Ceylan Kara | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Ceylan Kara

Association Partner, Istanbul

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Ceylan has a wide ranging experience advising clients on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and corporate finance deals, with a particular focus on high-end, complex transactions.


She has represented numerous international banks, insurance companies and multinational corporations across a variety of industries in particular, banking, insurance, energy and infrastructure.

Her in depth understanding and command of corporate law, capital markets law and financial regulatory landscape is a valued resource for clients that helps the clients navigate the intricacies of complex transactions.

Ceylan had a key role in almost all of the public and private banking and insurance M&A transactions of the last decade in Turkey. Her track record includes an extensive experience in public and private M&A transactions, auctions, joint ventures, corporate governance, equity capital markets and other corporate transactions

Bars and Courts

  • Istanbul Bar Association
  • New York State Bar


  • LLB, Yeditepe University, Faculty of Law
  • LLM, Harvard Law School


  • Turkish
  • English
  • German
For Turkish law matters, White & Case works with GKC Partners in Istanbul.


A bidder in the attempted acquisition of National Bank of Greece S.A.'s entire stake in Finansbank.

A bidder in the attempted acquisition of 100% of HSBC Turkey.

The Colakoglu Group in its banking and financial services M&A/joint venture transaction with BNP in respect of the TEB Group.

BTA Bank JSC and Kazkommertsbank JSC in relation to their investment in Şekerbank.

Cigna in its acquisition of 51% of Finans Emeklilik, the life insurance company owned by Finansbank, forming a joint venture with Finansbank for the distribution of insurance products under a long-term distribution agreement.

Anthem, Inc., one of the world's largest health benefits companies, in its failed attempt to acquire Cigna Corporation.

A shortlisted bidder, who is an international multi-line insurance provider, in the proposed acquisition of Yapı Kredi Insurance and Yapı Kredi Life Insurance, leading companies in the Turkish life and non-life insurance market.

Major global insurance company on its proposed acquisition via privatization of Halk Sigorta from the Privatization Administration.

A short listed bidder, who is a leading international healthcare and insurance company, in the attempted acquisition of Acıbadem Sigorta, a Turkish health care insurer, from Abraaj Capital, a leading MENA focused private equity fund.

Mayhoola Investments, a Qatari controlled investment vehicle, in its circa TL 885 million (approx. USD 332 million) investment into the Boyner Group, a leading Turkish retail and textiles business.

IFC in its acquisition of a minority stake in Rönesans Holding, a leading Turkish holding company active in construction, infrastructure, energy and health sectors. This investment is IFC's largest equity investment in Turkey to date.

TFI TAB Gida Yatirimlari AS (operator of Burger King and other fast food chains in Turkey and China) for the subscription of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Credit Suisse Group AG to the preferred shares of TFI TAB Gida Yatirimlari AS. Credit Suisse acted as the manager.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. on the US$1.3 billion acquisition of U.N Ro-Ro Isletmeleri A.S., a Turkish freight company and also in the acquisition financing of Un Ro-Ro for an amount of € 570 million.  The arrangers were T. Garanti Bank and T.İs Bank.

Bancroft Private Equity, a leading CEE private equity fund in connection with a private auction process for the sale of 100% of Standard Profil A.S. to Sealing Technologies S.a.r.l. Standard Profil is a fast growing, tier-one rubber profile and weather-strip producer for global automotive OEMs with manufacturing locations in Turkey and Bulgaria, among others.