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Birsel Law Office

INONU CAD, ONGAN APT NO 43 K 4-5 D 9-10-11-12, GUMUSSUYU, 34437 ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Tel:
Work +90 212 245 5015
Fax:
Fax +90 212 245 5025
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Web:
www.birsel.com
Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir

Turkey

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Birsel Law Office

Birsel Law Office has advised on landmark financings from domestic and foreign banks to Turkish companies; the team typically, but not exclusively, acts on the lender side. Hasan Yldiran has expertise in trade finance litigation and is ‘always available’. Begüm Durukan Özaydin recently left to found Durukan+Partners

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Birsel Law Office

Birsel Law Office’s team is adept at handling due diligence and day-to-day legal advice, as well as M&A in sectors including banking, real estate, insurance and telecoms. Recent work for the practice includes a due diligence exercise for GKN, a multinational automotive and aerospace components company, pertaining to its $776m acquisition of Fokker Technologies Group, a Dutch aerospace company. Hikmet Fadillioglu advises corporate clients including Sephora and Etam. Begüm Durukan Özaydin recently left to found Durukan+Partners.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 4

Birsel Law Office

Birsel Law Office handles competition matters for Altimo, a Russian group with a significant investment in mobile phone operator Turkcell.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Birsel Law Office

Birsel Law Office represented United Industrial Corporation and Singapore Land in international arbitration under Turkish law attempting to cancel the debtor’s objection to a foreclosure proceeding concerning an immovable property. The team is acting for the same client in a related dispute pertaining to a mortgage annulment. Other clients include BNP Paribas, Equate Petrochemicals and SeaFrance.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Birsel Law Office

Birsel Law Office’s employment team provides immigration services to foreign employees, and assists with drafting and terminating employment contracts. Clients include Etam, Sephora and Tolsa Handan Bacioglu, Hikmet Fadillioglu and Emre Soydan ‘have a very good understanding of employment law in Turkey’.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Birsel Law Office

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.

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Project finance/projects
Project finance/projects - ranked: tier 2

Birsel Law Office

Birsel Law Office’s ‘proactive’ team is ‘focused on the core objectives with the capacity to give advice on key points without wasting time on irrelevant issues’. Handan Bacioglu is the key figure. Clients include BNP Paribas, Nonghyup Bank, TDX Power and Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical.

Leading individuals

Mahmut Birsel - Birsel Law Office

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  • Quarterly Update on Anti-Dumping Cases in Turkey (December 2017)

    In Turkey, the authority to initiate dumping or subsidy examinations, upon complaint or, where necessary, ex officio , is given to the Ministry of Economy ("Ministry"). Within the scope of this authority, the Ministry announces its decisions with the communiqués published on the Official Gazette.
  • Crowdfunding Legislation Introduced in Turkey

    I - Introduction
  • Launch of the Legislative Framework for Interest-Free Insurance Systems

    Within the context of the 10th Development Plan of the Ministry of Development and the 64th Government Program, aiming to develop interest-free finance mechanisms, the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency is currently working to finalize a draft bill regulating the interest-free financing principles under a single roof. As part of such initiative, the Regulation on Principles and Procedures relating to Participation Insurance (the “Regulation”) was published in the Official Gazette on September 20, 2017. The Regulation has entered into force 3 months following its publication; i.e., on December 20, 2017.
  • DOJ Makes the Pilot Program Permanent and Announces FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

    The US Department of Justice ("DOJ") had announced a pilot program [1] ("Pilot Program") on April 5, 2016, which created new mitigation opportunities for companies that (i) voluntarily self-disclosed, (ii) cooperated fully, and (iii) took timely and appropriate remedial actions in FCPA matters that fell within the Fraud Section's mandate. The Pilot Program was to remain in effect for 1 year, starting from the day of its announcement. On March 10, 2017, the Acting Assistant Attorney General, Kenneth A. Blanco, announced in a speech that the Pilot Program would continue in full force until the DOJ reached a final decision on whether to extend it, and what revisions, if any, should be made to it. [2] The evaluation period of the Pilot Program ended on November 29, 2017, when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the new FCPA Enforcement Policy ("Policy"), which effectively makes the Pilot Program permanent with some revisions. According to Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, the FCPA Unit received 30 voluntary disclosures during the time period that the Pilot Program was in force, as opposed to 18 voluntary disclosures that were received during the previous 18-month period. The Policy has been incorporated into the United States Attorneys' Manual in order to "be readily understood and easily applied by busy prosecutors" as opposed to being promulgated in memorandum format. [3]
  • Effects of State of Emergency Law in Turkey On Prison Sentences Under Criminal Execution Laws

    With the Statutory Decree No.671 dated August 17, 2016, and the recent changes with Regulations No.29987 and No.29824 on Regulation Regarding an Amendment on Placement to Open Punishment Execution Facilities effecting execution of the Law No.5275 on Punishment Execution Law has introduced significant changes.
  • Disputes on Health-Related Commercial Advertisements under Consumer Law

    Introduction
  • 2017 FCPA Enforcement Actions and Highlights

    Overall, this was a less active year in terms of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") enforcement actions, at least when compared to 2016. In 2017, the Department of Justice ("DOJ") took a total of 9 enforcement actions and the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") took a total of 7 enforcement actions. Therefore, we observe that the DOJ has been more active than the SEC in terms of the number of enforcement actions this year. So far in 2017, we have witnessed only 2 declinations within the scope of the Pilot Program, [1] as opposed to 5 declination decisions in 2016.
  • Competition Board grants exemption to Tyre Industrialist Association's waste management plan

    The Competition Board recently published its reasoned decision on the Tyre Industrialist Association's application for an exemption for its Waste Management Strategies and Implementation Plan for Worn-out Tyres 2016 to 2020.
  • Regulation on Erasure, Destruction or Anonymization of Personal Data

    Regulation on Erasure, Destruction or Anonymization of Personal Data: First Prong of the Secondary Legislation
  • MANDATORY MEDIATION SYSTEM IN TURKISH EMPLOYMENT DISPUTES BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES

    Law No. 7036 Code of Labor Courts (‘Law’) published in the Official Gazette No. 30221 dated October 25, 2017; introduced fundamental changes in the settlement of labor disputes and abrogated the previous law on the subject Law No. 5521. The radical changes implemented with the Law No. 7036 are summarized below.