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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law, acting as outside counsel for Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. (“Wikimedia”), has secured an affirmative decision from the Turkish Constitutional Court in the matter of an universal access ban on the Wikipedia website (www.wikipedia.org) in Turkey.

The authority to initiate dumping or subsidy examinations, upon complaint or, where necessary, ex officio, has been given from the Ministry of Economy to the Ministry of Trade (“Ministry”). Within the scope of this authority, the Ministry announces its decisions with the communiqués published on the Official Gazette.

Turkish Constitutional Court recently granted two remarkable decisions on November 19, 2019 and on November 28, 2019 regarding individual applications claiming violation of the applicants’ freedom of expression. The decisions have been published in the Official Gazette respectively on December 24, 2019 and on January 3, 2020. In both decisions, the Constitutional Court accepted the applicants’ violation claims by concluding that the contents posted by the applicants on social media are in the acceptable limits of freedom of expression and the applicants’ freedoms of expression are violated.

China's Global Law Office has advised a consortium consisting of  China Merchants Expressway Network & Technology Holdings Co., Ltd., China Merchants Union Limited, Zhejiang Expressway Co., Ltd., Jiangsu Expressway Company Limited, Sichuan Expressway Company Limited, and Anhui Expressway Company Limited on its acquisition of 51% of the project company of Istanbul's Third Bridge and Northern Marmara Motorway project.

Recent amendments to the Turkish legislation regarding electronic marketing communications introduced a centralized management system for obtaining, exercising and tracking the opt-in/opt-out requests as well as complaints of the recipients of electronic commercial communications. Service providers sending electronic commercial communications to customers will need to register with this new centralized management system, and notify and/or process opt-in and opt-out requests and complaints regarding electronic commercial communications through this centralized management system.

The Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office has advised the Hoshizaki Corporation on its acquisition of 28.6% of shares in Oztiryakiler Madeni Esya Sanayi ve Ticaret via a share transfer from the Oztiryakiler family and the subscription of new shares following a capital increase in Ozti. The Oztiryakiler family was advised by Taboglu Attorneys at Law. Financial details of the transaction, which was cleared by the Turkish Competition Board on December 6, 2019, and closed on December 17, 2019, were not disclosed.

Paksoy and Shearman & Sterling have advised Telus International on the acquisition of Competence Call Center from European private equity firm Ardian. The transaction is expected to close within the first quarter of 2020 after regulatory approvals are obtained. CCC was reportedly advised by Latham & Watkins and Gen Temizer Ozer.

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