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In principle, shareholders of limited liability companies (“LLC”) have the right to vote on the issues being discussed during the general assembly meetings and such right is indispensable. On the other hand, Turkish Commercial Code No.6102 (“TCC”) sets forth certain limitations on voting rights of the shareholders to prevent any impartiality, especially in cases where certain shareholders may not be able to prioritize the interests of the LLC and may value their own benefit. With this article, we aim to provide the instances where the shareholders of an LLC may be prohibited from using their voting rights.

Cerrahoglu, working alongside lead counsel Gleiss Lutz, has advised Gelita on the acquisition of a 65% stake in SelJel Jelatin Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S, via Gelita Internationale Gelatine GmnH, from Sel Sanayi Urunleri Ticaret ve Pazarlama A.S. Somay reportedly advised the sellers on the deal.

Kinstellar has advised Turkey's Dogus Holding on the sale of a 30% stake in Istanbul's Istinye Park shopping mall to Doha-based investment house Qatar Holding LLC, which is part of the Qatar Investment Authority. Linklaters and Paksoy reportedly advised Qatar Holding on the deal.

The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) criminalizes the bribery of foreign officials anywhere in the world for the purposes of preventing corruptly influencing of an official governmental decision in order to obtain a business benefit.

Akol Law has advised Turkish candy producer Kervan Gida on the initial public offering of its shares and their listing on the Istanbul Stock Exchange. Akol Law also advised Oyak Yatirim, which acted as the broker on the deal. 

The Regulation on Processing and Privacy of Personal Data in Electronic Communications Sector (“Regulation”) has been published on the Official Gazette of December 4, 2020. The Regulation will enter into force within six (6) months following its publication date (i.e. June 4, 2020). The Regulation revokes the Regulation on Processing and Privacy of Personal Data in Electronic Communications Sector which was published on the Official Gazette of July 24, 2012.

On November 11, 2020, CEE Legal Matters reported that the Apak Uras Law Firm had advised Teknoser on its acquisition of 100% of the shares of Fujitsu Technology Solutions Bilisim from shareholders Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH and Fujitsu Technology Solutions Holding B.V. CEEIHM spoke with Doruk Ozdemir, Legal Counsel at Hitay Holdings, to learn more about the deal.

Allen & Overy and RTPR have advised Dutch life insurance, pension, and asset management company Aegon on the EUR 830 million sale of its operations in Romania, Hungary, Poland, and Turkey to the Vienna Insurance Group. Wolf Theiss and Turkey’s Paksoy Law firm advised the buyer on the deal. 

The economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to resonate in Turkey, says Cetinkaya Partner Altug Ozgun from Istanbul. Ozgun reports that Turkey’s economy has been “shaken because of the reduction in productivity during the lockdown.” In particular, he says, “tourism as a whole was impacted severely … affecting the overall economic condition.” 

GKC Partners and White & Case have advised the Qatar Investment Authority on its acquisition of a 10% stake in the Borsa Istanbul stock exchange from the Turkey Wealth Fund, which retains an 80.6% stake. Clifford Chance and the Ciftci Law Firm advised the Turkey Wealth Fund on the transaction.

In 2015 the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development created 15 base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) action plans to equip governments to address tax avoidance by means of domestic and international rules and instruments. The purpose of the action plans is to ensure that profits are taxed where economic activities generating the profits are performed and where value is created.

Istanbul's Durukan+Partners and Skadden Arps have advised LetterOne on the recent restructuring of Turkcell’s shareholding structure. Milbank and Turkey's Aksu Caliskan Beygo Attorney Partnership advised the Turkey Wealth Fund and Ziraat Bank, Sullivan & Cromwell and Herguner Bilgen Ozeke advised Telia Finland, and White & Case and the Kabine Law Firm advised Cukurova on the deal.

Paksoy has advised Volex on its entrance into a EUR 61.8 million share purchase agreement for the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of DE-KA Elektroteknik in Turkey. Caliskan Okkan Toker reportedly advised the seller on the deal.

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