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Dr. Zahide Altunbaş Sancak

Dr. Zahide Altunbaş Sancak, a member of Istanbul and New York bar associations, is highly specialized in corporate mergers & acquisitions transactions. She has considerable experience in share and asset transfers, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, corporate mergers and demergers, venture capital investments, angel investments, and acquisition financing. She has acted as the advisor to sell-side and buy-side in every stage of more than 70 local and cross-border deals, involving private and publicly held companies, in a wide range of industries such as technology, energy, telecommunications, infrastructure, automotive and food. Moreover, she provides day-to-day general corporate law advice to multinational clients in relation to their Turkish subsidiaries and advises them on a broad scope of legal matters including employment, agency and distributorship, capital markets, corporate governance, anti-corruption, and intellectual property.

Following her LL.B. education at Istanbul Bilgi University on a full scholarship, she earned her Master of Laws [LL.M.] degree from Harvard Law School. She also pursued her Ph.D. at İstanbul Bilgi University and wrote her dissertation on breach of representations and warranties in share sale transactions. She also gives lectures on “Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions” in Master of Laws programme at Kadir Has University.

Zahide is a founding member of Harvard Law School Alumni Association of Turkey. She is also a member of Harvard Alumni Association and ILI İstanbul International Law Institute.

Zahide has co-authored two notable articles alongside Prof. Dr. Yeşim M. Atamer, titled “Earn-Out Clauses in Share Purchase Agreements – a Comparative Overview” and “Why the Rules of the Turkish Code of Obligations Are Failing to Tackle Third Party Claims in Sales Contracts?”. She is also a frequent contributor in various national and international publications. Her Ph.D. dissertation has been published by Oniki Levha as a book.