Gökçe Attorney Partnership

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Firm Overview

Gökçe is an independent law firm with the full service capacity based in Istanbul. Gökçe offers a broad range of legal services to meet the needs of its diverse client base, ranging from rapidly expanding international companies to emerging growth companies. Since its establishment in 2010, Gökçe earned a reputation for its expertise in technology and media space. Moreover, Gökçe has become a go-to law firm for high-profile commercial disputes. As of 1 January 2020, Gökçe merged with Yazıcı Legal Law Office and strengthened its Banking Finace & Capital Markets practice. In 2019, Gökçe became the Turkish representative of Interlaw, a highly-ranked international law firm network. Also in 2020, Gökçe established a German Desk led by a dual-qualified senior lawyer.

Managing Partner:  Görkem Gökçe
Number of partners: 4 Number of lawyers: 35
Languages: Turkish, English, French, German, Chinese, Spanish

Main Areas of Practice

Technology & Internet & Media:
Gökçe Tech & Internet & Media team’s reputation is built on delivering commercial and practical legal advice to clients active in the digital sphere in various industries. Team members’ deep understanding of the intricacies of technology involved ensures clients’ commercial interests. Gökçe advises clients on matters of intellectual property, consumer law, e-commerce laws and data protection compliance. Team members frequently provide mentoring to emerging growth companies at leading start-up incubators and accelerators including İTÜÇekirdek and Endeavor Turkey. Clients such as Sony, Hilton, Nimo.tv (HUYA), Edenred, Evreka, Trendbox, Sovos Foriba, Figopara, Pixsy, Nely, Spotify, Facebook, McAfee, all widely recognized game changers in their respective industries; and Gram Games (a Zynga company), Masomo and Miniclip, all prominent actors in the e-gaming industry.

Corporate, M&A & Venture Capital:
Corporate, M&A and Venture Capital team of Gökçe focuses on large to middle-market cross border and domestic corporate transactions in various industries; advising on a range of corporate issues including drafting and negotiating of all types of commercial contracts, corporate compliance as well as corporate governance issues and M&A transactions. Most recently, Gökçe team advised on the acquisition of Unico Sigorta, one of the largest actors in the Turkish insurance industry. Other clients include Farasis Energy (Ganzhou), BBraun, Unico Sigorta, Hexagon Studio, Biofarma, Hilton, WorleyParsons, Palsgaard, and Çelebi Holding.
Team members are also highly adept in growth investment transactions and represent founder-led technology companies, from early stage all the way up to growth phase and exit.
Gökçe recently advised:
■ FIT Solutions (Foriba) founders on the sale of their shares to Sovos, a leading global tax compliance and regulatory reporting software company
■ Gram Games, a leading Turkish mobile game company on the $250M acquisition by Zynga Inc.
■ Four Mobile in the acquisition by Tencent owned mobile games developer Miniclip
■ Gameguru on the sale of one of its mostdownloaded hyper casual games (namely, Slap Kings) to Lion Studios
■ Panoroma Bilisim founders on the sale of their shares to Verifone, U.S. multinational corporation providing electronic payment transactions
■ Various emerging growth companies on financings by private equity giants and growth/venture capital investors such as EBRD, IFC, Revo Capital, Endeavor, 500 Startups and Growth Circuit:
– Onedio, a prominent Turkish online content provider
– Evreka, an outstanding waste collection solutions SaaS company
– Layer, a leading technology company engaged in machine learning operating systems
– Figopara, a major fintech company acting as intermediary for trade finance transactions
– Spirohome, an innovative medical device company
– TraceItUp, creator of a next generation delivery management platform
– V-Count, provider of visitor analytics solutions

Banking & Finance & Capital Markets:
Gökçe has extensive experience in banking & finance and capital markets transactions, particularly in project financings. It represents leading Turkish and foreign financial institutions in respect of a large spectrum of financing transactions. Members of Gökçe team have been involved in high volume transactions in variety of forms and experienced in structuring of complex financing models and security packages, drafting, establishment, release and enforcement of such securities. Team members have represented Yapı ve Kredi Bankası, Garanti Bankası, İş Bankası, Vakıfbank, Halkbank, Ziraat Bankası, OdeaBank, Akbank, TSKB, T-Bank, Fibabanka, Gedik Yatırım, Mbaer Merchant Bank, Worldpay, CBH Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique, Bereket Group, Cengiz Holding, Nurol Holding, Özaltın Holding, Çelebi Holding and Yüksel Holding on various project finance and financial restructuring transactions including energy sector, infrastructure, real estate project financing, acquisition financing and other types of asset financing.

With the YazıcıLegal merger, Gökçe’s Banking & Finance team grew stronger and practice expanded to include Capital Markets transactions. Gökçe recently advised Odeabank on a complex refinancing transaction with the full security package of Turkish law and regularly provides legal advice to Worldpay and MBaer Merchant Bank in respect of various banking and capital markets products provided to Turkish residents on a cross-border basis.

Dispute Resolution:
Gökçe has profound knowledge and experience in litigation, especially in commercial and IP related disputes. Gökçe represented N11 (Doğuş), Promarket Tasarım, NRC International, Sovos Foriba, Çelebi Aviation, BBraun, Borajet, Biofarma, Atölye Kostüm, V-Count, Alfatek-Mesar, SITA Information, Nimo. tv (HUYA), Autoland Otomotiv, Figopara, Trendbox, Hexagon Studio, Unico Sigorta, ASB Modern, Seacor Holding on various commercial disputes.

Employment:
Gökçe employment team advises numerous clients including Borajet, Alpla, Biofarma, Biopipe, Evreka, Gram Games (a Zynga company), Alba Prestige, Usla, Yemekhane, Sovos Foriba, Alictus and various company directors/managers on:
■ Employment Contracts
■ Termination of Employment
■ Employment Disputes
■ Settlement of Disputes
■ Social Security Disputes

Debt Recovery & Debt Collection:
Gökçe has a wide practice of debt collection activities including foreclosure proceedings, primarily conducted for high volume commercial receivables of its clients. Gökçe represents Çelebi Aviation, Alpla, FIT Solutions, Seacor Holding, Yemekhane, Geniks Kongre, Özak Global, Pars Güvenlik, B-Braun, Ürosan, Biofarma and Borajet.

Criminal Law:
Gökçe’s criminal law team represents clients in complex criminal law matters in relation to commercial fraud, white collar, financial, cyber, reconstruction crimes and data protection offenses. Gökçe’s criminal law clientele includes Çelebi, Borajet and well-known individuals in Turkey.

Key Contacts

Managing Partner:

Görkem Gökçe
gorkem.gokce@gokce.av.tr

Partner:

Prof. Dr. Ali Paslı
ali.pasli@gokce.av.tr

Partner:

Deniz Okuyucu
deniz.okuyucu@gokce.av.tr

Partner:

Dr. Bedii Kaya
bedii.kaya@gokce.av.tr

Senior Counsel:

Dr. Erkan Sarıtaş
erkan.saritas@gokce.av.tr

Firm Rankings

Banking & Finance
Band 2

8.0

Capital Markets: Debt
Band 2

8.0

Capital markets: Equity
Band 2

8.0

Corporate/M&A
Band 3

7.0

IP
Band 3

6.0

Media & Entertainment
Band 2

8.0

Projects
Band 3

6.0

TMT
Band 3

7.0

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