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Interview with… Lawrence S. Elbaum and Patrick Gadson, Co-Chairs of Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism Practice

We sat down with Lawrence Elbaum and Patrick Gadson, based in New York City, to see what has made their Shareholder Activism Practice team achieve such success

Inside this Edition

Interview with, Gülay Göksu Anul, Partner, NSN Law

Tell us about your career choice and journey. What inspired you to become a lawyer?  My interest to study law probably arose in high school. In fact, there were no other lawyers in my family who could inspire me to follow this path. However, the goal of mine has always been to have positive impact …

Interview with… Gökçe Köksal, Miran Legal

 What led you to become an attorney?  I have always had an opinion, a judgement on topics like politics, social judgement, values, social awareness and history in social and family settings. However, I was always told to show some respect and listen without interfering as I was still young, and did not have enough knowledge …

Interview with Nazli Selek, Senior Partner, NSN Law

Tell us about your career choice and journey. What inspired you to become a lawyer?  I have decided to be a lawyer when I was 12. Although my mother was also a lawyer, she did not support me on this idea stating that it would be hard education and career for me. I did not …

Interview with… Simge Şahin, partner, NSN Law

Tell us about your career choice and journey. What inspired you to become a lawyer?  Frankly, I did not have in my mind to study law until the day before I submitted the preference form regarding my faculty choices. Nevertheless, I had a good exam score and to benefit from it correctly, the night before …

Interview with… Bilge Derinbay, Partner, NSN Law

Tell us about your career choice and journey. What inspired you to become a lawyer?   At first, I met a law professor through my aunt and was inspired by her while choosing this profession. Also, I was watching a TV series about the struggle of lawyers in their professional lives at that time. I was …

Interview with… Nükhet Serra Coral, Managing Partner, Deris Attorney-at-Law Partnership

Tell us about your career choice and journey. And what made you decide to get into Intellectual Property and Trademark law?  Deriş is one of the oldest law firms in Turkey established in 1912 by my great grand-father and I am the 4th generation of the family. I was introduced to IP law at very …

Ms. Çağlar Köktürk Akoymak, Partner, Aksu-Çalışkan-Beygo Attorney Partnership, ASC Law

What was it that made you want to become a lawyer?  As a matter of fact, I have wanted to become a lawyer for almost as long as I can remember. I suppose I was influenced to a large degree by my older brother, who is ten years my senior and a highly-regarded lawyer in …

Interview with Ceren Çakır, Founding Partner, ECC Law

What was it that made you want to become a lawyer?  You know those types of people who are always ready to speak out of turn, be lawyer of someone without being asked. I was one of them since my childhood. I could never stand to unfairness. As I grew up, my perspective stayed the …

Interview with… Deniz Sisa, Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, KoçSistem

Tell us about your career choice and journey. What was it that made you want to become a lawyer? It’s a bit strange. People usually decide to be a lawyer by seeing or experiencing one in the family. For me there was no one. I was telling everyone around me when I was a child …

Interview with Yasemin Kenaroğlu, Founding Partner, Kenaroğlu Avukatlık Bürosu

Tell us about your career choice and journey. What inspired you to become an attorney?  If you ask people about me, even the ones who don’t know me closely would tell you how much I like expressing my ideas publicly, how passionately and strongly I defend them and how insisting I am to protect the …

Interview with… Sera Zeynep Yalçın – Lawyer, Yavuz & Uyanik

Tell us about your career choice and your journey.  In fact, I was not dreaming to be a lawyer when I was in high school and before that. I wanted to engage in law as a social science and expected to be an academician instead. Although I was advised by some of my lecturers to …

Interview with… Att. Sezen Ergen Breitegger, LL.M., Founding Partner, Breitegger – Develioglu Law Firm

What was it that made you want to become a lawyer?  Having an impact in the society we live in has always mattered to me, even when I was very young. As a woman with a sense of agency; being able to take my own decisions, contribute personally to changes in the society and my …

Interview with Deniz Okuyucu, Partner at Gökçe Attorney Partnership

Tell us about your career choice and journey. And what made you decide to get into corporate and commercial law?  In my childhood, I was affected and impressed by my relatives running their own business and I found myself interested in businesses and companies. I went to law school with this business mindset, and therefore, …

Interview with… Lawrence S. Elbaum and Patrick Gadson, Co-Chairs of Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism Practice

We sat down with Lawrence Elbaum and Patrick Gadson, based in New York City, to see what has made their Shareholder Activism Practice team achieve such success

Focus on… Balcioglu Selçuk Ardıyok Keki Attorney Partnership (BASEAK)

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardıyok Keki Attorney Partnership (BASEAK) is an Istanbul-based full-service law firm. Drawing on experience gained at Turkish and global law firms, BASEAK’s lawyers are well equipped to provide creative and diligent transaction legal advisory and litigation services. BASEAK has gained an outstanding reputation and a valued clientele by tailoring effective legal solutions to …

Interview with… Galip M. Selçuk, Balcioglu Selçuk Ardıyok Keki Attorney Partnership

Galip M. Selçuk is the Managing Partner and the Head of the Corporate and M&A practice. He has over 20 years’ experience representing Turkish and multinational corporations in high-profile cross-border transactions in a variety of industry sectors. Galip also regularly advises private equity firms on M&A transactions in the local market. In addition to his …