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White & Case Europe Danışmanlık Hizmetleri Avukatlık Ortaklığı

FERKO SIGNATURE, BUYUKDERE CADESSI NO: 175, KAT: 9, LEVENT 34394 ISTANBUL, TURKEY
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Work +90 212 354 2000
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Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

GKC Partners

GKC Partners is adept at handling cases of distressed debt restructurings, secured lending, syndicated lending, acquisition financing, project financing and mezzanine financing. It also advises on the full range of capital markets issues including IPOs. The team advised Bereket Group on its $4.2bn refinancing and debt restructuring, and assisted a consortium of banks as lenders in the $600m refinancing of debts of Kangal Termik Santral. Other clients include Credit Suisse. Güniz Gokce and Derin Altan jointly head the team.

Leading individuals

Güniz Gökçe - GKC Partners

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

GKC Partners

GKC Partners advises on domestic and cross-border M&A, equity capital markets and corporate finance deals. Other areas of expertise include structured financing, acquisition financing and debt restructuring. Recent highlights include acting for IFM Investors on its $869m acquisition of a 40% equity interest in Mersin International Port from Akfen. The team also represented Grupo Bimbo in its $650m acquisition of East Balt Bakeries. Other clients include ABB, BBVA, Gazprom and FSN Capital. Emre Özşar, Rozita Nigrin-Borden and Ceylan Kara head the team.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 3

GKC Partners

GKC Partners handles the competition aspects of M&A transactions, TCA investigations, merger filings, cartel investigations, international arbitrations and general competition law matters. It assisted Stalprodukt with merger filings in relation to its €40m acquisition of all shares in GO Steel Frýdek Místek from ArcelorMittal. Other clients include IFM Investors, Société Générale Turkey and Toyota. Sezin Elçin-Cengiz heads the team.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

GKC Partners

GKC Partners advises on Turkish law arbitration, litigation and local disputes. A particular area of focus is commercial and capital markets litigation, and it is also experienced in the energy and construction sectors. TAV Tepe Akfen Yatırım Inşaat ve Işletme is a key client. Yalın Akmenek heads the team. Zeynep Çakmak departed to Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı in February 2018.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

GKC Partners

GKC Partners advises on transactional and stand-alone labour law matters including restructurings, M&A, demergers, transfers, redundancies, whistleblowing, investigations, relocations, settlement negotiations and employment litigation matters. The team handled employment aspects of Zynga's $250m acquisition of Gram Games Teknoloji, including restructuring and the drafting of new executive employment agreements. Rozita Nigrin-Borden heads the team.

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

GKC Partners

GKC Partners specialises in the corporate and M&A side of the energy industry. Areas of expertise include contracts, due diligence, reorganisations and regulatory advice and the team regularly acts for clients such as Türkiye Garanti Bankası and Vakıflar Bankası. It is ’highly experienced on the lender side of transactions’ and combines ‘a project-oriented approach with collaborative know-how to understand the intricate dynamics of energy projects’. Güniz Gökçe heads the team, which features ‘highly skilled individuals with backgrounds in varying industries and legal practices’. Zeynep Çakmak departed to Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı in February 2018.

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Foreign firms
Foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

White & Case Europe Danışmanlık Hizmetleri Avukatlık Ortaklığı

White & Case Europe Danışmanlık Hizmetleri Avukatlık Ortaklığı is affiliated with the Turkish firm GKC Partners based in Istanbul. It is adept at handling international M&A transactions, banking, finance and capital markets matters, IPOs and dispute resolution. Clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Enerjisa and J.P. Morgan. The team represented Zynga on its $250m acquisition of Gram Games Teknoloji. Asli Basgoz and Sebastian Buss jointly head the team.

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Project finance/projects
Project finance/projects - ranked: tier 2

GKC Partners

GKC Partners advises both foreign and domestic clients on project finance particularly in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. Areas of expertise include PPPs, construction, privatisations and greenfield investments. In a recent highlight it advised DenizBank on a €75m financing of a new terminal at Ercan International Airport. Local banks, lenders and sponsors such as Yapı Kredi Bankası and and Ziraat count among the clients. Güniz Gökçe heads the team. Former practice head Zeynep Çakmak left for Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı in February 2018.

Leading individuals

Güniz Gökçe  - GKC Partners

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