DATA PROTECTION & PRIVACY
Data protection and privacy has become a very crucial topic both for domestic and international companies Especially for those businesses which are being operated in several territories, data collection, processing, cross border data transfers and centralized databases exposes several legal and regulatory challenges. BTS & Partners advises its clients on a wide range of issues which includes the collection, processing, disclosure and cross-border transfer of data, . BTS & Partners holds extensive knowledge of current and draft (prospective) rules and laws as well as practice of data protection in Turkey and the current and draft data protection rules imposed in the European Union (EU) territories, EU third country policies and EU standard contractual clauses as well as intra-group data transfer and sharing agreements. In virtue of those, BTS & Partners assists clients for drawing-up, adjusting and implementing website privacy policies and corporate data protection & privacy policies and practices; provides compliance analysis and legal support for digital archiving, risk management and forensic computing investigations.
Yasin Beceni (LL.M.)
Managing Partner - Attorney at Law
Yasin advises clients on a wide range of commercial transactions including outsourcing agreements and other procurement arrangements as well as advising generally on contentious, non-contentious and transactional information and communication technologies and intellectual property law issues including information security, investments, privacy, new products and services, digital media, payment services, e-commerce.
Yasin Beceni is the managing partner of BTS & Partners. He advises clients on a wide range of commercial transactions including outsourcing agreements and other procurement arrangements as well as advising generally on contentious, non-contentious and transactional information and communication technologies and intellectual property law issues including information security, investments, privacy, new products and services, digital media, payment services, e-commerce. He also has significant experience on information society issues at a national and European Union level and in advising on ICT market legal risk analysis, product and services deployment and development in Turkish market, engagement strategies with governmental, academic and non-governmental institutions. He advises clients in drafting and negotiating ICT infrastructure and services contracts, joint venture/company agreements as well as agreements relating to acquisition of significant stakes in telecom and IT companies. Mr. Yasin Beceni's clients include multinational audit companies, technology services and outsourcing companies, NGO's, holding companies, telecommunications companies, financial institutions, software and hardware suppliers and other information society service providers.
He is the author of numerous papers on information society, intellectual property, regulatory risk assessment, innovation incentives and supports, privacy, e-government, cyber crimes, electronic signatures, information security, electronic commerce and e-contract, knowledge economy and trade practices issues and speaks regularly on e-business, IT outsourcing, information society, electronic and mobile signatures, information security and contracting issues. He also participates to the activities at a government, private, NGOs and academic levels such as conferences, trainings, conventions, seminars, councils, panels, legislation committees, workshops and strategy studies. Mr. Yasin Beceni is also part-time lecturer at Bilgi University, ICT Law Masters Program. He gives a lecture titled as "Information and Communications Technology Law Policies, Economic Affects and Practices_" to postgraduate level, LL.M. students of that Program.
Yasin has extensive knowledge and experience in data privacy and acted as the lead outside counsel to major Turkish and multinational entities for their data privacy compliance projects in Turkey. He also rendered cross border data privacy advise to Turkish entities having affiliates abroad.
He graduated from Marmara University Faculty of Law in 2001; he completed his LL.M at Istanbul Bilgi University on Economics Law in 2005, and is admitted to Istanbul Bar Association since 2003.
He provides services in Turkish and English.
Professional and Association Memberships
Turkey Informatics Foundation (TBV) / Chief Legal Counsellor;
Turkish Informatics Industry Association (TÜBİSAD) / Chief Legal Counsellor;
İstanbul Bilgi University Informatics and Technology Institute / Chief Academic Consultant;
Information and Communication Technologies Authority National ccTLD
Domain Name Coordination Committee Infrastructure and Process Working Group / President;
Ministry of Justice Electronic Commerce Code Preparation Committee / Member;
Ministry of Transport and Communication Internet Committee / Member,
Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen’s Association (TÜSİAD) Entrepreneurships and Innovation Working Group/Member;
Turkish Treasury Office Electronic Commerce Working Group / Member;
Information and Communication Technologies Authority National Electronic Signature Coordination Committee Law Working Group / Vice President;
Information Security Association/Founder and Member;
Turkish Revenue Administration Electronic Invoice Working Group / Member,
Ministry of Trade and Industry Turkish Commercial Code Secondary Legislation Preparation Committees / Vice President.
