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Tax Tier 1ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office, which focuses on tax as a core practice area, handles the tax aspects of M&A and foreign investments, tax audits, tax incentive programs, tax planning and regulatory matters. Tax disputes are another bedrock of the practice; the firm advises on the annulment of administrative proceedings and sanctions, and the cancellation of tax calculations and fines. Team head Duygu Alkan is experienced in tax-based controversies, and tax and administrative litigation. Orhan Yavuz Mavioglu is also recommended.
Media and entertainment Tier 2ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office's practice demonstrates strong capabilities in matters with a nexus to television, radio, film, advertising, music, publishing and sport, among other subsets of the media and entertainment industry. Kardelen Lule is the head of the team, which advises on a wide range of issues, including regulatory compliance, contracts, dispute resolution, tax, copyright and IP protection.
IT and telecoms Tier 3ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office's team handles various IT and telecoms issues for clients, such as those relating to GDPR, software and hardware development, IP, and sales, maintenance and licensing agreements. It is experienced in structuring start-ups and moving businesses onto the internet. Clients include telecoms companies, internet service providers (ISPs), software companies, electronic publishers, social media platforms, gaming companies and e-commerce businesses. Orhan Yavuz Mavioglu is the practice head.
Employment Tier 4ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office provides support on service contracting, outsourcing, pension and benefit plans, employee terminations and employment arbitration and litigation. Dilara Tamtürk and Gökçe Şanlıerli jointly head the practice. Recent highlights include advising Minus Green, a local film production company, on drafting employee contracts for three feature films.
Dispute resolution Tier 5Duygu Alkan leads the team at ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office, which acts for clients in criminal, civil and administrative proceedings. Its areas of expertise include product liability, consumer claims, employment litigation, debt recovery and enforcement, as well as white-collar crime. It also advises on ADR and arbitration.
ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office > Firm Profile
The firm: Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office (ADMD) is a full-service law firm with headquarters in Istanbul. Since 2004, ADMD has served as an analytical, diligent, meticulous, and dynamic law firm providing consultancy and litigation services in Turkey.
All members and partners of ADMD are proficient in English, and they are capable of providing bilingual legal services. The partners of ADMD have extensive experience in international consulting and accounting firms previously in their careers. This allows ADMD to be more competent in aiding foreign clients to accomplish their objectives effectively, not only with the depth and scope of diligent legal services but also with the understanding of the economic and political environment of Turkey.
Despite its short history and boutique structure, ADMD has contributed to transactions and deals worth over $8bn for clients in 16 years of practice. ADMD also has correspondent offices in the cities of Ankara, Antalya, Bursa and Izmir, assisting its headquarters in Istanbul with any judicial and administrative filings requiring local attention. Moreover, ADMD is in cooperation with an affiliate service provider titled ‘ADMD Business Suites Turkey’ (‘ADMD BST’) providing services such as virtual company formations, outsourced accounting and serviced office space and address allocation.
ADMD stands out with its wide scope of services to foreign investors, its support in M&A and financing transactions, its unique tax planning and tax controversy services and its extensive experience in relation to real estate and, specifically, hotel businesses. ADMD tries to combine the attentiveness of a private legal practice with the professionalism of an international consulting firm, to offer its clients the best service they deserve.
Areas of practice: ADMD has extensive legal expertise and a great track record in helping foreign investments to be smooth and efficient processes. More than 60% of ADMD’s clients are foreign investors operating in Turkey. Accordingly, ADMD’s expertise assisting foreign investors is among the most prominent in the Turkish legal market.
In addition to a wide range of legal services that foreign investors may need, ADMD also acts as a guide to investors, assisting them in understanding the legal and economic environment of Turkey. ADMD supports its clients directly or with reliable referrals for any additional services that may be needed including virtual office formations, outsourced accounting and tax submissions.
ADMD is among the few law offices with a corporate consultancy background, proudly stating litigation as one of its strong suits. ADMD handles cases in virtually all areas of trial practice and across a wide range of issues. ADMD’s litigation department is well equipped to handle any type of inquiry and aggressively pursue and promote the interests of foreign investor clients in any dispute and before all available venues. ADMD has an open office policy for its litigation services. It works closely with its foreign investor clients and keeps them informed at all stages. The wide range of litigation services is not limited to but includes corporate and commercial litigation, breach of contracts, product liability and consumer protection, torts, labour and employment, white-collar crime, real estate and construction disputes, tax, regulatory and administrative fines and measures.
Members of ADMD have gathered experience in auditing and accounting firms and are therefore able to offer tax services to clients with a sophisticated legal approach. ADMD helps clients to coordinate their affairs with tax administrations, including obtaining official case-based opinions and clearances.
