Managing Partner: Görkem Gökçe
Number of partners: 4 Number of lawyers: 27
Languages: Turkish, English, French, German, Chinese, Spanish
Gökçe offers a broad range of legal services to meet the needs of its diverse client base, ranging from rapidly expanding international companies to emerging growth companies. Since its establishment in 2010, Gökçe earned a reputation for its expertise in technology and media space. Moreover, Gökçe has become a go-to law firm for high-profile commercial disputes. As of 1 January 2020, Gökçe merged with Yazıcı Legal Law Office and strengthened its Banking Finace & Capital Markets practice. In 2019, Gökçe became the Turkish representative of Interlaw, a highly-ranked international law firm network.
Main Areas of Practice:
Technology & Internet & Media:
Gokce Tech & Internet & Media team’s reputation is built on delivering commercial and practical legal advice to clients active in the digital sphere in various industries. Team members’ deep understanding of the intricacies of technology involved ensures clients’ commercial interests. Gökçe advises clients on matters of intellectual property, consumer law, e-commerce laws and data protection compliance. Team members frequently provide mentoring to emerging growth companies at leading start-up incubators and accelerators including İTÜÇekirdek and Endeavor Turkey. Clients such as Onedio, Evreka, Trendbox, Sovos Foriba, SeoZeo, Figo Para, Pixsy, Nely, Spotify, Facebook, McAfee, all widely recognized game changers in their respective industries; and Gram Games (a Zynga company), Masomo and Narcade, all prominent actors in the e-gaming industry. Corporate & M&A & Venture Capital: Gökçe Corporate, M&A and Venture Capital team focuses on large to middle-market cross border and domestic corporate transactions in various industries; advising on a range of corporate issues including drafting and negotiating of all types of commercial contracts, corporate compliance and governance and M&A transactions. Most recently, Gokce team advised in the acquisition of Unico Sigorta, one of the largest actors in the Turkish insurance industry. Other clients include BBraun, Unico Sigorta, Heksagon, Hilton and Çelebi Holding. Team members are also highly adept in growth investment transactions and represents founder-led technology companies, from early stage all the way up to growth phase and exit. Gökçe recently advised:
• FIT Solutions (Foriba) founders on the sale of their shares to Sovos, a leading global tax compliance and regulatory reporting software company;
• Gram Games, a leading Turkish mobile game company in the acquisition by Zynga Inc;
• Four Mobile in the acquisition by Tencent owned mobile games developer Miniclip;
• Panoroma Bilisim founders in the sale of their shares to Verifone, U.S. multinational corporation providing electronic payment transactions;
• Various emerging growth companies represented in financings by private equity giants and growth/venture capital investors such as EBRD, IFC, Revo Capital, Endeavor, 500 Startups and Growth Circuit;
- Onedio, a prominent Turkish online content provider;
- Evreka, an outstanding waste collection solutions SaaS company;
- Spirohome, an innovative medical device company;
- TraceItUp, creator of a next generation delivery management platform;
- V-Count, provider of visitor analytics solutions.
Banking & Finance & Capital Markets:
Gökçe has extensive experience in banking and finance in particular, project financings. It represents leading Turkish and foreign banks in respect of all kinds of financing transactions. Members of Gökçe team have been involved in high volume transactions in variety of forms and experienced in structuring of complex financing models and security packages, drafting, establishment, release and enforcement of such securities. Team members have represented Yapıkredi Bankası, Garanti Bankası, Iş Bankası, Vakıfbank, Halkbank, Ziraat Bankası, Odeabank, Akbank, TSKB, Fibabanka, Bereket Group, Cengiz Holding, Nurol Holding, Özaltın Holding, Çelebi Holding and Yuksel Holding on various project finance transactions including energy sector, infrastructure, real estate project financing and acquisition financing. With the Yazıcı Legal Law Firm merger, Gökçe’s Banking & Finance team grew stronger and practice expanded to include Capital Markets transactions.
Gökçe has profound knowledge and experience in litigation, especially in commercial and IP related disputes. Gökçe represented N11(Doğuş), NRC International, FIT Solutions, Celebi Aviation, BBraun, Borajet, Biofarma V-Count, Onedio, Trendbox, Heksagon, Unico Sigorta, ASB Modern, Seacor Holding on various commercial disputes. Employment: Gökçe employment team advises numerous clients including Borajet, Biofarma, Biopipe, Evreka, Onedio, Gram Games, Alba Prestige and various company directors/managers on:
• Employment Contracts
• Termination of Employment
• Employment Disputes
• Settlement of Disputes
• Social Security Disputes
Debt Recovery & Debt Collection:
Gökçe has a wide practice of debt collection activities including foreclosure proceedings, primarily conducted for high volume commercial receivables of its clients. Gökçe represents Çelebi Aviation, Alpla, FIT Solutions and Seacor Holding, B-Braun, Ürosan, Biofarma and Borajet.
Gökçe’s criminal law team represents clients in complex criminal law matters in relation to commercial fraud, white collar, financial, cyber, reconstruction crimes and data protection offenses. Gökçe’s criminal law clientele includes Çelebi, Borajet and well-known individuals in Turkey.
Ass. Prof. Dr. Ali Paslı
Dr. Erkan Sarıtaş