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Turkey

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein’s highly recommended Muhsin Keskin heads the banking and finance department, which handles the financing of transactions, Islamic finance, syndicated loans and regulatory matters. Another key strength of the practice is its experience in capital markets; in one recent highlight, the team advised Turkven Private Equity, the Akarlılar Family and Mavi Giyim on the $620m international and domestic offering of shares in Mavi Jeans. Other work included assisting a syndicate of 14 international and domestic lenders with loan facilities of $500m and TRY720m provided to VIP Turkey Enerji, a subsidiary of Vitol Investment. The firm’s client roster includes JP Morgan, Finansbank and Société Générale.

Leading individuals

Muhsin Keskin - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Eren Kurşun heads the corporate and M&A department at Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein, which handles day-to-day commercial and corporate advice, due diligence and complex cross-border transactions. Recent work includes assisting BRF with the $318.5m acquisition of a majority equity stake in Banvit. In other work, Duygu Turgut led advice to Rheinmetall on the establishment of a joint venture with the Turkish BMC and the Malaysian Etika Strategi, which plans to invest into the defence industry. The firm’s clients include Vestel Electronics, Abraaj Group and Hitachi. İsmail Esin and Muhsin Keskin are other core members of the practice.

Leading individuals

Eren Kurşun - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

İsmail Esin - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein covers the full array of competition work on behalf of multinational clients, including merger control filings, competition compliance, cartel investigations and dawn raids. Recent work includes representing Generali in the cartel investigation launched by the Turkish Competition Authority. The ‘innovative and practical’ Zümrüt Esin heads the team and ‘attentive and commercially savvy’ senior associate Sinan Diniz is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Zümrüt Esin - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Next generation lawyers

Sinan Diniz - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

The ‘excellent’ Birtürk Aydın heads the compliance and investigation practice at Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein and advises on the implementation of anti-corruption and compliance programs. The ‘highly competent’ team is experienced in transactional, corporate and financial compliance matters, as well as internal investigations. Recent highlights include being appointed compliance monitor by Gama Holding. The client roster includes Deutsche Lufthansa, PayPal Turkey and Hyundai.

Leading individuals

Birtürk Aydın - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

İsmail Esin heads the dispute resolution department at Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein, which handles cross-border arbitration and litigation arising from M&A and shareholder disputes. The litigation department, led by Koray Söğüt, is particularly active in matters related to commercial, tax and IP law. Sector-specific expertise includes energy, real estate and construction, and clients include local and international companies, such as Österreichische Post.

Leading individuals

İsmail Esin - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein advises multinational clients from multiple sectors, including banking, IT and life sciences, on day-to-day employment and immigration matters as well as litigation. Senior associate Sertaç Kökenek heads the department, following the departure of former practice head Nuri Bodur in May 2017.

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein’s energy department is jointly led by banking and finance expert Muhsin Keskin and corporate lawyer Duygu Turgut. The team advises banks, investors and companies from the oil and gas and renewables sectors on project finance, refinancing, agreements, contracts and regulatory law. Recent highlights include advising Odea Bank on a $25m project finance facility for the development of a biogas facility. Other clients include Gama Enerji, Petgaz and Arab Bank.

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Foreign firms
Foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has an alliance with Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein and a wealth of experience in contentious and non-contentious work, including cross-border M&A, private equity matters and IPOs. The team’s expertise also spans real estate, compliance, competition, tax and employment law. Managing partner İsmail Esin and corporate lawyer Eren Kurşun are the main contact figures.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein’s IT and telecoms practice is led by senior associate Can Sözer and advises on e-commerce and data protection matters. The team is also experienced in licensing and regulatory requirements, data privacy and corporate matters. Clients include n11, Yandex, Decathlon and well-known multinational companies from the IT and telecoms sectors. Former practice head Hakkı Can Yıldız departed to Dentons’ London office in January 2018.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein’s IP department is recommended for its ‘practical approach and commerciality’ and advises clients on trade mark infringement, enforcement and prosecution, portfolio management, copyright and transactional IP matters. Senior associate Mine Güner heads the team and ‘keeps up with both local and international changes in the sector’. Clients include Unilever, Hasbro and Swarovski.

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Project finance/projects
Project finance/projects - ranked: tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein has ‘in-depth knowledge of Turkish legislation and practice’ and handles project finance, regulations, M&A, contracts and agreements in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. Recent activity includes advising Alacer Gold and Alagold on the $350m facility for the expansion of the Çöpler gold mine. Other clients include Siemens, Gama Enerji and DEG. Duygu Turgut jointly heads the practice with Muhsin Keskin, who is recommended for his ‘promptness, industry knowledge and experience’.

