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Birsel Law Office’s employment team provides immigration services to foreign employees, and assists with drafting and terminating employment contracts. Clients include Etam, Sephora and Tolsa Handan Bacioglu, Hikmet Fadillioglu and Emre Soydan ‘have a very good understanding of employment law in Turkey’.

Çakmak-Gökçe Avukatlik Bürosu handles redundancies, investigations, relocations, settlement negotiations and related litigation for domestic and international clients. The ‘high-quality, hands-on’ Rozita Borden heads the practice.

FIRMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Günbay Attorney Partnership

Günbay Attorney Partnership is a unique boutique law firm focusing on advising its clients on contentious and non-contentious matters in the international business environment on every aspect of Turkish employment law. Günbay Attorney Partnership has highly specialised and experienced team of lawyers in their field, having worked at top tier global law firms for many years, who provide legal services to many local and international industry leading clients.

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FIRMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Balay, Eryigit & Erten Attorneys at Law

Standing out for its extremely successful labor law and litigation expertise, Balay, Eryigit & Erten is praised by its large clientele of domestic and multinational blue chip firms as a successful and result oriented full service law firm. It’s partners and senior associates’ heavy involvement in the planning of legal strategy, and preparation and follow up of legal procedures provides a great comfort to its clients that the job gets done right the first time.

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Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership’s ‘superb’ team handles a range of corporate-related employment matters, including matters concerning M&A. Department head Banu Mert’s ‘supervision, guidance and presence are always reassuring’.

The ‘informative and knowledgeable’ team at ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office acts for corporations and high-level employees in a range of matters. In one highlight, the firm advised on new waivers for CM Farma pertaining to workplace monitoring, which is intended to protect the client from damage caused by social media posts made by individual employees. Practice head Ayca Bayburan is ‘one of the most knowledgeable employment experts in Turkey’ and Gokce Sanlierli is also recommended.

Çaga & Çaga represents employers in the transport sector in individual labour disputes and also handles negotiations with labour unions. Idil Çaga Degerli advises an international airline on the majority of its employment matters. Erdem Degerli is also noted.

Çelen Law Firm handles contentious and non-contentious matters and has notable expertise in the pharmaceutical sector. It advises on employment contract negotiations and contract structuring, as well as assisting with implementing state policies, termination processes, performance management, rewards, training and development. Berkhan Çelen is the key contact.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants advises PayPal on data protection requirements applicable to the client’s personnel in the country and assists eBay with Turkey-related employment issues. Practice head İlknur Pekşen and senior associate Leyla Ulucan are the key names.

At Esin Attorney Partnership, member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein, practice head Nuri Bodur provides comprehensive employment advice to leading multinational corporations, domestic companies and senior executives. Bodur has particular expertise in employment litigation and recently represented a global software company in proceedings initiated by former employees of the client’s Turkish subsidiary.

Gün + Partners fields ‘a very experienced, knowledgeable and efficient team’, which is led by Rıza Gümbüşoğlu and includes highly regarded senior associate Beril Yayla. It acts for international clients from, among others, the IT, pharmaceuticals, media and transport sectors, on a diverse range of disputes, transactional matters and contractual issues.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke’s clients include Mavi, Oxford University Press, Bloomberg, and Williams-Sonoma. Tolga Danışman heads the practice, which includes senior associate Bige Göksel, an expert in labour negotiations, restructuring matters and employment disputes.

BTS & Partners is a key name for IT clients requiring employment services. Selin Beceni is leading advice to Wirecard on a range of employment matters, including advising on new hires, terminating employment contracts, and reviewing and updating employment contracts to ensure compliance with e-money regulations.

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki’s head of corporate and M&A Galip Selçuk also handles employment matters for clients that have sizeable personnel teams, including Amway, Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson. Doğan Eymirlioğlu and Özgür Akman are also noted.

Egemenoglu advises domestic and foreign employers on a range of labour issues, as well as handling class actions for high-level employee claimants. The firm represented 125 employees in a class action against the Ministry of Health and Bursa State Hospital. Managing partner Yunus Egemenoğlu is the key contact. Employer clients include Avon and Fiba.

Moral Law Firm’s small team is led by managing associate Özgür Güner, ‘a strategic lawyer, who produces the best solutions for clients’. The team has extensive experience in employment disputes, as well as increasingly assisting with workforce downsizing exercises and employee-related concerns.

Öncel, Aydin, Duman & Uygun Attorney Partnership has established a strong practice, handling the employment law needs of a number of large local and multinational corporations. Clients include Al Jazeera Media Network, which the firm advises on all employment matters up to and including all of its related litigation. Other clients include Emerson Electric, Kone Corporation and Vefa Holding. Buğra Aydın heads the practice with chief support from Cemal Umut Uygun.

PAE Law Office is particularly recommended for handling employment matters for oil and gas clients. Group head Emre Atayilmaz advises corporates on collective redundancies, employment issues concerning business transfers, and outsourcing agreements. Gökhan Enkür and Vehbi Geray Bilimer are also recommended.

Paksoy's practice head Elvan Aziz handles a broad range of work including contractual matters, collective bargaining and terminations. The dispute resolution team assists on contentious matters. BAE Systems and Bekaert are recent clients.

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    The US Department of Justice ("DOJ") had announced a pilot program [1] ("Pilot Program") on April 5, 2016, which created new mitigation opportunities for companies that (i) voluntarily self-disclosed, (ii) cooperated fully, and (iii) took timely and appropriate remedial actions in FCPA matters that fell within the Fraud Section's mandate. The Pilot Program was to remain in effect for 1 year, starting from the day of its announcement. On March 10, 2017, the Acting Assistant Attorney General, Kenneth A. Blanco, announced in a speech that the Pilot Program would continue in full force until the DOJ reached a final decision on whether to extend it, and what revisions, if any, should be made to it. [2] The evaluation period of the Pilot Program ended on November 29, 2017, when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the new FCPA Enforcement Policy ("Policy"), which effectively makes the Pilot Program permanent with some revisions. According to Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, the FCPA Unit received 30 voluntary disclosures during the time period that the Pilot Program was in force, as opposed to 18 voluntary disclosures that were received during the previous 18-month period. The Policy has been incorporated into the United States Attorneys' Manual in order to "be readily understood and easily applied by busy prosecutors" as opposed to being promulgated in memorandum format. [3]
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    Law No. 7036 Code of Labor Courts (‘Law’) published in the Official Gazette No. 30221 dated October 25, 2017; introduced fundamental changes in the settlement of labor disputes and abrogated the previous law on the subject Law No. 5521. The radical changes implemented with the Law No. 7036 are summarized below.

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