Zihni Gönen

Zihni Gönen is our exclusively recommended Legal Services expert in Turkey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Zihni directly using the contact details listed above.

Zihni is the managing partner of Gonen Law Office.

He has extensive experience in the fields of international trade, project finance, commercial finance, PPP projects, construction law with particular focus on FIDIC-based contracts and contract management. In addition to these practice areas, Zihni actively took part and succeeded in national and international arbitrations and dispute resolutions on behalf of national and multinational clients.

Zihni is a listed arbitrator in various national and international arbitration centres where he has been acting as an arbitrator and mediator in various national and international arbitration matters. He handled arbitrations at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the International Court of Arbitration, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, London Maritime Arbitrators Association, London Court of International Arbitration and Grain and Feed Trade Association and under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade and Law.

Zihni has been actively advising foreign investors in their transactions and litigation and consultancy matters in Turkey and abroad.

His client portfolio consists of companies operating in different sectors including local and international construction companies, energy companies, international investors, investment funds and holdings.

Burcu Solmaz

Burcu Solmaz is our exclusively recommended International Commercial Law expert in Turkey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Burcu directly using the contact details listed above.

Solmaz Law and Consultancy is an international law firm based in Istanbul that provides comprehensive and qualified legal advice and legal services to domestic and foreign individuals and legal entities in various fields.

In addition to our experience working with internationally renowned companies and holdings, we also provide legal support to small and medium-sized enterprises and individual entrepreneurs within our office.

With our academically and practically experienced expert legal staff, we anticipate the legal problems that may arise in the fields and sectors of our clients’ activities in advance, make the necessary preparations and take precautions against possible risks as our primary goal. By this means, we ensure that disputes are resolved without reaching the stage of litigation, ensuring that our clients continue their business and transactions smoothly.

Thus, we settle disputes arising on issues such as elimination of individual conflicts, prevention of forfeiture, indemnification of losses, re-entitlement of violated rights with our effective and dynamic staff.

In order for Turkish and foreign real and legal persons to invest in our country under the most advantageous conditions and to achieve their goals in their fields of activity, we conduct a detailed and rigorous study with our teammates, each of whom is an expert in their field. We offer protective and preventive advocacy and consultancy services about legal actions to be taken within our country.

As part of foreign investment consulting, we deal with all legal, taxation, financial and accounting risks related to our clients’ investments as a whole and investigate in depth. We aim to protect and increase our client’s earnings by protection from all possible commercial, financial and legal risks in order to implement and maintain investments smoothly.

Advisory Excellence Appoints Burcu Solmaz and Solmaz Law & Consultancy in Turkey (streetinsider.com)

Yusuf Penezoğlu

Yusuf Penezoğlu is our exclusively recommended Tax Law expert in Turkey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Yusuf directly using the contact details listed above.

Yusuf has mainly focused his career on the field of tax law, and with his experience in this field of more than 20 years, he produces ingenious and result-oriented solutions to all kinds of tax problems of domestic and foreign companies that are in dominant positions in their own markets, with a tax lawyer perspective. Through his career journey, he gained extensive experience with the collaborations he established with international consultancy companies and assumed managerial and partnership positions in these companies for more than ten years.

In addition to tax law, he has carried out pioneering works in the fields of company restructuring, capital markets law, and real estate law. With the law firm he has founded, he offers his experiences to his clients under an independent roof and aims to add value to his clients, especially with his proactive approach.

Firm Overview:

Penezoğlu Law Firm is a specialist law firm providing tax and legal services:

  • Tax Controversy Services
  • Tax Inspection Management Services
  • International Tax Services
  • Restructuring Services (Tax Free Mergers / Spin Offs)
  • Real Estate Law
  • Company Law
  • Labour & Employment Law
  • Capital Markets and Banking Law

With its young and active population, dynamic free market economy as well as its economy’s strong performance over the  past decade and future growth potential, Turkey offers abundant business opportunities for global firms across diverse sectors.

Turkey has achieved a much better investment climate in recent years, as a result of effective economic and social policies, growth-friendly monetary and fiscal policies, the new Turkish commercial code, new incentive program, and a solid financial industry.

Advisory Excellence Appoints Yusuf Gokhan Penezoglu and Penezoglu Law Firm in Turkey (streetinsider.com)

Özlem Bulut Penezoğlu

Özlem Penezoğlu is our exclusively recommended Mergers & Acquisitions Law expert in Turkey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Özlem directly using the contact details listed above.

Özlem is a lawyer with more than 15 years of experience. She was also a partner in a top-tier law firm in Turkey.

With its young and active population, dynamic free market economy as well as its economy’s strong performance over the  past decade and future growth potential, Turkey offers abundant business opportunities for global firms across diverse sectors.

Turkey has achieved a much better investment climate in recent years, as a result of effective economic and social policies, growth-friendly monetary and fiscal policies, the new Turkish commercial code, new incentive program, and a solid financial industry.

