Banking & Finance - Turkey
Founding partner Serdar Paksoy is a widely recognised name amongst banking and finance sources in Turkey, thanks to his vast knowledge in this field.
Ahmed Pekin has extensive knowledge in this area, and is renowned across the market for his continued status as a leading figure in banking and finance.
Can Verdi retains his position at the top of the banking and finance market, following another year of significant activity with high-profile banks and financiers in Turkey.
Güniz Gökçe moves up a band this year, thanks to positive feedback and her presence on many high-profile transactions. Clients say: "She is extremely commercial. She has a good understanding of how legal and business issues interconnect."
UK-qualified Yeşim Bezen provides extensive insight on cross-border deals thanks to her international educational and professional experience.
Begüm Durukan Özaydın is commended by sources for her project finance work. Her practice also covers corporate/M&A and projects and energy.
Department head Selin Bayar is well known for her work on financings. Clients say they appreciate "her personal commitment throughout the whole process, and her alternative solutions to complex situations."
Sila Yavuz enters the rankings this year, thanks to her recent work on a number of high-profile financing matters. Highlights include advising RBS on its EUR150 million syndicated credit facility agreement with Arçelik.
Banking practice head Mete Yegin maintains his strength in Turkish banking and finance matters, acting for many prominent lenders on multimillion-dollar infrastructure financings in particular.
Muharrem Küçük leads the finance and projects group and is widely known for his financing work. He assisted ING with a programme of export credit financing for Fina Enerji's five wind farm projects in Turkey.
Okan Beygo is well respected by market sources for his substantial banking and finance experience. His practice is further strengthened by his previous experience in-house at major banks.
Barlas Balcıoğlu is appreciated by clients for his knowledge, availability and hands-on involvement in transactions. He advised Standard Chartered Bank on its dual-currency syndicated term loan facilities to Fibabanka and Deniz Bank.
Mesut Çakmak is an established presence in Turkish banking and finance, particularly on project finance matters. He is also known for his work in the areas of projects and energy, corporate/M&A and dispute resolution.
Department head Zeynep Çakmak is increasingly visible in the banking and finance field. She advised the lenders on the financing of the multibillion-dollar Nabucco pipeline project.
Mehtap Yıldırım Öztürk has been particularly busy of late assisting with bank regulatory matters. She advises well-known international financial clients, such as Visa and Western Union, on various Turkish concerns.
Gökhan Eraksoy regularly advises investment banks and other financial bodies on cross-border matters. He has particular expertise regarding structured finance, restructurings, capital markets, LBO financings and receivables financings.
Clients praise Hakkı Gedik as a "very responsive and experienced lawyer." His recent work highlights have included assisting with syndicated lending, acquisition finance and securitisation matters.
Ender Özeke is the firm's leading banking and finance lawyer. He is most well known for his project finance work.
US-qualified Win Michaelsen heads the banking and finance practice. He has been busy of late acting for both international lenders and domestic borrowers on substantial loan facility agreements.
Gözde Esen Sakar is appreciated by sources for being "quick and to the point," and for understanding the needs of clients. She assists with banking, finance and capital markets matters.
Ali Cem Davutoğlu recently joined the team following a merger. Market commentators say: "He is a responsive lawyer who knows his subject, and has international experience behind him. He is an easy person to co-operate with."
Halide Çetinkaya has particular experience of working with clients in the financial, insurance and healthcare sectors. She has been busy of late advising a range of banks on various matters.
Banking & Finance - Turkey (Desks Based Abroad)
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Foreign Desks Simmons & Simmons' Turkey desk focuses on advising clients on financing and investment work in the country. Lawyers from the firm's Dubai and London offices are part of the desk, and Philip Abbott in London is a key contact. Previously based in the Middle East, he often assists with Turkey-related structured loan transactions.
Haluk Bilgiç recently transferred to Bilgiç Avukatlık Ortaklığı, the affiliated office of Chadbourne & Parke, from Özdirekcan Bilgiç Dündar Attorney Partnership. At his previous firm, he advised Turkish Airlines on the legal aspects of its EUR2 billion purchase of five aircraft. Interviewees praise his deal management skills and responsiveness.
Serkan Içtem of Içtem Legal is a respected figure in banking and finance. He is particularly noted for his knowledge of loan agreements and restructuring cases.
Umut Kolcuoglu heads the banking and finance group at Kolcuoglu Demirkan Attorneys at Law, and enters the rankings this year thanks to his increased stature in the market. Clients admire him as a "proactive and responsive" lawyer.
Noyan Turunç of Turunç is a highly experienced individual who utilises his vast knowledge to advise high-profile international clients, such as Chevrolet and GM, on their Turkish banking and finance concerns.
Foreign Experts (Based Abroad)
Aviation financing and leasing expert Brett Hailey of Bird & Bird was previously based in Turkey, amongst other jurisdictions, and can use this experience to assist with Turkish financings.
Sibel Owji is based in the San Francisco office of DLA Piper LLP (US) and is part of the international tax group. Fluent in Turkish, she acted as an attorney in Turkey for five years, and was legal counsel for four years at the Confederation of Turkish Trade Unions.
Italian lawyer Francesco Ferrari of DLA Piper (UK LLP) was based in the firm's Istanbul office for some time, and so is experienced in acting on Turkish banking and finance mandates. He specialises in cross-border project finance, particularly related to the healthcare, energy and transport sectors.
Margaret Boswell is based in Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP's London office. She regularly acts on international financings, and has substantial experience of assisting with transactions that have a Turkish aspect.
Turkish and UK-qualified lawyer Asli Ozbey of London Legal International is recognised for her advice for UK-based clients on their Turkish banking and finance needs.
Chris Vartzis is a senior associate at Stephenson Harwood, Piraeus Branch. He focuses on asset financing, and often assists with ship financing transactions that have a Turkish aspect.