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YükselKarkın, especially companies, mergers & acquisitions, energy, competition, intellectual property, pharmaceutical, banking & finance, business, real estate law and arbitration & litigation, including a wide range of advocacy and legal consultancy services offers.

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Banking & Finance

The Banking and Finance practice group of our firm provides advice and assistance to banks and other financial institutions on general banking matters, including but not limited to commercial lending and leasing transactions of all kinds, secured and unsecured loan facilities, Islamic financial instruments, mortgages, syndications, letters of credit and bank letters of guarantee, consumer lending programs and retail bank products, collection of receivables, bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings, compliance with regulatory requirements, asset purchases and sales, and insurance litigation.

YükselKarkın provides a comprehensive range of full legal services in all areas of the law with particular emphasis on corporations, mergers & acquisitions, energy, competition/antitrust, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, banking & finance, employment, real estate and litigation-arbitration.

Information Technology

Our firm provides legal advice on technology licensing, software agreements and e-commerce. Lawyers of our firm advise and act on most recent practices of IT Law such as online safety, anti-spam, anti-phishing and hacking actions.

Our colleagues represent our clients in litigation cases for the protection of IT assets and rights. Further, the firm represents and advises global corporations on IT related intellectual property and content clearance issues, legal compliance, data protection, registration and enforcement matters.

The firm closely monitors the advancements in the IT sector and follows up the statutory changes and adoptions. In this respect, we assist our clients to establish and maintain relationships with the governmental authorities as well as the relevant non-governmental organizations and associations.

YükselKarkın provides a comprehensive range of full legal services in all areas of the law with particular emphasis on corporations, mergers & acquisitions, energy, competition/antitrust, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, banking & finance, employment, real estate and litigation-arbitration.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Our Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group is structured on a multidisciplinary foundation. In addition to the corporate and securities attorneys who have primary transactional responsibility, the group also encompasses array of sophisticated practitioners who support these transactions in the fields of litigation, intellectual property, labor and employment law, environment, real estate, information technology and tax.

Lawyers of our firm took part in major acquisitions which involved international companies in various sectors of the economy. We advise clients on their role as both bidders and targets in takeovers as we have extensive experience from due diligence reviews and bidding phase until the completion of takeovers.

YükselKarkın is involved in many substantial and complex mergers and acquisitions transactions in both seller and buyer sides. Inter alia, preparing tailored full due diligence reports or fact finding reports depending on the needs of the clients in various sectors, drafting, negotiating and reviewing share purchase and shareholders agreements, obtaining all necessary permits and accomplishing closing transactions are the milestones in an M&A transaction in which our Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group has been extensively involved in.

The firm is also quite active in joint ventures, public acquisitions and spin-offs projects.

White Collar Crime & Compliance

The rapid economic development in Turkey and foreign investment has played a large role in proliferating legal disputes and criminal actions. Our The White Collar Crime and Compliance Department aims to meet all these issues efficiently and effectively.

The department is led by Murat Karkın and ex-prosecutor Aydın Metin together with a team of lawyers exclusively focused in white collar crime and compliance. The department provides specialised legal advice in all corporate crime matters such as fraud, misappropriation, forgery of documents and unfair competition, criminal investigations, legal proceedings and criminal litigations, compliance, abuse of trust by employees and directors, and liabilities of directors and managers.

Our practice represents and defends corporations, business entities and individuals when they are facing criminal investigations, are subject to potential charges or are involved in litigation. We also counsel clients seeking effective corporate compliance to avert problems before they occur. YükselKarkın provides a comprehensive range of full legal services in all areas of the law with particular emphasis on corporations, mergers & acquisitions, energy, competition/antitrust, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, banking & finance, employment, real estate and litigation-arbitration.

Environmental

YükselKarkın’s environmental group is experienced in a wide range of mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and project finance. Lawyers of the firm were involved in legal due diligence of industrial companies that also comprise in-depth analysis of environmental exposures of manufacturing facilities, most of which are subject to environmental impact assessment report. Our firm continuously meets all the legal needs of various international and domestic companies in obtaining required environmental permits and provides necessary legal support in related matters.

