Firms To Watch: Competition

AAT Partners was established in 2020 and handles competition compliance matters.
Koyuncuoglu & Köksal Law Firm is a business law boutique with a niche expertise in competition litigation.
Öncel, Aydın & Uygun Attorney Partnership has seen an uptick in competition investigation mandates recently.
SRP-Legal is particularly notable for its expertise handling competition matters relating to fintech.

Firms in the Spotlight Competition

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law delivers the top competition law practice in Turkey with 52 competition law specialists, out of a total of 95 lawyers at ELIG Gürkaynak. In addition to unparalleled experience in merger control issues, ELIG Gürkaynak has vast experience in defending companies before the Turkish Competition Board in all phases of antitrust investigations, abuse …

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Competition in Turkey

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Lawhas gathered a team of exceptional experts in the fields of competition law‘ to establish itself as the standout practice in the market. Its latest three arrivals, counsels Ebru İnce and Harun Gündüz, as well as senior associate Çiğdem Gizem Okkaoğlu, all have professional experience working at the Turkish Competition Authority (TCA), and join a team led by the firm’s founding partner Gönenç Gürkaynak, one of the foremost names in the field, with ‘deep knowledge of the regulator’s practice and decisions‘. It is routinely involved in some of the most significant investigations before Turkish and European courts, as well as merger control filings and advice on transactions, all for a base of blue-chip clients. Senior associate Dilara Yeşilyaprak is an experienced advisor on regulatory matters. Counsel Barış Yüksel  left the firm in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gönenç Gürkaynak

Other key lawyers:

Korhan Yıldırım; Öznur İnanılır; Eda Duru; Onur Özgümüş; Ebru İnce; Dilara Yeşilyaprak

Testimonials

‘Gönenç Gürkaynak is an outstanding practitioner, with deep knowledge of the regulator’s practice and decisions.’

‘Having opinions and advice from ELIG Gurkaynak Law Firm provides us the confidence to solve our problems since we know that they are experienced in this market as they can keep up with the regulations and practice, and also, their communications with the administrative authorities are excellent.’

‘Responsive, despite time-zone issues, and willing to take feedback and find business friendly approaches. Gönenç Gürkaynak seems particularly client oriented.’

‘Working with Gönenç Gurkaynak & Öznur Inanilir is a comfort for us considering their experience in the field and great dispute resolution skills. The complicated dispute resolution matters or competition matters can be solved easily due to their intelligence and ability to deal with the legal problems. They are great at specific regulations related to the competition matters and always into the daily matters and never miss to inform us regarding the crucial legal developments.’

‘ELIG has gathered a team of exceptional experts in the fields of competition law, including former members of the TCA. Their combined experience is unique compared to other law firms in Turkey.’

‘Gönenç Gürkaynak is the most responsive senior partner I know. He takes care of the clients’ needs personally and you always have the good feeling that your matter is in good hands.’

‘Knowledgeable team that can navigate complex and unprecedented issues. Also trains junior lawyers well.’

‘Best in class law firm on competition law related matters in Turkey, with biggest in size and most competent team.’

Key clients

3M San. ve Tic.

Akçansa Çimento Sanayi ve Ticaret

Allianz Sigorta

Allied Universal Topco

Associated British Foods

AstraZeneca

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Bain Capital Investors

Bayer CropScience Schweiz

Booking.com

Bytedance

Cargotec

Çimentaş İzmir Çimento Fabrikası Türk

Çimsa Çimento Sanayi ve Ticaret

Cinven Capital Management (VII) General Partner

Derichebourg Environnement

Discovery

Digital Turbine

DSV Panalpina

Edenred Türkiye Kurumsal Çözümler

General Electric Company

Google

GrandVision

Gruma DE

Hapag-Lloyd

India Glycols

Konecranes

London Stock Exchange

L’Oréal Türkiye Kozmetik Sanayi ve Ticaret

Matlı Yem Sanayi ve Ticaret

Medcem Beton Üretim Pazarlama Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi

Medcem Madencilik ve Yapı Malzemeleri San. ve Tic

Merck Sharp Dohme İlaçları

Mutlu Akü ve Malzemeleri Sanayii Anonim Şirketi

Pacific Investment Management Company

Pfizer İlaçları

S.F. Holding

Société Générale

Tiktok Turkey Dijital Medya ve Reklam

Türkiye Çimento Müstahsilleri Birliği (Turkish Cement Manufaturers’ Association)

Unifrax Holding Co.

Universal City Studios Productions

Varian Medical Systems

Warner Bros Turkey Film Limited Şirketi

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Assisted London Stock Exchange Group with the merger control filing for its acquisition of sole control over Refinitiv Holdings’ business.
  • Advised Peugeot on merger control approval for its merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, forming Stellantis.
  • Acted for Alexion Pharmaceuticals and AstraZeneca in the merger control process of the acquisition of sole control over Alexion Pharmaceuticals by AstraZeneca.

