Partner and Head of Corporate

Özgür Kocabaşoğlu

Department Banking and Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions
Languages Turkish, English, French
Özgür Kocabaşoğlu
Biography
Service Areas
Representative Matters
Education
Publications
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Biography

Özgür Kocabaşoğlu is a Partner and the Head of Corporate of Erdem & Erdem. Mr. Kocabaşoğlu has nearly 20 years of experience in national and multijurisdictional complex merger and acquisitions, structuring, banking, capital markets transactions, corporate and project finance.

He has extensive experience of international transactions involving a number of overseas jurisdictions in a variety of business sectors including energy, mining, transportation, ports, airports, construction, finance, retail and real estate.

He focuses on privatizations and public private partnership models and complex cross border transactions involving commercial banks, corporate entities, public and private companies.

In recent years he leads merger and acquisitions in a wide geography including Europe, Latin America, Russia, CIS countries, Africa and Asia. Moreover, he regularly provides consultancy to multinational corporations on every aspects of commercial law, contract law, capital markets, privatizations and merger and acquisitions.

He is a member of Istanbul Bar Association and International Bar Association (IBA).

Service Areas

Aviation
Aviation
A field of law that deals with all commercial activities carried out by air.
Banking and Finance Law
Banking and Finance Law
A wide field of law that deals with loans, bonds, money and collaterals.
Capital Markets
Capital Markets
Transactions between fund owners and fund seekers with various investment instruments.
Corporate Advisory
Corporate Advisory
It covers all stages of a company's life cycle, from incorporation to liquidation.
Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property
Protection of ownership and rights of intangible property like business secrets and patents.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers and Acquisitions
The merger of two or more companies and the acquisition of one company by another.
Personal Data Protection
Personal Data Protection
Based on personal rights and freedoms, it protects the privacy of personal information.
Privatization
Privatization
Aims to improve economic efficiency by transferring public institutions and services to the private sector.
Project Finance
Project Finance
A special type of financing that focuses on the potential cash flow of the project.
Public Private Partnerships (PPP’s)
Public Private Partnerships (PPP’s)
A type of financing model realized between government and the private sector.
Start-ups and Equity Investments
Start-ups and Equity Investments
Includes the activities of venture capital funded companies and their sponsors.
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Representative Matters

Mergers and Acquisitions
Banking and Finance
Privatization
Corporate Advisory
Public – Private Partnership (PPP)
  • Advising a port company in the acquisition of seven container port terminals in Portugal, two terminals in Spain and one in Peru, that the transaction is the largest investment made by a Turkish company in Portugal as well as one of the biggest port investments in Europe in 2015.
  • He played a key role in the sale and transfer of 15,446% shares of a company in glass industry to European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • He was the project leader in the purchase and transfer of approximately 4% of shares of a Turkish company to International Finance Corporation (IFC).
  • Advising a glass company in the acquisition of Fritz Holding and its group companies in Germany, in the acquisition of majority shares of a car glass factory in Romania as well on the joint venture with French glass company Saint Gobain in Egypt and Russia for float glass and auto glass production and sale.
  • He was a lead counsel in the acquisition of chrome mineral operator companies, a ferrochrome factory located in Russia and a mine in Kazakhstan.
  • He was the project coordinator in the acquisition of 50% shares of Malta Freeport Ltd. from Malta Port for Euro 200 mio. He provided legal advice in drafting and negotiating the MoU, the share purchase agreement and other ancillary agreements.
  • Advising Group Company in the project financing of a mine in Kazakhstan by EBRD and Unicredit for USD 260 mio.
  • Representing a Turkish port company in the loan agreement by Japan Bank for International Cooperation and other financial institutions in the extension of a facility of Yen 6 billion (approximately USD 36 mio).
  • He was the project leader in bond issuance of an international port company (USD 450 mio), a glass company (USD 500 mio) as well as a bank and a fleet company.
  • He represented local and foreign companies as a lead counsel in the tender for privatization of Derince Port, Iskenderun Port, Sea Buses (IDO) Operations, Fenerbahçe – Kalamış Yatch Port, İzmir Port in Turkey, Rainbow Ferry Lines in Republic of Ivory Coast and Oslo Port in Norway.
  • He played important role in the tender of privatization of a portfolio of more than 80 airports together including Goa, Amritsar, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Channai, Koklata and Trivandrium Airports in India.
  • He played a crucial role in a lot of cross-border tender processes for privatization projects such as International Airport (India-Mumbai (Bombay)), New Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport Cargo (India) and Queen Alia International Airport (Jordan).
  • Advising a Turkish company for the tender of the concession and operating rights of a port in Ecuador USD 750 mio


  • Advising sponsors on the project financing worth of Euro 330 mio, including designing, construction and management (ancillary services) of Kayseri Integrated Health Campus Project, which is the first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Project in Turkey’s health care industry.


Education

Gazi University External Trade Master Program


Ankara University, Faculty of Law


Galatasaray High School Courses

Publications

Newsletter Articles
Mandatory Share Purchase Offer
Capital Markets Law
Property Certificates
Capital Markets Law
Coexistence Agreements
Intellectual Property Law
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Memberships

Istanbul Bar Association
Istanbul Bar Association
International Bar Association (IBA)
International Bar Association (IBA)
Galatasaray Alumni Association
Galatasaray Alumni Association

Recommendations

“Clients of Erdem & Erdem Law Office include industrial groups and international port management companies. Özgür Kocabaşoğlu has strength in international finance and securities, and experienced in cross-border matters and project finance.” - Legal 500

A client says: “His response is quick and has a wide perspective about related issue. His communication skills are high.”IFLR1000 

A client says: "They are quickly and easily reachable and have an understanding of our needs. Besides that they answer our questions very clearly." – IFLR1000

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