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Nortel Networks (Netas) Acquisition by OEP
On 22 December 2010, One Equity Partners ("OEP") and Rhea Investments acquired 53.13% of the total share capital of Nortel Networks Netaş Telekomunikasyon A.Ş. ("Netas"), a listed company on the Istanbul Stock Exchange in Turkey, for a consideration of US$ 68,039,777 from Nortel Networks International Finance and Holding B.V. (in administration) ("NNIF").
Paksoy is pleased to announce that partners M. Togan Turan and Omer Collak acted as external counsel in conjunction with Latham & Watkins in representing One Equity Partners in this matter. The Seller, NNIF, is represented by Herbert Smith (as international counsel) and Somay (as local counsel) on this transaction.
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Squeeze-out and sell-out rights in Turkish public companies are regulated by the Communiqué on Squeeze-Out and Sell-Out Rights (the " Communiqué ") published in the Official Gazette dated 2 January 2014 effective as of 1 July 2014. The Communiqué was issued by the Capital Markets Board of Turkey (the " CMB ") in accordance with the Capital Markets Law and regulates the right to squeeze-out minority shareholders by the controlling shareholder and the minority shareholders' rights to exit the public company by selling their shares to the majority shareholder.- Paksoy
Since last 10 years the financial developments and the promising financial and technological progresses notably in energy, tourism and infrastructure sectors have attracted the foreign investors' interest. Since the number of foreign investments has been increasing within these developments, the question, if a company may have foreign shareholders and foreign board members has come to the fore. This was actually the result of the frequent change in laws as part of adaptation progress to E.U legislation.
The intellectual property rights (IP) are conceptually is linked to both intellectual and industrial rights in Turkish legislation. Intellectual property rights are almost related to the intellectual and artistic works, linked rights (neighboring rights), computer programs and databases and protected with royalty, while industrial rights contain patents, utility models, trademarks, industrial designs, topographies of integrated circuits (chips), geographical indications, plant varieties, other names and signs, trade secrets (know-how, undisclosed information) and they are protected with industrial and exclusive rights.
FIDIC, (Federation Internationale Des Ingenieurs Conseils), International Federation of Consulting Engineers aims to find a resolution in construction sector. There are five different FIDIC contracts in different colors that regulates different and separate obligations and rights. Today FIDIC is applied to 30 % of international construction project contracts. In Turkey, FIDIC mostly was preferred in high volume construction projects such as Marmaray Bosphorus Project, Baku Ceyhan Pipeline Construction Project, Ankara- Istanbul Highway Construction.
Israel's offshore Tamar and Leviathan gas fields in Eastern Mediterranean Sea have a significant discovery in order to meet Europe's rising gas and energy need.
Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority ("EMRA") has announced on 1st October 2014 that the electricity manufacturing license holders producing electricity from renewable resources are required to submit their applications for Renewable Energy Resources Support Mechanism ("YEKDEM") for the year 2015 until 31th October 2014, in order to benefit from the facilities regulated by the related legislation.
As of May 15th, 2014, the healthcare industry has welcomed a much anticipated legislation after the Regulation on Sale, Advertising and Promotion of Medical Devices ("Regulation") covering the sale, promotion and advertising activities of medical devices has entered into force upon its publication on the Official Gazette.
Company structuring in Turkey mainly focuses on two types; joint stock and limited liability companies. Alteration in partnership structure or share transfer of these kinds of companies shall be subject to commercial legislation.
Members of board of directors ("board"), i.e. corporate body of a joint stock company having representative and executive authority, have to either act in a certain way or abstain from certain actions, while acting in a board member capacity. According to the new Turkish Commercial Code numbered 6102 ("TCC"), a board member shall; (i) act in person, (ii) act diligently (iii) be loyal to the company and (iv) treat the shareholders equally.  While these are generally referred to as the duties of board members, liabilities imposing board members to abstain from certain activities are referred to as restrictions.