Bahadır Balkı

ACTECON (Istanbul)
Lawyer (Managing Partner)

Bahadır Balkı, the managing partner of ACTECON, graduated from the University of Bahcesehir and holds an LLM degree in the field of European economic law from Saarland University – Europa-Institut. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. education on European Union Law. Bahadır is an admitted lawyer of the Istanbul Bar Association. Bahadır is known for his excellent work discipline together with his intriguing and effective defenses. In the last ten years, he has been involved in virtually every significant cartel and abuse of dominance investigations launched by the Turkish Competition Authority concerning insurance, banking, iron&steel, automotive, cement, telecommunications, broadcasting rights, ro-ro transportation, FMCG, alcoholic beverages, media audit, port services etc. Clients have also benefited from Bahadır’s extensive experience in global merger cases, especially in Phase II procedures, in a variety of industries (i.e. eyewear and lenses, titanium dioxide, crop protection business, iron&steel, FMCG, ground handling, aviation, port management services, ro-ro transportation, cement, movie theatre). Beyond successfully leading the leniency applications, Bahadır’s experience is above the rest in terms of leniency enforcement. He contributed to the creation of the first precedent in the Turkish competition law practice in which a leniency applicant (represented by Bahadır Balkı) still obtained the immunity even if the nature of the violation is not considered a hard-core cartel by the Turkish Competition Authority. He conducts comprehensive competition compliance programs focusing on details of the relevant market structure and provides legal consultancy services on day-to-day business for his clients who come from a wide range of industries. He is regarded as a pragmatic and client-focused advisor connected to the business facts. He is acknowledged and welcomed by other institutions in the area of antitrust law. He was invited to the ICN Annual Meeting 2014 as a resource person on Remedies, Commitments, and Cooperation. He was also a member of drafting team for ICN Unilateral Conduct Workbook chapters on Loyalty Rebates and Discounts, and Tying. He is also a co-writer of the Turkey Chapters of editions on “Private Antitrust Litigation” (since 2015) and “Competition Compliance” (since 2017) published by Getting the Deal Through. He is one of the guest lecturers in LLM competition law courses at Istanbul Bilgi University. Bahadır is recommended as a leading individual by Who’s Who Legal: Competition (2015-present).

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Bahadır Balkı The Turkish Competition Authority fines a multinational computer company for abuse of dominance in the smartphone operating system sector (Google / Yandex)

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The tech giant Google has been under the Turkish Competition Authority’s (“TCA”) scrutiny due to its practices in the market for licensable mobile operating systems and under the judicial review since July 2015. In September 2018, the TCA has finally released its short decision and imposed a fine (...)

Bahadır Balkı The Tenth Administrative Court of Ankara annuls the decision of the Turkish Competition Authority in a case regarding concerted practices between cement producers on the ground that the required standard of proof was not met (GOLTAS Cement)

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The Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA”) had found that six cement producers operating in the Aegean Region of Turkey entered into a concerted practice to allocate certain geographical regions amongst themselves and to collectively raise the prices of cement products during the time period (...)

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