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Corporate/M&A — Turkey


Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein - Corporate/M&A

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Eren Kurşun
- 4 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent, large-scale M&A team with extensive expertise advising international and Turkish investors on complex public and private mandates, including an outstanding reputation in sectors such as healthcare, education and financial services. Highly active with private equity funds seeking to acquire and dispose of investments in Turkey. Boasts particular capabilities on complex multi-jurisdictional mandates, on which it benefits from an association with global firm Baker McKenzie.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's innovative and business-oriented approach: "At Baker McKenzie, the team delivered impeccable work on a consistent basis and helped us to resolve all outstanding issues, including finding creative solutions for commercial matters." Another adds: "They guide us through complex matters with precision and protect our business interests, especially in complex M&A transactions."

Clients praise the firm's "full commitment to clients' needs," describing the team as "supportive, and always eager to stretch themselves to ensure that our requests are satisfied to the best of their abilities and beyond."

One impressed client simply states: "They are by far the best practice in Turkey, having consistently demonstrated their technical knowledge, legal understanding and responsiveness."

Work highlights Advised Cargill on the acquisition of 51% of the issued share capital of Ekol Gıda.

Assisted Abraaj Anatolia Growth Capital Fund with its acquisition of a stake in Yu-Ce Medical.

Significant clients JLL, Hahn & Co, Toyota, Abraaj Capital, Fiba Holding.

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Sources describe İsmail Esin as "the master of this area after two decades of hard work and tireless success." One client states that "his authority is clearly visible in negotiations - when he speaks, people listen." He regularly assists multinational corporate and financial clients with their high-level investments in Turkey.

According to clients, Eren Kurşun is an "absolutely phenomenal" practitioner with exceptional negotiating skills: "He always remains calm and solution-oriented, regardless of how complex the problem may be." He has extensive experience of advising local and international clients on transactions in a diverse range of sectors, including technology, education and healthcare.

Duygu Turgut enters the rankings this year in recognition of her growing profile in Turkish M&A transactions. Clients describe her as a "very corporate, highly motivated and responsive" practitioner who is "100% focused on client needs" and "will go above and beyond her duty to get a deal through." Her recent caseload includes advising Petgaz on an asset transfer deal involving two of Turkey's leading LPG companies.

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Paksoy - Corporate/M&A

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Elvan Aziz, Stéphanie Beghe Sönmez and Togan Turan
- 4 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding domestic practice with a leading position in the Turkish M&A market. Provides vast experience of public transactions and private equity investments in a variety of sectors, including financial services, food and beverages, and energy. Notably strong on the financing aspects of major transactions, including related bankruptcy proceedings, and recognised for a multidisciplinary approach to mandates. Regularly works with major international firms on complex cross-border matters.

Strengths The firm draws praise for its ability to produce high-quality work in time-pressured situations. One client says: "The service was pretty flawless - we had to ask them to provide advice at very short notice and they were completely responsive, even very late at night," while another adds that "they were able to work on everything we needed in an incredibly tight timeframe but ensured that the level of quality remained really outstanding and impressive."

Clients also appreciate the team's pragmatic and client-focused approach: "The team is very experienced and results-oriented, they really understand what the client needs and can speak their language."

Others state: "Paksoy is the best-quality firm I have worked with in Turkey so far - the advice they provide in terms of quality and responsiveness is just outstanding."

Work highlights Advised Dow Chemical on the USD900 million sale of AgroFresh.

Acted for the EBRD on the agreement for their subscription to Akfen Holding's renewable energy asset portfolio, valued at USD100 million.

Significant clients PineBridge Investments, DyDo Drinco, Kubota, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Alliance One International.

Notable practitioners

Serdar Paksoy maintains his position as an influential figure in corporate transactions. Interviewees praise his knowledge of the regulatory system and his "sound judgement on deals," adding that he can give "more than just legal guidance, but practical transactional advice as well." His recent caseload includes advising Panasonic on its acquisition of Bayer's Turkish diabetes care business, part of a major global transaction.

Elvan Aziz is a highly regarded corporate practitioner with vast experience of advising on M&A and corporate restructurings, as well as related property and labour law matters. Sources consider her "patient and result-oriented - she always listens to what the other side is saying, tries out different angles, and helps us to sort out the problems we're trying to solve."

Togan Turan has experience handing corporate transactions in a range of regulated sectors, where he is aided by his in-depth knowledge of Turkish competition law. Clients say: "He is very easy to work with, very approachable and extremely knowledgeable - when you work with Togan you feel that you are in good hands."

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Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki Attorney Partnership (BASEAK) - Corporate/M&A

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Galip Selçuk
- 4 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A growing force in the high-end Turkish M&A market, boasting experience of major transactions in sectors such as food, packaging, energy and automotive manufacturing. Notably involved in significant cross-border transactions involving multinational corporations and private equity funds investing in Turkey. Benefits from its collaboration with global giant Dentons. The team has been strengthened by the arrival of Müfit Arapoğlu from Yegin Çiftçi.

Strengths The firm draws praise for its ability to "manage the cultural gap and difference of experience" when assisting local and international clients with cross-border transactions. One interviewee says that "they are an ideal set of advisers for transactions involving Turkish businesses selling to international buyers, as they understand both worlds and can make them come together on terms acceptable to both parties."

Another interviewee states that "the most important thing was that they have the business mindset," adding that "when we needed to find a way to turn the business around they came up with plenty of alternative options and models, and made solutions happen. It was very effective in terms of both time and money."

Clients also appreciate the firm's full-service capabilities: "The reason I'm so happy is that they have a great team and expertise in competition, commercial and M&A, as well as having financial advisers within the firm, so they were able to offer a turnkey service for our transaction."

Work highlights Advised Yemeksepeti on the USD589 million sale of its shares to Delivery Hero.

Assisted Yıldız Holding with the TRY335 million sale of the majority of its shares in Della Gıda San. ve Tic., Bahar Su and İlk Mevsim Meyve Suları to Japanese beverage company DyDo Drinco.

