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Projects & Energy — Turkey


Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı - Projects & Energy Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Household name for projects and energy in the Turkish market, advising international sponsors, lenders and leading domestic banks on high-profile financing and development mandates. Highly active on healthcare PPPs, major Turkish infrastructure projects and a broad range of energy matters including construction and operation financings and privatisations. Has experience of both conventional and renewable energy matters, as well as mining issues. Mitsubishi is a new client win for the team.

Strengths One client remarks: "I find them very helpful and useful, very detailed and knowledgeable about energy."

Other interviewees comment: "Their experience in the build-operate-transfer model in the energy sector is helpful."

Work highlights Represented GAMA Holding and Türkerler Holding in the TRY2.7 billion financing of the construction and operation of two hospitals in İzmir and Kocaeli that were tendered by the Ministry of Health.

Acted for Fina Enerji Holding on mining, project finance, power and partnership matters relating to the Polyak Eynez Kınık Coal Mine and Electricity Power Plant Project.

Notable practitioners

A leading figure in the projects and energy sector in Turkey, Mesut Çakmak advises both domestic and international clients on major energy and infrastructure projects. Clients praise his "flexibility and deep understanding of the Turkish legal environment." He also acts on construction and investment disputes. He represented ERG-Verbund in the development, rehabilitation, financing, construction and operation of the Afşin-Elbistan Thermal Power Project.

Zeynep Çakmak enjoys a fine reputation for her track record in high-profile infrastructure projects. She also handles energy and real estate projects, as well as project financing.

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Paksoy - Projects & Energy Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent firm that is well versed in assisting leading lenders and sponsors with a wide variety of complex transactions and projects, including transport, mining and hospital developments. Good knowledge of energy M&A, and also advises on licensing and regulatory issues relating to renewable and non-renewable projects. Boasts additional capabilities in procurement, investigations, construction and disputes.

Strengths Clients describe the firm as "well organised," adding that they were "impressed with the level of support it offers in Turkey."

Other interviewees note: "The firm knows construction well and did a good job."

Work highlights Assisted GE Healthcare with the purchase of a minority stake in the İzmir and Kocaeli health PPP projects.

Acted for IFC on its USD100 million equity subscription to Akfen Yenilenebilir Enerji.

Notable practitioners

Zeynel Tunç has noted transactional expertise and assists with construction, energy and regulatory matters. One client praises his "responsiveness and attention to detail." He advised Serka Taahhüt İnşaat on the construction of a container port in Oman and a joint venture with a Portuguese partner.

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Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership - Projects & Energy Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Long-established projects team which advises international and domestic lenders on the cross-border financing of significant Turkish projects. Also assists domestic sponsors, including leading Turkish banks and energy companies, with financing and development matters relating to hospital PPPs and energy projects. Active in both conventional and renewable energy matters, as well as significant transport mandates. Has particular expertise in oil and gas pipelines, in addition to experience of projects outside of Turkey.

Strengths One client notes that the lawyers "were good, speak good English and were able to push things through."

Work highlights Assisted South Stream Transport with permitting and land acquisition issues relating to the TurkStream pipeline connecting Russian natural gas reserves to Turkey.

Advised Otoyol Yatırım ve İşletme as sponsor and borrower on a range of matters related to a major build-operate-transfer motorway project.

Notable practitioners

Ümit Hergüner is a key contact for this practice area.

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The energy team has significant experience in mine financing, major cross-border oil and gas pipelines, and internationally funded generation facilities. The team is also a pioneer in the unlicensed renewable energy field.

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Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı Attorneys at Law - Projects & Energy Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers strength in advising international energy investors on establishing and expanding their operations in Turkey, providing sector-specific corporate, regulatory and projects advice. Notably active within the energy sector on a number of significant midstream mandates in the natural gas industry, as well as large-scale power plant projects. Also assists with renewable energy matters and transport infrastructure projects.

Strengths Clients are particularly impressed with the firm's "deep knowledge" and its ability to provide "cutting-edge, practical advice."

