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Compliance Tier 1Moroglu Arseven assists clients with formulating regulatory compliance strategies and risk mitigation, as well as conduct investigations. The extensive experience of its team is reflected by its work for clients in sectors such as healthcare, fintech, e-commerce, media, advertising, gambling and industrial. Burcu Tuzcu Ersin has expertise in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act, among other areas. Ersin jointly leads the group with Z. Ertunç Şirin, E. Seyfi Moroğlu and E. Benan Arseven. Orçun Çetinkaya left the firm.
Intellectual property Tier 1Moroglu Arseven's practice covers a wide spread of matters, such as licensing, IP portfolio management, trade marks, copyright, patents, industrial designs, domain names, unfair trade and customs processes. It also advises on enforcement, prosecution, litigation and anti-counterfeiting. Işık Özdoğan leads the team, which acts for clients in sectors such as fashion, retail, luxury goods and pharmaceuticals. Senior associate Ece Berkman is another name to note.
‘Excellent strategic advice, practical thinking and great communication’.
‘Responsiveness and precision in providing clear practical advice in navigating the challenging local practice before the Turkish PTO’.
‘Very reliable firm with a highly professional and practical approach, well determined and focused on the results’.
‘A consistent showing of exceptional care and responsiveness, with competitive pricing’.
‘Exceptional expertise in local trademark laws and related careful guidance on significant developments and in connection with possible trademark oppositions’.
Media and entertainment Tier 1Moroglu Arseven is strong in multiple disciplines, which make it well-placed to advise clients on areas such as governance, tax, competition, regulatory, real estate, employment and immigration. It also advises on IP including trade marks, copyright, celebrity image rights and television formats and licensing. The workload is also driven by the firm's involvement in media and advertising-related disputes, as well as regulatory compliance matters. Clients include media publishers, broadcasters, performing artists, athletes, producers, ticketing agencies, sports clubs, and marketing and advertising companies. Benan Arseven and Isik Ozdogan are the joint heads of the practice. Orçun Çetinkaya left the firm.
Benan Arseven; Işık Özdoğan
‘All the lawyers at their office are very experienced and full of knowledge’.
Seyfi Moroğlu; Benan Arseven; Burcu Tuzcu Ersin
‘Moroglu Arseven showed high professionalism and experience while handling the matters entrusted to them’.
‘They were swift in their support and very meticulous’.
‘They have high negotiating skills and an important knowledge in cross-border transactions’.
‘Both Benan Arseven, partner, and Hazal Baydar, associate, were available at all times to cater to our legal requirements and requests’.
‘They have carried out exceptional work and provided excellent support throughout the transaction and still adequately support the client in its day-to-day legal requirements following the closing of the transaction’.
‘Great team with commercial understanding as well as legal know-how’.
‘Resourceful in problem solving’.
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Working closely with other departments, Moroglu Arseven's dispute resolution team assists clients with contentious matters involving areas such as employment, tax, sport and criminal and civil fraud, among others. It is equally strong representing clients before both Turkish and foreign courts. Seyfi Moroğlu (who has expertise in shareholder disputes), Benan Arseven, Işık Özdoğan and Burcu Tuzcu Ersin are the practice heads. Orçun Çetinkaya left the firm.
Seyfi Moroğlu; Benan Arseven; Işık Özdoğan; Burcu Tuzcu Ersin
‘Reliability, based on the evaluation from a broad perspective and reaching a decision by considering all conceivable possibilities’.
‘Our experience of dealing with Moroglu Arseven has been nothing put positive with clear advice, actions and updates’.
Employment Tier 2
Moroglu Arseven's dedicated employment practice provides a broad range of support in contentious and non-contentious matters. Key areas of work include strategic workforce management issues relating to corporate transactions and projects; day-to-day employee-related issues; disciplinary, termination and severance procedures; regulatory advice to international clients; anti-corruption, whistleblowing, privacy and data protection policy advice; and outsourcing and contracting arrangements. The practice also offers guidance on union relations and protests, stock option plans, ongoing employee benefit requirements and international immigration procedures and requirements. Practice head İpek Ünlü Tık has significant specialist experience in negotiations, disputes, disciplinary procedures and terminations.
İpek Ünlü Tık
IT and telecoms Tier 2Moroglu Arseven advises on new and developing technologies, including those relating to online gaming, gambling and betting services, as well as as e-currencies (including bitcoin). Its team is led by Burcu Tuzcu Ersin, who has experience of venture capital, growth and start-up financing. The group also advises on the creation, acquisition, transfer, use and IP protection of technology. Clients include large multinational companies operating in the technology, e-commerce, media and entertainment sectors.
Burcu Tuzcu Ersin
‘Partner Burcu Tuzcu Ersin is very responsive and thoughtful when it comes to client requests’.
‘Experience and having a good command of subject makes them different from competitors’.
‘Competitive pricing and high service quality’.
‘Team capabilities were incredible; they understood each sectors’ business models and ways and gave us an idea of how to establish the company’.
