1. Strengthen ties between New York and Turkish legal communities through networking.
  2. Develop programming on relevant topics to highlight mutually beneficial opportunities between New York and Turkish business communities.
  3. Increase awareness and facilitate development of best practices for rule of law, independent judiciary and related infrastructure supporting legal and business transactions.
  4. Provide mentorship to law students in New York and Turkey
  5. Increase dialogue between attorneys and Turkish civil servants on critical topics including foreign direct investment, trade and investment relations, and access to capital markets.
  6. Foster mutual understanding between Turkey and New York

Meet the Co-Chairs

Faruk AktayFaruk Aktay, Managing Partner, Aktay Law Firm (Istanbul)

Faruk Aktay is a full-service cross-border transactions attorney qualified to practice in Istanbul, New York and England. He is a stellar Turkish lawyer with an unparalleled background in law and economics. During his career, he has involved in domestic and cross-border merger and acquisitions, project finance and capital markets transactions and developed special expertise in the international trade, antitrust and market regulation. In 2015 he also worked as the interim country counsel of Hewlett Packard Turkey and orchestrated its separation process. In his own firm, he acted as legal advisor for several technology companies.

Faruk Aktay is an active member of Cross-Border Transactions Committees of International Bar Association, Antitrust Section of American Bar Association and Monopolization and Big Tech Commitee of New York Bar Association. In Türkiye, he is a member of among others British, German, French and Italian Chambers of Commerce. He also acted as the President of Fulbright Alumni Association in Turkiye until 2023.

Ferve KhanFerve Khan, Counsel at BakerHostetler LLP (New York)

Ferve Khan is a full-service bankruptcy and restructuring attorney with a practice spanning plaintiff and defense-side litigation and transactional work. She has particular experience in the financial services, energy and healthcare industries and has also represented creditors, committees and fiduciaries in cases of mass torts, the recovery of the proceeds of fraud and Chapter 11.

Ferve has been recognized as a “40 Under 40” insolvency professional by the American Bankruptcy Institute. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

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