ACTECON

Praised for its ‘excellent expertise‘, boutique firm ACTECON is dedicated to competition and international trade matters. Its competition law practice is led by experienced experts Fevzi Toksoy and Bahadir Balki , recommended by one client for their ‘deep knowledge of competition law.‘ The group handles investigations, including representing Facebook in an abuse of dominance investigation by the TCA, while on the transactional side, domestic and multinational companies across a range of sectors have sought counsel from the team on merger control filings and advice through the duration of complex matters. Recent cases in the insurance, eyewear and aviation industries are indicative of the diversity in its caseload.

Practice head(s):

Fevzi Toksoy; Bahadır Balki

Other key lawyers:

Ertugrul Can Cabolat; Caner Çeşit

Testimonials

‘They have a broad team with expertise and experience. I believe that what makes Actecon unique is that they know the practice very well and they respond very quickly to requests and carry out a detailed review. Thus, they make their clients feel very safe.’

‘Bahadır Balki has a full knowledge of the legislation and practices in the field of competition law. When we ask a question, he informs us very clearly, not only with theoretical legal knowledge, but also for practice.’

‘The team is very committed, collaborative and supportive. Each and every member of the team owns client project/matter and treat as if their own problem. They always add value to the work.’

‘Fevzi Toksoy has excellent understanding of economy/competition law interaction and the potential consequences. He helped us devising the right strategies throughout the project to understand economic impact and conducting economic analysis.’

‘Caner Çeşit and Ertugrul Canbolat are excellent team players. They understand client’s position, expectation, hesitations and devise solutions accordingly.’

‘Actecon Competition team, under the leadership of Fevzi Toksoy, meets all the clients’ requirement: excellent expertise, good knowledge of the authority mechanisms, great understanding of the business needs and constraints, and open to discussion on the grounds and process. Very well appreciated from business as well.’

‘ACTECON is specialized both in competition law and international trade remedies. So their risk aversion advice is invaluable. Bahadir Balki is at the antitrust front and Fevzi Toksoy is at the trade remedies side. Both partners are unmatched in such complex matters.’

Key clients

Veolia

Aer Cap Holding

Astorg Funds

Constantia Flexibles

Cinven Strategic Financial Funds

Engie

Fiat&Chrysler

Raffles Private Holdings

Vestel Elektronik

Haver Farma

Domino’s Pizza

Volkswagen

Audi

Facebook

GIC Group

EssilorLuxottica

Baker Hughes

DFDS

Watson Group- Turkey

Banvit

Goodyear Turkey

Renault MAIS-Turkey

Nissan-Turkey

Iveco-Turkey

Jacobs Douwe Egberts-Turkey

Leaseplan-Turkey

Avivasa

Kent Gıda

Çiçek Sepeti

Aksigorta

N11

Coca-Cola Turkey

Sabancı Holding

Getir

Yurtiçi Kargo

Mekan.com (Fırsat bu Fırsat)

Söke Un

Beşler Et

Standard Profil

Ulusoy Un

Celebi Ground Handling

Goltas Cement

Erdermir Group

Oyak Cement Group

AK-KIM Chemical Products

Ege Ekspres

Migros

Sogad

ÇEİS

Lasder

ALD Automotive

Oyak Gıda

Temsa

Turkish Publishers Alliance

Work highlights

  • Advised AerCap Holdings on the acquisition of sole control over aircraft leasing business of GE Capital Aviation Services.
  • Acted for EssilorLuxottica on the acquisition of HAL’s 76.72% interest in Grandvision, culminating in sole control over Grandvision.
  • Advised Astorg Asset Management on its acquisition of sole control over Solina Corporate from Ardian France.

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki

A very strong team with excellent knowledge of its field‘, Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki has a sizeable, experienced and collaborative competition law practice that works with lawyers with different jurisdictional experiences; economists; IT specialists and regulatory experts. In TCA investigations the recent focus has been on the consumer products and digital technology markets, reflective of market trends. On the advisory side, companies sought advice on competition law amendments that are bringing Turkey’s legislation in line with the EU. Şahin Ardıyok oversees the wider competition, public policy and regulation team, and Bora Ikiler jointly heads the competition team with him. Evren Sesli is a further contact to note and Barış Yüksel joined as of counsel from ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Şahin Ardıyok; Bora İkiler

Other key lawyers:

Evren Sesli; Armanç Canbeyli

Testimonials

‘They put the clients front and centre, they understand the need and they have the required knowledge for a perfect legal service.’