International Bar Association, Technology Law Committee / Member
ItechLaw / Member
Tuğrul Sevim (LL.M.)
Partner - Attorney at Law
Tugrul specializes in complex IT and telecommunication contracts (development, licensing, integration, outsourcing), electronic commerce and internet legal issues, privacy law and complex IT litigation (Expert proceedings, alternative dispute resolution)
Tuğrul Sevim is one of the founding partners of BTS&Partners.
He assists clients in the management of their Intellectual Property portfolios and establishment of their market strategies on complex ICT projects and in negotiating and drafting complex IT contracts with strong Intellectual Property and regulatory content. Mr. Tugrul Sevim's client include consultancy management, technology services and outsourcing companies, telecommunication companies, software and hardware suppliers, fintech companies.
Tuğrul also has a strong capability in data privacy. advises businesses on how to strategically manage their privacy, security, electronic workplace, and e-business legal risks both domestically and globally. He has assisted a wide range of business in a variety of industries by developing a privacy strategy that yields practical solutions in a rapidly evolving area and that weighs costs and benefits in a light of a company's risk profile and culture. In this regard, he:
He graduated from Marmara University Law Faculty in 2003 and is admitted to Istanbul Bar Association since 2004. He completed his LL.M at Istanbul Bilgi University on Economics Law and he still continues his Ph.D. studies at Yeditepe University on Private Law. Mr. Tugrul Sevim is also a part-time lecturer at Bilgi University Economy Law Master Program. Currently he gives a lecture on information security law.
He provides services in Turkish; English and French.
Professional and Association Memberships
İstanbul Bilgi University Information Technology Law Center / Academic Consultant;
Turkish Standards Institute JTC1 SC27 Committee Member;
Turkish Telecommunication Authority National Electric Signature Coordination Committee Law Working Group / Reporter;
Turkish Revenue Administration Electronic Invoice Working Group/ Member;
Ministry of Trade and Industry Turkish Commercial Code Secondary Legislation Preparation Committee / Member
Selin Beceni (LL.M.)
Partner - Attorney at Law
Selin specializes in mergers and acquisitions as well as in corporate law, public procurement law, property law and employment law.
Selin is the lead partner in our Corporate Group, based in İstanbul.
She has over 15 years of experience covering the whole range of corporate and M&A work, including the incorporation of foreign-capitalized companies, conducting share sale transactions, asset sales, joint ventures, investment agreements and resolving shareholders' conflicts. She is also experienced in public procurement law, employment law and property law.
In recent years, Selin was involved in various mid-level private M&A deals and also represented clients bidding for major public tenders. She also advised one of the most prestigious venture capital funds of Turkey for its investments to various portfolio companies in ICT sector.
Selin's clients include top international players in various industries such as ICT, medical appliances, transportation, oil and gas, real estate and steel.
Selin is skilled in understanding and evaluating the business needs of the client in order to fit such needs within the legal transaction. She is a good team player and time and quality sensitive in terms of the content of the deliveries to her clients.
She graduated from the Faculty of Law of Ankara University in 1999 and has been a member of the Ankara Bar since 2000 and transferred her registration to Istanbul Bar in 2006. She is an active member of the International Bar Association and Women Presidents Organization-Turkey Chapter.
Selin works in Turkish and English.
Batu Kınıkoğlu (LL.M)
Senior Counsel - Attorney at Law
Batu has a broad range of experience on data protection and telecommunications law and is valued by clients for his technical knowledge and dedication.
Batu is a senior counsel and attorney-at-law at BTS&Partners.
He advises clients on a wide range of issues, including data protection, information privacy, cybersecurity, e-commerce and telecommunications law. His expertise also includes copyright and open source software licensing.
Batu has a diverse client base that includes domestic and international software, telecommunications, e-commerce companies and payment service providers as well as leading NGOs in the technology sector. He directs various regulatory compliance projects. Batu also advises clients on public procurement projects relating to information and communication technologies.
