Firm Profile > Bozoglu-Izgi Attorney Partnership > Istanbul, Turkey

Bozoglu-Izgi Attorney Partnership
Seba Office Boulevard Ayaza?a Mah. Mimar Sinan Sk. No 21/D D:5
ISTANBUL
Turkey

Turkey > Compliance Tier 2

Bozoglu-Izgi Attorney Partnership advises clients on a range of regulatory compliance issues, including anti-corruption, antitrust, and advertising issues. The firm specialises in the life sciences sector, where it regularly advises healthcare and pharmaceuticals clients on issues such as patent rights, data protection and data exclusivity.  Elvan Sevi Bozoglu leads the practice, which provides regulatory compliance advice, representation in contentious matters, as well as in-house legal services via internal secondments.

Practice head(s):

Elvan Sevi Bozoglu

Testimonials

Life science legal specialists. Deep knowledge. Commercial , practical, efficient advice.

Every lawyer in Bozoğlu law firm is very fond of laws and issues.

Elvan Sevi Bozoglu has built an excellent relationship with our company in a short time and been proactive in how she and her team can support our Turkish operations. Real life sciences legal expert.

Key clients

Aksigorta

AbbVie

Nivea Beiersdorf Turkey

Nutricia

Herbalife Nutrition

Bayer

Bausch and Lomb

LR Health and Beauty

Edding

Banvit & BRF

Merck

Nutricia

AstraZeneca

Biomarin

İ.E. Ulagay

Astellas

Santa Farma

Omron

The Firm

Bozoğlu İzgi Attorney Partnership, founded by Elvan Sevi Bozoğlu and Mehmet Feridun İzgi in 2013, is a full-service law firm based in Istanbul, Turkey. Within couple of years, Bozoğlu İzgi became one of the most preeminent law firms of Turkey. This success was built on the founding partners’ harmony, mutual complementary legal knowledge, experience, vision, and courage. In a consistently challenging backdrop of economic, political, and social pressures within the country, the firm continued to expand its practice across key areas (clientele, HR, and finance) resulting in doubling its marketshare every year. Bozoğlu İzgi has secured an impressive number of prestigious local and international clients (see publishable and confidential client lists below) and all project-based work has been transformed into long-standing full-service engagements thanks to the quality client experience that Bozoğlu İzgi’s service offers.

Bozoğlu İzgi provides legal counselling and litigation services by offering carefully designed and practical legal solutions to even the most complex matters. The firm is committed to strengthening its clients’ commercial and ethical capabilities by blending the firm’s legal expertise with a strong understanding of sector’s dynamics and commercial derivatives. The firm’s strength is the collective awareness, the ability to produce quick but well-grounded opinions and take the necessary action.  What makes the firm different from other law firms is that Bozoğlu İzgi understands each industry regulation, the dynamics behind the new governmental moves, the connection of seemingly different regulations, while avoiding deep and theoretical legal discussions in time critical situations. The firm addresses any possible problem with the correct legal approach and to serve its clients with a complete focus on finding solutions.

Industry Focus

Life Sciences: Bozoğlu İzgi has many years’ experience in the life sciences industry with a particular focus in medical and pharmaceutical laws, medical devices laws, cosmetics laws, food laws and food supplement laws. Bozoğlu İzgi offers comprehensive legal support for national and international clients in all aspects of industry regulations affecting the life cycle of a product including R&D, pre-clinical and clinical research, licensing, toll manufacturing, pricing, design of market access and distribution, and legal strategy. The team provides its clients with dedicated day-to-day legal consultancy services for compliance with regulations concerning promotion, patient support programs, advertising law, health claims and consumer protection & product liability. With its specific industry focus, Bozoglu İzgi also provides risk mitigation oriented legal services not only about industry regulations and compliance, but also for design and implementation of strategies for protection of clients’ inventions, and compliance with anti-trust legislation. Services offered by Bozoğlu İzgi also extend to consultancy services for ethical relations with administrative authorities and regulatory bodies as well as evaluation of draft bills and assisting industry stake holders in advocacy activities. Bozoğlu İzgi is also in cooperation with a large network of regulatory consultants which enable its clients to find the right source of information and technical service providers.

