Firms To Watch: IT and telecoms

ÖZEL Attorney Consultancy‘s IT team assists a range of companies in the sector with technical and transactional matters.
Uzun Law Firm was established in May 2021 by Fatih Burak Uzun and Emrah Keskin, with Uzun drawing on a background in IT law to assist domestic and international clients.

IT and telecoms in Turkey

BTS & Partners

BTS & Partners fields a ‘dynamic and expert team' that assists with the full spectrum of IT and telecoms matters. The firm’s heavyweight client lists includes Apple, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, all of which it advises on a continuous basic on sector-specific matters including regulatory developments and compliance, data protection, digital transformations and transactions. Leadership of the sizeable team is divided between four partners: Selin Beceni, who is recommended by a client as ‘one of the most reliable attorneys in Turkey'; senior partner Yasin Beceni, who is highly regarded in the market and experienced across the full range of matters; Zeynep Ünlü, who is particularly active in advising multinational companies in the tech sector; and Tuğrul Sevim, a specialist in complex IT and telecomns contracts. Erdem Aslan was recently promoted to senior associate and heads the firm’s innovation group.

Practice head(s):

Yasin Beceni; Tuğrul Sevim; Selin Beceni; Zeynep Ünlü

Other key lawyers:

Erdem Aslan; Ece Özelgin

Testimonials

‘BTS & Partners is my trusted firm for assistance with IT and telecoms law matters in Turkey. They clearly have leading local market knowledge and expertise, and act with the greatest professionalism. Clients are in good hands with them. I especially appreciate that they provide legal updates on changes to laws in areas we have worked on together.’

‘I consistently receive excellent service and support from Erdem Aslan and have no hesitation in recommending him, knowing from experience that he provides proper and commercial legal advice for the Turkish market.’

‘Working with BTS, we are always sure that we can count on them for up-to-date information on any regulatory issue that might interest us, together with visionary and business-friendly interpretations and guidance. With its dynamic and expert team, BTS is always available to promptly respond to our concerns and is able to provide a risk-based evaluation of any problem that we encounter. Their deep knowledge of the legislation and familiarity with developments in the sector, both in Turkey and around the world, are what distinguish BTS from any other legal firm.’

‘Zeynep Ünlü is always available, with outstanding expertise and good communication and management skills. In addition to her responsiveness on any matter, she also stands out for her conscientiousness in providing solution-based and practical guidance and ensuring work is done efficiently.’

‘BTS is a full-service firm with an outstanding breadth and depth of expertise, particularly in the field of TMT. Moreover, there is a deep understanding of the commercial background and the client’s needs from a business perspective. In Turkey there are only a few firms that are this well organised and devoted to providing such high-quality service.’

‘Selin Seceni is one of the most reliable attorneys in Turkey. She keeps the quality of the service at a high level and stands out for her availability.’

‘High quality of people. Excellent strategic partnership and collaboration experience in the IT and telecoms sector.’

‘What makes the team stand out are the briefs they share about legal structure, studies and hot topics, their ability to find solutions, business-oriented and strategic thinking, excellent knowledge of market practices in terms of compliance with regulations, and the good assessments and guidance they provide.’

Key clients

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Apple

Avanti

British Telecom

Inmarsat

Koç Group of Companies

Lenovo

Microsoft

Mastercard

Sodexo

Work highlights

  • Advising Amazon Web Services on a retainer basis and providing daily advice on legislative, regulatory and administrative developments with an effect on the sector, as well as on its operations in the market.
  • Advising Apple on a retainer basis and tracking, monitoring, reporting and analysing regulatory and legislative developments, as well as introducing possible measures to be adopted to eliminate legal and regulatory obstacles and establishing communication with the relevant public authorities.
  • Advising Microsoft on a retainer basis and providing daily advice on legislative, regulatory, policy-related and administrative developments, as well as on its operations in the market.

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki assists a range of companies with IT law issues, advising both companies operating in the industry and those needing comprehensive support with digital transformations across a growing number of sectors. The team provides a full-service offering to IT clients but specialises in regulatory and compliance advice in IT and telecoms, as well as having a robust data protection practice. Kağan Dora, Galip Selçuk and Şahin Ardıyok jointly coordinate the group, and at senior associate level, Neslihan Kasap joined from Paksoy in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Kağan Dora; Galip Selçuk; Şahin Ardıyok

Other key lawyers:

Hazal Durak; Neslihan Kasap

Testimonials

‘This is a very strong practice area for BASEAK, coupled with an exceptional team. The team possesses know-how on the level of seasoned business colleagues, which makes them unique in the way they render their legal advice.’

‘Kağan Dora is all a client can ask for: understanding, knowledgeable on the matter, always clear and to the point when it comes to his legal advice, and with exceptional communication skills.’

