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CITLENBIK SOKAK NO: 12, YILDIZ MAH, BESIKTAS, 34349 ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Tel:
Work +90 212 327 1724
Fax:
Fax +90 212 327 1725
Email:
Web:
www.elig.com

Gonenc GURKAYNAK

Tel:
Work +90 212 327 1724
Email:
ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law

Work Department

Founding partner and managing partner; head of the regulatory and compliance department.

Position

Managing partner dealing with all areas of regulatory and compliance matters, with particular expertise on competition law, including defences to investigations, merger filings, general competition law advice; together with general corporate and contracts law, white-collar irregularities, litigation, technology, media, and telecommunications, and internet law practices.

Career

Mr. Gönenç Gürkaynak is a founding partner and the managing partner of ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law, a leading law firm in Istanbul, Turkey. Before founding ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law in 2005, Mr. Gürkaynak worked as an attorney at the Istanbul, New York and Brussels offices of a global law firm for more than eight years. Mr. Gürkaynak heads the “Regulatory and Compliance” department of ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law. He also holds a teaching position at undergraduate and graduate levels at two universities in the fields of law and economics, competition law and Anglo-American law. He has a total of more than 150 international and local articles published in English and in Turkish, and two books, one published on “A Discussion on the Prime Objective of the Turkish Competition Law From a Law & Economics Perspective” by the Turkish Competition Authority, and the other on “Fundamental Concepts of Anglo-American Law” by Legal Publishing.

Languages

English, French.

Member

Istanbul Bar Association (1998); New York State Bar (2002); Brussels Bar (2003), Law Society of England and Wales (2004); IBA; ABA; UIA; ICC; and SRA.

Education

Ankara University School of Law (1997 LLB); Harvard Law School (2001 LLM).


Turkey

Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law provides ‘excellent support, particularly in terms of response times, appropriateness of advice and depth of the team’. The firm’s sector expertise spans the retail, manufacturing and machinery, education and digital media industries, among others. New client wins include Pandora and Hutchinson. Nazlı Nil Yukaruç, who was promoted to partner in 2015, is ‘responsive and always keen to help’. Senior partner Tunç Lokmanhekim, Gönenç Gürkaynak and Kemal Korhan Yıldırım have ‘excellent knowledge and communication skills’.

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Competition

Within: Leading individuals

Gönenç Gürkaynak - ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law

Within: Competition

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.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

Gönenç Gürkaynak - ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law

Within: Dispute resolution

ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law’s team acts for clients including Google, 3M, and L’Oréal. Gönenç Gürkaynak is ‘talented and experienced’ and ‘creates well-rounded claims and defence strategies’; Tunç Lokmanhekim provides ‘a premium service to international corporations’; and counsel Ceyda Karaoğlan Nalçacı is also recommended.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The team at ELIG, Attorneys-at-Lawalways finds the best solution and considers all possible legal consequences’. The ‘diligentGönenç Gürkaynak is assisting Huawei Turkey with local data protection laws.

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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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If your firm wishes to publish IHL Briefings or articles, please contact Antony Dine on +44 (0) 207 396 9315 or antony.dine@legalease.co.uk

 

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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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