Contributed By ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law
Gönenç Gürkaynak is a founding partner and the managing partner of ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law, a leading law firm of 70 lawyers based in Istanbul, Turkey. He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Law in 1997, and was called to the Istanbul Bar in 1998. Gürkaynak received his LLM degree from Harvard Law School, and is qualified to practise in Istanbul, New York, Brussels and England and Wales (currently non-practising). Before founding ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law in 2005, Gürkaynak worked as an attorney at the Istanbul, New York and Brussels offices of a global law firm for more than eight years. Gürkaynak heads the competition law and regulatory department of ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law. He has unparalleled experience in Turkish competition law counselling issues with more than 19 years of competition law experience, starting with the establishment of the Turkish Competition Authority. Every year, Gürkaynak represents multinational companies and large domestic clients in more than 20 written and oral defences in investigations of the Turkish Competition Authority, about 15 antitrust appeal cases in the high administrative court, and over 50 merger clearances of the Turkish Competition Authority, in addition to co-ordinating various worldwide merger notifications, drafting non-compete agreements and clauses, and preparing hundreds of legal memoranda concerning a wide array of Turkish and EC competition law topics.
Ceren Özkanlı is a senior associate at ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law. She graduated from Başkent University, Faculty of Law in 2008 and holds an LLM degree from Liverpool John Moores University. Özkanlı is admitted to the Istanbul Bar and joined ELIG in 2011. Özkanlı is experienced in competition law, including compliance matters, mergers and acquisitions, and cartel investigations conducted by the Turkish Competition Board. She has represented various multinational and national companies before the Turkish Competition Authority concerning various sectors. Özkanlı has also co-authored a number of articles pertaining to contemporary competition law issues in both Turkish and English.
ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law is an eminent, independent Turkish law firm based in Istanbul. The firm was founded in 2005. ELIG delivers the top competition law practice in Turkey with 36 competition law specialists. The team has three partners and one counsel and is led by Mr Gönenç Gürkaynak, the firm’s managing partner. In addition to our unparalleled experience in merger control issues, ELIG has vast experience in defending companies before the Turkish Competition Board in all phases of antitrust investigations, abuse of dominant position cases, leniency handlings, and before the courts on issues of private enforcement of competition law, along with appeals of the administrative decisions of the Turkish Competition Authority. During the past year, we have been involved in over 50 merger clearances by the Turkish Competition Authority, more than 20 defence project investigations and over ten appeals before the administrative courts. ELIG also provided more than 40 antitrust education seminars to its clients’ employees.
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