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Gönenç Gürkaynak LLM, Esq.

Position: Partner
Practice Areas: Regulatory & Compliance, Competition Law, White Collar Irregularities, General Corporate/Contracts, Litigation
Bar Memberships: Member of the Law Society of England & Wales, 2004 (non-practising); New York State Bar, 2001; American Bar Association, 2001; Istanbul Bar, 1997
Academic Positions: Lecturer of the undergraduate degree courses "Competition Law" (45408 01), and "Fundamental Concepts of Anglo-American Legal System" (45357 01) and graduate degree course "Competition Law" (45504 01) at the Faculty of Law of the Bilkent University;

Lecturer of the graduate degree course "Economics and Competition Law" (EC 581) at the Department of Economics of Bogaziçi University;

Lecturer of the undergraduate degree course "Comparative Legal Thought" (LAW 310) at the Department of Social Sciences of the Sabanci University.
Education: Harvard Law School (LLM 2001); Ankara University School of Law (LLB 1997)

Speeches & Publications:

In English:
"NGAs and Agencies, Building An Effective Partnership: Different Jurisdictions, Different Experiences" (Speech), ICN Annual Conference ICC Roundtable on Competition Enforcement and Compliance, Rio de Janerio, 17-20 April 2012

"Reflections on Anti-Corruption Legislation Enforcement in the Sporting Events Arena: A Legal Analysis on Contemporary Match-Fixing Matters" (Speech), The 10th Annual IBA Anti-Corruption Conference, "Session Ten: Spectacular Corruption - Spotlight on bribery in the lead-up to major sporting events"; OECD Headquarters, Paris, 13-14 March 2012

"Data Protection & Privacy - Jurisdictional Comparisons" (Article with Att. İlay YILMAZ and Att. Ceren YILDIZ), The European Lawyer Ref Series, January 2012

"Plenary V: Case Resolution Methods and Factors for Effectively Choosing Them" (Speech), ICN Cartel Workshop 2011, Bruges, October 10-13, 2011.

"Merger Control: An Emerging Market Perspective" (Speech), 3rd Annual Antitrust and Competition Law Conference, Marcus Evans, Amsterdam, June 6, 2011.

"Effective Investigate Techniques and the Current Political Issues in Merger Enforcement" (Resource Person), ICN Annual Conference 2011, The Hague, May 17, 2011

"The Merger Control Review (Turkey)" (Article with Att. K. Korhan Yildirim), The Merger Control Review, Law Business research Ltd., 2010

"An Overview of White Collar Irregularities Under the Turkish Legal System" (Article wih Att. Olgu Kama), Mondaq, August 12, 2009 "Regulation of Dominant Conduct" (Article), Mondaq, July 22, 2009

"Regulation of Dominant Conduct" (Article), Mondaq, July 22, 2009 "A New Era in Turkish Antitrust Enforcement: Leniency Program and Regulation on Fine Calculation" (Article), Mondaq, March 4, 2009

"The Turkish Competition Board Fined Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş. and TTNet A.Ş. (jointly and severally) for Abusing Their Dominant Position in the Wholesale Broadband Internet Access Market and Retail Broadband Internet Access Market by Charging Anti-Competitive Tariffs for Access to the Local Networks" (Article), Mondaq, December 23, 2008

"Recent Developments Concerning the Legal Regime Applicable to Foreign Real and Legal Persons' Acquisitions of Immovable Properties in Turkey: An Analysis of the Decision of the Constitutional Court as Published on April 16th, 2008" (Article with Att. Hande Varhan), Mondaq, November 14, 2008

"Turkish Competition Board Widens the Scope of its Probes Concerning Dominant Undertakings' Legal and Commercial Practices Towards Sales Points in Various Sectors" (Article), Mondaq, November 14, 2008

"Growing Determination" (Article), International Financial Review, October 1, 2008

"Competition Law Policy Problems in the Financial Services Market" (Speech), Governance and Sector-Specific Perspectives Conference: "Which Competition Policy in the Regulated Industries?" Istanbul Bilgi University, September 5-6, 2008

