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Turkey

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

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein’s highly recommended Muhsin Keskin heads the banking and finance department, which handles the financing of transactions, Islamic finance, syndicated loans and regulatory matters. Another key strength of the practice is its experience in capital markets; in one recent highlight, the team advised Turkven Private Equity, the Akarlılar Family and Mavi Giyim on the $620m international and domestic offering of shares in Mavi Jeans. Other work included assisting a syndicate of 14 international and domestic lenders with loan facilities of $500m and TRY720m provided to VIP Turkey Enerji, a subsidiary of Vitol Investment. The firm’s client roster includes JP Morgan, Finansbank and Société Générale.

Leading individuals

Muhsin Keskin - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Eren Kurşun heads the corporate and M&A department at Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein, which handles day-to-day commercial and corporate advice, due diligence and complex cross-border transactions. Recent work includes assisting BRF with the $318.5m acquisition of a majority equity stake in Banvit. In other work, Duygu Turgut led advice to Rheinmetall on the establishment of a joint venture with the Turkish BMC and the Malaysian Etika Strategi, which plans to invest into the defence industry. The firm’s clients include Vestel Electronics, Abraaj Group and Hitachi. İsmail Esin and Muhsin Keskin are other core members of the practice.

Leading individuals

Eren Kurşun - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

İsmail Esin - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein covers the full array of competition work on behalf of multinational clients, including merger control filings, competition compliance, cartel investigations and dawn raids. Recent work includes representing Generali in the cartel investigation launched by the Turkish Competition Authority. The ‘innovative and practical’ Zümrüt Esin heads the team and ‘attentive and commercially savvy’ senior associate Sinan Diniz is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Zümrüt Esin - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Next generation lawyers

Sinan Diniz - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

The ‘excellent’ Birtürk Aydın heads the compliance and investigation practice at Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein and advises on the implementation of anti-corruption and compliance programs. The ‘highly competent’ team is experienced in transactional, corporate and financial compliance matters, as well as internal investigations. Recent highlights include being appointed compliance monitor by Gama Holding. The client roster includes Deutsche Lufthansa, PayPal Turkey and Hyundai.

Leading individuals

Birtürk Aydın - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

İsmail Esin heads the dispute resolution department at Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein, which handles cross-border arbitration and litigation arising from M&A and shareholder disputes. The litigation department, led by Koray Söğüt, is particularly active in matters related to commercial, tax and IP law. Sector-specific expertise includes energy, real estate and construction, and clients include local and international companies, such as Österreichische Post.

Leading individuals

İsmail Esin - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein advises multinational clients from multiple sectors, including banking, IT and life sciences, on day-to-day employment and immigration matters as well as litigation. Senior associate Sertaç Kökenek heads the department, following the departure of former practice head Nuri Bodur in May 2017.

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein’s energy department is jointly led by banking and finance expert Muhsin Keskin and corporate lawyer Duygu Turgut. The team advises banks, investors and companies from the oil and gas and renewables sectors on project finance, refinancing, agreements, contracts and regulatory law. Recent highlights include advising Odea Bank on a $25m project finance facility for the development of a biogas facility. Other clients include Gama Enerji, Petgaz and Arab Bank.

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Foreign firms
Foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has an alliance with Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein and a wealth of experience in contentious and non-contentious work, including cross-border M&A, private equity matters and IPOs. The team’s expertise also spans real estate, compliance, competition, tax and employment law. Managing partner İsmail Esin and corporate lawyer Eren Kurşun are the main contact figures.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein’s IT and telecoms practice is led by senior associate Can Sözer and advises on e-commerce and data protection matters. The team is also experienced in licensing and regulatory requirements, data privacy and corporate matters. Clients include n11, Yandex, Decathlon and well-known multinational companies from the IT and telecoms sectors. Former practice head Hakkı Can Yıldız departed to Dentons’ London office in January 2018.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein’s IP department is recommended for its ‘practical approach and commerciality’ and advises clients on trade mark infringement, enforcement and prosecution, portfolio management, copyright and transactional IP matters. Senior associate Mine Güner heads the team and ‘keeps up with both local and international changes in the sector’. Clients include Unilever, Hasbro and Swarovski.

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

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein has ‘in-depth knowledge of Turkish legislation and practice’ and handles project finance, regulations, M&A, contracts and agreements in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. Recent activity includes advising Alacer Gold and Alagold on the $350m facility for the expansion of the Çöpler gold mine. Other clients include Siemens, Gama Enerji and DEG. Duygu Turgut jointly heads the practice with Muhsin Keskin, who is recommended for his ‘promptness, industry knowledge and experience’.

Leading individuals

Muhsin Keskin - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein’s real estate and construction practice is led by Birtürk Aydın, who advises on real estate M&A, contracts, lease agreements and regulatory compliance. The firm is particularly active in the hotel sector, as evidenced by its recent advice to Marriott Hotel on the negotiation and execution of a franchise agreement with Dorak Holding regarding a hotel building in Cappadocia.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

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.

Leading individuals

Erdal Ekinci - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Next generation lawyers

Güneş Helvacı - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

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Legal Developments by:
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  • The New Turkish Code of Obligations: Important Changes for Leases of Residential & Business Premises

    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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Legal Developments in Turkey

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  • 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.
  • Recent Measures to Support Financial Stability in Turkey

    The Banking Regulation and Supervision Authority (the “BRSA ”) and the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (the “Central Bank ”) introduced certain legislative changes, to support financial stability and sustain the effective functioning of markets, following the plunge in the value of Turkish Lira.>
  • Non-liability of the Shareholders and Piercing the Corporate Veil

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  • Non-liability of the Shareholders and Piercing the Corporate Veil

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  • Quarterly Update on Trade Defense Cases in Turkey, June 2018

    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.