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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law covers the full array of compliance-related matters, including the drafting and implementation of anti-corruption processes, privacy compliance, data protection and internal investigations. The ‘accurate, responsive and experienced’ team is led by Gönenç Gürkaynak and is particularly experienced in whistle-blower protection. İlay Yılmaz and Olgu Kama are other key figures. The firm’s client base includes Al Shaya Group, Mobil Oil and Banks Association of Turkey.

Gün + Partners advises on regulatory compliance, anti-corruption, internal investigations, and external and criminal investigations related to matters including fraud, theft and breach of trust. The practice is led by Barış Kalaycı and Pelin Baysal. Another standout figure is managing associate Filiz Toprak Esin, who is experienced in compliance law and anti-corruption. Clients include multinational companies from multiple sectors, including life sciences, retail, construction and finance.

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Günbay Attorney Partnership

Günbay Attorney Partnership’s Compliance team provides specialised legal advice in all corporate compliance matters such as fraud, misappropriation, forgery of documents and unfair competition, criminal investigations, legal proceedings and criminal litigations, abuse of trust by employees and directors and liabilities of directors and managers.

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Moroglu Arseven handles contentious and non-contentious compliance-related work, including data protection, internal investigations and dawn raid simulations. The team’s regulatory expertise spans employment, corporate and competition law, and covers the energy, life sciences, e-commerce and media sectors, among others. The practice is led by Burcu Tuzcu Ersin; Orçun Çetinkaya handles contentious matters. Benan Arseven and Seyfi Moroğlu advise on regulatory compliance. The firm’s clients include Vicat Turkey and Samsung Turkey.

The ‘excellent’ Birtürk Aydın heads the compliance and investigation practice at Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein and advises on the implementation of anti-corruption and compliance programs. The ‘highly competent’ team is experienced in transactional, corporate and financial compliance matters, as well as internal investigations. Recent highlights include being appointed compliance monitor by Gama Holding. The client roster includes Deutsche Lufthansa, PayPal Turkey and Hyundai.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli’s Okan Demirkan has ‘deep expertise in compliance matters, including those involving cross-border issues’, and advises local and multinational companies. The firm handles internal and criminal investigations and provides legal advice on regulatory compliance regarding anti-corruption, anti-bribery and corporate law.

BTS & Partners is particularly well known for drafting and implementing data protection compliance programs. Yasin Beceni and Tuğrul Sevim head the department. The firm’s client roster includes Microsoft and Koç Holding.

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  • Amendments Introduced through Law No. 7101 on Arbitration Proceedings

    State courts have very important functions concerning arbitration proceedings. These functions may aim to provide assistance to arbitration proceedings, such as collection of evidence through state courts, which would support the functions of the tribunal, or functions aimed at supervision of arbitration proceedings, such as set-aside actions. The legal provisions regulating these functions play an important role in the determination of whether a particular state has an arbitration-friendly legislation.
  • Restrictions on Use of Foreign Currencies in Certain Agreements between Turkish Residents

    The Presidential Decree dated September 12, 2018, on the Amendment of Decree No. 32 on the Protection of the Value of the Turkish Lira (" New Decree "), introduced significant restrictions on the use of foreign currencies in certain agreements between Turkish residents. Below, we explain the scope of the New Decree and discuss possible issues and problems that may arise in relation to the implementation of the New Decree. We also assess the potential effects of the Communiqué (2018/32-51) on the Amendment of the Communiqué on Decree No. 32 on the Protection of the Value of the Turkish Lira (2008/32-34) (" Communiqué "), which was published in the Official Gazette on October 6, 2018, and lists the exceptions to the restrictions imposed by the New Decree.
  • Amendment of ICSID Rules and Regulations

    At the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Administrative Council, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes ("ICSID") launched an amendment process on its' rules and regulations ("ICSID Rules and Regulations"). This has been the fourth amendment process since 1984, 2003 and 2006. As per Article 6 of the ICSID Convention, the amendments will only be effective upon the approval of two-thirds of the contracting states2. Hence, ICSID invited contracting states and the public3 to provide their amendment suggestions on topics worthy of consideration, which will be used as background papers throughout the process.
  • Trust Liability in terms of Groups of Companies

    Article 209 of Turkish Commercial Code No. 6102 ("TCC") has set forth obligations that are subject to damage caused by the trust and reputation of the parent company, as created with society and the consumer. Accordingly, "in the event that the reputation of the parent company and the group of companies reaches a certain level which provides trust to society or the consumer, the parent company is liable for the trust created by utilization of this reputation".
  • Possibilities and the Results of Trademark Confusion

    Trademarks are the vehicles that are used to differentiate companies one from the other. They help to capture the consumers' attention. It is essential and necessary to protect trademarks that are created and improved with capital and effort, from unrightful use by third parties, and to prevent the encroachment of trademarks through confusion. One of the most efficient functions of intellectual property law is to encumber imitations, and to halt improper benefit by using the popularity of the trademarks to their consumers. On the other hand, in our daily lives, we often see trademarks that are similar, and may wonder how they co-exist at the same time. In this article, we will shed light on the reasons why similar trademarks can be registered, the criteria that cause trademark confusion, and the remedies to prevent and/or remove these infringements.
  • Capital Markets Board Issues an Official Announcement on Initial Coin Offerings and Crowdfunding

    The Capital Markets Board (" CMB ") issued an announcement on September 27, 2018, on its website and addressed the much-disputed status of digital tokens and Initial Coin Offerings (" ICO "). In this announcement, the Capital Markets Board stated that it does not regulate or supervise ICOs, and also noted that it does not regulate or supervise most practices in which blockchain technologies are being used, such as cryptocurrency offerings and token offerings.
  • Recent Measures to Support Financial Stability in Turkey

    The Banking Regulation and Supervision Authority (the “BRSA ”) and the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (the “Central Bank ”) introduced certain legislative changes, to support financial stability and sustain the effective functioning of markets, following the plunge in the value of Turkish Lira.>
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  • Quarterly Update on Trade Defense Cases in Turkey, June 2018

    In Turkey, the authority to initiate dumping or subsidy examinations, upon complaint or, where necessary, ex officio , is given to the Ministry of Economy ("Ministry"). Within the scope of this authority, the Ministry announces its decisions with the communiqués published on the Official Gazette.

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