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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 Turkish competition-law related issues including (i) merger filings and exemption/clearance applications, (ii) counseling for investigations, pre-investigations, and the preparation and negotiation of pleas for clients, (iii) providing competition law advice and guidance to clients as to their commercial contracts including joint venture and shareholders’ agreements, distribution and license agreements and (iv) designing Competition Compliance Programs and delivering tailored Competition Law Trainings for clients.
Before joining GKC Partners, she worked for the Turkish Competition Authority for 10 years. She has been officially granted "Competition Expert" title by the Turkish Competition Board in 2004. During her time at the Competition Authority as a senior competition expert and case handler, she handled many preliminary investigations and investigations, led dawn raid teams, wrote reports and recommendations including legal and economic analysis of the findings, 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; 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, 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