Significant clients Coca-Cola Turkey, Pizza Restaurantları, Delivery Hero, OMV, Pera Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners

According to sources, Galip Selçuk is "an expert on M&A" who has significant experience in domestic and cross-border transactions. His recent caseload includes advising Global Investment House KSCC on the acquisition of majority shares in Olgarlar Spor Malzemeleri.

Selim Keki is broadly active on cross-border transactions, and has acted for Özata Kimyevi Maddeler Gıda Ve Ambalaj on a number of matters lately, including the formation of a joint venture with Greiner Packaging International. Clients say: "Selim is a very sharp lawyer who is able to translate and apply legal technical concepts to day-to-day business practice."

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  • Cross-border transactions
  • Debt capital markets
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  • Equity capital markets
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Çakmak-Gökçe Avukatlık Bürosu - Corporate/M&A

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Emre Özşar
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong choice for M&A in Turkey, often acting for private equity funds and multinational parent companies making investments in Turkey. Utilises its association with global firm White & Case on large-scale cross-border mandates. Advises leading clients from sectors including financial services, media, energy and technology.

Strengths The firm draws praise for its "international capabilities and resources." According to clients, the team is "adept at handling complex transactions, with strong drafting and language skills" and provides "a great mix of local and international advice through their relationship with White & Case."

Work highlights Acted for BBVA on the EUR1.9 billion acquisition of a 14.89% stake in Garanti Bank.

Advised Gama Holding on its acquisition of a 50% stake in Gama Enerji from its joint venture partner GE Energy & Financial Services.

Significant clients Nestlé Waters, Mitsubishi, Ronesans Holding, Actera Partners, Mid Europa Partners.

Notable practitioners

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Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership - Corporate/M&A

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ümit Hergüner
- 5 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service domestic giant providing international and local clients with complete transactional support, including due diligence, negotiating and drafting contractual documents and closings. Recent work highlights include strategic multi-jurisdictional acquisitions, joint ventures, sales and divestments in the maritime, food and beverages sectors. The firm offers particular knowledge of the regulatory aspects of transactions, including licence transfer and competition board clearance.

Strengths Clients praise the firm as "a good team to have on cross-border transactions for both sellers and buyers" due to its ability to manage "cultural issues and difficulties understanding each other - the team knows how to co-operate across a number of jurisdictions and was very useful throughout the deal."

Clients also appreciate the firm's dedicated approach to their work: "It is a dynamic law firm staffed with top-level professionals who are responsive and ready to engage in delivering within short deadlines."

Work highlights Advised Delivery Hero on its USD589 million acquisition of Yemek Sepeti Elektronik İletişim Tanıtım Pazarlama Gıda.

Represented leading Japanese meat processing conglomerate Nippon Meat Packers in its acquisition of 60% of the shares in Ege-Tav.

Significant clients Moët Hennessy, Pirelli Tyres, Polyplex, Digitürk, Kumport Terminal.

Notable practitioners

Ümit Hergüner remains a prominent name in the Turkish M&A market. He boasts extensive experience of complex cross-border transactions, and recently assisted Dutch fleet management company LeasePlan with its acquisition of the 49% stake in LPD Holding held by Doğus Group.

According to clients, Kayra Üçer is "very responsive and sensitive to commercial and diplomatic concerns." He regularly acts on multi-jurisdictional transactions, including acting as local counsel to major multinational corporations on high-profile matters in the pharmaceutical sector.

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Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı Attorneys at Law - Corporate/M&A

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Umut Kolcuoğlu and Serhan Koçaklı
- 2 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely admired Turkish firm with a significant portfolio of corporate/M&A clients. Boasts an enviable presence among Turkish and foreign private equity funds and strategic investors, advising them on numerous high-end mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, including related regulatory compliance issues. Regularly handles transactions in the maritime, manufacturing and financial services sectors and recently active on a number of major insurance company transactions.

Strengths Clients are particularly impressed by the firm's business acumen: "They think from the business's perspective rather than just sticking to legal matters and not seeing the big picture."

The firm draws praise for its "talented team and extensive experience in a wide range of M&A situations," including "a great knowledge of Turkish as well as foreign law."

Clients also appreciate the high level of partner involvement, stating that "the partners spend a lot of time with the client and are on top of details, not like other law firms where you only see the partners in critical meetings."

Work highlights Advised the EBRD on its acquisition of a minority stake in port operator Global Liman İşletmeleri valued at EUR53.4 million.

Assisted M&C Saatchi with its acquisition of a minority stake in the Turkish advertising company Kırmızı Etki Reklamcılık Hizmetleri Ticaret.

Significant clients Mediterra Capital Partners, Turkven Private Equity, TPI Composites, Hugo Boss, BP.

Notable practitioners

Umut Kolcuoğlu rises to the top band this year in recognition of his excellent reputation for domestic and international corporate transactions. Clients describe him as "a real force" in M&A matters who "gives absolutely top-notch corporate advice" and "works hard to understand the commercial perspective of the client, so the solutions he comes up with are always practical and serve the required purpose."

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Bener Law Office - Corporate/M&A

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Erim Bener
- 5 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for a significant range of multinational and Turkish clients on day-to-day corporate retainer issues. Noted experience advising on mid-market strategic investments, particularly in the energy, technology and real estate sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the team's ability to work collaboratively on cross-border transactions, adding that they were also "impressed by the firm's very commercial approach."

The firm also draws praise for being "very efficient" and capable of "finding solutions and providing whatever we needed."

Work highlights Advised Tiger Global on the acquisition of shares in Evidea.

Represented Selge in its joint venture partnership with Verifone Elektronik ve Danışmanlık, the Turkish subsidiary of Verifone Systems.

Significant clients Eurasian Minerals, Mitsubishi, Mazaya, Silgan Whitecap, Ricoh.

Notable practitioners

Onur Kordel is particularly noted for his experience of handling M&A transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Clients describe him as "very proficient on local and international matters, a true business partner." He also draws praise for his "easy" and "co-operative" approach, with one source saying that "he was able to bring everyone to the table and work together to achieve the envisaged result and close the deal."

