Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki has expertise in compliance matters across all key industries, with experts in IT and telecoms, competition, energy, trade, and administrative law. The firm can also benefits from multi-jurisdictional experience thanks in part to its partnership with Dentons. The team acts for major multinationals in the areas of retail, internet services, and food, advising on Turkish regulatory compliance, internal reviews, contentious issues and litigation. Corporate and white-collar crime-specialist Selim Keki leads the team alongside forensic IT and competition expert Şahin Ardıyok. Yasemin Saris focuses on the financial services sector, while Galip Selcuk advises on employment-related matters. Senior associate Armanç Canbeyli specialises in regulatory investigations.
Firms in the Spotlight Compliance
Bozoglu-Izgi Attorney Partnership
Bozoğlu-İzgi also advises its multinational clients on direct selling and multi-level marketing law in Turkey. The firm advises its clients on their day to day business activities in relation to various matters including but not limited to permission procedures, distribution contracts, promotion activities, custom controls and product liability. Its experience in the regulatory area also …View Profile...
Compliance in Turkey
Selim Keki; Şahin Ardıyok
Other key lawyers:
Yasemin Saris; Galip Selcuk; Armanç Canbeyli
‘BASEAK team understands dynamics of the business very well and they are quick to return to queries.’
‘I work with this practice on data privacy compliance projects. I think that they have an established experience in this field and I strongly recommend them in this field. They are very good at keeping up with the latest developments, they are always ready with the required responses and they keep themselves up-to-date by checking the position with the relevant government bodies.’
Clients praise ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law's 'analytical' approach to regulatory compliance work, noting particular strengths in anti-corruption and data protection work. The team provides comprehensive advice to clients such as Google and L'Oreal on legislative changes and compliance with data protection, e-commerce and banking law. It also represents TMT-sector clients in governmental investigations relating to white-collar crime, competition breaches, and privacy violations. The team is led by Gönenç Gürkaynak, an experienced litigator and regulatory specialist, particularly in the competition field, alongside newly-promoted partner Ceren Yıldız, who focuses on data protection, payment services, and white-collar work.
Gönenç Gürkaynak; Ceren Yıldız
‘Their knowledge is not limited to legal matters. They are aware of what business needs and their focus is on those needs along with reducing the legal risks of the operations as well.’
Mizuho Bank Group
- Advised Google on potential impacts and consequences of recent amendments to the Banking Law and the Regulation on Information Systems and Electronic Banking Services of Banks.
- Advised Google Reklamcılık on obligations relating to registration with the Commercial Electronic Communication Management System.
- Advised L’Oréal on data protection issues.
Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International acts for major international clients in the financial services, technology, defence, manufacturing, and hospitality sectors, handling a wide range of investigations and due diligence relating to white-collar crime and fraud, tax, and corporate governance. Led by new disputes head Yalın Akmenek, the team has taken a lead role in trending issues such as sexual harassment, smuggling, terrorism, and data privacy, reflecting its adaptability and broad expertise. Senior associate Kerem Kuşcu is also highly recommended by clients.
Other key lawyers:
- Advised a global beverage company on its internal investigation regarding an allegation with respect to the bribery of public officials and carried out a risk assessment.
- Advised a global medical devices company on carrying out an investigation over its Turkish subsidiary regarding alleged collusive tendering, bribery, conflict of interest and anti-competitive behaviours.
- Advised a client on a multi-disciplinary investigation for its subsidiary in Turkey to determine the veracity of the allegations made by a whistle-blower including bribery, smuggling, and forgery of documents.
Gün + Partners acts for a varied client base composed of domestic and multinational businesses and state entities in areas including pharmaceuticals, healthcare, engineering, tech, and financial services. The team has expertise in conducting internal investigations and defending against prosecutions relating to white-collar crime and fraud, whistleblower accusations, and competition-related claims. Contacts in the team include Bariş Kalayci, who focuses on business crime and anti-corruption cases, handling civil, commercial, and criminal litigation, and newly-promoted partner Filiz Toprak Esin, who works with clients on white-collar crime, business ethics, and competition issues. Pelin Baysal left the firm.
Barış Kalaycı; Filiz Toprak Esin
‘They are corporate law firm with an international and national vision. Accountability, objectivity, and transparency are recognized as its most important features.’
- Advising the Animal Health Division of a pharmaceutical company on a criminal investigation initiated due to the forged analysis reports issued on behalf of the subsidiary, including an internal investigation and public prosecution.
- Carried out an internal investigation within a multinational medical device company to analyse certain allegations concerning a public tender raised by a whistleblower.
- Advised a global engineering and construction company on an ongoing bribery case against a leading Turkish construction company.
Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli has broad compliance expertise, assisting international clients such as Hugo Boss with issues arising in key areas such as data protection. As part of its service provision, the team conducts training for upper management, advises on internal and regulatory investigations, and drafts codes of conduct relating to issues such as business ethics, data privacy, and anti-bribery. The team also assists clients with competition law issues. Contacts include the 'outstanding' practice head Okan Demirkan, a specialist litigator and white-collar crime practitioner, and counsels Maral Anna Minasyan and İnci Karcılıoğlu, who are noted for their expertise in corporate governance and internal investigations.
Other key lawyers:
Maral Anna Minasyan; İnci Karcılıoğlu
‘Okan Demirkan – Hands on partner level approach. ’
‘Okan Demirkan has good expertise and experience in this field. He is a highly motivated and self-confident person.
‘Considerable experience dealing with local compliance matters including regulatory and employment issues, as well as consideration of international regulatory implications.’
‘Okan Demirkan has considerable experience working with international teams on multi-jurisdictional matters, commercially focused and pragmatic approach to looking for settlements.
‘Well educated associates, researching and investigating the subjects in depth, being really into related sector and experienced associates make a great contribution to their clients.’
‘Professional service, accurate and up-to-date information and alternative risk assessment approach distinguish this company from others.’
‘Okan Demirkan, acts sensitively about diversity, makes an effort to develop alternative methods and makes you feel comfortable with suitable problem solving practices.’
‘KDK’s compliance practice stands out compared because of the team’s deep expertise and impeccable judgment. KDK knows its clients and their business, and the applicable regulatory environment, and they provide top notch representation and advice to achieve the optimal solution, while still being mindful of cost.’
Marsh & McLennan Companies
ArcelorMittal RZK Çelik
The Boston Consulting Group
- Advised all Turkish subsidiaries of Hugo Boss on compliance with Turkish personal data privacy legislation and the preparation of their personal data privacy compliance package and systems.
- Advising Vito and its subsidiary on compliance with Turkish personal data privacy legislation.
- Advising Terumo BCT’s Turkish subsidiary on its compliance with Turkish personal data privacy legislation.
Moroglu Arseven is rated for its expertise in compliance strategy, where it is regularly involved in the drafting and implementation of internal compliance policies for clients in the areas of fintech and e-commerce, media, healthcare, and manufacturing. The team also handles risk mitigation and assists with conducting internal audits and investigations, often working closely with consultancies and auditing companies. In addition, the group represents clients in regulatory investigations, particularly relating to bribery and corruption allegations. The sizeable team is overseen by Burcu Tuzcu Ersin, an experienced corporate compliance adviser; tax and international trade-focused Z. Ertunç Şirin; E. Seyfi Moroğlu, who focuses on transactions and financial services; and in-house support specialist E. Benan Arseven.
Burcu Tuzcu Ersin; Z. Ertunç Şirin; E. Seyfi Moroğlu; E. Benan Arseven
Bozoglu-Izgi Attorney Partnership advises clients on a range of regulatory compliance issues, including anti-corruption, antitrust, and advertising issues. The firm specialises in the life sciences sector, where it regularly advises healthcare and pharmaceuticals clients on issues such as patent rights, data protection and data exclusivity. Elvan Sevi Bozoglu leads the practice, which provides regulatory compliance advice, representation in contentious matters, as well as in-house legal services via internal secondments.
Elvan Sevi Bozoglu
‘Life science legal specialists. Deep knowledge. Commercial , practical, efficient advice.‘
‘Every lawyer in Bozoğlu law firm is very fond of laws and issues.‘
‘Elvan Sevi Bozoglu has built an excellent relationship with our company in a short time and been proactive in how she and her team can support our Turkish operations. Real life sciences legal expert.‘
Nivea Beiersdorf Turkey
Bausch and Lomb
LR Health and Beauty
Banvit & BRF
- Advised Novo Nordisk on a range of compliance issues, provided internal secondment support, and represented the client before authorities.
- Advised Herbalife on the setup of its website, ensuring compliance with Turkish E-commerce, data protection and distance contract legislation.
- Advised Bausch+Lomb on a range of compliance issues, provided internal secondment support, and represented the client before authorities.
Tech-focused firm BTS & Partners advises clients on a wide range of compliance issues, spanning competition law, IT and telecoms regulations, and data protection. The team advises tech-focused clients on broad compliance and corporate issues, but also advises a number of international corporates, such as Shell and Mastercard, on data protection and tech-related projects. Particular areas of expertise include privacy, cybersecurity, and fintech. Key figures in the team include managing partner Yasin Beceni and highly-praised IT lawyer Tuğrul Sevim, though all team members handle compliance work.
