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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law covers the full array of compliance-related matters, including the drafting and implementation of anti-corruption processes, privacy compliance, data protection and internal investigations. The ‘accurate, responsive and experienced’ team is led by Gönenç Gürkaynak and is particularly experienced in whistle-blower protection. İlay Yılmaz and Olgu Kama are other key figures. The firm’s client base includes Al Shaya Group, Mobil Oil and Banks Association of Turkey.

Gün + Partners advises on regulatory compliance, anti-corruption, internal investigations, and external and criminal investigations related to matters including fraud, theft and breach of trust. The practice is led by Barış Kalaycı and Pelin Baysal. Another standout figure is managing associate Filiz Toprak Esin, who is experienced in compliance law and anti-corruption. Clients include multinational companies from multiple sectors, including life sciences, retail, construction and finance.


Günbay Attorney Partnership

Günbay Attorney Partnership’s Compliance team provides specialised legal advice in all corporate compliance matters such as fraud, misappropriation, forgery of documents and unfair competition, criminal investigations, legal proceedings and criminal litigations, abuse of trust by employees and directors and liabilities of directors and managers.

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Moroglu Arseven handles contentious and non-contentious compliance-related work, including data protection, internal investigations and dawn raid simulations. The team’s regulatory expertise spans employment, corporate and competition law, and covers the energy, life sciences, e-commerce and media sectors, among others. The practice is led by Burcu Tuzcu Ersin; Orçun Çetinkaya handles contentious matters. Benan Arseven and Seyfi Moroğlu advise on regulatory compliance. The firm’s clients include Vicat Turkey and Samsung Turkey.

The ‘excellent’ Birtürk Aydın heads the compliance and investigation practice at Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein and advises on the implementation of anti-corruption and compliance programs. The ‘highly competent’ team is experienced in transactional, corporate and financial compliance matters, as well as internal investigations. Recent highlights include being appointed compliance monitor by Gama Holding. The client roster includes Deutsche Lufthansa, PayPal Turkey and Hyundai.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli’s Okan Demirkan has ‘deep expertise in compliance matters, including those involving cross-border issues’, and advises local and multinational companies. The firm handles internal and criminal investigations and provides legal advice on regulatory compliance regarding anti-corruption, anti-bribery and corporate law.

BTS & Partners is particularly well known for drafting and implementing data protection compliance programs. Yasin Beceni and Tuğrul Sevim head the department. The firm’s client roster includes Microsoft and Koç Holding.

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