Energy: Bozoğlu İzgi provides comprehensive consultancy services to its local and international clients in the energy sector – electricity, natural gas, LNG, petrol, and LPG industries, with its perspective developed by following the global changes in supply and demand of energy and its awareness of the energy transformation process, it’s deep knowledge, and years of experience. Bozoğlu İzgi provides legal consultancy in the project design, license, construction and post-construction stages of electricity generation plants, assisting its clients with transmission line contracts and project financing, and providing recommendations regarding electricity supply contracts, advisory on electricity market regulations and competition law regulations concerning the sector and represents its client before administrative bodies in connection with regulatory operations including processes involving EMRA. Bozoğlu İzgi also provides consultancy regarding renewable energy resources, especially on governmental incentives (namely YEKDEM) and its requirements, business start-up plans, licensing processes and ownership of license-related sites.

Direct Selling: Bozoğlu İzgi has a vast and sophisticated experience in direct selling activities and related legal regulations. Bozoğlu İzgi offers consultancy services for many national and international clients in the field of direct selling and multi-level marketing. These services extend to permission procedures, preparation of membership contracts, distribution agreements, legal consultancy regarding promotional activities, customs controls, product liability, and data protection. Relying on its sound experience in this field, Bozoğlu İzgi also supports its clients with their relationships with relevant administrative bodies. For example, Bozoğlu İzgi assists its client with entry to the market, obtaining/renewal of the Direct Selling Certificate for Sales Conducted Outside of Workplace, review/editing of commission schemes, tax regulation compliance, regulating relations between direct selling company and direct sellers, and review/editing of marketing brochures.

IT, Media, and E-Commerce: Bozoğlu İzgi assists clients seeking to be a part of the global digital economy while the need to comply with the complex, rapidly changing and in most cases cross jurisdictional legislation. Bozoğlu İzgi offers a wide range of legal services to all companies, using digital technologies to leverage their businesses concerning media and e-commerce regulations, personal data protection, electronic commercial messages regulations and assists its clients throughout related registration procedures. The team also helps the clients for management of relations with their tech-business partners and drafting related contracts. The team’s experiences also govern media and advertisement compliance law for promotional content – for example: commercials, films, videos or similar visuals. Bozoğlu İzgi offers its industry focus and cumulative knowledge to health-tech inventors, e-commerce companies and start-ups while also assisting with legal strategy and process design to align with the regulatory, and security needs of any company.

Areas of Practice

Compliance & Internal Investigations: Bozoğlu İzgi team offers its clients a customized and full package service for achieving compliance through effective systems.  The team provides legal assistance regarding systems strategy & design, implementation, training, and auditing. Having team members with different legal expertise and industry focus brings a multi-dimensional approach for the management and establishment of compliance systems across regulatory disciplines and agency practices. The team also has specific expertise regards compliance with anti-bribery & money laundering regulations as well as white collar crimes & corporate liability. The team not only provides advisory services, but also represents its clients in governmental & internal investigations and all related litigation procedures targeting risk mitigation. As the team involves lawyers with litigation experience and expertise, Bozoğlu İzgi is also the right firm for clients that are looking for a one-stop-shop for cases which involve the potential of litigation and asset recovery.

Dispute Resolution:  Bozoglu İzgi has extensive and multidimensional experience in litigation and dispute resolution with a special focus on industries such as life sciences, direct selling, energy, IT and media, insurance, food, and automotive. The Dispute Resolution team advises and represents local and international clients (cross border work focusing on regulatory and litigation matters). Bozoğlu İzgi utilizes its collective information and experience to take strategically correct decisions in the resolution of disputes for its clients. The team evaluates all options with a pragmatic approach and evaluates whether it is possible to solve matters with alternative measures and commercial methods, without the need for litigation procedures. Where procedures in case litigation are inevitable, Bozoğlu İzgi focuses on protecting the interests of its clients effectively and competently, with a solution-oriented mind-set.

