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Basaran & Sahan Law Firm’s insurance department is led by managing partner Abdülkadir Şahan, who ‘stands out with his comprehensive knowledge and experience in insurance law’. The firm advises insurance companies, brokers and associations, such as Zurich and Gulf Sigorta, on regulatory matters, the drafting and revision of insurance and reinsurance agreements, and contentious matters.

Erçin Bilgin Bektasoglu covers the full array of insurance-related matters and is recommended for its ‘clear and relevant’ advice on coverage, liability, regulatory and reinsurance matters, as well as its experience in insurance litigation. Dilek Bektaşoğlu Sanlı advises multinational insurance companies, such as Allianz and Gulf Insurance. Feyzi Erçin and Burcu Çelikçapa Bilgin are also active in the sector.

Pelin Baysal heads the insurance team at Gün + Partners, which advises on regulatory, transactional and contract-related insurance matters. The firm also assists with market entry and is particularly experienced in insurance litigation. Recent highlights include advising Ak Sigorta on third-party claims, liability and right of recourse with respect to a $28.5m dam construction failure. The team is particularly active in the construction and infrastructure sectors.

Insurance boutique andıç | eriş attorney partnership advises companies, brokers, intermediaries and corporate policyholders on regulatory compliance, insurance, reinsurance and liabilities. Ayşegül Andıç handles insurance litigation and heads the team together with the ‘energetic, hardworking and well-versed’ Mete Can Eriş, who advises on regulatory and day-to-day insurance matters.

GKC Partners advises insurance companies and banks, such as BNP Paribas, on transactions and competition-related matters. Sezin Elçin-Cengiz and Yalın Akmenek are active in the sector.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke handles regulatory, transactional and contentious insurance matters and provides corporate advice to multinational insurance companies in Turkey. Recent work includes representing Suzuki in a lawsuit initiated against AXA Insurance regarding the scope of its insurance policy. Ufuk Yalçın heads the department.

Kunt & Partners has extensive experience in handling contentious insurance matters arising from fires, aircraft damage, passenger and cargo claims, as well as work accidents. The team is particularly active in the transport sector, and represents both claimants and insurance companies. The team is led by Elif Kunt and Senem Kathrin Güçlüer.

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office is recommended for its ‘strong legal practice in the insurance and corporate fields’ and advises on the contentious, regulatory and transactional aspects of insurance-related matters. Gökhan Enkür heads the team and is singled out for his ‘sophisticated knowledge of insurance law and familiarity with the commercial aspects of insurance transactions.

Brilliant litigator’ Savaş İnandioglu heads the insurance department at TILegal - Topdemir Inandioglu Komuc Law Office and advises insurance companies on insurance regulation and litigation. The firm is particularly well known for its expertise in the maritime, transport and energy sectors, and on the contentious side handles disputes arising from accidents, ship collisions and cargo-related matters.

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  • Quarterly Update on Trade Defense Cases in Turkey (December 2018)

    In Turkey, the authority to initiate dumping or subsidy examinations, upon complaint or, where necessary, ex officio , is given to the Ministry of Trade ("Ministry"). Within the scope of this authority, the Ministry announces its decisions with the communiqués published on the Official Gazette.
  • Capital Markets Board Announces the Draft Communiqué on Crowdfunding

    In September 2018, the Capital Markets Board (" CMB ") had issued an announcement on its website, declaring that a secondary legislation for crowdfunding was underway.
  • Turkey Aligns its Medical Device Regulation with the EU Regulation

    In May 2017, Regulation (EU) 2017/745 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2017 on medical devices (" EU Regulation ") entered into force, stipulating a transition period for medical device manufacturers to comply with the EU Regulation by May 2020.
  • Opinion of the Court of Cassation on the Contention of Expert Opinion and Expert Report

    The notion of Expert Opinion, which entered into our law through the Code of Civil Procedure ("CCP"), has been a frequently resorted to method of helping to resolve disputes by the parties in our judicial system over the course of time...
  • Arrest of Ships under Turkish Law

    The general principles on maritime enforcement are set out in Turkish Commercial Code ("TCC") numbered 6102. On the other hand, Turkey has ratified the International Convention on Maritime Liens and Mortgages, signed in Geneva on 6 May 1993 and the International Convention on the Arrest of Ships, signed in Geneva on 12 March 1999 and both conventions have been come into force on 25 March 2017. The provisions of these two conventions have already been taken into consideration by the drafting committee of the code, and the relevant provisions have been incorporated into the TCC in preparing the same. This newsletter reviews the principles and provisions stipulated in the TCC for the arrest of ships.  
  • Decision of the Court of Cassation General Assembly on the Unification of Judgments holding that an

    In civil procedural law, a ban on the expansion and alteration of a claim and defense comes with two exceptions; the other party's consent, and "the amendment". The parties may completely or partially amend their proceedings prior to the end of the investigation phase. Provided that the legal requirements are fulfilled, an amendment may be filed without the consent of the other party or the court, since it is a unilateral and express declaration of will directed at the court 1. For instance, the parties may amend the value of the claim, or claim compensation, instead of payment in kind for defective goods.
  • Share Pledges in Joint Stock Companies

    Share pledges in joint stock companies are not specially regulated under the Turkish Commercial Code ("TCC"). Therefore, the provisions of the Turkish Civil Code that regulate the general rule regarding pledges, shall apply. Under Turkish Civil Code Article 954, transferable receivables and other rights may be subject to pledge. The pledge established on a share in joint stock companies is a "pledge right established on the right." A pledge is established on shareholding rights. A pledge on receivables and rights is subject to the principles of movable pledges. (Turkish Civil Code Article 954/2).
  • Updated FIDIC Contracts

    International Federation of Consulting Engineers that is known by the abbreviation of FIDIC (Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Counseils) launched updated Red Book (the Conditions of Contract for Works of Civil Engineering Construction), Yellow Book (the Conditions of Contract for Plant and Design-Build)) and Silver Book (the Conditions of Contract for EPC/Turnkey Projects) in the "International Contract Users Conference," organized in London in December of 2017...
  • Recent Developments in the Right of Access to Files

    The parties of an investigation that is conducted in accordance with the Act on the Protection of Competition No. 4054 ("Competition Act") may enjoy the right to access the files concerning them that are drawn up by the Competition Authority ("Authority"). The procedures and principles related to use of this right are regulated via Communique on the Rules for Access to Files and the Protection of Trade Secrets No. 2010/3 ("Communiqué"). For the parties, it is very important to exercise their right to access to files properly, since the relevant right has a direct correlation to their right to defense. Therefore, this article focuses on the discussions that may rise during the exercise of the right to access the files in light of the recent Competition Board ("Board") decisions...
  • The General Data Protection Regulation in Force

    The General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR" or "Regulation")1 that was approved by the European Union ("EU") Parliament and entered into force in 2016 has started to be applied as of May 25, 2018. The GDPR lays down rules relating to the protection of natural persons ("data subjects") with regard to the processing of personal data, and rules relating to the free movement of personal data. With this Regulation, it is intended to protect the privacy of the data subjects more strictly, and to reorganize data privacy laws across Europe. Also, it is worth to note that, international companies, as well as Turkish companies, are under the obligation to comply with the GDPR, provided that their activities fall under the scope of the GDPR.

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