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    • Yücel Hamzaoğlu - HAMZAOĞLU & Partners

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BTS & Partners covers the full array of IT and telecoms-related work, including advice on data protection, licensing and regulatory compliance. The team also assists with employment, corporate and banking matters. Recent work includes advising MasterCard on obtaining the payment system operator licence, and assisting multinational companies from the IT, finance and pharmaceuticals sectors with data protection compliance. ‘KnowledgeableYasin Beceni heads the practice and Tuğrul Sevim is recommended for his expertise in both the ‘legal and technical issues of payment systems regulations’. Counsel Batu Kınıkoğlu is particularly experienced in data privacy matters. Yücel Hamzaoğlu left the firm.

ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office’s IT and telecoms department is led by the ‘impressive and knowledgeable’ Irmak Seymen, and stands out with its ability to ‘understand the regulatory and transactional complexities’ of the sector. The team advises on regulatory compliance, licensing, contracts and litigious matters. Another key feature is the firm’s expertise in the law surrounding software and hardware development. Recent highlights include advising Net-M on its cooperation with Turkcell regarding the implementation of an e-payment system. The client roster also includes Amdocs, XinvestTurk and Helikon. Kerim Gürlemez is also active in the sector.

Çigdemtekin Dora Cakirca Aranci Law Firm is recommended for its ‘strong expertise in the area of IT, data privacy and contracts’ and handles data protection matters, regulatory compliance and the legal aspects of online payment and distribution systems, including the Initial Coin Offerings of cryptocurrencies. Kağan Dora is noted for his ‘knowledge and business acumen’ and Ayça Arancı has ‘good evaluative skills’; Tuna Çakırca is another key figure. The firm’s multinational client base includes Fujitsu, Unify, Gitti Gidiyor and VeriFone.

The ‘excellentELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law is particularly well known for its expertise in the data protection and privacy areas. In addition to contentious work, the firm handles transactions, contracts, licensing and regulatory compliance. The department is jointly led by Gönenç Gürkaynak and İlay Yılmaz and acts as sole Turkish legal adviser to Google, YouTube and Twitter concerning IT and telecoms-related matters. Clients include Dell, Mobil Oil and L’Oréal Turkey.

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.

Technically excellent and pragmatic’, Gökçe handles data protection, privacy and regulatory compliance matters and acts for well-known multinational companies from a variety of sectors, including retail, electronics and automotive. The firm hired media and telecoms expert Hakan Hanlı in March 2017and Levent Yaralı, left in September 2017 to found his own HR company. Ali Paslı is noted for his ‘deep knowledge and IT expertise’, and Görkem Gökçe is ‘brilliant’. Bora Yazıcıoğlu left in April 2016 to found his own firm Yazicioglu Attorneys at Law.

Gün + Partners has extensive knowledge and experience in data protection and privacy, regulatory compliance, transactional, contractual and IP-related matters in the sector. The team handles both contentious and non-contentious work for multinational clients from various sectors, including media, IT, life sciences, automotive and advertisement. Hande Hançar Çelik and Uğur Aktekin jointly head the department.

Moroglu Arseven is recommended for its ‘knowledge of technology, licensing and IP law’ and handles data protection, compliance matters, IP issues, transactions and disputes. Recent work includes advising Genpa on the development and implementation of a data protection compliance program. ‘Outstanding practitionerBurcu Tuzcu Ersin is active in the sector and Işık Özdoğan is also recommended. The client base includes Samsung, Amazon and Twitter.

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki advises on corporate and M&A, competition, regulatory compliance, data protection and privacy matters in the IT and telecoms sector. The team is led by Galip Selçuk; Özgür Akman handles contentious work. Şahin Ardıyok is experienced in regulatory and competition law. Clients include Alticor, Mynet Medya and Yemek Sepeti.

Çaga & Çaga’s Erdem Değerli and İdil Çağa Değerli jointly head the firm’s IT and telecoms practice. The team advises on regulatory issues, M&A and competition matters, and disputes.

The ‘excellentErsoy Bilgehan Lawyers & ConsultantsZihni Bilgehan handles risk mitigation, regulatory compliance, and data protection and privacy matters in the sector. Other areas of expertise are IP law and the structuring and review of agreements. The firm’s clients include PayPal, LinkedIn and China Telecom.

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership advises on data protection, licensing and the drafting and review of IT and telecoms-related agreements. Recent work saw the team lead advice to the Directorate for Educational Technologies on agreements related to the Fatih project, which seeks to expand and improve the use of technology in state schools.

Ece Güner Toprak and Burçak Kurt Biçer from Güner Law Office are both active in IT and telecoms law. The team predominantly advises on corporate matters, data protection and regulatory compliance, as well as disputes.

Senem Işmen heads the IT and telecoms department at Hergüner Bilgen Özeke, which is predominantly known for handling sector-related corporate matters, regulatory compliance, data protection, competition matters, employment issues and disputes. In a recent highlight, the team assisted media group beIN with its acquisition of pay-TV operator Digitürk. The client roster also includes Sony, Cisco Systems and Atos.

The ‘experiencedGökhan Enkür jointly heads the IT and telecoms practice at Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office with Vehbi Bilimer. The team advises on transactions, data privacy and protection, as well as regulatory compliance. Recent work includes advising Natixis on the regulatory requirements of its global digitalisation project. Other clients include Shell Petrol, Ulusal Faktoring and Airbnb.

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Legal Developments in Turkey for IT and telecoms

  • Data Controllers’ Handbook to Inform Data Subjects About Their Rights

    Under the Turkish data protection law (" DPL "), data subjects have the right to learn who processes their personal data, the purposes and legal bases of these processing activities, and to whom and for what purposes such personal data are transferred. These rights arise from the data controllers' obligation to inform data subjects about their processing activities. During the collection of personal data, the data controller or any other person authorized by the data controller is obliged to provide data subjects with certain information, such as the identity of the data controller and of his representative (if any), the purposes of the processing, to whom and with what purpose the processed personal data can be transferred, and the method and legal reason/basis of collection. The same article of the DPL further requires data controllers to provide information to data subjects about certain other rights, as discussed below.
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  • Amendments Introduced through Law No. 7101 on Arbitration Proceedings

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  • 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.

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