Employment and Labour Litigation: Bozoğlu İzgi has unparalleled experience in employment law and labour litigation matters. Bozoğlu İzgi is aware of the fact that the success of human resources management relies on a well-designed labour contract, comprehensive internal laws and office regulations. The firm assist its local and international clients by successfully creating a compatible work environment in order to enhance the clients success in business life and to reach their strategic goals. By means of its consultancy services in the field of employment law, Bozoğlu İzgi assures that the strategic steps are taken to prevent any potential dispute that can arise between the employee and the employer. Bozoğlu İzgi offers effective services in handling all litigation procedures by referring to a court or mediator in case of disputes that cannot be amicably settled.

Corporate Law: Corporate law is one of the main areas of practice where Bozoğlu İzgi has offered these services since its establishment. Bozoğlu İzgi offers consultancy services in varying steps of corporate management. Drafting corporate agreements and shareholding contracts as well as designing control mechanisms, which are among the indispensable elements in the field of corporate management are among the major services it provides. The sphere of services provided by Bozoğlu İzgi include regular consultancy services for continuous operations such as organization of general assembly processes, appointment of board members, drafting of internal by-laws and circulars of signature. These services also cover the follow-up processes before trade registry offices, tax offices, provincial directorates of trade and similar agencies.

Mergers & Acquisitions: Bozoğlu İzgi provides consultancy services to its clients operating in a wide variety of sectors through the entire process of mergers and acquisitions of corporations including market entry assessments, incorporation, growth, close-down and merger/acquisition stages. The team also handles the negotiation processes and assists its clients with investment and project finance processes. Bozoğlu İzgi monitors the license/permit processes to be carried out before regulatory authorities in mergers & acquisitions.

Data Protection & Privacy: Bozoğlu İzgi monitors the legislation in both Turkey and Europe and offers legal consultation to its clients regarding data protection and privacy. Bozoğlu İzgi has vast experience and qualified teams when it comes to Data Protection Compliance Projects. With accomplished projects and a considerable pool of knowledge in terms of data transfer to abroad, security of digital data and reference data architectures in compliance with both European and Turkish legislation for IT systems, Bozoğlu İzgi represents and supports its clients in all processes, including compliance with personal data protection legislation, sustainable compliance and finding solutions in case of potential claims or disputes.

Contract Management: Bozoğlu İzgi contract management team enjoys a unique experience in drafting and reviewing a wide variety of agreements from almost all sectors. This experience covers an extensive area, such as EPC or electricity sales contracts unique to the energy sector or toll manufacturing and clinical trial contracts unique to the pharmaceutical industry and labour contracts, consultancy contracts, service contracts or lease contracts that companies from any sector might need. Bozoğlu İzgi is aware of the need for fast and reliable legal consultancy services in today’s fast-paced and complex and globalized business life. The team’s top priority is to be always accessible and to finalise contractual processes including negotiation as fast as possible with a solution-oriented mindset. Bozoğlu İzgi enjoys a service concept that is in harmony with commercial expectations of its clients. Where necessary, Bozoğlu İzgi attends meetings and negotiations and supports its clients in direct handling of negotiations.

Consumer Protection: Bozoğlu İzgi provides legal support to its national and international clients in the area of consumer protection law with its extensive experience. Bozoğlu İzgi represents its clients before Consumer Arbitration Committee and Consumer Courts. The team also drafts and supervise contracts for the sales of goods and services as well as similar agreements in line with applicable regulations, advises its clients regarding product liability, and ensures the clients are in compliance with the legislation. Another area in which the team assists its clients is the management of relations with consumers.

