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Baker McKenzie and the Esin Attorney Partnership, a member firm of Baker McKenzie International, have advised Turkish telecoms operator Turk Telekomunikasyon A.S. on its Rule 144A offering of USD 500 million 6.875 percent Notes due 2025. Allen & Overy advised joint bookrunners Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, ING, MUFG and Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking.

Pursuant to an amendment to the Turkish Value Added Tax Law at the beginning of 2018, non-resident electronic service suppliers are now liable for Value Added Tax on services provided electronically to Turkish individuals who are not VAT taxpayers.

Paksoy has advised Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems on its acquisition of a stake in Form VRF Sistemleri San. ve Tic. A.S., its long-time distributor of air conditioning systems in Turkey. ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan advised Form VRF Sistemleri on the sale.

A. Introduction: On November 1, 2018, Personal Data Protection Board (“Board”), acting under the Personal Data Protection Authority, published its principle decision with number 2018/119 in the Official Gazette, which then corrected on November 7, 2018 (“Decision”). Board’s Decision is regarding prevention of promotional notifications, e-mail messages, text messages and calls that data subjects might receive from data controllers and data processors.

White & Case and GKC Partners have advised Yapi Kredi Bank, one of the largest private banks in Turkey, on its inaugural offering of USD 650 million Perpetual Fixed Rate Resettable Additional Tier 1 Notes. The global coordinators and joint bookrunners were advised by Allen & Overy and Gedik & Eraksoy.

Overall, 2018 was a more active year in terms of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement actions compared to 2017. In 2018, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) took a total of 40 enforcement actions, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) took a total of 14 enforcement actions.

In May 2017, Regulation (EU) 2017/745 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2017 on medical devices (“EU Regulation”) entered into force, stipulating a transition period for medical device manufacturers to comply with the EU Regulation by May 2020. As the title of the EU Regulation suggests, it lays down enhanced rules on medical devices, manufacturers, distributors, importers, and notified bodies. For any medical device to be put into and sold on the market, full compliance with the EU Regulation is required. The EU Regulation introduces and addresses several new principles and renders procedures pertaining to medical devices more transparent, trackable and predictable. These changes aim to ensure a high level of safety and protection for patient health and for the users within this industry, also taking into consideration the technological evolution and developments in this field.

In September 2018, the Capital Markets Board (“CMB”) had issued an announcement on its website, declaring that a secondary legislation for crowdfunding was underway. Just recently, on January 4, 2019, CMB published the Draft Communiqué on Equity Crowdfunding No. III-35/A (“Draft Communiqué”). In the announcement, CMB states that the Draft Communiqué aims to ensure the effective penetration of the crowdfunding model into the capital markets legislation and create a regulatory framework for crowdfunding activities.

Norton Rose Fulbright has ended its affiliation with attorney Haluk Bilgic in Turkey and renamed its affiliate office in Istanbul, from the Bilgic Avukatlik Ortakligi (Bilgic Attorney Partnership), to the Inal Kama Avukatlik Ortakligi, reflecting its new management by Partners Ekin Inal and Olgu Kama.

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