September 1, 2014
The Firm has appointed Gülistan Baltacı and Semih Sander as partners to its maritime law group. They are also joined by two lawyers.
Gülistan Baltacı is a widely-recognized lawyer specializing in asset finance, securitizations, banking and finance, maritime, admiralty and aviation matters and litigation. She focuses on ship and aviation finance and sale and purchase transactions.
Baltacı has notable experience in the negotiation and enforcement of asset finance contracts, restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings, structuring of private loans as well administrative and civil litigation. She frequently works on franchising and intellectual property transfer contracts, including satisfaction of various licensing and authorization requirements.
She represents a wide range of clients from P&I Clubs, ship charterers and airlines to lessors, financiers, insurers and regulatory bodies.
Semih Sander is known in the market for his business-oriented approach and experience working on high-profile international trade, banking and finance, project finance, litigation and maritime projects. His core practice includes shipping and admiralty matters, acting for ship owners, P&I Clubs, charterers, cargo interests and handling cargo damage, loss, shortage and contamination claims, oil pollution claims, collision, salvage and general average claims. Sander has been involved in a number of major casualty cases, including collisions and fires on board vessels, which made the headlines in national press.
He also has notable experience in the negotiation, drafting and securitization of finance contracts pertaining to projects in transportation and real estate sectors as well as inter-company loans and loans extended for international sale and purchase of goods. Sander represents a number of major British, German, Swedish, Swiss and Turkish banks.
BASEAK forged an alliance with Dentons two years ago and provides Turkish law advice to Dentons with a team lawyers and economists of 65.
Barlas Balcıoğlu, Office Managing Partner and Head of Banking and Finance and Real Estate practices of BASEAK said: “We are delighted to have Gülistan and Semih join our legal team. Their wealth of experience coupled with their impeccable reputation in maritime law matters in Turkey will complement and strengthen our existing practice and help us provide a broader range of legal services.”
About Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki
Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki Attorney Partnership is an Istanbul-based full service law firm with a team of 75-plus lawyers and economists. Our practice focuses on a wide range of areas including real estate, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, banking, project finance, capital markets, competition and anti-trust, employment, litigation and arbitration, telecommunication, regulatory and public law and intellectual property. We represent and advise Turkish and multinational clients, including Fortune 500 companies, in the banking and finance, private equity, real estate, manufacturing, hospitality and leisure, retail, automotive, energy, information technology, life sciences, luxury fashion and beauty, and media sectors.