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BTS & Partners

IT and telecoms Tier 1

BTS & Partners advises clients on the full range of IT and telecoms matters including regulatory issues, consumer and e-commerce law, data protection, compliance, GDPR, employment, fintech projects, banking and finance, and corporate matters. Co-head of team Yasin Beceni is experienced in advising governments, NGOs and academic institutions on IT law. Tuğrul Sevim, who specialises in contracts and litigation, and newly promoted partner Batu Kınıkoğlu, who focuses on data protection and privacy, also co-head the team. Clients include Microsoft, British Telecom, Turkcell, Turkish Airlines and Akbank. Yücel Hamzaoglu left for HAMZAOĞLU & Partners.

Media and entertainment Tier 1

BTS & Partners advises clients on advertising, marketing, e-commerce, consumer law, content regulations, copyright and contentious matters. The team continues to advise Microsoft on the compliance of internet sales, online content regulation, advertising and contentious matters. Other clients include Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram and British American Tobacco. Yasin Beceni heads the team. Zeynep Ünlü was promoted to senior managing counsel. Director Yücel Hamzaoglu left to co-found HAMZAOĞLU & Partners.

Employment Tier 3

BTS & Partners advises on terminations, regulatory compliance, reorganisations, restructurings, drafting and negotiation of contracts and agreements, data privacy matters and general day-to-day employment matters. Selin Beceni and newly promoted senior managing counsel Zeynep Ünlü head the team. Clients include Sabre, CSRA, Agito and Wirecard.

Intellectual property Tier 4

BTS & Partners provides strategic and regulatory advice to mainly IT and pharmaceuticals companies and handles both copyright and trade marks matters. Yasin Beceni, Tugrul Sevim and Batu Kınıkoğlu head the team. Selin Beceni is another name to note.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
E-commerce Tugrul Sevim
E-commerce Ecem Gündüz
Entertainment, media and advertisement Tugrul Sevim
Entertainment, media and advertisement Ecem Gündüz
ICT infrastructure and outsourcing Yasin Beceni
ICT infrastructure and outsourcing Tugrul Sevim
Employment Selin Beceni
Employment Zeynep Unlu
Risk management Yasin Beceni
Risk management Selen Ugur
Payment systems Tugrul Sevim
Payment systems Çagla Nizam
Social media Yasin Beceni
Social media Selen Ugur
Telecommunications Tugrul Sevim
Telecommunications Batu Kinikoglu
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Yasin Beceni photo Yasin Beceni
Mrs Selin Beceni  photo Mrs Selin Beceni
Mr Tugrul Sevim  photo Mr Tugrul Sevim
Mr Tuğrul Sevim  photo Mr Tuğrul Sevim
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.