Çitlenbik Sok. No.12
Yıldız Mahallesi 34349
Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 212 327 1724
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Mr. Gönenç Gürkaynak is a founding partner and the managing partner of ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law, a leading law firm of 60 lawyers based in Istanbul, Turkey. Mr. Gürkaynak graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Law in 1997, and was called to the Istanbul Bar in 1998. Mr. Gürkaynak received his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, and is qualified to practice in Istanbul, New York, Brussels and England and Wales (currently a non-practising Solicitor). Before founding ELIG, 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 competition law and regulatory department of ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law, which currently consists of 36 lawyers. He has unparalleled experience in Turkish competition law counseling issues with over 18 years of competition law experience, starting with the establishment of the Turkish Competition Authority. Every year Mr. Gürkaynak represents multinational companies and large domestic clients in more than 20 written and oral defences in investigations of the Turkish Competition Authority, about a dozen antitrust appeal cases in the high administrative court, and over 45 merger clearances of the Turkish Competition Authority, in addition to coordinating 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.
Mr. Gürkaynak frequently speaks at conferences and symposia on competition law matters. He has published more than 100 articles in English and Turkish by various international and local publishers. Mr. Gürkaynak also holds teaching positions at undergraduate and graduate levels at two universities, and gives lectures in other universities in Turkey.
Competition Law Practice:
ELIG delivers the top competition law practice in Turkey with 36 competition law specialists. The firm now has three partners in the practice and is led by Mr Gönenç Gürkaynak, the firm’s managing partner. In addition to its 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.
ELIG represent clients in the widest variety of competition law matters, while also collaborating with numerous international law firms. The firm’s broad client base includes national and multinational corporations, conglomerates, business associations, financial institutions, partnerships and individuals.
Throughout 2014, ELIG’s competition law team was involved in over 45 merger clearances by the Turkish Competition Authority, more than 20 defense project investigations and over 10 appeals before the administrative courts. ELIG also provided more than 40 antitrust law education seminars to our clients’ employees.
ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law is an eminent, independent Istanbul-based law firm, founded in 2005.
ELIG combines its solid knowledge of Turkish law with a business-minded approach to provide its clients with high-quality legal services. We focus on the interests of our clients, and strive to find flexible legal solutions that fit the ever-changing needs of our clients in their international and domestic operations.
The firm builds and maintains close working relationships with a number of international law firms and collaborates with them to serve mutual clients on a range of transactions.
We have a legal team of 60 people. While ELIG lawyers have the knowledge and experience to assist clients in almost all fields of law, ELIG’s core strengths are corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, competition law, EU law, white collar irregularities and compliance, banking and finance, litigation, energy, oil and gas law, Internet law, data protection and privacy law, IT, media and telecommunication law, administrative law, tender law, intellectual property law and real estate law.
ELIG has received recognition from IFLR1000, The Legal 500, GCR 100 and Chambers Europe.