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Levent Lezgin Kılınç

Founding Partner
+90 (212) 217 12 55 levent.kilinc@kilinclaw.com.tr

Education

Arizona State University, Faculty of Law, LLM
Istanbul Kultur University, Faculty of Law, LLB

Bar Admissions

Istanbul, Texas

Languages

Turkish, English, Azerbaijani, Spanish

Levent Lezgin Kılınç is the Founder and Managing Partner of Kılınç Law & Consulting. He advises foreign investors and assists them in their transactions and also advises in relation to dispute resolution matters, both internationally and in Turkey.

Levent’s practice focuses on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, investigations and dispute resolution. He advises clients extensively on matters involving cross-border acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, strategic investments, investigations and litigation across a wide range of sectors including financial services, retail, transportation, energy, and logistics and manufacturing.

Prior to founding Kılınç Law in 2014, Levent worked at the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). He contributed to the legal processes of major projects highly significant in the energy field in Turkey today, such as Star Refinery, Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline, Wind Power Plant Project and Thermal Power Plants Projects. Prior to this, Levent trained at an international law firm in Arizona, United States, as a foreign legal counsel. He has worked on energy projects related issues, as an advisor to major energy companies. He then joined one of Turkey’s leading Participation Banks as the legal counsel responsible for international banking transactions.

Experience

  • Acting for SOCAR in respect of its litigation, corporate, regulatory, and competition areas, as well as SOCAR Fiber’s corporate and regulatory matters.
  • Representation of SOCAR in the multi-jurisdictional projects that the Company is planning to undertake in the SOCAR Turkey Special Industrial Zone with other sector leading energy companies.
  • Advised on a project regarding the acquisition of EWE Turkey Holding as a fourth gas producer in Turkey and its subsidiaries by SOCAR.
  • Advised on the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP) Project. Assisted with agreements and protocols on the purchase of products and services, education services, leasing and project financing both during the establishment of the pipelines and the Project’s roll out.
  • Advised on the investment of SOCAR on the Project of STAR Refinery, the largest single-location investment in the Turkish real estate and energy sector.
  • Advised SOCAR on their cooperation with various Turkish Companies in the development and implementation of various confidential oil and gas related projects in the territory of Turkey.
  • Representing Pasha Investment Bank in respect of all of its acquisitions, joint ventures and financings in Turkey and Azerbaijan.
  • Representing PD Turizm, a subsidiary of Pasha Investment Bank on the project financing of an hotel in Turkey and the government relations requirements on tourism operating certificate for the hotel.
  • Representing RETAJ Hotels, a Doha based, sector leading hotel group in respect of its litigation, corporate, regulatory, and competition areas,
  • Advising Qimia; a Germany based IT Company in their investments and initiation of operations in Turkey, establishment of the Turkish subsidiary, revising of every necessary contract including employment, banking and commercial contracts.
  • Represented investors from different countries in respect of their litigation, corporate, regulatory and investment related acquisitions and adjustment of corporate structures of firms to comply with Turkish legislation.
  • Represented Bor Şeker Anonim Şirketi on the privatization of the Bor Sugar Factory at the tender, the establishment of the Company, initiation of its commercial operations and finalized the roll-out of the project.
  • Instructed YU Group, a foreign real estate development company, in respect of its real estate projects, including public tenders and shopping malls in Sakarya and Istanbul.
  • Advising ECOLAB-NALCO, a U.S.A based global leading company of water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, in respect of its joint ventures, litigation, corporate and all regulatory issues.
  • Instructed SEDCO Holding, a Saudi Arabian investment company focusing on real estate projects, in respect of its joint ventures and potential acquisitions in Turkey.
  • Acting for DOKA Group, an Austrian international producer and supplier of framework used in all fields of the construction sector, in respect of its projects and litigations in Turkey.
  • Instructed by one of the leading aviation operators in Turkey in respect of all its acquisitions, financings, regulatory and litigation matters.
  • Attended conferences on the legislation of PPP of Turkey in order to increase investment to Turkey, has made presentations on the current legislation and business development projects to the potential investors in South Korea.

