GCR 100 - 17th Edition

ELIG Attorneys at Law

10 January 2017

Turkey

ELIG ATTORNEYS AT LAW remains the go-to option for competition advice in Turkey. Gönenç Gürkaynak leads an impressive team of 36 competition law specialists. He is joined by three partners: Korhan Yıldırım, Hakan Özgökçen and Öznur İnanılır, who was promoted in January 2016. In April 2016, the team also saw the addition of Ekrem Kalkan from the Turkish Competition Authority, where he served for 18 years and held various senior positions, including chief economist. Elig is the only Turkish firm with a full-time, in-house competition economist.

Unsurprisingly, Elig was involved in some major global mergers – including advising Dow and DuPont in a Turkish merger notification. The team also acted on behalf of Anheuser-Busch InBev during its merger with SABMiller, for which the Turkish Competition Authority launched a Phase II review. The Turkish enforcer unconditionally cleared the deal in June 2016.

On the behavioural front, Elig successfully helped flash memory company SanDisk avoid an investigation after the company retained the firm during a preliminary investigation by the Turkish Competition Authority. Elig also successfully represented Solgar Vitamin ve Sağlık Ürünleri, a nutritional supplement company, in an investigation before the Turkish antitrust authority; the company received no fines.

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