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

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) has strong capabilities in private banking and capital markets work, advising on large-scale and cross-border syndicated loans, mezzanine financings, acquisition finance, and large-scale restructurings in the financial sector, on behalf of a number of major Turkish and international banks and investors. The banking team is led by Güniz Gokce, an experienced practitioner with a broad range of expertise. Practice co-head Derin Altan and Ceren Şen are names to note for capital markets work; the two are particularly active in debt capital markets and structured finance. The 'highly competentAteş Turnaoğlu is also praised by clients.

Practice head(s):

Güniz Gökçe; Derin Altan

Other key lawyers:

Ceren Şen; Ateş Turnaoğlu; Kaan Alkan

Testimonials

‘The team that I and my team work with at GKC Partners is known for providing solution-driven advice innovatively tailored. The team is a combination of solid leadership, communication, and access to good resources which contribute to productive collaboration, but it all comes down to having people who understand each other and work well together. The team at GKC Partners has the right mix of ambition, and encouragement that is crucial for me and my team.’

‘Solution oriented. High skilled, experienced and sufficient number of team members, able to deliver complex tasks meticulously under high time pressure. Excellent level of responsiveness. Good communication skills with clients and counter parties. ’

‘They have been able to coordinate multiple parties in complex deals in a successful manner. They have handled matters very professionally, guiding various parties at once, addressing all of their practical needs and producing creative solutions helping to move forward efficiently rather than following straight instructions.

‘The team is extremely capable of solving every possible problem encountered by all parties including the lenders’ side. While they are protecting the best interest of our company, they act as a mediator to reach to a fast solution. ’

‘Ates Turnaoglu as the partner in our project, handles the process wonderfully. We always got what we aimed for. Kaan Alkan, the assigned associate, brings more value than we envisaged. He is definitely the future star. ’

‘Ates Turnaoglu is highly competent and always reachable at the same time. Never disappointed a bit!’

‘We studied a lot of cases with GKC Partners and they are really good. They make it easy for you at all stages of transactions, you always feel their support so you can trust their abilities and experiences. ’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

EBRD

Turkven

T. İş Bankası

ICA IC İçtaş Astaldi

IC İçtaş İnşaat

China Merchants Group

Goldman Sachs International

Vakıfbank

Yapı ve Kredi Bankası

ESAS Holding

UniCredit

Palgaz Doğalgaz Dağıtım

Mayhoola

UniCredit Bank AG

Barclays Bank PLC

Natixis

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) has a full-service corporate offering, with strengths in tax, employment, capital markets, bank  finance and M&A. The team is active in the financial services and gaming spaces, notably advising Zynga on its landmark acquisition of Peak. It has also increased its activity in the data and fintech sectors. In line with its international partnerships, the firm is regularly involved cross-border deals. Emre Özşar oversees the practice, and made partner in early 2020 in recognition of his transactional record. Senior associate Can Tolga Tezel specialises in the tech and e-commerce sectors.

Practice head(s):

Emre Özşar

Other key lawyers:

Can Tolga Tezel

Testimonials

‘Highly professional, attentive to details, amazing negotiators. Very responsive even to non standard requests. Able to keep high level of performance under time pressure.’

‘High standards of ethics, professionalism, flexibility. Excellent performance on unusual and complex project.’

‘Very strong capabilities working across Western and Turkish business cultures.’

‘This is a very professional team, with an extremely committed and solution-oriented approach. Compared to other law firms, you always receive direct, satisfactory responses without any long and unnecessary explanations and you feel extremely confident on the level and quality of the responses.’

‘I can say they have strong team full of expert in our related areas like energy & M&A & banking & finance. They are always organized and meet our expectations for many way. They are always on the other side of the line whenever we need them.’

‘Mr. Emre Ozsar His intelligence made all process easier for us. And his self confidence & communication skills always boost our chance in negotiation process and/or in conflicts.

