Firm Profile > SRP-Legal > Istanbul, Turkey
Maslak Mah. 42 Maslak, A 27/8
34398 Maslak - Sariyer
SRP-Legal > Firm Profile
SRP-Legal was established five years ago by Dr Ongun, who prior to this was the Chief Legal and Regulatory Strategy Officer of the largest telecommunications and technology services provider in Turkey and the second largest in Europe.
SRP-Legal is founded on three main expertise areas – 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, competition, corporate, data protection and data privacy, financial technology, public policy, technology, media and communications law. SRP-Legal also provides legal services to its clients in a wide range of legal areas involving technology and provides 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 profiles 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 bespoke legal, regulatory, policy and strategic advice that is fit for purpose for each client’s requirements.
SRP-Legal’s top priority is providing 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. At SRP-Legal, our target is to provide tailor-made legal, regulatory and strategic advice that fits for the specific purposes of the client’s requirements and needs. 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 pioneering experience in the Turkish legal market for advising and representing clients in relation to both data protection compliance and litigation.
- SRP-Legal has conducted more than a 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 the banking and insurance sector, such as one of the largest banks of Turkey.
- Apart from hundreds of data protection compliance projects SRP-Legal recently has run a significant data protection litigation and represented one of the world’s largest social media giants, 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 applications for both payment services licences and e-money licences 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.
|FOUNDER/ MANAGING PARTNER||ATT. DR. CIGDEM AYOZGER ONGUNemail@example.com||+ 90 212 401 4 401|
|Mr VOLKAN AKBAS||MANAGING SENIOR ASSOCIATE||View Profile|
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|Dr CIGDEM AYOZGER ONGUN||FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER||View Profile|
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Staff FiguresPARTNER : 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
LanguagesEnglish Turkish French German
MembershipsIAPP Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) Istanbul Bar Association
SRP-Legal is a law firm who embraces a culture prioritizing diversity and inclusion, through encouraging, defending, and glorifying diversity in its work environment and in every field it exists. For SRP-Legal, diversity and inclusion are not just good business practice but much more than that; they are among the key values that form up our corporate firm culture.
As SRP-Legal, we stand upon diversity and inclusion and make every effort in order to create equal opportunities for each person without discriminating on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or any other status. As SRP-Legal, we consider our office culture which we created upon our potential, and proud synergy arising from our diversity, as one of our greatest assets which build our success in the legal market.
We are committed to expanding and developing our team with talented and determined lawyers and administrative staff with diverse , experience and backgrounds, within the framework of accommodating and supporting all kinds of diversity in order to provide our clients with the quality of service, personal attention and integrity they deserve.
We believe that a team and an office environment which include all kinds of diversity make us more creative, stronger, and effective. We will continue to have an open, fair and inclusive workplace as part of our firm culture.
As SRP-Legal, we show best efforts to provide all our team members with the opportunity to reach their full and best potential.
Creates and maintains an environment of respect for all lawyers and staff;
Runs programs to support and mentor diversity;
Supports its employees’ awareness of diversity and inclusiveness and respectful approach towards each other;
Stands against all kinds of discrimination;
Arranges professional and networking opportunities;
Works to ensure the rate of retention and advancement of lawyers and staff of different gender and backgrounds; and Ensures that lawyers and staff of different backgrounds, gender and perspectives are represented in leadership positions within SRP-Legal.
SRP-Legal’s Founder and Managing Partner Att. Dr. Cigdem Ayozger Ongun, PhD, LL.M, 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 of 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.
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.”
Assistant General Manager
CLIENT: Orange Telekom A.S.
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.
Finance Director Turkey&CIS
CLIENT: Gantek Technology A.S.
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.”
President of Executive Committee
CLIENT: Messe Frankfurt Istanbul Uluslararası Fuarcılık Ltd. Şti
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.
CLIENT: Paynet Odeme Hizmetleri A.S.
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.
Chief Sales Officer
Att. Dr. Cigdem Ayozger Ongun, Founder, Managing PartnerFounder, 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.