Begüm Yavuzdoğan Okumuş
+ 90 (212) 354 00 24
Begüm Yavuzdoğan Okumuş has been with the firm since 2007 and became a partner in 2021. Her practice focuses on data protection and privacy, corporate and M&A, life sciences, and competition.
Begüm deals with all aspects of data protection and privacy, including supervising and conducting data privacy compliance projects, advising multinational clients in their activities on a day to day basis as well as in their specific projects. She has sector specific knowledge in regulated sectors and advises clients on newly developed devices/apps to ensure compliance. Begüm advises clients on international data transfer of personal data and represents clients before the Turkish DPA. She assists clients in data breach notifications and investigations, provides appeal strategies to object to Turkish DPA decisions rendered against our clients. Begüm represents multinational companies operating in various industries including pharmaceutical, medical device, telecoms, banking and automotive industry. She holds Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe (CIPP/E) designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals and she is one of the former co-chairs of IAPP Knowledgenet Istanbul Chapter, and founding member of Data Protection Association in Istanbul.
Begüm led several M&A projects including due diligence processes and assisted various local and foreign companies during incorporation of their partnership in special projects which also include transfer of technology, know-how and thus needs protection in this respect. She drafted and negotiated several joint-venture agreements, shareholders agreement, share pledge and voting agreements. In addition to her corporate law expertise, she has experience in competition law related matters and provides full service to clients in their corporate law related matters. Apart from providing consultancy services and trainings, she is also representing clients before the TCA about notifications and investigations.
Having wide range of experience in pharmaceutical and medical device industry, Begum advised and represented several multinational pharmaceutical and medical device companies on their commercial deals and needs, including advising on their new investments in Turkey, marketing authorization and asset transfers, corporate restructuring projects, negotiating distributorship agreements and termination of these agreements, and advising on localisation projects.
Recent Developments on Using Personal Data Unlawfully Collected as Evidence
Gün + Partners, Co-Author, 19.04.2022
Amendments on the Communiqué Concerning the Mergers and Acquisitions Calling for the Authorization of the Competition Board
Gün + Partners, Co-Author, 16.03.2022
Audit Standards for Information Security Processes
Gün + Partners, Co-Author, 14.03.2022
Additional Price Difference in Public Tenders and Assignment of Tender Agreements
Gün + Partners, Co-Author, 03.03.2022
The Long - Awaited Amendments in Turkish Data Protection Law
IAPP - Privacy Tracker , Co-Author, 27.12.2021
The New Deadline for Registration to Data Controllers’ Registry Approaches!
Gün + Partners, Co-Author, 27.09.2021
Comparing the Role of the DPO Under the GDPR and Turkish law
IAPP - Privacy Perspectives, Author, 16.09.2021
Processing of Personal Data Related to COVID-19 Test Results and Vaccination-Infection Status of Employees
Gün + Partners, Co-Author, 14.09.2021
Commitments on The Transfer of Data Abroad
OneTrust DataGuidance, Co-Author, 09.07.2021
Data Protection Officer Within the Scope of the Personal Data Protection Law and the GDPR
Gün + Partners, Co-Author, 06.07.2021
Developments for Local Storage in Turkey
Gün + Partners, Co-Author, 10.05.2021
Borders and Principles of Processing Employee Data in Turkey in Light of DPA and Court Decisions
ILO - Employment & Benefits Newsletter, Co-Author, 19.03.2021
Advertising Bans on Social Network Providers in Turkey and Next Steps
Gün + Partners, Author, 25.01.2021
Sanctions Lined up for Social Network Platforms in Turkey
Dünya Gazetesi, Author, 08.01.2021
Recent Developments About the Commercial Electronic Message Management System (“IYS”)
Gün + Partners, Co-Author, 22.12.2020
Legal Issues to Consider in Technology User & Technology Supplier Collaboration, TÜSİAD SD² Digital Industry Program 2021, Panelist, 15.11.2021
Data Protection Day Agenda, Data Protection Association, Speaker, 29.01.2021
Returning to Office During Covid-19, Gün + Partners Webinar, Moderator, 29.09.2021
Legal Impacts of Digitalization in Workplace in Turkey, Mondaq and Gün + Partners Webinar, Speaker, 24.02.2021
Evaluation of Data Breaches within the Scope of KVKK and GDPR, Hacettepe Law Society - Informatics and Law Conference, Speaker, 26.12.2020
The Attitude of the Personal Data Protection Authority and Important KVKK Decisions, Istanbul University Faculty of Law Information Technology Law Club - Personal Data Protection Week Webinar, Speaker, 11.12.2020
Amazon and Biometric Data Decision of the Personal Data Protection Board and recent developments - Information Security and Privacy, KnowledgeNet Chapter Webinar, Moderator, 13.11.2020
Current Developments in the Light of the Final Board Decisions, IAPP KnowledgeNet Istanbul Chapter Webinar, Moderator, 22.05.2020
Current Developments in the Light of the Final Board Decisions, Gün + Partners Webinar, Moderator, 21.05.2020
Current Developments on Data Protection within the Scope of COVID-19, Gün + Partners Webinar, Moderator, 22.04.2020
Data Protection, IAPP - Conversations on Data Protection, Speaker, Istanbul, Turkey, 16.10.2019.
Data Protection, Facebook – Turkey, Tech and Policy Meeting, Panellist, Istanbul, Turkey, May 16, 2019.
Processing Personal Health Data in Life Science under the GDPR and Turkish Law on Protection of Personal Data, Biolegis Meeting 2018, Speaker, Istanbul, Turkey, September 13-14, 2018.
Are we making the most of our data? Managing IP TMT Forum London, Moderator, London, UK, May 19, 2016
Requirements of law for compliance in terms of Cloud Computing contracts, 2nd Cloud Computing Forum, Panellist, Istanbul, Turkey, May, 2016
- International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Former Istanbul KnowledgeNet Co-chair
- International Technology Law Association (ITECHLAW), Data Protection Committee
- EuroCloud, Cloud Privacy Check
- 2007, International Commercial Law, Bournemouth University, UK LLM
- 2005, Faculty of Law, İstanbul University, İstanbul LL.B.
- 2001, Gemlik Celal Bayar Anadolu Lisesi, Bursa