‘Extensive experience on the field with strong team both locally and globally. ’

‘GKC advised us on a significant and complex transaction in the banking sector in Turkey, encompassing both an M&A and a capital market leg. Being an investor based abroad, it was crucial for us to work with a firm which could combine good M&A legal skills and strong local knowledge. The GKC team proved to be the right choice, as it showed not only strong technical competences, but also excellent local knowledge and contacts.’

Key clients

Zynga

Unicredit

Sisal

Birlesik Holding

Goldman Sachs International

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Gama Holding

Hanwha Q Cells

Firmenich International

Mid Europa Partners

Alfardan Gayrimenkul

SK Engineering & Construction

InfraMed Infrastructure

Turkey Wealth Fund

Turkey > Foreign firms Tier 1

White & Case LLP has a longstanding and productive presence in Turkey, with its subsidiary GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) highly active in the banking, finance and project financing, energy, and M&A spaces. The firm's English law practitioners work closely with Turkish counsel on major domestic and cross-border deals, and are particularly strong on the lender side. Laura Sizemore, who heads the firm's EMEA capital markets practice, divides her time between London and Istanbul, handling notable debt issuances, while Sebastian Buss plays a key role in banking projects work.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Buss

Other key lawyers:

Laura Sizemore

Testimonials

‘The team acted in full partnership with us, and provided their guidance almost as an in-house department. ’

‘Very responsive, punctual and collaborative – the firm always has ‘Plan B’ solutions that enable projects to run smoothly.’

Key clients

Sisal

Zynga

Gama Holding; Gama Enerji

Denizbank

T.C. Ziraat Bankası

Cengiz İnşaat

Limak İnşaat

Kolin Inşaat Turizm

Kalyon Inşaat

RSY

Pak

International Finance Corporation

Nederlandse Financierings Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

ESAS Holding

UniCredit Bank

Alfardan Gayrimenkul

InfraMed

Sponsors

Turkey > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) is highly active in financial restructuring work, handling large-scale mandates in the financial sector, including complex syndicated loan and mezzanine financing matters. The firm also acts for corporate borrowers, but predominantly represents lenders in debt restructurings, refinancings, and concordatum insolvency proceedings. The team is led by Güniz Gokce, a specialist in Turkish financial restructuring law, as well as US and UK-based bankruptcy proceedings, alongside the 'dedicated' Ateş Turnaoğlu, who works on a variety of financial restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Güniz Gökçe; Ateş Turnaoğlu

Testimonials

The GKC team is comprised of experienced and competent professionals with extensive experience. I believe that they are one of the most commercially and solution minded teams in the Turkish market.

From associates to the partners, the team is always accessible and ready to provide any assistance required even if it is not within their scope. Ateş Turnaoğlu is one of the most experienced lawyers in the Turkish market and this helps to speed up the transaction reaching financial closing. He is very knowledgeable of applicable laws and regulations, follows legal updates and informs his clients how such updates affect their interests.

Ates Turnaoglu is the individual we mostly work with. He is dedicated to his tasks and full of energy, with capacity to handle all issues . We are glad of his co-operative approach.

The GKC team is very attentive to their clients’ questions and needs. They are articulate in their answers and recommendations, laying down the legal risks and rewards clearly.

GKC has young lawyers who have lots of energy and ambition to close multi-party and difficult deals. They can work 24/7 when it is needed and always try to deliver the best results in the shortest amount of time possible.

Besides being analytical, attentive, perfectionist and dynamic the firm has a good reputation in the market so that they inspire trust in all parties. They do not end their service with the contract limitations and always try to find mutual solutions in billing.