‘BASEAK offers great services to its clients in this niche practice area. The team is very reachable and adapts quickly to the ever-changing business landscape in the field.’

‘They have a strong data privacy and regulatory practice, and viewed risk from a business-friendly standpoint.’

‘I appreciated the thoroughness and clarity of the guidance from Hazal Durak, in particular.’

‘The team is very cooperative and hardworking, always available and accessible. They have a specialisation in this field and follow any developments. They easily understand our needs as a client company; it is very obvious that they know their client very well. This means they can provide legal opinions and reply to our questions faster.’

‘I am working closely with Balcıoğlu Selçuk Ardıyok Keki on data protection matters and I really appreciate their responsiveness, flexibility and their knowledge in the area.’

‘Şahin Ardiyok and his core team have all been professional, competent, efficient and highly responsive throughout an extended and complex legal project in Turkey, which has required significant creativity and sensitivities regarding government relations.’

Key clients

Binance

Haulotte Group

Teknoser Bilgisayar Teknik Hizmetler

Wirecard Ödeme ve Elektronik Para Hizmetleri

Uber International Holding

İpragaz and affiliates

Fujitsu Technology Solutions

Here Global

Johnson & Johnson Turkey

Open Education Holdings

NN Hayat ve Emeklilik

Zip

Payneer Bilgi Teknolojileri

Epay Limited, Euronet Elektronik İşlem Hizmetleri

Experian Bilgi Hizmetleri

SDT Uzay ve Savunma Teknolojileri

Solera Holdings

Willis Towers Watson

Vivy

WeFi Technology Partners

Honeywell Teknoloji

NTT Data

Wyndham Hotel Group

Odeabank

Delivery Hero Turkey (Yemeksepeti)

eBay Turkey (Gitti Gidiyor)

Twitch Interactive

Work highlights

  • Advised Haulotte Group on Turkish telecoms regulations with respect to devices that allow the location tracking of large vehicles and machines in Turkey.
  • Advised NTT Data on its contractual negotiation procedure with a large financial institution in Turkey.
  • Assisting Twitch with data privacy matters and social media law.

Cigdemtekin Cakirca Aranci Law Firm

Cigdemtekin Cakirca Aranci Law Firm's strong roster of domestic clients in the technology and telecoms spaces instructs the team on a range of sector-specific matters. Areas of strength include advising on licensing and contracts for research and development projects, and assisting clients in the payment systems sector. Ayça Arancı has a focus on IP and co-leads the department with tech and telecoms regulatory expert Tuna Çakırca and corporate and M&A partner Gamze Çiğdemtekin.

Practice head(s):

Ayça Arancı; Tuna Çakırca; Gamze Çiğdemtekin

Key clients

Mikro-Tasarim Elektronik

Unify

ODTÜ Teknokent Yönetim

Verifone Elektronik ve Danışmanlık

eBay Turkey (Gitti Gdiyor Bilgi Teknolojileri)

Further Network

Panaroma Bilişim Teknolojileri

Edenred Turkey

ODTÜ MEMS Researcher Centre

ODTÜ Geliştirme Vakfı Okulları

Barko-Med Elektronik

Brensan Enerji Savunma

KAREL Elektronik

TRLIinstruments Proses ve Ekipman Teknolojileri Geliştirme Tasarım Üretim

Mikro Biyosistemler Elektronik

Sebit Eğitim Ve Bilgi Teknolojileri

TOBB ETÜ Teknoloji Transfer Ofisi (TTO)

İzmir Biyotıp ve Genom Merkezi (İBG)

TARLA-Turkish Accelerator and Radiation Laboratory in Ankara

ODTÜ GÜNAM – Centre for Solar Energy Research and Applications

Andar Elektromekanik Sistemler

Arvento Mobil Sistemler

BAMA Teknoloji Tıbbi Cihazlar Danışmanlık Sağlık Bilişim

Packupp Teknoloji Yazılım ve Lojistik

Onlayer Bilişim Teknolojileri

Doğu Karadeniz Özel Eğitim Hizmetleri (TED Trabzon Collage)

Akdaş Döküm

Spark TR

Yüksel Kompozit Teknolojileri

EBİ Elektronik Bilgisayar İnşaat Ve Turizm Yatirim

Moonlight Aydınlatma

EnglishCentral Eğitim Teknolojileri

Mass Makina Sanayi İnşaat

Albinasoft Yazilim Bilişim Teknoloji

Ekstrametal Döküm İzabe Ve Makina Sanayi İthalat İhracat

Ankara Sanayi Odası 1.Organize Sanayi Bölgesi Müdürlüğü (ASO 1 OSB)

Ankara Sanayi Odası 2.Organize Sanayi Bölgesi Müdürlüğü (ASO 2 OSB)

Eptim Elektrik İnşaat

Emge Elektro Mekanik Gereçler Endüstrisi

Doğuş Kozmetik Gida İnşaat Turizm

Organize Tavukçuluk ve Yem

Work highlights

  • Advising Sebit on its sales, services, agreements, the physical and digital content of its products, offline and online content, and campaigns.
  • Advising TOBB ETÜ Teknoloji Transfer Ofisi (TTO) on contracts, technology transfer procedures and day-to-day legal issues.
  • Advising VeriFone on licensing, IT litigation, third-party supplier contracts and regulatory matters.

