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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:
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www.elig.com

Gonenc GURKAYNAK

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

Work Department

Founding partner; head of the regulatory and compliance department.

Position

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 of ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law, a leading law firm in Istanbul, Turkey. Before founding ELIG Gürkaynak 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 Gürkaynak 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 Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law’s corporate and M&A practice has ‘deep knowledge and experience’ and provides advice on acquisitions, agreements, contracts, corporate restructuring and due diligence. Nazlı Nil Yukaruç heads the department alongside Gönenç Gürkaynak; Tunç Lokmanhekim retired in late 2016. The firm’s client roster includes L’Oréal Turkey, Edenred and Mobil Oil Turkey.

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Competition

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Gönenç Gürkaynak - ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

Within: Competition

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.

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Compliance

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Gönenç Gürkaynak - ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

Within: Compliance

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.

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Dispute resolution

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Gönenç Gürkaynak - ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

Within: Dispute resolution

Proactive and pragmatic’, ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law’s dispute resolution department is led by competition law expert Gönenç Gürkaynak and handles employment, commercial, competition and IP-related litigation. Recent highlights include defending Booking.com against a claim regarding unfair competition. Other clients include SanDisk, Google and 3M. Founding partner Tunç Lokmanhekim retired.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The ‘excellentELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law is particularly well known for its expertise in the data protection and privacy areas. In addition to contentious work, the firm handles transactions, contracts, licensing and regulatory compliance. The department is jointly led by Gönenç Gürkaynak and İlay Yılmaz and acts as sole Turkish legal adviser to Google, YouTube and Twitter concerning IT and telecoms-related matters. Clients include Dell, Mobil Oil and L’Oréal Turkey.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law’s Gönenç Gürkaynak and İlay Yılmaz lead advice on contentious and non-contentious IP matters and cover copyright matters, trade mark registrations, cancellations, infringement and litigation. The client roster includes well-known companies from the media, IT and entertainment sectors, such as Twitter, Google and YouTube.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law’s media and entertainment practice is particularly well known in the digital media space. Led by managing partner Gönenç Gürkaynak and İlay Yilmaz, the team advises on litigation, IP-related matters and access bans. In an ongoing mandate, the team is advising Wikimedia Foundation on objections against the April 2017 access ban of all Wikipedia websites in Turkey. Clients includes several media giants, such as Twitter, Google, YouTube and, most recently, beIN Group.

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IHL Briefings

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

 

Turkey: Merger Control

October 2017. By Gönenç Gürkaynak, Partner

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to merger control laws and regulations that may occur in Turkey . It will cover jurisdictional thresholds, the substantive test, process, remedies, penalties, appeals as well as the author's view on planned future reforms of the merger control regime. This Q&A is part of the global guide to Merger Control. [Continue Reading]

IHL Briefings

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

 

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

October 2016. By Gönenç Gürkaynak

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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