Yasin Beceni; Tugrul Sevim; Selin Beceni; Batu Kınıkoğlu; Zeynep Unlu
‘BTS has the biggest range of clients in data privacy compliance which gives them a unique position to have the best understanding of the problems, solutions and where this area will evolve. ’
‘Tugrul Sevim, a great combination of knowledge and attitude. The best practitioner in his field. ’
‘BTS has a good reputation based on a good understanding of the digital business environment, a strong work experience and a good international mindset/perspective.’
‘Yasin Beceni is the partner we work with the most. He is very collaborative and responsive.’
Amazon Web Services
Bayer Türk Kimya
Shell & Turcas Petrol
Türkiye İş Bankası
- Advising Mastercard on Turkish regulatory compliance, including competition, fintech, and data protection law.
- Advising Equinix on telecoms and data localisation regulations in Turkey.
- Advising on a comprehensive compliance project for Shell to ensure that it duly acts within the legal framework drawn by Turkey’s data protection and digital marketing regulations.
Erdem & Erdem Law Office advises domestic companies on compliance with regulations in a number of fields, including competition and antitrust, white-collar crime and fraud, tax, and data protection. In particular, the team has expertise in structuring and implementing executive training programmes and drafting internal compliance policies. The practice is led by corporate governance and regulatory specialists Ercüment Erdem and Mert Karamustafaoglu.
Ercument Erdem; Mert Karamustafaoğlu
Meram Elektrik Dağıtım
Meram Elektrik Satış
İbrahim Polat Holding
Feka Otomotiv Mamulleri
Tohum Türkiye Otizm
Türkiye Görme Özürlüler Kitaplığı Derneği
- Advising Meram and Medas on the execution of the Competition Law Compliance Programme.
- Advising Polat Holding on an extensive data protection compliance programme.
- Advising Çolakoğlu Metalurji on the execution of the Anti-Corruption Compliance Programme.
Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants focuses heavily on the IT and tech sectors, advising clients on compliance with Turkish internet regulations, helping to secure licenses for operation in the jurisdiction, and providing comprehensive support on data protection issues. The firm acts for a number of major domestic and international IT and telecoms clients including China Telecom. Contacts include senior partner Zihni Bilgehan, who maintains a number of corporate client relationships, and associate Yusuf Mansur Ozer, who specialises in data protection, privacy, and telecoms regulatory issues.
Other key lawyers:
Yusuf Mansur Ozer
‘We mostly worked with Mr. Ozer. He is an honest and reliable person. He has the confidence and ability to solve any problems related to our projects with his knowledge and exceptional communications skills. He is an analytical thinker that is he can draw logical and reasonable conclusions and make assumptions even from very limited information given by our customers.’
‘Customized service and dedicated teamwork’
‘Positive attitude, broad look at issues, not repeating what the legislation says, customized opinions depending on the special facts and circumstances’
‘I worked with Yusuf for serveral cases in relation to corporate compliance. He is patient and helpful. The advice given by him is clear any easy to follow.’
‘They know what we need and when we need they are always available.’
‘They know our business & our dynamics very well. they always find tailor made solutions with alternatives.’
‘As a law firm they have deep knowledge and expertise on data privacy regulations not limited to local regulations but GDPR as well. In addition to the smooth implementation of the data privacy regulations they do provide timely and efficient responses.’
‘Yusuf Mansur Ozer is very responsive and knowledgeable. He has deep knowledge on the specific areas of data privacy issues and added value to our data privacy implementation project.’
Ali Raif Ilac Sanayi
CD Media Turkey
Turknet İletişim Hizmetleri
Meeting Point Turkey
Neler Bedava (Freegy)
Zenith Ship Management
- Advised China Telecom on telecoms licences in Turkey, as well as on day-to-day matters concerning its local branch and subsidiary.
- Advised a multinational video games company on data protection issues under human resources processes and procedures.
- Advised one of the largest game developers in the world on the data protection requirements under Turkish law.
Hergüner Bilgen Özeke specialises in regulatory and criminal investigations, assisting major corporate clients with white-collar proceedings involving bribery, tax fraud, insider trading, and violations of Turkish and UK regulatory regimes. Additionally, the team provides ongoing compliance advice in a number of areas, including IT and telecoms, data protection, and financial services, as well as representing clients in litigation. Key names in the team include corporate and transactional lawyer Kayra Üçer, who focuses on governance and compliance issues, and commercial disputes specialist Ufuk Yalçın. Yeşim Aiı Şamlı has expertise in financial services regulations.
Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen; Tolga Danışman; Kayra Üçer; Ufuk Yalçın; Deniz Tuncel; Yeşim Api Şamlı
OBSS Bilişim Bilgisayar
Hitachi Kokusai Electric
Hitachi Industry & Control Solutions