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Birsel Law Office - Corporate/M&A

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ali Murat Sevi and Hikmet Fadillioğlu
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely respected for advising international and Turkish clients on a broad range of corporate governance matters and transactions. Frequently assists multinational clients with corporate issues relating to their Turkish subsidiaries, including advising on the local elements of international mergers and acquisitions. Diverse client roster includes corporate and industrial clients in the cosmetics, IT, automotive and aerospace sectors.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's experienced and well-organised approach to transactions: "The Birsel team is well co-ordinated internally. They are aware that time is of the essence in M&A projects, and are highly risk-sensitive especially during due diligence." Another adds that "they always follow up and you can rely on them 150% - nothing gets lost, and everything we delegate is done perfectly."

Work highlights Advised Bağ Yağları on the proposed sale of 25% of its shares to Seaboard Corporation.

Assisted Sephora with all aspects of Turkish corporate and commercial law.

Significant clients Cummins, Bongrain Europe, SIVECO Romania, IFC, Gemalto.

Notable practitioners

Ali Murat Sevi and Hikmet Fadillioğlu are key contacts for this practice area.

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Gen Temizer Özer - Corporate/M&A

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Baran Gen and Emre Özer
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Internationally experienced team with notable cross-border M&A capabilities. Assists private equity firms and other investors with acquisitions and sales in Turkey as well as advising domestic and foreign companies on strategic investments. Highly active lately in sectors such as energy, retail, transport and banking.

Strengths Clients say: "They have a unique capability in combining local Turkish law advice with international deal expertise, and provide top-drawer M&A advice for acquisitions and joint ventures on cross-border deals."

The team also draws praise for being "excellent negotiators" who "defend the rights of the client as well as identifying the risks," and "are able to get the right balance between protecting and progressing the deal."

Value for money Clients consistently praise the firm for being "excellent value for money - they provide better service for half the price of international chains."

Work highlights Advised Yaşar Holding on the sale of 75% of the shares of its printing ink subsidiary DYO Printing Inks to Toyo Ink.

Represented Archer Daniels Midland in its EUR240 million acquisition of several corn processing facilities from Eastarch, including its major Turkish facility.

Significant clients Sabancı Holding, Volkswagen Group, N+1, Earlybird, GED Capital.

Notable practitioners

According to clients, Baran Gen is an "outstanding negotiator" who "will fight hard to defend her client's rights" while remaining "very commercially minded with a solid focus on deal resolution." Her recent caseload includes multi-jurisdictional mandates in the construction, manufacturing and financial services sectors.

English-qualified lawyer Edmund Emre Özer is particularly well placed to advise on cross-border transactions. Clients say he is "a great lawyer to have on your side in negotiations" due to his "calm but assertive manner" and his ability to "find solutions for unusual deal points in complex and challenging files."

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Moroğlu Arseven - Corporate/M&A

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: E Seyfi Moroğlu, E Benan Arseven and Burcu Tuzcu Ersin
- 3 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Rises in the rankings this year due to excellent feedback for its growing M&A practice. Acts for clients on the buy and sell sides of a variety of deals, providing a full service covering initial due diligence and negotiations, competition filings, closing and post-transaction support. Offers an extensive corporate advisory service to clients in sectors such as technology, energy and life sciences.

Strengths Clients describe the firm as "a business partner that provides a high-quality legal service" with partners who are "focused on the interest of our companies and proactive in addressing potential issues and needs, which they bring to our attention in a proactive manner while making suggestions and offering flexible solutions."

The team also draws praise for their broad expertise and "collaborative approach;" one client states that "they have a great group of people with experts on all legal areas, so when we need help they always have someone with the relevant expertise."

Significant clients 212 Capital Partners, BIC Angel Investments, Vicat Turkey, The Klinger Group, Mor Elektrik Üretim.

Notable practitioners

E Seyfi Moroğlu is lauded as "one of the most prominent theorists on corporate law matters in Turkey." He also has significant experience in transactional work, and is particularly well placed to assist German clients with cross-border deals with Turkey.

Burcu Tuzcu Ersin has experience advising Turkish conglomerates and international investors on both transactional and corporate counselling matters. Clients describe her as a "wonderful" practitioner who "is easy to communicate with" and "can make the most complicated legal issues easy for us to understand."

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Pekin & Bayar Law Firm - Corporate/M&A

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Şefika Pekin, Selin Bayar
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Local firm with an established M&A practice, notably active on transactions in regulated sectors such as energy and pharmaceuticals. Primarily acts for international clients on inbound investment into Turkey.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's creative and solution-focused approach: "They are able to show you alternative ways to look at the problem, and rather than just offering one possibility they create new solutions tailored to you and your business."

Another interviewee adds that "their ability to adapt to the unexpected is a key strength of the practice; they were always positive and ready to find a solution."

Work highlights Represented ALK-Abelló in its purchase of Albio Allerji Ürünleri.

Significant clients GE, Yokogawa, RES Mediterranean, BC Partners, Aviva.

Notable practitioners

Şefika Pekin remains one of the most respected figures in the Turkish M&A market. Clients trust her as someone who is "always aware of everything that is happening and in complete control of the situation."

Selin Bayar maintains her position as a top transactional practitioner. She is praised by clients for her "very commercial and knowledgeable" approach to transactions, as well as being "very approachable and always available, getting back to you right away."

Ferhat Pekin is praised by clients for his calm approach to negotiations. One describes him as "the coolest person I've ever seen" and another adds that "in difficult negotiations he was good at calming things down but could also hold his ground when necessary." He has recently assisted a number of international clients with sales and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical sector.

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Pekin & Pekin - Corporate/M&A

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Kemal Serdengeçti
- 2 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Local firm boasting a comprehensive transactional offering covering both strategic and private equity investments. Advises predominantly international clients from key regulated and unregulated industries such as energy, infrastructure, transport and technology. Areas of expertise include cross-border M&A, joint venture agreements and transactional exit strategies.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's accessibility: "What I really appreciate is that they are reliable - I've never had any issues with them, they have always been very responsive."

