Mergers and Acquisitions

Our firm regularly advises clients in complex, inter-jurisdictional transactions which require strategic, commercial and legal input. We recognize that while mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures have become a regular part of commercial life, they are far from routine occurrences for our clients. Rather, such transactions represent major milestones for an organization, as well as valuable opportunities to consolidate, expand, as well as strengthen their profitability and market positions. These transactions offer an exciting avenue for our clients to expand their business operations, increase profitability, or reduce commercial risks. Our firm works closely with clients at all stages of mergers and acquisitions transactions to ensure that the business objectives and industry considerations driving the transaction are well considered and understood.

Mergers and acquisitions transactions comprise a significant portion of our firm’s corporate work. We regularly advise and represent clients on both the buy-side and sell-side. These include local, foreign and multi-national strategic and financial clients involved in M&A transaction, ranging from small start-up ventures or private individuals, through to Fortune 500 companies. These transactions are often structurally complex, high value and cross-border. We have a particularly strong track record advising and supporting clients in the heavily regulated energy, infrastructure, healthcare and information technology sectors, as well as joint ventures in the construction, automotive and manufacturing sectors.

We have a comprehensive understanding of the various financial structures, legal risk-profiles and available strategic legal options for clients involved in public and private M&A transactions, whether they are negotiated or contentious. We regularly structure and implement a variety of complex execution vehicles to encourage our clients’ commercial success and mitigate unnecessary risks.

Whatever industry or activity a transaction involves, our firm offers clients the full range of necessary legal, regulatory, and transaction clearance support. This includes strategic legal advice as well as negotiation support. We draft and prepare all documents necessary within the context of an M&A transaction, share purchase agreements, shareholders agreements, as well as ancillary commercial, financial, or operational agreements. Our advice addresses all aspects of the transaction, from focused legal due diligence through to corporate governance structures and exit mechanisms.

We advise clients in a variety of strategic positions, including sellers, buyers, minority investors, shareholders and financial advisors. Transaction types include divestures, 50-50% and tripartite joint ventures, related party transactions, follow-up transactions involving the same company, re-structuring existing agreements, sell and buy-back transactions, as well as parties selling step-by-step. Projects regularly span multiple Turkish cities and we provide special guidance and advice to foreign investors in light of specific requirements in relation to property rights.

Due to our sophisticated commercial awareness and work in all aspects of corporate advisory, we provide M&A advice to clients in a wider, more complete manner. Our wide experience with post-merger and post-acquisition issues means we can provide clients with forward thinking advice, often early in a transaction. Our expertise in other practice areas allows us to look beyond the often rushed M&A period and provide experience-based advice regarding a transaction’s likely future consequences and implications.

Our firm regularly continues its relationships with clients after the initial merger or acquisition transaction is finalized, strengthening and protecting the company’s presence in Turkey.