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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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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

September 2016. By Gnen Grkaynak, Managing 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 Gnen Grkaynak

Turkey's newly enacted Law on Protection of Personal Data (DP Law) is based on EU Directive 95/46/EC (theDirective). 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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Legal Developments in Turkey

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  • New Industrial Property Law

    The Industrial Property Law abrogating the patchwork of decrees that governed intellectual and industrial property rights has been published in the Official Gazette and entered into force on January 10, 2017.
  • Privatization of Domestic Coal-Fired Power Plants in Turkey

    The privatization tender of Çayırhan-2 coal reserve area and the construction of a coal-fired power plant project (“Çayırhan-2 Project ”) was concluded on February 6, 2017, which has been the first of the new wave of privatization of coal reserves and construction of lignite coal-fired power plants in Turkey in line with the recent incentives regarding utilization of domestic coal reserves for electricity generation. This client alert outlines the main novelties in relation to this new wave of lignite-fired power plant tenders, which is expected to continue with several other privatizations in 2017 as explained below.
  • Important Changes to the Electricity Market Licensing Regulation

    On February 24, 2017, the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (“EMRA ”) published a Regulation (“Amending Regulation ”) containing important changes to the Electricity Market Licensing Regulation (“Licensing Regulation ”), including the removal of the share transfer restriction at the pre-license period for transfers to foreign companies and foreign-capital companies, and changes related to the Renewable Energy Resource Areas (“YEKA ”). Highlights of major changes are as follows:
  • The New ICC Arbitration Rules

    As of 1 March 2017, the new Arbitration Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (“New ICC Rules ”) have come into effect and superseded the former version of the ICC arbitration rules, which have been in effect since 2012.
  • Novelties Introduced by the Movable Pledge Law

    As of January 1, 2017, Law No. 6750 on Pledge over Movable Assets in Commercial Transactions ("Movable Pledge Law"), which was enacted on October 20, 2016, entered into force and abolished Law No.1447 on Commercial Enterprise Pledge ("Commercial Enterprise Pledge Law"). The Movable Pledge Law introduces significant changes and offers more practical methods for establishing pledge over movable assets as explained below.
  • Determination of Injury in Anti-Dumping Investigations: Turkey’s Side of the Story

    I - Introduction
  • Turkish Health PPP Projects

    The Turkish health sector has undergone major reforms over the past ten years as part of the health transformation program. The most important pillar of such program has been the development of public-private partnership (“PPP ”) model health campus projects. More than twenty health campus projects with an investment amount of more than € 10 billion have been developed through PPP model in Turkey. They are currently at different stages ranging from tendering to operation, and more than ten health PPP projects are still in the pipeline.
  • Infrastructure REIC: An Alternative Source of Funding for Infrastructure Projects

    With the start of operation in certain BOT and other PPP model infrastructure projects in Turkey, refinancing alternatives have become more attractive and diversified. Capital market instruments and institutions are likely to have a greater share in the refinancings of projects which have become operational and the construction risks have been removed. Over the last few years, the use of capital market instruments in the infrastructure financings have gained a new impetus with the introduction of various incentives and financing solutions in this aspect. Most recently, the removal of the 1/3 and 1/5 bond issuance limits for healthcare PPP projects on 18 February 2017 represented an important step towards incentivizing the use of bonds in the healthcare sector. In line with this overall strategy, the government has also adopted various measures to make the Real Estate Investment Companies (“REICs ”) more attractive for the financing/refinancing of infrastructure projects such as BOT, BLT and other PPP projects.
  • Ankara-Niğde Highway Project

    Tender process for 330 km Ankara-Niğde Highway Project has been launched by the General Directorate of Highways upon publication of the tender announcement in the Official Gazette on December 30, 2016.
  • Establishment of the Natural Gas Spot Market in Turkey

    In line with the government’s objectives to make Turkey a regional hub for natural gas trading, a natural gas spot market has been established by the Natural Gas Organized Wholesale Market Regulation published in the Official Gazette on 31 March 2017.