Güniz Gökçe | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Güniz Gökçe

Association Partner, Istanbul

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“genuinely fantastic banking lawyer” who has expertise in all aspects of finance mandates. She’s very knowledgeable, not just about legal points but the commercial side as well, and we can always call her - she’s easy to access.”

Chambers Global 2015

Overview

Güniz Gökçe's practice involves a wide range of banking and structured finance transactions. Güniz advises arrangers, lenders and multilateral financial institutions on complex financing operations and has developed particular expertise in cross-border financings and securitisations.

Güniz also acts for various Turkish borrowers, mainly Turkish banks, in a wide range of financings including syndications, structured financings and trade financings.

Bars and Courts

  • Istanbul Bar Association

Education

  • LLM (Dist.), George Washington University Law School, Washington D.C
  • LLB, Ankara University Law School

Languages

  • English
  • Turkish
For Turkish law matters, White & Case works with Çakmak-Gökçe Avukatlık Bürosu in Istanbul.

Experience

Advised a syndication of Turkish lenders composed of several Turkish banks in both the bridge financing and the project finance of the Third İstanbul Airport which will be constructed and operated on a BOT basis.

UniCredit Bank AG and Natixis in setting up of Vakıfbank's €5 million programme and issuance thereunder of the first ever Euro-denominated Mortgage Covered Bonds of Turkey amounting to €500 million with 5 years maturity.

Kazanci Holding A.Ş and Aksa Doğal Gaz Dağıtım A.Ş in obtaining refinancing and investment loans from a consortium of seven banks.

UniCredit Bank AG and Barclays in setting up of T. Garanti Bankası A.Ş.'s €5 million programme for the issuance of Euro-denominated Mortgage Covered Bonds.

T. Garanti Bankası A.Ş. in the US$100 million financing of the acquisition of two hydroelectric power plants and their operating company by the green-energy fund Crescent Capital.

Acted as the lenders' counsel for the financing of the privatisation of Karacaören 1-2 hydroelectric power plants located in Burdur; as well as funding of the debt service reserve account, upfront finance costs, development costs, and rehabilitation/replacement capital expenditures of the hydroelectric power plants by Kremna Enerji Üretim ve Ticaret A.Ş. (a subsidiary of Gama Enerji A.Ş.).

Acted as the lenders' counsel for the financing of the privatisation of Kadıncık I-II hydroelectric power plants and the refinancing of eight other hydroelectric power plant investments of IC İçtaş Hidroelektrik ve Termik Enerji Üretim ve Ticaret A.Ş.

A consortium of leading Turkish banks including Turkiye İş Bankası, Türkiye Garanti Bankası, Yapı ve Kredi Bankası, Ziraat Bankası, Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası and Türkiye Halk Bankası in the financing of the acquisition of Kangal thermal power plant, together with ancillary facilities and mining sites, from the Privatisation Administration of the Republic of Turkey through privatisation.

A consortium of Ziraat Bankası, Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası, Türkiye Halk Bankası, Kuveyt Türk Katılım Bankası and Albaraka Türk Katılım Bankası in the financing of the acquisition of the shares of DEDAŞ, an electricity distribution company from the Privatisation Administration of the Republic of Turkey through privatisation.

A consortium of leading Turkish banks including Turkiye İş Bankası, Türkiye Garanti Bankası, Yapı ve Kredi Bankası, Ziraat Bankası, Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası, Türkiye Halk Bankası and Denizbank in the financing of the acquisition of the shares of BEDAS, a major electricity distribution company which is in a privatization.

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global/Europe 2017

Turkey, Banking & Finance, Band 1

Leading Individual, Banking, Finance and Capital Markets

Legal 500