Another client praises the firm's personnel: "The partners are impressive in their business acumen, customer-oriented approach and professionalism. I get a sense that they are genuinely interested in supporting their client in a cost-effective and competitive manner, and are strategic thinkers. "

Work highlights Advised Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on a 5,000 MW nuclear power plant project in Sinop. The assistance included advice on the liabilities of the operator, corporate matters and various project agreements.

Acted for Turcas Petrol on tenders for the privatisation of four groups of hydroelectric power plants owned by the Turkish state.

Notable practitioners

Okan Demirkan advises on project finance, construction and disputes. He is well regarded for his experience in the energy sector. He acted as local project counsel to the TANAP Consortium on its gas pipeline. Market observers value that he "comes up with practical, commercially sensible advice rather than just what the law says," adding: "There is a real-world context to his advice."

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ASC Law Office - Projects & Energy Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected Turkish firm which advises sponsor and lender clients on a broad range of domestic and cross-border projects, including development and financing issues. Active across the conventional and renewable energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors. Has particular experience of working with Turkish banks on the financing side. Noted recent activity in power project sales.

Strengths One client says: "They have a flexible and pro-client approach."

Notable practitioners

Okan Beygo has practical experience of project M&A and project finance across the energy and infrastructure sectors. Market observers say he is "well known" and "a good lawyer."

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Bezen & Partners - Projects & Energy Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected projects and energy team with experience of acting for domestic sponsors and international lenders on a variety of development, construction, finance and transactional mandates. Well versed in conventional and renewable energy projects including oil, geothermal, nuclear and solar matters, and regularly assists clients with regulatory issues in these sectors. Also active on hospital PPP projects. Team members have additional expertise in nuclear energy projects.

Notable practitioners

Yeşim Bezen regularly assists clients with the project financing of energy and healthcare PPP projects. She is widely regarded as "a good lawyer" for finance matters, including aircraft finance.

Aykut Bakırcı focuses on regulatory, privatisation and administrative matters, particularly in the energy sector. He has noted expertise in the development and construction of photovoltaic power plants in Turkey.

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Boden Law - Projects & Energy Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Turkish boutique which focuses on advising international and domestic clients from the renewables, natural resources and energy infrastructure industries. Growing strength on construction, regulatory, financing and energy trading mandates, alongside activity on energy-related M&A and corporate issues. Has particular prowess in solar and wind power projects.

Strengths One client praises the team's ability to "make you feel secure about the work by informing you of the background of all aspects under discussion."

Another interviewee mentions that the lawyers "always meet deadlines, are very detailed in giving explanations of changes and give us good recommendations."

Work highlights Advised Talesun on transaction and project finance agreements related to its joint venture with ZEN Enerji.

Acted for Gildemeister on its solar power plant projects in Turkey. The work included due diligence and advice on financing, EPC agreements and subcontracting agreements.

Notable practitioners

The "fantastic and very responsive" Değer Boden receives glowing praise from sources for her project finance, project development and transactional work. One client praises her ability to "take the initiative and lead us through the decision process." She has also been involved in arbitration cases arising from energy projects.

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Yegin Çiftçi Attorney Partnership - Projects & Energy Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises prominent international lenders on a broad range of project financing transactions, including ECA loans, privatisations, joint venture agreements and refinancing components. Acts for major developers on healthcare PPPs, transport infrastructure and mining projects, and advises on conventional, hydropower, geothermal, solar and wind energy matters. Also recently involved in oil and gas projects. Benefits from the expertise of associated international firm Clifford Chance on cross-border mandates.

Work highlights Advised HSBC on the loan and bond issuance used to finance the EUR350 million Elazığ Integrated Health Campus.

Represented Akbank in the EUR338 million financing of the design, construction and commissioning of Kocaeli Integrated Health Campus.

Notable practitioners

Mete Yegin is particularly focused on project, asset and structured finance and has worked on a number of significant infrastructure projects. He advised Daelim on the Çanakkale 1915 Bridge and Motorway Project. Sources agree that he is a "very good finance lawyer."

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Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki Attorney Partnership (BASEAK) - Projects & Energy Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Assists clients from renewable and conventional power industries with a broad range of projects matters including M&A transactions, restructuring, corporate governance and regulatory advice. Team members have noted expertise in project finance. Also active in PPP projects in the healthcare and transport sectors. Assisted on cross-border mandates by associated international firm Dentons. Green Energy UK Direct is a new client win for the team.

