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Turunc has advised Gelecek Etki Fonu on its investment in Brandefense in a round that included Sabanci Ventures, AK Portfoy, the Technology Development Foundation of Turkiye, TechOne, and Finberg. Kutadgu & Arsin advised Brandefense. Reportedly, BASEAK and the Diamond Law Group advised Sabanci Ventures, while BTS advised the Technology Development Foundation of Turkiye.

Dispute resolution clauses in contracts include arbitration agreements stating that the parties will attempt to resolve their disputes through mutual negotiation before going to arbitration proceedings, and if the dispute cannot be resolved in this way, arbitration proceedings will be resorted to.

On November 21, 2023, corporate/M&A and private equity experts from Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkiye, and Ukraine sat down for a virtual round table moderated by CEE Legal Matters Managing Editor Radu Cotarcea to discuss the key developments in the field over the past decade.

Dentons and its Turkish affiliate Balcioglu Selcuk Ardiyok Keki have advised the lenders on QNB Finansbank's dual currency loan including USD 241.5 million and EUR 235.7 million.

Charting Turkiye's choppy seas, Kolcuoglu Demirkan Kocakli Partner Bihter Bozbay Inan dives into the country's strengthening economic ties with the Middle East, its fiscal policies and upcoming local elections, and digital transformations in the banking sector.

White & Case and its GKC Partners Turkish affiliate have advised joint bookrunners BofA Securities, BNP Paribas, and Citi Bank on a Reg S/Rule 144A USD 400 million debut issuance of 8.5% senior guaranteed notes by TAV Havalimanlari Holding. Linklaters and Paksoy reportedly advised the issuers and the guarantors.

Kinstellar and Kavcic Bracun & Partners have advised Slovenia's Nova Ljubljanska Banka banking group on the acquisition of SLS Holdco and its subsidiaries from funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. 

In our Looking In series, we talk to Partners from outside CEE who are keeping an eye on the region (and often pop up in our deal lists) to learn how they perceive CEE markets and their evolution. For this issue, we sat down with Reed Smith Partner Kevin-Paul Deveau.

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