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Banking & Finance — Turkey


GKC Partners - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Güniz Gökçe
- 2 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Standout banking and finance practice with particular expertise in acquisition and project finance as well as debt refinancing. Acts on behalf of international and domestic lenders, borrowers and underwriters on complex structured and syndicated loan facilities. Clients cite their co-operation with international law firm White & Case as a particular strength on cross-border mandates.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's cross-border capabilities: "They are very good at understanding complex structures and helping to harmonise local laws and requirements with international investor expectations."

Clients appreciate the firm's business-oriented character, with one noting: "They are very responsive and have a good understanding of our business."

Work highlights Advised a portfolio of major lenders on the provision of USD670 million to IC İçtaş Electrik for debt refinancing and investment finance.

Assisted UniCredit and YapıKredi with the EUR547.2 million refinancing of four shopping centres.

Significant Clients Türkiye Iş Bankası, DenizBank, Capital Partners, IFC.

Notable practitioners

According to sources, Güniz Gökçe is "extremely capable and dependable. She has significant experience in banking and finance transactions and is very commercial and responsive to deal requirements." She has significant experience acting for high-profile clients on an array of finance mandates, including syndicated lending, refinancing and project finance. Another client notes that she is "proactive in finding solutions to difficult questions." She advised Kazancı Holding on obtaining loans amounting to USD800 million from a syndicate of lenders.

Ceren Şen "is extremely knowledgeable and has a commercial mindset," according to satisfied clients. She works with lenders and borrowers on secured and unsecured financings, both domestic and cross-border. She was a part of the team that assisted Garanti Bankası with the acquisition finance of two hydroelectric power plants.

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Paksoy - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Sera Somay
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned Turkish firm working with both private and state-owned entities on syndicated loan agreements, acquisition finance, project finance and revolving credit facilities. Also assists with structured and leveraged facilities. Experienced in acting for both domestic and international lenders and borrowers. Frequently works with international firms on cross-border matters, and has excellent capabilities in Islamic finance.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's approach: "The team is very prompt and knowledgeable, with a good commercial sense."

Other interviewees comment: "They are solution-oriented and resourceful."

Work highlights Assisted the EBRD with a USD100 million facility agreement with Türk Telekom.

Advised Ziraat Bank on a large syndicated loan with 41 international banks. The total value of the loan was more than EUR1 billion.

Significant Clients UniCredit, HSBC, Akbank, Türk Eximbank, Islamic Development Bank.

Notable practitioners

Clients view Sera Somay as "very knowledgeable and also very attentive." She frequently assists domestic banks and clients with syndicated loans and other financing mandates. She is also highly regarded as an expert in Islamic finance. She represented Arab Banking Corporation in procuring a USD155 million syndicated murabaha financing facility for a domestic bank. Interviewees also note her "good transactional experience."

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Verdi Law Office - Banking & Finance Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded domestic practice, respected for its strong track record advising leading domestic financial institutions and borrowers on transactional, operational and regulatory advice. Oversees syndicated and secured lending mandates for a strong base of blue-chip clients. Has a proven track record in major project finance and refinancing mandates.

Strengths Clients comment that "they are very experienced" and "each team member has a strong background."

Other market observers indicate that the firm is "known and respected in the banking community."

Notable practitioners

"Pre-eminent figure" Can Verdi boasts a significant reputation in the market acting for high-profile Turkish clients and leading financial institutions on a range of domestic and cross-border finance mandates. He has particular expertise in acquisition and project financing.

Clients describe Mevlan Kuru as "responsive, punctual and solutions-oriented." She is well regarded by market observers for her "good knowledge" of acting for international and domestic clients on a variety of banking and finance mandates, particularly project finance.

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Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki Attorney Partnership (BASEAK) - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Barlas Balcıoğlu
- 6 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice that acts for borrowers and lenders on acquisition finance, project finance and asset-based lending mandates. Acts for a number of international and domestic financial institutions on a range of financing and refinancing transactions, particularly multicurrency, multi-tranche and syndicated loan facilities. Benefits from the vast international office network of associated firm Dentons when acting on complex cross-border matters. Türkiye İş Bankası is a new client win for the team.