Anti-Trust Law: Bozoğlu İzgi’s anti-trust team represents national and international clients from diverse sectors in almost all areas of the anti-trust law and offers consultancy including litigation services in this area. Some of the services provided by the anti-trust team includes day-to-day consultancy support, submission of merger control filings, applications for individual exemption /negative clearance, managing processes within the scope of anti-trust reviews (on-site inspections, preliminary investigations and investigations) and representation of clients before the Competition Board. Bozoğlu İzgi team is also the correct address for the clients seeking to design and implement a custom-made compliance program as the team enjoys a unique experience regarding compliance and internal investigations. Accordingly, the team regularly offers in-house company trainings to ensure full compliance with the anti-trust legislation, provides internal audits and implements compliance programs.

Intellectual Property Law: Bozoğlu İzgi offers a wide range of services in the field of Intellectual Property Law with a particular emphasis on trademarks, patents, industrial designs, utility models and copyrights. In this context, registration of intellectual property rights, filing objections against registration applications, and providing legal support in important contract negotiation processes such as license and transfer of contracts are just a few of the services provided by Bozoğlu İzgi. Bozoğlu İzgi not only provides retailer consultancy services on intellectual property law, but also represents its clients in civil and criminal lawsuits. Developing the right strategies by taking into account the commercial needs of its clients, especially in settling complex disputes, puts Bozoğlu İzgi forward in the sector. High quality services offered by Bozoğlu İzgi in the field of intellectual property law are driven by its expertise in different sectors and its vision that always puts the client’s business interests ahead of other matters.

Divorce, Family Assets, Inheritance and Real Estate Management: Bozoğlu İzgi, with its extensive experience regarding Divorce, Family Assets, Inheritance and Real Estate Management and a solution-oriented approach, provides services to national and international clients in dispute resolution and contractual arrangements regarding issues such as family law, management of family assets, testamentary dispositions, sharing of inheritance, inheritance agreements and management, property regimes, alimony obligations, adoption, kinship and paternity, while placing a high degree of sensitivity to privacy and personal rights.

 

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Life Sciences, Direct Selling, Compliance & Internal Investigations, Anti-Trust, Data Protection & Privacy, Intellectual Property Law Elvan Sevi Bozoglu sevi.bozoglu@bi.legal +90 212 235 25 25
Energy, Corporate Law, Mergers&Acquisitions, Employment and Labour Litigation, Dispute Resolution Mehmet Feridun Izgi feridun.izgi@bi.legal +90 212 235 25 25
Divorce, Family Assets, Inheritance and Real Estate Management Bilge Güçsav bilge.gucsav@bi.legal +90 212 235 25 25
IT, Media and E-Commerce, Direct Selling, Dispute Resolution, Employment and Labour Litigation, Contract Management Necdet Can Artüz can.artuz@bi.legal +90 212 235 25 25
Life Sciences, Compliance & Internal Investigations, Consumer Protection, Dispute Resolution Deniz Özder Erler deniz.ozder@bi.legal +90 212 235 25 25
Photo Name Position Profile
 Mehmet Feridun İzgi  photo Mehmet Feridun İzgi Mehmet Feridun İzgi leads dispute resolution, corporate and employment law practices, with…
 Necdet Can Artüz  photo Necdet Can Artüz Necdet Can Artüz, as the managing associate, manages work flow of regulatory,…
 Elvan Sevi Fırat  photo Elvan Sevi Fırat Sevi Fırat regularly supports multinational companies including manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical…
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M. Feridun İzgi, Founding Partner

Founding Partner M. Feridun İzgi explains how the firm is providing all kinds of legal services to its multinational clientele operating in highly regulated sectors such as energy, life sciences, direct selling and insurance, and satisfy their ever-changing legal needs with its business-minded approach.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Bozoğlu-İzgi Attorney Partnership from your competitors?

