Günay & Erdoğan Attorneys at Law (Ankara)

Cigdem Gizem Okkaoglu

Günay & Erdoğan Attorneys at Law (Ankara)

Çiğdem Gizem Okkaoğlu is a Partner at Günay & Erdoğan Attorneys at Law, based in Ankara. As an engineer and a lawyer, she currently deals with antitrust & regulations, corporate law, technology law, cybersecurity law, aerospace law, intellectual property law, investment law, international trade, sanctions and export control. She holds a B.Sc degree in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University, a B.A. degree in Economics from Anadolu University and an LL.B. degree from Ankara University. She is currently working on her LLM degree in Private Law at Ankara University. She has worked in the Turkish Competition Authority as a competition expert and enforcement officer. She took part in numerous dawn raids and dealt with many antitrust cases as a case handler, which included various types of horizontal and vertical agreements, abuse of dominance claims, and exemptions/negative clearance applications. She also handled complex domestic and international merger cases such as Essilor-Luxottica merger including Phase I and Phase II analysis with structural remedies. She has worked on various legislative instruments with regard to competition advocacy issues, such as the laws and public implementations on many sectors; especially agriculture, health & pharmaceuticals, FMCG and luxury products. Her expert thesis at the Turkish Competition Authority is titled "Big Data and Merger Control". Following her departure from the Turkish Competition Authority, she worked for Dentons Turkey and ELİG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law as a senior associate in competition and regulation departmant. As a former competition expert who worked at Turkish Competition Authority for many years, she specifically deals with compettion law, i.e. abuse of dominance cases, merger control proceedings, restrictive practices and cartel investigations and advises domestic and international clients in all competition law matters She is also a legal tech enthusiast. She co-founded hukukteknolojisi.com to build the legal tech ecosystem in Turkey. She implements various types of legal technology projects in law sector. She is a member of Ankara Bar Association. She has published numerous papers in national and international publications and is a frequent speaker at national conferences. She is fluent in English and B2 in German.


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Gönenç Gürkaynak, Cigdem Gizem Okkaoglu, Evgeniya Deveci The Turkish Competition Authority concludes an investigation of restrictive practices and price fixing in the sports equipment sector with settlement and fine (Olka / Marlin)


Introduction In June 2022, the Turkish Competition Board delivered its final judgment and announced that the investigation against Olka Spor Malzemeleri Ticaret AŞ (Olka) and Marlin Spor Malzemeleri Ticaret AŞ (Marlin), two undertakings active in the sports equipment sector, had ended with a (...)

Gönenç Gürkaynak, Ebru Ince, Petek Guven, Cigdem Gizem Okkaoglu The Turkish Competition Authority publishes a new decision regarding the local threshold exception for acquisitions in the software sector (Providence / Airties)


Introduction On 2 June 2022, the Turkish Competition Board unconditionally approved the indirect acquisition of sole control over Airties Kablosuz İletişim San ve Dış Tic AŞ (Airties) by Providence Managing Member LLC’s (Providence’s) wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, P8 Holding 2 Sàrl (P8 (...)

Gönenç Gürkaynak, Ebru Ince, Cigdem Gizem Okkaoglu, Cansu İnce, Evgeniya Deveci, Petek Guven The Turkish Competition Authority grants an individual exemption for five years to a “frequent flyer cooperation agreement” between a national airline and a bank (Turkish Airlines / Kuveyt Turk)


This case summary includes an analysis of the Turkish Competition Board’s (“Board”) Turkish Airlines and Kuveyt Turk exemption decision in which the Board determined that the "THY Frequent Flyer Program Miles&Smiles Credit Card Cooperation Agreement" (“Agreement”) cannot be issued a (...)

Gönenç Gürkaynak, Ebru Ince, Cigdem Gizem Okkaoglu The Turkish Competition Authority unconditionally clears the acquisition of a machine manufacturer’s process and motion control business by its parent company through a reverse Morris trust (Regal / Rexnord)


On 15 April 2021, the Competition Board (the Board) unconditionally approved Regal Beloit Corporation’s acquisition of sole control over Rexnord Corporation’s process and motion control (PMC) business segment. Facts The transaction concerns an acquisition carried through reverse Morris (...)

Gönenç Gürkaynak, Cigdem Gizem Okkaoglu, Cansu İnce, Evgeniya Deveci, Petek Guven The Turkish Competition Authority issues a decision on the analysis of alleged price coordination of undertakings in the welding sector underscoring the importance of economic analysis when investigating infringement complaints (Magmaweld / Oerlikon / Askaynak / Gedik)


I Introduction On July 29, 2019 a complaint was brought to the Turkish Competition Authority’s (“Authority”) attention, which alleged that certain undertakings operating in the welding sector acted together and subsequently violated the Law No. 4054 on the Protection of Competition (“Law (...)


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