The firm guides and assists businesses through the process of air, water, solid and hazardous waste, environmental impact regulations and permits before the relevant authorities. The firm also advises and acts on environmental law matters before the courts. YükselKarkın provides a comprehensive range of full legal services in all areas of the law with particular emphasis on corporations, mergers & acquisitions, energy, competition/antitrust, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, banking & finance, employment, real estate and litigation-arbitration.

Shipping & Maritime

Our firm advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious commercial and operational matters especially on general average salvage, towage, wreck removal and recovery, injunctions, pollution, environmental damage, clean up, bills of lading, carriage contracts, sale and purchase contracts, insurance, ship finance, shipbuilding and registration.

Our lawyers in our Maritime Practice Group also represent clients in maritime litigation; vessel chartering, construction, finance, and other marine transactions. Further, we represent our Clients before the Maritime Undersecretariat and other relevant official authorities regarding their applications for licenses and permissions.

YükselKarkın provides a comprehensive range of full legal services in all areas of the law with particular emphasis on corporations, mergers & acquisitions, energy, competition/antitrust, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, banking & finance, employment, real estate and litigation-arbitration.

Energy & Natural Resources

YükselKarkın represents a broad range of interests in the energy and natural resources sector, providing clients with a comprehensive, full-service practice.

The firm represents and provides full legal support to influential international and Turkish companies in their various massive energy projects in Turkey. The firm is highly involved in pipeline and other means of transportation of oil and gas projects, oil refinery projects, hydroelectricity power projects and investments, electricity distribution privatizations and lignite fired thermal power plants. Nuclear power investments will become a necessity in Turkey and our firm closely monitors and provides legal assistance to energy companies in the potential nuclear power projects in Turkey. Energy and all related matters will continue to be the main expertise areas of YükselKarkın in the short and mid term.

Lawyers of the firm have been involved in diverse energy projects including cross-border transportation of oil and gas through pipelines. Certain lawyers were in the leading teams of major international projects that involved in drafting intergovernmental agreements and host government agreements. Legal assistance is also provided in the construction and post construction stages of the transportation projects. Lawyers of the firm also assisted foreign energy companies in the acquisition of BOT projects, guarantees provided by the Treasury, sale of real estate to foreigners, transfer of real estate belonging to the Treasury, expropriation of the land according to the approved projects, privatization methods (sales lease, TOR-transfer of operational rights, BOT- built operate transfer, BO- build operate, profit sharing models), tender methods (select offer method, negotiation method, open bidding,) renewable energy regulations, environmental regulations for power plants, energy sale-purchase agreements and principles of tariff.

The firm also provides legal advice on mining for all regulatory matters licenses and permits to search and operate mine fields, transfer of licenses, state rights and mergers and acquisitions in mining industry.

Intellectual Property

Our firm’s intellectual property group helps our clients build and profile business-aligned intellectual property assets, and leverage these assets effectively in strategic business relationships and transactions.

Lawyers of our firm advise and assist clients in drafting and negotiating intellectual property licensing agreements.

Our firm also provides tailor-made intellectual property strategies to its clients. Such assistance covers the evaluation on positioning of the industrial rights in the Turkish market, such as advising on possible legal actions that can be taken regarding third parties’ infringements against well-known marks. In assisting our Clients in this respect, we perform our evaluation considering not only the possible legal consequences but also their business priorities.

Further, the firm represents major international corporations and associations in their intellectual property related disputes before Turkish Courts. We are one of the leading firms in software copyright enforcement, in terms of both criminal and civil proceedings. Our colleagues have followed several successful cases to protect business software copyright. Further, our firm is also actively involved in trademark and patent litigation in order to cease infringements of third parties and to challenge administrative obstacles before the trademark and patent registration.

On the other hand, we provide services to our Clients within the context of the administrative processes followed before the Turkish Patent Institute, i.e. applications for registration and renewal of trademark, patent and other industrial rights, oppositions regarding third parties’ applications etc.