Another adds that they provide "very efficient support for cross-border deals."

Significant clients Citibank, Arab Banking Corporation, Kagome, Nisshin Foods, Edison.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe Kemal Serdengeçti as a "rising star" who enters the rankings this year following strong praise for his transactional and advisory practice. Clients say he is a "very client-focused practitioner" who "comes up with pragmatic approaches and solutions" and "is a pleasure to work with."

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Turunç - Corporate/M&A

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Noyan Turunç and Kerem Turunç
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Domestic firm with offices in İstanbul, Ankara and İzmir, which moves up in the rankings this year thanks to significant praise for its growing practice. Boasts long-standing relationships with prominent international clients, advising on many ongoing corporate support issues. Also assists local and foreign investors with sell-side and buy-side M&A mandates, particularly in the IT and pharmaceutical sectors. Regularly represents private equity clients in fund formation matters and investments.

Strengths Impressed clients describe the team as "extremely efficient and pragmatic," adding that they are exceptionally client and business-oriented: "They work to understand your business A-Z so they can find commercial solutions to issues."

Sources also appreciated the attentive "hands-on" approach taken by partners at the firm, adding that "there is also an experienced and very competent team working in the background."

Value for money Clients say that the firm provides good value for money "both in terms of absolute rates and how they choose to staff their matters."

Work highlights Acted for Borsa İstanbul on its 10% share sale to the EBRD.

Provides continuous advice to GM on its commercial activities and corporate governance issues in Turkey.

Significant clients Caffè Nero, Nissan, Balfour Beatty, Auckland Investment Group, Taxim Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners

The US-trained Kerem Turunç is particularly well placed to assist international clients, who describe him as a "technically excellent and commercial" practitioner whose "international expertise is very comforting for companies based outside of Turkey."

Clients describe founding partner Noyan Turunç as "a master strategist and a first-rate negotiator." He has extensive experience advising domestic and international clients on investments in Turkey, and has recently handled a number of significant transactions in the automotive sector.

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Bezen & Partners - Corporate/M&A

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Band 4

第四等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Serdar Bezen
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Local firm acting for major strategic investors in the energy sector. Offers extensive experience advising on the Turkish aspects of large international transactions and restructurings.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's accessibility, describing the team as "friendly" and "responsive at all times, even late at night."

Work highlights Acted for Akfen Holding on the EBRD’s acquisition of a 20% equity stake in its renewable energy generation and trade portfolio.

Advised First Solar as local counsel on its acquisition of a 45 MW solar photovoltaic pipeline in Turkey from Dedeman Holding.

Significant clients Akkuyu Nükleer Anonim Şirketi (Akkuyu Nuclear Corporation), Coenergy, Azerbaijani Pasha Bank, Trelleborg.

Notable practitioners

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Since publication, Nadia Cansun has moved in-house.

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Çukur & Yılmaz Law Office - Corporate/M&A

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Band 4

第四等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Devrim Çukur
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises local and international clients on the Turkish elements of their transactions, including acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings. Also provides clients with ongoing corporate governance support, assisting key names from the marketing, manufacturing, technology and energy sectors. Recently active on a number of mandates involving the transfer of licensed and unlicensed renewable energy projects.

Significant clients Yingli Solar, Eaton, Heraeus, Ericsson.

Notable practitioners

Devrim Çukur is the key contact for this department.

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Erdem & Erdem - Corporate/M&A

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ercüment Erdem and Özgür Kocabaşoğlu
- 3 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Local outfit which advises on the sell side and buy side of M&A transactions. Regularly assists domestic and international clients with the Turkish law aspects of inbound and outbound acquisitions, joint ventures and takeovers. Particularly active on mandates in the renewable energy sector.

Strengths Clients say: "The team demonstrated extensive knowledge of local and international commercial laws and regulations - they were always able to come up with a number of alternative solutions for every issue."

The team is described as "incredibly well prepared - whenever they come to discussions they have always anticipated which questions you will ask and are able to give you detailed explanations."

Work highlights Advised Yingli Green Energy on the takeover of a licensed solar energy company.

Acted for Yıldırım Holding on the sale and acquisition of CCX Colombia's mining assets.

Significant clients Yıldırım Holding, Türkiye Şişe ve Cam Fabrikaları, Akfen Holding.

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Ercument Erdem is an "incredibly experienced international lawyer" who "as a professor of law, can give both practical advice and in-depth analysis on interpretation of the law." He regularly advises domestic and foreign clients on the Turkish law elements of cross-border transactions.

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Erdem & Erdem offers company law services to domestic and international clients operating in a wide range of markets. This process includes all phases of a company’s lifecycle from the preparation of the articles of association and incorporation to termination and liquidation. Within this context, significant structural changes such as capital increases, share transfers within the company, mergers and acquisitions, conversion of type, public offerings and re-structuring are carried out. We also follow up on the requisite day-to-day practices of companies, such as convening general assemblies and the preparation of board of directors’ resolutions.

Further, Erdem & Erdem offers services for setting up local and international consortia or joint ventures. They excel at defining the legal structure and mitigating the risk between the partners in the alliance. The Firm eliminates potential problems with creative solutions.

Merger and acquisition transactions between companies constitute one of the core practice areas of Erdem & Erdem. The Firm represents its clients in each stage commencing from the sending of the letter of intent between the parties to the completion of closing transactions.

The Firm handles a wide range of M&A transactions and represent clients in diverse roles on any given project (transferee and transferor companies; local and international companies, institutions and establishments financing the transactions).

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We recognize that each transaction, regardless of its size, is important to our clients, and we offer an integrated team that is experienced to deliver to the regional and global needs of our clients. While we advise regular players in the M&A market, we also represent clients that are not regularly engaged in M&A transactions. Our lawyers bring the same degree of result oriented approach, concentration and commitment to excellence to each matter in which we are engaged.


