Firm Profile > ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law > Istanbul, Turkey

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law
CITLENBIK SOKAK NO: 12
YILDIZ MAH, BESIKTAS
34349 ISTANBUL
Turkey

Competition Tier 1

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law is renowned in the Turkish competition market, advising a variety of blue-chip clients including Bain Capital and United Technologies on merger control filings and regulatory issues. The team also has a strong record in representing high-profile clients in competition investigations before Turkish and European courts. The team is led by the highly experienced and well-regarded  Gönenç Gürkaynak. The team also benefits from an in-house economist and several former TCA practitioners among its ranks. International trade and cartel specialists Ceren Özkanlı Samlı and Onur Özgümüş were promoted to counsel. Counsel Baris Yuksel joined from Dentons. Senior associate Dilara Yeşilyaprak was a new arrival in late 2020.

Practice head(s):

Gönenç Gürkaynak

Other key lawyers:

Ceren Özkanlı Samli; Onur Özgümüş; Baris Yuksel; Dilara Yesilaprak

Testimonials

‘ELIG has a deep expertise and experience especially in competition law area. They have a strong and dedicated team who is committed to deliver high quality output with a business mindset, they always act as a solution partner, showing the most delicate and risky points to help the client take right decisions in turbulent environment. ’

Working with Gonenc & Oznur and their team is a comfort for us considering their experience in the field and great dispute resolution skills. The complicated dispute resolution 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 law matters and always into the daily matters and never misses to inform us regarding the crucial legal developments especially competition law matters.’

‘Very good connection to relevant authorities.’

‘Gonenc Gurkaynak and his competition law team, consider the topic not only on a legal basis but also from a business standpoint. They understand what the company needs.’

‘Competition law is a subject most of the in-house teams do not have sufficient sources or capabilities. Peers would like to understand the depth of experience of the team and also if they have international experience and capabilities. ELIG Gurkaynak is known internationally and has such experience.’

‘Gonenc Gurkaynak is well-know on his deep knowledge in competition law, he is also an academician who teaches the subject. He and his his team are very responsive.

‘Best in class on competition law expertise, not only locally but internationally as well. They have the largest team of competition lawyers. Partner availability is very good. Responsive, they are very hand on and respond in timely manner. ’

‘The main partner Gonenc Gurkaynak is an authority in his field. Rest of the partners complement him. ’

Key clients

Google LLC

United Technologies Corporation

Natura Cosméticos

WESCO International

Anixter International

Nippon Shokubai

Aptiv PLC

Warner Bros Home Entertainment

Motion Picture Association

Brookfield Asset Management

Oaktree Capital Group

PETRONAS Chemicals Group

PCC SE

Mylan N.V.

Advent International Corporation

Bayer AG

Bain Capital Investors

Rebecca BidCo

Synthomer

Elanco Animal Health

Warner Bros. Turkey Film

3M Turkey

Allianz Sigorta

L’Oréal Türkiye

Pfizer İlaçları

Medcem Beton

Türkiye Çimento Müstahsilleri Birliği

Çimentaş İzmir Çimento Fabrikası

Afyon Çimento

Çimsa Çimento

Compliance Tier 1

Clients praise ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law's 'analytical' approach to regulatory compliance work, noting particular strengths in anti-corruption and data protection work. The team provides comprehensive advice to clients such as Google and L'Oreal on legislative changes and compliance with data protection, e-commerce and banking law. It also represents TMT-sector clients in governmental investigations relating to white-collar crime, competition breaches, and privacy violations. The team is led by Gönenç Gürkaynak, an experienced litigator and regulatory specialist, particularly in the competition field, alongside newly-promoted partner Ceren Yıldız, who focuses on data protection, payment services, and white-collar work.

Practice head(s):

Gönenç Gürkaynak; Ceren Yıldız

Testimonials

‘Their knowledge is not limited to legal matters. They are aware of what business needs and their focus is on those needs along with reducing the legal risks of the operations as well.’