"Hope at Last for Some Flexibility in Review of Ancillary Restraints" (Article), Mondaq, August 4, 2006

"Major Judicial Set Back on Turkish Competition Board Decisions Concerning Investigations Leads to an Amendment in the Turkish Competition Law" (Article), Mondaq, July 25, 2005

"Potential Impact of EU Accession to Turkish Legal Profession" (Speech), European Union Law and European Union Institutions Symposium, organized by the Union of Turkish Bars Association and the Law Society of England and Wales, April 1, 2005

"Recent Issues in EC Cartel Cases: Information Requests, Fines and Leniency" (Speech), White & Case Annual EC Competition Law Seminar: Working Together in an Enlarged Union, 4 October 2003

"Some Essential Issues of the Turkish Merger Control Regime" (Article), White & Case Worldwide Merger Survey, 2003 Ed., p.13

"An Approach to The Contemporary Treatment of Vertical Integration Cases In Antitrust Law From A Law & Economics Perspective: Recent Experiences in the U.S. and EU." (Speech/Seminar Presentation), METU Annual Economics Conference, September 13, 2002

"Shifting The Burden of Proof In Turkish Competition Law" (Article), Global Competition Review, February/March 2002, p.29

"The Problem With Turkey's Competition Regime" (Article), International Financial Law Review, January 2002, p.12.


In Turkish:
"Concentrations and Liberisation in the Energy Sector in terms of a Competition Law Approach" ("Enerji Sektöründe Yoğunlaşmalara ve Liberalizasyona İlişkin Rekabet Hukuku Yaklaşımları") (Speech), Sector Specific Competition Law Conferences - Energy Sector, Istanbul Bar Association Consumer Rights and Competition Law Center, Istanbul, January, 2012

"Total / Cepsa Decision: An Example Regarding Application of the Turkish Competition Law Rules Abroad" ("Türk Rekabet Hukuku Kurallarının Ülke Dışı Uygulamasına İlişkin Aşılması Gereken Bir Örnek: Total / Cepsa Kararı") (Article/Speech), Symposium on Competition Board's Decisions and Judicial Decisions - II, Banking and Commercial Law Research Institute, November 25, 2011 (Article with Att. Korhan Yıldırım and Att. Ceren Özkanlı)

"Competition Law Practices in the Shipping Sector from the Perspective of European Communites Competition Law and Turkish Competition Law" ("Avrupa Toplulukları Rekabet Hukuku ve Türk Rekabet Hukuku Perspektifinden Deniz Taşımacılığı Sektöründe Rekabet Hukuku Uygulamaları") (Declaration), Symposium on Liberalization, Competition and Competition Law in the Transportation Sector, University of Dokuz Eylül, Maritime Faculty, İzmir, October 2011 (Declaration with Att. Öznur İnanılır, Trainee Att. Tuna Tanık)

"Flexible Legal and Economic Approaches on the Control of Concentrations: Opinions on the New U.S. Horizontal Merger Guidelines" (Article with Dr. İsmail Serdar Dalkır, Att. Hakan Özgökçen, Trainee Att. Buğra Aydın, Trainee Att. Ceren Yıldız), The Competition Journal, No. 12, The Turkish Competition Authority Press, Ankara, January 2011, p. 123 - 161

"The Most Distinct Example of Concerned Practices under Turkish Law: The Bread Yeast Decision" ("Danıştay 13. Dairesinin, Rekabet Kurulu'nun 05-60/896-241 ve 08-63/1050-409 Sayılı Kararlarına İlişkin Kararları: Türk Rekabet Hukukunda Uyumlu Eylem Karinesi ve Uygulaması Hakkında bir Değerlendirme") (Article/Speech with Att. Korhan Yıldırım and Trainee Att. Melikşah Duman) The Symposium for Competition Board Decisions and Associated Adjudications - The Institute for Banking and Commercial Law, October 15-16, 2010