Strengths One source praises the firm for "delivering a tailor-made service, timely responses and good solutions."

Clients also say that team members "provide a good service and speak the same language as the client."

Work highlights Advised Bainbridge Holding on the USD385 million restructuring, refinancing and provision of new loans for six shopping centres.

Represented CNIM in the design, construction and operation of a waste-to-energy facility in İstanbul.

Notable practitioners

Barlas Balcıoğlu joins the rankings this year following praise from clients, who say: "He is very knowledgeable and gives us the right knowledge at the right time." He advises on energy legislation, licensing, greenfield development, and the expansion and operation of energy plants. He recently acted for Crescent Capital on the USD100.5 million financing of Clean Energy Transition Fund's acquisition of the 80.1 MW Akenerji power project located at Trabzon.

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In a market that is fast-changing and under pressure from a variety of different directions, BASEAK provides assistance to clients encompassing the entire energy value chain from oil majors, independents, transportation companies, power generators and utilities, financial institutions and large customers.
BASEAK lawyers understand the energy industry; upstream or downstream, from exploration to marketing, and from generation to retail, BASEAK lawyers are well equipped to give you the legal advice and insight you need. Our lawyers offer solutions across the energy sector including transactions, regulation and dispute resolution in:

  • Upstream and downstream oil and gas
  • Nuclear
  • Renewables and unconventional energy
  • Conventional generation
  • Transmission and distribution
  • Retail electricity and natural gas supply
  • Pipeline and maritime transportation
  • LNG, oil and gas trading
  • Energy market reform
  • Privatization of energy enterprises

We also provide legal advice in:

  • Competition and antitrust
  • Electricity
  • Energy advocacy
  • Energy litigation
  • Energy market reform and regulation
  • Energy privatization
  • Energy project approval
  • Energy trading, marketing, and derivatives
  • Intellectual property and technology
  • Oil and gas
  • Project finance
  • Renewable energy
  • Securities and corporate finance
  • Water

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

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well versed in advising international corporate clients on financing and transactional mandates in Turkey. Assists clients with matters relating to renewables, conventional and unconventional gas, healthcare PPPs and infrastructure projects. Possesses additional experience of working on matters involving power generation, mining and downstream oil and gas. Aided on cross-border mandates by the vast international network of associated firm Baker McKenzie.

Strengths One client singles it out as being a "fantastic firm" for project finance mandates.

Work highlights Advised Petgaz on the transfer of its LPG and autogas businesses to İpragaz in an asset transfer.

Assisted Anagold Madencilik with a major works agreement with Gap İnşaat relating to the expansion of the Çöpler Mining Facility.

Notable practitioners

Muhsin Keskin and Duygu Turgut are key contacts for this practice area.

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Gen Temizer Özer - Projects & Energy Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Domestic firm with experience of assisting international lenders and corporations active in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. Good capacity to handle renewable energy matters, with activity on behalf of clients in the solar and wind power industries. Frequently advises clients on regulatory matters relating to construction, transaction and financing mandates in the energy and projects sector. Team members can provide Turkish and English law advice on transactions.

Strengths Interviewees regard the firm's "business-oriented" approach as a key strength, while also valuing its "technical expertise and commercial judgement."

One client views the firm as a "leading firm for bank and corporate finance, and a first-class firm for project financing."

Work highlights Acted for Commerzbank on equipment financing for Boreas Energy.

Advised Vestas on renewable energy law and regulations, as well as on turbine supply and construction agreements.

Notable practitioners

Emre Özer is a key contact for the department.

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GKC Partners - Projects & Energy Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Primarily recognised for assisting domestic and international banking clients with project finance in Turkey. Active on renewable power projects, healthcare PPPs and transport infrastructure. Also involved in waste management projects. Benefits from its association with global giant White & Case on international mandates.

Strengths One client notes: "They bring the valuable relationship with White & Case to projects."

Work highlights Represented GAMA Holding and Türkerler Holding in two hospital PPPs in İzmir and Kocaeli.