Key clients

Google

Google Reklamcılık

Google Ireland

Mizuho Bank Group

Ralph Lauren

L’Oréal

Media and entertainment Tier 1

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law advises and represents major international media and telecoms clients in a broad range of matters encompassing data protection, freedom of speech, regulatory compliance, and risk management. Social media and e-marketing are key focuses, with the firm notably representing Wikipedia in its ongoing appeal against its Turkish access ban, alongside other notable representations including those of Google and Amazon. The team is led by experienced TMT-sector litigator Gönenç Gürkaynak, regulatory compliance specialist Ceren Yıldız, and Tolga Uluay, who focuses on contentious regulatory and administrative issues.

Practice head(s):

Gönenç Gürkaynak; Ceren Yıldız; Tolga Uluay

Testimonials

‘The team uses their excellent commercial experience and communication skills for the company.’

‘The team advises on business strategies from a legal standpoint. In addition to their skills and experience in the legal field, their communication skills are valued.’

‘ELIG has provided our team with high-quality representation in Turkish courts since 2017. They have provided essential guidance on Turkish legal issues relevant to proceedings in other court systems. They excel at interpreting and explaining domestic issues for non-Turkish audiences, and provide valuable strategy advice when interacting with the Turkish government. They have been essential partners in our litigation in Turkey. ’

‘While Gonenc Gurkaynak has been the lead attorney on our case, Ceren Yildiz has provided very helpful day-to-day case management. We are also grateful for the research and analysis from some of the other attorneys.’

Key clients

Google

Twitter

Google Reklamcılık

Wikimedia Foundation

Motion Picture Association

Warner Bros. Entertainment

Ralph Lauren Europe

Mutlu Akü

L’Oréal Türkiye

Dispute resolution Tier 2

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law represents clients in a variety of disputes, with experience in administrative, corporate, employment, property, and IT-related proceedings. The firm has a particularly strong record in competition matters, where it acts for a number of major multinational companies. The firm's lawyers have argued cases before Turkish courts, as well as the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. Specialist competition litigator Gönenç Gürkaynak leads the team, alongside Tolga Uluay, who handles a diverse range of cases.

Practice head(s):

Gönenç Gürkaynak; Tolga Uluay

Testimonials

‘The team consists of experienced litigation professionals and they have close connections with other departments of the firm to receive the detailed information on the dispute. Since we work with the team for years, they can connect the outcomes of closed files with the new ones. ’

‘ELIG’s dispute resolution team works as a separate boutique law firm within ELIG with their own communication and work style. They are always reachable, have a close follow up on the subject matter. ’

‘Professional lawyers with profound experience in competition law. The entire team is hard working and extremely diligent. The ELIG team feels like part of our in-house legal team and play an important role in helping us navigating the legal landscape in Turkey. ’

‘They are very responsive and know how to guide the client through a matter.’

‘The team’s experience in terms of international cases/lawsuits. They are one of the leading law firms in the competition and dispute resolution areas.’

‘Specialist expertise in internet/online platform/freedom of speech matters. Very user-friendly for English-speaking clients.’

‘Tolga Uluay has been great throughout. Very easy to work with, very proactive, seems very comfortable with internet-related subject matter.’

Key clients

Travelex

Newell

3M Company

L’Oréal

Henkel

Twitter

YouTube

Booking.com

Google

Philip Morris

Turkish Airlines

TÜSİAD

Edenred

Mercedes

Mutlu Akü

Medtronic

Boyner

Polypag AG

AB Inbev

Tinmar

IT and telecoms Tier 2

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law advises a number of major international IT companies on regulatory compliance and strategy relating to operations in Turkey, as well as representing in high-profile litigation before Turkish courts. The firm is particularly noted for its work in the e-commerce sector, including the establishment of platforms in Turkey alongside regulatory issues. The team is led by Gönenç Gürkaynak, a specialist litigator and competition expert who has represented major clients before courts, alongside regulatory and compliance-focused lawyer Ceren Yıldız, who focuses on data privacy, e-commerce, and payment services work.

