Turkey’s main regulation regarding advertisements, the Regulation on Commercial Advertisement and Unfair Commercial Practices (“Regulation”) was amended with another regulation published on the Official Gazette of 4 January 2017, effective immediately. Those who advertise their products and services, advertisement agencies and the media that publishes such advertisement should abide by the Regulation.
Balcioglu Selcuk Akman Keki Attorney Partnership has succesfully advised Pera Capital on its acquisition of 45% of the shares of Asset Medikal from the Teknoloji Yatirim A.S. venture capital firm and founding Asset Medikal shareholders Mehmet Tuysuz, Fusun Tuysuz, and Filiz Bayindir. The Akol Ozok Namli Attorney Partnership advised Teknoloji Yatirim and the Yasaman Law Firm advised the shareholders.
Balcioglu Selcuk Akman Keki Attorney Partnership, the Turkish arm of Dentons, has successfully advised Orix Aviation Systems Limited and one of its affiliates on the transfer of ownership of one Airbus A320-200 and two Boeing 737-800 aircrafts and their leases to what the firm describes as "a highly reputable airline in Turkey."
The Esin Attorney Partnership and Baker McKenzie have advised BRF S.A., one of the biggest poultry producers in the world, on its acquisition of a 79.48% stake in Banvit Bandırma Vitaminli Yem Sanayi A.S, a prominent Turkey-based poultry company. The controlling shareholders of Banvit were advised by the Cigdemtekin Dora Cakirca Aranci firm (CDCA).
Prime Ministry Circular No. 2016/27 on Trade Facilitation Board ("Circular") has been published with the Official Gazette dated 03.12.2016. The Circular stipulates a process involving many public institutions and establishments with regard to the adoption of measures to enhance the competitiveness by improving the international trade infrastructure.
Paksoy and K&L Gates Italy have advised the EBRD on its role, along with Hermes GPE, as co-investors in and providers of financing for, Mediterra's acquisition of 70% of Arkel Elektrik Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi, the technology company manufacturing electronic components for lifts. Kolcuoglu Demirkan Kocakli (KDK) advised Mediterra on the deal, Caliskan Kizilyel Toker advised the sellers, and Travers Smith advised Hermes.
Czech lawyer Ivan Nechvatal has spent the past five years at CEZ, becoming a Corporate Governance Advisor - Turkey in July of this year. Based in Istanbul, Nechvatal participated in the 2016 General Counsel Summit in the city and was kind enough to share his thoughts on working in the Queen of Cities.
Based in Ankara, Bora Kaya is the Managing Legal Counsel at Gama Power Systems Engineering and Contracting, a company that he first joined in March 2015. Prior to that he was the Head of Legal at Ronesans Holding from October 2012 to December 2014. Earlier still, he worked for Eregli Iron and Steel Works Co. as the Assistant to the Head of Legal Department.
On July 15, 2016, the streets of Istanbul and Ankara erupted in violence during a surprise – and ultimately unsuccessful – coup d’etat attempt against the Turkish government and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. By the time the coup had been put down, over 300 people had been killed and more than 2,100 were injured.
On October 5, 2016, representatives from the Ukrainian and Turkish business communities, from the Ukrainian Consulate-General in Istanbul, and from the co-hosting Gun + Partners and Vasil Kisil & Partners law firms met at the Gun + Partners office in Istanbul for a round table discussion, moderated by CEE Legal Matters, on the opportunities in Ukraine for Turkish investors.
On August 15, 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that the Esin Attorney Partnership (a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International), Hogan Lovells, and Paksoy had advised on Burgan Bank’s USD 87 million and EUR 57 million syndicated multi-tranche term loan agreement with 13 banks from 8 countries. The banks were led by HSBC, acting as coordinator, Arab Banking Corporation (B.S.C.), acting as agent, and Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, Filiale Luxemburg, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, and Mashreqbank PSC acting as initial mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners.