Esin Attorney Partnership, a member firm of Baker McKenzie, is pleased to announce that Sila Yavuz has joined the Firm as of-counsel effective from December 12, 2016.

Sila Yavuz specializes in banking and finance and capital markets law. She has more than 20 years of experience in advising multinational and local clients on various matters, including inter alia, project finance, bilateral and syndicated lending, public lending, cash and non-cash credit facilities, trade finance, acquisition finance, ECA-backed financing, asset finance, structured finance, derivatives, securitization, Islamic finance, compliance and financial services regulatory, as well as incorporation and liquidation of banks, debt offerings, mandatory and voluntary public calls, credit rating, financial leasing, factoring and insurance.

Ms. Yavuz is ranked as a leading lawyer in banking and finance by IFLR1000 and Chambers & Partners. Her work has also been recognized in Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal. In addition to her long standing practice as a partner and head of banking and finance in a leading Turkish law firm, she has in-house experience as the senior legal counsel of a bank in Amsterdam. She has also acted as the representative before the Turkish regulatory authorities of a major Dutch bank and a major international credit rating agency.

"Joining Esin Attorney Partnership is such an exciting opportunity for me to bring my international experience to their growing banking and finance team. The sector in Turkey is so dynamic and Muhsin Keskin is one of the brightest lawyers in this field. I'm looking forward to working closely with him and providing world-class advice to clients," Ms. Yavuz said.

Ms. Yavuz joins one of the leading Banking and Finance teams in Turkey, led by Partner Muhsin Keskin, who has advised leading global financial institutions on several of Turkey’s most technically challenging deals in recent years. He has been recognized as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 in 2016, Rising Star by IFLR in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and Up and Coming by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe in 2016.

The team, which is ranked Tier 1 in IFLR1000 2017 and Tier 2 in Legal 500 2016, operates as part of Baker McKenzie's seamless global network. Ms. Yavuz's familiarity with business done in Turkish, English, Dutch and Spanish will complement the team's global capabilities

Commenting on the development, Mr. Keskin said, "It is rare to be able to strengthen your firm by bringing in such a respected and successful lawyer. While this is a wonderful move for our team, our clients will definitely benefit the most. Sıla Yavuz is someone who gives her utmost to delivering excellent client service."

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