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

The ‘accurate, efficient and responsive‘ team at ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law counts Google, YouTube and Twitter among its long-term heavyweight clients in the technology industry. While cross-border data protection and privacy matters in the TMT space are a particular strength, the firm offers comprehensive cross-practice support to its clients in these industries. Gönenç Gürkaynak and Ceren Yıldızare very good at reading the regulatory atmosphere‘ and share the department leadership duties.

Practice head(s):

Gönenç Gürkaynak; Ceren Yıldız

Testimonials

‘ELIG’s team is great at understanding complex technical issues and delivering the required legal analysis and support.’

‘Gönenç Gürkaynak and Ceren Yıldız are very good at reading the regulatory atmosphere and guiding us to the safest legal path.’

‘The firm stands out for its data privacy expertise.’

‘They are accurate, efficient and responsive.’

Key clients

Google

Google Reklamcilik ve Pazarlama

Google Ireland

YouTube

Twitter

Booking.com

Foursquare Labs

LinkedIn

Wikimedia Foundation

Ralph Lauren Europe

Work highlights

  • Assisted Google with the launch of its Wear OS expansion in Turkey, including regulatory and data protection issues.

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie Inter

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein is recommended for its ‘very deep knowledge of the local and international market' and excels in negotiations with various regulatory authorities relevant to IT and telecoms clients. As the fintech and e-commerce markets have grown since the start of the pandemic, the firm has taken on a number of instructions in these areas, including updating clients on the slew of new e-commerce regulations. Senior associate Can Sözer leads the team. Since publication Ilay Yılmaz left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Can Sözer

Other key lawyers:

Ecem Elver

Testimonials

‘Esin’s team has a good understanding of privacy laws. They follow international trends and can come up with comparative legal guidance when needed.’

‘Esin Attorney Partnership has helped us to get through a busy period with its timely and creative legal evaluations. For this reason, I think that both Esin Attorney Partnership are very competent in this regard and deserve congratulations.’

‘Ecem Elver stands out for her organisational and communication skills.’

‘Can Sözer deserves endless praise. In addition to all their other talents, they stand out for providing creative insights in the most difficult times.’

‘Very deep knowledge of the local and international markets. They are business minded and professional but friendly.’

‘Quick assessment of the situation, precise solutions not only from a legal but also a practical perspective, very good communication skills.’

Key clients

Doğuş Planet

Tesla

Google

Visa

Jotform

Yandex

Nestlé

Spotify

Peak Games

Yemeksepeti (Delivery Hero)

Storytel

PepsiCo

Uber

Netflix

Work highlights

  • Assisted Visa with its foreign entity registration with the Data Controllers’ Registry (VERBIS).
  • Advised Tesla Motors on data privacy matters.
  • Advised garaj11, a second-hand vehicle marketplace owned by n11.com, on its legal needs, including B2B and B2C agreements and terms and conditions, consumer and privacy notices, and draft responses to consumer complaints and regulators’ queries.

Gökçe

Gökçe combines corporate and commercial expertise in a variety of IT and communications-related sectors with specific expertise in data protection, digital transformations and internet law to assist its diverse client base of international and domestic companies. Bedii Kaya has extensive experience in internet law, financial technologies and personal data protection. He co-leads the practice with managing partner Görkem Gökçe, who advises on regulatory matters, and Ali Paslı, who has broad corporate and commercial expertise. Senior associate Yağmur Yollu provides support on data protection and IP issues.

Practice head(s):

Görkem Gökçe; Ali Paslı; Bedii Kaya

Other key lawyers:

Yağmur Yollu

Testimonials

‘There are very few firms or lawyers in Turkey that know the law or technology so well. The team we worked with had a lot of experience in this regard. The most important factor was that we were able to work without a break during the pandemic. While many firms only look at a legal matter theoretically, we were able to discuss the application aspect with Gokçe.’

‘We worked with a well-trained and experienced team. They were experienced both with the Turkish Data Protection Authority and the GDPR. We were able to get the right answer to our every question at once. The team’s main qualities are their good listening and communication skills, analytical problem solving, confidence and high level of competency.’

‘All the lawyers we met at Gökçe were experienced and competent. However, I would like to express our special thanks to Yağmur Yollu. Thanks to her and her team’s agile, reliable approach, we are able to build successfully on a solid legal basis and focus on our business.’