"The Competition Law Dimension of Joint Market Agreements in the Pharmaceuticals Industry" (''İlaç Sektöründeki Ortak Pazarlama Anlaşmalarının Rekabet Hukuku Boyutu'') (Speech/ Commmunique), Symposium on Unfair Competition and Competition Law in the Pharmeceuticals Indsutry No:3-4, May 02.05.2010 Marmara University Health Law Review, p.:101

"Thoughts on the Significance and Effects of the Theory of Abuse of Dominant Position Within the Context of Microsoft Case" ("Microsoft Davası Ekseninde, İnovasyon Pazarlarında Hakim Durumun Kötüye Kullanılması Teorisinin Yeri ve Etkileri Üzerine Düşünceler") (Communique), Bilgi University Faculty of Law, İstanbul, June 22, 2010

"Suggestions and Evluations for the End of the First Term of the Application and Legislation of the Turkish Internet Law", ("Türk İnternet Hukuku Uygulamasının ve Mevzuatının Evriminin İlk Dönemini Tamamlaması İçin Öneriler ve Gözlemler") (Speech), Izmir International Information Technology Law Congress, İzmir, June 9, 2010

"Leniency Applications under the Turkish Competition Law, EC Competition Law and US Antitrust Law", ("Türk Rekabet Hukuku ve Mehaz ABD/AB Hukuku Işığında Pişmanlık Uygulaması") (Speech), Bilgi University Faculty of Law, İstanbul, April 4, 2010

"Evidence in Competition Law" ("Rekabet Hukuku'nda Delil") (Article with Av. Korhan Yıldırım and Av. Murat Hakan Özgökçen), Anniversary Volume in memory of Haluk Konuralp, Volume 3, Yetkin Publications, Ankara 2009

"An Approach to the Undertaking and Conditional Authorization of the Control of Concentrations" ("Yoğunlaşmaların Kontrolünde Taahhüt ve Koşullu İzin Yaklaşımları") (Communique with Att. Bora İkiler and Trainee Arın Gül Yeniaras), The VIIth Symposium on Current Developments in Competition Law, Kayseri Erciyes University, April 17-18, 2009

"Undertaking and Conditional Authorization on the Control of Concentrations" ("Yoğunlaşmaların Kontrolünde Taahhüt ve Sartlı İzin") (Speech), Competition Authority Competition Journal and Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Law Joint Symposium, June 17, 2009

"Aggravating and Mitigating Circumstances regarding the Monetary Fines in EU and Turkish Competition Law" ("AB ve Türk Rekabet Hukuku'nda Para Cezalarına İlişkin Ağırlaştırıcı ve Hafifletici Nedenler") (Article with Att. Yelda Ürey and Pınar Çağlayan), Competition Forum, November 23, 2007, no. 37, p.12

"Discussions on the Draft Guidance Regarding the Determination of Monetary Fines" ("Para Cezalarının Belirlenmesine İlişkin Kılavuz Taslağı Üzerine Düşünceler") (Communique), Conference on "Draft Guidance Regarding the Determination of Monetary Fines Pursuant to Law No. 4054", Turkish Competition Association, November 13, 2007

"Evaluation of Confidentiality Provisions in the scope of Lateral Restriction Regime: Is Intervention Necessary?" ("Gizlilik Hükümlerinin Yan Sınırlama Rejimi Çerçevesinde Değerlendirilmesi: Müdahale Gerekli mi?") (Article with Att. Hakan Özgökçen), Competition Forum, July 20, 2007, no. 36, p.11

"The Issue of Inspecting Attorney - Client Correspondance in On-Site Inspections and its Utilization in Competition Law Investigations" ("Avukat ile Müvekkili Arasındaki Yazışmaların Yerinde İncelemelerde İncelenmesi ve Rekabet Hukuku Soruşturmalarında Kullanılması Meselesi") (Article with Att. Bora İkiler), Competition Forum, June 20, 2007, no. 35, p.3

