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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law’s competition practice has a stellar list of multinational clients, with the sizeable team advising on all aspects of competition law, including merger filings, preliminary and official investigations by the Turkish Competition Authority (TCA), and competition litigation. Recent highlights include advising General Electric on merger control aspects of its acquisition of Baker Hughes. In other work, the team represented MediaMarkt Turkey during investigations by the TCA. The ‘pragmatic and creativeGönenç Gürkaynak heads the practice; Hakan Özgökçen and Korhan Yıldırım are also recommended. The firm recently added Panasonic, Maersk Line and beIN Media Group to its client base.

Şahin Ardıyok heads the competition and regulation department at Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki and represents clients in investigations by the TCA. The practice also handles day-to-day competition matters and is particularly active in assisting with merger filings before the Turkish Competition Authority. In one recent highlight, the team led advice to LC Waikiki on the competition aspects of its franchise system in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The firm’s client roster includes JTI, ING Bank and Turk Telekom.


ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law delivers the top competition law practice in Turkey with 45 competition law specialists, out of a total of 90 lawyers at ELIG Gürkaynak. In addition to unparalleled experience in merger control issues, ELIG Gürkaynak 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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Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein covers the full array of competition work on behalf of multinational clients, including merger control filings, competition compliance, cartel investigations and dawn raids. Recent work includes representing Generali in the cartel investigation launched by the Turkish Competition Authority. The ‘innovative and practical’ Zümrüt Esin heads the team and ‘attentive and commercially savvy’ senior associate Sinan Diniz is also recommended.

Togan Turan heads the competition department at Paksoy and advises on merger notifications and filings, cartel investigations, competition compliance and litigious matters. In one recent highlight, the team assisted Migros with merger notifications and negotiations with the Turkish Competition Authority regarding its acquisition of Tesco Kipa. The client roster also includes Zurich Insurance, Bayer and Nova Nordisk.

Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı handles anti-dumping matters and competition compliance and assists clients with merger filings and notifications. In one recent highlight, the team represented Garanti Bankası in an individual exemption request filed before the Turkish Competition Authority, in connection with sub-licensing agreements for the American Express credit cards payment system. The practice is jointly led by Mesut Çakmak and Cem Çağatay Orak.

Seçil Abalı heads the competition department at Cerrahoglu Law Firm, which handles merger control filings in various sectors, including telecoms, life sciences and IT. Other strengths of the team are competition compliance, investigations, litigation and dawn raids.

Ercüment Erdem heads the competition practice at Erdem & Erdem Law Office and advises on risk mitigation, merger control filings, competition compliance and contentious work, such as investigations and litigation. In one recent highlight, the team represented Trakya Cam Sanayi in an investigation regarding the sheet glass sector. The firm recently added İş Bank, Çelik Motor Ticareti and Ekol to its client base.

GKC Partners’ competition practice is led by recommended counsel Sezin Elçin-Cengiz and provides ‘proactive, detailed and precise’ advice on contentious and non-contentious matters, including merger filings, compliance and litigation. It also represents clients in cartel and abuse of dominance investigations. Recent work includes representing Société Générale in a preliminary investigation conducted by the Turkish Competition Authority. Other clients include Nestle Waters, IFM Investors and Turkish Banks Association.

Gün + Partners’ competition department is particularly active in contractual and merger-related work and is recommended for its ‘sector knowledge and pragmatic approach’. The team also advises on cartels and internal investigations and is noted for its expertise in the life sciences sector. Mehmet Gün and Özge Atılgan Karakulak jointly head the department.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke handles merger control issues, risk mitigation and internal investigations. Recent work saw the team advising Hewlett Packard on the Turkish merger notification regarding the sale of its software business to Micro Focus. Other highlights included assisting DenizBank with defensive petitions against a fine issued by the Turkish Competition Board. Süleyman Cengiz heads the department.

Ece Güner heads the competition practice at Güner Law Office and advises on general competition law and merger control issues, as well as handling merger filings. The team successfully assisted Gulf Packing Industries with an anti-dumping investigation initiated by the Ministry of Economy. Other clients include Hutchinson and 21st Century Fox.

Moroglu Arseven’s competition department regularly conducts dawn raid simulations and is particularly active in the preventive area. The team, which is led by counsel Bora İkiler, also provides advice on competition compliance and merger control filings. The firm’s clients in this space include domestic and multinational companies, including British American Tobacco, May-Agro Seeds and Vicat Turkey.

Gökben Erdem Dirican and Okan Or head the competition practice at Pekin & Pekin, which handles merger clearance and filings, cartel and internal investigations, and competition litigation. Recent highlights include the representation of financial institutions in the investigation by the Turkish Competition Authority. In other work, the team advised Duisburger Hafen on obtaining merger clearance in Turkey for the establishment of a joint venture with Arkas Holding. Former practice head Kemal Serdengeçti left the firm.

Turunç provides general competition advice regarding transactions and contracts. The team is led by Noyan Turunç and counsel Esin Çamlıbel and is particularly active on the preventive side. Recent work includes advising Adam Opel on the competition law and clearance aspects of a product supply agreement. General Motors, Petronas and Nissan are other clients.

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