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Tugce Tatari and Zeynep Yavuz Become Partners at Akol Law in Istanbul

Tugce Tatari and Zeynep Yavuz Become Partners at Akol Law in Istanbul


Akol Law in Istanbul has announced that former White & Case lawyer Tugce Tatari has joined the firm as Partner and that Zeynep Yavuz has been promoted to Partner.

Tugce Tatari joined Akol's Corporate/M&A team. Her practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, and restructurings. Tatari has experience advising clients on cross-border and local acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, and strategic investments.

Before joining White & Case in 2012, Tatari also worked at the Aya Law Firm, the Esin Law Firm, and Pekin & Pekin. She received her degree from Istanbul University in 2008.

“Tugce is vastly experienced in an international law firm setting," said Meltem Akol, Partner at Akol Law. "I know her well and she will bring her qualities to our Corporate and M&A team." 

Tatari commented, “I have worked closely with Meltem in the past, and it is very exciting to be on a team with her again. I know that we will accomplish great things together.”

Zeynep Yavuz joined Akol Law in 2015 as a member of the Banking & Finance and Project Finance team. She focuses on representing commercial and investment banks, credit agencies, and other financial institutions. In addition, she represents sponsors and borrowers on a range of banking and finance transactions including domestic and international acquisition finance, project finance, structured finance, restructuring, refinancing, and syndication transactions.

Before joining Akol Ozok Namli, Yavuz worked for four and a half years at the ASC Law Firm and for almost four years with Garanti Bank. She received an LL.M. from Galatasaray University in 2008 and an LL.B. from Istanbul University in 2007.

“Zeynep has been promoted in recognition of her exceptional contribution to our firm," commented Meltem Akol, "and as part of our commitment to develop our own talent and to promote internally wherever possible.” 

“I am grateful for the confidence of my partners in me and excited to embark with them in this next phase of our work together, with our team growing both in number and strength,” said Yavuz.

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