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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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Legal Developments in Turkey

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  • Quarterly Update on Trade Defense Cases in Turkey (December 2018)

    In Turkey, the authority to initiate dumping or subsidy examinations, upon complaint or, where necessary, ex officio , is given to the Ministry of Trade ("Ministry"). Within the scope of this authority, the Ministry announces its decisions with the communiqués published on the Official Gazette.
  • Capital Markets Board Announces the Draft Communiqué on Crowdfunding

    In September 2018, the Capital Markets Board (" CMB ") had issued an announcement on its website, declaring that a secondary legislation for crowdfunding was underway.
  • Turkey Aligns its Medical Device Regulation with the EU Regulation

    In May 2017, Regulation (EU) 2017/745 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2017 on medical devices (" EU Regulation ") entered into force, stipulating a transition period for medical device manufacturers to comply with the EU Regulation by May 2020.
  • Opinion of the Court of Cassation on the Contention of Expert Opinion and Expert Report

    The notion of Expert Opinion, which entered into our law through the Code of Civil Procedure ("CCP"), has been a frequently resorted to method of helping to resolve disputes by the parties in our judicial system over the course of time...
  • Arrest of Ships under Turkish Law

    The general principles on maritime enforcement are set out in Turkish Commercial Code ("TCC") numbered 6102. On the other hand, Turkey has ratified the International Convention on Maritime Liens and Mortgages, signed in Geneva on 6 May 1993 and the International Convention on the Arrest of Ships, signed in Geneva on 12 March 1999 and both conventions have been come into force on 25 March 2017. The provisions of these two conventions have already been taken into consideration by the drafting committee of the code, and the relevant provisions have been incorporated into the TCC in preparing the same. This newsletter reviews the principles and provisions stipulated in the TCC for the arrest of ships.  
  • Decision of the Court of Cassation General Assembly on the Unification of Judgments holding that an

    In civil procedural law, a ban on the expansion and alteration of a claim and defense comes with two exceptions; the other party's consent, and "the amendment". The parties may completely or partially amend their proceedings prior to the end of the investigation phase. Provided that the legal requirements are fulfilled, an amendment may be filed without the consent of the other party or the court, since it is a unilateral and express declaration of will directed at the court 1. For instance, the parties may amend the value of the claim, or claim compensation, instead of payment in kind for defective goods.
  • Share Pledges in Joint Stock Companies

    Share pledges in joint stock companies are not specially regulated under the Turkish Commercial Code ("TCC"). Therefore, the provisions of the Turkish Civil Code that regulate the general rule regarding pledges, shall apply. Under Turkish Civil Code Article 954, transferable receivables and other rights may be subject to pledge. The pledge established on a share in joint stock companies is a "pledge right established on the right." A pledge is established on shareholding rights. A pledge on receivables and rights is subject to the principles of movable pledges. (Turkish Civil Code Article 954/2).
  • Updated FIDIC Contracts

    International Federation of Consulting Engineers that is known by the abbreviation of FIDIC (Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Counseils) launched updated Red Book (the Conditions of Contract for Works of Civil Engineering Construction), Yellow Book (the Conditions of Contract for Plant and Design-Build)) and Silver Book (the Conditions of Contract for EPC/Turnkey Projects) in the "International Contract Users Conference," organized in London in December of 2017...
  • Recent Developments in the Right of Access to Files

    The parties of an investigation that is conducted in accordance with the Act on the Protection of Competition No. 4054 ("Competition Act") may enjoy the right to access the files concerning them that are drawn up by the Competition Authority ("Authority"). The procedures and principles related to use of this right are regulated via Communique on the Rules for Access to Files and the Protection of Trade Secrets No. 2010/3 ("Communiqué"). For the parties, it is very important to exercise their right to access to files properly, since the relevant right has a direct correlation to their right to defense. Therefore, this article focuses on the discussions that may rise during the exercise of the right to access the files in light of the recent Competition Board ("Board") decisions...
  • The General Data Protection Regulation in Force

    The General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR" or "Regulation")1 that was approved by the European Union ("EU") Parliament and entered into force in 2016 has started to be applied as of May 25, 2018. The GDPR lays down rules relating to the protection of natural persons ("data subjects") with regard to the processing of personal data, and rules relating to the free movement of personal data. With this Regulation, it is intended to protect the privacy of the data subjects more strictly, and to reorganize data privacy laws across Europe. Also, it is worth to note that, international companies, as well as Turkish companies, are under the obligation to comply with the GDPR, provided that their activities fall under the scope of the GDPR.

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