The Turkish Competition Board has closed its investigation against Coca Cola Turkey. The Board reviewed Coca Cola Turkey's sales and distribution network and did not impose any administrative monetary fines on Coca Cola Turkey. ELIG acted as Coca Cola's counsel throughout the proceedings.
The Turkish Competition Authority conducted several dawn raids at the premises of Coca Cola Turkey in early 2014 in relation to allegations that the company abused its upstream power in the soft drinks market. The alleged conduct was reviewed under both the restrictive agreements theory and the abuse of dominance theory. Coca Cola Turkey was allegedly hindering its rivals from entering the market by way of using de facto exclusivity clauses in vertical agreements.
At the end of an in-depth investigation, the Board found no infringement of competition law on the part of Coca Cola Turkey.