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Singled out by peers and clients alike, ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office covers the full array of work in the tax field and is particularly experienced in tax litigation. The team advises local and international clients from various sectors, such as real estate, construction, energy and IT, on tax planning as well as M&A- and investment-related tax matters. The client roster includes Borusan, Helikon and Muya. Orhan Yavuz Mavioglu is ‘well connected and knowledgeable’, and ‘skilled tax litigatorDuygu Alkan has a ‘good grasp of court practices’.

Erdal Ekinci heads the tax department at Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein and is recommended for his ‘depth of industry knowledge and ability to analyse along multiple angles’. The team advises international clients from a multitude of sectors, including IT, finance and healthcare, on tax planning, inspections and litigation. Another strong feature of the firm’s tax advisory practice is its experience in the due diligence aspects of transfer pricing and M&A deals. Senior associate Güneş Helvacı is also recommended.

Küçükkaya & Sağlı Law Firm’s sizeable tax practice is led by Mehmet Küçükkaya and handles contentious and non-contentious tax matters, including tax litigation, tax planning and merger-related advice. Another key strength of the team is advice on transfer pricing and customs regulations. Corporate lawyer Ahmet Sağlı is also active in the sector.

Pekin & Pekin’s department advises clients on all tax-related matters, including customs, tax planning and structuring, and litigation. Practice head Fırat Yalçın assists clients with tax matters related to market entry and M&A. Showcasing its experience in the banking and finance sector, the team recently advised a well-known international bank on the tax implications of cross-border loan transactions.

GSG Attorneys at Law/GSG Hukuk’s tax practice is jointly led by name partner Zeki Gündüz and Ezgi Türkmen. The team is particularly active in the customs and tax disputes area and recommended for its ‘intensive legal knowledge’. The client base includes multinational companies from various sectors, including IT and retail.

Paksoy handles transactional and investment-related tax matters, as well as tax and customs disputes. The team, led by counsel Şansal Erbacıoğlu, advises clients from a multitude of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, banking and insurance. Clients include Panasonic, EBRD and Nomura.

Çaga & Çaga handles tax litigation and mitigation as well as advisory matters such as tax planning and the obtaining of certificates and exemptions. The team, led by Erdem Degerli and İdil Çağa Değerli, is particularly well known for its experience in tax-related disputes arising from complex M&A deals and financing structures.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke’s tax practice is led by Tolga Danışman, who is also active in the firm’s real estate and litigation departments. The team advises on customs and tax disputes as well as anti-dumping investigations. Clients include Carlsberg, JFE and MEGlobal.

Özdirekcan Dündar Senocak Attorney Partnership advises clients on tax disputes and the tax aspects of M&A deals, joint ventures, as well as inbound and outbound investments. Practice head Bülent Özdirekcan leads advice to multinational clients from various sectors, including Société Générale, Volvo and H&M.

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Legal Developments in Turkey for Tax

  • Canan Doksat has joined Erdem & Erdem as Tax Counsel

    We are proud to announce that Canan Doksat joined Erdem & Erdem as Tax Counsel. Canan Doksat graduated from Koç University Faculty of Law in 2010. She continues her LL.M at the dissertation stage in Istanbul Bilgi University. She started her working life in 2010 at EY Turkey and worked as Manager in the department of Tax and Law.
    - Erdem & Erdem Law Office

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  • Court of Appeals Sheds Light on “Just Cause” for Termination, Exit Right and Squeeze-out

    The Court of Appeals Sheds Light on "Just Cause" for Termination, Exit Right and Squeeze-out of Shareholders
  • AMENDMENTS TO TURKISH FX RULES RE. CONTRACTS DENOMINATED IN FOREIGN CURRENCY

    2018 has been a turbulent year in the Turkish economy and by extension significant changes has taken place in the Turkish foreign exchange rules which was mainly triggered by the recent overshooting in the foreign exchange rates against Turkish lira.
  • Understanding the Registration Obligation under Turkish Data Protection Law

    I. Scope of the registration obligation under Turkish legislation
  • Quarterly Update on Trade Defense Cases in Turkey (September 2018)

    After Turkey's recent change to executive presidency, the President has made some changes in the government system.
  • Amendments Introduced through Law No. 7101 on Arbitration Proceedings

    State courts have very important functions concerning arbitration proceedings. These functions may aim to provide assistance to arbitration proceedings, such as collection of evidence through state courts, which would support the functions of the tribunal, or functions aimed at supervision of arbitration proceedings, such as set-aside actions. The legal provisions regulating these functions play an important role in the determination of whether a particular state has an arbitration-friendly legislation.
  • 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

    At the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Administrative Council, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes ("ICSID") launched an amendment process on its' rules and regulations ("ICSID Rules and Regulations"). This has been the fourth amendment process since 1984, 2003 and 2006. As per Article 6 of the ICSID Convention, the amendments will only be effective upon the approval of two-thirds of the contracting states2. Hence, ICSID invited contracting states and the public3 to provide their amendment suggestions on topics worthy of consideration, which will be used as background papers throughout the process.
  • Trust Liability in terms of Groups of Companies

    Article 209 of Turkish Commercial Code No. 6102 ("TCC") has set forth obligations that are subject to damage caused by the trust and reputation of the parent company, as created with society and the consumer. Accordingly, "in the event that the reputation of the parent company and the group of companies reaches a certain level which provides trust to society or the consumer, the parent company is liable for the trust created by utilization of this reputation".
  • Possibilities and the Results of Trademark Confusion

    Trademarks are the vehicles that are used to differentiate companies one from the other. They help to capture the consumers' attention. It is essential and necessary to protect trademarks that are created and improved with capital and effort, from unrightful use by third parties, and to prevent the encroachment of trademarks through confusion. One of the most efficient functions of intellectual property law is to encumber imitations, and to halt improper benefit by using the popularity of the trademarks to their consumers. On the other hand, in our daily lives, we often see trademarks that are similar, and may wonder how they co-exist at the same time. In this article, we will shed light on the reasons why similar trademarks can be registered, the criteria that cause trademark confusion, and the remedies to prevent and/or remove these infringements.
  • 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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