Gedik & Eraksoy Avukatlık Ortaklığı - Corporate/M&A

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Band 4

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Hakkı Gedik and Gökhan Eraksoy
- 2 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong, internationally focused team which provides advice on the Turkish aspects of high-end cross-border mandates, working alongside associated firm Allen & Overy. Notably active with market-leading clients from the finance sector, whom it advises on private and public sector transactions, restructurings and the establishment of new entities in Turkey as well as providing day-to-day corporate advice.

Strengths The firm draws praise for its "very high level of experience in M&A deals" and the "high level of senior partner involvement in the process," adding that the team is "consistently able to deliver quality service on time, even under tight deadlines and complicated deal negotiations."

Clients also praise the firm's practical and pragmatic approach: "Rather than just pointing out the legal risks they are focused on finding solutions."

The lawyers are described as "diligent, hard-working" and "always willing to offer more than expected."

Work highlights Advised ICBC on its acquisition of 75.5% of the issued share capital of Tekstil Bankası from GSD Holding.

Assisted Total Outre Mer with the restructuring and sale of its shares in Oil Turkiye.

Significant clients IFC, Sberbank, Allianz, EBRD, Akbank.

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Clients describe Hakkı Gedik as a "solution-oriented" and "extremely committed" practitioner who "has great judgement and is very experienced in negotiations." His client base includes international funds and companies, recently advising on a range of transactions in the energy, insurance and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Gokce Attorney Partnership - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Görkem Gökçe and Ali Paslı
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents clients in small to mid-sized transactions, with particular expertise in the technology sector. Active on mandates involving private equity investment, and also assists both start-ups and established companies with strategic sales and acquisitions.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "dynamic, effective and solution-oriented," adding that "each individual in the firm is an expert in his or her field, and they work perfectly together."

Value for money Clients say that "the quality of work is high but charges are reasonable."

Work highlights Advised Biopipe Waste Water Technologies on its joint venture agreement with Metito.

Assisted Fitpass with the establishment of its Turkish entity and all relevant corporate and commercial matters.

Significant clients Panorama Technologies, BCube Logistics, Onedio, Pronet.

Notable practitioners

According to clients, Görkem Gökçe combines "outstanding experience and communication skills" with "a sharp business mind." He is particularly noted for his expertise in technology sector M&A mandates, and regularly assists domestic and international clients with transactions in Turkey as well as general corporate advisory work.

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Güner Law Office - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ece Güner
- 2 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Domestic firm focused on advising international players from the technology, media and telecoms sectors on acquisitions and joint venture agreements. Assists clients with M&A transactions in Turkey as well as advising on the local aspects of multi-jurisdictional mandates. Also active on behalf of clients in the mining sector.

Strengths International clients describe the team as "incredibly responsive," adding that they "did a great job of explaining the legal requirements in Turkey and identifying the relevant risks."

Work highlights Assisted Equistone Partners Europe with Turkish law elements of its multi-jurisdictional bid to acquire Averys.

Advised Ferro Corporation on its acquisition of 100% of the shares in Ferer Dis Ticaret ve Kimyasallar.

Significant clients 21st Century Fox, Schneider Electric Industries, Microsoft, Imerys, Platinum Mining & Metal.

Notable practitioners

Ece Güner is the standout figure for M&A at the practice, and is well known for her experience of assisting international clients with their investments in Turkey. According to sources, she is "very knowledgeable" and "capable of understanding international clients' needs."

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Kinstellar in association with CCAO - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Halide Çetinkaya Yılmaz and Onur Taktak
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly active with clients from sectors as broad as financial services, retail and real estate. Experience of a number of high-profile cross-border transactions, particularly mandates involving Kinstellar's CEE-wide office network. The team has been active of late on share transactions.

Strengths Clients say that the team "were open to the client's need, legally very strong and they made themselves available every time we needed them."

Work highlights Advised Kiler Holding on the sale of 85% of the shares of Kiler Alışveriş Hizmetleri Gıda to CarrefourSA Carrefour Sabancı Ticaret Merkezi.

Assisted Deceuninck with the acquisition of an 81.23% share in PİMAŞ Plastik İnsaat Malzemeleri from Enka İnsaat ve Sanayi.

Notable practitioners

Halide Çetinkaya has experience of acting on domestic and cross-border M&A mandates. She regularly assists clients from the banking and finance sectors with joint venture agreements, as well as acting on the buy side and sell side of transactions.

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Verdi Law Office - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Well-regarded Turkish transactional practice with high-end experience of the financial sector. Involved in negotiating and drafting documentation for cross-border transactions on behalf of both local sellers and international investors.

Strengths Sources say: "Verdi is an excellent corporate consultant for large companies."

Notable practitioners

Can Verdi maintains a strong reputation for his broad experience with M&A transactions. Clients say: "With his reputation in the market, he's the kind of lawyer you want on your side."

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Yegin Çiftçi Attorney Partnership - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Internationally focused team which acts alongside associated firm Clifford Chance to advise foreign investors and conglomerates on M&A and joint ventures in the Turkish market. Notably assists clients with the Turkish aspects of complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, with particular recent success in advising financial institutions. Also active on behalf of clients in the energy and telecoms sectors.

Strengths Clients say: "They were tremendous - always available, every reply was right on the money, and they helped with compliance issues as well. The service was faultless."

The team also draws praise for their "good knowledge of the local market and thorough understanding of local requirements."

Work highlights Advised Qatar National Bank on the Turkish law aspects of its EUR2.7 billion acquisition of National Bank of Greece's 99.81% stake in Finansbank.

Assisted EBRD with the acquisition of a minority stake in Turkish social media platform Onedio.

Significant clients IFC, Pfizer, Mondelēz International, Goldman Sachs.

Notable practitioners

Itır Sevim-Çiftçi is highly active on the Turkish M&A market and regularly acts as local counsel on multi-jurisdictional mandates. Her diverse caseload recently included advising Standard Bank Group on the sale of a minority stake in Ünlü Brokerage & Investment.

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Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı - Corporate/M&A

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Band 5

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Mesut Çakmak
- 2 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Ankara-based law firm which acts in association with White & Case to advise international and domestic clients on a range of cross-border M&A matters. Notably active with clients in infrastructure, energy, mining and other regulated industries. Assists with corporate restructurings, sales, acquisitions and general corporate advisory matters.