Strengths Clients value that team members are "commercially minded and can come up with the best legal solution to any given problem without losing sight of the business aspects."

Other interviewees laud the fact that "they are extremely responsive – when you approach them you know that in five or ten minutes you will receive the return you are looking for."

Work highlights Assisted Crescent Capital with the negotiation of Islamic and conventional financing worth USD100.5 million for a client's acquisition in the renewable energy sector. The operation involved complex intercreditor issues.

Acted for the EBRD on the negotiation of share subscription issues, debt restructuring and shareholder agreements in relation to Mahindra & Mahindra's investments in the Turkish agricultural sector.

Significant Clients Aareal Bank, Merrill Lynch, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, HSBC.

Notable practitioners

One satisfied client describes Barlas Balcıoğlu as "a very good listener," adding: "He quickly assesses the legal pros or cons of our projects and recommends the best course of action. I trust his legal judgement and expertise completely." Another notes his "knowledge, reliability and experience; he always has an open ear and understands the needs of the client." He has a broad practice that includes real estate, structured and project finance, as well as syndicated lending. He assisted Agence Française de Développement with a credit facility for Halk Bank.

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We advise clients in a broad range of banking and finance transactions, including trade finance (pre-export finance, ECA-backed import finance, receivables finance and working capital facilities), project finance, acquisition finance, commercial real estate finance, corporate and syndicated lending, Islamic finance and interbank lending. We represent both finance providers and users—you benefit from counsel that understands the needs and wants of each party. We not only understand the banking industry, we appreciate the unique requirements of banks of every size, focus and geography.

Our Banking and Finance team has a wealth of experience to assist you in the full spectrum of legal topics, in particular:

  • Acquisition finance
  • Asset-based lending
  • Trade finance
  • Project finance
  • Bilateral and syndicated lending
  • Commercial real estate finance
  • Corporate and syndicated lending
  • Financial institutions regulatory
  • Interbank lending
  • Islamic finance
  • Commodity finance
  • Receivables finance​


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Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Muhsin Keskin
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Flourishing practice that benefits from the international expertise of associate firm Baker McKenzie. Assists a diverse selection of Turkish and multinational clients with project and acquisition finance, restructuring and privatisations. Increasingly advises financial institutions on syndicated and interbank lending, including multi-tranche and dual facility agreements with Turkish banks. Also provides banking and financial regulatory advice to international clients with operations in the country.

Strengths The team garners praise for its responsiveness and service: "They are very hands-on, fully available and always deliver on time. They are flexible, have a very pragmatic approach and are good at protecting our interests as they are proactive."

Clients further add: "They handled everything well; the main strength for me is their prompt responses to our queries and business-wise thinking."

Work highlights Acted for a syndicate of eight banks including Merrill Lynch on the provision of a USD400 million dual-tranche loan facility to Borusan Holding.

Assisted GAMA Enerji and one of its subsidiaries with obtaining project financing worth USD137 million to finance the acquisition of operating rights for two hydroelectric power plants.

Significant Clients Citibank, Akbank, Société Générale, Standard Chartered Bank, EBRD.

Notable practitioners

According to clients, Muhsin Keskin "makes you feel confident." Another source adds: "He has the ability to address complex situations and explore new structures. He is responsive 24/7 and good at managing client relationships." His broad finance practice encompasses syndicated loans, project finance and acquisition finance. He recently advised Vaillant Group in relation to a EUR250 million multicurrency credit arrangement.

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Gedik & Eraksoy Avukatlık Ortaklığı - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Hakkı Gedik
- 1 partner
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established practice that regularly advises domestic and international financial institutions on bilateral and syndicated loan agreements. Possesses notable prowess in project finance, acquisition finance, syndicated lending and Islamic finance mandates. Aided on multi-jurisdictional mandates by associated international firm Allen & Overy. Kavram Enerji is a new client of the team.

