Moroğlu Arseven supports IT clients of all sizes, as well as provides major international companies with IT law-related services. Our full-scope support involves strategic guidance for creating, acquiring, transferring, using and protecting technology.
The firm’s established client-base includes companies of all sizes and at all stages of development. These include local and international clients involved in hardware, software, web, mobile, software development, mobile services (such as mobile platform development), web services, e-commerce, cyber-crime, as well as all aspects of financing and investment. The firm often advises on issues which carry cross-border elements or inter-jurisdiction liability considerations.
Moroğlu Arseven’s lawyers understand the technical aspects of technology, including a wide range of software and hardware. The added layer of knowledge supports efficient client communications. These capabilities enable lawyers to quickly apply legal considerations to the underlying technology, advising on the regulatory consequences and legal aspects of a given technical approach or framework.
The firm is consistently at the forefront of interpreting and advising on IT-related legal issues, supporting clients to adapt their approach to suit modern technologies or navigate complex regulations. We have a strong track record assisting with “first of their kind” challenges in this context. Our knowledge of US and EU approaches or legislative details has proved valuable for clients as we can develop robust legal and business strategies, despite fluid local legislation. For example, second-hand software is widely discussed and regulated in other jurisdictions. We have used foreign knowledge to advise clients on likely developments in Turkey.
Our strong technical knowledge-base, combined with experience advising on international legal practices means Moroğlu Arseven has full-scope capacity to advise on a range of legal issues which arise for innovative and developing IT issues. These include intertwined commercial law and regulatory compliance perspectives. For instance, issues which arise for artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation, cryptocurrencies (notably Bitcoin and Ethereum), M2M and IoT systems, open source and open data, autonomous vehicles and drones, crowdfunding, data centres, analytics, embedded technologies, as well as online gaming, gambling and betting services. Strong regulatory compliance practices support our IT capacity, focusing on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism.
Moroğlu Arseven has significant experience advising on online payment solutions and FinTech, as well as related regulatory compliance and privacy issues. Staff are known for presenting creative solutions to legal challenges, as well as adapting traditional legal models to suit innovative environments and businesses.
We have one of the strongest practices in Turkey for IT-related acquisitions, start-up and growth financing. We represent almost all significant investors in Turkey’s tech-related venture capital, angel investment and entrepreneurship sectors.
Moroğlu Arseven’s strong intellectual property team helps IT clients to proactively protect their intellectual property in Turkey. The firm supports with a full range of issues, including litigation, enforcement, counselling, prosecution and transactions. Intellectual property advice is tightly integrated with other practice areas, assisting clients to establish, protect and commercialise their intellectual property assets from the earliest possible stage. For instance, dealing with unauthorized use, distribution, manipulation and sale of software, as well as app development and licensing issues. We also provide brand protection services for some of the world’s largest IT companies in Turkey.
Moroğlu Arseven regularly advises on processes and requirements for Turkey’s Information Technologies and Communications Authority, the Data Protection Authority, as well as the Directorate General of Communications, among other relevant regulatory bodies. We strategically support and represent clients during all aspects of their interactions with these bodies, assisting clients to obtain a wide range of routine and exceptional approvals, exemptions or licenses. Our support includes dealing with day-to-day regulatory relations, as well as high-stakes regulatory investigations or enforcement proceedings.
The firm’s dispute resolution team provides full-scope and integrated support to IT clients, meaning conflict specialists are involved from the early stages of emerging issues. We support clients with all aspects and perspectives on disputes, along with regulatory investigations. Support includes representing clients in a full spectrum of forums and related processes, including civil and administrative litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution methods, strategic negotiation and settlement processes, as well as injunctions and enforcement actions. For instance, representing clients involved in disputes about licenses and distribution agreements.
Moroğlu Arseven assists IT clients with all types of major corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, spin-offs, divestitures and group restructures. The firm has significant expertise assisting clients during complex, inter-jurisdictional transactions, where strategic guidance is required to deal with the legal, commercial and operational factors simultaneously. These projects often involve high values, or complicated leveraging and equity structures. We work closely with companies, shareholders, investors and financiers on both buy and sell-side, assisting through all stages of these projects. Moroğlu Arseven places a strong focus on ensuring we consider each client’s business objectives and the dynamics of the IT industry, then reflect these factors into the transaction’s structure, risk allocation, or asset transfers.