‘Sahin Ardiyok and Bora Ikiler are very much on top of the issues of the clients (despite the very good allocation of work among the team members) and are very much aware of the client’s priorities. Their expertise from the sector and the authority deviates them from the rest of the competitors and makes them great partners to work with.’

‘A very strong team with excellent knowledge of their field. Always reachable and ready to provide support.’

‘BASEAK’s main strength lies in the depth of its competition team, and their agility to meet the challenging deadlines. The team also includes a data scientist and software engineer, which is not frequently encountered in Turkey. All in all, a very trustworthy team.’

‘Bora İkiler is a hands-on and pragmatic lawyer with deep understanding of the client’s business. Bora possesses the ability to adapt his views swiftly, without prejudicing the continuity of the operations. He is clear and concise in his advice, and is very reachable and deeply engaged in the assistance the firm provides to its clients.’

‘The team’s expertise in competition law, industry knowledge and accessibility give a sense of safety both for investigation and day-to-day competition matters.’

‘BASEAK has one of the strongest competition practices among Turkish law firms. The stronghold is mainly driven by the team, co-headed by Şahin Ardıyok and Bora İkiler. Very resourceful team, always with the ability to bring a new perspective to the table.’

‘BASEAK’s expertise in competition practice is exceptional. They quickly grasp the matter at hand, always consider client’s priorities and tailor their opinion accordingly. I think they stand out in the market by their specific-to-client opinions and are not struck with classical borders. They are open to challenges, discussions and new ideas and always end up with providing a first tier legal advice, regardless of the circumstances. Needless to say, they are very helpful in following up and taking actions with respect to upcoming legislation(s).’

Key clients

JTI

Cargill

L’Oreal

Yemek Sepeti

Henkel

Lilly

Work highlights

  • Assisting Lilly İlaç Ticaret with tender participation procedures with competition law rules, tender and pharmaceuticals regulations.
  • Representing Türk Henkel Kimya Sanayi ve Ticaret before the TCA in the first Covid-related antitrust investigation in Turkey.
  • Representing Yemek Sepeti Elektronik İletişim Tanıtım Pazarlama before the TCA in a labour market investigation.

Erdem & Erdem Law Office

Erdem & Erdem Law Office is one of the go-to firms for domestic companies needing competition law counsel, whether it's assistance with merger control filings or representation in investigations. On the latter front, a particular recent focus has been in regards to price increases in various Covid-hit sectors. 'Expert in his field' Mert Karamustafaoglu  jointly heads the practice with the firm's founder and senior partner Ercüment Erdem, while senior associates Ecem Süsoy Uygun and Merve Bakırcı are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Mert Karamustafaoğlu; Ercüment Erdem

Other key lawyers:

Ecem Süsoy Uygun; Merve Bakırcı

Testimonials

‘The people we work with are professional, collaborative, solution-oriented, well-intentioned, disciplined, easily accessible, hardworking, innovative and informative.’

‘Mert Karamustafaoğlu is an expert in his field and has full knowledge of legislation in this field. Also he is highly competent in current developments regarding competition law and has a high reputation before the Administrative Authority. High level of knowledge of not only local but also international legislation and decisions is one of the important features that make a difference. The combination of these qualifications with positive communication ensures the service received extremely satisfactory.’

‘Ecem Süsoy Uygun always provides solutions and gives legal advice to our questions as quickly as possible. She pays attention to every detail in her work and patiently tries to get all kinds of information from her clients in order to give the right answer.’

‘We would like to commend Ecem Süsoy Uygun, who was our main contact and provided very satisfactory service. We were provided with easy to understand explanations about complex aspects of Turkish law and procedure, and she proved to be a great companion in helping us to navigate through those waters.’

‘Ercüment Erdem has deep knowledge in competition law. Due to his dispute resolution skills he manages to handle the transaction with a varied perspective.’

‘Mert Karamustafaoğlu who actually led the team is a previous chief competition expert in Turkish Competition Authority, which is an unmatched team asset to obtain not only theoretical but also precise and realistic advice. We are very glad to work with Mert who always brings in new ideas, practical and business oriented solution alternatives and appreciates the business aspect of discussions. We trust his expertise and it is always an eye opening discussion with him when we bring new subjects to him. He can make himself easily understood by persons having different levels of knowledge in his field of expertise.’

‘Merve Bakırcı is great at specific regulations related to the competition law matters and always into the daily matters. She is a very hard working, responsive lawyer who is always available to help and support. She is also very business minded and practical in her work which I really appreciate.’

‘The office has a very high level of legal expertise in the field of consultancy and is very competent in relevant fields. Always easily accessible and provides highly qualified service in a reasonable time. Even though if there are personnel changes under the corporate identity, the quality of the service provided never changes. Also the office has comprehensive knowledge of technological developments and maintained client relationships during the pandemic very well.’