Practice head(s):

Gönenç Gürkaynak; Ceren Yıldız

Testimonials

‘The team has an excellent reputation and experience on IT and telecommunications law.’

Key clients

Google LLC

Google Ireland

YouTube

Twitter

Booking.com

Foursquare Labs

LinkedIn

Wikimedia Foundation

Ralph Lauren Europe

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law's corporate team is integrated with the firm's wider competition and disputes offering, enabling it to act across contentious and regulatory elements of transactions. The firm has a number of major international clients in the areas of internet services, retail, and private equity, where it advises on corporate governance and structuring issues alongside cross-border transactions and investments. The team is jointly led by managing partner Gönenç Gürkaynak, a highly experienced competition and merger filing specialist, and Nazlı Nil Yukaruç, who focuses on transactions and commercial law.

Practice head(s):

Gönenç Gürkaynak; Nazlı Nil Yukaruç

Testimonials

‘The team always follows the deadlines and corporate affairs regularly. They provide the right directions at the right times by giving detailed information. The team is very talented, knows the laws well and follows up the developments. Given the nature of our company’s work, their advice and attention on the details is what makes this practice unique.’

‘ELIG has a big team, always available.’

Key clients

L’Oréal

Google Ireland and Google Turkey

Ralph Lauren

Knauf Insulation

Warner Bros

CA Technologies

TRB

OCP

Tetra Pak

TI Automotive

Betafence

Harvard Business School

Booking.com

Intellectual property Tier 3

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law works on a cross-practice basis with its IT and telecoms, disputes, and corporate teams in handling intellectual property matters for a wide range of clients, including Twitter and Google. The team has particular strength in the IT, telecoms, media, and life sciences sectors, advising and representing clients in trade mark, patent, and copyright matters. The team is led by experienced disputes and regulatory lawyers Gönenç GürkaynakCeren Yıldız, and Tolga Uluay.

Practice head(s):

Gönenç Gürkaynak; Ceren Yıldız; Tolga Uluay

Testimonials

‘The team has a business-minded and practical approach.’

Key clients

Motion Picture Association

Google Ireland

Google Reklamcilik

Twitter

Google

Automattic

Warner Bros

Rolls-Royce

Foursquare Labs

The firm: ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law is an eminent, independent Turkish law firm based in Istanbul. The firm was founded in 2005.  ELIG Gürkaynak is committed to providing its clients with high-quality legal services and combines a solid knowledge of Turkish law with a business-minded approach to develop legal solutions that meet the ever-changing needs of its clients in their international and domestic operations.

ELIG Gürkaynak has established close working relationships with a number of international law firms and has served mutual clients on numerous mergers and acquisitions transactions, competition law matters, commercial arbitrations and various other projects. The firm also has formal alliances with two Turkish law firms in Ankara and Izmir.

Areas of practice: ELIG Gürkaynak takes pride in being able to assist its clients in all fields of law.  The firm’s legal team consists of 90 lawyers.

The firm’s particular areas of expertise include competition law, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, contracts law, anti-corruption, white-collar irregularities and compliance, Internet law, technology, media and telecommunications law, data protection and cybersecurity law, banking and finance law, litigation and dispute resolution, administrative law, real estate law, anti-dumping law, pharma and healthcare regulatory, employment law and intellectual property law.

ELIG Gürkaynak delivers the top competition law practice in Turkey with 45 competition law specialists. The team is led by Mr Gönenç Gürkaynak, ELIG Gürkaynak’s founding partner, along with two partners and five counsel. In addition to its 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 of dominant position cases, leniency handlings and before the courts on issues of private enforcement of competition law, along with appeals of the administrative decisions of the Turkish Competition Authority.

