According to interviewees, leading finance lawyer Güniz Gökçe "knows the commercial side of deals and doesn't shy away from getting her hands dirty - she will be in meetings and negotiate directly with clients." She has advised on a wide range of covered bond and refinancing matters lately, for clients such as Bancroft, Barclays and DenizBank.
Serdar Paksoy remains well regarded for his vast experience in banking and finance. He is active in a variety of sectors such as insurance, energy and retail.
Ahmed Pekin is a vastly experienced finance lawyer, who remains highly respected in the domestic and international markets for his expertise.
Interviewees describe Can Verdi as "one of the most knowledgeable people in this field." He has wide-ranging experience of domestic and cross-border finance mandates across a variety of sectors.
Yeşim Bezen is a UK-qualified practitioner, and leads the banking and finance team. She is widely recognised for her project finance expertise, notably advising the EBRD on numerous large-scale financing mandates.
Begüm Durukan Özaydın acts on major financing matters in Turkey, and clients highlight her "extremely responsive, knowledgeable, creative and commercial" approach. Lately, she has advised several international clients on their Turkish investments, including Jefferies Finance and IFC.
According to sources, Gökhan Eraksoy is a "fantastic lawyer who is really sensible and business-minded." He brings long experience of the Turkish banking and finance market to the team, alongside his highly rated capital markets work.
Hakkı Gedik is an active figure in major financing cases, and recently assisted Credit Suisse with a USD150 million credit facility for domestic leasing company Garanti Finansal Kiralama. Gedik is widely appreciated by leading local and foreign banks for his internationally focused experience.
Clients rate Mete Yegin as being "reliable, experienced and well versed in his field." He regularly advises numerous prominent international financial clients, including the EBRD, UniCredit Bank Austria and Merrill Lynch International.
Muharrem Küçük has particular experience of project finance matters. Lately, this included advising IC Holding and Astaldi as sponsors on the financing of the major Third Bosphorus Bridge and Northern Marmara Motorway projects.
Barlas Balcıoğlu advises on financing mandates for clients such as Goldman Sachs and UniCredit Bank Austria. One impressed client regards him as "one of the most reliable legal advisers I've ever worked with. I trust his expertise and appreciate his to-the-point advice."
Zeynep Çakmak has a broad banking and finance practice, with notable project finance expertise. Recent case highlights include assisting several domestic banks, including DenizBank and Ziraat Bank, with the financing behind the purchase of shares in two recently privatised electricity distribution regions.
Ender Özeke is a widely appreciated finance lawyer with focused expertise in project finance mandates.
Halide Çetinkaya is well known for handling internationally oriented banking and finance work, which is part of a wider corporate law practice.
Onur Taktak has a growing reputation for financing mandates in Turkey. Lately, this included advising Ziraat Bank on the loan of acquisition finance to energy company Doğu Aras Enerji Yatırımları.
Interviewees appreciate Sila Yavuz's long-standing banking and finance expertise. She has advised on an extensive range of loan facility mandates of late, for clients including Rabobank and Finansbank.
Okan Beygo has wide-ranging experience of Turkish finance cases, bolstered by a professional background at a major domestic bank.
Ali Cem Davutoğlu recently joined the firm following a merger. At his previous firm, he advised Credit Europe Bank Suisse as the borrower on the negotiation of a syndicated term loan facility.
Muhsin Keskin is the primary point of contact for banking and finance mandates. The team has growing strength across a range of international mandates, particularly in the energy sector.
Baran Gen is department head of banking and finance at the firm, which is well regarded by international financial clients for cross-border instructions, notably with English law elements.
Haluk Bilgiç recently transferred to Bilgiç Avukatlık Ortaklığı, the affiliated office of Chadbourne & Parke. At his previous firm, he had experience of advising clients such as the EBRD, İş Bank and Agence Française de Développement on a range of structured finance and project finance deals.
Serkan Içtem of Içtem Legal is experienced in advising international banks and local borrowers on significant financing mandates.
Umut Kolcuoglu of Kolcuoglu Demirkan Attorneys at Law has acted on several international finance transactions recently, advising clients such as Wittur Holding and LBBW International.
Noyan Turunç of Turunç is a highly experienced banking and finance lawyer, whom clients consider "a reliable partner to work with during a complicated process."
According to interviewees, Hakan Yazici of Yazici Legal Law Office "has immense experience in finance," including a professional background at a leading Turkish bank.
Foreign Experts (Based Abroad)
Margaret Boswell of Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP's London office remains highly active on Turkish finance cases. This recently included advising the EBRD, IFC and İş Bank as senior lenders on substantial project financing to Asyaport for the construction of a new shipping terminal.
Chris Vartzis of Stephenson Harwood, Piraeus Branch frequently acts on shipping finance mandates involving Turkish investors and shareholders.