Key clients

Türkiye Şişe ve Cam Fabrikaları

Trakya Cam Sanayii

Red Bull Gıda Dağıtım ve Pazarlama Ticaret

Anadolu Restoran İşletmeleri (McDonalds)

Türk Hava Yolları

Yemek Sepeti Elektronik İletişim Perakende Gıda Lojistik

TEB Arval Araç Filo Kiralama

Çelik Motor Ticaret

Remzi Avcı Özel Sağlık Hizmetleri Tekstil Otomotiv Sanayi ve Ticaret

Carrefoursa Carrefour Sabancı Ticaret Merkezi

Türk Ekonomi Bankası (TEB)

CMA CGM Deniz Acenteliği

Gemlik Gübre

Adel Kalemcilik

Anadolu Isuzu Otomativ

Ekol Lojistik

Yalova Ro-ro Terminali

Alternative Taşımacılık

Çelik Motor

Bankalararası Kart Merkezi (Interbank Card Center)

BMC Otomotiv

Türkiye İş Bankası

Yıldız Entegre Ağaç

Dorak Tur. ve Gayrimenkul Yat. Holding

Kapadokya Balon

Sultan Balon Havacılık

Atmosfer Balon

Gökyüzü Balon

LE CO Deri

CO DMC

Pamukkale Birlik Online Turizm

Elis Balonculuk Havacılık ve Eğitim Turizm

Denizli Havacılık Turizm

Uluer Havacılık

Discovery Havacılık

Samanyolu Hava Balon Eğt.

Şeref

DLX Seyahat Acentalığı

Akben

Deluks

GNM

Stüdyo

Work highlights

  • Representing Şişecam in the investigation launched by the Turkish Competition Authority based on the excessive price allegations in flat glass market.
  • Representing Red Bull in an investigation launched by the TCA based on the allegations that some undertakings that are producers/suppliers in the consumer goods industry have violated Article 4 of Law No. 4054.
  • Acted for Yemek Sepeti in an abuse of dominance investigation initiated by the Authority due to most favoured nation clauses applied by the company.

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie Inter

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein's client base of heavyweight multinationals benefit from its global network when it comes to multi-jurisdictional competition matters. Practice heads Zümrüt Esin and Hakan Özgökçen are frequent fixtures on the Turkish aspects of global transactions with competition implications, a recent standout being Fiat Chrysler's merger with Groupe PSA, which included a phase II TCA investigation. The team also acts for clients in standalone antitrust investigations, for which senior associate Sinan Diniz is an important contact.

Practice head(s):

Zümrüt Esin; Hakan Özgökçen

Other key lawyers:

Sinan Diniz

Testimonials

‘Unique expertise, excellent knowledge, high quality opinions. Always trusted.’

‘Partners’ and theirs teams’ trustworthy experience and high quality as lawyers.’

‘The team is very well prepared to support both the legal and business of the companies. As a team, they are highly knowledgeable, strategic and straightforward practitioners.’

‘Sinan Diniz has been particularly brilliant in supporting the company in a high profile merger process. He has a very client- focused approach and always provides insightful and practical advice. The strong all-around competition law expertise and self-control of Hakan Özgökçen are of high value.’

‘Esin is our trusted partner for Competition Law related questions.’

‘Sinan Diniz is our key contact at Esin. His detailed and comprehensive advice, eases the work that we need to do both for external and internal compliance purposes. He has a good level of industry knowledge, which helps him to understand the sensitivities of our business, which in turn allows him to give us relevant and reliable advice.’

Key clients

Hyundai Motor Group

AAR

Ube Industries

Mitsubishi Materials

Mondi

Turkey Wealth Fund

Platinum Equity Advisors

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Work highlights

  • Advised Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on its merger with Groupe PSA, including assisting with a phase II investigation, to secure conditional clearance of the merger by the Turkish Competition Authority.
  • Acted for Hyundai Motor Group on its the acquisition of sole control over Hyundai Assan Otomotiv Sanayi, securing unconditional clearance.
  • Advised Mondi on the acquisition of a 90.38% stake in Olmuksan International Paper, a Turkish public company, and on the post-acquisition matters such as mandatory tender offer and post-closing integration.

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case)

'Truly an expert in the field', counsel Sezin Elçin-Cengiz coordinates the competition practice at GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case). She has over 20 years of experience in the area, including a decade working at the TCA, and represents the firm's heavyweight clients in merger filings and exemption or clearance applications, as well as cartel and abuse of dominance investigations. The association with White & Case yields blue-chip clients in areas including banking and insurance, and it collaborates with its international network on cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Sezin Elçin-Cengiz

Testimonials

‘Sezin Elçin-Cengiz spearheads GKC’s competition practice, and she never falls short of providing top notch legal advice on very complex issues. The team is relatively small, something which the firm may work on in the future to supplement Sezin’s invaluable assistance to her clients.’