Unlike many firms in Turkey, ELIG Gürkaynak has a recognised and significant practice in IT and telecommunications law. The practice covers domain name disputes, website agreements, internet copyright and internet trademarks, internet-related litigation, regulatory counselling, notice and takedown or judiciary decision enforcement assistance and localisation of telecom agreements and licenses to be signed with carriers.

ELIG Gürkaynak has a significant practice in Turkey, focusing on internal investigations and white-collar criminal matters. Among other things, the practice advises clients in connection with Turkish corporate compliance issues under the relevant OECD Convention, FCPA, the UK Bribery Act and Turkish anti-corruption laws. This includes all matters relating to data privacy, employment law, anti-corruption policies and other related aspects of the Turkish legal regime.

ELIG Gürkaynak’s corporate team assists multinational and domestic clients by providing a wide range of corporate advisory services.  The firm represents local and multinational conglomerates in numerous M&A projects, and the M&A team has vast experience and capability in handling multiple and significant M&A transactions, reorganisations, joint ventures and spin-offs. The firm’s corporate team has a solid practice in providing commercial and corporate law services to corporations, advising foreign clients during their entry to the Turkish market, and on daily operations thereafter.

ELIG Gürkaynak handles complex intellectual property matters, each one of which sets a precedent in the market. ELIG Gürkaynak’s intellectual property team provides clients with a complete range of legal services for protecting and exploiting all types of intellectual property and technology assets. The firm’s dedicated team of two partners and one counsel along with twelve associates also offer invaluable knowledge and track record in other practice areas where they are pioneers.

The firm renders a wide variety of litigation and arbitration services. The firm specialises and has very significant expertise in debt enforcement.

ELIG Gürkaynak also has a strong practice in administrative law. Mr Gönenç Gürkaynak heads the practice, which has grown significantly due to representations in numerous appeals.

Department Name Email Telephone
Anti-corruption and compliance Gönenç Gürkaynak
Banking and finance Nazlı Nil Yukaruç
Competition and EU law Gönenç Gürkaynak
Competition and EU law K Korhan Yıldırım
Competition and EU law Öznur Inanilir
Competition and EU law Dr Ekrem Kalkan
Competition and EU law Eda Duru
Corporate and commercial Gönenç Gürkaynak
Corporate and commercial Nazlı Nil Yukaruç
Data protection and cybersecurity Gönenç Gürkaynak
Dispute resolution and arbitration Gönenç Gürkaynak
Dispute resolution and arbitration Ceyda Karaoglan Nalçaci
Dispute resolution and arbitration Tolga Uluay
IT and telecommunications Gönenç Gürkaynak
Intellectual property Gönenç Gürkaynak
Litigation, administrative law Gönenç Gürkaynak
Litigation, administrative law Ceyda Karaoglan Nalçaci
Litigation, administrative law Tolga Uluay
Media and entertainment Gönenç Gürkaynak
Mergers and acquisitions Nazlı Nil Yukaruç
Pharma and healthcare regulatory Gönenç Gürkaynak
Pharma and healthcare regulatory Ceren Yıldız
Competition and EU law O. Onur Özgümüş
Competition and EU law Ceren Özkanlı Samlı
Anti-corruption and compliance Ceren Yıldız
Corporate and commercial Ceren Yıldız
Competition and EU Barış Yüksel
Litigation, administrative law Tuğba Uluay
Dispute Resolution and arbitration Tuğba Uluay
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr O. Onur Özgümüş  photo Mr O. Onur Özgümüş Counsel
Ms Ceren Özkanlı Samlı  photo Ms Ceren Özkanlı Samlı Counsel
Ms Eda Duru  photo Ms Eda Duru Counsel
 Gönenç Gürkaynak photo Gönenç Gürkaynak Partner dealing with all areas of regulatory and compliance matters, with particular…
Ms Öznur Inanılır  photo Ms Öznur Inanılır Partner
Dr Ekrem Kalkan  photo Dr Ekrem Kalkan Competition Economics Counsel
Ms Ceyda Karaoğlan Nalçacı  photo Ms Ceyda Karaoğlan Nalçacı Counsel
Mr Tolga Uluay  photo Mr Tolga Uluay Partner
 Tuğba Uluay  photo Tuğba Uluay Counsel
Mr K Korhan Yıldırım  photo Mr K Korhan Yıldırım Partner
Ms Ceren Yıldız  photo Ms Ceren Yıldız Partner
Mr Barış Yüksel  photo Mr Barış Yüksel
Ms Nazlı Nil Yukaruç  photo Ms Nazlı Nil Yukaruç Partner
Number of lawyers : 90
English
French
German
IBA
ABA
UIA
ICC
SRA
Contact : Gönenç Gürkaynak LLM (founding partner)

