can do attitude”’.

‘Guniz Gokce has years of experience combined with a sharp intelligence, management and persuasion skills’.

‘Ateş Turnaoğlu is an exemplary, hard-working attorney with great legal perspective and high negotiation skills’.                               

‘I believe GKC Partners is one of the best in the area of finance and capital partners in Turkey with a lot experience and great understanding and assistance of the customer needs’.

Key clients

Mayhoola for Investments

Akbank

Goldman Sachs

Vakıfbank

HSBC Bank Canada

Mikro Yazılımevi

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Nederlandse Financierings Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO)

İş Bankası

Garanti Bankası

Türkiye Spor Toto Süperlig

Astaldi

Yapı ve Kredi Bankası

Eaton

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) has a strong M&A practice, as is illustrated by its work for clients across a multitude of industries. Led by Emre Özşar, the team is active in areas such as energy, financial services, technology and retail, among others. It handles public company M&A, private equity transactions and provides other Turkish law advice to international businesses. The firm's transactional capabilities are enhanced by its ability to offer in-house support on related tax and financing issues. Ceylan Kara left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Emre Özşar

Key clients

Eaton Corporation

British United Provident Association (BUPA)

Goldman Sachs

EBRD

ABB AB

Greenbrier Companies, Inc.

Gama Holding

Mayhoola for Investments SPC

Hanwha Q Cells

Foreign firms Tier 1

White & Case Europe Danışmanlık Hizmetleri Avukatlık Ortaklığı is affiliated with GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case). It is notably strong in cross-border M&A, banking and finance, disputes, capital markets and competition matters. In a recent highlight, the team acted for the British United Provident Association, an insurance provider, on the acquisition of Acıbadem Sigorta in a $175m deal. Other clients include Goldman Sachs, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Finance Corporation. Asli Basgoz and Sebastian Buss jointly head the ‘truly global’ practice.

Practice head(s):

Asli Basgoz; Sebastian Buss

Testimonials

‘I couldn’t ask for a more supportive and collaborative team’

Key clients

Eaton Corporation

British United Provident Association (BUPA)

Yapı Kredi Bankası

EBRD and Türkiye Iş Bankası A.Ş.

Goldman Sachs

Greenbrier Companies, Inc.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) advises both borrowers and lenders on large-scale restructuring deals in the financial sector. The firm advised International Finance Corporation (IFC) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on the drafting and introduction of amendments to the Turkish financial restructuring programme. Restructuring expert and newly promoted partner Ateş Turnaoğlu and Güniz Gökçe lead the team.

Energy Tier 2

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) specialises in financing and M&A, on matters including contractual work, due diligence, reorganisations and regulatory advice to investors. Güniz Gokce and Ateş Turnaoğlu lead the team, which recently advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Türkiye Iş Bankası A.Ş. on the financing of solar power plants. Other clients included the International Finance Corporation and ICBC Turkey Bank.

Practice head(s):

Güniz Gökçe; Ateş Turnaoğlu

Testimonials

‘Ateş Turnaoğlu is one of the most experienced and innovative energy & projects lawyers in our market.’

‘GKC consistently provides high quality and reliable service.’

‘Highly experienced project teams backed with subject-matter experts, responsive and client-centric management and ability to design tailor-made project finance structure.’

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Nederlandse Financierings Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO)

Türkiye İş Bankası A.Ş.

Hanwha Q Cells

T.C. Ziraat Bankası

Enerji Fonu

Vakıfbank T.A.O

Türkiye Halk Bankası A.Ş.

ICBC Turkey Bank A.Ş.

Türkiye Garantı Bankası A.Ş.

Project finance/projects Tier 2

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) has a specialist project development and finance practice, which stands out in sectors such as infrastructure, transport, defence and renewable energy. The team, which is jointly led by Güniz Gokce and Ateş Turnaoğlu, is active in a number of the most high-profile mandates in the market. Gokce is experienced in advising arrangers, lenders and multilateral financial institutions on infrastructure financing projects.

Practice head(s):

Güniz Gökçe; Ateş Turnaoğlu

Testimonials

‘They have a large team consisting of experienced people; each team member starting from junior level to the most senior is very hardworking, committed and responsive’.

‘They have an English law qualified lawyer based in Istanbul, which makes them very competitive in costs and easily available for face to face negotiations’.

‘Their knowledge in certain sectors where most of the project finance transactions are signed is remarkable (i.e. energy, hospital PPPs, etc.)’.

‘Guniz Gokce is available 24/7 . Her grasp of lawyers’ understanding of the commercial matters is unique and outstanding’.

‘Guniz Gokce is one of the most experienced lawyers in the market; she is very sharp and has a holistic approach to matters’.

‘Ates Turnaoglu is extremely knowledgeable of applicable laws and regulations, follows legal updates very closely and has access to what is coming in the near future’.

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

T.C. Ziraat Bankası A.Ş.

ICBC Turkey Bank A.Ş. (ICBC)

Kalyon Türkerler Rüzgar Enerjisi A.Ş.

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Nederlandse Financierings Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO)

Mak-Yol Inşaat Sanayi Turizm ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Alsim Alarko

SK Engineering and Korea Expressway Corporation

Sat & Company JSC

Competition Tier 3

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) advises on M&A-related competition matters including merger filings, vertical agreements, license agreements, individual exemption applications and investigations conducted by the TCA. It is also adept at handling cartel matters and preliminary investigations launched by the TCA into anticompetitive behaviour. Clients include multinationals and domestic firms. Counsel Sezin Elçin-Cengiz heads the team and perviously worked for over a decade of experience working at the TCA.

Practice head(s):

Sezin Elçin-Cengiz

Key clients

Eaton Corporation

Turkish Banks Association

Goldman Sachs

Mayhoola for Investments LLC

Saudi Aramco

Nestlé Turkey

British United Provident Association (BUPA)

QNB Finansbank

Hanwha

Doğuş Holding

TAQA

ÜNSPED Customs Consultancy and Logistics Services Inc.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) advises on international arbitration, Turkish law disputes and other contentious matters. Equally strong advising domestic and international clients, the group's areas of focus include multijurisdictional disputes, litigation and potential conflicts in projects. Yalın Akmenek left the firm.

Testimonials

‘Good understanding and knowledge of legal framework.’

‘Proactive and responsive.’

Key clients

TAV TEPE AKFEN Yatırım Inşaat ve Işletme A.Ş.

BUREAU VERITAS

Redington

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Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and Finance Güniz Gökçe
Capital Markets Derin Altan
Commercial, Corporate & M&A Emre Özşar
Restructuring & Insolvency Güniz Gökçe, Ateş Turnaoğlu
Energy Güniz Gökçe, Ateş Turnaoğlu
Project Finance / Projects Güniz Gökçe, Ateş Turnaoğlı
Competition Sezin Elçin-Cengiz
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