• Gunalcin is a full-service boutique law firm based in Istanbul, that has been providing local and international clients with legal advice and assistance across a wide range of corporate and commercial matters since 2004.

About Us

Gunalcin’s team offers dynamic, focused and creative solutions to its clients’ corporate and commercial needs. The firm works in concert with each client to develop comprehensive strategies that address the respective client’s business goals.

Gunalcin is committed to supporting corporations and individuals with comprehensive, groundbreaking, tailored legal solutions in all areas of commercial and corporate law and upholding high standards of quality and professionalism in its legal practices.

Professionals have hands-on experience and specialized knowledge in handling matters with a particular focus on mergers & acquisitions, IT & telecommunications law, data protection & privacy law, competition law, employment law and regulatory compliance.

Practice Areas

Gunalcin provides legal services to local and multinational clients in a wide range of commercial and contract law matters as well as corporate housekeeping. We assist our clients with day-to-day commercial issues, drafting and negotiation of full range of agreements and corporate governance.

Our client roster comprises of entities from diverse industries such as telecom, e-payment and e-commerce, IT & technology, tourism, pharmaceuticals, food industry and recycling.

Gunalcin is highly reputed in buy-side and sell-side mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures, privatizations, exits, restructurings, asset and business transfers. We deal with all stages of transactions from kick-off to post-closing, including conducting due diligence, drafting and negotiation of sale and purchase agreements, shareholders agreements and handling of post-closing procedures and integration.

Along with representing our clients on a standalone basis, our team is also capable of collaborating with international law firms and consultants, particularly on cross-border transactions.

Gunalcin offers day-to-day legal solutions for its IT and telecom clients including, multinational telecom companies, internet service providers (ISPs), infrastructure operators, software and technology companies. Our team has a deep understanding of IT, technology and internet law and offers its expertise in regulatory matters to clients.

We represent our clients before the Turkish Information and Communication Technologies Authority on various matters, including license applications.  We assist our clients to fulfill their obligations and assess risks arising from electronic communications regulatory regime and to always stay compliant.

Gunalcin handles all aspects of data protection and privacy law, without limitation to conducting data protection and privacy compliance projects, offering advice to local and multinational clients on a day-to-day basis on data protection and privacy matters such as cross-border data transfer, data retention, data breaches and subject access requests. We act for our clients before the Turkish Data Protection Authority to ensure that they satisfy the Data Controllers’ Registry requirements and represent them for notifications of breach and international transfer permit applications and the Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) approvals. Additionally, we draft data protection and privacy policies, guidelines and documents.

Gunalcin brings vast expertise in construction and land development projects, investment trusts and funds, building permits and regulations, disposals and transfers of property, build-operate-transfer (BOT) agreements, establishment of liens and mortgages, commercial lease agreements.

We assist local and multinational clients in competition matters, including day-to-day competition and regulatory matters, agreement reviews, cross-border merger control filings and other M&A-related antitrust issues and represent clients before Turkish Competition Authority.

Gunalcin’s employment practice offers advice to local and multinational clients in drafting and adopting employment documents such as employment contracts, employee benefit and stock option plans, restrictive covenants, disciplinary, termination and severance procedures, handling of employment-related disputes, litigation, meditation and compliance matters.

Gunalcin’s regulatory compliance team has a broad knowledge on challenging and ever-changing Turkish regulatory environment to cover a wide spectrum of compliance matters. We provide our clients with legal analysis as to existing rules and regulations in Turkey, help them to conduct proper risk assessment for their ongoing and prospective business plans and practices and liaise with public authorities to mitigate any existing or future risks.

Professionals

Arzum Günalçin
Partner
arzum.gunalcin@gunalcin.av.tr


Arzum Günalçin started her career in a boutique firm, Tekinalp Lawyers, led by a prominent commercial law professor, where she was trained for a decade as a lawyer specialized in corporate and commercial matters and mergers and acquisitions.  She then joined Ismen Law Firm, later known as Ismen Gunalcin Law Firm.  Following the departure of Ismen in 2015, the firm continued as Gunalcin Law Firm.

Günalçin provides diligent and business minded advice in all commercial matters and she is especially known for tackling with potential issues in all stages of an M&A project. Her past work includes all types of M&A; both entry and exit transactions in strategic or private equity investments, as well as major privatizations, involving both private and public companies.  She also has extensive experience in providing corporate and commercial advice to clients in nearly all major sectors, with a focus on necessary compliance issues.

Education:

Istanbul University, Faculty of Law, Istanbul, 1993

Practice Areas:

Corporate and Commercial, Merger & Acquisitions, IT & Telecommunication, Data Protection & Privacy, Competition, Employment, Regulatory Compliance

Languages:

Turkish, English, French

Bar Admission:

Admitted to Istanbul Bar, 1994.

Ayşe Sinem Mumcu
Associate
ayse.mumcu@gunalcin.av.tr

Ayşe Mumcu has involved in infrastructure investments and notable privatization projects in connection with infrastructure investments since 2004. She developed a significant expertise by providing comprehensive legal advice in all stages of the tenders of port privatizations which commenced in 2004. She has an experience beyond 15 years that includes M&A and public offering due diligence works and all kinds of industries and transactions in addition to privatization projects.

Ayse Mumcu offers legal solutions to clients in each area of real estate law thanks to her real estate law experience gained from infrastructure privatization projects.

Education:

Marmara University, Faculty of Law, Istanbul, 2002

Bilgi University Faculty of Law LL.M., 2004

Practice Areas:

Corporate and Commercial, Merger & Acquisitions, Employment, Dispute Resolutions, Real Estate Law

Languages: Turkish, English

Bar Admission: Admitted to Istanbul Bar, 2004.

Pınar Isı
Associate
pinar.isi@gunalcin.av.tr

Education:

Marmara University, Faculty of Law, Istanbul, 2012

Practice Areas:

Corporate and Commercial, Merger & Acquisitions, Regulatory Compliance

Languages:

Turkish, English

Bar Admission:

Admitted to Istanbul Bar, 2013

Erman Ertan
Associate
erman.ertan@gunalcin.av.tr

Education:

Koc University, Faculty of Law, Istanbul, 2015

Practice Areas:

Corporate and Commercial, Merger & Acquisitions, IT & Telecommunication, Data Protection & Privacy, Competition, Regulatory Compliance

Languages:

Turkish, English

Bar Admission:

Admitted to Istanbul Bar, 2016

Ege Akıncı
Associate
ege.akinci@gunalcin.av.tr

Education:

Bilgi University, Faculty of Law, Istanbul, 2017

Practice Areas:

Corporate and Commercial, Merger & Acquisitions, Employment, Dispute Resolutions

Languages:

Turkish, English

Bar Admission:

Admitted to Istanbul Bar, 2018

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    Gunalcin Law Firm

    I Tower Plaza

    Merkez Mah.Akar Cad. N:3 K:6 D:35

    Bomonti - Şişli - İstanbul/Turkey

    +90 212 272 63 64

    +90 212 272 63 65