Publications

Close Relationship Between Qatar And Turkey Is Set to Open Doors to New FDI Opportunities
October 21, 2019

Close Relationship Between Qatar And Turkey Is Set to Open Doors to New FDI Opportunities

International Trade Law
Two of the growing economies in the world; Turkey and Qatar share deep historic and cultural connections. Especially in the...
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Mergers & Acquisitions Guide
July 25, 2019

Mergers & Acquisitions Guide

Private equity, M&A & Corporate
Mergers & Acquisitions Guide, prepared with collaboration of Kılınç Law & Consulting and Presidency of the Republic of Turkey Investment...
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Turkey and Kuwait’s close relationship will boost bilateral trade
May 30, 2019

Turkey and Kuwait’s close relationship will boost bilateral trade

Corporate Law
Levent Lezgin Kılınç, Founding Partner at Kılınç Law & Consulting, shares with Business Chief his insight into how Turkey and Kuwait’s relationship will boost bilateral trade. Kılınç Law & Consulting is an Istanbul-based law firm offering legal service in domestic and international areas.
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Yenilenebilir Enerji Kaynaklarına Dayalı Üretim Faaliyeti Gösteren Tesisler İçin Uygulanacak Fiyat ve Süreler ile Yerli Katkı İlavesine İlişkin Kararın Yürürlüğe Konulması Hakkında Karar Hakkında
May 20, 2019

Yenilenebilir Enerji Kaynaklarına Dayalı Üretim Faaliyeti Gösteren Tesisler İçin Uygulanacak Fiyat ve Süreler ile Yerli Katkı İlavesine İlişkin Kararın Yürürlüğe Konulması Hakkında Karar Hakkında

Regulation, Energy Law
I. GİRİŞ İşbu Bilgi Notu, 10.05.2019 Tarihli ve 30770 Sayılı Resmî Gazete’de yayımlanarak yürürlüğe girmiş olan Karar’a ilişkin olarak tanzim...
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Legal considerations for energy projects in Turkey
May 1, 2019

Legal considerations for energy projects in Turkey

Energy Law
Few countries are better located from a strategic standpoint than Turkey. Acting as the gateway between southeast Europe and the...
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TANAP: Vital Legal Considerations When Establishing Significant Energy  Projects in Turkey
March 14, 2019

TANAP: Vital Legal Considerations When Establishing Significant Energy Projects in Turkey

Energy Law
Energy has become a critical factor in the growing economy of Turkey as it aims to reconfigure and broaden its energy mix. A key part of the country’s evolving strategy, The Trans-Anatolian NaturalGas Pipeline (TANAP) is of increasing significance in developing its infrastructure. TANAP is not only a strategically important development for Turkey, but also for Azerbaijan: it simultaneously allows the first Azerbaijani gas exports to be delivered to Europe while further strengtheningTurkey’s position as a regional energy hub.
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Mergers & Acquisitions 2019 | Turkey
March 11, 2019

Mergers & Acquisitions 2019 | Turkey

M&A & Corporate
Relevant Authorities and Legislation  1.1 What regulates M&A?  Mergers and acquisitions are regulated under the Turkish Commercial Code (TCC) No.6102....
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Blowing Hot and Cold
February 25, 2019

Blowing Hot and Cold

Energy Law
Turkey needs to do more to reduce its emissions. But is this coal-producing nation doing enough to develop the renewables...
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Winds of change – the case for renewable energy in Turkey
January 11, 2019

Winds of change – the case for renewable energy in Turkey

Energy Law
Despite the economic turmoil that has affected Turkey this year - a sharp decline in the value of the lira which has fallen more than 30% against the US dollar and an inflation rate above 20% - Turkey remains attractive for private equity (“PE”) firms seeking to raise funds for investment. Big names, such as the Dubai-based Abraaj Group and Turkven Private Equity, believe that Turkey continues to offer opportunities. Although Turkish PE hit a ten-year low in 2018, according to PitchBook, Abraaj has made ten separate PE investments in the country over the last few years while Turkven has invested $1.5bn in various projects.
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Turkey: Land of Opportunity
November 20, 2018

Turkey: Land of Opportunity

Regulation, Energy Law
Recent events have not been good for Turkey. Following an impressive 7.4% growth in GDP last year, the country entered...
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Levent Lezgin Kılınç Contributes to Global Legal Insight’s Energy 2019
November 1, 2018

Levent Lezgin Kılınç Contributes to Global Legal Insight’s Energy 2019

Regulation, Energy Law
Levent Lezgin Kılınç was pleased to contribute to Energy 2019, the latest edition of the Global Legal Insights series. The...
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Regulation and Opportunity in Turkey’s Energy Markets
November 1, 2018

Regulation and Opportunity in Turkey’s Energy Markets

Regulation, Energy Law, Articles
Turkey’s energy market is on the cusp of significant change. At present, more than 90% of the country’s crude oil...
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Acquiring Turkish Citizenship
September 20, 2018

Acquiring Turkish Citizenship

Articles, Immigration Law
  A.      Introduction The provisions of the main legislation in which the conditions and rules for the acquisition of Turkish...
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