Merih O. Altay

Special Counsel

F +44 20.7615.3100


10 Gresham Street

London, UK EC2V 7JD

T +44 20.7615.3038

F +44 20.7615.3100

As a special counsel in the Corporate Group, Merih advises on cross-border and domestic mergers & acquisitions (public and private), private equity, major projects and joint ventures, debt and equity capital markets and restructuring transactions, as well as general corporate advisory matters. Merih has wide-ranging experience in cross-border international transactions and has advised on transactions across a range of sectors.

Primary Focus & Experience

Representations include advising:

  • Revlon on its acquisition of CBB Beauty, a European cosmetics business;

  • Arcapita on the sale of Freightliner Group for £525 million;

  • Och Ziff on the disposal of Millennium Offshore Services Superholdings LLC to HM MOS International Limited;

  • The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Arcapita Bank B.S.C.(c) and (subsequently) Reorganized Arcapita on the disposal of its European logistics warehousing business, PointPark Properties to TPG;

  • Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Bank and a BNP Paribas fund on the purchase of Porterbrook Rail for £2.2bn, one of the UK’s three major rolling stock lessors, from Abbey National Bank;

  • Sahara India Pariwar, on its acquisition of the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, and later a 70% majority stake in the Plaza Hotel in New York from real estate group El Ad US Holdings for US$575 million;

  • Endeavor Energy in relation to a proposed joint development agreement with Starenergie 2073 SA and its shareholders to develop a 372MW tri-fuel combined cycle power plant located in Songon, Côte d'Ivoire;

  • EMERAM Capital Partners on its acquisition of Americana International Ltd., owner of the fashion brand Bench;

  • private equity investors in respect of numerous domestic, European and international equity investments and disposals;

  • corporates and investors in various international reorganisations;

  • investors in various distressed situations;

  • a fund manager in respect of the formation of a new closed-ended investment fund;

  • issuers and underwriters in respect of a number of emerging markets and European equity and debt capital markets transactions; and

  • buyers and sellers of infrastructure, energy and natural resources assets internationally.

Additional Details
  • College of Law, L.P.C.
  • University of Sheffield School of Law, LL.B.
  • England and Wales