Firm Profile > BTS & Partners > Istanbul, Turkey
BTS & Partners Offices
23 TEMMUZ SOK. NO:2/1
BTS & Partners > The Legal 500 Rankings
IT and telecoms Tier 1
BTS & Partners specialises in IT and telecoms work, and advises major international clients including Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple on a continuous basis, with matters including regulatory developments and compliance, transactions, data protection, and digital transformation projects. A broad team offers a range of expertise, with senior partner Yasin Beceni well-regarded for his expertise in procurement and broad ICT law issues, regularly advising the public sector. Tuğrul Sevim specialises in IT and telecoms contracts, litigation, and e-commerce. Selin Beceni focuses on transactions, while Zeynep Ünlü advises multinational tech-focused businesses on a range of corporate matters. Batu Kınıkoğlu joined Hamzaoglu Hamzaoglu Kinikoglu Attorney Partnership.
Yasin Beceni; Tugrul Sevim; Selin Beceni; Zeynep Unlu
‘BTS has been a valued partner of ours for years. It is by far the best technology firm in Turkey. Its partners are consistently top-notch, and they understand not only the law but the legal context for complex matters facing technology companies. The advice of the firm is timely, business-focused and comprehensive.’
‘Yasin Beceni is a superb lawyer who is constantly on top of new developments in Turkey, and is generous with his time and energy. His advice is consistently business-focused and clear, and he is able to look around corners and advise clients about potential issues that may be developing.’
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Koç Group of Companies
Türkiye İş Bank
Media and entertainment Tier 1
BTS & Partners works with global media giants such as DAZN and Microsoft, as well as Turkish subsidiaries, publishers, and entertainment clients. The firm has a strong record in the IT sector, and in particular social media, advising on content regulations, block access issues, and representing clients before Turkish courts in contentious regulatory matters. The team also works on large-scale digital projects, advertising, and market analytics. The practice is led by Yasin Beceni, a commercial IT specialist; Tuğrul Sevim, who handles intellectual property, contracts, and telecoms issues; and Zeynep Ünlü, who advises on procurement and transactions.
Yasin Beceni; Tugrul Sevim; Zeynep Unlu
Compliance Tier 2
Tech-focused firm BTS & Partners advises clients on a wide range of compliance issues, spanning competition law, IT and telecoms regulations, and data protection. The team advises tech-focused clients on broad compliance and corporate issues, but also advises a number of international corporates, such as Shell and Mastercard, on data protection and tech-related projects. Particular areas of expertise include privacy, cybersecurity, and fintech. Key figures in the team include managing partner Yasin Beceni and highly-praised IT lawyer Tuğrul Sevim, though all team members handle compliance work.
Yasin Beceni; Tugrul Sevim; Selin Beceni; Batu Kınıkoğlu; Zeynep Unlu
‘BTS has the biggest range of clients in data privacy compliance which gives them a unique position to have the best understanding of the problems, solutions and where this area will evolve. ’
‘Tugrul Sevim, a great combination of knowledge and attitude. The best practitioner in his field. ’
‘BTS has a good reputation based on a good understanding of the digital business environment, a strong work experience and a good international mindset/perspective.’
‘Yasin Beceni is the partner we work with the most. He is very collaborative and responsive.’
Amazon Web Services
Bayer Türk Kimya
Shell & Turcas Petrol
Türkiye İş Bankası
Employment Tier 3
With a consistent pipeline of referrals from its international network, BTS & Partners advises a number of international businesses on their Turkish employment issues, often on a continuous basis. Matters include contracts, termination proceedings, outsourcing, benefits, and internal policy reviews. The firm is also active in supporting domestic and international tech clients. The team is lead by corporate employment specialist Selin Beceni, alongside IT and IP-focused senior associate Zeynep Ünlü.
Selin Beceni; Zeynep Unlu
‘They are quick at responding and good at problem solving. Their knowledge of the law is very comprehensive.’
‘The team is always up-to-date in regards to the recent changes in local regulations. Additionally, they have always been responsive when we required feedback and recommendations on short notice.’
Erickson Immigration Group
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Russell Reynolds Associates
Intellectual property Tier 4
IT-focused firm BTS & Partners advises companies with a nexus to the tech industry on Turkish intellectual property considerations, including transactional issues, contracts, copyright and trade mark enforcement, and issues relating to employee inventions. The firm also represents clients in IP litigation. Experienced IT and tech lawyers Yasin Beceni and Tuğrul Sevim lead the team following the departure of Batu Kınıkoğlu to Hamzaoglu Hamzaoglu Kinikoglu Attorney Partnership.
Yasin Beceni; Tugrul Sevim
‘Accessibility and expertise’
‘Mr. Yasin Beceni is really professional, solution oriented and reachable. These are the key points that make him stand out.’
‘Professional team, active and reactive answers, clear and practical advice.’
Microsoft Corp. and Microsoft Turkey
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
BTS & Partners > Firm Profile
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.
|Corporate and commercial||Selin Beceni|
|Corporate and commercial||Okan Arican|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Selin Beceni|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Zeynep Ünlü|
|Venture capital and private equity||Selin Beceni|
|Venture capital and private equity||Okan Arican|
|Data protection and privacy||Yasin Beceni|
|Data protection and privacy||Batu Kinikoglu|
|Deployment and development of new products||Tugrul Sevim|
|Deployment and development of new products||Batu Kinikoglu|
|Entertainment, media and advertisement||Tugrul Sevim|
|Entertainment, media and advertisement||Ecem Gündüz|
|ICT infrastructure and outsourcing||Yasin Beceni|
|ICT infrastructure and outsourcing||Tugrul Sevim|
|Risk management||Yasin Beceni|
|Risk management||Selen Ugur|
|Payment systems||Tugrul Sevim|
|Payment systems||Çagla Nizam|
|Social media||Yasin Beceni|
|Social media||Selen Ugur|
|Intellectual property rights||Tugrul Sevim|
|Intellectual property rights||Ecem Gündüz|
|IPR management and strategies||Tugrul Sevim|
|IPR management and strategies||Ecem Gündüz|
|Domain name disputes||Yasin Beceni|
|Domain name disputes||Selen Ugur|
|IP litigation||Selin Beceni|
|IP litigation||Selen Ugur|
|Regulatory and technical compliance||Yasin Beceni|
|Regulatory and technical compliance||Batu Kinikoglu|
LanguagesEnglish French German Turkish
OtherNumber of lawyers and consultants : 30
Press Releases10th November 2017
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