‘Sezin is truly an expert in the field. She turns the most complex topics into clearly understandable briefings. She is extremely hands on and always reachable, another area where she has no room for even the slightest improvement.’

‘GKC Partners is certainly a powerhouse in Turkey when it comes to full-fledge law firms. They are not precisely known for their competition practice, but that is a misevaluation – especially given Sezin Elçin-Cengiz’s presence.’

‘Sezin Elçin-Cengiz is an important figure in the field, having good communication skills with the authorities. She is able to understand the business needs swiftly.’

‘The team is always available, very responsive, very careful yet as fast as possible. What stands out most is that the team is also well-aware of the sector and business, even handles paralegal work and takes the burden off of clients’ shoulders. The client can respond to the team’s questions and sit back knowing that the matter is in safe hands.’

‘Sezin Elçin-Cengiz provides accurate insights as to what to expect.’

Very competent and familiar with the Turkish competition practise, experienced, pragmatic, available and able to translate and summarize discussions in a proper manner. Able to provide a good team of relevant lawyers, with one excellent leading member. Value for money and providing attractive engagement offers.

Key clients

Sun Chemical

SSR Mining

Zynga

Zurich Insurance

Riyadh International Catering

Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company PJSC

Goldman Sachs International

EBRD

Synthos

Huron / Ardian France

Work highlights

  • Represented DIC Corporation and its US subsidiary Sun Chemical in the merger control aspects of its proposed acquisition of BASF’s global pigments business.
  • Acted for Zynga in a multijurisdictional merger filing analysis with respect to its numerous acquisitions that Zynga successfully completed in the past year: Peak Games, Rollic games, Chef Games and Uncosoft Yazılım.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs International and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in merger filings to the Competition Authority in Turkey relating to their minority investment in DgPays, a Turkish digital payments business.

Paksoy

Paksoy acts in the fall gamut of competition law matters, drawing on its wider knowledge of regulatory expertise that it has developed in its years as one of the leading independent full-service firms. Togan Turan heads the antitrust and competition department, as well as co-leading its M&A offering, providing a single point of contact for merger control filings and investigations arising from transactions. Counsel Gülçin Dere and associate Deniz Benli both frequently support the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Togan Turan

Other key lawyers:

Gülçin Dere; Deniz Benli

Testimonials

‘The competition team at Paksoy are user-friendly, collaborative and responsive.’

‘Togan Toran is a reassuring presence who provides timely, pragmatic advice.’

‘Incredible responsive team with an in-depth knowledge of Turkish competition law.’

‘Associate Deniz Benli has a very pragmatic approach and is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

AmerisourceBergen

Aon

Blackstone

BNP Paribas / TEB

Daimler / Volvo

Danfoss

Guangdong Galanz

Imerys

Ineos

KKR

L Catterton

Nestlé

Nordic Capital

Siemens Healthineers

SK Capital

TCL Technology Group

Temasek Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised Aon on the merger control filing for its acquisition of Willis Towers Watson.
  • Assisted L Catterton with a merger control notification to the TCA for the acquisition of Birkenstock Group.
  • Advised Guangdong Galanz on a merger control notification to the TCA for the acquisition of control over Whirlpool (China) through a partial tender offer for the acquisition of 51% to 61% of its issued shares.

ZESA Attorney Partnership

The ‘excellent competition lawyers‘ at boutique firm ZESA Attorney Partnership are dedicated to this area of law and support clients in the full range of investigations as well as transactional matters. Zeynep Ergün, ‘one of the most reputable competition lawyers in Turkey‘ works on both the transactional side and in investigations, while her co-founding partner Sibel Yılmaz Atik has extensive experience of significant cartel and abuse of dominance investigations.

Practice head(s):

Zeynep Ergün; Sibel Yılmaz Atik

Testimonials

‘Excellent competition lawyers with good understanding.’

‘The two founders Zeynep Ergün and Sibel Artik are stellar partners and truly dedicated to what they do. Zeynep has tremendous experience and provides through competition law advice. Sibel is extremely responsive, very pragmatic and always to the point in her advice – a wonderful lawyer to work with! They are our first choice for competition law advice in Turkey.’

‘I frequently work with Sibel Atik who has a good business mindset and excellent knowledge of competition law. Sibel is very reachable and she is always ready to help and provide tailor-made services.’

‘The team around the highly experienced and competent Zeynep Ergun is very responsive, communicates very well among each other, is highly diverse (two women partners in lead) and has very competitive pricing.’

