Recognized by respected legal guides IFLR 1000 and European Legal Experts as one of the top corporate lawyers in Turkey, Asli supports clients with complex corporate and financial transactions.
Over the past 30 years, she has gained extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and privatizations, as well as capital markets, private equity and financing deals.
Her ease with the complexities of intricately structured cross-border transactions is based on her international legal background, working in and across multiple jurisdictions. Before relocating to Turkey, Asli – who is fluent in English, Turkish and French – practiced for a number of years in the United States, and has represented both domestic and multinational clients in an array of major global deals. Adept at coordinating legal counsel across multiple territories, she also has significant experience of leading international teams of lawyers from the Firm's offices around the world.
The international scope of Asli's practice is matched by her wide-ranging sector knowledge, having worked with clients in banking and financial services, healthcare, manufacturing services and tourism, energy, telecommunications and media. Her familiarity with the particular challenges associated with each of these industries, combined with her creative deal-making skills, has made her an essential resource for clients seeking to execute the most challenging and technically complex of transactions.
Asli's formidable reputation has led to her leading role in a number of pioneering and groundbreaking deals, including Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentina's €4.2 billion purchase of 24.9% of Turkey's leading bank, Turkiye Garanti Bankasi AS, at the time the largest ever Turkish private sector M&A transaction. Asli also jointly led the team that advised Yüksel İnşaat A.Ş. on its US$200 million high yield bond offering, which is thought to be the first by a Turkish issuer in 15 years.
Asli's noted strengths as a leader and legal strategist also led to her appointment as one of the four members of White & Case's most senior decision-making body, the Executive Committee.
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (BBVA)
Represented Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (BBVA), Spain's second-largest bank, in the US$5.9 billion acquisition of a 24.9 percent stake in Türkiye Garanti Bankası A.Ş., one of Turkey's leading private sector banks.
Mustafa Nevzat Pharmaceuticals Shareholders
Represented the shareholders of Mustafa Nevzat Pharmaceuticals, the leading supplier of pharmaceuticals to the hospital sector and a major supplier of injectable medicines in Turkey, in the auction sale of approximately 99.3% of its shares to Amgen, the world's largest biotechnology company, for US$700 million.
Nitto Denko Corporation
Represented Nitto Denko Corporation, Japan's leading diversified materials manufacturer, in the acquisition of 100% of the issued shares of Bento Bantcilik ve Temizlik Maddeleri Sanayi Tic. A.S. and the acquisition of 97.416% of the issued share capital of Bento Pazarlama ve Ticaret A.S., Turkey's leading manufacturers of industrial tapes, adhesive tapes and diaper tapes, with a combined purchase price of US$100 million.
Represented Eaton Corporation, a global technology leader in diversified power management solutions which also serves the hydraulics, aerospace and electrical markets, in its acquisition of 100 percent of the shares of Polimer Kauçuk Sanayi ve Pazarlama A.S., one of Turkey's leading manufacturers and exporters of industrial, hydraulic, PVC and thermoplastic hose.
Integrated Healthcare Holdings Sdn. Bhd
Represented Integrated Healthcare Holdings Sdn. Bhd and its affiliates with respect to the US $2 billion acquisition of 75% of Acibadem Group, the biggest hospital chain in Turkey, through a combination of a cash payment and the exchange of newly issued Integrated Healthcare Holdings Sdn. Bhd shares.
Pangaea One Acquisition Holdings XV, LLC
Represented Pangaea One Acquisition Holdings XV, LLC, a company wholly owned by funds controlled by private equity fund Cartesian Capital Group, LLC, in the purchase of 5.813% of the shares of TAB Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş., which holds the exclusive franchise rights to operating and subfranchising restaurants under international quick service restaurant food brands Burger King, Sbarro, Arby's and Popeyes in Turkey, as well as three additional group companies providing services to TAB's restaurants.
Eczacıbaşı Holding A.Ş.
Represented Eczacıbaşı Holding A.Ş., the Turkish conglomerate, in the acquisition of a 50% stake in the leading Turkish hygienic paper producer İpek Kağıt Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. from its joint venture partner Georgia-Pacific Expansion S.A.S.
Venice European Investment Capital S.p.A.
Represented Venice European Investment Capital S.p.A., a private equity fund supported by Italian finance institutions including Generali Assicurazioni, Palladio Finanziara, Banca Intesa, Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca, in its acquisition of 22.114% of the shares of Global Liman İşletmeleri A.Ş. for approximately 77.4 million USD.
The Great Circle Capital Fund
Represented The Great Circle Capital Fund in relation to the €25 million purchase of 49.14% of the shares of BLG Logistics, a holding company which owns the three Turkish logistics and shipping companies of the Balnak Group. Asli also represented BLG Lojistik A.Ş (the new company incorporated as a result of the acquisition of Balnak Group by The Great Circle Capital Fund) in the acquisition of 100% of İzmir Lojistik Group Companies, which are active in the transportation and logistics sector in Turkey. The Balnak Group is one of the largest logistics company in Turkey.
Represented Sisecam, Turkey's leading glassmaker, and its subsidiary Trakya Cam, in relation to the execution of a joint venture agreement with Saint-Gobain, Europe's largest manufacturer of flat glass and glass building materials, for the joint production of flat glass for use in the building and automotive sectors in Egypt and Russia.
Leading Lawyer (Band 1): International Corporate/ M&A – Turkey, Chambers Europe 2014, Chambers Global 2014
Leading Lawyer (Band 2): International Banking & Finance – Turkey, Chambers Europe 2014, Chambers Global 2014
Leading Corporate: Corporate/M&A – Turkey, European Legal Experts 2012