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Günay Erdogan Attorneys At Law
Muhsin Yazicioglu Cad. No:39/112 Kat:18
Cankaya - Ankara

Turkey > IT and telecoms Tier 3

Well-regarded boutique firm Günay Erdoğan Attorneys At Law was established in November 2020 and acts for a range of local and international tech-focused companies. IT and telecoms practice head Yavuz Selim Günay has experience advising on IT law both in private practice and in-house at a major domestic software company, and is praised for his ‘extensive legal knowledge in the field‘. Günay and his team assist clients with a range of matters, including software licensing agreements, data protection, regulatory matters and transactions in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Yavuz Selim Günay


‘We work closely with Günay Erdoğan on IT law matters and their services are really satisfactory. We also have other partner law firms in Istanbul but none of them have the quality of Günay Erdoğan. They directly engage with the matters and they really put in the time for all their clients. They have an understanding of IT matters not only from a legal perspective but also from a technical and business perspective. They are also easily accessible: when you need urgent advice, they will answer or meet you directly.’

‘Yavuz Selim Günay’s experience in technology issues makes him a great business partner. In addition to being a lawyer, he is also one of the few academics with knowledge of technology law. I think we will hear his name more in the future.’

‘We were highly satisfied with the service we received. We were always taken care of, from their partners to their junior associate. They spared a lot of time for us and did their work meticulously.’

‘We were thrilled with Yavuz Selim Günay and the service we received from him, since he is a very successful lawyer with extensive knowledge in the field of IT and telecoms law. He has the necessary technical knowledge and expertise as he was the chief legal counsel in one of the Turkey’s leading technology companies for a long time.’

‘Since IT and telecoms law is a complex field, technical specialisation is integral to legal advice in this area. Therefore, it was very valuable for us that Yavuz Selim Günay had worked in this field for many years and therefore had both legal and technical expertise. In addition, crisis management is an asset in this field and there can often be legal issues that need to be resolved urgently. In this regard, we were very pleased with the legal advice we received from Günay Erdoğan since we were closely attended to by the whole team at all hours (of the day and night).’

‘Thanks to Yavuz Selim Günay’s years of in-house experience, his technical expertise and legal knowledge in this field, we received a valuable service. He is not like an outside counsel – he understands the client’s business and he is available all the time. The partners took special care of us and all the members of the team responded promptly and meticulously to all our legal needs.’

‘Günay Erdoğan stands out from other law firms thanks to its great experience in the information technology sector. Yavuz Selim Günay especially is exceptional. The team can analyses cases from both a technical and a legal perspective, which is of the utmost importance in IT matters and is not easy to find. Also, it has to be noted that you can almost always reach the members of the Günay Erdoğan team whenever you need. Availability is another of their strengths.’

Key clients

Nokta Savunma ve Bilişim Teknoloji

Türkiye Ürün İhtisas Borsası (TÜRİB)

Samsung Electronics Istanbul Pazarlama

Ak Yatırım Menkul Değerler

ISG (Information Services Group)

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Work highlights

  • Advised Nokta Teknoloji on transactions and agreements regarding a nationwide digital transformation project, including a high volume  of technology contracts.
  • Assisted TURİB with IT procurement agreements and data protection matters.
  • Advised Ak Yatırım on IT procurement agreements.

Turkey > Dispute resolution

Established in November 2020, Günay Erdogan Attorneys At Law handles arbitration cases alongside commercial litigation.

Günay Erdoğan Attorneys-at-Law is a full-service boutique law firm, providing high quality legal services by combining experience with academic knowledge. The firm is based in Ankara and İstanbul. It provides legal services in a large spectrum of law to its national and international clients. The firm offers creative, innovative, and practical business resolutions tailored to its clients’ needs. Providing a high level and personalized attention to all its clients is top priority for the firm.

Practice areas
Corporate/mergers and acquisitions: Günay Erdoğan provides legal services for international and local companies operating in Turkey through the whole process  from their incorporation throughout their daily operations. The firm supports its clients in many areas such as incorporation, establishment of representative offices and branches, the board of directors’ meetings, general assembly meetings, corporate management support, and company liquidation.

The team successfully represents multinational and domestic companies, investment banks, and funds in the mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, and joint ventures thanks to their significant experience in mergers and acquisitions of national and international companies operating in many sectors such as technology, production, infrastructure, and telecommunications.