"Contemporary Developments in the US Antitrust Law and EC Competition Law Regimes: A Quick Look to Leegin, Twombly, Beer Cartel and iPod Files" ("ABD ve AT Hukuku Rejimlerinde Güncel Gelişmeler: Leegin, Twombly, Bira Karteli ve iPod Dosyasına Bakış") (Speech), Conference on "Contemporary Developments in US Antitrust Law and EC Competition Law", Turkish Competition Association, Ankara, May 15, 2007

"Evaluation Regarding the Nature and Provisions Applicable to the Proper Treatment of Discrimination Cases in Turkish Competition Law" ("Türk Rekabet Hukukunda Ayrımcı Uygulamaların Niteliğine ve Tabi Oldukları Hükümlere İlişkin Bir Değerlendirme") (Article with Att. K. Korhan Yıldırım), Turkish Competition Association, Ankara, 20 April 2007, Issue 33, p.9

"Discussions on the Draft Law Amending Law No.4054 on the Protection of Competition: A Critical Approach to the Current Handling of Agreements, Concerted Practices and Decisions - Abuses of Dominant Position", ("4054 Sayılı Rekabetin Korunması Hakkında Kanun'da Değişiklik Yapılmasına İlişkin Taslak Metin İçin Bir Deneme: Rekabeti Sınırlayıcı Anlaşma, Uyumlu Eylem ve Kararlar - Hakim Durumun Kötüye Kullanılması Tartışmalar") (Article) Ankara University Faculty of Law, Institute for Banking and Trade Law Press, Ankara, February 2006

"Legal and Economic Analyses on the Presumption of Concerted Practice", ("Uyumlu Eylem Karinesi Üzerine Hukuki ve Ekonomik Çözümlemeler") (Article with Dr. İzak Atiyas), Turkish Competition Authority Press, Ankara, June 2006

"Legal and Economic Analyses on the Presumption of Concerted Practice" ("Uyumlu Eylem Karinesi Üzerine Hukuki ve Ekonomik Çözümlemeler") (Speech with Dr. İzak Atiyas), IVth Conference on Contemporary Developments in Competition Law, Kayseri Erciyes University, April 7, 2006

"A Comparison of the EC and Turkish Competition Law Systems After Modernization", ("Modernizasyon Sonrasında AB Rekabet Hukuku ile Türk Rekabet Hukuku Arasındaki Farklar") (Speech), European Union Law and European Union Institutions Symposium organized by the Union of Turkish Bar Association and the Law Society of England and Wales, March 30, 2005

"Settlement between the Commission and Enterprises in EC Competition Law Practice" ("AB Rekabet Hukuku Uygulamasında Komisyon ile Teşebbüsler Arasında Uzlaşma ve Sulh") (Article), The Competition Journal, No. 17, The Turkish Competition Authority Press, Ankara, July 2005

"Settlement Between the Commission and Enterprises in EC Competition Law Practice" ("AB Rekabet Hukuku Uygulamasında Komisyon ile Teşebbüsler Arasında Uzlaşma ve Sulh") (Speech), The Turkish Competition Authority, Ankara, January 22, 2004

"Merger Control in Competition Law: Thoughts on Why? And How?" ("Rekabet Hukukunda Yoğunlaşmaların Kontrolü: "Neden" ve "Nasıl" üzerine Düşünceler") (Article), The Turkish Competition Authority, September 2004

"A Discussion on the Prime Objective of the Turkish Competition Law From a Law & Economics Perspective" ("Türk Rekabet Hukuku Uygulaması için "Hukuk ve İktisat" Perspektifinden "Amaç" Tartışması") (Book), The Turkish Competition Authority Press, September, 2003

"Competition Policy and the Control of Concentrations" ("Rekabet Politikası ve Yoğunlaşmaların Kontrolü") (Communique), Conference for the 6th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Turkish Competition Authority, Turkish Competition Authority, March 4, 2003


Languages: English, French
Email: gonenc.gurkaynak@elig.com

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