Ranking services form a critical part of the law firm landscape in CEE as around the world, and law firm marketing and business development functions in the region spend many weeks or months each year preparing their submissions for those ranking services they believe are most widely read and influential. Still, not everybody is convinced the ranking services are as effective or valuable as they could be. Thus, for this issue, we asked the law firm marketing and BD experts around CEE: “What one change would you most like to see made to the law firm rankings to make them more useful/effective?”
The Moral Law Firm has advised Borusan EnBW Enerji Yatirimlari ve Uretim A.S. — a joint venture of Borusan Holding A.S. and EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG — on its USD 38.5 million acquisition of the Kiyikoy Wind Power Plant from Aksa Energy. The Cakmak Law Firm, Cakmak-Gokce Law firm, and White & Case advised Aksa Energy on the deal, which is contingent on approval from Turkey's EMRA and Competition Authority.
Moral Law Firm has advised the Kardesler Family on the sale of Tozmetal Ticaret ve Sanayi A.S., a powder metallurgy parts manufacturer focusing on hydraulic pump components for the European automotive market which reported sales of EUR 24 million in 2016, to GKN, a premier manufacturer of oil pumps and powder metal components. The Cakmak-Gokce Attorney Partnership, the Turkish arm of White & Case, advised GKN on the deal.
Although mediation process entered into force about 5 years ago, due to many reasons, it has not caught up the expected effect yet, however, it seems determined to change this trend. It is possible to resort to mediation for resolving all kinds of private legal disputes arising from acts or transactions of real and legal persons.
The Moral law firm has advised the Aryom real estate developer on the construction and sale of the Aryom Koru Project, which consists of 425 residences surrounded by sculptured landscapes and multiple social and sports facilities and is located just outside Izmir. The investment value of the project is TRY 130 million (approximately EUR 36.4 million).
The Regulation on the Law on Applications for Turkish Citizenship ("Regulation") has been published on Official Gazette dated 12.01.2017 and numbered 29946. According to the amendment, a foreign investor who meets certain conditions mentioned under the provisions added to the Regulation can obtain Turkish Citizenship. Besides the Regulation, Land Registry Code also stipulates criteria for buying property as a foreigner in Turkey.