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Sezin Elçin Cengiz leads the competition practice group of GKC Partners since 2011. She advises clients on the entire range of competition-law related services including merger filings and exemption / clearance applications, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, providing competition law advice and guidance to clients as to their commercial contracts including joint venture and shareholders’ agreements, distribution and license agreements, designing Competition Compliance Programs and delivering tailored Competition Law Trainings for clients.
Prior to joining GKC Partners, she worked for the Turkish Competition Authority for more than 10 years. She received the official “competition expert” title following the approval of her expertise thesis on competition law in 2004. During her time at the Turkish Competition Authority as a senior competition expert and case handler, she managed numerous investigations, led dawn raid teams and wrote reports and recommendations including legal and economic analysis of the findings, which were followed in the final decisions of the Turkish Competition Board. She also performed numerous M&A and exemption / negative clearance assessments as well as privatization cases and contributed to drafting of secondary legislation.
Along with her professional activities, Sezin has represented Turkey in the EU-Turkey Bilateral Meeting on Competition Policy, as a delegate responsible for conducting negotiations with EU officials on the Turkish insurance and air transport sectors. She has also conducted joint studies with the World Bank on liberalization of the domestic air transport sector in Turkey; attended the US Antitrust Policy Training program arranged by the US Department of State and Federal Trade Commission; participated in a number of EU competition law workshops organized by the EU Commission and attended or submitted papers on numerous national / international seminars and workshops.
Sezin has been recognized as a notable practitioner for Competition/Antitrust in Turkey by Chambers & Partners.
Competition & Antitrust
Association of Competition Experts, 2001
B.Sc. Middle East Technical University, Economics and Administrative Sciences, 2001
M.B.A. Pennsylvania State University, Smeal College of Business, 2010