Bahadir Balki

Bahadir Balki
Çamlica Köşkü, Francalaci
Sok. 28, Arnavutköy
+90 212 211 50 11


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Bahadir Balki, the managing partner of ACTECON, graduated from the University of Bahcesehir and holds an LLM degree in the field of European economic law from Saarland University – Europa-Institut. He is currently pursuing his PhD education on European Union Law. Bahadir is admitted to the Istanbul Bar Association.

Bahadir is known for his excellent work discipline together with his intriguing and effective defences. He has been involved in virtually every significant cartel and abuse of dominance investigations launched by the Turkish Competition Authority concerning, among other sectors, insurance; banking; iron and steel; automotives; car parts; cement; telecommunications; broadcasting rights; ro-ro transportation; FMCG; alcoholic beverages, media audits; and port services. Clients have also benefited from Bahadir’s extensive experience in global merger cases, especially in Phase II procedures, in a variety of industries.

Beyond successfully leading the leniency applications, Bahadir’s experience is above the rest in terms of leniency enforcement. He contributed to the creation of the first precedent in the Turkish competition law practice in which a leniency applicant still obtained the immunity even if the nature of the violation is not considered a hard-core cartel by the Turkish Competition Authority.

Mr Balki also made a unique contribution to more effective judicial review and the progress of the Turkish competition law enforcement. He recently represented a major cement producer in the appeal proceedings before the court in Turkey, which annulled the Turkish Competition Authority’s decision imposing the biggest fine on the cement producers. This is the first time in 20 years that the court, considering the merits of the case, annulled the TCA’s cartel decision imposing the monetary fine on the ground that the required standard of proof was not met.

WWL says: Bahadir Balki is a prominent name in the Turkish competition market and internationally, well known for his outstanding depth of expertise.

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