Brandl & Talos has assisted Bwin in obtaining closure after ten years of preliminary proceedings against charges of bribery.
After three years of investigation, on July 18, 2018, The European Commission (“Commission”) issued its decision on the well-known Android case and fined Google LLC (“Google”) an astounding €4.34 billion for abusing its dominant position. The Commission held that “since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search”. The fine imposed to Google is the biggest of all times. The decision also opens the door to civil actions under which affected parties may claim compensation for damages incurred due to Google’s abusive conduct.
This article will address significant amendments and novelties introduced for Turkish capital markets legislation during the first half of 2018 as in line with specific needs and interests of public and private institutions, companies, shareholders and/or investors being subject to such legislation.
Cakmak in cooperation with White & Case has advised ERG Otoyol Yatirim ve Isletme A.S. on a loan of approximately EUR 1.1. billion meant for the Ankara-Nigde Motorway Project from Credit Suisse AG, Turkiye Is Bankasi A.S., Turkiye Vakiflar Bankasi A.S., Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi A.S., and the Kuwait Turkish Participation Bank Inc.
Communique Regarding the Amendments ("Amendment Communique") (II-26.1.b) to the Communiqué on Takeover Bids (II-26.1) (“Communique) announced by the Capital Markets Board (“CMB”) has been published in the Official Gazette dated 05.06.2018 numbered 30442 and entered into force at the date of its publication.
The Turkish Competition Board (the “Board”) has recently published its reasoned decision with respect to its ex officio preliminary investigation on (i) the validity of the non-compete obligation in the articles of association (“AoA”) of a joint venture company, namely WKS Istanbul Tekstil Kalite Kontrol Hiz. Ltd. Şti. (“WKS Istanbul”), which is active in quality control of textiles and (ii) the parties’ request for negative clearance of the relevant non-compete obligation.
Linklaters has advised Turkey’s Garanti Bank on its issue of USD 75 million of so-called "gender bonds," focused on financing small enterprises and companies owned or managed by women in Turkey. The issue — the first such in an emerging market — was subscribed by the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group.