‘Zeynep Ergun clearly is one of the most reputable competition lawyers in Turkey. She is very experienced, always up to date, with an incredible knowledge of the law. She is further very hands on and very pragmatic, delivering quick and practicable solutions to clients. Her experience allows her to work hand in hand with international law firms providing seamless advice with very high quality. She has an incredible network.’

‘ZESA law, headed by Zeynep and Sibel, is a very client-oriented law firm. The team is very responsive, provides feedback and analyses as well as merger control filings within a short period of time. They are true experts for the Turkish market and have in-depth knowledge in their practice group regarding Turkish case law.’

‘Both Zeynep and Sibel (together with their team) are extremely responsive and take care of their clients’ needs. They provide immediate and tailor-made feedback as well as analyses and have a good network.’

‘Highly professional, exceptional antitrust expertise, amazing team.’

Key clients

NIVEA Beiersdorf Turkey

Bayer Türk Kimya San. Ltd. Şti.

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche

LG Turkey

HSBC Bank

Pernod Ricard Turkey

Tesa Turkey

Enerjisa Üretim Santralleri A.Ş.

CGV/Mars Cinema Group

HP Türkiye

AbbVie

Yelp Inc.

Yandex LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Nivea Beiersdorf Turkey in the investigation against fast-moving consumer goods suppliers and retailers.
  • Advising Doğanay Gıda on an investigation against food and beverages suppliers and retailers/distributers.
  • Acting for Porsche in the investigation initiated against five companies related to emission standards.

ARI Attorneys at Law

ARI Attorneys at Law has established itself as a ‘boutique competition law firm that gives excellent service‘ since its inception in 2017, with founder Haluk Ari drawing on 11 years of experience working at the Turkish Competition Authority. Benan Arı is the other partner at the firm and is particularly noted for advice to firms in the automotive and white goods manufacturing industries. The team’s recent matter highlights have covered both competition law considerations for transactions, as well as investigations by the TCA.

Practice head(s):

Haluk Arı

Other key lawyers:

Benan Arı

Testimonials

‘ARI Attorneys at Law provides us very exceptional service on competition law. When there is a competition law related issue, they are in our need as quick as possible, and they provide solutions always on time. They are always with us, and they give very fast responses to us even during the pandemic.’

‘They know the automotive industry inside and out. They know the workings of the industry and can give competition law related legal advice based on their expertise in the industry. We can consult with them on topics ranging from brand copyright to commercial undertakings.’

‘A boutique competition law firm that gives excellent service.’

‘The background and the knowledge of Haluk Arı who owns the law firm is very precious. He was working at the competition authority thus he has a very good knowledge about the practices of the authority and their next step to come.’

‘With a deep experience and expertise in competition law Arı is a reliable partner for us. We can reach them when necessary and they reply our questions quickly. Also younger members of the team are flexible and eager to help.’

‘Haluk Arı is one of the best competition law experts in Turkey. He is a master on his working area besides he is accessible any time when we need his support.’

‘I feel they are an extended part of my team and I can rely on each and every one of the team to take on the job with our best interest in mind. They approach the matter as if it is their own business.’

‘Haluk Arı is very hands on, business oriented and expert person in competition practice.’

Key clients

Koç Holding

Türkiye Petrol Rafinerileri (Tüpraş)

Tofaş Türk Otomobil Fabrikasi

D-Market Elektronik Hizmetler ve Ticaret (Hepsiburada)

Arçelik

Aygaz

Anadolu Anonim Türk Sigorta Şirket

Hayat Kimya Sanayi Anonim Şirketi

Kastamonu Entegre Ağaç Sanayi Ve Ticaret

Otokoç Otomotiv Ticaret Ve Sanayi

Türkiye Beyaz Eşya Sanayicileri Derneği (Türkbesd)

Doğan Trend Otomotiv Ticaret Hizmet Ve Teknoloji

Ege Gübre Sanayi

KoçSistem Bilgi ve İletişim Hizmetleri

Arkem Kimya Sanayi ve Ticaret

Altıntel Liman ve Terminal İşletmeleri

Gökbil Nakliyat Depolama Lojistik San.Tic.

Work highlights

  • Advised Arçelik on competition law related matters of its establishment of the new joint venture company Arçelik Hitachi Home Appliances with Hitachi Global Life Solutions for $300m.
  • Represented Hepsiburada in a TCA investigation against Hepsiburada and Anka Mobil Tedarik to determine whether there was a violation in the law related to a most favoured customer clause, discrimination, restriction of intra brand competition, refusal to deal and resale price maintenance.
  • Represented Ege Gübre in the TCA’s investigation against six undertakings active in the fertilizer manufacturing market in Turkey.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke assists with competition and antitrust investigations, as well as merger control filings and support on M&A. Its client roster includes a range of domestic and international clients, with a particularly strong presence in the transportation and retail sectors. M&A lawyers Senem Denktaş and Kayra Üçer oversee the practice which includes senior counsel Süleyman Cengiz, who is the go-to contact and expert in competition matters, having spent 14 years as an agent for the TCA.