Work highlights Assisted a group of lenders, including the EBRD, with the EUR318 million financing of a PPP project in the healthcare sector.

Advised Merrill Lynch on the increase of existing murabaha facilities amounting to USD125 million to subsidiaries of Boyner in the retail sector.

Significant Clients Standard Chartered, Akbank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, Deutsche Bank, IFC.

Notable practitioners

Hakkı Gedik advises international financial institutions on a range of complex banking and finance matters, including syndicated lending, project finance, acquisition finance and Islamic finance. He acted for Kuveyt Türk on the USD47.3 million financing of two wind power projects in Turkey amounting to around USD47 million. Sources confirm that he is "a very experienced lawyer."

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Yegin Çiftçi Attorney Partnership - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Mete Yegin
- 1 partner
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-reputed practice that is notably active in cross-border financial matters, where it benefits from an association with international giant Clifford Chance. Acts on project and acquisition finance mandates across a range of sectors including energy, real estate and transport. Assists international financial institutions with interests in Turkey and also advises major Turkish banks on financing projects and transactions in foreign jurisdictions. Has further expertise in unsecured, ECA-backed, syndicated and Islamic finance.

Work highlights Advised a syndicate of leading domestic banks and the EBRD on the USD190 million project finance facility granted to Zorlu Doğal Elektrik.

Assisted the Netherland Development Finance Company (FMO) and German Investment Corporation (DEG) with a EUR75 million syndicated loan facility to a Turkish transport company.

Significant Clients UniCredit, Garanti Bank, Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas, Goldman Sachs.

Notable practitioners

Mete Yegin assists major international banks and other financial institutions with a range of matters including syndicated lending, ECA-backed funding and project finance mandates. His recent highlights include advising United Agencies on the USD120 million financing of the acquisition of a 30% stake in a shipping company.

İrem Su has noteworthy experience of acting for a broad range of clients on project finance, syndicated loan facilities and privatisations. She has particular knowledge of the energy, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.

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Bezen & Partners - Banking & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acts for a host of international and domestic banks on acquisition finance, asset finance and project finance transactions. Has notable expertise in acting for international and domestic banks on PPP projects and privatisations. Also active on behalf of domestic borrowers in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Often assists international clients with their Turkish investments and with regulatory matters.

Notable practitioners

Yeşim Bezen routinely acts for international financial institutions and domestic banks. She has a strong reputation for complex financing for acquisitions, projects and privatisations. Clients comment on her English law expertise and describe her as "a real expert."

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Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Mesut Çakmak
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Ankara-based practice with a particular focus on project finance mandates, including healthcare, energy and infrastructure projects. Often acts for international and domestic investors on PPP and privatisation investments. Increasingly advises on banking regulatory and compliance matters, including assisting local banks and payment services companies with regulatory and legislative changes.

Strengths Sources praise the international outlook of the department: "They are comfortable and experienced in dealing with cross-border businesses."

Clients regard the team as "very hard-working, responsive and knowledgeable."

Work highlights Acted for a syndicate of banks, including DenizBank, on the USD189 million financing of a theme park expansion.

Assisted Commerzbank with the financing of a 21 MW wind farm sponsored by Ayen Enerji.

Significant Clients EBRD, Garanti Bank, Western Union, GAMA Holding, Czech Export Bank.

Notable practitioners

Mesut Çakmak is a key contact for this practice area.

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CCAO (Çetinkaya Avukatlık Ortaklığı) - Banking & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Onur Taktak
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established presence that assists a range of international and domestic investors with Turkish regulatory and transactional issues. Frequently involved in matters in the real estate, projects and energy sectors. Also has significant experience in portfolio acquisitions and a diverse range of finance mandates, including acquisition, export, real estate and project finance matters. Şekerbank is a new addition to the firm's client roster.

Work highlights Acted for J.P. Morgan on Turkish elements of a USD500 million secured loan to Garanti Bankası, as well as the enforcement of securities.