Assisted Garanti Bank with the financing for Crescent Capital's acquisition of two hydroelectric power plants and their operating company.

Notable practitioners

Güniz Gökçe is a key contact for the team.

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Pekin & Pekin - Projects & Energy Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed and long-standing projects team, primarily recognised for advising lenders and sponsors on finance mandates, notably funding for the construction of energy projects in Turkey. Assists clients with corporate matters in the oil and gas, hydroelectric and wind industries, including M&A transactions and joint ventures. Has a proven track record of assisting clients in the transport infrastructure sector with construction mandates. Routinely acts for international lenders, including export credit agencies.

Strengths Sources mention the ease with which the team works with international clients.

Notable practitioners

Gökben Erdem Dirican is a key contact for this practice area.

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Band 1

Bezen & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yeşim Bezen regularly assists clients with the project financing of energy and healthcare PPP projects. She is widely regarded as "a good lawyer" for finance matters, including aircraft finance.

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Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı

From the Chambers Europe guide

A leading figure in the projects and energy sector in Turkey, Mesut Çakmak advises both domestic and international clients on major energy and infrastructure projects. Clients praise his "flexibility and deep understanding of the Turkish legal environment." He also acts on construction and investment disputes. He represented ERG-Verbund in the development, rehabilitation, financing, construction and operation of the Afşin-Elbistan Thermal Power Project.

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Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı

From the Chambers Europe guide

Zeynep Çakmak enjoys a fine reputation for her track record in high-profile infrastructure projects. She also handles energy and real estate projects, as well as project financing.

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Band 2

Boden Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "fantastic and very responsive" Değer Boden receives glowing praise from sources for her project finance, project development and transactional work. One client praises her ability to "take the initiative and lead us through the decision process." She has also been involved in arbitration cases arising from energy projects.

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Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Okan Demirkan advises on project finance, construction and disputes. He is well regarded for his experience in the energy sector. He acted as local project counsel to the TANAP Consortium on its gas pipeline. Market observers value that he "comes up with practical, commercially sensible advice rather than just what the law says," adding: "There is a real-world context to his advice."

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Çağdaş Evrim Ergün

Ergün Avukatlık Bürosu

From the Chambers Europe guide

Çağdaş Evrim Ergün of Ergün Avukatlık Bürosu is greatly thought of by his clients, who call him an "expert in infrastructure PPP projects." He represented the lenders in the EUR1.5 billion financing of the İkitelli Health PPP.

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Paksoy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Zeynel Tunç has noted transactional expertise and assists with construction, energy and regulatory matters. One client praises his "responsiveness and attention to detail." He advised Serka Taahhüt İnşaat on the construction of a container port in Oman and a joint venture with a Portuguese partner.

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Bezen & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Aykut Bakırcı focuses on regulatory, privatisation and administrative matters, particularly in the energy sector. He has noted expertise in the development and construction of photovoltaic power plants in Turkey.

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Barlas Balcıoğlu

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki Attorney Partnership (BASEAK)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Barlas Balcıoğlu joins the rankings this year following praise from clients, who say: "He is very knowledgeable and gives us the right knowledge at the right time." He advises on energy legislation, licensing, greenfield development, and the expansion and operation of energy plants. He recently acted for Crescent Capital on the USD100.5 million financing of Clean Energy Transition Fund's acquisition of the 80.1 MW Akenerji power project located at Trabzon.

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ASC Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Okan Beygo has practical experience of project M&A and project finance across the energy and infrastructure sectors. Market observers say he is "well known" and "a good lawyer."

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Begüm Durukan Özaydın

Durukan+Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Begüm Durukan Özaydın of Durukan+Partners is admitted to both the İstanbul and New York State Bars, and provides advice to local and international clients in energy and mining projects in Turkey. She is especially active in advising on the design, construction, development, operation and management of hospitality projects. Sources note that she is "an important player in projects."

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Band 3

Yegin Çiftçi Attorney Partnership

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mete Yegin is particularly focused on project, asset and structured finance and has worked on a number of significant infrastructure projects. He advised Daelim on the Çanakkale 1915 Bridge and Motorway Project. Sources agree that he is a "very good finance lawyer."

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