Law of contracts and international trade law: With experience and proficiency, Günay & Erdoğan drafts commercial agreements and carries out negotiation processes for all commercial contracts in national and international matters. These contracts can be exemplified as purchase and sale contracts, agency/representation contracts, distributorship agreements, franchise agreements, public tender agreements, lease agreements, confidentiality agreements, joint venture agreements, employment agreements, consultancy agreements of which our clients are in need.

The firm also provides consultancy services in customs procedures specific to international trade, export, and import transactions. The team supports its clients in managing their relations with manufacturers, dealers, suppliers, and distributors as well.

Dispute resolution: Günay & Erdoğan has extensive experience and significant knowledge in litigation and arbitration proceedings. The team is highly experienced in representing its clients before national and international arbitration tribunals such as ISTAC, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and other institutional or ad-hoc arbitration proceedings in the fields of energy & mining, technology, international trade, defense, construction and real estate, insurance, and other sectors.

Information technologies and telecommunications: Technology and media and telecommunications are among Günay & Erdoğan’s main areas of expertise. The team has unique proficiency and experience in software development contracts, technology development contracts, technology transfer contracts, license agreements, know-how contracts, etc. The firm supports its clients in areas requiring technical expertise such as internet law, electronic communications law, payment systems, and electronic commerce law.

Günay & Erdoğan also carries out personal data protection compliance projects for its clients and provides consultancy for the law of personal data protection within the scope of their activities. The firm also provides consultancy services to enterprises that are in the establishment phase, newly established, or growing. The consultancy provided can be regarding entrepreneurship financing, operational legal transactions, protection of intellectual property rights, and relations with investors.

Bankruptcy, concordatum and restructuring law: Günay & Erdoğan represents its clients in bankruptcy, concordatum, and restructuring processes from bankruptcy request and opening of bankruptcy to completion of the liquidation process.

The firm supports its clients in the matters of concordatum request, preparation of the documents required for the respite decision and the execution of the concordatum, preparation of concordatum project, and negotiation with the creditors.

Günay & Erdoğan also provides legal consultancy services to its clients on matters that have become common, particularly in recent years. Such as the drafting and management of restructuring processes of financial restructuring framework agreements, the liquidation and management of non-performing loans, their transfer to asset management companies.

Energy and mining law: Günay & Erdoğan provides legal consultancy services in the establishment and operation of energy facilities, energy production and trade, licensing processes, administrative dispute resolution, expropriation, and mining activities.

The team supports its clients in resolving the disputes arising out of contracts concluded with the administration (such as time extension requests or force majeure, termination of the contract, amicably or through arbitration or litigation.

Employment law: The disputes arising from the individual employment contracts are among Günay & Erdoğan’s main areas of expertise. The firm provides services to its clients in disputes regarding employee and employer receivables, the termination of the employment contract, non-competition agreements.

In terms of labor law, Günay & Erdoğan provides legal consultancy services to its clients in disputes arising from collective labor agreements (from the drafting phase of the collective labor agreement to its cease) between the workers (union) and the employer parties.

In order to fulfill the obligations arising from social security legislation, the team follow-up the necessary work and transactions before the Social Security Institution and the Ministry of Family, Labor, and Social Services.

Real estate, construction, and infrastructure: In the fields of real estate, construction, and infrastructure, Günay & Erdoğan provides services to its clients regarding purchase and sale, mortgage, lease, financial leasing contracts, development of residential and commercial real estate projects, issues related to development plans, financing contracts, EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) permits, and other permits and licenses.

The team has extensive experience in resolving real estate and construction disputes.

Intellectual property law: For the purposes of protecting intellectual property rights and prohibiting infringements, Günay & Erdoğan offers consultancy services within both Turkey and the European Union.

The firm supports its clients in establishing a protection strategy for intellectual property rights and defining and preparing processes for employee inventions. In this context, Günay & Erdoğan represents its clients in applications and disputes regarding trademarks and, especially, patents.

The firm also offers support in information sharing, distribution, franchising, technology transfer, software development, negotiation and drafting of licensing, service level agreements, and all kinds of dispute resolution and anti-counterfeiting in these areas.

