The novel coronavirus (Covid-19 disease) is having a deep impact on commercial life and gives rise to significant risks and challenges for businesses from all sectors. Businesses must act promptly and implement effective measures to mitigate these risks and challenges.
Our “Covid-19 Insights” is designed to keep our clients abreast of the legal developments as regards Covid-19 and ease their decision-making processes. In this page, you will find our client alerts and articles regarding Covid-19, categorized based on legal subjects for ease of reference.
Corporate and Commercial
Exceptions to restrictions on companies’ distribution of their net profits in 2019 was published in the Official Gazette on 17 May 2020 through the Communiqué on the Principles and Procedures of Implementation of the Temporary Article 13 of the Turkish Commercial Code and entered into force the same day.
The Omnibus Law provides for a temporary article to be inserted into the Turkish Commercial Code no. 6102, setting out restrictions on companies’ distribution of their net profits in 2019. Accordingly, cash profit distribution of companies cannot exceed 25% of their net profits belonging to 2019.
Legislative Proposal concerning the Law on Diminishing the Negative Impact of the Novel Coronavirus in Financial and Social Life and Amendment to Certain Laws is submitted to the Grand National Assembly as of 14 April 2020. Article 11 of the Legislative Proposal provides for a restriction on distribution of profits by companies in 2019.
The Omnibus Law provides a prohibition on termination of employment contracts for a certain period as well as setting out mandatory unpaid leave and financial aid for employees.
General Contract Law
Possible Effects of Covid-19 on Contracts: Hardship (08.04.2020)
A further precaution has been implemented in the judiciary system in relation to the COVID-19 disease.
While COVID-19 continues to spread, on 25.03.2020, the Grand National Assembly enacted the Law No. 7226 on the suspension of the procedural deadlines for the purpose of preventing loss of any rights due to the pandemic.
Following the postponement of the hearings and the suspension of the enforcement proceedings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the authorities have now issued a new regulation with regard to the deadlines in the adjudication proceedings.
Maritime, Shipping, and Transport
With the global community holding their breath to see how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect all aspects of our lives, from business to our daily behavior, governments are issuing precautions to slow down the worrying trend of the infection.