Latham & Watkins represented issuer Mersin International Port in a US$450 million bond refinancing, which was named “International Bond Deal of the Year” at the 2014 Turkey Bonds and Loans Awards.

Turkey Practice

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Providing Sophisticated Legal Counsel

Clients regularly turn to Latham & Watkins’ Turkey Practice for its high-end advice across the firm’s core areas: 

  • Capital Markets: An industry leader for more than 25 years, Latham offers unparalleled experience and expertise in high yield bond and equity capital markets work. Most recently the Latham team advised the issuer, Mersin International Port, a joint venture between Turkey’s Akfen Holding and Singapore’s PSA International, in connection with its US$450 million bond issuance. This was the first-ever infrastructure bond issued by a Turkish port operator in the international capital markets.  This deal was named "Middle East & Africa Turkish Deal of the Year 2013" by Project Finance International and “European Ports Deal of the Year 2013” by Project Finance magazine.
  • International Arbitration: Latham lawyers are experienced in international arbitration and mediation, related judicial proceedings, and managing international and multi-jurisdictional litigation. The practice represents clients in a range of international commercial arbitrations and disputes involving joint ventures, post-acquisition liability under purchase and share agreements, insurance claims, licensing and intellectual property, engineering and construction contracts, long-term purchase agreements and political risk insurance.
  • Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity: As a global powerhouse in M&A, Latham lawyers advise international and Turkish clients in mergers, takeovers, privatizations, divestitures, joint ventures and spin-offs, generally cross-border in nature and across a multitude of industries.
  • Project Development & Finance: Latham’s pre-eminent project development and finance team represents sponsors and lenders on complex, cutting-edge transactions across a variety of sectors. The team garnered “Deal of the Year 2011 – Infrastructure Acquisition” by Infrastructure Journal and “European Transport Privatization Deal of the Year 2011”  by Project Finance magazine for the financing of the privatization of Istanbul Deniz Otobusleri (IDO), one of the world’s largest municipal sea ferry operators. The Latham team advised the lenders with respect to senior and junior term loans, a performance bond facility and the refinancing of bridge facilities. Most recently the team assisted on the US$450 million bond issuance by Mersin International Port, the proceeds of which were used to refinance the 2007 project financing of the concession to operate Mersin port.
Industry Prowess Across the Globe

When engaged in regulated industries or when otherwise specific industry knowledge is required, lawyers in Latham's Turkey Practice turn to colleagues who practice in one of the firm's several industry groups.

As Latham does not practice Turkish law, the firm is engaged routinely alongside some of the leading law firms in Turkey. The deep relationships that have been built over time enable Latham's lawyers to provide integrated international legal advice in a seamless manner.