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ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law has been active in the convergence of media and technology, ensuring that news and entertainment organisations comply with internet restrictions in Turkey. Managing partner Gönenç Gürkaynakprovides a very detailed analysis of case law and presents his thorough knowledge of complex issues in a way that is easy to follow’. İlay Yılmaz is ‘responsive and explains all complex issues before concluding with an action plan’. Clients include Twitter, Google and Marriott.

Güner Law Office has ‘a business-oriented approach and is one of the few firms clients can truly trust with media law’. Ece Güner and Ömer Erdoğan are the key names. Clients include US and British television networks, a movie streaming service and providers of children’s entertainment.

BTS & Partners is a key name for advising clients on the legal aspects of operating in Turkey and complying with the country’s online regulations. The team is providing a range of advice to digital media company Onedio including assistance with advertising regulations. Yasin Beceni is the practice head.

Çaga & Çaga’s Idil Çaga Degerli and Erdem Degerli advised a domestic television company on amending and restructuring its share purchase agreement with a German group.

Çigdemtekin Dora Cakirca Aranci Law Firm advises clients including Turkcell, 3M and Panaroma. Kağan Dora and Ayça Arancı are recommended.

Gokce Yarali Attorney Partnership’s managing partner and head of media and IT Gorkem Gokce is ‘a dynamic lawyer, who is always thinking ahead’. He advised Spotify on the legal aspects of its operation in the country. Ali Pasli and Ahmet Ataman are ‘smart lawyers with extensive experience handling commercial litigation’.

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership provides corporate advice to media companies and online social platforms around the globe. Selçuk Akgün, Emre Ulcaylı and Ali Göksu are the key names.

Gün + Partners’ clients include emerging social platforms and music streaming providers. Hande Hançer is ‘extremely responsive and client-oriented’, and Uğur Aktekin and Ozan Karaduman are also recommended.

NSN Law Firm acts for clients such as the Associated Press, Bloomberg and Fox. Nazlı Selek, Selma Ünlü and Tuğba Ünsal are the 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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