Assisted Akbank with two financings for Kinesis Group worth a total of USD19.7 million.

Significant Clients Rabobank, Türkiye İş Bankası, Disney.

Notable practitioners

Onur Taktak frequently acts for a range of international and Turkish banks on a range of cross-border financing mandates. He boasts significant experience acting on project financing, restructuring and real estate finance. He assisted Akbank with a USD95 million loan made available to Aksoy Holding.

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Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership - Banking & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Piraye Kuranel Başol and Yeşim Api Şamlı
- 10 partners
- 34 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-established player in the Turkish finance market providing transactional and regulatory advice to international financial institutions, multinational banks and Turkish lenders and borrowers. Regularly handles project finance mandates in the energy and healthcare sectors, where the firm has a proven track record in BLT (build-lease-transfer) model finance agreements. Has additional expertise in major restructuring mandates.

Work highlights Assisted DIA Holding with drafting arrangements related to a major PPP project in the healthcare sector.

Advised Zorlu Yapı Yatırım on the real estate finance of investments bay Akbank and a share purchase transaction between subsidiaries of Zorlu Yapı Yatırım. The total value of the operation was USD360 million.

Significant Clients Bank of America, Prudential, Deutsche Bank, İş Bankası, Ziraat Bankası.

Notable practitioners

Piraye Kuranel Başol and Yeşim Api Şamlı are key contacts for this practice area.

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The banking and finance team represents IFIs, export credit agencies, corporations, public institutions, banks, and bank consortiums in complex financial transactions. The team also handles acquisitions of financial institutions, cross-border Islamic finance issues such as Murabaha agreements and Sukuk offerings, and it advises on international compliance issues such as FATCA, Dodd-Frank, and international sanctions regimes.

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Pekin & Pekin - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Ahmed Pekin
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established practice which regularly advises major international banks and financial institutions on bilateral, syndicated and term loan facilities in Turkey, as well as regulatory compliance. Also assists clients with corporate, acquisition and project financing mandates, including transactions with leveraged finance components. Possesses particular expertise in the financing of energy projects.

Strengths "They are good at identifying which issues we need to be aware of," says one satisfied client, who adds: "Advising on the ins and outs of local law to multinationals is a specialty of theirs."

Notable practitioners

Peers regard Ahmed Pekin as "a character we all respect." He occupies a prominent position within the Turkish banking sector thanks to his considerable experience of advising domestic and international clients on acquisition and project finance.

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Güner Law Office - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Ece Güner and Ömer Erdoğan
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable practice that offers expertise in a range of financing mandates, particularly project finance and acquisition finance related to energy and natural resources. Frequently handles corporate, commodity and trade finance mandates for Asian and European banks, including new client Raiffeisenbank Bulgaria.

Strengths One source comments: "They have broad experience; we always trust their advice. They are well received by the banks as well as the other side."

Many sources comment on the team's responsiveness, with one interviewee stating: "They replied quickly when we asked specific questions related to the loan agreement."

Work highlights Assisted a group of domestic lenders with the refinancing of a EUR90 million loan to Akköy Enerji for the purchase of assets in the energy sector.

Acted for a syndicate of international banks on the provision of USD350 million of project finance to a subsidiary of Alacer Gold.

Significant Clients Akbank, HSBC, Export-Import Bank of China, TSKB.

Notable practitioners

Sources note that Ömer Erdoğan is "very easy to approach and quick in giving advice. He is a good negotiator with a broad knowledge of the local environment." He has significant experience of assisting domestic and multinational clients with project and trade finance mandates. He advised Öksüt Madencilik on a loan of USD150 million to Öksüt for the construction of a gold mine.

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Pekin & Bayar Law Firm - Banking & Finance Department

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第四等

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Selin Bayar and Esen İrtem
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-reputed practice advising globally renowned investment banks, domestic lenders and borrowers on bilateral and syndicated financing transactions. Well known for particular experience in the real estate, energy and infrastructure sectors. Euler Hermes is one of several new financial services clients for the firm.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's ability to "outline legal risks well so that we can make a decision, but at the same time being practical rather than too theoretical."

