DWF has expanded into Istanbul with an exclusive alliance with local firm Ozkan Law.
DWF has announced an exclusive alliance with Turkish firm Özkan Law. Multinational DWF, which is headquartered in Manchester, England, has joined up with the Istanbul-based business law firm, which has expertise in corporate and M&A, intellectual property, project finance and litigation. It is led by managing partner Orkun Özkan and has three other partners and nine lawyers. DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland said: ‘At the crossroads of Europe and the Middle East, Turkey presents promising immediate and long-term opportunities. Turkey’s growing economy, advantageous geographical position, youthful population, and dynamic entrepreneurial class have made this country a growing market for international investors.'
Resilient political landscape
Mr Özkan added: ‘We have a very resilient political landscape in Turkey and our economy continues to grow, so there is a lot of foreign interest in the market and good opportunities for legal advisers as a result of that. Partnering with DWF will allow us to fully realise these opportunities by harmonising our local knowledge and expertise with DWF’s global exposure and network.’ This is the latest of DWF’s expansions, and follows the opening last year of offices in Milan, Berlin and Paris.