Competition Law Practices at ELIG Gürkaynak

ELIG Gürkaynak represents corporations, business associations, investment banks, partnerships and individuals in a wide variety of competition law matters. Our firm also collaborates with international law firms on Turkish competition law matters.

In addition to our strong Turkish competition law practice, our international experience provides us with a high capability in multinational competition law issues. We have particular experience in the European Union competition law regime.

Our Antitrust Practice Group provides international and domestic clients with all types of legal services concerning competition law issues, including litigation. ELIG Gürkaynak provides competition law assistance particularly in the following ways:

General Advisory Competition Law Assistance

We provide clients in a broad range of industries with the antitrust counseling they need. We also advise clients on a day-to-day basis concerning business transactions that almost always contain antitrust law issues, including distributorship, licensing, franchising, toll manufacturing, etc. We give EU and/or Turkish competition law advice in the form most convenient to our clients.

Competition Law Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions

We have extensive experience in merger control issues. We have been counseling clients involved in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures about Turkish notification requirements, and our Antitrust Practice Group has been involved in obtaining approvals from the Turkish Competition Board in dozens of notifications. We also review Share Purchase Agreements and Shareholders Agreements, and engage in other aspects of transaction planning, in order to minimize delays and/or structural changes caused by the review of the Competition Board.

Legal Representation on Competition Law Investigations

We have extensive experience in defending companies before the Competition Board in all phases of an antitrust investigation. Our Antitrust Practice Group has in depth knowledge of representing defendants and complainants in complex antitrust investigations concerning all forms of abuse of dominant position allegations and all other forms of restrictive horizontal and vertical arrangements, including price-fixing, resale price maintenance, refusal to supply, territorial restrictions and concerted practice allegations.

Litigation Concerning Competition Law Matters

The parties of an investigation can challenge decisions of the Competition Board in court. In addition to our antitrust litigation expertise, our firm has considerable expertise in administrative law, and is therefore well equipped to represent clients before the High State Council, both on the merits of a case, and for injunctive relief. We also represent clients in civil courts with respect to compensation claims arising out of antitrust allegations.

Educational Seminars/Compliance Programs in Competition Law

Companies can limit or avoid antitrust liability by training their executives and employees about the requirements of the antitrust legislation. We tailor our educational seminars and compliance programs according to the factors surrounding the company and market involved, and train the executives/employees/members of our clients in competition law matters.

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