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Legislative changes are set to improve the media environment in Turkey, aligning it with EU standards.


In January this year the government appointed board members of its Data Protection Authority, a move that followed the enactment of the country’s first comprehensive data protection law.


The long awaited law that has been on the government’s agenda since 2004 came into force in April last year. It also forms part of the conditions for its accession into the EU.


The law is subject to a two-year transitional period, with various provisions entering into force at different times.   


Hande Hançer, a partner at Gun + Partners, said: “Last year was a good year for data protection issues, because the long awaited law for the protection of personal data was enacted in April. Most of our clients reached out to us to see if their privacy policies are compliant.”


The law regulates the procedures and principles by which such data are processed and governs the transfer of personal data to third parties, including those outside of Turkey.


Other significant developments include changes to the regulation of commercial advertisement and unfair commercial practices.


The amended regulation is expected to come into force in January 2018 and will provide guidance on fair practice in comparative advertising.


Commenting on wider trends, Buğra Aydın, a partner at Öncel, Aydın & Duman, said: “There have been some small developments in the local market with some new players, especially in publishing, but print publishing is on its last leg now so any attempt to enter the market is

not right.“


Television production remains a strong part of market activity.


Ms Aydin noted: “Turkish TV shows are exporting content to Latin America, including TV series.

We are also importing content, mostly from

South Korea.”


TIER 1

Lawyers at ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law have extensive experience advising media-sector clients. The team works on a range of cases including the launch of new media platforms, film productions and distribution arrangements. Prominent practitioner Gönenç Gürkaynak is the firm’s key contact for media, entertainment and information technology law.


Gün + Partners has a high profile portfolio with clients from the broadcast and music sectors. Areas of specialisation include internet, private broadcasting and electronic communication. The firm’s service areas include advisory, transactional, dispute resolution and compliance. Clients single out Ugur Aktekin and Aslı Dilara Bayat for their diligence.


Pekin & Pekin’s media and entertainment team operates under the management of the  corporate practice, combining expertise in the area of tax, banking and dispute resolution. Corporate transactions account for a significant proportion of the firm’s work - with deals involving the print industry. Founding partner Ahmed Pekin manages the full-service practice, which has been operational for over four decades.


TIER 2

Birsel Law Offices has significant experience assisting local broadcast companies and digital platform operators on acquisition deals. Lawyers advise on legislation, regulatory restrictions and licensing matters. Founding partner Mahmut Tevfik Birsel works with Begum Durukan Ozaydin advising on business structures, licensing and assignment of rights.


Çağa & Çağa Law  Firm acts for magazines and newspapers, entertainment companies and advertisers. The team advises on media-related investments, management and re-organisations. Lawyers provide cross-practice assistance on tax and commercial disputes. S. İdil Çağa Değerli and Erdem Değerli are the firm’s primary contacts for sector-related cases.


Cerrahoğlu Law Firm’s experience includes merger and acquisition advice to radio channels. The firm represents world-leading media companies, advising on media legislation and commercial law. The team negotiates a number of corporate transactions between Turkish partners and global media corporations.


Specialising in advertising, media and entertainment, NSN Law Firm  routinely assists advertising agencies, radio broadcasters and television producers. Lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the gaming sector, with experience assisting computer games companies and intermediary firms conducting sweepstakes and contests. Key practitioners Selma Ünlü and Nazlı Selek advise on local and multinational media cases.  


TIER 3

The TMT group at Güner Law Office works with some of the country’s largest media companies advising on regulatory and transactional matters. The practice also has a dedicated intellectual property practice, specialising in all aspects of copyright. Founding partner Ece Güner manages the firm, which is also known for its litigation and arbitration expertise.   


Öncel, Aydın, Duman & Uygun Attorney Partnership combines e-commerce, IT and media law under one practice group. With particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, the team advises on investments, compliance and legislation. Lawyers are also experienced in handling copyright and advertising disputes.


TIER 4

Litigation specialist Cahit Suluk has significant experience in the area of rights protection. Founding partner Cahit Suluk is highly regarded litigator and established figure in the legal market. In related work, the team advised Turksat, the country’s only cable television operator, on re-transmission rights. In other work the team assisted with sublicensing issues relating to a television series screened on local

television channels.


Gültekin Law Office has two decades of experience advising clients in the media sector. The firm works with clients on media-related investments, management and organisation and daily operations. Other core areas of emphasis include advertising regulations and licensing.  




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TIER 1

ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law

Gün + Partners

Pekin & Pekin


TIER 2

Birsel Law Offices

Çağa & Çağa Law Firm

Cerrahoğlu Law Firm

NSN Law Firm

Taboğlu & Demirhan


TIER 3

BTS Partners

Çigdemtekin Dora Çakırca Aranci  

Güner Law Office

Öncel, Aydın, Duman & Uygun Attorney Partnership

Soydemir Hukuk Bürosu

Şengüler & Şengüler


TIER 4

Cahit Suluk  

Esin Attorney Partnership (Member firm of Baker McKenzie)

Gokce Yarali

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership

Gültekin Law Office


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