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September 13, 2018

FX Payment Ban on Certain Resident-to-Resident Transactions

Legal Alerts
Banking & Finance

Recent Development The amendments to the Decree No. 32 Regarding the Protection of the Value of the Turkish Currency (“Decree No. 32“) published in the Official Gazette on September 13, 2018 restrict FX and FX-indexed payments for certain resident-to-resident transactions. What Does the Amendment Say? With this amendment, it is no longer legally possible to […]

September 12, 2018

Turkey Publishes Draft Regulation on Medical Devices Manufactured Utilizing Animal Origin Tissue

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Healthcare

Recent Development The Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (“TİTCK”) recently published on its website the draft Regulation on Medical Devices Manufactured Utilizing Animal Origin Tissue (“Regulation”). What’s New? In the scope of EU harmonization, the draft Regulation was prepared based on EU Regulation No. 722/2012 to establish the particular requirements for introducing into the […]

September 7, 2018

State of Emergency Lifted

Legal Alerts

Turkey’s state of emergency (“SoE”) was lifted on July 18, 2018. Following an attempted coup on July 15, 2016, the Council of Ministers issued a decision declaring a SoE. The SoE term was extended for additional three-month periods. The latest SoE term was not extended, effectively ending the SoE as of July 18, 2018. Parliament […]

September 7, 2018

Turkish Patent and Trademark Office Filing Fees Reduced Under the Support Package of Ministry of Industry and Technology

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Intellectual Property

Recent Development The Support and Austerity Package (“Package”) prepared by the Ministry of Industry and Technology (“Ministry”) for businessmen, small and medium sized enterprises (“SME”) and entrepreneurs was announced. The developments on intellectual property came into force under the Communiqué Pertaining to the Amendment of the Communiqué on the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office Fee […]

September 6, 2018

Turkey Introduces Export Proceeds Obligations

Legal Alerts
Tax

Recent Development The Ministry of Treasury and Finance published the Communiqué No. 2018-32/48 on the Decree No. 32 on the Protection of the Value of Turkish Currency (“Communiqué“), introducing an obligation for Turkish resident exporters to bring export proceeds into Turkey. The Communiqué, which entered into force through its publication on the Official Gazette on […]

September 6, 2018

Cosmetics Safety: Turkey Continues Cracking Down on Unsafe and Non-Compliant Cosmetic Products

Legal Alerts
Healthcare

Recent Developments The Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (“TİTCK”) recently announced the results of its cosmetic sector market surveillance and inspection conducted between April and June 2018. What Do the Results Say? The TİTCK’s Cosmetics Supervision Department detected unsafe and non-compliant cosmetic products as a result of its cosmetic market surveillance and inspection conducted […]

September 5, 2018

Amendment on the Regulation on Commercial Advertisement and Unfair Commercial Practices: The Misleading Commercial Practices has been Extended

Legal Alerts
Intellectual Property
International Commercial and Trade

A new article addressing the current currency fluctuations on consumer sales prices is introduced to the “Misleading Commercial Practices” section of the Regulation on Commercial Advertisement and Unfair Commercial Practices’ (“Regulation”) Annex titled “Examples of Unfair Practices” (“Annex”).

September 3, 2018

Data Protection Authority Announces Starting Dates for Registration Obligation

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IT & Communications

Recent Development

The Data Protection Authority (“Authority”) announced the starting dates for the obligation to register with the Data Controllers Registry (“VERBİS”).

August 18, 2018

Turkey Revises Pricing Rules on Medicinal Products for Human Use

Legal Alerts
Healthcare

Recent Development The Turkish Council of Ministers recently published a decision regarding the amendments to the pricing rules on medicinal products for human use (“Pricing Decision“). The Pricing Decision provides that the monetary value of 1 euro in Turkish lira used in the pricing of medicinal products for human use in 2018 cannot exceed 15% […]

August 17, 2018

BRSA Continues to Facilitate Financial Restructuring

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Banking & Finance

Recent Developments The Banking Regulatory and Supervisory Authority (“BRSA”) issued the Regulation on the Restructuring of Debts Owed to the Financial Sector (“Regulation”), which entered into force with its publication in the Official Gazette dated August 15, 2018 and numbered 30510. What’s New? Pursuant to the Regulation, debtors’ obligations to banks, leasing companies, factoring companies […]

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