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As a participant in the global banking and finance industry, you are faced with increasing financial, regulatory and political pressures. New rules on capital requirements, risk profile and investor protection pose challenges for your organisation. We have unmatched geographical coverage and more internationally (including English and US) qualified banking and finance partners on the ground in emerging Europe than any other law firm. We are your first port of call whether you are planning a cross-border transaction with a multi-jurisdictional security package or loan portfolio or implementing a first-of-a-kind financing structure in your domestic market.

CMS Turkey connects you to over 500 banking and finance lawyers in 34 countries worldwide. Our International Banking and Finance team has been advising on finance transactions in Turkey and across Central, Southern and Eastern Europe for well over 20 years. We advise lenders and borrowers on a wide variety of finance transactions, covering all financial product lines, including project finance, infrastructure and finance, acquisition finance, corporate lending, and structured trade finance. We offer international law capabilities on the ground in Istanbul – including English and US law advice.

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    Shari­ah com­pli­ant As­set Fin­ance bro­chure
    Brexit – ESMA puts in place no-deal memor­andums of un­der­stand­ing with...
    In a bid to cla­ri­fy the re­port­ing ob­lig­a­tions of trad­ing data fol­low­ing a no-deal Brexit, the European Se­cur­it­ies and Mar­kets Au­thor­ity (“ESMA”) has pub­lished a state­ment provid­ing guid­ance on how trad­ing data between the United King­dom and the European Uni­on.
    Draft Reg­u­la­tion on the in­form­a­tion sys­tems of the banks and elec­tron­ic...
    The Turk­ish Bank­ing Reg­u­la­tion and Su­per­vi­sion Agency (“BRSA”) has re­leased a draft reg­u­la­tion, namely the Draft Reg­u­la­tion on the In­form­a­tion Sys­tems of the Banks and Elec­tron­ic Bank­ing Ser­vices (“Draft Reg­u­la­tion”), which was pub­lished on the BRSA web­site.
    Crypto-as­sets un­der re­view: ESMA and EBA pub­lish their re­ports on...
    Yes­ter­day the European Se­cur­it­ies and Mar­kets Au­thor­ity (“ESMA”) and the European Bank­ing Au­thor­ity (“EBA”) each re­leased a re­port on crypto-as­sets. ESMA’s re­port sets out ESMA’s ad­vice to EU poli­cy­makers on ini­tial coin of­fer­ings and crypto as­sets.
    The ESA pub­lishes re­port on in­nov­a­tion fa­cil­it­at­ors
    On 7 Janu­ary 2019, the European Su­per­vis­ory Au­thor­ity (“ESA”) (con­sist­ing of the European Se­cur­it­ies and Mar­kets Au­thor­ity, the European Bank­ing Au­thor­ity and the European In­sur­ance and Oc­cu­pa­tion­al Pen­sion Au­thor­ity) pub­lished a joint re­port on “in­nov­a­tion.
    The stamp duty cap for 2019
    The stamp duty cap for 2019 has been an­nounced as TRY 2. 642. 810. In ac­cord­ance with the Stamp Duty Law No:488, any leg­al doc­u­ments signed in Tur­key, or signed abroad where the be­ne­fi­cial in­terest of the parties lies in Tur­key, will be sub­ject to stamp duty,.
    Fin­an­cial Leas­ing, Factor­ing and Fin­an­cing com­pan­ies: New le­gis­la­tion...
    The Bank­ing Reg­u­la­tion and Su­per­vi­sion Agency (“BRSA”) has re­leased a Com­mu­niqué on the Man­age­ment and Su­per­vi­sion of In­form­a­tion Sys­tems of Fin­an­cial Leas­ing, Factor­ing and Fin­an­cing Com­pan­ies (the “Com­mu­niqué”), which is based on the Law on Fin­an­cial Leas­ing,.
    New re­port | Con­nec­ted Fu­ture: in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies in the rad­ic­ally...
    Tech­no­logy-driv­en trans­form­a­tions are not only dis­rupt­ing our every­day lives, but are also rad­ic­ally trans­form­ing the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. On the one hand, in­nov­a­tion is driv­ing an up­grade of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, such as di­git­al; on the oth­er hand, it.
    Tur­key: Changes on the ex­emp­tions to the re­stric­tion on the use of...
    On 16 Novem­ber 2018, the Min­istry of Treas­ury and Fin­ance (the “Min­istry”) has an­nounced cer­tain changes on the ex­emp­tions to use for­eign cur­rency de­nom­in­ated or in­dexed pay­ments for cer­tain types of con­tracts among Turk­ish res­id­ents (the “Re­stric­tion”).
    What is the fu­ture of float­ing rates?
    The in­ter­b­ank mar­ket rates have served as a ref­er­ence for float­ing rates for all bor­row­ers for many years. Com­pan­ies and in­di­vidu­als that in­cur debt at float­ing rates are also ap­plied In­ter­b­ank Offered Rates (IBORs), such as EUR­I­BOR, LIBOR or TIBOR, de­pend­ing.
    Re­stric­tion on the use of For­eign Cur­rency in Turk­ish Con­tracts Ex­emp­tions...
    As ex­plained in our E-alert of 19 Septem­ber 2018, on 13 Septem­ber 2018, the Pres­id­ent of the Re­pub­lic of Tur­key re­stric­ted the use of for­eign cur­rency de­nom­in­ated or in­dexed pay­ments for cer­tain types of con­tracts among Turk­ish res­id­ents (the “Re­stric­tion”).
    Pro­gress with new re­struc­tur­ing rules in Tur­key
    The re­cent volat­il­ity ex­per­i­enced in Turk­ish fin­an­cial mar­kets and in par­tic­u­lar the de­valu­ation of Turk­ish lira have brought many bor­row­ers to the brink of de­fault. This has promp­ted the Turk­ish au­thor­it­ies to take ac­tion.