‘Yağmur Yollu was great at planning and distributing tasks within the team according to their specialties.’

‘Gökçe have extensive knowledge of the IT and software sector and we have a long relationship with them. They have significant experience in M&A deals and their communication and negotiation skills are outstanding.’

‘Görkem Gökçe understands our needs and requirements in each case we work on together and we can reach him whenever we need to. His negotiating skills are excellent.’

‘From my experience, I can easily say that with Gökçe on your side, your business is in safe hands.’

‘Bedii Kaya is a very well-known subject matter expert in the field. The combination of continuing academic experience and day-to-day handling of matters makes him unique.’

Key clients

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

Onedio

Motul

iLab Holding

KariyerNet

Figopara

HUYA

Evreka

Trendbox

DDTech

Spirohome

mukellef.co

Robomotion

HiVC

Inveo

Gedik Yatırım

Startup Borsa

BBraun

Dressbest

IMeanIt

Rimuut

Work highlights

  • Assisting Kariyer.net with the rebuilding of its business setup, including employment law, e-commerce law, data protection law and consumer law issues, and with reviewing new business models.
  • Advising Motul on setting up its online business.
  • Advised iLab Holding on reviewing all the information security and cybersecurity policies and practices of the company.

Gün + Partners

Gün + Partners fields a ‘highly experienced‘ team that is particularly well versed in advising telecoms companies with a presence in Turkey, including on complex areas such as e-call and navigation regulations. It assists a range of international clients with telecoms regulatory compliance and has also established itself as a go-to firm for data privacy matters. Managing associate Begüm Yavuzdoğan Okumuş is the key contact in that regard. Since publication, Filiz Toprak Esin left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Begüm Yavuzdoğan Okumuş

Other key lawyers:

Yalçın Umut Talay

Testimonials

‘Begüm Yavuzdoğan Okumuş has outstanding experience in the Turkish market and with the Turkish authorities.’

‘The team is highly experienced in terms of IT matters. They are engaged, open to communication and collaborate whenever needed.’

‘Begüm Yavuzdoğan Okumuş is always available when support is needed. She is knowledgeable, experienced and aware of solutions to the problems that different sectors may have concerning data privacy issues.’

‘Yalçın Umut Talay is creative in finding solutions.’

‘They are very experienced data protection lawyers and our go-to firm locally for major tech company privacy and cyber matters, especially with respect to matters before the supervisory authority.’

‘Begüm Yavuzdoğan Okumuş is a terrific lawyer. She’s smart, practical and gives commercially sensible advice. She’s also super responsive, quickly returning calls, which is critical when you are dealing with 72-hour notice requirements.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a global social media network company before the courts in Turkey in legal proceedings against the Information and Communication Technologies Authority, seeking to cancel administrative fines arising from electronic communication law, the law on broadcasts on the internet and social media regulations.
  • Assisted a global pharmaceutical company with a data breach incident affecting the Turkish practice of the company and successfully notified the incident to the Turkish Data Protection Authority.
  • Advising a global telecoms operator on matters before the Information and Communication Technologies Authority, both regarding day-to-day issues and strategic issues.

Moroglu Arseven

Moroglu Arseven is a ‘one-stop shop‘ for clients in the IT and telecoms space, with a cross-practice offering that covers data privacy and regulatory issues, as well as general corporate advice, disputes and M&A. The team also assists companies with digital transformations and day-to-day IT and telecoms issues. Burcu Tuzcu Ersin, a ‘very professional lawyer‘ and a ‘tough negotiator‘ is the main contact, and senior associate Burcu Güray also comes highly recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Burcu Tuzcu Ersin

Other key lawyers:

Seyfi Moroğlu; Benan Arseven; Işık Özdoğan; Burcu Güray; Burak Baydar

Testimonials

‘The collaboration and the people are the key points that make this practice unique.’

‘Burcu Tuzcu Ersin and Burcu Güray stand out for their knowledge, technical understanding and responsiveness.’

‘The team is always ready to assist with our enquiries and to share their professional experience.’

‘Burcu Güray is always prepared to advise us on any problems in this sector and assist with compliance.’

‘We chose Moroğlu Arseven due to the one-stop-shop experience they offer. We receive support in all related practices, including corporate, compliance, tax, competition, IT and telecoms. The entire team is very responsive, hands on and detail oriented. The firm’s IT and telecoms team, in particular, understands the technical aspects of our business very well, and this improves the quality and efficiency of our communication. Their strategic guidance covers all IT-related areas, including data protection and privacy in addition to regulatory compliance.’

