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- Corporate Law
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- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Intellectual Property
- Capital Markets
- Regulatory & Compliance
- Restructuring & Insolvency
Antitrust is one of the most significant and critical components of business transactions since competition authorities have far-reaching powers over businesses. Our team has extensive experience in antitrust law, one of our Partners, Tolga Karatas being listed among the top 3 lawyers in Turkey in antitrust law by Forbes in May 2009. We provide advice to clients in a wide range of antitrust matters including business agreements, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, commercial arrangements from a competition compliance perspective to making applications before governmental authorities and providing guidance on the strategic use of competition rules and on defence against investigation by competition authorities and antitrust litigation.
Corporate law entails a wide range of issues arising from the day-to-day operations of companies. We provide assistance to executives and in-house lawyers on a complete range of the Turkish corporate legal framework with respect to their regular operations including incorporation, representation, decision-making, commercial agreements, corporate governance, capital transactions and regulatory issues.
It is our mission to assess the exposures of our clients before any disputes arise, prepare them for any potential risks and strengthen their position with the best available measures to avoid disputes. Nevertheless, despite all efforts, sometimes disputes do arise. With a view to best protect the rights and interests of our clients we take a tailor-made strategic approach to each dispute. Our dispute resolution practise covers all types of dispute settlement from negotiation process to legal settlement, litigation and arbitration as well as enforcement proceedings and regulatory investigations.
Employment issues are a major concern to both individuals and businesses and require adoption of practical approach by legal practitioners. We provide solution oriented assistance in relation to all aspects of individual and collective employment law, including but not limited to drafting employment, confidentiality and non-competition agreements, termination of employment, health and safety regulations, internal regulations and policies, employee benefit and pension schemes, workplace transfers and transfer of individual employment contracts. Besides advising HR professionals, in-house lawyers and executives on day-to-day operations, we also provide consultancy services regarding the tax aspects of employment law, employee share plans and stock options.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions are not only one of the most utilized corporate financing methods, but also highly strategic measures on which businesses rely for re-positioning themselves in the relevant market. We provide a full-service mergers and acquisitions representation starting from the planning and due diligence stage through the completion of the closing actions, post-closing requirements and covering all core legal areas in merger and acquisition deals such as the competition, tax, regulatory, employment, property and finance practices.
In today's business environment, intellectual property rights constitute one of the primary assets of both domestic and multinational companies and require diligence in terms of protection. Our practice covers all aspects of intellectual property from registration process to support regarding infringements and where necessary litigation with respect to trademarks, copyrights, patents, designs, inventions, domain names, licensing, confidential information, know-how and all other intangible assets coming within the realm of intellectual property.
Turkish Capital Market Regime is in a constant change partly due to the EU harmonization efforts and partly due to the necessity to keep up with the global capital markets practices. Besides providing our clients with regular assistance on the changes in the capital markets legislation, we render legal consultancy in relation to IPOs, mandatory tender offers, private placements, public disclosures, advising on merger and acquisition deals involving a Turkish capital market institution, implementation of employee share plans and stock options, structured derivative products, onshore and offshore issuance of capital market instruments, Eurobonds, ISDA and ICMA documentation and securitization of a wide variety of assets, including consumer loans, commercial loans, future flow credit card and export receivables and trade receivables mostly originated from banks in Turkey.
Regulatory & Compliance
Many industries remain highly regulated making them susceptible to non-compliance and penalties. Energy, health, social security, consumer, banking, capital markets, pharmaceuticals and media are only a few to name among these sectors. We provide legal assistance to our clients in relation to regulatory framework for all industries with a view to ensure compliance and help businesses position themselves within the relevant market despite the constraints imposed on them by the regulatory legislation.
Restructuring & Insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency often entail many stakeholders, such as creditors including financial institutions, investors and agents, corporate debtors, directors and employees, which require legal practitioners to have an understanding of the dynamics involved. We use our expertise in applying the most viable method in restructuring and insolvency matters depending on where our clients' stakes lie. Our practice includes bankruptcy procedures, insolvency procedures, moratoriums, concordats, debt to equity swaps, debt restructuring, capital restructuring, standstills, avoidance actions including bankruptcy protection and litigation.
Tax is a very complex issue that is of vital importance for multinational companies as well as local companies. We provide all kinds of tax related cross-border consultancy services, especially in relation to merger and acquisition and asset transfer deals, joint ventures, real estate projects, finance transactions and transfer pricing issues.