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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law is an eminent, independent Turkish law firm based in Istanbul. The firm was founded in 2005.

ELIG Gürkaynak is committed to providing its clients with high-quality legal services. We combine a solid knowledge of Turkish law with a business-minded approach to develop legal solutions that meet the ever-changing needs of our clients in their international and domestic operations. Our legal team consists of 90 lawyers. We take pride in being able to assist our clients in all fields of law. Our areas of expertise particularly include competition law, corporate law, M&A, contracts law, white collar irregularities and compliance, data protection and cybersecurity law, litigation and dispute resolution, Internet law, technology, media and telecommunications law, intellectual property law, administrative law, real estate law, anti-dumping law, pharma and healthcare regulatory, employment law, and banking and finance law. As an independent Turkish law firm, ELIG Gürkaynak collaborates with many international law firms on various projects.

Corporate; Banking & Finance:

Mergers & Acquisitions: ELIG Gürkaynak's corporate team assists multinational and domestic clients by providing a wide range of corporate advisory services. The team offers unique solutions and strategic planning regarding company incorporation and restructuring, along with a range of corporate housekeeping. The firm also provides advice and guidance on various banking and finance, and mergers and acquisitions matters.

Competition & Antitrust:

Our competition law and regulatory department is led by our partner, Mr. Gönenç Gürkaynak, along with two partners, five counsel and 40 associates. In addition to its unparalleled experience in merger control issues, ELIG Gürkaynak 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 Gürkaynak represents multinational corporations, business associations, investment banks, partnerships and individuals in the widest variety of competition law matters, while also collaborating with many international law firms.

During the past year, ELIG Gürkaynak has been involved in over 85 merger clearances by the Turkish Competition Authority, more than 35 defence projects in investigations, and over 15 antitrust appeals before the administrative courts. ELIG Gürkaynak also provided more than 75 antitrust education seminars to employees of its clients.

ELIG Gürkaynak has an in-depth knowledge of representing defendants and complainants in complex antitrust investigations concerning all forms of abuse of dominant position allegations, and all forms of restrictive horizontal and/or vertical arrangements, including price-fixing, retail price maintenance, refusal to supply, territorial restrictions and concerted practice allegations.

In addition to significant antitrust litigation expertise, the firm has considerable expertise in administrative law, and is well equipped to represent clients before the High State Court, both on the merits of a case and for injunctive relief. ELIG Gürkaynak also advises clients on a day-to-day basis in a wide range of business transactions that almost always contain antitrust law issues, including distributorship, licensing, franchising and toll manufacturing issues.

Media, Internet & Telecommunication Law:

ELIG Gürkaynak has an internationally recognised and significant practice in media, internet and new media, and telecommunications law. The firm has a team of 14 specialists delivering tailor made strategies for clients who operate in the technology, media, telecommunications and internet sectors, which requires the team to be at the cutting-edge of technology, with a thorough understanding of existing and emerging mediums while also demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of legal practice. The team is highly committed to meeting the needs of domestic and international clients by combining their expertise in legal practice and specialising in unique practice areas. The practice covers domain name disputes, website agreements, internet copyright and internet trademarks, internet related litigation, regulatory counselling, notice and take down or judiciary decision enforcement assistance, and localisation of telecom agreements and licenses to be signed with carriers.

Intellectual Property:

The intellectual property team at ELIG Gürkaynak provides clients with a complete range of legal services for protecting and exploiting all types of intellectual property and technology assets. The firm handles complex intellectual property matters, each one of which sets a precedent in the market. The dedicated team of two partners and two counsel, along with eleven associates are powered by invaluable knowledge and a track record in other practice areas where the firm pioneers. This ensures the clients are provided with smooth handling of all aspects of complex intellectual property law and related issues including: trademarks, patents, copyrights, industrial designs and transactions pertaining to intellectual property rights.

Energy, Oil & Gas:

ELIG Gürkaynak has extensive experience on energy, oil and gas sector. In addition to assisting clients on a day-to-day basis, ELIG Gürkaynak advises on global service, dealership and distributor agreements, localisation, investigations against board members and sales of bunker fuel at the airports through intermediaries. ELIG Gürkaynak is also involved in legislation related work for lubricants and advises on excessive license tariff fees set out by the General Directorate of State Airports Authority.

White Collar Irregularities & Compliance:

ELIG Gürkaynak is recognised as a leading law firm in relation to white collar irregularities and compliance matters and has a significant practice focusing on internal investigations and white collar crime matters. Amongst other areas, the practice advises clients in connection with Turkish corporate compliance issues under the relevant OECD Convention, FCPA, the UK Bribery Act and under the Turkish anti-corruption laws. This includes all matters relating to data privacy, employment, anti-corruption policies and other related aspects of the Turkish legal regime.

Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Regulatory:

ELIG Gürkaynak provides legal consultancy to a wide range of sectors including healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical device and life-sciences companies in their day-to-day operations, regulatory issues, contracts and on matters relating to re-structuring, licencing, intellectual property, management of sector related transactions and regulatory and governmental issues. The team has expansive experience with the standards, principles, forms and various Turkish healthcare institutions such as the Ministry of Health, the Medicines and Medical Devices Agency and the Social Security Institution. The firm guides its clients through numerous complex guidelines and practices of the Ministry of Health, for example, compassionate use, procurement from abroad, scientific and product promotional meetings, Good Distribution Practice (GDP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), samples, adverse effects, pharmacovigilance, clinical research and donations. The support offered by ELIG Gürkaynak extends to a wide range of areas including all aspects of the regulation of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, pharmacies, hospitals, healthcare professionals and pricing, promotion, labelling, safety, advertising and marketing principles of medicines and medical products.

Firm Practice Areas

  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Capital Markets Law
  • Competition / Antitrust Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Finance Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Arbitration
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Media Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Partnership
  • Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Regulatory Practice
  • Technology Law
  • Telecommunications Law

Office Locations



Istanbul, Turkey

Çitlenbik Sokak No:12

Yıldız Mahallesi

Istanbul 34349


90 212 327 17 24

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