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BTS & Partners houses ‘an outstanding team that responds promptly and has great expertise in the technology and media areas’. Clients include online marketplaces and cloud and data storage service providers. Managing partner Yasin Beceni is the ‘top person for telecoms’ and the ‘deeply knowledgeableTuğrul Sevim is able to ‘speak about the most advanced and complex issues’. Fatih Burak Uzun is also recommended.

ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office’s Ali Yurtsever ‘impresses with his technical knowledge and professional skills’. He and Kerim Gurlemez assisted a client with the formulation of new customer and end-user contracts, mainly for merging standard and dark fibre ISP and data carriage and storage services with cloud computing and virtual data server supply services.

Birsel Law Office advises clients on telecoms-related legislation and acts for technology and software corporations looking to enter the Turkish market by way of e-commerce or web services. In one highlight, the firm reviewed Software AG Turkey’s software product sales agreements from a Turkish law perspective.

Çigdemtekin Dora Cakirca Aranci Law Firm acts for clients including Verifone and Fujitsu. In a recent matter, Kağan Dora advised food delivery wesite Yemeksepeti on its application to the BRSA to obtain a negative clearance under the payment services law. Ayça Arancı, and Tuna Çakırca are the other names to note.

The team at ELIG, Attorneys-at-Lawalways finds the best solution and considers all possible legal consequences’. The ‘diligentGönenç Gürkaynak is assisting Huawei Turkey with local data protection laws.

Gokce Yarali Attorney Partnership acts for global social media and electronics corporations, and handles IT-related issues for clients including Borda Technology and online real estate platform Blueground. Gorkem Gokce provides ‘advice in an understandable format’.

Gün + Partners has experience in data privacy, IT and telecoms regulation, outsourcing agreements, cloud computing, and electronic communication services. Hande Hançer, Uğur Aktekin, Mehmet Gün, Barış Kalaycı and Özge Atılgan Karakulak are names to note.

Moroglu Arseven’s team is ‘professional, quick and always meet expectations’. Burcu Tuzcu Ersin heads the practice, which acts for e-commerce clients and technology start-ups, among others. Işık Özdoğan and Ezgi Baklacı are also recommended.

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki’s Şahin Ardıyok advised Türk Telekom on competition law issues and regulations pertaining to a consolidation process. Other clients include Vodafone and D-Smart. Özgür Akman, Galip Selçuk and associate Ezgi Talı are also noted.

Çaga & Çaga’s team provides ‘excellent legal advice and practical solutions’. It advised a Russian internet search engine on its contemplated search application and collaboration agreement with one of the world’s largest computer and software corporations. Idil Çaga Degerli and Erdem Degerli are the practice heads.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants handled data protection and e-commerce matters for LinkedIn pertaining to SMS marketing practices in Turkey. Other clients include PayPal and Twitter. Practice head Zihni Bilgehan and senior associate Kerem Ersoy are the key names.

Esin Attorney Partnership, member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein acts for US-based mobile network companies with operations in Turkey, frequently assisting with data protection and regulatory issues. Hakki Can Yildiz is the key contact.

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership is active in new technology and software, as well as major communication technology projects. The firm is advising a cell tower manufacturer on various matters. Hasan Akıcıoğlu and Mahmut Erbay are recommended.

Güner Law Office advises television networks, social networking outlets, mobile phone providers, software companies and other technology corporations. Founding and managing partner Ece Güner and Ömer Erdoğan are key figures.

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  • New Industrial Property Law

    The Industrial Property Law abrogating the patchwork of decrees that governed intellectual and industrial property rights has been published in the Official Gazette and entered into force on January 10, 2017.
  • Privatization of Domestic Coal-Fired Power Plants in Turkey

    The privatization tender of Çayırhan-2 coal reserve area and the construction of a coal-fired power plant project (“Çayırhan-2 Project ”) was concluded on February 6, 2017, which has been the first of the new wave of privatization of coal reserves and construction of lignite coal-fired power plants in Turkey in line with the recent incentives regarding utilization of domestic coal reserves for electricity generation. This client alert outlines the main novelties in relation to this new wave of lignite-fired power plant tenders, which is expected to continue with several other privatizations in 2017 as explained below.
  • Important Changes to the Electricity Market Licensing Regulation

    On February 24, 2017, the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (“EMRA ”) published a Regulation (“Amending Regulation ”) containing important changes to the Electricity Market Licensing Regulation (“Licensing Regulation ”), including the removal of the share transfer restriction at the pre-license period for transfers to foreign companies and foreign-capital companies, and changes related to the Renewable Energy Resource Areas (“YEKA ”). Highlights of major changes are as follows:
  • The New ICC Arbitration Rules

    As of 1 March 2017, the new Arbitration Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (“New ICC Rules ”) have come into effect and superseded the former version of the ICC arbitration rules, which have been in effect since 2012.
  • Novelties Introduced by the Movable Pledge Law

    As of January 1, 2017, Law No. 6750 on Pledge over Movable Assets in Commercial Transactions ("Movable Pledge Law"), which was enacted on October 20, 2016, entered into force and abolished Law No.1447 on Commercial Enterprise Pledge ("Commercial Enterprise Pledge Law"). The Movable Pledge Law introduces significant changes and offers more practical methods for establishing pledge over movable assets as explained below.
  • Determination of Injury in Anti-Dumping Investigations: Turkey’s Side of the Story

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  • Turkish Health PPP Projects

    The Turkish health sector has undergone major reforms over the past ten years as part of the health transformation program. The most important pillar of such program has been the development of public-private partnership (“PPP ”) model health campus projects. More than twenty health campus projects with an investment amount of more than € 10 billion have been developed through PPP model in Turkey. They are currently at different stages ranging from tendering to operation, and more than ten health PPP projects are still in the pipeline.
  • Infrastructure REIC: An Alternative Source of Funding for Infrastructure Projects

    With the start of operation in certain BOT and other PPP model infrastructure projects in Turkey, refinancing alternatives have become more attractive and diversified. Capital market instruments and institutions are likely to have a greater share in the refinancings of projects which have become operational and the construction risks have been removed. Over the last few years, the use of capital market instruments in the infrastructure financings have gained a new impetus with the introduction of various incentives and financing solutions in this aspect. Most recently, the removal of the 1/3 and 1/5 bond issuance limits for healthcare PPP projects on 18 February 2017 represented an important step towards incentivizing the use of bonds in the healthcare sector. In line with this overall strategy, the government has also adopted various measures to make the Real Estate Investment Companies (“REICs ”) more attractive for the financing/refinancing of infrastructure projects such as BOT, BLT and other PPP projects.
  • Ankara-Niğde Highway Project

    Tender process for 330 km Ankara-Niğde Highway Project has been launched by the General Directorate of Highways upon publication of the tender announcement in the Official Gazette on December 30, 2016.
  • Establishment of the Natural Gas Spot Market in Turkey

    In line with the government’s objectives to make Turkey a regional hub for natural gas trading, a natural gas spot market has been established by the Natural Gas Organized Wholesale Market Regulation published in the Official Gazette on 31 March 2017.

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