Lawyers Hande Yılmaz

Hande Yılmaz

Hande Yılmaz

Unsal Law

Hande Yılmaz is an associate at Ünsal Law Firm.

Hande’s practice focuses on blockchain, digital assets, technology, and data protection. She advises to cryptocurrency businesses in compliance matters and drafts contracts regarding digital assets. She helps companies from startups to major corporations on such areas.

Hande assists data protection compliance projects, has knowledge and experience in personal data protection areas and counsels on data privacy matters on an international level.

Hande graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Law in 2019 and is admitted to practice law in Istanbul.

Practice Areas & Work Department    

Blockchain & Digital Assets

Data Protection & Privacy

Corporate Compliance









Istanbul Bar Association

The Latest On The EU-US Data Transfers

The EU-US Data Privacy Framework received an adequacy decision by the European Commission on 6th July 2023. The decision allows the transfer of personal data between the EU and the US under certain requirements. However, concerns remain about the effectiveness and implications of the Framework. It follows previous agreements like Safe Harbor and Privacy Shield, which were invalidated by the CJEU due to concerns over US surveillance practices. Organizations must be vigilant about developments and adhere to data protection regulations for secure data transfers.


Fintech Laws and Regulations Turkiye 2023 - Part 2

In Turkey, the collection, use, and transmission of personal data are regulated under the Personal Data Protection Law (KVKK). Fintech businesses must comply with the KVKK's requirements for lawful and transparent data processing, explicit consent, and security measures. The KVKK applies to organizations established outside Turkey if they process personal data of individuals in Turkey. Data privacy violations may result in administrative fines, criminal sanctions, and civil liability. Fintech businesses must also adhere to cyber security regulations, including data protection and AI strategies. AML and financial crime requirements apply to crypto asset service providers.


Fintech Laws and Regulations Turkiye 2023 - Part 1

The fintech landscape in Turkey encompasses various types of fintech businesses, such as payment systems, digital banking, decentralized finance, insurance technologies, and more. The market has seen significant growth, with over 600 active fintech companies reported as of February 2023. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital financial services, particularly contactless payments and online banking. There is also a growing focus on sustainable finance, and regulatory agencies support fintech development. Crypto asset usage for payments is prohibited, but crypto exchanges are currently allowed to operate. Incentive schemes and funding options are available, including angel investors, venture capital, and government loans. IPOs and acquisitions have occurred in the fintech sector. Regulatory frameworks exist for electronic money institutions, payment systems, digital banking, and other fintech activities. Specific regulations for cryptocurrencies or crypto assets are currently under development, and a regulatory sandbox is being established for fintech testing.


Real Estate Tokenization

Real estate tokenization is a thriving business model, offering fractional ownership, liquidity, and accessibility through blockchain technology. Properties are represented as digital tokens, either as ownership interests in a company or directly on the title deed registry. Tokens can provide additional rights like profit-sharing and voting. Legal considerations vary by jurisdiction, including licensing, data protection, and securities regulations. While Turkey's regulatory framework is evolving, it presents opportunities for real estate tokenization. Buyer protection, compliance, and informed decision-making are crucial. Advancements in technology and regulations, such as MiCA, hold promise for the future of real estate tokenization, increasing transparency and efficiency.

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