Capital Markets Board Law no. 6362 went into force after being in published in the Official Gazette dated December 30, 2012. Pursuant to article 138 of the Law, Borsa İstanbul A.Ş. was founded on the same date, for the purpose of serving as a securities exchange.
Borsa İstanbul brings together all the exchanges operating in the Turkish capital markets under a single roof. Its Articles of Association was prepared by the Capital Markets Board, and following its approval by the Minister in charge, it was registered on April 3, 2013, thereby receiving a foundation and operation permit.
The main purpose and field of activity of Borsa İstanbul is described as follows: "In accordance with the provisions of the Law and the related legislation, to ensure that capital markets instruments, foreign currencies, precious metals and gems, and other contracts, documents, and assets approved by the Capital Markets Board of Turkey are traded subject to free trade conditions in a facile and secure manner, in a transparent, efficient, competitive, fair and stable environment; to create, establish and develop markets, sub-markets, platforms, systems and other organized market places for the purpose of matching or facilitating the matching of the buy and sell orders for the above mentioned assets and to determine and announce the discovered prices; to manage and/or operate the aforementioned or other exchanges or markets of other exchanges; and to carry out the other activities listed in its Articles of Association."
Established on the basis of Capital Markets Law no. 6362, Borsa İstanbul is subject to private law. Borsa İstanbul is a self-regulatory entity.