Dr Umut Kolcuoğlu received his law degree from the Istanbul University School of Law and his master’s degree (LLM) from the New York University School of Law in 2001. In 2009, he obtained his PhD on Corporate Law and Capital Markets Law from Istanbul University School of Law. He is admitted to the Istanbul Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Dr Kolcuoğlu has been the founder and managing partner of Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı since 2006. Before founding the firm, he worked in prominent law firms in Istanbul, New York and Frankfurt. Dr Kolcuoğlu has significant experience in M&A, privatisation, joint ventures, capital markets and corporate finance. Dr Kolcuoğlu has provided legal assistance on a significant number of banking and finance transactions, ranging from cross-border secured lending to portfolio restructurings and from acquisition financing to regulatory compliance. Dr Kolcuoğlu has also handled a wide range of corporate finance transactions involving various industry sectors including energy, retail, aerospace, hospitality, electronics, automotive, pharmaceuticals and financial services. He also serves as an independent board member of several companies.