Work highlights Acted for Akbank on the provision of TRY300 million to Türkerler for the financing of a real estate development.

Advised various Turkcell subsidiaries on a EUR25 million loan granted by Mediobanca.

Significant Clients Credit Suisse, ING, Yapı Kredi Bankası, HSBC, BNP Paribas.

Notable practitioners

Selin Bayar and Esen İrtem are key contacts for this practice area.

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YazıcıLegal Law Office - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable practice that frequently acts for syndicates of international and domestic banks on secured and unsecured financing transactions in Turkey. Noted for its prowess in refinancing mandates and acquisition finance, including LBOs. Particular expertise in lending to clients in the energy and construction sectors, as well as helping international banks with aspects of Turkish regulation.

Work highlights Acted for a group of domestic lenders on an USD800 million multiparty facility arrangement with Kazancı Holding.

Advised Garanti Bank on a multi-tranche, dual-currency loan agreement with a syndicate of banks. The total value of the finance was more than EUR1.2 billion.

Significant Clients European Investment Bank, EBRD, Boyner, DenizBank, Odeabank.

Notable practitioners

Sources say Hakan Yazıcı is "a very good negotiator." He frequently acts for Turkish banks on lender-side mandates. He has additional expertise in structured finance, project finance and capital markets mandates. He is also adept at handling regulatory matters for domestic and international financial institutions.

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  • Associates to watch

    İrem Su

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Senior Statesperson

Pekin & Pekin

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers regard Ahmed Pekin as "a character we all respect." He occupies a prominent position within the Turkish banking sector thanks to his considerable experience of advising domestic and international clients on acquisition and project finance.

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Gedik & Eraksoy Avukatlık Ortaklığı

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hakkı Gedik advises international financial institutions on a range of complex banking and finance matters, including syndicated lending, project finance, acquisition finance and Islamic finance. He acted for Kuveyt Türk on the USD47.3 million financing of two wind power projects in Turkey amounting to around USD47 million. Sources confirm that he is "a very experienced lawyer."

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GKC Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to sources, Güniz Gökçe is "extremely capable and dependable. She has significant experience in banking and finance transactions and is very commercial and responsive to deal requirements." She has significant experience acting for high-profile clients on an array of finance mandates, including syndicated lending, refinancing and project finance. Another client notes that she is "proactive in finding solutions to difficult questions." She advised Kazancı Holding on obtaining loans amounting to USD800 million from a syndicate of lenders.

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Verdi Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Pre-eminent figure" Can Verdi boasts a significant reputation in the market acting for high-profile Turkish clients and leading financial institutions on a range of domestic and cross-border finance mandates. He has particular expertise in acquisition and project financing.

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Yegin Çiftçi Attorney Partnership

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mete Yegin assists major international banks and other financial institutions with a range of matters including syndicated lending, ECA-backed funding and project finance mandates. His recent highlights include advising United Agencies on the USD120 million financing of the acquisition of a 30% stake in a shipping company.

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Barlas Balcıoğlu

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki Attorney Partnership (BASEAK)

From the Chambers Europe guide

One satisfied client describes Barlas Balcıoğlu as "a very good listener," adding: "He quickly assesses the legal pros or cons of our projects and recommends the best course of action. I trust his legal judgement and expertise completely." Another notes his "knowledge, reliability and experience; he always has an open ear and understands the needs of the client." He has a broad practice that includes real estate, structured and project finance, as well as syndicated lending. He assisted Agence Française de Développement with a credit facility for Halk Bank.

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Bezen & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yeşim Bezen routinely acts for international financial institutions and domestic banks. She has a strong reputation for complex financing for acquisitions, projects and privatisations. Clients comment on her English law expertise and describe her as "a real expert."