Batu has articles published in international refereed academic journals on subjects ranging from copyright to internet regulation.
Batu is a graduate of Robert College and Istanbul University Law Faculty. He holds an LL.M. degree in Innovation, Technology and the Law from the University of Edinburgh. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Batu works in Turkish and English
Merve Gözüküçük (M.A)
Merve pursuant with her dual background, pursues her career as a compliance analyst and a privacy professional at BTS&Partners in İstanbul. She specialized in Data Protection, Privacy, Business and System Analysis, Project Management and Compliance.
Merve is a senior consultant on compliance at the BTS &Partners, based in İstanbul.
Her practice covers all areas of data protection compliance projects. She leads the compliance projects as the project manager and supports the business development processes. She plans and pursues information gathering, business analysis, regulative assessment steps, she coordinates the communication between the clients and the internal legal teams. She specifically has an expertise on data protection and privacy field.
She studied applied mathematics and engineering during her undergraduate education in İstanbul Technical University and started her career as a business and system analyst. She then worked in one of the leading ISP companies as a compliance analyst and lead the compliance projects including the issues on data protection, customer rights, service quality, security issues. She has experience both in finance and telecommunication sector. She completed IT Law M.A. program in İstanbul Bilgi University in 2014 and wrote her dissertation on “A Controversial Protection Method on Data Processing: Data Anonymization”. She spent 2013-2014 fall term in Vrije University Amsterdam, Law Faculty as the exchange student during her postgraduate education.
She has a specific expertise on Privacy & Data Protection and holds European Privacy Certification (CIPP/E) of International Association of Privacy Professionals. She also pursues her role as the IAPP İstanbul Chapter Chair since 2015.
Merve works in Turkish and English.
Associate - Attorney at Law
Kübra offers consultancy in IT, commercial & employment law and she is also an appreciated litigator specialized mostly on consumer and fraud cases.
Kübra works as an associate in BTS & Partners and she is one of the contact persons of the office for litigation.
Since 2012, she has been advising local and multinational clients in IPR contract negotiation support, eCommerce, Telecommunications, Contract Law, Employment Law and Consumer Law. However, she mainly presents litigation services in civil cases and criminal cases related to cyber crimes.
Kübra is specialized in consumer disputes and litigation and mediation and also advises clients on commercial transactions and conducting negotiations.
Her litigation experience covers a significant number of cases, in which she has represented clients before common courts, criminal courts, during mediations and in informal settlement talks.
Kübra has participated in conferences, seminars on ICT and Contract Law, government promotion regarding ICT sector especially.
She has joined Istanbul Bar Association and Union of Turkish Bars in 2012.
Kübra studied law at the School of Law of the Koç University and graduated from Koç High School in 2006. Kübra recently studies Business Information Systems master in Boğaziçi University.
She works in Turkish and English.
Burak Uzun (LL.M.)
Associate - Attorney at Law
Burak specialises in technology law, personal data protection, IP litigation, public tenders, consumer protection law, e-commerce, payment services and e-money.
Burak is an associate in our ICT Group, based in İstanbul.
Burak is a young lawyer with a strong focus on ICT sector. He provides legal services in technology law, personal data protection, IP litigation, public tenders, consumer protection law, e-commerce, payment services and e-money. He also has experience on safeguard measures in WTO regime. Additionally, he supports his clients in their relationships with public authorities by providing them government relations consultancy services.
Recently, Burak was involved in a project which is providing legal and government relations consultancy services to leading e-money company in Turkey. Previously, he was part of a team that represented a global leading software company with mobile phone branch in the safeguard investigation on mobile phone imports initiated by Turkish Government. He also represented a client in public tender proceedings of the FATİH Project which included purchasing 10 million tablets to public schools. Additionally, Burak is working in a team that provides data protection compliance projects.
Burak’s clients include top international players in various industries in ICT, white appliances, steel, and medical appliances.
Burak graduated from the Faculty of Law of Istanbul University in 2012 and has been a member of the Istanbul Bar Association since 2013. He has LL.M. degree in private law from Galatasaray University. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Istanbul University Institute of Social Sciences in the field of private law.
