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Tax is a core practice area for ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office, which provides an ‘exceptional’ service; its lawyers are ‘cost and time efficient, and very experienced’. It represented Helikon, a Turkish cosmetics company, in a dispute concerning VAT penalties imposed after it allegedly provided incorrect submissions of offsets regarding exports of products; the case was settled at reconciliation. Team head Duygu Alkan and Orhan Yavuz Mavioglu are recommended.

Mehmet Küçükkaya & Yusuf Gökhan Penezoglu Avukatlik Ortakligi is highly experienced in tax litigation and controversy, in areas such as VAT, income tax, corporate tax and customs. Yusuf Penezoğlu has ‘a high level of commercial understanding’.

Çaga & Çaga handles tax disputes arising out of complex financial structures. Idil Çaga Degerli is providing advice on compliance with Turkish tax laws to a worldwide manufacturer of aseptic carton boxes for soft drinks.

Erdal Ekinci leads the practice at Esin Attorney Partnership, member of Baker McKenzie International. Recent mandates include advising Doğan Holding in relation to the tax aspects of the sale of 25% of its shares in Hepsiburada to Abraaj Capital, a Dubai-based private equity group.

GSG Attorneys at Law/GSG Hukuk is ‘careful about timelines, and very experienced’, with managing partner Zeki Gündüz and director Ezgi Türkmen noted as being ‘very capable and hardworking’. The team recently represented a company in the chemicals industry in a transfer pricing dispute.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke is acting for a client in the brewing industry in a dispute over unpaid VAT and penalties alleged to have accrued on annual earnings six years ago, amounting to over $7m. Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen and Tolga Danışman lead the practice.

Paksoy advised Malaysian Airports Holding Berhad on the transactional tax aspects of the acquisition of Sabiha Airport, which was a two-step acquisition through a multi-entity share deal. Baris Kencebay and Sansal Erbacioglu are the key contacts.

Pekin & Pekin’s team is praised for its ‘promptness and industry knowledge’. Fırat Yalçın leads the team and is experienced in the tax structuring of cross-border M&A deals and other transactions. Ahmed Pekin is recommended for tax controversy matters.

Ersin Nazalı is the main partner in the team at YükselKarkinKüçük Attorney Partnership, which recently represented the Turkish subsidiary of a German research company in a dispute which arose from a tax inspection.

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Legal Developments in Turkey for Tax


    Ministry of Economy determines certain minimum thresholds for certain products in order to force the exporters to pay higher taxes on the products in customs. In this respect, the Ministry determines the minimum value threshold per each kilogram of the imported product and sets forth that any exports into Turkey that does not meet this minimum value threshold shall be required to obtain a surveillance certificate from the Ministry. This is mainly implemented for tax purposes and to protect the local producers in Turkey. Based on new precedent, it is now possible to reclaim such overpaid tax and expenses. 
    - ADMD Law Office

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