GDR 100 2023

Ozdagıstanli Ekici

Ozdagıstanli Ekici

Professional notice

Other senior lawyers0
Associates and senior associates5
Who’s Who Legal: Data nominees1
Percentage of lawyers in Who’s Who Legal: Data25%
Key clientsPorsche,, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Electronic Arts

Practice profile

Ozdagıstanli Ekici is at its best in fast-evolving areas of law, when it is reading changing landscapes and reacting to new client demands. That is clearly on display in data privacy – a special strategic focus – in which the firm fields a two-partner, two-associate team covering all the bases when it comes to compliance, risk management, data transfer, cybersecurity incidents, data licensing and transactions, and more. The Turkish outfit, which takes a sector-led approach, is regularly instructed by leading companies as well as top global law firms. Recent developments for the group include general practice expansion, with new clients coming on board.


At the helm of the TMT department is Burak Özdağıstanli, who focuses his practice on the twin pillars of privacy and technology transactions. His extra-curricular activities include serving as a board member of Veri Koruma Derneği, the Turkish data protection association. Hatice Ekici Tağa’s practice emphasises intellectual property, but she also brings expertise on data licensing and transactions to the table.

Work highlights

The group serves as exclusive data counsel for health products company Reckitt Benckiser in Turkey, in the course of which it advises on compliance, data processing agreements, licensing matters and cybersecurity issues, and for Chubb Insurance, which it has recently supported with respect to a data protection compliance project.

It provides regular legal advice to encompassing wide-ranging technology and data protection matters, while serving as the company’s data controller representative in Turkey – a role it also fulfils for Finnish mobile game developer Supercell, travel company Expedia and several others.

The team has recently acted for a fashion group in a data breach investigation by the Turkish Personal Data Protection Authority.

Client references

“We find them responsive, always up-to-date, proactive and great value for money.”

“The attorneys at this firm are impressively professional and responsive. They paid special attention to detail and were reliable. Probably one of the best outside firms I have ever worked with. I wish I could work with this firm more on my other projects.”

Ozdagistanli Ekici is a leading independent firm located in Istanbul with an impressive track record in IP and IT matters. The firm is a new generation law firm that combines the values of the traditional law firm, with the values and qualities that are required to stay on top in today’s challenging business environment.

The firm believes in change, innovation and disruption while remaining committed to the traditional values of the profession such as accountability and trust.

The firm wants their clients to stay on top of the changing environment and dynamics of the legal landscape and be the creator of such change instead of just reacting to those changes. And if a reaction to a change is required, the firm strives to make sure that such reaction is based on legal advice that is efficient, objective and applicable to business.

Ozdagistanli Ekici has a sector specific approach to make sure that the sector specific dynamics and legal landscape the clients are facing are understood. Due to this approach, the firm is able to provide comprehensive and commercial legal advice to help their clients lead the change or face the issues with confidence. While doing so, the firm also prepares their clients for future challenges and issues that may be faced in their sector.

The firm has a large portfolio of multinational and local clients across different sectors and industries including Automotive, Consumer Goods, Gaming, Food and Retail, Education, Energy and Natural Resources, Financial Services and Fintech, Information Communication Technologies, Insurance, Life Sciences and Health Care, Media, Sports, Entertainment and Technology. The firm has been ranked in the GDR 100 since it’s original publication as well as in other leading international legal publications on the subject of data and technology.

The firm’s data protection and cyber security team is led by Co-Managing Partner Burak Ozdagistanli. He has extensive experience and is a well-known expert in his field. He is a founding board member of the Data Protection Association in Turkey and the former General Secretary of the Istanbul Bar Association’s Data Protection Commission. He also served as the Publications Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (“IAPP”) and Istanbul KnowledgeNet Chapter Co-Chair. He is also a Fellow of Information Privacy (“FIP”) and he holds CIPP/E and CIPM certificates by the IAPP. He is also recommended in WhosWhoLegal : Data for more than 3 consecutive years.

A leading international legal publication defines the work of Burak Ozdagistanli with the following words: Burak Özdağıstanlı of Ozdagistanli Ekici Attorney Partnership garners praise for his expertise in data protection mandates. One client notes that he is "a brilliant lawyer with in-depth knowledge of data protection legislation." Another client enthuses that "he and his team know the laws and regulations, practice and business needs and are very strong in their written and verbal representation of our company."

Overall, Ozdagistanli Ekici is committed to provide the commercially sound legal advice and solutions on a timely and professional manner to continue to support their clients to be leaders in their sectors.


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