‘Given her broad knowledge of the IT and telecoms law environment plus her extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions within the industry, Burcu Tuzcu Ersin was our go-to person for corporate and IT and telecoms matters. She provided strategic guidance at each stage of the transaction. She is not only a very professional lawyer but also approachable. Besides that, she is a tough negotiator who can get what we want.’

Paksoy

Paksoy‘s broad offering in the telecoms and IT fields covers compliance and regulatory advice, assistance with data protection and emerging technology issues, and more general transactional and corporate support for clients operating or investing in these industries. Stéphanie Beghe Sönmez, who is experienced in advising on both the IT and IP aspects of transactions, co-leads the practice with fintech expert Sera Somay. Elvan Aziz is another key contact for commercial and labour law matters in these sectors.

Practice head(s):

Stéphanie Beghe Sönmez: Sera Somay

Other key lawyers:

Elvan Aziz

Key clients

Avalara

Baxter

Canada Goose

Huawei

Matriks and Garanti BBVA Securities

Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs (underwriters to Hepsiburada IPO)

Orion Innovation Group

Telus International

Tools for Humanity

Work highlights

  • Advised the underwriter banks Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs on the $780m Nasdaq IPO of e-commerce platform Hepsiburada.
  • Advised Telus International on its acquisition of Lionbridge’s artificial intelligence business.
  • Advised Avalara, a tax compliance automation software developer listed on the NYSE, on its acquisition of German software company Inposia Solutions and the negotiation of software assignment and licence agreements.

ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office

ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office has a sizeable roster of clients in the IT and telecoms sectors, advising on range of commercial matters, including establishing online businesses and IP and internet law issues. Practice heads Orhan Yavuz Mavioglu and Kerim Gurlemezare tremendously experienced, and their understanding of IT and telecoms matters is impeccable'. Ece Pazarcioglu is the name to note for software licensing contracts, custom enterprise resource planning projects and IT sector regulatory advice.

Practice head(s):

Orhan Yavuz Mavioglu; Kerim Gurlemez

Other key lawyers:

Ece Pazarcioglu; Kardelen Lule; Mine Tamusta

Testimonials

‘ADMD is very easy to work with and very dependable. They are very fast with their answers and the solutions offered are easy to understand and implement.’

‘Kerim Gurlemez has extensive knowledge of the regulations and Orhan Yavuz Mavioglu stands out for his overall market experience.’

‘Orhan Yavuz Mavioglu is always precise, with an understanding of technical issues across the board, superbly responsive, brilliant and proactive. Kerim Gurlemez is hands-on with new technology and is a hard worker.’

‘Orhan Yavuz Mavioglu has a great understanding of IT matters and is a brilliant legal consultant.’

‘Orhan Mavioglu and Kerim Gurlemez are tremendously experienced, and their understanding of IT and telecom matters is impeccable.’

‘The team at ADMD is a very good mix of great skill, extensive experience, a high level of work ethic and strong communication skills.’

‘Mine Tamusta is our main contact; she is an efficient professional and organises the team to offer us high-quality services on any matter.’

‘Their team is an example of a great combination of different skills and qualifications. All the lawyers are very diligent and experienced in their fields.’

Key clients

Amdocs

IFS

Jato Dynamics

Lexmark

Ligman

MUK International

National Instruments

RemotePass

Sagemcom

Telecom Italia Sparkle

Work highlights

  • Assisting Telecom Italia Sparkle with a range of corporate and compliance matters.
  • Advised IFS on structuring its lightning support and platinum service packages.
  • Assisted Jato Dynamics with regulatory compliance.

Aksan Law Firm

Thanks to its ‘vast knowledge of the Turkish venture capital ecosystem‘, Aksan Law Firm stands out for its advice to tech start-ups across a range of sectors, as well as its assistance to prospective investors. The leadership team of Melih Aksan, Oktay Şener and Onur Ergün was joined in March 2021 by Alper Onar, a finance law expert with extensive experience in the IT sector, from PwC Turkey.

Practice head(s):

Melih Aksan; Oktay Şener; Alper Onar; Onur Ergün

Other key lawyers:

Merve Kutukcuoglu

Testimonials

‘The Aksan team have a hand-on approach and are really easy to work with. They have a vast knowledge of the Turkish venture capital ecosystem as well as the global ecosystem. They always try to find better practices from around the world. They are easy to communicate with and always on time. The team has very good communication skills.’

‘Despite Covid and working remotely, they all maintained very good communication with us.’

‘An exceptional team that is very knowledgeable and has a great client service mentality.’

‘They have the ability to come up with solutions that are outside the box.’

‘They are client friendly and quick in answering questions. They provide comprehensive information and take the time to make sure clients understand.’

‘Aksan takes pride in its brevity. Every contract we did with the firm was extremely concise and straightforward. In terms of price, too, the team are very competitive for the amount of input they give.’