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Begüm Durukan Özaydın

Durukan+Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Begüm Durukan Özaydın of the newly founded Durukan + Partners "offers pragmatic, business-based solutions." She is well known throughout the market for her experience of acting for clients from Europe and the Middle East, in addition to domestic borrowers. Of late, she has assisted Saudi Oger with a number of facility arrangements and transactional matters.

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ASC Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Okan Beygo of ASC Law Office is respected throughout the market for his experience of working in-house at Turkish financial institutions. He regularly assists clients and banks with project and acquisition finance mandates, especially those in the energy sector.

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Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say that Umut Kolcuoğlu of Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçaklı Attorneys at Law is "an incredibly hard-working person who is very committed, dedicated to the client and also someone you can entirely rely on." He has a strong track record acting on acquisition finance and restructuring mandates for both lenders and borrowers. Other interviewees praise his "ability to think ahead in advising of potential legal matters before they become an issue in the transaction."

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Band 3

Paksoy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients view Sera Somay as "very knowledgeable and also very attentive." She frequently assists domestic banks and clients with syndicated loans and other financing mandates. She is also highly regarded as an expert in Islamic finance. She represented Arab Banking Corporation in procuring a USD155 million syndicated murabaha financing facility for a domestic bank. Interviewees also note her "good transactional experience."

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Band 3

CCAO (Çetinkaya Avukatlık Ortaklığı)

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Onur Taktak frequently acts for a range of international and Turkish banks on a range of cross-border financing mandates. He boasts significant experience acting on project financing, restructuring and real estate finance. He assisted Akbank with a USD95 million loan made available to Aksoy Holding.

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Band 4

Çağdaş Evrim Ergün

Ergün Avukatlık Bürosu

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Interviewees feel that Çağdaş Evrim Ergün of Ergün Avukatlık Bürosu offers "solution-oriented" advice. He routinely acts for domestic clients and lenders, particularly on project finance and PPP mandates. Sources say: "He is a very talented and responsive lawyer and has very good knowledge of the local and international energy market."

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Band 4

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

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According to clients, Muhsin Keskin "makes you feel confident." Another source adds: "He has the ability to address complex situations and explore new structures. He is responsive 24/7 and good at managing client relationships." His broad finance practice encompasses syndicated loans, project finance and acquisition finance. He recently advised Vaillant Group in relation to a EUR250 million multicurrency credit arrangement.

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Band 4

Turunç

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients view the experienced Noyan Turunç of Turunç as "extremely reliable and an important source of wisdom when it comes to tough business." He advises a range of clients on a range of banking and finance matters including project finance and regulatory issues.

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Band 4

YazıcıLegal Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say Hakan Yazıcı is "a very good negotiator." He frequently acts for Turkish banks on lender-side mandates. He has additional expertise in structured finance, project finance and capital markets mandates. He is also adept at handling regulatory matters for domestic and international financial institutions.

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Up and Coming

Güner Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources note that Ömer Erdoğan is "very easy to approach and quick in giving advice. He is a good negotiator with a broad knowledge of the local environment." He has significant experience of assisting domestic and multinational clients with project and trade finance mandates. He advised Öksüt Madencilik on a loan of USD150 million to Öksüt for the construction of a gold mine.

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Up and Coming

Verdi Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe Mevlan Kuru as "responsive, punctual and solutions-oriented." She is well regarded by market observers for her "good knowledge" of acting for international and domestic clients on a variety of banking and finance mandates, particularly project finance.

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Up and Coming

GKC Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ceren Şen "is extremely knowledgeable and has a commercial mindset," according to satisfied clients. She works with lenders and borrowers on secured and unsecured financings, both domestic and cross-border. She was a part of the team that assisted Garanti Bankası with the acquisition finance of two hydroelectric power plants.

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Associates to watch

Yegin Çiftçi Attorney Partnership

From the Chambers Europe guide

İrem Su has noteworthy experience of acting for a broad range of clients on project finance, syndicated loan facilities and privatisations. She has particular knowledge of the energy, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.

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