We also advise our Clients to create public awareness on intellectual property right protection and to provide cooperation with the government authorities and the rightholders’ associations. YükselKarkın provides a comprehensive range of full legal services in all areas of the law with particular emphasis on corporations, mergers & acquisitions, energy, competition/antitrust, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, banking & finance, employment, real estate and litigation-arbitration.

Real Estate

Understanding the complex issues that are involved in every project, we assist our clients in evaluating business, financing and tax strategies, drawing from the firm’s varied legal skills.

Our firm provides legal assistance in handling every facet of real estate law, both routine and complex transactions, including but not limited to sale and purchase of immovable property, financing, establishment and release of all rights in rem on immovable property like mortgage, usus fructus etc, attending negotiations for such and preparation of all immovable property related contracts.

We have significant level of experience in forming and management of lease contracts throughout their duration term. We also represent our Clients in litigation if any dispute arises out of real estate relations. Our firm advises and acts on analyzing and solving title to ownership problems as well as in real-estate related litigation and foreclosure procedures. The firm also provides legal assistance in real estate due diligence process and in dealing with title deeds, cadastre offices and municipalities. Our colleagues are also involved in legal evaluation of the construction plan amendments, pursuing the relevant processes before the authorities and following the litigation for the annulment of such if any contradiction against law arises.

YükselKarkın provides a comprehensive range of full legal services in all areas of the law with particular emphasis on corporations, mergers & acquisitions, energy, competition/antitrust, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, banking & finance, employment, real estate and litigation-arbitration.

Aviation

Our firm represents clients in the domestic and international aviation industry and provides legal services in regulatory matters, enforcement proceedings, international aviation agreements, joint ventures, aircraft acquisition and leasing and commercial affairs in general.

Our firm provides legal advice on ongoing programs of the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries regarding procurement, maintenance and modernization of air platforms within the scope of regulatory requirements including offset liability.

Our firm also prepares procurement documents, and reviews and negotiates relevant contracts with the Undersecretariat.

Execution & Enforcement & Bankruptcy

Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law covers an area of study which ensures that the right holders should obtain their rights through a court decree or without the need for a court decision. YükselKarkın has a team of lawyers experienced in this area the ultimate outcome of which is the resolution of disputes. To date, various comprehensive and complex disputes relating to the Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law have been resolved by our dynamic team working within a specific plan and strategy.

In general, a specialised work of an experienced team expert in the relevant practice is necessary in order to attain success in this area which is resorted to for the rapid and secure execution of the decisions taken as a result of the legal disputes. YükselKarkın has a dynamic team who is capable of offering the due service to its clients with its experience in the field and its expertise in the problems encountered in practice. Additional support is also obtained from the lecturers who advise our office on the resolution of the problems relating to the enforcement and bankruptcy law in a faster and securer manner.

Our enforcement and bankruptcy law team ensures the rapid execution of the court decisions and also by providing a professional consultancy, offers the best solutions to companies which are under the threat of bankruptcy. Our team is also experienced in the payment of receivables and debt collection. YükselKarkın offers legal services to reputable companies with its comprehensive experience in dispute resolution.

Administration Law

YükselKarkın offers services in the Administration Law practice with its team of experienced lawyers. Administration law is a far reaching law practice introducing rules in relation to activities and organisation of an administration and governing the relationships of real and legal persons with the administration. It is, therefore, closely linked to a number of law practices mainly including Energy, Telecommunication, Public Procurement and Environment legislations.

Administration Law requires special expertise in resolution of disputes and due to its nature it is of utmost importance that potential issues must be identified and addressed at the time of establishing an administrative action.

Our administration law practice provides advices in full compliance with worldwide accepted standards at every stage of an administrative action. Our team possesses the required experience for resolution of disputes that might arise due to administrative actions and ensures the dispute resolution process is handled in collaboration with the academics working for the partnership.

With its deep experience in the area, YükselKarkın provides legal assistance to a number of renowned clients in relation to establishment of administrative actions and resolution of disputes arising in connection with them.

Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

YükselKarkın’s pharmaceutical and healthcare clients rely on our regulatory background in their domestic and international business transactions. Our firm represents major global innovator pharmaceutical companies and medical devices companies regarding their day-to-day business, which heavily involve guidance and legal advice on relevant rules and procedures specific to the pharmaceutical sector. We also represent our clients before the Ministry of Health regarding regulatory matters and advise them on how to best fit their business processes with the administrative transactions and applications in Turkey.