ADMD has a solid reputation as one of the most prominent and efficient legal service providers for the purposes of hotel franchising and management agreements. In the field of hospitality, ADMD assists hotels and resorts, restaurants, nightclubs, spas and relevant services, and product suppliers.
|Banking, finance and capital markets||Orhan Yavuz Mavioglu|
|Corporate and M&A||Mine Tamusta|
|Dispute resolution||Duygu Alkan|
|IT and telecoms||Kardelen Lule|
|Intellectual property||Nihan Ucer|
|Media and entertainment||Kardelen Lule|
|Project finance/projects||Orhan Yavuz Mavioglu|
|Real estate and construction||Nihan Ucer|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 49 at this office : 24
MembershipsAsociacion Europea de Abogados (AEA) International Bar Association (IBA) International Law Office (ILO) Istanbul Bar and Turkish Bar Association Istanbul Arbitration Centre
OtherOther offices : Ankara Other offices : Antalya Other offices : Bursa Other offices : Izmir
At ADMD, we do our best to welcome different people from different cultures and different faiths in our management and staff in order to create a more welcoming and understanding environment. We represent clients from all around the World and appreciate the value they bring along for further developing our minds.
ADMD is committed to creating an environment of inclusion and belonging for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expression. We also try to be a firm that recognizes and harnesses talents and abilities of people with disabilities.
ADMD believes that protecting the environment is a duty of all. We try to promote and create an environment friendly workplace, taking measures like encouraging electronic transmission of documents, recycling and efficiency of power consumption.
At ADMD, acting honesty, ethically and responsibly is the main goal. We are not lawyers who would do anything for a purpose, will always speak up for justice and equality and will abide by the highest applicable professional standards and the law.
With only a few exceptions based on client emergencies throughout a year, members of ADMD do not work on weekends, our has an 8-hour workday policy and none of our staff is mandated or encouraged to stay for overtime for over 3 hours per week.
All members and partners of ADMD are proficient in English, and they are capable of providing bilingual legal services. The partners of ADMD have extensive experience in international consulting and accounting firms previously in their careers. This allows ADMD to be more competent in aiding foreign clients to accomplish their objectives effectively, not only with the depth and scope of diligent legal services, but also with the understanding of the economic and political environment of Turkey.
ADMD has extensive legal expertise and a great track record in helping foreign investments to be smooth and efficient processes. More than 65% of ADMD’s clients are foreign investors operating in Turkey with headquarters at 55 different countries. Accordingly, ADMD’s expertise assisting foreign investors is among the most prominent in the Turkish legal market.
ADMD is a member of various and wide service networks such as AEA, International Bar Association, UAE Worldwide Business Consultancy, NTN Partners.
REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION
Real estate and construction is one of the most esteemed practices at ADMD and we offer a wide range of services.
Since Turkish construction and real estate sector is booming for the last ten years, legal consulting to construction projects has been one of our strong suits among ADMD’s practices. Our members are experienced in handling multifaceted transactions, involving billions of dollars of construction for numerous projects containing complex phasing. We provide support to our clients on all legal aspects of a construction project, from the initial drafting of the contracts, to post-construction deals and dispute resolution. Our lawyers can assist for drafting contracts for planning, design, engineering, program, project and construction management and we provide services for preparation of bidding documents, sales and leasing procedures and any and all related subjects in relation with constructions including zoning, financing and securitization details.
We assist our clients for real estate due diligence as well, and we offer efficient service packages for foreign investors interested in Turkish real estate market. In addition to traditional real estate leasing services, we are experienced in providing consolidated support for commercial real estate projects and building management. Accordingly, we assist many of such projects where our members deal with all lease and rent related issues for the purposes of execution, maintenance, collection and eviction.
Turkey welcomes around 30 million international tourists every year and it is the seventh most popular tourist location in the world. Turkey offers various features including tourism for the purposes of culture, leisure, health and business in all four seasons. Our real estate practice also co-exists with our hospitality, resort and timeshare services. Hospitality industry contains a wide range of services and needs to tackle many different legal issues as businesses. We assist our clients in this sector from purchasing land and securing permits for hotel development to drafting franchise agreements for chains. We serve to hotels and resorts, restaurants, nightclubs, spas and their service and product suppliers. Our services contain subjects such as drafting, negotiating and execution of franchise and management agreements, structuring of joint ventures, assisting to financing issues, development and planning of projects, construction, land use and zoning issues, issues of employment, drafting of rules for procurement and operational agreements and complex fiduciary, franchise and management litigation. ADMD has a solid reputation as one of the most prominent and efficient legal service providers for the purposes of hotel franchising and management agreements.
Since one of the biggest land vendors to the real estate sector is still the State in Turkey, our real estate practice also is interlinked with our privatization practice as well. ADMD is well qualified to assist clients in all stages of privatization including data-room and due diligence services, clearance, attendance, guarantee deposits and process of bidding in tenders, review and negotiations of takeover and concession agreements, structuring of new management following privatizations. We also offer litigation of privatization related disputes before commercial and administrative courts.
COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE AND M&A
Corporate and M&A is the largest practice at ADMD and the firm offers a very wide range of services. Lawyers of ADMD have abundant knowledge for drafting and assessing contracts and providing legal support. The firm offers a unique protective approach and refrains from ‘over-lawyering’ in contract drafting and negotiations and its experience in contract litigation gives it an insight to evaluate even the most negligible issues very carefully.
