Güniz Gökçe

Association Partner, Istanbul

Biography

Güniz is “always tenacious,” and “she is determined and a fighter. With the combination of these and the drive to defend her clients, I felt safe.”
Chambers and Partners Global – Turkey 2020

“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 and Partners Global – Turkey 2017

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.

Güniz offers an extensive experience in financial structuring and insolvency matters, where she represents debtors, sponsors and lenders in all aspects of restructuring, workouts and insolvency matters and provides an efficient guidance throughout the entire restructuring process.

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 GKC Partners in Istanbul.

Experience

Mayhoola in the purchase of 43.9% of Boyner Perakende ve Tekstil Yatırımları A.Ş. ("BRTI"), from Boyner Holding A.Ş, increasing its stake in the company to 98.004%, as well as the corporate re-organization and the refinancing of the financial indebtedness of BRTI and its subsidiaries.

EBRD and Türkiye İş Bankası A.Ş. in relation to financing of a portfolio of licensed and license-exempt solar photovoltaic power plants of Akfen Yenilenebilir Enerji A.Ş. with a total installed capacity of approximately 85 MW in Turkey.

EBRD, IFC, The Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and DenizBank A.Ş. in providing the Turkish lira (TRY) equivalent of US$320 million to Osmangazi Elektrik Dağıtım A.Ş. (OEDAŞ), the Turkish electricity distribution company

The Banks Association of Turkey in the review of The Framework Agreement on Financial Restructuring. She also provided a high level description of the features that make up "best practices" in restructuring with particular focus on Chapter 11, UK practices and konkordato in Italy.

IFC and EBRD on the drafting and introduction of amendments to the Turkish financial restructuring programme that has been adopted by the Turkish government.

A Turkish syndicate of Turkish banks as lenders in the EUR 2.3 billion financial restructuring of the EUR 5 billion existing financial debt of Doğuş Holding A.Ş. and its group companies and the extension of additional cash and non-cash facilities.

Akbank, Kuveyt Türk, TSKB, İş Bankası, Yapı Kredi, Vakıfbank, Halkbank, Garanti Bank and Ziraat Bank as lenders in the financial restructuring of Bereket Enerji.

Astaldi in connection with its restructuring discussions with Turkish banks in Turkey.

Akbank T.A.Ş. in connection with the financing package up to US$178.7 million (including a non-cash loan backed by a loan extended by Korean Export-Import Bank (KEXIMBANK) to Akbank), extended to an SPV incorporated in Ireland, sponsored by KOLİN and KALYON for the financing of the purchase of an FSRU vessel, ordered from Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea.

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

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

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.

Lenders in 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.).

Lenders in 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 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 leading Turkish banks 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 in the financing of the acquisition of the shares of BEDAS, a major electricity distribution company.

Awards and Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Banking & Finance, Band 1
Turkey, Chambers Global/Europe 2020

Leading Individual, Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
Turkey, Legal 500

"She is extremely capable and dependable. She has significant experience in banking and finance transactions and is very commercial and responsive to deal requirements."
Chambers & Partners Global – Turkey 2018