Energy Tier 3The ‘dynamic’ practice at Moroglu Arseven handles transactional and regulatory matters in the energy industry, including license applications, power purchase agreements, asset financing, cross-border energy distribution and stock financing related to energy commodities. Benan Arseven heads the team. Other names to note are Burcu Tuzcu Ersin and C. Hazal Baydar.
Real estate and construction Tier 3Moroglu Arseven advises on commercial, residential and industrial developments, where it assists with renovation issues, developments or the ongoing management of a facility. The team also has handles litigation and transactional real estate issues. E. Seyfi Moroglu heads the practice. Highlights included assisting Tacirler Gayrimenkul Yatırım ve Geliştirme Tic. A.Ş. with the $22m purchase of 13 detached sections of a skyscraper in Istanbul. Orçun Çetinkaya left the firm.
E. Seyfi Moroglu
‘They have an excellent grasp of the commercial realities of our business, a feature that delivers high quality and successful outcomes for our disputes and transactions.’
‘Their hands-on approach enables them to be aware of all the important details of a dispute without losing sight of the big picture.’
‘Very proactive and dedicated’.
‘Smart, experienced and knowledgeable’.
‘Their communication and response is good’.
Moroglu Arseven > Firm Profile
The firm: Moroglu Arseven is a full-service law firm with broadly demonstrated expertise and experience in all aspects of business law. Established in 2000, the firm combines a new generation of experienced international business lawyers and acclaimed counsels who have academic, judicial and practical experience in private law. Its dynamic and dedicated team is able to analyse the legal framework and provide flexible solutions for clients doing business in Turkey. The firm serves local clients in international markets and international clients in Turkey. Clients appreciate the firm’s responsive, clear and concise answers to legal questions, as well as its knowledge of their business goals, usually based on long relationships.
The firm represents and serves a diverse clientele, in a wide range of industries. In-depth sector knowledge ensures seamless service across practice areas, enabling Moroglu Arseven to meet all of a client’s legal needs in Turkey. Key areas include manufacturing, retail, energy, banking and financial markets, construction, real estate, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, TMT and sports.
Areas of practice: Corporate and M&A: the firm advises a number of major corporations as general counsel, but its corporate department’s primary focus is end-to-end advice during mergers and acquisitions, along with associated company formations. The firm’s depth of expertise allows it to look beyond the rushed M&A period and provide experience-based advice about future transaction consequences and implications.
Banking, finance, and securities regulation: the firm regularly handles innovative matters for large clients, including banks, financial institutions and corporations, and provides advice on a full range of legal, regulatory and compliance issues. Moroglu Arseven advises financial institutions, export credit agencies, foreign commercial banks and corporate borrowers on all banking and finance matters, both in Turkey and overseas.
Intellectual property: the firm advises clients on the protection and enforcement of trade marks, domain names, copyrights, patents and related rights, as well as securing, protecting and enforcing these assets. The firm litigates disputes in administrative agencies and courts, as well as prosecuting counterfeiters. In addition, Moroglu Arseven manages high-profile intellectual property portfolios, both in Turkey and abroad.
Compliance and internal investigations: a speciality area for Moroglu Arseven, integrated into all other practice areas. The firm focuses on ensuring clients’ strategies and policies are both compliant and cost-efficient, while also representing good practice at a local and international level in a wide variety of areas, including anti-corruption, anti-bribery, anti-money laundering, business crimes, antitrust, privacy and data protection, employment, financial markets and services, energy, life sciences and pharmaceuticals. The firm has established a strong reputation for developing and auditing compliance strategies, as well as risk mitigation, often in highly complex, inter-jurisdictional compliance projects, or heavily regulated sectors.
Dispute resolution: a speciality area for the firm, often acting for clients in complex litigation in regulated and non-regulated markets, arbitration proceedings, and negotiating settlements in line with clients’ business priorities. The firm specialises in representing global manufacturers or local distributors in disputes over distribution, agency and regulatory issues. Moroglu Arseven is strong in construction, energy, and post-M&A disputes in Turkey and abroad. Clients appreciate the firm’s strength of white-collar crime and criminal defence work, as well as employment law disputes.
Employment: the firm offers a full range of employment and labour law advice, including transactional support, drafting employment documents and agreements, as well as support on daily matters and disputes. Advice includes hiring and firing procedures, remuneration, benefits and pension, disciplinary procedures, immigration and work permits, drafting and implementing human resources guidelines, codes of conduct, policies and procedures, performing interrogations and investigations, representation in business crime cases, support in employee or workplace transfers, M&A transactions and restructuring procedures. The firm regularly supports and advises international law firms and human resources functions of multinational corporations and local conglomerates on both contentious and non-contentious matters.