Defense and aerospace: Günay & Erdoğan provides legal support in international sanctions and export control processes and represents its clients before relevant public institutions concerning the national and international contracts that require unique expertise.

The firm supports its clients for compliance with national and international legislation related to the defense industry, import and export processes, including the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the US Export Administration Regulation (EAR).

The team has significant experience in international trade sanctions, which are particularly important in certain sectors. In this context, Günay & Erdoğan offers services to its clients with international law firms. The firm cooperates with export control, the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and the US Export Administration Regulation (EAR) regarding the establishment of a compliance program and possible disputes on the matters of international sanctions

Competition and compliance: Günay & Erdoğan provides legal consultancy services to its clients (companies, commercial enterprises, investment banks, partnerships, and individual clients) in competition law. It supports clients in cases of competition law violations such as cartel agreements and abuse of dominant positions, both in investigations before the Competition Authority and in disputes arising from the decisions of the Competition Authority. The firm also provides consultancy for mergers control.

Capital markets, banking and finance law: Günay & Erdoğan provides consultancy to its clients in capital market law, such as public offerings, bond issuances, securities issuances, disputes in this field, derivative instruments, and real estate investment funds.

The firm provides support to venture capital funds at investment stages, establishment processes, and in the preparation and negotiation of contracts.

Günay & Erdoğan provides legal consultancy services for its clients on all kinds of financial transactions such as loan transactions, loan agreements, and liquidation of non-performing loans.

Günay & Erdoğan offers services with its experience to credit institutions and banks as well as its clients operating in various industries on issues including compliance with international standards and requirements in the execution of loan agreements.

International capabilities
Günay & Erdoğan is a leading Turkish law firm with global values and reach, providing legal assistance to its clients in both international and domestic law. Gunay Erdoğan is a one-stop-shop where its clients receive high quality legal services in Turkish, English, German, and French in all the different areas of law they need assistance in. With an extensive network of law firms all over the world, Günay & Erdoğan is able to assist clients anywhere they need.

Günay & Erdoğan and its team have vast experience working with clients in many different sectors, understanding their businesses and supporting them on their local and international endeavors. The firm’s clientele includes international tech companies, foreign capital enterprises, and Turkish based companies looking to expand their business abroad as well as foreign companies wishing to do business in Turkey.

Lawyer profiles

Yavuz Selim GÜNAY
Overview: Yavuz Selim Günay is one of our founding partners. He has extensive experience in law of contracts, international commercial law, dispute resolution and arbitration, mergers and acquisitions, technology law, defense and aerospace law, international sanctions and export control, intellectual property law.

Yavuz Selim Günay provides strategic legal services to his local and international clients. He also represents Turkish clients investing abroad. Before founding Günay&Erdoğan, he served as the Head of Legal and Contracts of a leading Turkish defense and IT company.

LLB Bilkent University, Faculty of Law
LLM Gazi University, Commercial Law
LLM London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), International Business Law
PhD Gazi University-Private Law

Memberships: Ankara Bar Association; LSE Alumni Association; The British-Turkish Lawyers Association; ICC Young Arbitrator’s Forum

Languages: Turkish (native), English (fluent)

Recognition: GC Powerlist Turkey 2019 – An organization of The Legal 500 and supported by International Bar Association, ACC Alliance

Overview: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ersin Erdoğan is one of our founding partners. Dr. Erdoğan is an expert and has extensive experience on civil procedure law, dispute resolution and arbitration, bankruptcy, concordatum, and restructuring law, and civil litigation.

Dr. Erdoğan is a distinguished academician, and expert Lawyer. Dr. Erdoğan gives legal consultancy to Turkish and international clients.

LLB Bilkent University, Faculty of Law
LLM Bilkent University, Law and Economics
PhD Bilkent University, Private Law

Languages : Turkish (native), English (fluent), German (fluent)

Memberships: Ankara Bar Association; Turkish Academy of Science – Young Academy

Recognition: The Young Scientists Award TÜBA 2019

Partner Yavuz Selim Günaygunay@gunayerdogan.com.tr
Partner Dr. Ersin Erdoğanerdogan@gunayerdogan.com.tr
Lawyer : 8
ICC Court of Arbitration
IBA (International Bar Association)
Union of Turkish Bar Associations
Istanbul Bar Association
Istanbul Arbitration Centre
LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration)
Other offices : İstanbul