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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law
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Work Department

Competition / Regulatory and Compliance


Founding Partner


Dr. Gönenç Gürkaynak is the founding 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.

Dr. Gürkaynak graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Law in 1997. Dr. Gürkaynak received his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, and he has received his Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD) degree from University College London (UCL) Faculty of Laws. His Bar memberships are as follows: Istanbul Bar, 1997; American Bar Association, 2001; New York Bar, 2001 (currently non-practising; registered); Brussels Bar, 2003 – 2004 (B List; not maintained); Member of the Law Society of England & Wales, 2004 (currently non-practising; registered).

Dr. Gürkaynak heads the competition law and regulatory department of ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law. He has unparalleled experience in Turkish competition law counseling issues with more than 25 years of competition law experience, starting with the establishment of the Turkish Competition Authority. He has a total of more than 200 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.



English, French


Ankara University School of Law – Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree; Harvard Law School – Master of Laws (LLM) Degree; University College London (UCL) Faculty of Laws – Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD) Degree

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Intellectual property

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law is experienced in transactional matters pertaining to IP rights in addition to trademarks, patents, copyrights and industrial design issues. The practice has completed numerous trademark registrations for clients such as Warner Bros and L’oréal. The firm’s expertise spans pharma, life sciences, telecoms, media and entertainment. Gönenç Gürkaynak  has represented clients before the constitutional and administrative courts; he co-heads the team with regulatory expert, Ceren Yıldız  , and litigator Tolga Uluay.

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Built upon the foundation of its outstanding competition law practice, ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law‘s work on the corporate and commercial side includes advice on a range of transactions, as well as broad corporate governance. Its clients include major tech companies like Google and Twitter. Gönenç Gürkaynak and Nazlı Nil Yukaruç are the contacts to note.

Turkey > Competition

(Hall of Fame)

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A unique expert in competition law of Turkey‘, ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law fields the largest team of dedicated competition law practitioners in the market and is a regular fixture across the full spectrum of matters in the field. The head of the department, Gönenç Gürkaynak, is synonymous with Turkish competition law and seen by one client as ‘the best option for local competition counsel in Turkey‘. He draws on over 25 years of experience, dating back to the inception of the Turkish Competition Authority, and is supported by a sizeable team of practitioners with varying backgrounds. ‘ExpertKorhan Yıldırım, Ebru İnce, and counsel Kağan Uçar all come with client praise. Dilara Yeşilyaprak, Öznur Inanılır and Onur Özgümüş are among the other key contacts.

Turkey > Compliance

(Leading individuals)

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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law focuses on anti-corruption and data privacy advice for a client base of multinationals and leading Turkish conglomerates. Dovetailing with its market-leading competition practice, the practice is adept in both investigations and preventative advice with respect to various regulatory bodies. Gönenç Gürkaynak and Ceren Yıldız spearhead the team; The former draws on extensive experience of competition authority investigations to advise on other contentious regulatory matters, while Yıldız has a particular focus on pharmaceutical and medical device regulatory, e-commerce, and payment services regulatory.

Turkey > Media and entertainment

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law has an established TMT practice which includes expertise in various practice areas including IP, competition and antitrust, corporate, capital markets, banking and finance. The firm works with industry leading clients such as Google, YouTube, WordPress, Twitter and Wikimedia Foundation Inc. Gönenç Gürkaynak  assists clients with website agreements, internet copyright and trademarks in addition to internet-related litigation and domain name disputes. He co-heads the team with Ceren Yıldız  who is experienced in regulatory and compliance matters.

Turkey > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law‘s contentious work primarily focuses on big-ticket disputes born of competition law, and IP disputes covering copyright, trademark and patents. The firm has a heavyweight client base, particularly in the tech sector, and recent multinationals to look to the disputes team for counsel include Philip Morris and Booking.com. Gönenç Gürkaynak, one of the country’s leading competition and antitrust experts, and Tolga Uluay co-lead the practice group. Counsel Ceyda Karaoğlan Nalçacı is a further name to note.

Turkey > IT and telecoms

The IT and telecoms team at ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law has expertise in online platforms, mobile payment services, software development, hardware regulations, television and radio broadcasting. The practice handles issues concerning digital platforms including content liability matters, online free speech and user data requests for high-profile clients. Gönenç Gürkaynak provides legal assistance with website agreements, internet copyright and trademarks; he co-heads the team with Ceren Yıldız, who provides day-to-day operational advice on regulatory and contractual matters in the IT and telecoms space.