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Managing partner Gönenç Gürkaynak heads the practice at ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law, which recently hired Ekrem Kalkan, the former chief economist of the Turkish Competition Authority, as its competition economics counsel. In one highlight, the team successfully advised Dow Chemical Company and DuPont on preparing and submitting merger control notifications to the Turkish Competition Authority. Google, L’Oréal, Mercedes-Benz and Pfizer are also clients.

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki stands out for the breadth of its expertise, with the practice fielding several economists, including recent arrival Emin Köksal, and regulatory specialists. Practice head Şahin Ardıyok represented online food ordering platform Yemek Sepeti in an abuse of dominance investigation by the Turkish competition authority. Danone and Johnson & Johnson are new clients.


ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law

ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law delivers the top competition law practice in Turkey with 45 competition law specialists, out of a total of 87 lawyers at ELIG. In addition to unparalleled experience in merger control issues, ELIG has vast experience in defending companies before the Turkish Competition Board in all phases of antitrust investigations, abuse of dominant position cases, leniency handlings, and before courts on issues of private enforcement of competition law, along with appeals of the administrative decisions of the Turkish Competition Authority.

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Çakmak Avukatlik Bürosu frequently represents client in sectors such as energy, healthcare and banking on transactional aspects of competition law. Mehtap Yildirim Öztürk and Gamze Oz are recommended.

Esin Attorney Partnership, member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein is experienced in handling merger control work and major investigations regarding cartels and abuse of dominance. Zumrut Esin and Hakki Can Yildiz are recommended.

Turunç’s team of ‘great strategists’ is ‘incredibly internationally minded and commercially savvy’. The firm advised General Motors, as local counsel, on the competition aspects of its $125bn global alliance with PSA Peugeot Citroën. Founding partner Noyan Turunç and Esin Çamlibel are the practice co-heads.

Çakmak-Gökçe Avukatlik Bürosu has particular expertise in the highly regulated insurance industry. The team advised health insurer Anthem on antitrust filings in Turkey pertaining to its proposed $54.2bn merger with Cigna. Other clients include BNP Paribas, Nestlé Waters Turkey and Gama.

Secil Abali’s team at Cerrahoglu Law Firm assists with M&A filings, negative clearance and exemption applications, and compliance investigations. Clients include Nike, Ferrero and United International Pictures Turkey.

Erdem & Erdem Law Office’s practice head Ercüment Erdem is ‘easily accessible, persuasive and a good listener with strong evaluation skills’. Mert Karamustafaoğlu, who is ‘determined, creative and experienced’, joined in 2016 from the Turkish Competition Authority. He advises on the competition aspects of compliance programmes, M&A, joint ventures, privatisations and investigations, particularly involving the energy sector.

Gün + Partners is active on a range of compliance matters concerning the medical device industry, and recently acquired major clients in the alcohol and beverage sectors. Özge Atılgan Karakulak is the practice head.

Paksoy’s competition team is ‘highly professional, responsive and service-oriented’. Practice head Togan Turan advised Kuehne + Nagel on an investigation by the Turkish Competition Authority into an alleged price-fixing agreement by cargo block-train operators. Counsel Derya Genç is also recommended.

Birsel Law Office handles competition matters for Altimo, a Russian group with a significant investment in mobile phone operator Turkcell.

Çaga & Çaga is adept at handling contentious and non-contentious competition matters. In one highlight, the firm advised a global payment card operator on acquiring a Turkish ATM provider. Erdem Degerli and Idil Çaga Degerli are the key contacts.

Çigdemtekin Dora Cakirca Aranci Law Firm’s Gamze Çiğdemtekin and Kağan Dora advised Ortho Clinical Diagnostics on the competition aspects of its agreements with multiple distributors in Turkey.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants advises international clients – including eBay’s Turkish subsidiary – on all aspects of competition law. Key names include practice head İlknur Pekşen, Zihni Bilgehan and senior associate Leyla Ulucan, who is ‘easy to deal with and always helpful’. Oguz Akal left in 2016 for an in-house position.

At Güner Law Office, founding and managing partner Ece Güner and Ömer Erdoğan are the key names. The team advised Webhelp on the competition aspects of its acquisition of majority stakes in Turkish Call Centre operators Callpex and Bin Çağrı. The firm also provides ongoing competition advice to 21st Century Fox.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke is recommended for its transactional expertise, regularly advising domestic and international clients on the antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Kayra Üçer is the key contact.

Moroglu Arseven acts for clients including British American Tobacco and cement company Vicat Turkey, and frequently advises on distribution agreements. Bora İkiler heads the team.

Pekin & Pekin’s practice head Kemal Serdengeçti advised Chinese conglomerate Sinochem Group on a filing before the Turkish Competition Authority pertaining to majority control of Halcyon Agri. Okan Or is also recommended.

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