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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law advises multinationals and Turkish conglomerates on the full gamut of compliance matters including anti-corruption, data protection issues, internal investigations and privacy compliance. Clients include Huawei, Associated British Foods and Mercedes-Benz. The ‘very professional’ team is co-headed by partner İlay Yılmaz and counsel Damla Doğancalı, who joined from Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli, and Gönenç Gürkaynak, whose work is ‘inspiring for all lawyers’. Olgu Kama left for Norton Rose Fulbright.

The ‘co-operative, attentive, responsive and friendly’ team at Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International is led by Birtürk Aydın. It advises on the full range of compliance matters including monitoring services, corporate governance, investigations, data protection, anti-corruption, anti-bribery, trade sanctions and export controls. Clients include the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), PepsiCo and Gama. Senior associate Kerem Kuşcu is also recommended.


Firat – Izgi Attorney Partnership

Firat - Izgi also advises its multinational clients on direct selling and multi-level marketing law in Turkey. The firm advises its clients on their day to day business activities in relation to various matters including but not limited to permission procedures, distribution contracts, promotion activities, custom controls and product liability. Its experience in the regulatory area also covers government relations. Firat - Izgi advises on compliance matters in every stage, for full compliance with applicable marketing laws. The firm’s direct selling practice includes but are not limited to, assisting in entering the market, designing/drafting contracts (distributor, consumer), review of commission schemes, advising on tax aspects, advising on warranty requirements, advising on data processing and review of marketing brochures.

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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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Gün + Partners provides advice on ‘strategy and practical day-to-day matters enabling businesses to effectively mitigate compliance risk’. Areas of expertise include anti-corruption, internal and external investigations, anti-bribery, fraud, sanctions and compliance matters. The team, led by Bariş Kalayci and Pelin Baysal, acts for large multinationals in sectors such as energy, TMT, construction, real estate and life sciences. Managing associate Filiz Toprak Esin is also recommended.

Moroglu Arseven handles a broad range of regulatory compliance issues and risk mitigation matters. Areas of expertise include anti-corruption, anti-terrorism, antitrust, international trade remedies and sanctions, business crimes, corporate governance, employment law and privacy. Key sectors of expertise include healthcare, fintech, media and advertising, food and beverage and industrial manufacturing. The team is co-headed by five partners: Burcu Tuzcu Ersin, Orçun Çetinkaya, Benan Arseven, Seyfi Moroğlu and Ertunç Şirin.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli is adept at handling compliance matters relating to anti-corruption, anti-bribery, governance, regulatory, investigations litigation and data protection. It is acting for all of Hugo Boss’ Turkish subsidiaries in relation to compliance with data protection legislation and day-to-day employment and corporate law matters. Other clients include Duracell, Marubeni Corporation and Marsh & McLennan Companies. Okan Demirkan heads the team.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants advises on privacy, data protection, banking and finance regulations, anti-corruption issues, general regulation and internal investigations. Clients include LinkedIn and Zenith Ship Management. The ‘experienced, hardworking and disciplined’ team is headed by Zihni Bilgehan, Ilknur Peksen and senior associates Ayşegül Böğrün and Leyla Ulucan.

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