White & Case has advised GAMA Holding on an amendment of the partnership structure to transfer a 20 percent share of the company to Evren Unver. The Selvi & Ertekin Avukatlik Ortakligi firm advised Unver on the deal.
Paksoy has advised Migros on its acquisition of Tesco Kipa from Tesco Overseas Investments Limited. The share purchase agreement was signed on June 10, 2016, and the deal closed in Izmir on March 1, 2017, following clearance from the Turkish Competition Authority. Herguner Bilgen Ozeke advised the sellers on the deal.
Turkey’s first and only law specifically dedicated to data protection and privacy, the Law No. 6698 on Protection of Personal Data (“Law No. 6698”), came into force on April 7, 2016 with certain transition periods. The Data Protection Board has been formed, but is not yet functioning. The secondary legislation is still pending, although certain sector-specific regulations have been put in place, and is expected to be completed by April 7, 2017.
Many years in the making, the Istanbul Arbitration Centre (“ISTAC” or the “Centre”) was finally established in 2015 and began picking up steam in 2016. The first plans to form an arbitration Centre in Istanbul were laid out by the Turkish government in 2009 as part of the country’s action plan and broader strategy to make Istanbul a bigger financial hub.
Paksoy has advised Coventya — a Fund II portfolio company of European private equity firm Silverfleet Capital — on its acquisition of an 80.6% interest in Borsa Istanbul-listed Politeknik Metal Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S from private individuals Atila Yaman, Mesut Akkaya, Nilgun Yaman, Melisa Bahar Akkaya, and Filiz Akkaya. The Ismen Law Firm advised the sellers. Coventya has announced that it will also launch a mandatory tender offer for the remaining 19.4% of the company’s shares in compliance with the principles and procedure of the Capital Markets Board of Turkey.
Cakmak Avukatlik Ortakligi — the firm in Ankara formerly doing business as the Cakmak Avukatlik Burosu and, until last year, formally associated with White & Case — has announced a number of substantial changes, including its name change, the promotion of two lawyers to the firm's partnership, the return of a Partner after several years away, and the addition of a new US-qualified lawyer to the team.
An alternative dispute resolution method is expected to be introduced in Turkey shortly through the Draft Law on Labor Courts (“Draft Law”). The purpose of the Draft Law is to bring a functional and an effective judicial procedure for labor conflicts via mandatory mediation and to replace the current regulations.
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.