‘Aksan is one of the few firms in Turkey that has a dedicated start-up division. Merve Kutukcuoglu is one of the best in terms of responsiveness and availability. I never felt unattended as a client while working with Merve. The rest of the team is very well connected and experienced as well.’

Key clients

Lumnion Bilişim Teknolojileri Danışmanlık

GemBox Teknoloji Girişimleri

Fenix Networks

Albaraka Portföy Yönetimi

Bilişim Vadisi GSYF ve Fintech GSYF

Fazla Gıda

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

Zihni Bilgehan heads the ICT department at Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants, assisting a host of domestic and international IT and communications companies with regulatory compliance issues relating to data protection, Turkish IT law and intellectual property. Bilgehan has established a strong client base over years of working in the commercial, private equity, finance, maritime and insurance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Zihni Bilgehan

Other key lawyers:

Yusuf Mansur Ozer

Testimonials

‘The team have good industry knowledge. They provide excellent value for money and are excellent at doing business in English. They produce high-quality advice that provides pragmatic solutions. They always get the work done within the timeframes that I specify and are a joy to work with.’

‘Zihni Bilgehan is very responsive and excellent at finding the right lawyer for the work. Yusuf Mansur Ozer is a great lawyer.’

‘Zihni Bilgehan and his team have extensive knowledge and experience in the telecoms sector, dealing with all types of situations like M&A and disputes.’

Key clients

Alarko Holding

Ali Raif Ilac

CD Media Turkey

China Telecom

Dialog Semiconductor

DNV GL

Hapag Lloyd

Humanz AI

Turknet İletişim Hizmetleri

Meeting Point Turkey

Neler Bedava (Freegy)

Zenith Ship Management

Work highlights

  • Advised China Telecom on telecoms licences in Turkey, as well as day-to-day matters concerning its local branch and subsidiary.
  • Advised a media services provider and global production company on film and TV unions in Turkey that represent cast and crew.
  • Assisted a global telecoms company with the resale of cloud services in the security-as-a-service model in Turkey and the provision of related support services.

Gen Temizer Ozer

Gen Temizer Ozer‘s TMT sector clients often instruct the team on transactions, particularly venture capital investments. The practice also acts for a number of investors in the sector, as well as having broad expertise in regulatory and compliance issues. English-qualified Edmund Emre Özer focuses on public and private acquisitions, joint ventures and capital markets transactions, and co-leads the practice with corporate and finance expert Baran Gen.

Practice head(s):

Edmund Emre Özer; Baran Gen

Testimonials

‘IT and telecoms is a practice that requires fast responses due to the overall industry boom, and it also requires a deep understanding of the subject and the ability to predict what the counterparty to a contract might do next. The lawyers need to be diligent and pay attention to small details to make sure every clause is functioning properly. The team should also suggest clear and to-the-point next steps, and follow up with further recommendations. The GTO partners and associates were able to maintain a nice balance of these qualities during our recent transactions and were quite flexible regarding our requests.’

‘Being flexible and punctual with our requests are perhaps the firm’s most important strengths. In addition, GTO’s ability to connect us with the right people in their network when needed is also a plus. We had no issues with the billing. Edmund Emre Özer and Baran Gen, among other team members, managed the company’s resources properly during our collaboration.’

Key clients

Vivense

Hasan Aslanoba – Aslanoba Gıda

Çağdaş Telekomünikasyon

Earlybird

Dream Games

Propertyfinder

Paximum

Princeville Global Partners

Diffusion Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Dream Games on its series A and series B investment rounds, which valued the mobile gaming company at $1bn.
  • Advised Vivense and its CEO and founder Kemal Erol on a $130m investment by Actera Group.
  • Advised early-stage venture capital fund Earlybird Ventures on several of its investments, including in Payhawk and Obilet.

Günay Erdogan Attorneys At Law

Well-regarded boutique firm Günay Erdoğan Attorneys At Law was established in November 2020 and acts for a range of local and international tech-focused companies. IT and telecoms practice head Yavuz Selim Günay has experience advising on IT law both in private practice and in-house at a major domestic software company, and is praised for his ‘extensive legal knowledge in the field‘. Günay and his team assist clients with a range of matters, including software licensing agreements, data protection, regulatory matters and transactions in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Yavuz Selim Günay

Testimonials

‘We work closely with Günay Erdoğan on IT law matters and their services are really satisfactory. We also have other partner law firms in Istanbul but none of them have the quality of Günay Erdoğan. They directly engage with the matters and they really put in the time for all their clients. They have an understanding of IT matters not only from a legal perspective but also from a technical and business perspective. They are also easily accessible: when you need urgent advice, they will answer or meet you directly.’

‘Yavuz Selim Günay’s experience in technology issues makes him a great business partner. In addition to being a lawyer, he is also one of the few academics with knowledge of technology law. I think we will hear his name more in the future.’