COMPETITION

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law delivers the top competition law practice in Turkey with 45 competition law specialists, out of a total of 90 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 of dominant position cases, leniency handlings, and before courts on issues of private enforcement of competition law, along with appeals of the administrative decisions of the Turkish Competition Authority.

ELIG Gürkaynak represents multinational corporations, business associations, investment banks, partnerships and individuals in the widest variety of competition law matters, while also collaborating with many international law firms.

ELIG Gürkaynak has an in-depth knowledge of representing defendants and complainants in complex antitrust investigations concerning all forms of abuse of dominant position allegations, and all forms of restrictive horizontal and/or vertical arrangements, including price-fixing, retail price maintenance, refusal to supply, territorial restrictions and concerted practice allegations.

In addition to significant antitrust litigation expertise, the firm has considerable expertise in administrative law, and is well equipped to represent clients before the High State Court, both on the merits of a case and for injunctive relief. ELIG Gürkaynak also advises clients on a day-to-day basis in a wide range of business transactions that almost always contain antitrust law issues, including distributorship, licensing, franchising and toll manufacturing issues.

Competition law contact:

Gönenç Gürkaynak, Founding Partner

Tel: +90 212 327 1724

gonenc.gurkaynak@elig.com

For information, please go to http://www.elig.com

TURKEY

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law delivers the top competition law practice in Turkey with 45 competition law specialists, out of a total of 90 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 of dominant position cases, leniency handlings, and before courts on issues of private enforcement of competition law, along with appeals of the administrative decisions of the Turkish Competition Authority.

ELIG Gürkaynak represents multinational corporations, business associations, investment banks, partnerships and individuals in the widest variety of competition law matters, while also collaborating with many international law firms.

ELIG Gürkaynak has an in-depth knowledge of representing defendants and complainants in complex antitrust investigations concerning all forms of abuse of dominant position allegations, and all forms of restrictive horizontal and/or vertical arrangements, including price-fixing, retail price maintenance, refusal to supply, territorial restrictions and concerted practice allegations.

In addition to significant antitrust litigation expertise, the firm has considerable expertise in administrative law, and is well equipped to represent clients before the High State Court, both on the merits of a case and for injunctive relief. ELIG Gürkaynak also advises clients on a day-to-day basis in a wide range of business transactions that almost always contain antitrust law issues, including distributorship, licensing, franchising and toll manufacturing issues.

Competition law contact:

Gönenç Gürkaynak, Founding Partner

Tel: +90 212 327 1724

gonenc.gurkaynak@elig.com

For information, please go to http://www.elig.com

Recent Amendments Introduced to the Law No. 4054 on Protection of Competition

Authors: Gönenç Gürkaynak, Öznur İnanılır, Burcu Can, Sinem Uğur and Esen Ergül of ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

After rounds of revisions and failed attempts of enactment over a span of several years, the proposal for an amendment to the Law No. 4054 on Protection of Competition (“Law no. 4054”) (“Amendment Proposal”) has finally been approved by the Turkish parliament, namely the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.


Legislative Proposal to Amend Law No. 6493 on Payment Services and Electronic Money

The Legislative Proposal on Amending the Law No. 6493 on Payment and Security Systems, Payment Services and Electronic Money Institutions (“Proposal”), has recently been submitted before the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.