Bozoğlu-İzgi Attorney Partnership was established in 2013 by two seasoned professionals, with extensive experience in law practice. Our industry-oriented expertise on energy, life-sciences and direct-selling industries helped us quickly earn a reputation as one of the top law firms in Turkey in our practice areas. Becoming our clients’ accessible partner for their complex legal needs by adopting client-focused services principle has been an essential goal for us since the very first day of establishment of Bozoğlu-İzgi Attorney Partnership. Our most prominent principle is to deliver timely and elaborate services to our clients. We believe that these principles provide great value to our clients’ processes and are easily distinguished by the clients. The most distinguishing feature of our firm is our approach to the work. We have created a system to optimize task allocation by prioritizing quality.

We acknowledge the importance of transparency, sincerity and accountability in commercial life while providing services and establishing relationships with our clients. Fair and equal approach to all our clients is an integral part of our approach. We are aware that our equal treatment principle is key to establish and sustain long term relationships with our clients. We are a team that believes in the rule of law, and one that closely follows global trends and tendencies. We acknowledge that the correct application of anti-corruption practices is an indispensable element enabling sustainable trade. We prioritize assisting our clients in establishing and following accurate and required legal protection mechanisms by considering their sensitivity with respect to internal compliance, as well as compliance with legislation.

In light of the necessity to implement an anti-corruption culture, we work as active members of prominent national and international communities. We acknowledge the significance of cost management and service efficiency for establishing sustainable relationships with our clients.

Now, just 6 years after our establishment, we are an internationally recognized law firm in Turkey due to our above-mentioned principles and our approach towards our clients. We are also a frequent publisher in a wide variety of internationally recognized periodicals and journals.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Our growing practices are M&A, IT & Data Protection, Competition & Regulatory and compliance and insurance law. The driving reasons for the growth of M&A practice are the growing demand from our clientele and the upward M&A trend in the Turkish energy industry arising from consolidation of energy projects and existing facilities. Spearheaded by my long-term industry experience from in-house work within a leading Turkish energy company, our Corporate and M&A team is advising national and multinational clients both domestically and across borders on energy-specific M&A, regulatory, environmental and litigation matters regarding large-scale infrastructure projects, including renewable (wind, solar, geothermal, biomass) and conventional (natural gas, coal) power generation facilities, with our significant capabilities in handling governmental affairs of the deals.

Our competition practice has significantly grown over the past year. One of the many driving reasons behind this success is our world-renowned expertise in government investigations. With our extensive experience in regulated markets we provide legal counselling to our clientele on a wide variety of matters from merger control clearances and government investigations to in-company trainings. We provide our clients, some of which are among the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies with in-company trainings regarding Turkish Competition Law. It goes without saying that we are also a preferred law firm for clients from other industries such as FMCG and direct selling. Over the past months, our firm advised its multinational clients regarding the competition aspects of their global agreements. Our main difference from other law firms in Turkey practicing competition law is our expertise in our core industries. With our deep-rooted knowledge regarding the sectoral dynamics of our core industries, we provide our clients with industry specific competition law perspective, which is crucial for companies operating in these highly regulated, challenging and ever-changing industries.

Another practice area which I see growing in the next 12 months is IT & Data Protection. The main reason behind this growth is the enactment of the Turkish Data Protection Law, namely KVKK. Over the past year we have continuously conducted data protection compliance projects with almost every one of our clients from the Life Sciences and direct selling industry thanks to our extensive experience and academic knowledge on data protection and privacy, going back before the newly enacted KVKK, equip us with the understanding to provide tailored solutions for our clients in terms of legal protection and remedies. We have been providing legal consultancy to many multinational pharmaceutical and medical device companies in terms of patient data privacy, which is of paramount importance for the Life Sciences industry, and we have been assisting our clients in their compliance with legislation including but not limited to R&D and clinical trial activities. We frequently deal with yet unanswered and complex data privacy and protection matters, sometimes not regulated by the developing data protection legislation of Turkey, and such issues require deep legal evaluation and specific industry. Considering the rising demand of our clients for our industry specific data privacy and data protection expertise, it appears that this area will increasingly continue to its growth.

