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    • Yücel Hamzaoğlu - HAMZAOĞLU & Partners

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BTS & Partners covers the full array of IT and telecoms-related work, including advice on data protection, licensing and regulatory compliance. The team also assists with employment, corporate and banking matters. Recent work includes advising MasterCard on obtaining the payment system operator licence, and assisting multinational companies from the IT, finance and pharmaceuticals sectors with data protection compliance. ‘KnowledgeableYasin Beceni heads the practice and Tuğrul Sevim is recommended for his expertise in both the ‘legal and technical issues of payment systems regulations’. Counsel Batu Kınıkoğlu is particularly experienced in data privacy matters. Yücel Hamzaoğlu left the firm.

ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office’s IT and telecoms department is led by the ‘impressive and knowledgeable’ Irmak Seymen, and stands out with its ability to ‘understand the regulatory and transactional complexities’ of the sector. The team advises on regulatory compliance, licensing, contracts and litigious matters. Another key feature is the firm’s expertise in the law surrounding software and hardware development. Recent highlights include advising Net-M on its cooperation with Turkcell regarding the implementation of an e-payment system. The client roster also includes Amdocs, XinvestTurk and Helikon. Kerim Gürlemez is also active in the sector.

Çigdemtekin Dora Cakirca Aranci Law Firm is recommended for its ‘strong expertise in the area of IT, data privacy and contracts’ and handles data protection matters, regulatory compliance and the legal aspects of online payment and distribution systems, including the Initial Coin Offerings of cryptocurrencies. Kağan Dora is noted for his ‘knowledge and business acumen’ and Ayça Arancı has ‘good evaluative skills’; Tuna Çakırca is another key figure. The firm’s multinational client base includes Fujitsu, Unify, Gitti Gidiyor and VeriFone.

The ‘excellentELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law is particularly well known for its expertise in the data protection and privacy areas. In addition to contentious work, the firm handles transactions, contracts, licensing and regulatory compliance. The department is jointly led by Gönenç Gürkaynak and İlay Yılmaz and acts as sole Turkish legal adviser to Google, YouTube and Twitter concerning IT and telecoms-related matters. Clients include Dell, Mobil Oil and L’Oréal Turkey.

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein’s IT and telecoms practice is led by senior associate Can Sözer and advises on e-commerce and data protection matters. The team is also experienced in licensing and regulatory requirements, data privacy and corporate matters. Clients include n11, Yandex, Decathlon and well-known multinational companies from the IT and telecoms sectors. Former practice head Hakkı Can Yıldız departed to Dentons’ London office in January 2018.

Technically excellent and pragmatic’, Gökçe handles data protection, privacy and regulatory compliance matters and acts for well-known multinational companies from a variety of sectors, including retail, electronics and automotive. The firm hired media and telecoms expert Hakan Hanlı in March 2017and Levent Yaralı, left in September 2017 to found his own HR company. Ali Paslı is noted for his ‘deep knowledge and IT expertise’, and Görkem Gökçe is ‘brilliant’. Bora Yazıcıoğlu left in April 2016 to found his own firm Yazicioglu Attorneys at Law.

Gün + Partners has extensive knowledge and experience in data protection and privacy, regulatory compliance, transactional, contractual and IP-related matters in the sector. The team handles both contentious and non-contentious work for multinational clients from various sectors, including media, IT, life sciences, automotive and advertisement. Hande Hançar Çelik and Uğur Aktekin jointly head the department.

Moroglu Arseven is recommended for its ‘knowledge of technology, licensing and IP law’ and handles data protection, compliance matters, IP issues, transactions and disputes. Recent work includes advising Genpa on the development and implementation of a data protection compliance program. ‘Outstanding practitionerBurcu Tuzcu Ersin is active in the sector and Işık Özdoğan is also recommended. The client base includes Samsung, Amazon and Twitter.

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki advises on corporate and M&A, competition, regulatory compliance, data protection and privacy matters in the IT and telecoms sector. The team is led by Galip Selçuk; Özgür Akman handles contentious work. Şahin Ardıyok is experienced in regulatory and competition law. Clients include Alticor, Mynet Medya and Yemek Sepeti.

Çaga & Çaga’s Erdem Değerli and İdil Çağa Değerli jointly head the firm’s IT and telecoms practice. The team advises on regulatory issues, M&A and competition matters, and disputes.

The ‘excellentErsoy Bilgehan Lawyers & ConsultantsZihni Bilgehan handles risk mitigation, regulatory compliance, and data protection and privacy matters in the sector. Other areas of expertise are IP law and the structuring and review of agreements. The firm’s clients include PayPal, LinkedIn and China Telecom.

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership advises on data protection, licensing and the drafting and review of IT and telecoms-related agreements. Recent work saw the team lead advice to the Directorate for Educational Technologies on agreements related to the Fatih project, which seeks to expand and improve the use of technology in state schools.

Ece Güner Toprak and Burçak Kurt Biçer from Güner Law Office are both active in IT and telecoms law. The team predominantly advises on corporate matters, data protection and regulatory compliance, as well as disputes.

Senem Işmen heads the IT and telecoms department at Hergüner Bilgen Özeke, which is predominantly known for handling sector-related corporate matters, regulatory compliance, data protection, competition matters, employment issues and disputes. In a recent highlight, the team assisted media group beIN with its acquisition of pay-TV operator Digitürk. The client roster also includes Sony, Cisco Systems and Atos.

The ‘experiencedGökhan Enkür jointly heads the IT and telecoms practice at Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office with Vehbi Bilimer. The team advises on transactions, data privacy and protection, as well as regulatory compliance. Recent work includes advising Natixis on the regulatory requirements of its global digitalisation project. Other clients include Shell Petrol, Ulusal Faktoring and Airbnb.

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Legal Developments in Turkey for IT and telecoms

  • Data Controllers’ Handbook to Inform Data Subjects About Their Rights

    Under the Turkish data protection law (" DPL "), data subjects have the right to learn who processes their personal data, the purposes and legal bases of these processing activities, and to whom and for what purposes such personal data are transferred. These rights arise from the data controllers' obligation to inform data subjects about their processing activities. During the collection of personal data, the data controller or any other person authorized by the data controller is obliged to provide data subjects with certain information, such as the identity of the data controller and of his representative (if any), the purposes of the processing, to whom and with what purpose the processed personal data can be transferred, and the method and legal reason/basis of collection. The same article of the DPL further requires data controllers to provide information to data subjects about certain other rights, as discussed below.
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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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