Strengths According to clients, "their strong follow-up and co-operative approach helped us reaching mutual agreement and understanding with the counterparties."

Work highlights Represented Dexter Axle Holding in the purchase of an equity stake in AL-KO Vehicle Technology from AL-KO Kober.

Advised Seaboard on the potential acquisition of shares in one of the largest edible oil producers in Turkey to develop a new extraction plant in İzmir.

Significant clients AGCO International, Gama Holding, APWireless Infrastructure, IFC.

Notable practitioners

Mesut Çakmak is the key point of contact for this practice.

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Cerrahoğlu Law Firm - Corporate/M&A

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Band 5

第五等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Well-respected domestic firm which acts for clients from a range of industries, such as media, food, tourism, energy, insurance and banking. Areas of expertise include M&A and sale transactions, and the firm has long-standing experience in cross-border mandates.

Notable practitioners

M Fadlullah Cerrahoğlu is the key contact for this practice.

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Çiğdemtekin Dora Çakırca Arancı Law Firm (CDCA) - Corporate/M&A

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Band 5

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Gamze Çiğdemtekin
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recently established firm with an expanding presence in the market, acting for notable international and Turkish clients on strategic M&A transactions, joint ventures, private equity investments and corporate restructuring matters. Client roster includes leading players from sectors such as food retail, energy and telecoms.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's commercial nous: "They have a strong understanding of the law, but more importantly they are very much business-focused and able to respond to our business needs with tailored solutions."

The firm also draws praise for its "strong team of lawyers who consistently provide good quality and reliable services - they are responsive, quick and practical, which makes our lives easy."

Work highlights Represented Astronergy Turkey, the Turkish subsidiary of a listed Chinese company, in its acquisition of a solar power plant portfolio in the Central Anatolia region.

Advised Verifone on the sale of its technical services business to IQOR, a German-based technical services company.

Significant clients Caprive Private Equity, Fujitsu, eBay.

Notable practitioners

Gamze Çiğdemtekin Özer has extensive experience of a broad range of M&A mandates, and has recently been active on cross-border transactions in the energy and telecoms sectors. Clients describe her as a "strong corporate lawyer who has an excellent understanding of both the law and business requirements," adding that she "is able to respond to our needs in a flexible way and handle delicate matters smoothly."

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Gün + Partners - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Pelin Baysal and Mehmet Gün
- 3 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Continues to establish itself as a key player in Turkish M&A, acting for multinational corporations and Turkish clients on a variety of transactions, especially in regulated industries. Assists with all stages of sales and acquisitions, including due diligence, contract negotiation and closing. Also offers general corporate governance and regulatory support to companies from a range of sectors, such as financial services, energy and life sciences.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "very responsive" and "always friendly and helpful if we have a request," adding that they provide "very helpful legal advice which focuses on what is important for the client - they always understand the details in order to clarify any questions as soon as possible."

Interviewees add that "they keep to strict deadlines, and the advice they give is always straight forward - they are problem solvers."

Notable practitioners

Pelin Baysal enters the rankings this year on the back of impressive market feedback. Her recent caseload includes significant mandates for advertising and pharmaceutical clients. Clients describe her as a "customer-oriented and trustworthy" practitioner who is "highly responsive and always a pleasure to work with."

Department profile by Gün + Partners

We provide sector specific strategic and structural advice in cross-border corporate transactions including mergers, spin-offs, private equity or venture capital investments, leveraged buyouts, asset, business and equity transfers and listed company takeovers. We handle the complete project management of all types of transactions including merger clearance and post-completion assistance, such as mandatory tender offers, compliance, corporate secretarial, HR reorganizations and master contract formations.

We are experienced in negotiating and drafting corporate, transaction and M&A documents, devising exit strategies, control mechanisms and minority protection rights, particularly in regulated sectors. We provide regulatory specific advice at all steps of transactions.

We provide commercially minded legal advice to our corporate clients across a diverse variety of industries in their day-to-day business matters and assist in the negotiation and drafting of contracts including distributor, co-marketing, co-promotion, sale and purchase, license, supply, franchise transportation and management agreements.

We are well familiar with several sectors including life sciences especially in pharmaceuticals and medical devices, insurance, technology/media/telecom, energy, real estate and construction, while we are also familiar with other sectors such as food and beverages and automotive.

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We actively contribute to the promotion of business opportunities, inward and outward direct investments and to initiatives of private and government organisations for the development of Turkey’s international economic relationships with her major trading partners.

We have established close collaboration with respected lawyers and law firms in a number of major economic centres including in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Nordic states, Russia and the CIS countries, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UAE, the UK and the USA.

We provide Turkish law services to clients worldwide and assist Turkish clients in their international business operations through our network of foreign lawyers and law firms.

To assist our clients we have developed several desks, focusing on business culture and legal environment and how to do business in each country or region. These desks employ native language speaking lawyers and are supported by short term secondments from leading international law firms.

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Ozbek Attorney Partnership - Corporate/M&A

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Band 5

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Selin Özbek Cittone and Selen İbrahimoğlu Güreş
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Enters the rankings this year thanks to growing prominence assisting international and domestic clients with M&A transactions. Particularly active in the TMT and retail sectors, and regularly represents investors with interests in Turkey, including private equity companies and multinational corporations. Also provides start-ups with transactional and general commercial advice.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's accessible and dedicated approach: "Any of the partners who happen to be on a project are always very accessible by e-mail, phone and in person. When I ask for something they're on it straight away, and they never shy away from putting in long hours overnight during closing."

One happy client states: "We really like them both as lawyers and as people, we trust their judgement and can bounce ideas off them. I have nothing but praise for them as individuals and as professionals."

Work highlights Advised Ferrero International on the acquisition of the Turkish Oltan Group.

Assisted Saide Tekstil with the termination of a shareholding in its joint venture with New Look Retailers.

Significant clients Fourlis Group (Greece), TRPE Venture Partners, Isra Vision, Axel Springer.