Representing one of the leading insurance companies in Turkey, we have added another regulated sector to our field of activities and expanded our experience in regulated sectors with the insurance industry. Our team in this field has made a significant progress in making the insurance industry our fourth sectoral expertise in addition to the energy, life sciences and direct selling industries, by providing valuable services thanks to their expertise. In the next 12 months, we expect to meet the regulatory, data privacy and litigation needs of our clients in this field.

Renewable energy, which is of great importance from an environmental perspective, as well as in terms of supply security and reduction of fossil fuel dependence, will certainly continue to grow within the forthcoming years. Turkey has a very high potential in terms of wind and solar energy and there is a highly stable political commitment to benefit from this potential and to develop and produce renewable energy technologies in Turkey. We are of the opinion that investments and the support towards investors in this area will continue in Turkey even though supporting methods and mechanisms vary. Consequentially, we believe renewable energy will continue to be at the heart of the Turkish energy sector, as it were in previous years. In the next 12 months, we will continue to provide our clients with our extensive experience in the renewable energy sector by increasing our work load in this field.

Lastly, As Bozoğlu-İzgi Attorney Partnership, we have broad experience in FIDIC and EPC contracts used in the investment processes within energy sector. In line with that, we foresee an increasement in long-term electricity trade contracts, EFET contracts and conflicts arising therefrom in the energy sector.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

We have set up a team in charge of following up and reviewing all changes to major laws and relevant regulations for the purposes of keeping our knowledge up to date. We are creating tailored solutions and customized systems for every single one of our clients. We are identifying their legal needs and proactively take necessary actions. We do not send mass mailings in order to regularly promote our firm, instead, we are sending our clients specific and customized client alerts that they actually benefit from.

Another important method we use to benefit our clients is that we work in teams. We form teams to ensure the close monitoring and the highest level of efficiency in line with the needs of the clients. In this way, clients receive rapid response and projects are closely followed-up. Thanks to the technological tools that we use, we secure perfect follow-up and coordination of the team.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

In Bozoğlu-İzgi Attorney Partnership we have designed a full-service law firm which provides round-the-clock legal consultancy to our multinational clientele. Hence, we have created a vibrant workspace surrounded with all available technological tools for our lawyers in order for them to work more efficiently, with a view to provide the best service to our clients. We are constantly developing new ways to work smarter and ensure that technology works for us. We are using a variety of integrated software for time management and internal communication along with interaction with clients. We are using a special software to record and monitor performed tasks and manage our workflow. As a young and dynamic law firm, we constantly continue to invest in our IT infrastructure. We are not a closed-minded law firm which insists on being old fashioned. Our motto is Purpose over Profit, Networks over Hierarchies, Empowering over Controlling.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We often see that clients that become blunt during their work-flow. We provide our clients with a new perspective and a fresh opinion thanks to our transferable knowledge coming from our solid background in our core industries. A very significant example of the value we add to our clients’ businesses is that in almost every project we undertake in the energy sector, we offer solutions to our client and even to counterparties at points where the negotiations are blocked. By virtue of this approach, it is often possible to find remedies that fully satisfy the concerns of the all parties to the relationship. Recently, we have experienced examples of this during the negotiation process of a share transfer. Of course, recognizing and understanding key interests at this point requires deep sector knowledge. Our corporate and M&A team also supports our clients with their entrance to Turkish market by introducing them to local requirements, enabling them to proceed smoothly.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

All of our clients are looking for stability and strategic direction from us. We think that law practice is not only telling clients what to do or not to do, but also how to do it. We aim to increase our clients’ legal awareness by proactive, business-minded, result oriented, close follow up. We occupy ourselves with our clients’ problems.

One of the most challenging aspects for the law firms is being up to date in this emerging market and preserving a competitive edge in order to develop our strategic direction in the long term. We are very proud to have grown as we have over the last six years and to have received recognition for our work for our clients to date. In the next three years’ time we expect an exponential growth for our firm while maintaining our position as a well-established and reputable law firm that renders excellent services to its clients.