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BTS & Partners
ESENTEPE MAH.
23 TEMMUZ SOK. NO:2/1
34394 SISLI/ISTANBUL
Turkey

Turkey > IT and telecoms Tier 1

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.

Turkey > Media and entertainment Tier 1

BTS & Partners has a strong focus on the media and entertainment industries, particularly as these spaces have become more and more intertwined with technology. Several major multinationals, including Instagram and Apple, look to the firm for advice on compliance and setting up operations in Turkey. Overseeing the practice are commercial IT law expert Yasin Beceni, ‘top data privacy lawyerTuğrul Sevim, Selin Beceni, a corporate and M&A lawyer with recent experience advising social media companies on internet law amendments, and Zeynep Ünlü, who acts for multinationals on a range of transactional and non-transactional work and is particularly well versed in the IT sector.

Practice head(s):

Yasin Beceni; Selin Beceni; Tuğrul Sevim; Zeynep Ünlü

Other key lawyers:

Erdem Aslan; Kubra Curuksulu

Testimonials

‘Quick, pragmatic approach instead of long legal memorandums.’

‘The team is very responsive and provides top-quality advice.’

‘Zeynep Ünlü is a great expert in her field.’

‘The team is very experienced in data privacy-related matters, with a particular focus on the TMT sector.’

‘Tuğrul Sevim is the top data privacy lawyer in the country.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Instagram

DAZN Group

Digiturk

Bigo

IAB

Apple

Linkedin

Work highlights

  • Advised Microsoft on online content media and advertisement regulations in relation to its online services such as MSN, Bing and the Xbox network.
  • Advised Apple on the effects of online broadcasting regulations relating to Apple TV services.
  • Assisted Instagram with its compliance efforts in relation to recently enacted social media regulations.

Turkey > Compliance Tier 2

TMT specialists BTS & Partners supports a heavyweight client list of multinationals on their continued compliance with Turkish regulatory bodies, as well as investigations by the competition authority. Data protection is an area of strength and a key one for the firm's client base, while its services in cybersecurity and fintech regulations also stand out. A sizeable team share leadership of the department, with managing partner Yasin Beceni and managing associate Erdem Aslan particularly noted.

Practice head(s):

Yasin Beceni; Tugrul Sevim; Selin Beceni; Zeynep Unlu; Susen Aklan; Erdem Aslan

Other key lawyers:

Kaan Can Akdere

Testimonials

‘Members of BTS Legal supports whenever we need. When there is an urgent issue, they are available and help with the advice. We are working with them as the team members of our Company. If there is a need, we can join to the meetings together due to urgency of the topic. Therefore they are different from other advisory firms as it feels like a part of our team in a Company.’

‘BTS and Partners is one of the best law firms in Turkey in Data Protection Law. At the same time, they provide easy access to fast and qualified answers.’

‘Accessibility, whenever we are in need we can access to Tugrul Sevim and Kaan Can Akdere, for urgent cases such as data breaches, when you have to notify the breach in 72 hours accessibility is vital.’

‘BTS team has a deep sectoral specialization especially in data protection law and electronic commerce. The team is strictly following the related law amendments and personal data protection board resolutions. The team has not only provided legal advice but also commercial instructions when needed.’

‘We are always working with the same associate in BTS team. Therefore, such associate has a extensive knowledge on our projects and is able to relate different processes.’

‘BTS & Partners have become the prominent Turkish law firm to deal with compliance matters especially on e-commerce, data privacy and alternative electronic payment methods.’

‘Yasin Beceni is the responsible partner and Erdem Aslan is the managing associate we work with. Erdem has been an excellent business partner for us. Very adaptive to our needs and very responsive – he has led BTS’ team extremely well in guiding us through a number of projects, investigations and on day-to-day critical compliance issues.’

‘High quality of people. Excellent strategic partnership and collaboration.’

Key clients

Mastercard

Amazon Web Services

Sodexo Avantaj ve Ödüllendirme Hizmetleri

BSH Ev Aletleri

Samsung Turkey

Türkiye İş Bankası

Koç Holding and Group Companies

Doğuş Holding

Pegasus Airlines

Bitpanda

Yapı ve Kredi Bankası

Baxter

L’Oreal

LC Waikiki

Mercedes

Lenovo

P&G

Orrick

Bird&Bird

Work highlights

  • Assisting Mastercard with compliance of all its products with Turkish laws from the perspective of a wide spectrum of regulations, including competition, fintech and data protection.
  • Advising Amazon Web Services on the legislative, regulatory, and administrative developments with an effect on the sector.
  • Advising Samsung Turkey on its compliance with the Turkish personal data legislations, including its inter-group activities.

Turkey > Employment Tier 3

BTS & Partners is particularly singled out for its understanding of the ‘specific features of advising start-ups and tech companies’. The department is headed by Selin Beceni and Zeynep Unlu, who also specialises in IT & Telecoms as well as IP. The advises international clients on their domestic operations, mainly employment terminations, regulatory compliance, reorganisations and restructuring work. In addition, the practice receives a significant amount of referral work from its international network.

Practice head(s):

Selin Beceni; Zeynep Unlu

Testimonials

‘Strong knowledge of employment law in Turkey.’

‘Zeynep was instrumental in finding a solution to settle the case. She is an ultimate problem solver. Her availability and response times were second to none. She has a broad expertise in software industry and HR related matters.’

‘Selin Beceni is always available and provides an excellent service to our international clients.’

‘BTS are always very responsive and commercial with their advice and we always use them for Turkish law queries. They are very highly rated by our team.’

‘The team fully understands the specific features of advising start-ups and tech companies.’