Leading individuals

Muhsin Keskin - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein’s real estate and construction practice is led by Birtürk Aydın, who advises on real estate M&A, contracts, lease agreements and regulatory compliance. The firm is particularly active in the hotel sector, as evidenced by its recent advice to Marriott Hotel on the negotiation and execution of a franchise agreement with Dorak Holding regarding a hotel building in Cappadocia.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Erdal Ekinci heads the tax department at Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein and is recommended for his ‘depth of industry knowledge and ability to analyse along multiple angles’. The team advises international clients from a multitude of sectors, including IT, finance and healthcare, on tax planning, inspections and litigation. Another strong feature of the firm’s tax advisory practice is its experience in the due diligence aspects of transfer pricing and M&A deals. Senior associate Güneş Helvacı is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Erdal Ekinci - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Next generation lawyers

Güneş Helvacı - Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

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Legal Developments by:
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  • The New Turkish Code of Obligations: Important Changes for Leases of Residential & Business Premises

    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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Legal Developments in Turkey

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  • Turkish DPA Warns with Principle Decision on Promotional Communications

    On November 1, 2018, Personal Data Protection Board ("Board"), acting under the Personal Data Protection Authority, published its principle decision with number 2018/119 in the Official Gazette, which then corrected on November 7, 2018 ("Decision"). Board's Decision is regarding prevention of promotional notifications, e-mail messages, text messages and calls that data subjects might receive from data controllers and data processors.
  • Quarterly Update on Trade Defense Cases in Turkey (December 2018)

    In Turkey, the authority to initiate dumping or subsidy examinations, upon complaint or, where necessary, ex officio , is given to the Ministry of Trade ("Ministry"). Within the scope of this authority, the Ministry announces its decisions with the communiqués published on the Official Gazette.
  • Capital Markets Board Announces the Draft Communiqué on Crowdfunding

    In September 2018, the Capital Markets Board (" CMB ") had issued an announcement on its website, declaring that a secondary legislation for crowdfunding was underway.
  • Turkey Aligns its Medical Device Regulation with the EU Regulation

    In May 2017, Regulation (EU) 2017/745 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2017 on medical devices (" EU Regulation ") entered into force, stipulating a transition period for medical device manufacturers to comply with the EU Regulation by May 2020.
  • Opinion of the Court of Cassation on the Contention of Expert Opinion and Expert Report

    The notion of Expert Opinion, which entered into our law through the Code of Civil Procedure ("CCP"), has been a frequently resorted to method of helping to resolve disputes by the parties in our judicial system over the course of time...
  • Arrest of Ships under Turkish Law

    The general principles on maritime enforcement are set out in Turkish Commercial Code ("TCC") numbered 6102. On the other hand, Turkey has ratified the International Convention on Maritime Liens and Mortgages, signed in Geneva on 6 May 1993 and the International Convention on the Arrest of Ships, signed in Geneva on 12 March 1999 and both conventions have been come into force on 25 March 2017. The provisions of these two conventions have already been taken into consideration by the drafting committee of the code, and the relevant provisions have been incorporated into the TCC in preparing the same. This newsletter reviews the principles and provisions stipulated in the TCC for the arrest of ships.  
  • Decision of the Court of Cassation General Assembly on the Unification of Judgments holding that an

    In civil procedural law, a ban on the expansion and alteration of a claim and defense comes with two exceptions; the other party's consent, and "the amendment". The parties may completely or partially amend their proceedings prior to the end of the investigation phase. Provided that the legal requirements are fulfilled, an amendment may be filed without the consent of the other party or the court, since it is a unilateral and express declaration of will directed at the court 1. For instance, the parties may amend the value of the claim, or claim compensation, instead of payment in kind for defective goods.
  • Share Pledges in Joint Stock Companies

    Share pledges in joint stock companies are not specially regulated under the Turkish Commercial Code ("TCC"). Therefore, the provisions of the Turkish Civil Code that regulate the general rule regarding pledges, shall apply. Under Turkish Civil Code Article 954, transferable receivables and other rights may be subject to pledge. The pledge established on a share in joint stock companies is a "pledge right established on the right." A pledge is established on shareholding rights. A pledge on receivables and rights is subject to the principles of movable pledges. (Turkish Civil Code Article 954/2).
  • Updated FIDIC Contracts

    International Federation of Consulting Engineers that is known by the abbreviation of FIDIC (Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Counseils) launched updated Red Book (the Conditions of Contract for Works of Civil Engineering Construction), Yellow Book (the Conditions of Contract for Plant and Design-Build)) and Silver Book (the Conditions of Contract for EPC/Turnkey Projects) in the "International Contract Users Conference," organized in London in December of 2017...
  • Recent Developments in the Right of Access to Files

    The parties of an investigation that is conducted in accordance with the Act on the Protection of Competition No. 4054 ("Competition Act") may enjoy the right to access the files concerning them that are drawn up by the Competition Authority ("Authority"). The procedures and principles related to use of this right are regulated via Communique on the Rules for Access to Files and the Protection of Trade Secrets No. 2010/3 ("Communiqué"). For the parties, it is very important to exercise their right to access to files properly, since the relevant right has a direct correlation to their right to defense. Therefore, this article focuses on the discussions that may rise during the exercise of the right to access the files in light of the recent Competition Board ("Board") decisions...