Firm Profile > SRP-Legal > Istanbul, Turkey

SRP-Legal
Maslak Mah. 42 Maslak, A 27/8
34398 Maslak - Sariyer
Istanbul
Turkey

SRP-Legal has been established five years ago by Dr. Ongun, who prior to that was the Chief Legal and Regulatory Strategy Officer of the biggest telecommunication and technology services provider in Turkey and the second biggest in Europe. SRP-Legal has been founded on three main expertise areas consisting of Competition Law, Technology Law and Corporate Law, based on Dr. Ongun’s prior experience in legal and academic practice. SRP-Legal’s primary practice areas are Commercial/E-Commerce Law, Competition Law, Corporate Law, Data Protection & Data Privacy Law, Financial Technology Law, Public Policy, Technology Law, Media Law and Communications Law. SRP-Legal is providing legal service to its clients in a wide range of legal areas involving technology and providing legal consultancy services to clients leading or transformed by new business models, information and technology. Since its foundation, SRP-Legal has gained clientele with sophisticated profile varying from start-up technology companies to social media giants.
SRP-Legal provides advice to clients on legal and regulatory matters in highly regulated markets and industries, as well as public policy support in the Capital. SRP-Legal’s target is to provide a bespoke legal, regulatory, policy and strategic advice that is fit for purpose for each client’s requirements.
SRP-Legal’s top priority is to provide a “Unique Client Experience”. We are personally committed to our clients and are always interested in listening to their expectations and needs, seeking their views and feedback. As SRP-Legal, our target is to provide a tailor-made legal, regulatory and strategic advice that fits for the specific purposes of the client’s requirements and needs. As SRP-Legal, we understand the current and forthcoming needs of the businesses, know the key factors of the businesses, define the right strategy, utilize the ideas that have potential and develop strategies that add value to the businesses, create required environment for the generation of new ideas, establish efficient and clear communication, truly recognize the progress that makes the difference, collaborate fully with the input from outside and inside, question all the inputs in a positive fashion, in order to show the right direction, always aim for the most viable business results.
SRP-Legal’s recent project highlights are as below:
SRP-Legal has established a pioneering experience in Turkish legal market for advising and representing clients in relation to both data protection compliance and litigation.
SRP-Legal has conducted more than hundred, successful, end to end, full scope data protection compliance projects for companies including large conglomerates and holdings.
SRP-Legal has implemented several privacy by design projects for banking and insurance sector, such as one of the biggest bank of Turkey, as well.
Apart from hundreds of data protection compliance projects SRP-Legal recently has run a significant data protection litigation and represented the world’s one of the biggest social media giant, at every stage of litigation, in its objection to the “highest administrative fine ever imposed by the Turkish Data Protection Authority”.
SRP-Legal has completed tens of successful, full spectrum licensing applications of telecommunication companies.
SRP-Legal has also obtained the required licenses and established the legal structure for the payment services and e-money operations of a dozen FinTech companies. We play major roles in some of the biggest foreign direct investments at the Turkish FinTech industry. We also work on the licencing application both for payment services licence and e-money licence separately.
SRP-Legal has obtained a cancellation of an exemption decision from the Competition Authority of Turkey against one of the biggest players of the Banking Industry on behalf of Financial Technology Sector Association, which is the first competition case brought and won on behalf of the Fintech industry in the European Union and US.
SRP-Legal has also provided legal services for the incorporation, legal structuring of the cryptocurrency exchanges operating in the region, including but not limited to Blockchain legal structuring.

Department Name Email Telephone
FOUNDER/ MANAGING PARTNER ATT. DR. CIGDEM AYOZGER ONGUN cigdem@srp-legal.com + 90 212 401 4 401
Photo Name Position Profile
Miss EZGI AKMENEK  photo Miss EZGI AKMENEK SENIOR ASSOCIATE
Dr CIGDEM AYOZGER ONGUN  photo Dr CIGDEM AYOZGER ONGUN FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER
Miss CEREN CINKO  photo Miss CEREN CINKO QUALIFIED ASSOCIATE
Miss DENIZ ERKAN  photo Miss DENIZ ERKAN ASSOCIATE
Miss BEGUM ERTURK  photo Miss BEGUM ERTURK SENIOR ASSOCIATE
Miss DENIZ KIRAC  photo Miss DENIZ KIRAC LEGAL INTERN
Mr CEM OZER  photo Mr CEM OZER LEGAL INTERN
Mrs FILIZ PIYAL  photo Mrs FILIZ PIYAL SENIOR ASSOCIATE
Miss MELDA SENER  photo Miss MELDA SENER ASSOCIATE
Mr SINAN UYSAL  photo Mr SINAN UYSAL LEGAL INTERN
Miss GUNES YILMAZ  photo Miss GUNES YILMAZ ASSOCIATE
PARTNER : 1
SENIOR COUNSEL : 1
SENIOR ASSOCIATE : 3
QUALIFIED ASSOCIATE : 2
ASSOCIATE : 4
TRAINEE ASSOCIATE : 3
OF COUNSEL : 5
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER : 1
OFFICE ASSISTANT : 1
SUPPORTING STAFF : 2
English
Turkish
French
German
IAPP
Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD)
Istanbul Bar Association