‘We were highly satisfied with the service we received. We were always taken care of, from their partners to their junior associate. They spared a lot of time for us and did their work meticulously.’

‘We were thrilled with Yavuz Selim Günay and the service we received from him, since he is a very successful lawyer with extensive knowledge in the field of IT and telecoms law. He has the necessary technical knowledge and expertise as he was the chief legal counsel in one of the Turkey’s leading technology companies for a long time.’

‘Since IT and telecoms law is a complex field, technical specialisation is integral to legal advice in this area. Therefore, it was very valuable for us that Yavuz Selim Günay had worked in this field for many years and therefore had both legal and technical expertise. In addition, crisis management is an asset in this field and there can often be legal issues that need to be resolved urgently. In this regard, we were very pleased with the legal advice we received from Günay Erdoğan since we were closely attended to by the whole team at all hours (of the day and night).’

‘Thanks to Yavuz Selim Günay’s years of in-house experience, his technical expertise and legal knowledge in this field, we received a valuable service. He is not like an outside counsel – he understands the client’s business and he is available all the time. The partners took special care of us and all the members of the team responded promptly and meticulously to all our legal needs.’

‘Günay Erdoğan stands out from other law firms thanks to its great experience in the information technology sector. Yavuz Selim Günay especially is exceptional. The team can analyses cases from both a technical and a legal perspective, which is of the utmost importance in IT matters and is not easy to find. Also, it has to be noted that you can almost always reach the members of the Günay Erdoğan team whenever you need. Availability is another of their strengths.’

Key clients

Nokta Savunma ve Bilişim Teknoloji

Türkiye Ürün İhtisas Borsası (TÜRİB)

Samsung Electronics Istanbul Pazarlama

Ak Yatırım Menkul Değerler

ISG (Information Services Group)

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Work highlights

  • Advised Nokta Teknoloji on transactions and agreements regarding a nationwide digital transformation project, including a high volume  of technology contracts.
  • Assisted TURİB with IT procurement agreements and data protection matters.
  • Advised Ak Yatırım on IT procurement agreements.

Güner Law Office

Güner Law Office focuses on advising its communications, media and IT clients on data protection compliance, as well as assisting with more general corporate matters, IP, regulatory issues and disputes. Practice head Burçak Kurt Biçer specialises in media issues and advises a number of clients on matters at the intersection of media, IT and communications regulatory law.

Practice head(s):

Burçak Kurt Biçer

Key clients

Fox Network Group and Fox Turkey

Microsoft Mobile Turkey (formerly Nokia Turkey)

HTC

ICANN

Ferro Corporation

Suez WTS

Konecranes OJY

Discovery Communications

Forcepoint Holdings International

Forcepoint Turkey Siber Güvenlik Hizmetleri

Lincoln Electric Company (through Jones Day)

Work highlights

  • Advising Ferro Corporation and Ferro Turkey on their compliance with personal data protection legislation in Turkey and registration with the Data Controllers’ Registry (VERBIS).
  • Assisting Konecranes and its parent companies abroad with their registration with VERBIS.
  • Advising ICANN on day-to-day legal matters in Turkey, as well as on its compliance with Turkish personal data protection legislation and its registration with VERBIS.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke's offering to IT and telecoms clients combines corporate support and dispute resolution services with a robust data protection practice. In this area, senior associate Onur Sumer is the contact to note, while M&A experts Kayra Üçer and Deniz Tuncel and dispute resolution partner Ufuk Yalçın lead the department.

Practice head(s):

Kayra Üçer; Ufuk Yalçın; Deniz Tuncel

Other key lawyers:

Onur Sumer; Melike Gençalp

Testimonials

‘Onur Sumer provided great work in terms of advising on data protection law.’

Key clients

Bloomberg

Volkswagen & Volkswagen Turkey

Sompo International

Hitachi Kokusai Electric

Sony Pictures Entertainment

ClickBus

St Martins

Work highlights

  • Advised Telia Company and Telia Finland on the sale of its 47.09% stake in Turkcell Holding to the Turkey Wealth Fund.
  • Assisted EasyJet with preparing its data mapping within the scope of the Turkish data protection legislation and reviewing and analysing its personal data processing activities and records of data processing.
  • Advised a web hosting company on compliance with the Turkish Data Protection Law, including representation in consumer disputes.

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office has a focus on advising domestic and international companies on their compliance with Turkish data protection law, as well as handling a number of transactional matters in the IT sector. Experienced corporate lawyers Emre Atayilmaz and Gökhan Enkür lead the practice with financing expert Kerim Pelister.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayilmaz; Gokhan Enkur; Kerim Pelister

Other key lawyers:

Ertugrul Aksoy

Testimonials

‘Extremely focused lawyers and partners. Technologically aware and collaborative team. Comprehensive understanding of the business. Out-of-the-box and flexible approach to complicated problems.’

