Meet our Turkey: Competition and Antitrust Experts

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

The firm also builds and maintains close working relationships with a number of international law firms and collaborates with them to serve mutual clients on a range of transactions.

ELIG delivers the top competition law practice in Turkey with 45 competition law specialists, out of a total of 87 lawyers. In addition to our unparalleled experience in merger control issues, ELIG 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.

We represent clients in the widest variety of competition law matters, while also collaborating with numerous international law firms. The firm’s broad client base includes national and multinational corporations, conglomerates, business associations, financial institutions, partnerships and individuals.

During the past year, ELIG was involved in over 60 merger clearances by the Turkish Competition Authority, more than 20 defense project investigations and over 15 appeals before the administrative courts. We also provided more than 50 antitrust law education seminars to our client’s employees.

ELIG 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. These include price-fixing, retail price maintenance, refusal to supply, territorial restrictions and concerted practice allegations.

In addition to our significant antitrust litigation expertise, ELIG 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. We also advise 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 arrangements.

Relevant industries where we have established our reputation:

  • Tobacco
  • Chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Construction / Construction materials
  • Defense
  • Energy
  • Entertainment
  • Financial services
  • Food / Agricultural products
  • Healthcare / Healthcare devices
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing (automotive, pulp & paper, steel, shipbuilding, high-tech machinery, etc.)
  • Mass media (broadcasting, film, internet, music, news and publishing)
  • Telecommunications
  • Technology solutions
  • Heavy industries
  • IT / Internet services
  • Transportation / Airlines
  • Textiles


Mr. Gönenç Gürkaynak is the managing partner of ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law. Mr. Gürkaynak graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Law in 1997, and was called to the Istanbul Bar in 1998. He holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, and he is qualified to practice in Istanbul, New York and Brussels. Mr. Gürkaynak also became a solicitor of the Law Society of England and Wales (currently non-practising) after passing the QLTT. Prior to joining ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law as a partner more than ten years ago, Mr. Gürkaynak worked as an attorney at the Istanbul, New York, Brussels and again in Istanbul 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 45 lawyers. He has unparalleled experience in Turkish competition law counseling issues with more than 20 years of competition law experience, starting with the establishment of the Turkish Competition Authority. He also holds a teaching position at undergraduate and graduate levels at two different universities in the fields of law and economics, competition law and Anglo-American law.

He has a total of more than 150 international and local articles published in English and in Turkish, and two books, one published on “A Discussion on the Prime Objective of the Turkish Competition Law From a Law & Economics Perspective ” by the Turkish Competition Authority, and the other on “Fundamental Concepts of Anglo-American Law” by Legal Publishing.

Mr. Korhan Yıldırım graduated from Galatasaray University Faculty of Law in 2005 and is a member of the Istanbul Bar Association. Korhan has been working with ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law for over nine years and has been a partner in the competition law and regulatory department since January 2014. He has extensive experience in competition law, contracts law, tender law, administrative law, real estate law and general corporate and commercial law matters. Korhan has successfully represented numerous multinational and national companies before the Turkish Competition Authority and Turkish courts. He has also authored and co-authored many articles on competition law and merger control matters, and is a frequent speaker at various conference and symposia. Korhan is fluent in English and French.

Mr. Hakan Özgökçen joined ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law in 2007. He graduated from Marmara University Law School in 2003 and gained an LL.M. degree from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2010. He has been a member of Istanbul Bar since 2005 and has extensive experience in competition law, mergers & acquisitions, contracts law, administrative law and general corporate law matters. Hakan has represented various multinational and national companies before the Turkish Competition Authority and Turkish courts. In addition, he is active in writing and speaking on competition law matters, having authored and co-authored many articles and essays and spoken at several conferences and symposia. He is fluent in English and German.

Ms. Öznur İnanılır joined ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law in 2008. She graduated from Başkent University, Faculty of Law in 2005 and following her practice at a reputable law firm in Ankara, she obtained her LL.M. degree in European Law from London Metropolitan University in 2008. She is a member of the Istanbul Bar. Ms. Öznur İnanılır became a partner within the “Regulatory and Compliance” department in 2016 and has extensive experience in all areas of competition law, in particular, compliance to competition law rules, defenses in investigations alleging restrictive agreements, abuse of dominance cases and complex merger control matters. She has represented various multinational and national companies before the Turkish Competition Authority. Ms. İnanılır has authored and co-authored articles published internationally and locally in English and Turkish pertaining to her practice areas.

Dr. Ekrem Kalkan is a Competition Economics Counsel at ELIG, Attorneys at Law. He joined ELIG in April 2016 after spending more than 18 years in senior positions at the Turkish Competition Authority. These positions included senior competition expert, Director of Economic Research and Head of the Department of Economic Analysis and Research.

Dr. Kalkan is a leading figure in competition economics in Turkey and an important academician in his field. He has authored various academic publications in relation to competition law and economics and spoken at a number of conferences on the subject.

He has extensive experience in complex antitrust investigations, merger notifications and clearances, cartel legislation and enforcement. Dr. Kalkan has also actively contributed to the preparation of secondary legislation for competition law and the development of processes relating to the provision of in-service trainings and certified intern programmes.

Prior to graduating from Middle East Technical University in 2010 with a PhD in Economics specialising in applied industrial organisation and competition policy, Dr. Kalkan obtained an MSc from Tilburg University in the speciality of Economics of Competition and Regulation in 2009 and an MSc in Economics from the University of Montreal in 2000. He completed his BSc in Economics at Middle East Technical University in 1997.

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