Overview

Defne Örnek focuses on all aspects of EU law, competition law and international trade law.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Defne gained experience working in a boutique law firm specialised in corporate law and competition law in Istanbul. She also worked in an international organisation as an Assistant Legal Advisor focusing on contract law, arbitration and litigation for two years.

Languages 

Turkish, English, French

Education 

  • Harvard Law School, USA, Master of Laws, 2021
  • Anadolu University, Turkey, Bachelor of Economics, 2019
  • Leiden Law School, The Netherlands, Advanced LL.M. in European and International Business Law, 2018
  • Galatasaray University, Turkey, Bachelor of Laws, 2016

Bar Admission

Brussels
İstanbul

Publications and insights

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    • 09/12/2021
    • Articles

    The Commission Publishes Regulation to Counter Economic Coercion

    On 8 December 2020, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its proposal for a Regulation on the protection of the EU and its Member States from economic coercion by third countries (“proposed Anti-coercion Regulation”).[1] The proposal aims to deter third countries from pressuring the EU or a Member State through trade or investment-related measures by empowering the Commission to strike back with a wide range of countermeasures. This Client Alert provides a first glance at the proposal and offers some initial comments.

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