SRP-Legal is an inclusive and diverse law firm and seeks and promotes diversity. For SRP-Legal, diversity is more than just a good business practice, and one of the key values that forms up the firm culture. We value diversity and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status. We are committed to recruiting, developing, retaining and promoting talented lawyers and staff with diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to provide clients with the quality of service, leadership, personal attention and integrity they deserve.

We believe that a diverse team and an office environment make us stronger and more effective. We will continue to have an open, fair and inclusive workplace as part of our firm culture.

SRP-Legal shows the best efforts to provide all of its team members with the opportunity to reach their full and best potential.

SRP-Legal:

  • Creates and maintains an environment of respect for all lawyers and staff;
  • Runs programs to support and mentor diversity;
  • Arranges professional and networking opportunities designed to meet the needs of our diverse lawyers and staff;
  • Works to ensure the rate of retention and advancement of lawyers and staff of diverse gender and backgrounds; and
  • Ensures that lawyers and staff of varying backgrounds, gender and perspectives are represented in leadership positions within SRP-Legal.

Dr. Ongun is a founding Board Member and Chair of Ethics Committee at the Women in Technology Association (“Wtech”) which is missioned to offer a broad range of support, programs and resources to advance women in technology throughout their education and career. Through its support to the Wtech, SRP-Legal contributes to the joint efforts to increase the women’s commitment and awareness of technology by enabling them to explore their potential and equality of opportunity, and to ensure more women involvement in technology.

Dr. Ongun is also a member of International Women’s Forum and actively participates in all efforts to support diversity and women’s leadership in all fields, disciplines and professions around the globe.

SRP-Legal supports the full implementation Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (“Istanbul Convention”) and Dr. Ongun actively participates to the forums and workshops organized with the target of ensuring the fully implementation of the Istanbul Convention.


CLIENT: Fiba Banka A.S.
COMPANY/FIRM: Company
TESTIMONIAL: gercek.onal@fibabanka.com.tr
Data Protection Compliance Project

We as Fibabanka A.Ş. procured data protection compliance services from SRP-Legal law firm, we were highly contented with the legal advice and services SRP-Legal provided. We carried on procurement of legal services on consultancy basis. SRP-Legal exhibits trusted advisor attitude towards its clients and presents a thought leadership among the legal community with respect to the technology sector as well as data protection issues.”

Gerçek Önal
Assistant General Manager


CLIENT: Orange Telekom A.S.
COMPANY/FIRM: Company
TESTIMONIAL: semra.senturk@orange.com
Data Protection Compliance Project / Investigation / IT and Telecoms Laws and Regulations

We as Orange Business Turkey are receiving ongoing regulatory support and consultancy services from SRP Legal since the day of its incorporation.
In addition, they also provided data protection compliance services and legal services to Orange Business Turkey.
SRP legal is a trusted advisory company with full of knowledge and experiences. Mrs. Cigdem Ayozger Ongun is the key expert person on telecommunication law in Turkey.

Semra Senturk
Finance Director Turkey&CIS


CLIENT: Gantek Technology A.S.
COMPANY/FIRM: Company
TESTIMONIAL: erim.taylanlar@gantek.com
Data Protection Compliance Project / IT Law

“Hereby I would like to share my opinion based on our current experience with SRP-Legal.
SRP-Legal team perform their job with deep experience, respect and provides fast feedback. We have been working with them on complex business contracts and the companie’s compliance to the data protection law and regulations. We have been greatly satisfied with the team’s knowledge and attentiveness. The team is highly educated and experienced , fluent in English and have a precise legal approach. With their understanding of cross-border legal compliance issues, I would rate SRP-Legal team as the ideal legal advisor for multinational companies, or companies like Gantek who have operations all around the Eurasian footprint. The founding partner of SRP-Legal Att. Dr. Cigdem Ayozger Ongun has an exceptionally extensive knowledge in the area of technology law and is a natural leader in the legal market.”

