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Within Competition, Gün + Partners is a third tier firm,

Gün + Partners’ recent highlights include obtaining exemptions, pre-investigation advice, and clearance filings. Clients of Özge Atilgan Karakulak’s team, which has a strong life sciences focus, include Fondo Strategico Italiano and Bausch & Lomb.

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Within Corporate and M&A, Gün + Partners is a third tier firm,

Gün + Partners is notable for its strengths in TMT and life sciences, which are reflected in a recent deal list which includes advising WPP and AstraZeneca on major Turkish transactions. Serra Basoglu Gurkaynak and Pelin Baysal co-head the practice.

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Within Dispute resolution, Gün + Partners is a second tier firm,

Gün + Partners’ team is praised for its ‘strength-in-depth – especially at associate level’, with Orcun Cetinkaya being singled out as ‘a highly effective court advocate’, and the ‘clever-as-they-comePelin Baysal recommended for insurance-related disputes. Riza Gumbusoglu is the other key contact.

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Within Intellectual property, Gün + Partners is a first tier firm,

Gün + Partners’ ‘excellent’ team ‘understands the IP needs of international clients’ and is widely acknowledged by clients and peers as being a market leader. Covering the gamut of IP matters, the team continues to assist its highly impressive client roster with trade mark issues, patent litigation and copyright, and has a particularly strong reputation in the life sciences sector. In a huge team, practice co-heads Bariş Kalayci, Özge Atilgan Karakulak and Uğur Aktekin all attract high praise, as do Hande Hancer and senior associate Zeynep Seda Alhas. Highly experienced managing partner Mehmet Gün continues to play an active role in the practice, and is a market-leading figure.

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Within IT and telecoms, Gün + Partners is a second tier firm,

Also notable for its leading reputation in IP, Gün + Partners has been assisting clients such as Mitsui and TomTom with a range of issues including regulatory matters and data protection. Serra Basoglu Gurkaynak and Ugur Aktekin co-head the department.

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Within Media and entertainment, Gün + Partners is a first tier firm,

Gün + Partners advises an impressive range of global clients including entertainment conglomerates and ISPs on topics spanning advertising regulation, privacy policy and broadcasting law. Hande Hancer and ‘formidable’ managing associate Başak Gürbüz are recommended.

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Offices in Istanbul

Legal Developments by:
Gün + Partners

  • Advertising Board Clamps Down on Added Nutrients

    The latest trend in the Turkish food industry is to attract consumers by adding nutrients to food products and marketing them as quick and easy solutions to health problems such as cholesterol. However, in general the Advertising Board holds such advertisements to be misleading to consumers and often orders that the advertising cease.
    - Mehmet Gün & Partners

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  • The Constitutional Court abolished the Article 16/5 of the Decree Law numbered 556

    The Constitutional Court abolished the Article 16/5 of the Decree Law numbered 556.
  • Assignment of Trademarks and Licensing of Trademarks in Turkey

    I. Introduction
  • Installment Sales

    The Regulation About Installment Sales ( "The Regulation" ) entered into force by being published in the Official Gazette on 14 th  January 2015. Although the title is 'installment sales'; the main subject of the Regulation is financial leasing agreements. It is important to be careful not to confuse the installment sales with the prepaid sales. In prepaid sales the buyer have the possession of the sold movable property after completing the payment. However in installment sales the buyer gets the property immediately and then makes the payment. Moreover the sales made by credit cards are not the subject of this Regulation.
  • Protection of Creditors and Employees and Personal Liabilities of Shareholders in Mergers

    Synergies and increase in the assets of the merging companies are aimed at mergers. However, a merger may at the same time result in the increase of the liabilities of the merging companies. Further, in some cases the financial standing of the absorbed company in a merger may not even show positive figures thus such a merger may present a potential risk on the creditors of especially the surviving company. Due to the fact that creditors of the merging entities do not have a veto right against a merger, there arises the need for a specific protection tool for the creditors. A merger may also negatively affect the employees of the merging entities, again especially the ones of the absorbed company. On the other hand, "over-protection" may defeat the purpose of the merger concept so a fairly balanced protection mechanics is essential. This article focuses on the means of protection of creditors and employees, and personal liabilities of shareholders in mergers, as regulated by the Turkish Commercial Code ("TCC").
  • Unfair Competition

    Unfair competition is regulated in the Turkish Commercial Code ("TCC") Law No: 6102 and the Competition Law On the Protection of Competition ("The Competition Law"), Law No: 4054.
  • General Business Terms and Conditions under Turkish law

    The concept of general business terms and conditions has been introduced to the Turkish law by the new Turkish Code of Obligations. This article aims to provide general information on as to how general business terms and conditions in agreements are handled under Turkish law.
  • The Principles And Procedures To Apply To Factoring Transactions

    The Banking Regulation and Supervision Authority ("BRSA") of Turkey published the Regulation on the Principles and Procedures to Apply to Factoring Transactions (the "Regulation") in the Official Gazette on February 4, 2015.
  • Patent and Utility Model

    The patent and the utility model are regulated in the Decree No. 551 dated 1995 Concerning to the Protection of Patent Rights ("PDL"). Obviously patent and utility models are not completely two different rights; however there are some specific measures differentiating them. In this article we will discuss important points of these rights.
  • Interim Relief

    The Interim Relief is regulated under the Turkish Procedural Law numbered 6100 ("TPL"). According to the legislation, the court can provide any kind of interim relief that has the effect of preventing the claimant incurring damages before resolution of his claim or, such as (i) freezing or securing goods or rights, (ii) ordering the defendant to take, or not to take, a certain action (for example, annotation to the title deed preventing its transfer, prohibiting the transfer of shares of a company, and so on).
  • Changes to Turkish Corporate Governance Rules