Itir Ciftci, who heads the Ciftci Attorney Partnership, the firm associated with Clifford Chance in Turkey, has been named the new Managing Partner of Clifford Chance's Istanbul office. taking over from Clifford Chance Finance Partner Jared Grubb, who held the role since 2016.
Before joining Clifford Chance as Partner in 2013, Ciftci spent 13 years as a Partner at the Herguner Bilgen Ozeke Attorney Partnership, after three and a half years at Ozel & Ozel — the Istanbul office of Altheimer & Gray — and three more at the Aktif Law Firm. She specializes in M&A, private equity, and joint ventures.
Clifford Chance's Global Managing Partner Matthew Layton said: "I am delighted to appoint Itir Ciftci as Istanbul Managing Partner. I am confident her leadership experience and deep market knowledge will pave the way for the firm's further success in Istanbul. I would also like to thank Jared who has done a great job over his time as managing partner."
"While I am delighted to continue advising our clients in Turkey," Grubb stated, "after five years heading the office, I am also looking forward to new challenges. I am very pleased to be succeeded by Itir as with her unique background, she is very well placed to lead the Istanbul office successfully into the next phase."
On her appointment, Itir Ciftci commented: "I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead the firm in Istanbul as we celebrate our tenth anniversary. We have an impressive track record advising Turkish and international clients on landmark transactions with deep experience in the market. We have a very talented senior team who share a deep commitment to our clients and further developing our practices in Turkey."