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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law
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Founding partner; head of the regulatory and compliance department.


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.


Mr. Gönenç Gürkaynak is a founding partner of ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law, a leading law firm in Istanbul, Turkey. Before founding ELIG Gürkaynak 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 Gürkaynak 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.


English, French.


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.


Ankara University School of Law (1997 LLB); Harvard Law School (2001 LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law‘s team includes Gönenç Gürkaynak, who is experienced in defending clients before the Civil Courts, the Court of Appeals, the Administrative Courts and the High State Court. Gürkaynak co-heads the group with recently promoted partner Tolga Uluay and counsel Ceyda Karaoğlan Nalçacı. It has a broad disputes practice that covers arbitration proceedings, mediation and litigation. Areas of expertise include general commercial disputes, labour law, unfair competition, administrative law, contract enforcement, shareholder disputes and IP disputes. International brands and Turkish companies are among the firm’s clients.

Turkey > Competition

(Hall of Fame)

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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law‘s team has extensive expertise in a full range of competition issues, including merger reviews, restrictive agreements and abuses of dominance. It has a strong track record representing clients in investigations brought by the Turkish Competition Authority (TCA). Clients include multinational and Turkish companies. Team head Gönenç Gürkaynak has over 20 years of competition law experience, and is recommended for his merger control expertise. The group also includes Burcu Can, who made partner.

Turkey > Compliance

(Leading individuals)

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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law advises clients on a broad cross-section of compliance issues, including those connected with anti-corruption, data protection, data privacy, government investigations, trade secrets and competition law. Clients include Turkish businesses and multinational companies based in the US, EU and UK. Gönenç Gürkaynak co-leads the team with counsels Ceren Yıldız and Damla Dogancaliİlay Yılmaz departed for Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International.

Turkey > Media and entertainment

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law advises clients on official requests and court filings related to digital platforms, content liability issues and user data requests. Its group has niche expertise in freedom of information and expression. In addition, other areas of focus include access bans and removal requests, trade marks, copyrights and privacy issues. Clients of the practice include e-commerce companies, global media enterprises, radio and internet broadcasting companies and social media platforms. Tolga Uluay, who made partner, heads up the team with Gönenç Gürkaynak and counsel Ceren Yıldız. İlay Yılmaz left for Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International.

Turkey > IT and telecoms

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law is experienced in handling matters relating to emerging technologies, data protection, digital platforms, content liability and online free speech. It also advises on copyright, trade marks, internet-related litigation, domain name disputes, regulatory matters and telecoms agreements. Clients include social media platforms, e-commerce marketplaces, global technology and internet companies based in the US, Europe, Japan, Turkey and the UK. The firm deals with court orders and information requests for key clients Twitter and Google on a regular basis. Gönenç Gürkaynak jointly heads up the team with recently promoted partner Ceren Yıldızİlay Yılmaz departed the firm for Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International.

Turkey > Intellectual property

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law advises on various IP matters including trade marks, patents, copyright, industrial designs, IP litigation and IP-related corporate issues.  The team is able to offer a full service to clients by working with practitioners in the dispute resolution, corporate and M&A, and TMT departments. Areas of strength for the group include the TMT, IT, pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. Tolga Uluay, who made partner, co-heads the team with Gönenç Gürkaynak and counsel Ceyda Karaoğlan Nalçacı. İlay Yılmaz left the firm for Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International.

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law‘s work portfolio includes M&A, private equity/venture capital deals, reorganisations, spin-offs, joint ventures,  incorporation and corporate housekeeping. Clients include domestic and multinational companies, investors and banks, with a particular strength in the transport and defence sectors. The team is jointly led by Gönenç Gürkaynak and Nazlı Nil Yukaruç.