Competition in Turkey
ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law provides ‘an outstanding level of service under challenging deadlines by providing clear and impactful advice with an academic approach’. The firm is adept at defending clients before the Turkish Competition Authority (TCA) and is experienced in competition-related litigation and advising on merger control issues. It represented Mercedes-Benz Turkey in relation to an investigation by the TCA. Other clients include Coca-Cola, Associated British Foods, Rolls-Royce and Medtronic Turkey. The large team is led by Gönenç Gürkaynak, who has ‘a unique and respectable technical and commercial knowledge with a client-oriented approach’. Hakan Özgökçen and Korhan Yıldırım are also recommended. Eda Duru was promoted to counsel and the team has been bolstered by the arrival of Burcu Can from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's Brussels office .
Boutique competition and international trade firm ACTECON provides legal and business advisory services and has 'cutting-edge experience in Turkish cartel law'. Areas of expertise include antitrust, merger control issues, competition compliance programmes, regulatory matters and advice on international trade. The team advised Essilor International on Turkish merger control procedures before the TCA in relation to its €48.5bn merger with Luxottica. Other clients include MUFG Bank, Goodyear, U.N. Ro-Ro and Nissan. Bahadir Balki heads the team. Senior associate Baris Yuksel is also recommended.
Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki provides advice on pre-merger and post-merger market analysis, quantitative analysis on unilateral conduct, competition compliance programmes and also represents clients in TCA investigations. Turkven Private Equity received advice on the competition law aspects of the acquisition of shares of Zirve Yazılım Bilgi Teknolojileri. Other clients include BASF, Cargill and Coca-Cola. The ‘dedicated’ team is headed by Şahin Ardıyok and provides ‘regular updates and precise guidance with a hands-on approach’. Counsel Bora Ikiler joined from Moroglu Arseven; associate Dilara Yesilyaprak is also recommended.
Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International is adept at providing advice on merger control, TCA investigations and day-to-day competition law compliance. Other areas of expertise include dawn raids and cartel investigations. A highlight was advising DFDS on the preparation and submission of merger control filings in relation to its €950m acquisition of 98.8% of the shares of U.N. Ro-Ro. Other clients include British American Tobacco, Monsanto, PepsiCo and Cargill. The ‘professional’ team is headed by Zümrüt Esin and provides ‘practical, fast and high-quality advice’. Senior associate Sinan Diniz is also recommended.
Paksoy advises on antitrust investigations, cartels, competition litigation, general competition law, compliance and merger control. Highlights included advising KKR & Co. on TCA filings regarding the acquisition of Unilever's spreads business. Other clients include Bayer, Bosch and Diageo. Togan Turan heads the ‘very reactive, very business-friendly and commercially-minded’ team. Derya Genç is ‘very experienced in the competition field in Turkey’. Deniz Özkan was promoted to senior associate and is ‘one to watch’.
Çakmak Attorney Partnership merged with Serap Zuvin Law Offices in April 2018 and is adept at handling anti-dumping matters, merger filings and notifications, cross-border competition matters and litigation. It continues to advise Visa Europe on compliance and competition legislation. Other clients include Göltaş, ERG İnşaat and Polat Enerji. Zeynep Çakmak rejoined from GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) and now heads the team alongside Cem Çağatay Orak. Mesut Çakmak is another notable practitioner. Mustafa Durakoğlu made partner.
Erdem & Erdem Law Office advises on M&A, investigations, compliance programmes in competition law and commercial regulation services. Highlights included acting for the Turkish Economy Bank in an investigation regarding syndicated loans. Other clients include Türkiye Şişe ve Cam Fabrikaları. Ercüment Erdem heads the team.
Gün + Partners handles a broad range of competition law matters including M&A, distribution and technology transfer practices, cartels and abuse of dominance issues. Other areas of expertise include competition law trainings, compliance audits and mock dawn raids. Mehmet Gün and Özge Atılgan Karakulak jointly head the team.
GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case)
GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) handles the competition aspects of M&A transactions, TCA investigations, merger filings, cartel investigations, international arbitrations and general competition law matters. It assisted Stalprodukt with merger filings in relation to its €40m acquisition of all shares in GO Steel Frýdek Místek from ArcelorMittal. Other clients include IFM Investors, Société Générale Turkey and Toyota. Sezin Elçin-Cengiz heads the team.
Hergüner Bilgen Özeke is adept at handling merger filings, alternative merger deal structures, investigations and general competition law issues. It continues to assist Mobil Oil Türk with an individual exemption from restrictions around the sale, purchase, and resale of lubricants. Other clients include Tesco, Sumitomo, Hewlett-Packard and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Süleyman Cengiz, Kayra Üçer and Mert Oğuzülgen jointly head the team.
Özdirekcan Dündar Senocak Attorney Partnership
Özdirekcan Dündar Senocak Attorney Partnership advises clients on anti-trust clearance, TCA investigations, general competition matters, exemptions, M&A notifications and the drafting and reviewing of vertical and horizontal agreements. Clients include Volvo and Ak Gida. Arpat Senocak heads the team.
Moroglu Arseven develops competition compliance programmes for clients and advises on merger control reviews, competition law aspects of supply and distribution contracts, regulatory filings for exemptions and clearances and TCA investigations. Clients include British American Tobacco, Yusen Logistics Turkey and Vicat Turkey. Seyfi Moroğlu, Benan Arseven and Burcu Tuzcu Ersin are the key practitioners. Bora İkiler left to join Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki.
Zeynep Ergun Sibel Attorney Partnership
The ‘very personable and dedicated’ team at Zeynep Ergun Sibel Attorney Partnership is headed by Efser Zeynep Ergün and Sibel Yılmaz Atik. It is experienced in advising domestic and international clients on various competition law matters including TCA investigations and merger control filings. Key sectors of expertise include FMCG, pharmaceuticals, banking, energy, food and beverage and transportation.