Av. Dr. Gönenç Gürkaynak

Position: Founding Partner

Email: gonenc.gurkaynak@elig.com

Professional Experience:

Dr. Gürkaynak graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Law in 1997, and was called to the Istanbul Bar in 1998. Dr. Gürkaynak received his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, and he has received his Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD) degree from University College London (UCL) Faculty of Laws. Before founding ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law in 2005, Dr. Gürkaynak worked as an attorney at the Istanbul, New York, and Brussels offices of a global law firm for more than eight years. Dr. Gönenç Gürkaynak has more than 25 years of experience as an international attorney registered in multiple bars in different countries.

Practice Areas: Competition Law, Internet Law, White Collar Irregularities, Technology, Media and Telecoms Law, Data Protection and Privacy Law, General Corporate/Contracts, Litigation

Bar Memberships: Istanbul Bar, 1997; American Bar Association, 2001; New York Bar, 2001 (currently non-practising; registered); Brussels Bar, 2003 - 2004 (B List; not maintained); Member of the Law Society of England & Wales, 2004 (currently non-practising; registered)


University College London (UCL) Faculty of Laws - Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD) Degree

Harvard Law School - Master of Laws (LLM) Degree

Ankara University School of Law - Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree

Languages: English, French

Academic Positions:

UCL Faculty of Laws - Honorary Professor of Practice (2023 - ongoing) 

UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society - Senior Fellow (2023 - ongoing)

Member of the faculty at Bilkent University, School of Law, graduate degree course "Competition Law" and the undergraduate courses "Competition Law" (2005 - present) and "Introduction to Anglo-American Law" (2004 - present)

Lecturer of the masters degree course "Competition Law" at Bilgi University, School of Law (2009 - present)

Member of the faculty at Boğaziçi University, Department of Economics (2005 - 2006), graduate degree course "Law and Economics of Competition"

Member of the faculty at Sabancı University, Department of Social Sciences (2005 - 2006), undergraduate degree course "Comparative Legal Thought"

Member of the faculty at Yeditepe University, School of Law (2015 - 2018), undergraduate degree course “Competition Law”


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