GRATA International is glad to announce about new associated office in Turkey. On 4 August 2015 GRATA International signed Memorandum of Understanding and Co-operation with one of the dynamic firms in Istanbul,  Isikal Law Office. With help of this new office GRATA International will be able to provide its customers with comprehensive and timely legal support in Turkey. Also,   Turkish companies will be able to receive legal services from team of professionals in all countries where GRATA International is present.

Isikal Law Office brief profile: Isıkal Law Office is established by Alper Işıkal in Istanbul. It provides legal support and consulting services in many areas of law, such as:  real estate and construction, business, energy, commercial law, corporate law, contract law, zoning law, intellectual property, as well as provides opportunity to its client by acting as a solution partner.   

Alper Isikal, Founding and Managing Partner, Isikal Law Office:

“I think, it is exciting for all of us  that, the professional expertise and experience of the team of the  Isıkal Law Office is going to an integration with Grata International. As known, Turkey is between Asia and Europe from the East to the West as well as it is between Russia and Middle East from the North to the South. Isıkal Law Office is located in Istanbul – Turkey, which is the heart of the business life in Turkey. I belive, the team of the Isıkal Law Office will continue to give legal support to the clients effectively and efficiently as known, and within this association with Grata International will carry out it to the enlarged area”.

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Maslak Mahallesi, Maslak Meydan Sokak, No: 5, Spring Giz Plaza Kat: 18, Bölüm 56 Maslak, Istanbul, Turkey, 34398

+90 212 351 91 02

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Mandatory Mediation in Labour Disputes

Law of Labour Courts numbered 7036 (the “Law”) published in the Official Gazette No. 30221 dated October 25, 2017; introduced fundamental changes in the settlement of labour disputes. The radical changes implemented with the Law are as follows.

Mediation is only adopted as a preliminary condition before legal action in the selected type of issues noted at the Article 3 of the Law; ‘application to mediation is a pre-condition for cases dependent on individual or collective bargaining employment contracts or cases of employee or employer claims and compensation demands and for cases of employee reinstitution.’ This relevant Article 3, will enter into force at January 1, 2018.


Regulations on Trade of Second-Hand Motor Land Vehicles

The system has changed for trade of second-hand vehicles. From 13 February 2018 there will be warranty for second-hand vehicles.

Prior to sale of these vehicles, an expertise report will be compiled and a tracking system for the second-hand vehicles will be established. According to the new regulations, an authorization for 5 years will be certificated for sale of second-hand vehicles.

An information system for second-hand vehicles will be established and “vehicle delivery certificate” will be compiled. The certificate will contain information on mileage, painted and changed parts.


Decision of Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency

The end date of the implementation which makes the approval of the user mandatory for using the credit cards for online shopping was extended to 31 December 2018 instead of original 17 August 2017. The implementation was supposed to take effect on 1  January 2018. However Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) extended the confirmation date to 31 January 2018. Effective as of 1 February 2018, the online shopping using the credit cards will require approval of the consumers. The credit card owners will not be able to shop online unless they make a notice to their banks. Unless the credit card owners clearly demand, personal client cards or credit cards will be produced as blocked for electronic transactions. After receiving the credit card, the consumer will be able to shop online only after communicating with the consumer services of the bank and giving approval to electronic use.


Regulations on Performance of Services of Sale, Transfer and Registration of Vehicles

The sale and transfer transactions which are made without notaries will become invalid.

The sale, transfer and all registry processes, which is or will be registered by the notary, will be registered into the Record and Registry System of Vehicles (ARTES) within the Union of Turkish Public Notaries.

The documents related to the Records of the vehicle will be confidential.

The notaries who are responsible for recording the sale, transfer and all registry processes of the vehicles will certify the registry documents and number plates.


The authorization of PTT for delivering the documents with “apostille” to recipients

According to the law, PTT will be authorized to deliver the foreign official documents with apostille granted by competent bodies to recipients or electronically sending the documents with e-apostille to recipients.

PTT will be in service in taking the request of the documents with e-apostille, confirming the identification of the one who requests them, determining and collecting the fee, delivering the documents with e-apostille granted by the competent authorities to the one who requests them and interrogating the confirmation of the documents.

Amendment of International Arbitration Act

With the amendment of International Arbitration Act, in rejection cases against the final decree on arbitrations, “the regional courts of justice” will be authorized.

The duties and authorizations of the civil courts of general jurisdiction in International Arbitration Act will be in effect for the civil courts of general jurisdiction or the commercial courts of first instance depending on the subject of the conflict.


Law on Amendment of Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law

Equity companies and cooperatives are able to request an arrangement of bankruptcy instead of suspension of bankruptcy.

Each creditor entitled to bankruptcy petition is able to request the arrangement of bankruptcy operations to take effect on the obligor with a reasoned request.

Upon request of arrangement of bankruptcy, the court will decide on a temporary respite after determining that all the requested documents are completely present and will take all the precautions necessary in order to protect the assets of the obligor.


Requirements for Power of Attorneys Issued Outside Turkey

Turkey’s General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre Department of Foreign Affairs made an announcement on the procedures and principles regarding power of attorneys issued abroad and used during land registry transactions (in Turkey).


New Regulations for Collective Internet Use Providers

Turkey has introduced new regulations on obligations and liabilities of collective internet use providers. The Regulation on Collective Internet Use Providers (“Regulation”) was published in Official Gazette numbered 30035 on 11 April 2017, entering into effect on the same date.


Tax Obligations for E-Money and E-Payment Agencies are Regulated

The Communiqué was published in Official Gazette numbered 3004 dated 11 March 2017, entering into effect on 1 April 2017.


Regulation Published on Working Permits for Foreign Employees in Free Trade Zones

The Regulation was published in Official Gazette numbered 30078 and dated 27 May 2017, entering into force on the same day.


Exemption of VAT for Foreigners Purchasing Residence and Office Premises

The Communiqué was published in Official Gazette numbered 30057 dated 5 May 2017, entering into effect on the same date.


Payments Regarding Trade Including/Involving Free Trade Zones Can Be Made in Turkish Liras

The Council of Ministers Decree was published in the Official Gazette numbered 30063 and dated May 11, 2017 and entered into force on the same date.


Turkish Citizenship in Return for US$1.5 Million Worth of Investment

The Amendment of the Regulation on Implementation of the Turkish Citizenship Law was published in the Official Gazette numbered 30057 and dated May 5, 2017, and entered into force on the same date.


Russia lifts several sanctions against Turkey

The Decree No. 244 dated 31 May 2017 of the President of Russian Federation abrogated the following economic measures against Turkey

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