Notable practitioners

Selin Özbek Cittone and Selen İbrahimoğlu Güreş are key contacts for this practice.

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Taboğlu & Demirhan Attorneys at Law - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Well-established transactional practice which advises clients on public and private M&A transactions, including sales, acquisitions and joint ventures between Turkish companies and foreign investors. Also provides a broad corporate support and governance service.

Strengths One source says: "The firm has good associates, good partners and a very good reputation on the market."

Notable practitioners

Esin Taboğlu is a "very experienced" practitioner who assists clients with a broad range of M&A transactions, including cross-border acquisitions of listed companies.

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YazıcıLegal Law Office - Corporate/M&A

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Band 5

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Hakan Yazıcı, Melike Akan, Onur Ergün and Pınar Başdan
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for New entry to the rankings this year thanks to positive market feedback and an impressive roster of M&A work for domestic and international clients. Provides a full range of transactional services, including due diligence, agreement negotiations and post-closing matters. Also assists clients with ongoing commercial and corporate governance advice, including establishing operations in Turkey.

Strengths Clients say that "the firm has a committed, hard-working team" who are "responsive and diligent in the work they do" and "always provide the services we need without any difficulties or delays."

Work highlights Represented Boyner Group in a private sale to Qatar National Bank through capital increase.

Represented Goldman Sachs in its acquisition of shares in Jolly Tur.

Significant clients Delfin Holding, Munif Al-Nahdi Holding, Actera Group, T. Vakıflar Bankası.

Notable practitioners

Hakan Yazıcı is a key figure for this practice.

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Senior Statesmen

Pekin & Bayar Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Şefika Pekin remains one of the most respected figures in the Turkish M&A market. Clients trust her as someone who is "always aware of everything that is happening and in complete control of the situation."

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Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ümit Hergüner remains a prominent name in the Turkish M&A market. He boasts extensive experience of complex cross-border transactions, and recently assisted Dutch fleet management company LeasePlan with its acquisition of the 49% stake in LPD Holding held by Doğus Group.

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Eminent Practitioner

Paksoy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Serdar Paksoy maintains his position as an influential figure in corporate transactions. Interviewees praise his knowledge of the regulatory system and his "sound judgement on deals," adding that he can give "more than just legal guidance, but practical transactional advice as well." His recent caseload includes advising Panasonic on its acquisition of Bayer's Turkish diabetes care business, part of a major global transaction.

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Akol Özok Namlı Avukatlık Bürosu

From the Chambers Europe guide

Meltem Akol of Akol Özok Namlı Avukatlık Bϋrosu maintains her reputation as one of the most experienced practitioners in this market. She is well versed in assisting high-profile clients with complex multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions.

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Pekin & Bayar Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Selin Bayar maintains her position as a top transactional practitioner. She is praised by clients for her "very commercial and knowledgeable" approach to transactions, as well as being "very approachable and always available, getting back to you right away."

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Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources describe İsmail Esin as "the master of this area after two decades of hard work and tireless success." One client states that "his authority is clearly visible in negotiations - when he speaks, people listen." He regularly assists multinational corporate and financial clients with their high-level investments in Turkey.

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Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Umut Kolcuoğlu rises to the top band this year in recognition of his excellent reputation for domestic and international corporate transactions. Clients describe him as "a real force" in M&A matters who "gives absolutely top-notch corporate advice" and "works hard to understand the commercial perspective of the client, so the solutions he comes up with are always practical and serve the required purpose."

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Paksoy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elvan Aziz is a highly regarded corporate practitioner with vast experience of advising on M&A and corporate restructurings, as well as related property and labour law matters. Sources consider her "patient and result-oriented - she always listens to what the other side is saying, tries out different angles, and helps us to sort out the problems we're trying to solve."

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Gamze Çiğdemtekin Özer

Çiğdemtekin Dora Çakırca Arancı Law Firm (CDCA)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gamze Çiğdemtekin Özer has extensive experience of a broad range of M&A mandates, and has recently been active on cross-border transactions in the energy and telecoms sectors. Clients describe her as a "strong corporate lawyer who has an excellent understanding of both the law and business requirements," adding that she "is able to respond to our needs in a flexible way and handle delicate matters smoothly."

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Güner Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ece Güner is the standout figure for M&A at the practice, and is well known for her experience of assisting international clients with their investments in Turkey. According to sources, she is "very knowledgeable" and "capable of understanding international clients' needs."

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Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki Attorney Partnership (BASEAK)

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to sources, Galip Selçuk is "an expert on M&A" who has significant experience in domestic and cross-border transactions. His recent caseload includes advising Global Investment House KSCC on the acquisition of majority shares in Olgarlar Spor Malzemeleri.

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Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Kayra Üçer is "very responsive and sensitive to commercial and diplomatic concerns." He regularly acts on multi-jurisdictional transactions, including acting as local counsel to major multinational corporations on high-profile matters in the pharmaceutical sector.

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Akol Özok Namlı Avukatlık Bürosu

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe Jonathan Clarke as a "very nice person to work with - he is commercial, understands issues very quickly, has a broad experience of the Turkish market and is also good at English law, which is very useful." He is particularly well placed to assist clients with the cross-border aspects of transactions. He recently joined Akol Özok Namlı Avukatlık Bürosu.

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Begüm Durukan Özaydın

Durukan+Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Begüm Durukan Özaydın of Durukan + Partners advises on both day-to-day corporate matters and specific transactions, including acquisitions, dissolutions and regulatory matters. Clients describe her as "really smart and helpful" and particularly appreciate her efficiency and responsiveness.

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Gedik & Eraksoy Avukatlık Ortaklığı

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe Hakkı Gedik as a "solution-oriented" and "extremely committed" practitioner who "has great judgement and is very experienced in negotiations." His client base includes international funds and companies, recently advising on a range of transactions in the energy, insurance and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Gen Temizer Özer

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Baran Gen is an "outstanding negotiator" who "will fight hard to defend her client's rights" while remaining "very commercially minded with a solid focus on deal resolution." Her recent caseload includes multi-jurisdictional mandates in the construction, manufacturing and financial services sectors.

