Merve Özbakır

Merve Özbakır joined Cleveland & Co in July 2022 as an Associate to support our team with corporate and commercial matters, finance and lending, M&A, capital markets and derivatives transactions. She is also currently pursuing her LL.M. degree in International Trade and Commercial Law at Durham University.

Merve is a Turkish qualified lawyer with 3 years of experience in project financing, syndicated and bilateral loans, debt securities and restructuring arrangements as well as domestic and cross border M&A transactions. Prior to joining the firm, Merve was a Banking & Finance Associate at the Istanbul office of a magic circle law firm where she advised several international and domestic banks and financial institutions as well as a number of large-scale corporations in terms of both English law and Turkish law-governed transactions, legal documentation and regulatory issues. Throughout her career, Merve has become proficient in client communication, drafting and negotiating contracts and providing legal advice to high-profile clients in various fields of law.

When she’s not advising our clients with their legal issues, Merve likes to travel to new places, try new cuisines, paint and visit museums.


Merve has experience in:

  • Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Corporate Finance
  • Debt Arrangements and Corporate Restructuring
  • Debt Securities
  • Legal Research
  • Negotiation
  • Project Finance


Merve has gained her experience working at:

  • Clifford Chance LLP

Professional Appointments/Memberships

  • Association of Women Solicitors
  • Mentor, Amos Bursary Programme


  • Qualified as an attorney-at-law with Istanbul Bar Association

  • LLM International Trade and Commercial Law (Durham University) (ongoing)

  • LLB Law (Koç University)


  • Turkish
  • English


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