Zynga’s $1.8 Billion Acquisition of Peak

Esin Attorney Partnership and Baker McKenzie represented Peak Oyun Yazılım ve Pazarlama A.Ş. on the transaction, while White & Case and GKC Partners have advised Zynga Inc.

Zynga Inc. completed the acquisition of Peak Oyun Yazilim ve Pazarlama A.S. (“Peak”) for US $1.8 billion dollar, comprising of US$900 million in cash and US$900 million of Zynga common stock. The transaction is the largest acquisition of a start-up in Turkey to date and makes Peak Turkey’s first “unicorn.”

Zynga Inc. designs and develops video game software. The Company offers wide range of online social games.

Peak is a mobile gaming company, it creates and develops poker, board, strategy, action, role playing games.

The Esin Attorney Partnership’s team consisted of Eren Kursun (Picture), partners Yalin Akmenek, Birturk Aydin and Hakan Ozgokcen; senior associates Orcun Solak, Sertac Kokenek, Gunes Helvaci, Mine Guner, Demet Kasarcioglu, Can Sozer and Sinan Diniz; and associates Serenay Cinki, Enes Sevencan, Gokhan Akcaalan, Aybuke Gundel Solak, Ceren Seymenoglu, Gokce Serez, Ece Gönulal, Cem Buran, Ismail Ozgun, Emrehan Mermer, Defne Sahin and Sam Gizem Sozer.

The Baker McKenzie team was led by partners Charles Whitefoord, Alistair Craig and Michelle Blunt (London), Nathaniel Douglas, Thomas Egan, Brian Burke and Anne Batter (Washington) Johannes Weichbrodt (Düsseldorf), Kai Kramer (Houston); counsels and senior associates Michael Poland (Chicago), James Adams, Danielle Brouard and Joanna de Fonseka (London), Ross Staine (Houston); and associates Jee Yoon Chung and Huynh Khuong Duy Le (London), Jean-Paul Theraux and Maryam AlSayyad (Washington).

The White & Case team that advised Zynga on the transaction included partners Bijal Vakil (Silicon Valley), Asli Basgoz (Istanbul), Emmie Jones, Will Smith, Lindsay Canning, Tim Hickman and Mark Israel (London); Rebecca Farrington (Washington, DC), Justus Herrlinger (Hamburg); David Johansen (New York); counsel Elodie Gal (New York), and associates Elena Ruggiu and Lily Teh (London), and local partner Lars Petersen (Hamburg).

White & Case has a professional association with Istanbul-based GKC Partners. The GKC Partners team included partner Emre Ozsar, competition advisor Sezin Elçin Cengiz, tax consultant Hakan Eraslan and associates Asli Gulum, Sezgin Bas, Elif Berberoglu, Selin Kaledelen, and Damla Cay (all in Istanbul).

Involved fees earner: James Adams – Baker McKenzie; Maryam AlSayyad – Baker McKenzie; Anne Batter – Baker McKenzie; Michelle Blunt – Baker McKenzie; Danielle Brouard – Baker McKenzie; Brian Burke – Baker McKenzie; Jee Yoon Chung – Baker McKenzie; Alistair Craig – Baker McKenzie; Joanna de Fonseka – Baker McKenzie; Nathaniel Douglas – Baker McKenzie; Huynh Khuong Duy Le – Baker McKenzie; Thomas Egan – Baker McKenzie; Kai Kramer – Baker McKenzie; Ismail Ozgun – Baker McKenzie; Michael Poland – Baker McKenzie; Ross Staine – Baker McKenzie; Jean-Paul Theraux – Baker McKenzie; Johannes Weichbrodt – Baker McKenzie; Charles Whitefoord – Baker McKenzie; Gokhan Akcaalan – Esin Attorney Partnership; Yalin Akmenek – Esin Attorney Partnership; Birturk Aydin – Esin Attorney Partnership; Cem Buran – Esin Attorney Partnership; Serenay Cinki – Esin Attorney Partnership; Sinan Diniz – Esin Attorney Partnership; Ece Gonulal – Esin Attorney Partnership; Aybüke Gündel – Esin Attorney Partnership; Mine Güner – Esin Attorney Partnership; Gunes Helvaci – Esin Attorney Partnership; Demet Kasarcioglu – Esin Attorney Partnership; Sertac Kokenek – Esin Attorney Partnership; Eren Kursun – Esin Attorney Partnership; Emrehan Mermer – Esin Attorney Partnership; Hakan Ozgokcen – Esin Attorney Partnership; Defne Sahin – Esin Attorney Partnership; Gokce Serez – Esin Attorney Partnership; Enes Sevencan – Esin Attorney Partnership; Ceren Seymenoğlu – Esin Attorney Partnership; Orcun Solak – Esin Attorney Partnership; Can Sözer – Esin Attorney Partnership; Sam Gizem Sozer – Esin Attorney Partnership; Asli Basgoz – White & Case; Lindsey Canning – White & Case; Sezin Elçin Cengiz – White & Case; Hakan Eraslan – White & Case; Rebecca Farrington – White & Case; Elodie Gal – White & Case; Justus Herrlinger – White & Case; Tim Hickman – White & Case; Marc Israel – White & Case; David Johansen – White & Case; Emmie Jones – White & Case; Emre Ozsar – White & Case; Lars Petersen – White & Case; Elena Ruggiu – White & Case; Will Smith – White & Case; Lily Teh – White & Case; Bijal Vakil – White & Case;

Law Firms: Baker McKenzie; Esin Attorney Partnership; White & Case;

Clients: Peak Oyun Yazılım ve Pazarlama; Zynga;

Author: Michael Patrini.