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Gokce Attorney Partnership

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Görkem Gökçe combines "outstanding experience and communication skills" with "a sharp business mind." He is particularly noted for his expertise in technology sector M&A mandates, and regularly assists domestic and international clients with transactions in Turkey as well as general corporate advisory work.

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Bener Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Onur Kordel is particularly noted for his experience of handling M&A transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Clients describe him as "very proficient on local and international matters, a true business partner." He also draws praise for his "easy" and "co-operative" approach, with one source saying that "he was able to bring everyone to the table and work together to achieve the envisaged result and close the deal."

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Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Eren Kurşun is an "absolutely phenomenal" practitioner with exceptional negotiating skills: "He always remains calm and solution-oriented, regardless of how complex the problem may be." He has extensive experience of advising local and international clients on transactions in a diverse range of sectors, including technology, education and healthcare.

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Edmund Emre Özer

Gen Temizer Özer

From the Chambers Europe guide

English-qualified lawyer Edmund Emre Özer is particularly well placed to advise on cross-border transactions. Clients say he is "a great lawyer to have on your side in negotiations" due to his "calm but assertive manner" and his ability to "find solutions for unusual deal points in complex and challenging files."

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Itır Sevim-Çiftçi

Yegin Çiftçi Attorney Partnership

From the Chambers Europe guide

Itır Sevim-Çiftçi is highly active on the Turkish M&A market and regularly acts as local counsel on multi-jurisdictional mandates. Her diverse caseload recently included advising Standard Bank Group on the sale of a minority stake in Ünlü Brokerage & Investment.

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Taboğlu & Demirhan Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Esin Taboğlu is a "very experienced" practitioner who assists clients with a broad range of M&A transactions, including cross-border acquisitions of listed companies.

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Turunç

From the Chambers Europe guide

The US-trained Kerem Turunç is particularly well placed to assist international clients, who describe him as a "technically excellent and commercial" practitioner whose "international expertise is very comforting for companies based outside of Turkey."

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Verdi Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Can Verdi maintains a strong reputation for his broad experience with M&A transactions. Clients say: "With his reputation in the market, he's the kind of lawyer you want on your side."

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Gün + Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pelin Baysal enters the rankings this year on the back of impressive market feedback. Her recent caseload includes significant mandates for advertising and pharmaceutical clients. Clients describe her as a "customer-oriented and trustworthy" practitioner who is "highly responsive and always a pleasure to work with."

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Halide Çetinkaya

Kinstellar in association with CCAO

From the Chambers Europe guide

Halide Çetinkaya has experience of acting on domestic and cross-border M&A mandates. She regularly assists clients from the banking and finance sectors with joint venture agreements, as well as acting on the buy side and sell side of transactions.

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Erdem & Erdem

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ercument Erdem is an "incredibly experienced international lawyer" who "as a professor of law, can give both practical advice and in-depth analysis on interpretation of the law." He regularly advises domestic and foreign clients on the Turkish law elements of cross-border transactions.

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Ekin Gökkılıç

Gökkılıç Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ekin Gökkılıç of Gökkılıç Law Office draws praise for her M&A expertise, and regularly handles complex mandates on behalf of industrial and commercial corporations. Interviewees particularly appreciate her personal commitment to her clients: "She is very responsive - when we ask something she always gets back to us on time, and she attends meetings personally, which is important to us."

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Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki Attorney Partnership (BASEAK)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Selim Keki is broadly active on cross-border transactions, and has acted for Özata Kimyevi Maddeler Gıda Ve Ambalaj on a number of matters lately, including the formation of a joint venture with Greiner Packaging International. Clients say: "Selim is a very sharp lawyer who is able to translate and apply legal technical concepts to day-to-day business practice."

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S Tunç Lokmanhekim

ELIG Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tunç Lokmanhekim of ELIG Attorneys at Law is a "strong name" in Turkish M&A who advises a range of transactions including acquisitions and joint venture agreements. Sources describe him as a "very talented" practitioner who is "very accessible and always responds promptly."

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Moroğlu Arseven

From the Chambers Europe guide

E Seyfi Moroğlu is lauded as "one of the most prominent theorists on corporate law matters in Turkey." He also has significant experience in transactional work, and is particularly well placed to assist German clients with cross-border deals with Turkey.

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Pekin & Bayar Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ferhat Pekin is praised by clients for his calm approach to negotiations. One describes him as "the coolest person I've ever seen" and another adds that "in difficult negotiations he was good at calming things down but could also hold his ground when necessary." He has recently assisted a number of international clients with sales and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical sector.

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Kemal Serdengeçti

Pekin & Pekin

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources describe Kemal Serdengeçti as a "rising star" who enters the rankings this year following strong praise for his transactional and advisory practice. Clients say he is a "very client-focused practitioner" who "comes up with pragmatic approaches and solutions" and "is a pleasure to work with."

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Paksoy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Togan Turan has experience handing corporate transactions in a range of regulated sectors, where he is aided by his in-depth knowledge of Turkish competition law. Clients say: "He is very easy to work with, very approachable and extremely knowledgeable - when you work with Togan you feel that you are in good hands." 

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Turunç

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe founding partner Noyan Turunç as "a master strategist and a first-rate negotiator." He has extensive experience advising domestic and international clients on investments in Turkey, and has recently handled a number of significant transactions in the automotive sector.

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Burcu Tuzcu Ersin

Moroğlu Arseven

From the Chambers Europe guide

Burcu Tuzcu Ersin has experience advising Turkish conglomerates and international investors on both transactional and corporate counselling matters. Clients describe her as a "wonderful" practitioner who "is easy to communicate with" and "can make the most complicated legal issues easy for us to understand."

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Up and Coming

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

From the Chambers Europe guide

Duygu Turgut enters the rankings this year in recognition of her growing profile in Turkish M&A transactions. Clients describe her as a "very corporate, highly motivated and responsive" practitioner who is "100% focused on client needs" and "will go above and beyond her duty to get a deal through." Her recent caseload includes advising Petgaz on an asset transfer deal involving two of Turkey's leading LPG companies.

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