Senior Associate

Melissa Balıkçı Sezen

Department Mergers and Acquisitions, Arbitration
Languages Turkish, English, French
Melissa Balıkçı Sezen
Biography
Service Areas
Representative Matters
Education
Publications
Memberships

Biography

Melissa Balıkçı is a Senior Associate in Corporate and Dispute Resolution departments of Erdem & Erdem. She provides legal advice mainly on matters relating to corporate law, contract law and business law.

She advises clients on a range of corporate and commercial matters across a number of sectors and has a particular expertise in domestic and cross-border merger and acquisitions and share transfer transactions. Melissa regularly advises on EPC contracts, including FIDIC contracts and has experience in drafting various types of contracts.

Melissa also specializes in international commercial arbitration. She represents parties from diverse backgrounds as counsel in arbitration proceedings conducted under various institutional rules such as the ICC, LCIA, ISTAC, ITOTAM and UNCITRAL and acts as tribunal-secretary.

Service Areas

Arbitration
Arbitration
An alternative to courts is an arbitrator-led method of dispute resolution.
Corporate Advisory
Corporate Advisory
It covers all stages of a company's life cycle, from incorporation to liquidation.
International Commercial Contracts
International Commercial Contracts
Agreements to which international actors are a party.
International Commercial Transactions
International Commercial Transactions
Complex international economic transactions that focus on international legal systems.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers and Acquisitions
The merger of two or more companies and the acquisition of one company by another.

Representative Matters

Corporate Advisory
Arbitration
  • Providing consultancy regarding the process of purchasing the shares of a solar panel production company based in Hungary
  • Preparation of the due diligence report of a mining company, preparation and negotiation of the share purchase agreement, providing consultancy on the process
  • Advising on the establishment of a solar plant, preparation and negotiation of the EPC contract
  • Advising on the establishment of a soda ash factory to be established in Kazakhstan and providing consultancy on the process, preparation and negotiation of the EPC contract
  • Preparation of the due diligence report of a pipe manufacturing company
  • Advising on the establishment of a urea plant, preparation and negotiation of the EPC contract
  • Preparation of EPC contract to a leading port company related to expansion of a port
  • Providing consultancy to the renewable energy company during the installation of wind projects
  • Preparation of the construction contract within the scope of a port construction project and providing consultancy on the process
  • Preparation of the construction contract within the scope of the Slab Stock Building construction project and providing consultancy regarding the process
  • Preparation of all tender documents, including the road construction contract, within the scope of a road project
  • Providing consultancy regarding the coal-fired power plant to be established in Turkey
  • Negotiating service and maintenance contracts on wind projects to Turkey's leading energy company
  • Preparation of the due diligence report of 4 different Turkish companies operating in the field of transportation and logistics, providing consultancy regarding the due diligence of foreign subsidiaries
  • Review of a leading port company's contract and security package
  • Acquisition of the shares of five companies in Turkey and Russia and its partner in joint-venture to a holding operating in the construction sector
  • Preparation of the FIDIC Short Form Contract to an international bank and consultancy on the process
  • Advising on a share and trademark pledge to a leading bank
  • Representation of the respondents and counterclaimants in an arbitration proceeding arising out of an electricity sales agreement before ISTAC
  • Providing consultancy regarding the lawsuit to be filed before ICSID, execution of third-party financing works
  • Acting as the secretary of the arbitral tribunal in an arbitration case under the ITOTAM Arbitration rules related to the establishment of a hydroelectric power plant
  • Representation of BMC Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş, the Respondent in an arbitration proceeding regarding breaches of contract for sale and know-how under the ICC Rules
  • Representation of Enerjeo Kemaliye Enerji Üretim A.Ş, the Respondent in an arbitration proceeding regarding breaches of a contract for sales and maintenance under the ICC Rules
  • Representation of the Respondent in an arbitration proceeding regarding breaches of an investment agreement between Ukrainian and Cypriot parties under the LCIA Rules
  • Representation of the Mauritius Respondent in an arbitration proceeding regarding breaches of a deposit advance agreement under the LCIA Rules
  • Representation of the Respondent against a world-wide freezing order before the English Courts
  • Providing legal assistance to a Venezuelan company regarding jurisdictional challenges under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules

Education

Queen Mary University of London, LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution


King’s College London, Pre-Master’s Programme Law Pathway


Galatasaray University, Faculty of Law

Publications

Newsletter Articles
Other Articles
  • Tahkimde Yargılama Giderleri ve Masrafları, Tahkim Yargılaması, Tahkim Okulu Paneller Serisi Cilt - 2, November 2021
  • 16th ICC Turkey Arbitration Day, ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin 2021-2.
  • Enforceability of Emergency Arbitrator Orders in Turkey and Take-Aways from the 15th ICC Turkey Arbitration Day, Kluwer Arbiration Blog, March 2020 (co-author)
LCIA Rules 2020
Arbitration
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Memberships

SRA-regulated solicitor in England and Wales
SRA-regulated solicitor in England and Wales
The Law Society
The Law Society
Istanbul Bar Association
Istanbul Bar Association
ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
Young International Arbitration Group
Young International Arbitration Group
Istanbul Arbitration Association
Istanbul Arbitration Association
Young ISTAC
Young ISTAC

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