‘BTS employment team has outstanding industry understanding and knowledge of technology. They have technical and constantly up-to-date skills, high response times and service levels.’

‘Zeynep is exceptional with her clarity, particular attention to the client’s business and knowledge of the sector. She stands out for her authority and competence in the regulatory field.’

‘Expertise in software development industry (IP, licensing, business partnerships, contracts) and multi-lingual experience in contracts.’

Key clients

ACCO Brands (Esselte Leitz)

Avanti

Bitpanda

British Telecom

Enocta

Genpact

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Razer

RTB House

Russell Reynolds Associates

Sabre

Work highlights

  • Advising British Telecom on the due establishment, development and adjustment of employment law practices and policies.
  • Advising Orrick in the context of the transforming business needs of the business environment in Turkey.  
  • Advising Genpact on employment law matters in Turkey.

Turkey > Intellectual property Tier 4

The firm: BTS & Partners is the leading law firm in the sectors where technology plays a key role in operations. Over the last 15 years, the vision of BTS & Partners has been to assist its clients with navigating their way through their business’ technological transformation. Today’s businesses are disrupted by the digital technologies and each economic actor in the global economy should be adopting digital technologies’ benefits and realities into their current operations and outlook. In order to achieve its vision, BTS & Partners is closely following the regulatory developments not only in Turkey, but also the EU and the US.

BTS & Partners is the only law firm that has specific expertise and experience in the field of technology in Turkey, and is the market leader on regulations on several matters in this regard. This vision provides an advantage which allows BTS & Partners to differentiate its services from other law firms. In addition to its legal activities, the firm’s founding partners Yasin Beceni and Tugrul Sevim are actively working with NGOs and also teaching at universities. Alongside its close following of the international regulatory developments, such NGO and academic activities enables BTS & Partners to have an awareness level of the upcoming regulations in Turkey and allows the firm to quickly adapt its service scale to meet the needs of clients under the new regulatory regime. BTS & Partners is flexible about diversifying its services to create innovative service lines for its clients.

Considering that technology plays a key role in almost every sector, the clientele scale of BTS & Partners has increased enormously in the last three years and the demands of clients have expanded to practice areas other than ICT and regulatory advice. In this respect, BTS & Partners has immediately adapted its team to one that is eligible to provide services in such areas and has delivered the high-quality standards its clients are accustomed to receiving in ICT and regulatory advice. The firm hired a strong employment and corporate law team led by a partner in early 2015, and such an act has scaled the profile of BTS & Partners with its clients and facilitated more work by qualifying the firm as one of general practice – not just a boutique firm working in a sophisticated area of law.

Areas of practice: BTS & Partners focuses on providing solution-oriented and advocacy-led legal services driven by the needs of its clients. It draws upon considerable expertise to meet clients’ needs, particularly regarding emerging areas of law, with an academic approach and focus on the information and communication technologies (ICT) and telecommunications sector.

BTS & Partners’ cutting-edge, innovative vision and client-focused services have led to a proven track record of going beyond the conventional approach to maximise the success of its clients. Always striving to create essential added value, BTS & Partners has introduced new legal methodologies for preventive and proactive legal services in the IT and telecommunications sector, IP-driven companies, and investors in Turkey. One of the firm’s key assets is its ability to provide clients with strategic and legal decision-making support. The firm attributes great importance to understanding its clients’ business and strategic objectives, creating strategies tailored to achieve clients’ goals, and providing bespoke guidance throughout the execution and implementation phases of those strategies.

By leveraging its sector-specific know-how, BTS & Partners has evolved into a specialised technology law firm with a prestigious client portfolio that includes international governments, Fortune 500 companies, non-governmental organisations and expanding domestic clients in the Turkish ICT sector.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate and commercial Selin Beceni
Corporate and commercial Okan Arican
Mergers and acquisitions Selin Beceni
Mergers and acquisitions Zeynep Unlu
Venture capital and private equity Selin Beceni
Venture capital and private equity Okan Arican
Data protection and privacy Yasin Beceni
Data protection and privacy Erdem Aslan
Deployment and development of new products Tugrul Sevim
Deployment and development of new products Zeynep Unlu
E-commerce Tugrul Sevim
E-commerce Melis Mert
Entertainment, media and advertisement Tugrul Sevim
Entertainment, media and advertisement Erdem Aslan
ICT infrastructure and outsourcing Yasin Beceni
ICT infrastructure and outsourcing Tugrul Sevim
Employment Selin Beceni
Employment Zeynep Unlu
Risk management Yasin Beceni
Risk management Erdem Aslan
Payment systems Tugrul Sevim
Payment systems Kaan Can Akdere
Social media Selin Beceni
Social media Cagdas Cizer
Telecommunications Tugrul Sevim
Telecommunications Erdem Aslan
Intellectual property rights Tugrul Sevim
Intellectual property rights Melis Mert
IPR management and strategies Tugrul Sevim
IPR management and strategies Melis Mert
Domain name disputes Yasin Beceni
Domain name disputes Kubra Curuksulu
IP litigation Selin Beceni
IP litigation Kubra Curuksulu
Regulatory and technical compliance Yasin Beceni
Regulatory and technical compliance Zeynep Unlu
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Zeynep  Ünlü photo Zeynep Ünlü
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Number of lawyers and consultants : 30

BTS Solicitors partners GC Academy

The world has gone remarkable progress since the early 2000s. Information and communication technologies, which emerged in the second half of the 1970s and has improved stunningly fast, has now become the main element of economic and social life. Information and communication technologies was first a contributor to the economic and social development, then became a booster, and now has reached the position of being a determinant. It is no longer possible to think of a modern life and economy without information and communication technologies.