Esra Uçtu

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
Lawyer (Senior Associate)

Ms. Esra Uçtu is a senior associate at ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law. Before joining ELIG Gürkaynak in 2014, Esra worked as a competition law associate at a leading international competition law firm in Brussels. After graduating from Catholic University of Leuven (LLB), she obtained Master’s degrees from University of Panthéon Sorbonne Paris I and University of Descartes Paris V in the fields of European law. During her studies, Esra worked as a trainee at the French Competition Authority and the European Parliament along with several international law firms in Paris and Brussels. Esra was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2010. Esra is experienced in European and Turkish competition law including, mergers and acquisitions, compliance matters and cartel investigations conducted by the Turkish Competition Board. She has represented various multinational and national companies before the Turkish Competition Authority concerning various sectors. She is fluent in English, French and Turkish.

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973 Bulletin

Gönenç Gürkaynak, Esra Uçtu, Onur Özgümüş Turkish Antitrust: An overview of Turkish competition law


The articles in this Special Issue aim to demonstrate how the Turkish Competition Board (the “Board”) paved the way for the harmonization of the Turkish competition law regime with European Union law over the span of the past decade on various fronts. In a similar vein, these articles also intend to shed light on the contemporary approach adopted by the Board in cases concerning anticompetitive practices, unilateral practices and mergers.

Gönenç Gürkaynak, Esra Uçtu The Turkish Competition Board assesses the creation of two separate joint ventures by four companies and decides that it is necessary that a merger control review be completed (GE / Sumitomo / Shikoku / Sharjah / Projectco / O&MCO)


The Turkish Competition Board (" Board ") assessed the creation of two separate JVs by General Electric Company (" GE "), Sumitomo Corporation (" Sumitomo "), Shikoku Electric (" Shikoku "), and Sharjah Asset Management Holding (“ Sharjah ”) for the wholesale trade of electric and the generation (...)

Esra Uçtu, Gönenç Gürkaynak The Turkish Competition Board finds that an online platform services for real estate and vehicle sales abused of its dominant position through implementing excessive prices (Sahibinden)


This case note analyses the Turkish Competition Board’s (“Board”) recently published decision of October 1st, 2018 numbered 18-36/584-285 in which the Board assessed whether Sahibinden Bilgi Teknolojileri Paz. ve Tic. A.Ş. (“”) –an online platform which acts as an (...)

Esra Uçtu, Gönenç Gürkaynak The Turkish Competition Board fines an undertaking operating in the wholesale market for fresh fruits and vegetables for hindering an on-site inspection (Çekok Gıda)


This case note analyses the Turkish Competition Board’s (“Board”) Çekok Gıda decision dated 03.07.2017 and numbered 17-20/318-140. The Board had initiated an ex-officio preliminary investigation and assessed allegations that eight undertakings operating in the Turkish wholesale market for fresh (...)

Gönenç Gürkaynak, Esra Uçtu The Turkish Competition Board grants unconditional approval to a merger between a producer and a distributor of paper (International Paper Company / Weyerhaeuser)


This case note analyses the Turkish Competition Board’s (“ Board ”) International Paper Company / Weyerhaeuser decision of 23 September 2016 numbered 16-31/519-233 on the transaction concerning the acquisition of Weyerhaeuser Company’s paper pulp business unit (“ WHPP ”) through the transfer of (...)

Gönenç Gürkaynak, Esra Uçtu The Turkish Competition Board decides to grant conditional approval to a transaction based on the commitments offered by the acquiring company after evaluating the parties’ market positions and potential anticompetitive concerns (Bekaert / Pirelli)


The Turkish Competition Board’s (the " Board ") assessed the transaction concerning the acquisition of Pirelli Tyre SpA’s (“ Pirelli ”) steel tire cord business by NV Bekaert SA (" Bekaert ") in Turkey. During the Phase II review, the Board evaluated the parties’ market position and the potential (...)


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