Lawyers of the firm provide also advise and act on corporate governance matters and operations of pharmaceutical and healthcare, including policy development and regulatory compliance taxation, and intellectual property matters specific to these sectors.

Further, we actively take role in criminal, civil and administrative proceedings to protect the interests of our Clients before the third parties and the government agencies.

Construction Law

Construction law is a profoundly specific area which requires precise advice from a construction law expert point of view. Within this sense, YükselKarkın has a team specialised in construction law with a deep and extensive know-how and expertise on construction law. Our construction law team is very well aware of the needs of its clients with a construction law perspective and addresses any questions of construction law utilising their profound expertise.

Our construction law team advises on every phase of a construction contract. We offer legal services not only during the establishment of construction contracts but also at any stage of a dispute arising from construction contracts. Subsequent to drafting, revising and reviewing of a construction contract, our team continues to provide legal services during the performance of contract.

Our team is also on its clients side in case of a dispute. At the very beginning of a dispute resolution procedure, we help our clients identify their claims and formulate the legal basis for such claims. We represent our clients during amicable settlement procedures as well as court and arbitration proceedings.

YükselKarkın gives legal assistance to the well-known construction firms worldwide and has comprehensive experience accompanied by the legal knowledge and practice in dispute resolution issues.

Employment

YükselKarkın is one of the leading law firms fully committed to advising on labor and employment law. Employers from all industries turn to our firm in developing and implementing employee relations policies designed to minimizing risk and avoiding litigation. Therefore, the employment practice group provides proactive counseling to lead them through laws and regulations governing employment matters. Such advice involves providing information on relations with sub-contractors, drafting company regulations, preparations and implementations of employment contracts, non-competition agreements. Our firm is quite active in shaping the labor programs of many large Turkish companies and organizing seminars to the high management of such companies for this purpose.

Employers also rely on the firm for guidance on employment issues pertaining to multinational mergers and acquisitions. Our firm advises on employee benefit matters in the broadest sense as well as executive compensation. The firm provides major international companies with full legal assistance concerning their implementation of employee offering plans, stock options and similar rights.

In the event that a dispute becomes inevitable, clients are assisted by lawyers of our firm, who are trained to seek the best and fastest possible solutions. We represent clients in job security and indemnification related claims of employees, in dealing with the inspections of the relevant labor authorities and issues raised by trade unions in addition to claims arising from workplace safety related issues, overtime payments, notice and severance pay requests etc.

Public Tenders & Government Contacts

Public tenders and government contracts require extensive multi-disciplinary legal experience primarily in State Tender Laws, Public Tender Laws, competition law, corporate law, project finance and other sector specific regulations, including the implementations of the Privatization Administration, Public Tender Authority and other relevant state institutions.

Our firm provides advice on the legal nature of the proposed transactions and assists in determining and devising transaction structure. The firm prepares the transactional documentation and advises on the legal nature of state institutions, their legal capacity, sovereign immunity, mandatory rules, public policy, constitutional, governmental, legislative, administrative, legal or other required licenses and permits, administrative and technical specifications, treasury guarantees, bid bonds, execution, delivery, legality, validity, performance, formalization, perfection, binding effect, enforceability or enforcement of the contract, matter of precedence between the contract and sector specific regulations, acceptance procedures, refusal of performance, delay penalties, indemnification of damages under Turkish law product liability, warranty, competition law issues, intellectual property, information technology, employment, licenses, insurance, environmental issues, incentives, litigation, arbitration, tax issues and other sector specific issues.

YükselKarkın provides a comprehensive range of full legal services in all areas of the law with particular emphasis on corporations, mergers & acquisitions, energy, competition/antitrust, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, banking & finance, employment, real estate and litigation-arbitration.