Burak works in Turkish and English.
Associate - Attorney at Law
Ecem specializes in IT law, contracts law, e-commerce law and intellectual property law.
Ecem is an associate taking part in our information and communication technologies, regulatory and compliance, and intellectual property teams.
Ecem has experience in IT and telecommunication contracts (development, licensing, integration, outsourcing), electronic commerce and IT law. She assists clients in negotiating and drafting complex contracts on a wide range of subjects. She also provides clients legal advice and memoranda on IT law issues, monitors the advancements in the IT sector, follows up statutory changes and adoptions, participates in the process of IT market legal risk analysis and preparation of regulatory and technical compliance reports.
She works with both local and multinational companies including technology services and outsourcing companies, telecommunication companies, software and hardware suppliers and other information society service providers.
She graduated from the Faculty of Law of Yeditepe University in 2012 and has been a member of Istanbul Bar since 2013. She obtained her LL.M. degree in Business Law from Galatasaray University in 2016.
Ecem works in Turkish and English.
Associate - Attorney at Law
Erdem advises on Turkish personal data protection and electronic communications law.
Erdem is an associate at BTS&Partners. He specializes in data protection and electronic communications law.
He works with both local and international clients in the Turkish telecommunications market. Besides advising on several projects with some of the most important communications operators in Turkey, he works with international operators on local regulatory compliance matters.
Erdem advises his clients on data protection matters and especially on conducting privacy impact assessments and drafting privacy policies. He also advises both local and foreign clients on business models which involve cross-border data flow especially the ones with the EU.
He graduated from the Galatasaray High School (2009), Galatasaray University, Faculty of Law (LL.B.) (2013) and has been a member of the Istanbul Bar since 2015.
He earned his European Privacy Certification granted by the IAPP and became a Certified Information Privacy Professional for Europe (CIPP/E) in 2016. He is currently studying at Galatasaray University to obtain his LL.M. degree in Private Law.
Erdem works in Turkish, English and French.
Associate - Attorney at Law
Müge works in mergers and acquisitions, as well as in corporate law, investments and employment law.
Müge is an associate in our Corporate Group, based in İstanbul.
Müge is working with clients ranging from start-ups to large multinational companies as well as venture capitals, as a part of consulting services on various issues on information technologies law, commercial and contract law. In this regard, she provides legal consultancy services related to company formations, merger and acquisitions, restructuring of legal entities, preparation of contracts and corporate documents regarding corporate law.
Müge also monitors the advancements in the ICT sector, follows up statutory changes and adoptions. She has participated in the process of ICT market legal risk analysis and preparation of regulatory compliance reports. She provides clients legal advice and memoranda on various areas including employment law, data protection, payment systems, e-commerce.
Müge graduated from Notre Dame High School, CA, USA in 2010 and Yeditepe University, School of Law in 2014. She has joined Istanbul Bar Association and Union of Turkish Bars in 2015.
Aysu specializes in Business Analytics, Data Analysis, Project Management in Data Protection Compliance Projects.
Aysu is an analyst in our law firm, based in İstanbul.
Her practice covers all areas of data protection compliance projects. She specifically has an expertise on data protection and privacy field and she participates in compliance projects for clients and leads the workshops. She is also experienced in business analytics, data analysis and project management.
She has experience in working as a test analyst and has project management experience in finance sector. She has conducted projects on the portfolio management, optimization, financial engineering, logistics processes, and programming.
She graduated from System and Industrial Engineering program at Yeditepe University in 2012. Afterward, she received her MSc. Degree from Koç University on Industrial Engineering in 2015 and worked as a freelance consultant in many optimization projects during her postgraduate education. She also pursued her career as a research and teaching assistant at Koç University between the years 2012-2014.
Aysu works in Turkish and English.
Başak specializes in data protection and e-commerce law.
Başak is a legal intern at BTS & Partners.
She focuses her practice on data protection and e-commerce law. She provides counseling in regulatory matters.
Prior to joining BTS & Partners, Başak gained experience in corporate law and M&A. She took part in trans-border transactions which included companies involved in e-commerce.
