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SERAP ZUVIN LAW OFFICES (“SZLO”) prides itself in providing expert professional advice to its clients. The firm’s clients are leading multinational and blue chip  institutions and corporations. One of the core practice areas of SZLO is, aviation. SZLO is renowned for closing high volume aircraft loan and lease financing transactions. The firm represents leading airframe and engine manufacturers and lenders (banks, financial institutions and leasing companies) s in relation to sale, leasing, financing and restructuring financings; as well as establishing securities The firm registers the securities established both with  respective Turkish authorities and acting as PUE, with the International Registry (IR) under the Cape Town Convention and the Protocol in favor of the interest holders and financiers. SZLO’s expertise includes sale, lease, financial lease, wet-lease, sale and lease back of aircraft and drafting the contracts/documents in this context. The firm conducts lien searches on the titles of the Turkish registered aircraft as well as handling matters on the resolution of disputes on the claims of aviation companies with their counterparts and repossesses aircraft from  lessees/operators, as the case may be. SZLO has been representing major aircraft manufacturers, financiers and lessors for aircraft and engine financing. Among those to mention are General Electric Capital Corporation, GE Mubadala, Boeing Capital Loan Corporation, Dassault Aviation SA, ELFC, IAE, I2I Aero LLC, US Exim, COFACE, Orix Aviation, Natixis, Mitsui & Co. Ltd., Minsheng Commercial Aviation, Elix Assets Limited, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, Aersale, Is Leasing, Ak Leasing, Garanti Leasing, Korfez Havacilik and Turkish Airlines.

SZLO team members attend various international meetings to share knowledge with our companies on the track, especially on the Cape Town Convention and the Protocol and its adoption and implementation in Turkey. SZLO advises the Turkish Civil Aviation Authority from time to time on international aviation law matters. Ms. Zuvin is an active member of the Turkish Civil Aviation Authority, Aviation Lawyers Working Group which was established in 2014. In 2012, Serap Zuvin became a panel member in Legal Advisory Panel (LAP) of Aviation Working Group. Ms. Zuvin is also among the distinguished officers of the Aviation Committee of the IBA, currently acting as the Secretary Treasurer and Conference Quality Officer in the IBA Aviation Committee. Ms. Zuvin has lectured for several years on Commercial Aircraft Financing to the graduate students of Bilgi University, the first course opened in Turkey on this particular subject.

In addition to its expertise in aviation law, SZLO provides a full legal service on a wide range of corporate M&A transactions. SZLO’s expertise on M&A transactions involve the acquisition of companies or groups of companies as well as the implementation of mergers and other restructurings and establishment of joint ventures. SZLO assists their clients through the entire process, from structuring their M&A transactions to their closings. The members of SZLO have extensive knowledge and experience on conducting legal due diligence reviews on the target companies, negotiation of transaction agreements and setting up necessary instruments.

SZLO advises to foreign parties entering the Turkish market and further assists them to operate and expand their presence in Turkey. SZLO’s expertise on foreign investments includes company formation, establishment of wholly-owned subsidiaries, joint ventures, liaison offices or branches. The members of the firm regularly advise on general company law matters affecting the day-to-day businesses of clients and work closely with the clients’ in-house legal teams to support them with their daily corporate governance and legal compliance needs. SZLO further has a well-deserved reputation in labor law and pharmaceutical law. Due to her expertise, Ms. Zuvin lectures from time to time on M&A to LLM and PhD students at Yeditepe University, and on legal drafting and foreign investment in Turkey at Bogazici University.

SZLO also passionately supports several NGOs. Ms. Zuvin is a member of “Independent Women Directors (IWD)” among the global list of women directors, which aims to encourage companies to give the priority to women when nominating independent directors. As a part of the firm’s pro-bono work, in 2012 Serap Zuvin has also participated in a EU funded project, namely,”European Network of Mentors for Women Entrepreneurs” as a mentor. SZLO is the first law firm in Turkey who has been granted a Green Office Certificate under the Green Office program organized by the World Wildelife Fund for Nature (WWF).

SZLO publishes articles mostly in the field of aviation and other practice areas of law, such as employment, leasing, and business andinvestment law. Ms. Zuvin is also a prolific writer on various topics, regularly contributing to several local and international publications, including Jetrader Magazine, Juris Publications, World Bank, Mondaq, Aspatore Books, IBA and Euromoney, as well as CNBC Business Magazine.

All in all, SZLO is a premier boutique law firm in Turkey with its dynamic and effective team members.

Memberships: International Bar Association (IBA) Aviation Committee,  Treasurer andCOnference Quality Officer; Aviation Working Group (AWG); Legal Advisory Panel (LAP); L2bAviation; Cape Town Academic Project; Corporate Jet Investors, International Aviation; Women’s Association (IAWA); International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT); European Aviation Club (EAC); Transparency International (TI);  Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER); Executive Women International (EWI); International Registry (IR); American Chamber of Commerce Turkey (AmCham Turkey); U.S. Department of Commerce, Darussafaka Cemiyeti and Board member of Women Lawyers Foundation (KAHUDEV).