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Gönenç Gürkaynak
Office:
Çitlenbik Sokak No:12
Yıldız Mahallesi 34349
Beşiktaş
City:
Istanbul
Country:
Turkey
Tel:
+90 212 327 17 24
Fax:
+90 212 327 17 25

Thought Leaders: Competition 2017

Mr 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. 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 counselling issues with more than 19 years of competition law experience, starting with the establishment of the Turkish Competition Authority. Mr Gürkaynak frequently speaks at conferences and symposia on competition law matters. He has published more than 150 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 at other universities in Turkey.

What inspired you to become a competition lawyer?

Competition law is a fascinating field. I was lucky to be a research assistant to Professor Louis Kaplow at Harvard University and I also reported to Ian Forrester QC, now the UK’s designated judge at the EU’s General Court of Justice, while I was in Brussels. Both were extremely influential in my career development, along with many other mentors I have had throughout my career.

How do you distinguish the service you provide to clients from your competitors?

Over the past 10 years we have grown to be the largest competition law team in Turkey with 36 competition law specialists. This past year we handled more than 50 files with the Turkish Competition Authority. We place a high priority on mentoring our young talent. The promotion round in January 2016 promoted two senior associates to partner and counsel bringing the leadership of our competition law and regulatory team to four partners and two counsel.
In April 2016 we recruited Dr Ekrem Kalkan as competition economics counsel. Ekrem was formerly the chief economist at the Turkish Competition Authority. This initiative is the first of its kind for a Turkish law firm and will not only be invaluable for our clients but also for the ongoing development of our team of
experts.

What motivates you in your work?

We have built a great team of lawyers at ELIG. I am pleased to share my passion for competition law with them. When combined with a global network of clients and colleagues, it makes coming to work every day a pleasure.

As managing partner of the firm what are your main priorities over the coming year for the firm’s strategy?

One of the most challenging aspects is keeping abreast of the changes in this emerging market and preserving the competitive edge.
We are proud to have grown from strength to strength over the past decade and to have received such high recognition for the work we do. We will continue to develop as a firm not only in competition law, but in a range of practice areas. As an example, the media and technology sector is flourishing in Turkey. We have a thriving TMT and internet law practice made up of 14 lawyers who support a range of internationally renowned industry leaders who are eager to ride this new wave.

What do you foresee in the future for the competition legal sector in Turkey?

Compliance programmes will be at the heart of what a competition lawyer does and I anticipate that preventive measures will gain more value.
The Turkish Competition Board has shifted its focus from standard merger control cases to the fight against cartels and to challenging certain types of unilateral conduct. The Authority will maintain its well-earned reputation of being one of the most active competition enforcement agencies.

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Who's Who Legal Competition: Lawyers

Mr 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. Mr Gürkaynak graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Law in 1997, and was called to the Istanbul Bar in 1998. Mr Gürkaynak received his LLM degree from Harvard Law School, and is qualified to practise 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 counselling issues with more than 19 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 150 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 at other universities in Turkey.

WWL says: Gönenç Gürkaynak is internationally recognised as one of the foremost practitioners in Turkey across a range of areas.

 

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Who's Who Legal Investigations: Lawyers

Mr 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. Mr Gürkaynak graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Law in 1997 and was called to the Istanbul Bar in 1998. Mr Gürkaynak received his LLM degree from Harvard Law School and is qualified to practise law in Istanbul, New York, Brussels, and England and Wales (currently as 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 regulatory and compliance department of ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law with a significant practice in Turkey focusing on internal investigations and white-collar criminal matters. The practice advises clients in connection with Turkish corporate compliance issues under the relevant OECD Convention, FCPA, UK Bribery Act and Turkish anti-corruption laws.

Mr Gürkaynak frequently speaks at international and national conferences on anti-corruption matters. He has published more than 150 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.

WWL says: Gönenç Gürkaynak is a dominant player in the Turkish market. His impressive practice covers both internal and external investigations concerning white-collar crime.

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