ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

Çitlenbik Sokak No:12
Yildiz Mahallesi 34349
+90 212 327 17 24


Tel:      +90 212 327 1724
Fax:    +90 212 327 1725
Email: info@elig.com


Contact partners:
Gönenç Gürkaynak LL.M (Founding Partner)


Hakan Özgökçen LL.M (Partner)
İlay Yılmaz (Partner)
K. Korhan Yıldırım (Partner)
Nazlı Nil Yukaruç LL.M (Partner)
Ç. Olgu Kama LL.M (Partner)
Öznur İnanılır (Partner)
Tolga Uluay (Partner)
Burcu Can (Partner)



Damla Doğancalı
Eda Duru
Dr. Ekrem Kalkan
Ceyda Karaoğlan Nalçacı
Ceren YıldızCeren Yıldız


Firm Profile:

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

We are committed to providing our clients with high-quality legal services in an effective and business-minded manner. We focus on the interests of our clients and combine a solid knowledge of Turkish law to develop legal solutions that meet the ever-changing needs of our clients in their international and domestic operations.

We have a legal team of 90 people and specialise in a wide variety of domestic and international commercial work, including corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, competition law, anti-corruption, white-collar irregularities and compliance, EC law, internet law, technology, media and telecommunications law, data protection and privacy law, banking and finance law, litigation and arbitration, energy, oil and gas law, administrative law, real estate law, anti-dumping law, pharma and healthcare regulatory, employment law and intellectual property law.

We have established close working relationships with a number of international law firms and have served mutual clients on numerous mergers and acquisitions transactions, competition law matters, white-collar and compliance matters, commercial arbitrations and various other projects.

All members of our team are fluent in English and speak a variety of other languages.  Many team members have obtained their graduate degrees in law schools in the US, the UK, Switzerland, France and Turkey. In addition to membership of the Istanbul Bar, Mr Gürkaynak is also qualified in New York, and is further qualified as a Solicitor of the Law Society of England and Wales, currently as a non-practising member.

Practice areas in brief

ELIG Gürkaynak represents local and multinational conglomerates in M&A projects. The M&A team has vast experience and capability in handling multiple and significant M&A transactions, reorganisations, joint ventures and spin-offs. The firm’s corporate team has a solid practice in providing commercial and corporate law services to corporations, advising foreign clients during their entry to the Turkish market, and daily operations thereafter. The M&A team works closely with the competition department of the firm.

Competition law is one of ELIG Gürkaynak’s key practice areas. The firm has the largest and most recognised competition practice in Turkey. In addition to 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.

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

ELIG Gürkaynak also has a significant practice in Turkey focusing on internal investigations and white-collar criminal matters. Among other things, the practice advises clients in connection with Turkish corporate compliance issues under the relevant OECD Convention, FCPA, the UK Bribery Act and Turkish anti-corruption laws. This includes all matters relating to data privacy, employment law, anti-corruption policies and other related aspects of the Turkish legal regime.

Unlike many local firms in Turkey, ELIG Gürkaynak also has a recognised and significant practice in internet and telecommunications law. The practice covers domain name disputes, website agreements, internet copyright and internet trademarks, internet-related litigation, regulatory counselling, notice and takedown or judiciary decision enforcement assistance and localisation of telecom agreements and licences to be signed with carriers.

ELIG Gürkaynak also has a solid track record and knowledge of litigation before Turkish civil and administrative courts. ELIG Gürkaynak is well equipped to handle all types of civil legal disputes before the Turkish courts.        


Clients include Baosteel, beIN Media Group, L’Oréal, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Turkish Airlines, Google Inc, Mercedes Benz, TPG Capital, Warner Bros, YouTube LLC, Pfizer Turkey, Booking.com, Gilead Sciences, FIH Mobile, GE Healthcare, Maersk Line, 3M Turkey and Rolls-Royce.

For further information, please visit www.elig.com

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