Emre Özşar

Partner, Istanbul


“He is always reliable, quick and practical and has superb drafting skills.”
Chambers & Partners Global – Turkey 2020


Emre focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and dispute resolution. He has a vast experience in advising clients on cross-border/local acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, strategic investments on a wide range of sectors. His experience covers all aspects of the transactions starting from the due diligence phase to structuring, drafting, and negotiating the terms of the transaction documents, as well as rendering day to day advice on all types of corporate law related matters.

Emre also acts as a litigator, representing clients in complex commercial disputes and assists his clients in all fields of dispute resolution.

Bars and Courts
Istanbul Bar Association
Sports Law Certificate Program
Galatasaray University, Turkish Football Federation and Sports Law Institute
Istanbul Marmara University, Faculty of Law
For Turkish law matters, White & Case works with GKC Partners in Istanbul.


QIA in the acquisition of approximately 79.5% of the shares of Banvit Bandırma Vitaminli Yem Sanayi, a Turkish listed company operating in the poultry sector, from its controlling shareholders, by a limited liability company formed in Austria, with 60% shares held by BRF and 40% shares held by QIA.

Viko Elektrik ve Elektronik Endüstrisi Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi in the transaction where the existing shareholders sold 90% of their shares in the Company to Panasonic Corporation acting through its Eco Solutions Company.

UniCredit, one of Europe's largest and oldest banking groups, in the unwinding of its 17 year-long Turkish banking JV in respect of Yapı ve Kredi Bankası A.Ş., a Tier 1 private bank in Turkey. It included aspects of an M&A transaction, accelerated book building for sale of 11.927% and unwinding of a complex JV.

Sisal S.p.A., the first Italian company to operate in the games of chance and betting industry, as successful bidder to acquire the 10-year operational contract for the Turkish state lottery, Milli Piyango, whose license holder is the Turkey Wealth Fund.

Firmenich International SA, the world's largest privately-owned perfume and taste company founded in Geneva, Switzerland, and present in more than 100 markets, in its acquisition of a significant majority stake in Gülçiçek Kimya ve Uçan Yağlar Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş., a family-owned Turkish company founded in 1961, active in fragrance production which is renowned for providing creative fragrance solutions to customers in Turkey, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa.

Eaton Capital Unlimited Company, a subsidiary of Eaton Corporation, in connection with the acquisition of majority shareholding in Ulusoy Elektrik İmalat Taahhüt ve Ticaret A.Ş., a publicly listed company manufacturing medium voltage electrical equipment for MV electrical distribution networks and industrial plants.

Goldman Sachs International in its purchase of a significant minority of shares in Modanisa, the Turkey-based online retailer of modest fashion for women in the Muslim world, from a number of individual and corporate sellers. Following the initial acquisition, we represented Goldman Sachs in its secondary purchase of minority of shares in Modanisa from VHIC Consulting - F.Z.C.

EBRD in its investment for minority of shares in Modanisa by way of: (i) purchasing certain shares from a number of individual and corporate sellers; and (ii) subscribing for newly issued shares. Following the initial acquisition, we represented EBRD in its secondary purchase of minority of shares in Modanisa from VHIC Consulting - F.Z.C.

Mayhoola for Investments LCC, a private investment firm and parent company of fashion house Valentino and Balmain, in its purchase of 43.9% of Boyner Perakende from Boyner Holding A.Ş., increasing its stake in the company to 98.004%. Along with this transaction, we also represented Mayhoola in the sale by Boyner Perakende of all of Boyner Perakende's shares in three of its subsidiaries (Boyner Büyük Mağazacılık A.Ş., Altınyıldız Tekstil ve Konfeksiyon A.Ş., BOYP Corp.) to Boyner Holding A.Ş. 

Hanwha Q-Cells Güneş Enerjisi A.Ş. with respect to their both daily and transactional corporate and finance matters, primarily with regards to the sale processes of Hanwha's numerous power subsidiaries holding unlicensed power plants across Turkey.

Mid Europa Partners, the leading buyout investor focused on the growth markets of Central & Eastern Europe, in the merger of Customer Management Center (CMC), the largest independent outsourced call centre and customer management services provider in Turkey with the M+ Group, the largest independent business process outsourcing (BPO) company in the CEE region.

ABB AB in the acquisition of shares in Aktiebolaget Rotech and Rotek Robotik ve Otomasyon Teknolojileri Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi.

GAZPROM Germania GmbH, in the sale of all of its shares to Adnan Şen, corresponding to approximately 70.9997% of the share capital of Bosphorus Gaz Corporation A.Ş., leading natural gas importer of Turkey from Russian Federation.

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. in its acquisition of approximately 68% ownership stake in Rayvag Vagon Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. via its European subsidiary.

Zynga Inc. (an American social game developer unicorn) in its acquisition of Turkish mobile gaming start up Gram Games for US$250 million in cash plus other considerations.

Awards and Recognition

Highly Regarded, IFLR1000 M&A – Turkey 2020
Up and Coming, Chambers & Partners Global – Corporate/M&A – Turkey 2020

"He is always reliable, quick and practical and has superb drafting skills."
Chambers & Partners Global – Turkey 2020