Key clients

Ziraat Bankası

DenizBank

AktifBank

İş Bankası

Yapı Kredi

TSKB

Garanti Bank

Akbank

Aktif Yatırım Bank

Alternatifbank

Burgan Bank

Fibabanka

HSBC Bank

Odea Bank

Pasha Yatırım Bank

Şekerbank

Turkland Bank

Halk Bank

İç Anadolu Doğalgaz Enerji

Astaldi

Kuveyt Türk

TSKB

Turkey > Competition Tier 2

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) works with the firm's global corporate team on large-scale transactions. In particular, the team has worked on a number of standout cross-border deals for major investment funds and corporate entities, a recent example of which was Zynga's acquisition of Peak Games. Led by Sezin Elçin-Cengiz, the competition team assists with merger control proceedings, and also represents corporate clients in TCA investigations relating to pricing and abuse of dominance. Of recent note, the team represented Nestle Turkey in the TCA's retail pricing investigation.

Practice head(s):

Sezin Elçin-Cengiz

Key clients

Pfizer

Sun Chemical Corporation

Zynga

SSR Mining

Saudi Aramco

Metso Corporation

Goldman Sachs

Firmenich International

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas

Polska Grupa Lotnicza

Mayhoola for Investments

Hanwha Q Cells Güneş Enerjisi

QNB Finansbank

Nestlé Türkiye Gıda Sanayi

Turkey > Energy Tier 2

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) is highly active in assisting on financing for energy transactions and projects across Turkey as well as internationally. The team has strong relationships with major Turkish and foreign banks and financing institutions, and advises on large-scale acquisitions and developments in the oil & gas, renewable energy, and electricity generation sectors, including plant constructions and asset transfers. The team is led by Güniz Gökçe and Ateş Turnaoğlu, both highly rated financing and projects lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Güniz Gökçe; Ateş Turnaoğlu

Testimonials

‘Very prompt lawyers with a good work ethic. GKC has a good working relationship with financial institutions in Turkey. ’

‘Ates Turnaoglu was very responsive and well received by both of the banks that we worked with. I would like to mention him especially. ’

‘The team has knowledge in the energy sector, especially on the distribution side. Its availability at any time makes the GKC team unique.’

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Türkiye İş Bankası

Borusan ENBW Enerji Yatırımları ve Üretim

Turkiye Kalkinma ve Yatirim Bankasi

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Nederlandse Financierings Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden

Turkey > Project finance/projects Tier 2

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) is heavily involved in major infrastructure projects across Turkey, including road transport and airport developments. Additionally, the firm's international alliance allows it to work with international banks and financial institutions on cross-border project financings, investments and transactions. The team has advised on innovative new loan products, including the EBRD's Energy Financing Facility. The team is led by highly-praised infrastructure financing specialist Güniz Gökçe, and energy and infrastructure-focused Ateş Turnaoğlu, who has great expertise in regulatory and contractual issues.

Practice head(s):

Güniz Gökçe; Ateş Turnaoğlu

Testimonials

‘One of the law firms with a versatile manner to meet the client’s necessities effectively and have the capacity to work in almost every sector and field, both in Turkey and worldwide. They are service-oriented and practical which is the key reason for my preference. And they don’t take client relationships for granted. In each time, they make us feel special and important and we always get the resources we need and it makes a difference among the other law firms. And another point for my preference comparing to other law firms, their documents are always updated.’

‘Recently Ateş Turnaoğlu has been my key contact for cross-border transactions where we need assistance in foreign jurisdictions and Turkish law matters, as well. He sees the bottom line and finds a way to get to the point. He has an excellent understanding of our business and the internal environment within the banks.’

‘We have been working with GKC on several projects and I believe GKC consistently provides a 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 structures distinguish GKC from its local and international competitors.’

‘Ateş Turnaoğlu is always responsive and working hard to meet the expectations of the bank without jeopardising the deal.’

Key clients

DenizBank

T.C Ziraat Bankası

Garanti

DenizBank

Halkbank

Vakıfbank

QNB Finansbank

T. İş Bankası

Cengiz İnşaat

Limak İnşaat

Kolin Inşaat Turizm

Kalyon Inşaat

RSY

Pak

International Finance Corporation

Nederlandse Financierings Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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