Practice head(s):

Senem Denktaş; Kayra Üçer

Other key lawyers:

Süleyman Cengiz; Mey Akkayan

Key clients

Mavi

Arcelormittal

NGK Spark Plug Co

UPS Hızlı Kargo Taşımacılığı (UPS Turkey)

Ege-Tav EGE Tarım Hayvancılık

Kale Nakliyat Seyahat

Fairfax Financial Holdings

Adel Kalemcilik Ticaret Sanayi

Sumitomo

Gerflor

Atasun Optik Perakende

Xylem Water Solutions Global Services

Work highlights

  • Represented Ege-Tav EGE Tarım Hayvancılık in a TCA investigation for anticompetitive conduct.
  • Assisted Adel Kalemcilik Ticaret Sanayi with revising and modernising its distribution network and advising on all of the competition issues that arose.
  • Advised Mavi on its restructuring of various distribution agreements to establish a country-wide selective distribution system.

Moroglu Arseven

Moroglu Arseven has a growing and increasingly sophisticated competition law offering, strengthened in April 2021 by the hiring of senior associate İlayda Güneş from Paksoy. She adds antitrust and compliance expertise to a practice that covers the range of competition matters, including investigations, merger control filings and due diligence. Experienced corporate law partners Seyfi Moroğlu, Benan Arseven and Burcu Tuzcu Ersin coordinate the practice.

Practice head(s):

Seyfi Moroğlu; Benan Arseven; Burcu Tuzcu Ersin

Other key lawyers:

İlayda Güneş

Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak

Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak assists a mix of domestic and international clients with their competition law issues, fielding a team that now attracts multinational clients through its association with the Brussels office of Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I and its international network. Practice head Arpat Şenocak is an expert in M&A advice but has a focus on the competition law aspects of transactions, particularly in the insurance, steel, and food and beverage spaces. Senior associate İklim Gülsün Aytekin is the other key contact.

Practice head(s):

Arpat Şenocak

Other key lawyers:

İklim Gülsün Aytekin

Key clients

Lactalis Group

BNP Paribas Cardif Emeklilik

Axa Sigorta

Ak Gida Sanayi ve Ticaret

Renault Trucks

Carel

Universal Clinics SL / Igenomix SLU

Zeplin Yazilim Sistemleri Ve Bilgi Teknolojileri Anonim Şirketi

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

Steelcase

Alexander McQueen

ALD Automotive Turizm Ticaret Anonim Sirketi

Work highlights

  • Advised Carel regarding the notification to be made to the Turkish Competition Authority regarding its acquisition of 51% of the shares of CFM Soğutma ve Otomasyon Sanayi Ticaret Anonim Şirketi.
  • Acting for both Igenomix and Universal Clinics in the the establishment of their full-function joint venture in Spain.
  • Assisting Zeplin with respect to an investigation initiated by the Turkish Competition Authority concerning the labour market.

Gün + Partners

Gün + Partners‘ competition practice is best known in the life sciences sector, where its team of ‘very talented lawyers‘ assists with matters in the pharmaceutical sector at the intersection of regulatory and competition law. Özge Atılgan Karakulak  heads the team, with managing associate Begüm Yavuzdoğan Okumuş supporting on the range of investigations and merger control filings. Filiz Toprak Esin and Selin Başaran have left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Özge Atılgan Karakulak

Testimonials

‘The team comprises of very talented lawyers, each most competent in its own area. This makes it possible to get legal services in many different areas from the finest, most skillful and experienced professionals.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a company in the consumer goods sector concerning the preliminary inquiry and investigation conducted by the Competition Authority.
  • Representing a company in the food and beverages sector concerning the preliminary inquiry conducted by the Competition Authority.
  • Assisting a leading group in the advertising and public relations sector with an investigation initiated by TCA against one of its subsidiaries in Turkey, in the scope of an ex officio labour investigation against 32 companies.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

Seen by one client as ‘a one-stop-shop for legal requirements‘, Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli supports its corporate clients in merger control filings and in TCA investigations. Competition advice is co-ordinated by the firm’s founding and managing partner Umut Kolcuoğlu and counsel Neyzar Ünübol, a competition expert with past experience as a case handler for the TCA. Associate Ali Tunçsav is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Umut Kolcuoğlu; Neyzar Ünübol

Other key lawyers:

Ali Tunçsav

Testimonials

‘Kolcuoğlu, especially Neyzar Unubol’s dominance in competition law, her experience in sector audits, her knowledge about the retail sector have impressed us a lot. It was also invaluable that she and her team were always available. Umut Kolcuoğlu was always controlling the process.’