Firm Overview:

Penezoğlu Law Firm is a specialist law firm providing tax and legal services:

  • Tax Controversy Services
  • Tax Inspection Management Services
  • International Tax Services
  • Restructuring Services (Tax Free Mergers / Spin Offs)
  • Real Estate Law
  • Company Law
  • Labour & Employment Law
  • Capital Markets and Banking Law

Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here.

In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.

Advisory Excellence Appoints Özlem Bulut Penezoglu and Penezoglu Law Firm in Turkey (streetinsider.com)

Levent Lezgin Kılınç

Levent Lezgin Kılınç is our exclusively recommended Transaction Services expert in Turkey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Levent directly using the contact details listed above.

Levent’s practice focuses on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, investigations and dispute resolution. He advises clients extensively on matters involving cross-border acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, strategic investments, investigations and litigation across a wide range of sectors including financial services, retail, transportation, energy, and logistics and manufacturing.

Prior to founding Kılınç Law in 2014, Levent worked at the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). He contributed to the legal processes of major projects highly significant in the energy field in Turkey today, such as Star Refinery, Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline, Wind Power Plant Project and Thermal Power Plants Projects. Prior to this, Levent trained at an international law firm in Arizona, United States, as a foreign legal counsel. He has worked on energy projects related issues, as an advisor to major energy companies. He then joined one of Turkey’s leading Participation Banks as the legal counsel responsible for international banking transactions.

Firm Overview:

Kılınç Law & Consulting is a law firm based in Turkey, providing legal services in domestic and international areas. The Firm’s leading services include energy and commercial law, competition law, Mergers and acquisitions, including execution of application processes to the Competition Authority, project finance and consultancy services given to Foreign Direct Investments. Accordingly, our law firm provides daily consultancy services to its clients in employment law, contracts law and capital markets law. Our team is competent to provide necessary legal advice to its clients before the national courts and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, with lawyers specialised in maritime law, enforcement and bankruptcy law, and a dispute resolution team specialised in national and international dispute resolution. In addition, Kılınç Law & Consulting, has experience in assisting foreign companies with obtaining work permits, residence permits and the acquisition of Turkish citizenship for their employees.

Kılınç Law & Consulting has extensive experience in assisting their clients before the administrative authorities to ensure they obtain required authorisations, licenses and/or permits for their respective commercial activities. Our specialist lawyers pursue and finalise the application process for the client before public authorities in Turkey while ensuring its foreign clients benefit from the incentives that the legislation offers. Following the completion of authorisation, licensing and/or permit processes Kılınç Law & Consulting prepares project and financial agreements for its clients by carrying out the relevant negotiation processes and completes the closing and registration processes for its clients. Moreover, the Firm conducts services in order to ensure its clients comply with the ever-changing regulations through our Regulation & Compliance department with the daily sector-specific feedback on regulatory changes.

In addition to providing consulting services on government relations in multiple sectors, Kılınç Law & Consulting also advises international companies on their investments in Turkey, including company establishment procedures, contract negotiations, completing agreements, restructurings, day to day corporate and operational needs and taking the necessary legal steps against disputes that may arise in the future. Kılınç Law and Consulting, within the scope of its Innovation & Fintech Department; provides services to clients working in the Fintech, Artificial Intelligence, E-Commerce and Esports sectors and start-up and scale-up companies Kılınç Law & Consulting, through its Data Privacy department, provides services on compliance with the Personal Data Privacy Law that was amended in 2016 that regulates privacy obligations for companies that has a certain amount of revenue and employees.

Our goal is to offer preventive precautions and to generate solutions to the legal issues our clients face. Our team comprises experienced partners, associates, and paralegals who are fluent in English, German, Arabic, Russian and Azerbaijani.

Cem Congar

Cem Congar is our exclusively recommended Shipping & Maritime Law expert in Turkey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Cem directly using the contact details listed above.

Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.

He completed his legal internship in the office of Prof. Dr. Abuzer Kendigelen who is the Dean of The Faculty of Law of Istanbul University. Afterward, he continued his law career at Antalya Coast Guard Command, Ceynak Logistics Inc. & Samsunport Port Management and head office of AXA InsuranceInc. Most particularly he worked as an expert attorney on subjects as Marine and Land Transportation, Insurance, Logistics and International law cases.

As a speaker, moderator, or organiser, he has attended more than 40 academic panels and seminars related to national and international transportation and insurance at many Universities, Bar Associations, and Institutions.

He participated in the establishment of the Carriage and Logistics Commission of the Istanbul Bar Association and he was assigned as Vice President for a period. He is still giving lectures at the Intern Education Centre of the Istanbul Bar Association.

He had attended as a guest speaker at Boards of Trade and Bar Associations of provinces such as Ankara, İstanbul, İzmir, and Mersin. He participated in many academic studies. In addition to this, he has been awarded from the United Nations, American and Balcanic Countries in order to the international organisations that he led.

His academic papers are published in many newspapers and journals. In the book “TRANSPORTATION AND INSURANCE LAW” published by the Istanbul Bar Association, he wrote an article which is “Carrier’s Liability In The Light of The Court of Appeal Decisions”.

Cem Congar knows advanced Turkish, English and German.