Key clients

United Textiles Company (UTG)

Almodo

Terex

Datalogic

Shell

Ralph Lauren

Komet Noatum

Elton Group

Comparex/ Dataserv

Collecturk

Adeo

Rebul

Work highlights

  • Advised United Textiles Company on its compliance programme with respect to Turkish data protection law.
  • Assisted Almodo with its compliance programme with respect to Turkish data protection law.
  • Advising Rebul on its compliance programme with respect to Turkish data protection law.

TURUNÇ

TURUNÇ‘s ‘track record and reputation in the field of technology is impressive', particularly with regard to investments in the technology sector, advising international venture capital and private equity funds on transactions involving Turkish companies. Practice head Kerem Turunçhas his finger on the pulse of Turkey’s technology sector'; he is supported by Esin Çamlıbel on matters with IP elements.

Practice head(s):

Kerem Turunç

Other key lawyers:

Esin Çamlıbel

Testimonials

‘Their track record and reputation in the field of technology is impressive. The know-how and experience they have built make them trusted partners. Transparency, trustworthiness, a proactive approach, international know-how and commercial awareness put TURUNÇ above other firms.’

‘Kerem Turunç’s technology work is very international, which sets him apart from other lawyers in Turkey. The fact that he’s qualified in New York and England is very helpful. When we deal with US or English law questions, we don’t have to go elsewhere to find an expert.’

‘Kerem Turunç is probably the most tech-savvy lawyer I know. He is very in tune with global developments. His background in coding, angel investing and representing VCs is extremely useful in discussing new projects and trends.’

‘They understand technology issues as well as firms like the top UK firms we usually deal with. Even though they’re a Turkish firm, thanks to the international background of their partners, they are in tune with international trends and are very well connected.’

‘Understanding technology is a key asset for lawyers advising us. The Turunç team does a lot of technology work including work for venture capital funds. This is extremely useful for us in understanding the latest market practices and being connected to the Turkish technology ecosystem.’

‘Kerem Turunç is our main contact. He has his finger on the pulse of Turkey’s technology sector and understands not only legal but also technical and commercial issues. His international connections are also very helpful for us in finding technical and other experts. Kerem sits at the heart of the tech world both personally and professionally.’

‘It is truly a global firm which is great at coordinating across multiple jurisdictions. They always impress us with their deep legal knowledge and extensive industry understanding. They have a strong team of individuals with great expertise and commercial acumen.’

Key clients

Hopin

beWise

TÜSİAD

Boğaziçi Ventures

Vinci Venture Capital

Kuika

DeepZen

interTouch

Netcad

Micro Focus

Work highlights

  • Advised Hopin on its acquisition of Boomset, forming a leading all-in-one event management platform.
  • Advised Boğaziçi Ventures on various investments.
  • Advised Vinci Venture Capital on various investments.

Yazicioglu Attorneys at Law

Yazıcıoğlu Attorneys at Law is in high demand for its expertise in all aspects of data protection and team head, Bora Yazıcıoğlu  is noted for ‘having a voice in this field’. His extensive expertise extends to broader TMT matters and related regulatory issues and commercial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Bora Yazıcıoğlu

Testimonials

‘We work with Yazıcıoğlu Attorneys at Law for our works in the field of personal data protection law and commercial law. The company has a team of experts especially in the field of Personal Data Protection and has a respectable place in the public institution in this field in Turkey.’

‘The partner of the law firm, Mr. Bora Yazıcıoğlu is an experienced lawyer who has a voice in this field, especially within the scope of the Personal Data Protection Law. His team is as well-informed as he is in this regard. They also provide meticulous and investigative studies in other areas of law.’

‘Strength with depth and dependable expert in KVKK (Turkish GDPR) area. That’s the area we have worked with. They are knowledgeable and trustworthy.’

‘Bora Yazıcıoğlu (partner) acts like a team player. He is business minded as well. Great availability and data protection expertise; always providing smart and practical advice.’

Key clients

Zoom

Discovery

Danone

Isuzu

Klöckner Pentaplast

Adel/Faber Castell

A major home appliance manufacturer

A major computer manufacturer

A major technology company

A major real estate development company

Mayhoola Group Companies (Beymen and

Network/Divarese)

Boyner Group Companies (Hopi, Morhipo,

Boyner Buyuk Magazacilik, BR Magazacilik)

Mavi Jeans

Work highlights

  • Advising Zoom for its registration to Data Controller Registry.
  • Representing a major international company on a Turkish Data Protection Authority investigation.
  • Advising a major home appliance manufacturer on several data protection matters including privacy policy of an application, monitoring of employees and a Data Protection Authority investigation.