‘Neyzar Unubol and Ali Tuncsav are responsible, qualified, well educated and practised about their working areas. It fills us with confidence.’

‘Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli advised our company on competition clearance of joint-venture. At a time we referred to KDK we were confused by inputs of our previous counsel and engagement of KDK contributed very much to our understanding of regulatory framework and practical challenges. Also based on advice of KDK we were able to conduct efficient negotiations with our counterparty and preserve interests of our company.’

‘I believe that KDK stands out among other firms for its extensive experience in competition law and client-oriented approach. The team is always accessible and managed to deliver the required input within shortest possible period.’

‘We’ve been working with Neyzar Unubol and Ali Tuncsav. The team is very experienced in competition law and apart from that they also possesses deep understanding of underlying commercial arrangements and industry. This combination allows it to deliver tailored advice which meets our practical needs.’

‘Neyzar Unubol and Ali Tuncsav are definitely “go to” persons in the market.’

‘They always respond promptly and give proper legal advice. They have a wide team with experts. They are good in drafting English agreements/documents.’

‘It is a one-stop-shop for legal requirements. It serves its customers in various languages regarding various legal topics such as M&A, due diligence, company foundation, anti-trust issues, local legal systems etc. The team has a very good balance of highly qualified lawyers as well as fresh graduates so that the relevant topics are tackled by relevant matching people. The team differentiates with their qualifications, communication skills and ability to handle complex issues in a fast manner and in a layman’s language when necessary. The practice also tries to give concrete proposals considering legal systems / verdicts have grey areas.’

Key clients

Orix

QTerminals

Cheplapharm Arzneimittel

team.blue

Hun Holding

Gratis

Hedef Filo

Mediterra Capital

Turkven Private Equity

HDI Insurance

The Boston Consultancy Group

Iyzico

Sesa Packaging

Vitol

Vinmar Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Gratis in an investigation initiated by the TCA against 29 large-scale FMCG retailers and suppliers in Turkey, relating to allegations of coordinated price increases during the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Acted for Orix in the merger control filing of its acquisition of an 80% stake in Spanish renewable energy company Elawan Energy.
  • Represented QTerminals in the merger control clearance of its acquisition of a 99.99% stake in Port Akdeniz, a subsidiary of Global Holding.

TURUNÇ

TURUNÇ assists its predominantly international client base with competition and antitrust issues arising from M&A, as well as providing support and preventative advice regarding authority investigations. Founding partner Noyan Turunç has extensive experience across all corporate transactions and their potential competition implications; he co-heads the team with Esin Çamlıbel, who became a partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Esin Çamlıbel; Noyan Turunç

Testimonials

‘Proactive approach for sure. They are masters at preventing problems. We never have to worry about what issues may rise in the future. Also, transparency, trustworthiness, international know-how and commercial awareness put Turunç above other firms.’

‘Noyan Turunç: The only lawyer to call for tough decisions. Delivers legal and commercial advice at once.’

‘We normally work with Noyan Turunç and Esin Çamlibel. Both are able to provide easy-to-digest advice. Noyan in particular stands out with his experience and excellent understanding of commercial considerations. Esin’s academic background comes in handy in comprehending the approach of the Competition Board to issues.’

‘Esin Camlibel is the embodiment of perfect combination of business and academia. This is an unrivalled feature of Turunc when combined with Noyan Turunc’s extensive understanding of the business and the market.’

‘I really like how Turunç’s competition team works in harmony with their M&A team. Their competition advice is detailed, takes into account deal dynamics and is easy to implement.’

‘Noyan Turunç and Esin Çamlibel – It’s a luxury to be working with two such deeply experienced competition experts. Noyan is a great strategist and Esin knows every technical detail of the law. We don’t have to worry about merger clearance and post-acquisition risks thanks to their advice.’

‘Noyan Turunc is a standout competition lawyer. Excellent knowledge. Remarkable commercial understanding. His advice brings together his legal expertise with his solution-oriented approach.’

‘Esin Camlibel is our go-to person. She’s always on the ball.’

Key clients

SC Johnson

Tatilbudur

BigChefs

Peoplise

Caffè Nero

Itochu

Android Industries

Riverwood Capital

Micro Focus

Boğaziçi Ventures

Camper Shoes

Taxim Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisted SC Johnson with avoiding inclusion in the Turkish Competition Authority’s price gouging investigation.
  • Advising Boğaziçi Ventures on competition compliance issues relating to its investments.
  • Advised BigChefs on the competition law aspects of its international franchise agreements.