|Corporate, commercial, M&A and foreign investments||Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu|
|Corporate, commercial, M&A and foreign investments||Benan Arseven|
|Corporate, commercial, M&A and foreign investments||Burcu Tuzcu Ersin|
|Banking, finance and securities||Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu|
|Banking, finance and securities||Burcu Tuzcu Ersin|
|Intellectual property||Işık Özdoğan|
|Intellectual property||Gökçe Izgi|
|Intellectual property||Ezgi Baklacı Gülkokar|
|Employment||Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu|
|Employment||Burcu Tuzcu Ersin|
|Dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration||Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu|
|Dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration||Benan Arseven|
|Dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration||Orçun Çetinkaya|
|Debt collection, restructuring and bankruptcy||Benan Arseven|
|Debt collection, restructuring and bankruptcy||Orçun Çetinkaya|
|Antitrust||Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu|
|Business crime and anti-corruption||Burcu Tuzcu Ersin|
|Business crime and anti-corruption||Orçun Çetinkaya|
|Sanctions, customs, tax and administrative||Orçun Çetinkaya|
|Sanctions, customs, tax and administrative||Benan Arseven|
|Sanctions, customs, tax and administrative||Burcu Tuzcu Ersin|
|Public procurement, government contracts, privatisation and PPP||Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu|
|Public procurement, government contracts, privatisation and PPP||Orçun Çetinkaya|
|Project development, real estate and construction||Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu|
|Project development, real estate and construction||Benan Arseven|
|Project development, real estate and construction||Orçun Çetinkaya|
|Energy||Burcu Tuzcu Ersin|
|Pharmaceutical and medical services||Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu|
|Pharmaceutical and medical services||Işık Özdoğan|
|Information technologies and telecommunications||Burcu Tuzcu Ersin|
|Information technologies and telecommunications||Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 55
LanguagesEnglish French German Turkish
MembershipsMultilaw SCG Legal INBLF IBLC IBA ITechLaw TEID Endeavor ICC IFA ECLA ECTA INTA MARQUES PTMG UIA AIJA ISLA
OtherContacts : Dr E Seyfi Moroglu LL.M (partner) Contacts : E Benan Arseven (partner) Contacts : Isik Özdogan LL.M (partner) Contacts : Burcu Tuzcu Ersin LL.M (partner) Contacts : Orçun Çetinkaya LL.M (partner) Contacts : Gökçe Izgi (partner) Contacts : Ezgi Baklaci Gülkokar (partner)
Legal Developments19th June 2020 Turkish Competition Authority (“Authority”) underlined the followings with its announcement (“Announcement”) dated 8 May 2020:
19th June 2020 Presidential Decree (“Decree”) numbered 2483 was published in the Official Gazette dated 30 April 2020 and numbered 31114 and entered into force on the same day. The Decree regulates the procedure and principles of services to be procured through tenders for the national research-development (“R&D”) projects conducted and supported by the national R&D institutions within the scope of the exceptions of Public Tender Act (“Act”) numbered 4734, excluding the penalties and prohibition from tenders.
19th June 2020
In Presidential Government System, which was adopted on 9 July 2018 in Turkey, the President is entitled to issue Presidential Decrees on the matters related to executive power without the need for an enabling law. Presidential Decree, being a fundamental norm as per regulated directly under the Constitution, is a general and framework regulative transaction.
Turkish Constitutional Court: Decision to Completely Block Access to a News Site Violates Freedom of the Press19th June 2020 Turkish Constitutional Court ruled that the applicant’s freedom of speech and freedom of the press are violated by the decision to completely block access to the website that the applicant is representative of.
17th June 2020 Turkey’s Ministry of Treasury and Finance has published the Regulation Amending (“Amendment Regulation”) the Regulation on Activities to be Evaluated under Insurance Services, on Insurance Contracts Concluded in favor of the Consumer and on Distance Insurance Contracts (“Regulation”) in the Official Gazette numbered 31122 and dated 9 May 2020.
10th June 2020 Turkey's Banking Regulatory and Supervisory Authority ("BRSA") published the Regulation on Manipulation and Misleading Transactions in Financial Markets ("Regulation") on 7 May 2020, entering into force on the same date. The Regulation sheds light on the recently introduced article 76/A of the Banking Law Number 5411 ("Law"), which included a brief definition of manipulation and misleading transactions.Turkey’s Banking Regulatory and Supervisory Authority (“BRSA”) published the Regulation on Manipulation and Misleading Transactions in Financial Markets (“Regulation”) on 7 May 2020, entering into force on the same date. The Regulation sheds light on the recently introduced article 76/A of the Banking Law Number 5411 (“Law”), which included a brief definition of manipulation and misleading transactions.
Asset recovery in Turkey: are criminal proceedings the only way?White-collar crimes have not only increased in scale but have also become increasingly sophisticated. Individuals, companies, and financial institutions have been outflanked by criminal attacks. Furthermore, with advancing technology and complex transactional structures, the proceeds of white-collar crime have become easier to dissipate and move. Accordingly, alongside combating the criminals, finding new and effective ways …
Turkey: Patent Litigation
Published: December 2019
Authors: Gökçe İzgi, LL.M. Işık Özdoğan, LL.M. Ezgi Baklacı Gülkokar Merve Altınay Öztekin, LL.M.
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Patent Litigation laws and regulations that may occur in Turkey.
Turkey: Intellectual Property
Published: June 2020
Authors: Işık Özdoğan, LL.M. Gökçe İzgi, LL.M. Ezgi Baklacı Gülkokar Yonca Çelebi
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Intellectual Property laws and regulations that may occur in Turkey.