Media & Telecommunications

Our firm advises and acts on all areas of broadcast and media regulations. Lawyers of our firm advised business, media operators, investors and investment bankers and handled all types of commercial, corporate and financing transactions, including corporate, mergers and acquisitions in this sector. Our firm provides legal assistance in licensing, broadcasting (terrestrial, cable and satellite), programming, sponsorship, and advertising and trans-frontier advertisements.

YükselKarkın is representing established and start-up telecommunications entities on a broad range of technological, transactional and regulatory matters. Our firm is particularly provides assistance on concession contracts, first and second type telecommunication licenses, roaming, interconnection, regulatory compliance, competition infrastructure and technology arrangements, operating conditions, fees, tariff structures, and consumer rights.

Privatisation

YükselKarkın has been actively involved in the largest privatisation projects in Turkey, especially in energy sector.

Lawyers of our firm have represented leading international corporations and advised investment banks in all of the major privatisations that took place recently. Our firm has also advised investors on the tender process and specifications, on the legal aspects and requirements of the relevant sector and employment regime, conducted a thorough due diligence on the target, and participate in the negotiations with the Privatisation Administration for various contracts to be signed, including the underlying share purchase agreement.

YükselKarkın provides a comprehensive range of full legal services in all areas of the law with particular emphasis on corporations, mergers & acquisitions, energy, competition/antitrust, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, banking & finance, employment, real estate and litigation-arbitration.

Project Finance

Our firm advises on all aspects of bank and capital market financing including developmental export credit financing and its enforceability in Turkey.

As many energy and other infrastructure projects which we advise require large financing, our firm’s legal support continues in the project finance phases of these projects. Lawyers of the firm structure, negotiate and document financing agreements together with all relevant documentation for project financing, commercial bank financing, ECA-backed financing, asset-backed financing, securitizations, derivatives, restructuring, partnerships and privatizations.

Our lawyers have advised international clients on project finance matters regarding infrastructure, energy, telecommunication, railways, airports and major privatization projects.

Competition & Antitrust

Working closely with our M&A practice group our competition lawyers advise and represent clients in a variety of cross border transactions.

Competition issues are of increasing importance in today's global markets, and accordingly in Turkey especially since the establishment of the Competition Board in 1997. As many other countries, Turkey also has competition laws including pre-merger filing requirements. As the government introduces new and strict competition legislation and enforcement becomes more rigorous, key business decision makers need to understand the impact of such laws and take them into account in strategic planning. In the past, the lawyers of the firm have represented clients in complex investigations carried out by the Competition Board.

The firm provides professional advice to its clients by taking into account the features of the regulatory and business environment. Being up to date on all significant developments, the firm assists clients in every aspect of competition law, including but not limited to reviewing of licensing, cooperation, non-compete, distribution and supply agreements, competition compliance programs. Lawyers of our firm are involved in preparing notification forms for national and global mergers and acquisitions. Also, the firm advises its clients on competition law aspects of privatizations.

Lawyers of our firm have represented clients before the Council of State against decisions of the Competition Board mainly granted upon an investigation or an M&A transaction, including privatizations.

Defense Industry

YükselKarkın gives legal assistance to very reputable entities operating in defence sector worldwide.

YükselKarkın has a team of experienced lawyer giving advices on defence industry projects compromising of procurement, offset and R&D phases coordinated by Turkish government and its relevant bodies, namely, Ministry of Defence and Undersecreteriat of Defence Industry ("SSM").

We also advice to national and international companies supplying military goods and military services as sub-contractors of contractor appointed by relevant Turkish government bodies.

Companies that do business in this industry need a law firm that can provide advice at the intersection of a number of areas of law, particularly legal and tax compliance and risk management. Together with tax law team, the team provides comprehensive legal advice on complex legal and tax requirements concerning the defence industry under Turkish law.

The team also has a very strong experience on government contracts practice including but not limited to tender phases, draft, review and negotiation of procurement contracts and offset agreements with Ministry of Defence and SSM and other teaming agreements in relation to supply of military goods and services.

Capital Markets

The firm provides legal advice to local and international public companies in all aspects of capital market transactions including mandatory tender offers and requests for exemptions from such tender offers.

