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Basaran & Sahan Law Firm’s insurance department is led by managing partner Abdülkadir Şahan, who ‘stands out with his comprehensive knowledge and experience in insurance law’. The firm advises insurance companies, brokers and associations, such as Zurich and Gulf Sigorta, on regulatory matters, the drafting and revision of insurance and reinsurance agreements, and contentious matters.

Erçin Bilgin Bektasoglu covers the full array of insurance-related matters and is recommended for its ‘clear and relevant’ advice on coverage, liability, regulatory and reinsurance matters, as well as its experience in insurance litigation. Dilek Bektaşoğlu Sanlı advises multinational insurance companies, such as Allianz and Gulf Insurance. Feyzi Erçin and Burcu Çelikçapa Bilgin are also active in the sector.

Pelin Baysal heads the insurance team at Gün + Partners, which advises on regulatory, transactional and contract-related insurance matters. The firm also assists with market entry and is particularly experienced in insurance litigation. Recent highlights include advising Ak Sigorta on third-party claims, liability and right of recourse with respect to a $28.5m dam construction failure. The team is particularly active in the construction and infrastructure sectors.

Insurance boutique andıç | eriş attorney partnership advises companies, brokers, intermediaries and corporate policyholders on regulatory compliance, insurance, reinsurance and liabilities. Ayşegül Andıç handles insurance litigation and heads the team together with the ‘energetic, hardworking and well-versed’ Mete Can Eriş, who advises on regulatory and day-to-day insurance matters.

GKC Partners advises insurance companies and banks, such as BNP Paribas, on transactions and competition-related matters. Sezin Elçin-Cengiz and Yalın Akmenek are active in the sector.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke handles regulatory, transactional and contentious insurance matters and provides corporate advice to multinational insurance companies in Turkey. Recent work includes representing Suzuki in a lawsuit initiated against AXA Insurance regarding the scope of its insurance policy. Ufuk Yalçın heads the department.

Kunt & Partners has extensive experience in handling contentious insurance matters arising from fires, aircraft damage, passenger and cargo claims, as well as work accidents. The team is particularly active in the transport sector, and represents both claimants and insurance companies. The team is led by Elif Kunt and Senem Kathrin Güçlüer.

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office is recommended for its ‘strong legal practice in the insurance and corporate fields’ and advises on the contentious, regulatory and transactional aspects of insurance-related matters. Gökhan Enkür heads the team and is singled out for his ‘sophisticated knowledge of insurance law and familiarity with the commercial aspects of insurance transactions.

Brilliant litigator’ Savaş İnandioglu heads the insurance department at TILegal - Topdemir Inandioglu Komuc Law Office and advises insurance companies on insurance regulation and litigation. The firm is particularly well known for its expertise in the maritime, transport and energy sectors, and on the contentious side handles disputes arising from accidents, ship collisions and cargo-related matters.

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  • 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

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  • Trust Liability in terms of Groups of Companies

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  • Possibilities and the Results of Trademark Confusion

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  • 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.

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