Erim Taylanlar
Gantek Technology
President of Executive Committee


CLIENT: Messe Frankfurt Istanbul Uluslararası Fuarcılık Ltd. Şti
COMPANY/FIRM: Company
TESTIMONIAL: Isin.Saglam@Turkey.MesseFrankfurt.com

Data Protection Compliance Project

We started our business relationship with SPR Legal with a 3-month project within the scope of the Personal Data Protection Law. During the project process, we had a very enjoyable period with both the founding partner and the experienced working team. In the process following the end of the project, SPR Legal continued to serve our company both within the scope of the Personal Data Protection Law and in other legal matters. We believe we will have a long lasting partnership with SPR Legal and wish success to Dr. Çiğdem Ayözger Ongun who is a dedicated, passionate and attentive founding partner who has also a very experienced team in Turkey.

Işın Sağlam
Managing Director


CLIENT: Paynet Odeme Hizmetleri A.S.
COMPANY/FIRM: Company
TESTIMONIAL: Onur.Erturk@paynet.com.tr

Regular Consultancy on Fintech Law

Paynet is a licenced Payment Facilitator operating in highly regulated Financial Technologies (FinTech) Industry. SRP Legal is our trusted legal consultant for the last 2 years for both sector specific regulative issues and general legal issues. We experienced the consultants in SRP Legal have a high level of knowledge and experience. SRP Legal is the trusted advisor for most of the FinTech companies and it plays a role as a thought leader in our industry. So, SRP’s advises are very crucial to set the industry standards. We think SRP plays a business partner role for our company rather than to be a legal advisor.

Onur Ertürk
Chief Sales Officer

Att. Dr. Cigdem Ayozger Ongun, Founder, Managing Partner

Founder, Managing Partner Att. Dr. Cigdem Ayozger Ongun explains how the firm is adapting to clients’ changing needs

What do you see as the main points that differentiate SRP-Legal from your competitors?

SRP-Legal has significant expertise and practice in its key expertise areas of Data Protection – Data Privacy Law, Technology Law, Financial Technology Law, Telecommunications and Information Technologies Law, Competition Law both on consultancy and compliance services as well as litigation. SRP-Legal’s priority is to deliver the best quality of legal advice, and meet the client’s expectations. SRP-Legal differentiates itself apart from the market as it is not restricted by formal international alliances or having to cross-sell fixed networks. SRP-Legal acts as a trusted advisor to its clients and translates legal advice into business consequences and business actions.

As the Founder and Managing Partner of the firm, with a PhD on Data Protection Law, writer of the book “Personal Data Protection Law” which is on its 3rd edition, have been lecturing at universities as Associate Professor and leading roles in the NGOs that are active in technology area such as the Chair of Data Protection and Technology Law Group at the largest Industry and Business Association of Turkey, the Turkish Industry and Business Association (“TUSIAD”),.and founding Board Member and Chair of Law Group at the Women in Technology Association, I highly contribute to firm’s thought leadership role in the legal market with respect to technology law including IT and Telecoms Law.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

After COVID-19, I believe there will be an extensive scope of demand response across legal sectors and practice areas. Companies will have to go through legally sound digital transformation. There is no doubt that the technology law will be on the rise. SRP-Legal is ready to meet those demands.

Still, the both Turkish PDP Law and GDPR Law compliance and implementation are very challenging and ties up many resources. There have been many new regulations, guidelines from the national and European authorities with respect to data protection and privacy issues so that more compliance projects ad more data breaches will be in the portfolios of the companies.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Following the emergence of the global disrupter COVID-19, SRP-Legal mobilized the remote work force overnight. SRP-Legal immediately started to use the tech collaboration tools and videoconferencing perform not only to perform work tasks but also to build an ongoing sense of team unity in the remote working environment as well as a stronger uninterrupted communication with the clients.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

As a law firm specialized in the area of technology law, technology is leading the way we interact with our clients and the services we provide them, technology contributes to our agile services that we provide our clients in the legal and

regulatory landscape changing rapidly. Since we are a Technology Law focused law firm, we have always been understanding new technologies, aiming to learn the technology itself before adapting the laws and regulations so we were already working at today’s changing climate, nothing is new to us.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Due to the nature of our profession, we value client privacy. However, in general SRP-Legal stands for Strategy, Regulation and Policy which summarizes the value proposal we offer to our clients. We are actively contributing to the policy making and strategy determining of our clients and represent their interests before the public authorities and NGOs.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

The number of clients that are looking for stability and strategic direction from the law firms increasing, this contributes to our quality of service. As an emerging law firm, SRP-Legal’s growth has been fast and steady. Being a law firm practicing in the area of technology law, we are competent to ensure stability and show strategic direction as well as to think outside the box and manage disruptive climates.

SRP-Legal lawyers are continuously developing new techniques to adapt the industry changes, and to comply with the regulatory developments and best practices to ensure that our clients receive the best quality of legal advice.

In the future, we expect to see our firm continue to include more of international and national clients to its current sophisticated client base and to continue to thrive as a competitive firm in the area of technology law in Turkey.