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Law 6698 on the Protection of Personal Data came into force on April 7 2016 and applies to:

  • real persons whose personal data is processed; and
  • real persons and legal entities that process personal data.

Therefore, defining the actions and main actors involved in the processing of personal data is key to understanding the law's general scope.

Paksoy is reporting that it has advised GE Healthcare on its entrance into two Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects with GAMA Holding A.S. and Turkerler Insaat A.S. with the Turkish Ministry of Health: The Izmir Bayrakli Integrated Healthcare Campus Project and the Kocaeli Integrated Healthcare Campus Project. The two projects are collectively valued at approximately USD 1.3 billion. White & Case and its Turkish arm, the Cakmak-Gokce Law Offices, and its former associated partner firm in Ankara, the Cakmak Law Offices, represented the Gama Holding-Turkerler Insaat consortium and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herguner Bilgen Ozeke advised the lenders on the Izmir project.  

In “The Buzz” we interview experts on the legal industry living and working in Central and Eastern Europe to find out what’s happening in the region and what legislative/professional/cultural trends and developments they’re following closely. Because the interviews are carried out and published on the CEE Legal Matters website on a rolling basis, we’ve marked the dates on which the interviews were originally published.

Paksoy, working with international counsel Latham & Watkins, has advised ACCO Brands Corporation on its USD 333 million acquisition of Esselte Group Holdings AB from J.W. Childs. Skadden Arps advised the sellers on the deal.

During the past several months, one of the most debated and discussed issues in the Russian IT legal community has been last year’s declaration of “import substitution” – the requirement that software included in the Register of Russian Software be used in all state or municipal procurement procedures – by the Russian Government.

White & Case has confirmed that it has concluded its formal relationship with the Cakmak Avukatlik Burosu in Ankara and, after 31 years, now no longer has an official presence in Turkey’s capital.

Schoenherr is reporting that, on September 30, 2016, Michael Lagler was elected as the new Managing Partner at the firm, where he will take over from Christoph Lindinger, who has led the Central and Eastern European law firm for the past 16 years. Lagler's term will begin at the start of the firm’s next fiscal year, on February 1, 2017.

The Esin Attorney Partnership, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, and Baker & McKenzie’s Paris office have represented Gama Enerji A.S. (Gama Enerji) and its subsidiary Kremna Enerji Uretim ve Ticaret A.S. (Kremna), on a USD 132 million secured senior acquisition finance facility extended to it by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the EBRD, and IFC for the acquisition of the Karacaoren 1 and 2 hydroelectric power plants from the Turkish Privatization Administration (TPA). White & Case and its Turkish arm, the Cakmak Gokce law firm, advised the ICBC, EBRD, the IFC, and other parallel lenders on the privatization, which will be conducted through a Transfer-of-Operating-Rights method. 

Turunc has advised Taxim Capital on its acquisition of a 40% stake in the Turkish casual dining chain Big Chefs from current shareholders Gamze Cizreli and Saruhan Tan, each of whom had their 50% shares in the company diluted. The Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office (PAE) advised the sellers on the deal.

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