Emre Özşar

Partner, Istanbul

Biography

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

Overview

Emre is the head of our Mergers & Acquisitions practice in Istanbul. His practice focuses on advising private equity, sovereign wealth fund, alternative capital provider (ACPs) and corporate clients on all forms of M&A, alternative capital transactions, portfolio assistance and restructuring advice with a particular emphasis on cross border mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures.

Emre serves clients in many different sectors, including energy, media, financial services, e-commerce, consumer products, transportation and shipping/railway among others.

In addition, he has also worked on particular disputes arising from mergers and acquisitions and shareholder relations.

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

Experience

Representation of Yemeksepeti, the Turkish subsidiary of Delivery Hero, world's leading local delivery platform operating in over 50 countries across Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, in its acquisition of the shares representing the entire share capital of Marketyo Bilişim Teknoloji A.Ş., an online shopping platform providing local supermarkets the opportunity to do their business online.

Representation of Softbank Vision Fund in its approximately US$400 million investment in Trendyol, one of Turkey's leading e-commerce platforms, whose majority stake is owned by Alibaba Group. With the total amount of funding US$1.5 billion provided by other investors, this transaction made Trendyol Turkey's largest start-up after fundraising and a first "decacorn" with a valuation exceeding US$10 billion.

Representation of TFI TAB Gıda Yatırımları A.Ş. and its founder shareholders, Kurdoğlu family and their affiliates, in the transfer of additional 14.78% shares of TFI to Goldman Sachs, EBRD and Credit Suisse.

Representation of Rollic Games, a subsidiary of Zynga, in its acquisition of 100% shares in Uncosoft Yazılım, a mobile game developer and creator of chart topping hyper-casual titles High Heels!, Repair My Car!, and award winning casual game 9PM Football Managers.

Representation of Aydıner İnşaat A.Ş. in connection with the acquisition of a 75% stake in Agron Turizm ve Ticaret A.Ş., a Turkey-based owner of Xanadu Island Hotel, through a debt equity swap, increasing its stake in Agron to 95%.

Representation of Goldman Sachs International and EBRD on their acquisition of a minority stake in DgPays, a Turkish digital payments business, from the founder, Mustafa Serkan Ömerbeyoğlu.

Representation of Qatar Investment Authority, a sovereign wealth fund of the Gulf state, in its acquisition of 10% shares of Turkey's stock exchange Borsa Istanbul A.Ş. from Turkey Wealth Fund, the majority holder of Turkey’s stock exchange.

Representation of Zynga Inc., a global leader in interactive entertainment and mobile gaming, in its acquisition of Peak Oyun Yazılım ve Pazarlama A.Ş., a Turkish gaming company, for consideration of US$1.8 billion.

Representation of Zurich Insurance, a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets, in re-establishment of a long-term exclusive non-life bancassurance relationship with Türk Ekonomi Bankası A.Ş., one of Turkey's oldest and most deeply-rooted financial institutions.

Representation of Birlesik Holding Limited in its purchase of the entire shareholding of AG Anadolu Grubu Holding A.Ş. in Anadolu Restoran İşletmeleri Ltd. Şti., operating McDonald's restaurants in Turkey.

Representation of Zynga Inc., a global leader in interactive entertainment and mobile gaming, in the US$200 million acquisition of Rollic Games, a mobile games developer and publisher with a portfolio of popular hyper-casual games that have been downloaded more than 250 million times.

Representation of 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.

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

Representation of Firmenich International SA, the world's largest privately-owned perfume and taste company founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in its acquisition of a significant majority stake in Gülçiçek Kimya ve Uçan Yağlar Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş., a family-owned Turkish company, active in fragrance production.

Representation of Goldman Sachs International and EBRD in its primary and secondary acquisition of a significant minority of shares in Modanisa, the Turkish modest fashion e-commerce company.

Awards and Recognition

Up and Coming, Chambers & Partners – Corporate/M&A – Turkey 2021

Highly Regarded, IFLR1000 M&A – Turkey 2020

"He was very prepared and also with a positive attitude, which is very important and useful when dealing with complex matters in a small amount of time."
Chambers & Partners – Turkey 2021

"Emre Özşar's intelligence made all process easier for us. His self-confidence & communication skills always boost our chance in negotiation process and/or in conflicts."
Legal 500 – Turkey 2021