ADMD has an impeccable record of accomplishment to help foreign investments to run smooth and efficient processes and almost 70% of its clients are foreign investors operating in Turkey. The firm acts as a guide for investors assisting them to understand the legal and economic environment of Turkey.
ADMD handles dozens of M&A deals every year and assist to a variety of issues regarding asset sales, stock sales, reverse, exit or cash-out mergers, leveraged buy-outs, employee stock options, venture capital transactions, strategic alliances and joint ventures. Its members are extremely experienced in drafting, negotiation and execution services for share transfers and corporate bureaucracy, pre and post deal due diligence services, M&A tax structuring and deal closings including escrow arrangements. The firm also has an unparalleled expertise in compliance issues. Services include structuring of operational procedures in regulated businesses, adaptation for cross-border transactions, compliance requirements for mergers and acquisitions, review and revision of standardized business contracts and formats, assessment of operations, coding, billing, recording and accounting practices.
The firm’s practice contains services such as structuring of operational procedures in regulated businesses, adaptation for cross-border transactions, compliance requirements for mergers and acquisitions, review and revision of standardized business contracts and formats, assessment of operations, coding, billing, recording and accounting practices.
ADMD offers legal services specifically tailored for online businesses. These services include; structuring of internet start-up companies, handling issues in relation with spam mail, fraud, defamation, unfair competition and false advertisement over the internet, unauthorized access and hacking of systems and websites, issues of online domain, trademarks and copyrights, establishment of online subscription systems, protection of private and personal information submitted on the internet, service standard commitments by online companies and infrastructure providers, online payment models, viral and regular advertisement and placements on the internet etc. ADMD also offers intellectual property services including copyrights and licensing for specialized needs of online publishers, social media platforms and ecommerce companies.
ADMD has been extremely active in the field of privatizations as well and is qualified to assist clients in all stages of privatizations including data-room and due diligence services, clearance, attendance, guarantee deposits and process of bidding in tenders, review and negotiations of takeover and concession agreements, structuring of new management following privatizations.
ADMD also offers additional corporate services including virtual office formations, corporate secretary services, company management services on fiduciary basis, supervision and reporting of accounting and tax submissions through outsourced CPA’s etc. and it offers documentary services such as research and review of any litigation records, administrative files, commercial registrations, independent agency rulings.
Legal Developments22nd March 2018
Joint-stock companies with a registered capital equal to 5 (five) times or more of the minimum amount stipulated in Article 272 of the Turkish Commercial Code and building cooperatives with a membership number of 100 (one-hundred) or more are obliged to have/employ a contracted lawyer. Legal entities failing to comply with the provisions of this paragraph will be penalized by public prosecutors with a fine in the gross amount of one month’s minimum wage, effective for workers in the industrial sector older than sixteen years of age on the date of the crime, for each month spent without a lawyer under contract.
7th December 2017
With the Statutory Decree No.671 dated August 17, 2016, and the recent changes with Regulations No.29987 and No.29824 on Regulation Regarding an Amendment on Placement to Open Punishment Execution Facilities effecting execution of the Law No.5275 on Punishment Execution Law has introduced significant changes.
31st October 2017
Law No. 7036 Code of Labor Courts (‘Law’) published in the Official Gazette No. 30221 dated October 25, 2017; introduced fundamental changes in the settlement of labor disputes and abrogated the previous law on the subject Law No. 5521. The radical changes implemented with the Law No. 7036 are summarized below.
31st October 2017
The employees are entitled to terminate their employment contracts, whether the contract is for a definite or indefinite period, before its expiry or without having to observe specified notice periods in case of serious and important reasons determined in the Article 24 of the Labor Law No. 4857 (the “Labor Law”).
10th October 2017
Regional Courts of Appeals started to operate as from July 20, 2016 and the Turkish Legal System adopted one more instance to its two (2) instance system, being transformed to a three (3) stage system.
In the new system, Regional Courts of Appeals operates as second instance and the Supreme Court of Appeals is the third instance.
27th July 2017
Law on Pledges over Movable Property in Commercial Transactions No. 6750 is published in the Official Gazette No. 29871 and dated October 28, 2016 and entered into force as of January 1, 2017. Law on Pledges over Movable Property in Commercial Transactions No. 6750 abolished the Commercial Enterprise Pledges Law No. 1447 and dated July 21, 1971 and introduced many new innovations to movable pledges. However, Commercial Enterprise Pledges Law No. 1447 will remain applicable for commercial enterprise pledges that are already established before 1 January 2017.
There are some similar implementations between immovable pledges (mortgages) in the Turkish Civil Code and non-delivery movable pledges in commercial transactions. The main purpose of this law could be stated as to increase the use of non-delivery movable pledge rights as assurance and facilitating the access to sources of financing for the Small Medium Enterprise’s (“SME”)
3rd January 2017
Turkey adopted a new regulation for personal and private data protection.