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  1. IT and telecoms
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Next generation lawyers

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    • Yücel Hamzaoğlu - HAMZAOĞLU & Partners

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BTS & Partners advises clients on the full range of IT and telecoms matters including regulatory issues, consumer and e-commerce law, data protection, compliance, GDPR, employment, fintech projects, banking and finance, and corporate matters. Co-head of team Yasin Beceni is experienced in advising governments, NGOs and academic institutions on IT law. Tuğrul Sevim, who specialises in contracts and litigation, and newly promoted partner Batu Kınıkoğlu, who focuses on data protection and privacy, also co-head the team. Clients include Microsoft, British Telecom, Turkcell, Turkish Airlines and Akbank. Yücel Hamzaoglu left for HAMZAOĞLU & Partners.

Prominent, reliable, fast and cost-efficient’, ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office advises on the full range of IT and telecoms law including licensing agreements, copyright and IP, software and hardware development, regulatory advice, compliance and GDPR. Other areas of expertise include internet law and IT and telecoms-related financing and transactions. It assisted Telecom Italia with the drafting of new customer contracts for merging of standard and dark fibre ISP and data storage services with cloud computing and virtual data server supply services. Other clients include Amdocs, Bloom Medya, Helikon and Net-M. Practice head Orhan Yavuz Mavioğlu ‘knows almost all players and regulation in the telecoms business’. Irmak Seymen left for Gen Temizer Ozer.

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law advises clients on internet law, data protection, data privacy, online platforms, mobile payment services, software development, hardware regulations, broadcasting and regulatory matters. Other areas of expertise include licensing, copyright and litigation. Twitter, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn and Warner Bros. instruct the team headed by Gönenç Gürkaynak and İlay Yılmaz.

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International is adept at handling data privacy and security law, e-commerce and internet law issues, and compliance. Other areas of expertise include e-payments, regulatory matters, communications and contractual issues, and TMT-related M&A. It advised British American Tobacco on a data privacy compliance project and also acts for Baxter, Yandex and Koton. Senior associate Can Sözer now heads the team after former practice head Hakkı Can Yıldız departed to Dentons’ London office in January 2018.

Gökçe deploys its ‘understanding of sectoral, commercial and international issues to meet expectations’. Areas of expertise include IT, data protection, data privacy, compliance matters and IT-related employment law. The ‘motivated, responsive and easily reachable’ team is headed by Görkem Gökçe and Ali Paslı. Clients include V-Count Technologies, Foriba and Rimuut.

Gün + Partners advises clients on data protection, compliance, inter-company data transfers, privacy issues, and telecoms transactions and contentious matters. IT-related expertise includes outsourcing as well as service level and software license agreements. Practice co-heads Hande Hançar Çelik and Uğur Aktekin are ‘knowledgeable and provide timely and concise advice’. Newly promoted partner Ozan Karaduman also co-heads the team and is ‘a high-profile lawyer in relation to data protection’. The team is ‘very responsive, detail-oriented and provides commercially astute advice’.

Moroglu Arseven is adept at handling regulatory, compliance, data protection and e-commerce issues as well as technology-related acquisitions. Other areas of expertise include cloud services, gaming, cybercrime, and start-up financing. Samsung, Amazon and Twitter are all clients of the eight-partner team, which includes key practitioners Burcu Tuzcu Ersin and Işık Özdoğan.

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki handles data protection, e-commerce, e-payment, internet law, mobile communications, broadcasting, licensing and regulatory matters. Clients include BN Telekom and Silknet. Galip Selçuk, Özgür Akman and Şahin Ardıyok head the team. Kağan Dora joined from Cigdemtekin Cakirca Aranci Law Firm.

Cigdemtekin Cakirca Aranci Law Firm advises on data protection, compliance, regulatory, governance and e-commerce matters. Verifone counts among the team's clients. Former practice co-head Kağan Dora left for Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki. Ayça Arancı and Tuna Çakırca now jointly head the team.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants adopts ‘a helpful and co-operative approach’. It advises start-ups, global conglomerates, shipping companies and multimedia companies on data protection, data privacy, data retention and destruction, compliance, data breaches and regulatory matters. Clients include China Telecom, Dialog Semiconductor and LinkedIn. The ‘high-quality and experienced’ team is headed by Zihni Bilgehan. Aysegul Bogrun was promoted to senior associate.

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership handles data protection, contracts, licensing, disputes and compliance. It also provides consultancy services around IT projects, an area of expertise for Cigdem Bal Ilgin.

Güner Law Office handles corporate, commercial and regulatory work, consumer matters, compliance and disputes. It continues to advise Fox Networks Group Turkey on compliance and personal data protection issues. Other clients include Microsoft Mobile and HTC. Ece Güner Toprak and Burçak Kurt Biçer head the team.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke advises on data protection, data privacy, regulatory, competition, disputes and compliance matters. It also handles corporate and M&A matters for technology companies. Ufuk Yalçın and Kayra Üçer head the team. Clients include Atos, Sony and Hitachi.

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office adeptly handles a range of IT and telecoms-related matters including data privacy, data protection, due diligence, compliance, e-commerce, consumer law and internet advertising. Clients include Airbnb, Natixis and Shell. Gökhan Enkür and Vehbi Bilimer are notable practitioners.

TURUNÇ advises clients on licensing, drafting of partnership agreements, data protection, software development and telecoms regulation. Counsel Esin Çamlibel and Kerem Turunç head the ‘very responsive, positive and strong’ team. Clients include DeepZen, Kuika and LeftBrain Technology.

Yazicioglu Attorneys at Law is adept at handling e-commerce matters, licensing, data protection, GDPR and loyalty card programmes. Clients include Mavi Jeans, Foriba and Boyner Holding. ‘Very impressive’ practice head Bora Yazıcıoğlu has ‘great expertise in contracts and litigation’.

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    On November 1, 2018, Personal Data Protection Board ("Board"), acting under the Personal Data Protection Authority, published its principle decision with number 2018/119 in the Official Gazette, which then corrected on November 7, 2018 ("Decision"). Board's Decision is regarding prevention of promotional notifications, e-mail messages, text messages and calls that data subjects might receive from data controllers and data processors.
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