YükselKarkın is active in providing legal services for public offerings of many Turkish companies, preparing necessary due diligence work and the drafting and reviewing of offering circulars and application for all required permits. The firm also provides legal assistance for the issuance and sale of structured products, derivatives and similar capital market instruments. Our firm represents corporate clients and banks before the Turkish Capital Markets Board for capital market transactions and provides legal services to ensure full company compliance with capital market requirements.

YükselKarkın provides a comprehensive range of full legal services in all areas of the law with particular emphasis on corporations, mergers & acquisitions, energy, competition/antitrust, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, banking & finance, employment, real estate and litigation-arbitration.

Insurance

Our firm provides assistance to a wide variety of insurance clients by offering a large spectrum of specialist insurance services, including but not limited to transactional, regulatory, commercial, competition, real estate, tax, dispute resolution and claims.

Our diverse experience includes high-profile insurance M&A, complex reassurance arrangements, regulatory structuring advice, advice on brokerage arrangements, advice on specific policies, dispute resolution and claims and compliance work.

Our lawyers understand the insurance business as well as the legal issues that underpin the insurance sector. Based on our legal experience and understanding of the industry, we provide and implement practical and cost effective solutions for our clients with swift access to relevant specific information and coordinated cooperation across practice groups.

Corporate & Commercial

Our firm’s corporate practitioners advise on every phase of a company’s establishment and growth, such as incorporation, capital financing, licensing and commercial agreements, public and private securities offerings, mergers & acquisitions and day-to-day company representation.

Our firm establishes close working relationships with its clients and provides professional advice by taking into account their specific needs and the particular features of their industries.

Ongoing corporate and commercial advice to our wide variety of clients also includes providing all methods of dispute resolution legal services, including business and employee related disputes, negotiation, arbitration and representation before the courts.

Litigation & Arbitration

Litigation has been a cornerstone of our practice since the firm’s inception. International and local companies in various industries retain our lawyers for their most significant litigation matters. YükselKarkın has focused on the litigation of high-profile commercial, administrative, tax and criminal litigation cases of multinational companies. Lawyers of our firm handled litigation cases both for plaintiff/complainant and defendant sides by preparing petitions and attending to hearings at all courts including the Court of Appeals and Council of State. Our firm also provides legal assistance in obtaining preliminary injunction relieves and attachments, and in recovering debts through enforcement proceedings. Our firm gives special importance to assisting its clients in settling disputes amicably between the related parties.

Lawyers of our firm took responsibility in international and national arbitration proceedings, starting from the beginning of the proceedings until enforcement of the arbitral awards, which often involves complex fact patterns and multiple issues of law.

Subsections of this practice area are: Arbitration, Administrative, Commercial, Consumer, Criminal, Debt Recovery, Employment, Intellectual Property and Tax. YükselKarkın provides a comprehensive range of full legal services in all areas of the law with particular emphasis on corporations, mergers & acquisitions, energy, competition/antitrust, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, banking & finance, employment, real estate and litigation-arbitration.

International Trade & Customs

YükselKarkın represents reputable international and local clients in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and cases, export-import regulatory compliance issues, foreign investment and international transactions.

Our firm represents its clients before administrative institutions and all courts and renders opinions as to compliance matters or specific problems.

Tax Law

Tax law, encompasses not only legal issues but also an extensive amount of accounting and finance. Our Tax team has far-reaching legal and technical tax expertise and is fully equipped to offer legal advice to our clients in taxation of corporate restructuring transactions, tax investigations and transfer pricing.

Our services include tax litigation, providing technical support in tax ruling application process, preparation of documents and lists during tax inspections, assessing tax inspection reports, providing tax consultancy during the reconciliation phase, international and domestic tax planning, tax restructuring, tax consulting at stage of tax investigation, transfer pricing, customs investigation and disputes.

Our firm is also able to offer services such as tax due diligence prior to M&A, and tax restructuring and planning during the M&A, based on national and international regulations and bilateral tax treaties. YükselKarkın provides a comprehensive range of full legal services in all areas of the law with particular emphasis on corporations, mergers & acquisitions, energy, competition/antitrust, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, banking & finance, employment, real estate and litigation-arbitration.