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Gönenç Gürkaynak

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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).


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law's ‘solution-oriented’ team advises large international clients on day-to-day commercial matters. Areas of expertise include M&A, general corporate law and contracts law. The ‘hardworking, creative and well-organised’ team is headed by Gönenç Gürkaynak and Nazlı Nil Yukaruç. Clients include L’Oréal Turkey and Ralph Lauren.

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Within: Leading individuals

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Within: Competition

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 .

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Within: Leading individuals

Gönenç Gürkaynak - ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

Within: Compliance

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law advises multinationals and Turkish conglomerates on the full gamut of compliance matters including anti-corruption, data protection issues, internal investigations and privacy compliance. Clients include Huawei, Associated British Foods and Mercedes-Benz. The ‘very professional’ team is co-headed by partner İlay Yılmaz and counsel Damla Doğancalı, who joined from Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli, and Gönenç Gürkaynak, whose work is ‘inspiring for all lawyers’. Olgu Kama left for Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

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Within: Dispute resolution

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law is ‘strong, proactive and adopts the right strategies’ when handling litigation matters such as breach of contract, debt collection and enforcement. It represents clients from various industries including IP, IT, telecoms, broadcasting, transport, tobacco, healthcare and energy. Twitter, YouTube, Warner Bros. and all instruct the team. The ‘innovativeGönenç Gürkaynak co-heads the practice with counsel Ceyda Karaoğlan Nalçacı and newly promoted partner Tolga Uluay, who is ‘a talented lawyer with a wealth of experience’.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law advises clients on internet law, data protection, data privacy, online platforms, mobile payment services, software development, hardware regulations, broadcasting and regulatory matters. Other areas of expertise include licensing, copyright and litigation. Twitter, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn and Warner Bros. instruct the team headed by Gönenç Gürkaynak and İlay Yılmaz.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law handles trade marks, patents, copyrights, industrial designs and IP-related transactions. Other areas of expertise include IP infringements and litigation. The team represents high-profile multinational media companies including Twitter, Google, YouTube and Warner Bros. Gönenç Gürkaynak and İlay Yılmaz head the team.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law handles various matters in the media and entertainment sector including access ban and removal requests, trade marks, copyrights, privacy issues, freedom of speech issues and litigation and has a particular focus on the e-commerce, telecoms and social media sectors. It continues to act for the Wikimedia Foundation in its attempt to overturn the decision by The Information Communication and Technologies Authority (ICTA) to ban Wikipedia access in Turkey. Other clients include Twitter, YouTube and Warner Bros. Gönenç Gürkaynak and İlay Yılmaz head the team.

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IHL Briefings

If your firm wishes to publish IHL Briefings or articles, please contact Antony Dine on +44 (0) 207 396 9315 or


Turkey: Merger Control (4th edition)

October 2019. By Gönenç Gürkaynak, Partner

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to merger control laws and regulations that may occur in Turkey . It will cover jurisdictional thresholds, the substantive test, process, remedies, penalties, appeals as well as the author's view on planned future reforms of the merger control regime. This Q&A is part of the global guide to Merger Control. [Continue Reading]

Turkey: TMT (3rd edition)

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to technology, media and telecom laws and regulations that may occur in  Turkey . This Q&A is part of the global guide to TMT. [Continue Reading]

Turkey: Cartels

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to cartels laws and regulations that may occur in  Turkey . This Q&A is part of the global guide to Cartels. [Continue Reading]

IHL Briefings

If your firm wishes to publish IHL Briefings or articles, please contact Antony Dine on +44 (0) 207 396 9315 or


A Comparison Between EU Directive 95/46/EC and Data Protection Legislation in Turkey

October 2016. By Gönenç Gürkaynak

Turkey's newly enacted Law on Protection of Personal Data (DP Law) is based on EU Directive 95/46/EC (the Directive). Although the DP Law is mainly based on the Directive, it is not identical and it differs from the Directive in certain points. The main difference between the Directive and the DP Law is that Directive focuses on the act of processing personal data rather than the parties to such processing, whereas the DP Law mainly provides rights and imposes obligations on the parties of a data processing act. [Continue Reading]

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