Following her graduation from the law faculty of the University of Assas (Paris II), she pursued her studies with a master’s degree in English Law at Oxford University. She completed her graduate studies with a degree in English-American Business Law from the Sorbonne University in Paris and an LL.M. degree from Cornell Law School. She obtained her equivalency in Turkish law from the Faculty of Law of Ankara University.
She is an attorney at law admitted to practice in New York (2012) and expected to be registered with the Istanbul Bar in 2017.
Başak works in Turkish, English and French.
Burcu specializes in project management, marketing management, data analysis and business consultancy.
Burcu is a consultant on compliance at the BTS &Partners, based in İstanbul.
She leads the compliance projects as the project manager. She drives the projects with client teams and pursues information gathering, business analysis on site. She also coordinates the communication between the clients and the internal legal teams.
She started her career in working as a product & category manager in IT companies, then worked as a project manager in a Turkish consumer goods company. She did lead too many B2B and B2C projects for both national and multinational environment. Afterward, she did continue her practice in pricing & portfolio management in telecom sector.
She graduated from Management Engineering program at İstanbul Technical University in 2008.
Burcu works in Turkish and English.
Irmak specializes in data protection and privacy as well as in e-commerce and telecommunications.
Irmak monitors the advancements in the ICT sector; follows up statutory changes and adoptions, aids in the process of ICT market legal risk analysis and preparation of regulatory and technical compliance reports. She has experience in working with both local and multinational companies and provides clients legal advice and memoranda on topics, including privacy and data protection, E-Commerce and Telecommunications. She also has experience in Contract Law and she participates in the process of drafting contracts for clients on a wide range of subjects.
She graduated from the Faculty of Law of Koç University in 2015 and has been a member of the İstanbul Bar since 2016.
Irmak works Turkish and English.
Naz specialises in Data Protection/Privacy Law, IT, Media & Telecommunications Law, as well as Internet law, Entertainment Law, Contracts Law and Corporate Law.
Naz is an associate attorney at BTS&Partners.
She has expertise on data protection and privacy fields and she participates in data protection compliance projects for both local and foreign clients. Her practice also covers, privacy-related and IT contracts, commercial law, media and Internet law, IT and telecoms law. She is also experienced on social media issues, content regulations and trademark infringements through domain names.
She has experience in working with both local and multinational companies. She has also conducted litigation and settlement processes in her field.
Naz graduated from the Faculty of Law of Bilkent University in 2012 and has been a member of the Istanbul Bar since 2013. She is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Protection (IAPP) and earned the European Privacy Professional Certification (CIPP/E) of IAPP in 2015.
Naz works in Turkish and English.
Susen is an associate at BTS&Partners where she focuses on data protection and electronic communications law.
She is particularly experienced in advising local and international clients on various aspects of data protection law. Susen regularly provides legal advice and memoranda to the clients on broad data protection law and related regulatory works, follows up with the statutory changes and the ruling cases in this respect. Furthermore, she assists her clients in developing and implementing comprehensive data protection and electronic communications law compliance policies and practices.
Susen additionally conducts legal risk assessments of clients practices and provides advises in this regard. She has also worked on several subjects regarding intersections between data protection and competition law and rendered advises to her clients.
She graduated from the TED Ankara College (2007), Yeditepe University, Faculty of Law (LL.B.) (2012) and admitted to the Istanbul Bar Association in 2014. She is currently studying at Bilgi University to obtain her LL.M. degree in Business Law.
Tuğçe specializes in data protection law and contracts law.
Tuğçe is an associate at BTS&Partners. She advises clients on data protection law and contracts law. Her expertize also includes project financing.
She advises her clients on data protection matters and particularly on conducting privacy impact assessments and drafting privacy policies. She also assists clients in negotiating and drafting complex contracts on a wide range of projects.
She works with both local and multinational companies including technology services and outsourcing companies, telecommunication companies, financial services companies and other information society service providers.
Tuğçe is a graduate of Marmara University, Faculty of Law (LL.B.) and holds an LL.M. degree in Commercial Law from the University of Bristol. She has been a member of the Istanbul Bar since 2014.
Tuğçe works in Turkish and English.
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