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İlay Yılmaz

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ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law


Ms. İlay Yılmaz is a partner at ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law and joined the firm in 2008, following her years of practice at reputable law firms. Her practice focuses on Internet law, IT and telecoms law, media and entertainment law, data protection and privacy law, contracts law, energy market law and general corporate law. Ms. Yılmaz has authored and co-authored many articles and essays pertaining to her practice areas, in addition to speaking at conferences and symposia on similar matters.


Ms. Yılmaz has been a member of the Istanbul Bar since 2006.


Ms. Yılmaz graduated from Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Law in 2003 and obtained her LL.M. from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2016.


Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law advised Warner Bros on revising agreement templates to be signed by dubbing artists. Other well-known clients include Twitter, Google and YouTube. Managing partner Gönenç Gürkaynak heads the practice and İlay Yılmaz was promoted to partner in 2015.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law has been active in the convergence of media and technology, ensuring that news and entertainment organisations comply with internet restrictions in Turkey. Managing partner Gönenç Gürkaynakprovides a very detailed analysis of case law and presents his thorough knowledge of complex issues in a way that is easy to follow’. İlay Yılmaz is ‘responsive and explains all complex issues before concluding with an action plan’. Clients include Twitter, Google and Marriott.

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A Comparison Between EU Directive 95/46/EC and Data Protection Legislation in Turkey

October 2016. By İlay Yılmaz

Turkey's newly enacted Law on Protection of Personal Data (DP Law) is based on EU Directive 95/46/EC (the Directive). Although the DP Law is mainly based on the Directive, it is not identical and it differs from the Directive in certain points. The main difference between the Directive and the DP Law is that Directive focuses on the act of processing personal data rather than the parties to such processing, whereas the DP Law mainly provides rights and imposes obligations on the parties of a data processing act. [Continue Reading]

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