Meltem Akol graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Law in 1991 after completing her education at Robert College Istanbul. She received her master's degree from Harvard University School of Law.
Her legal career started at White & Case LLP in 1991. By 2007, she was appointed as Partner which was followed by her role as the Managing Partner of the Istanbul Office from 2009 until the end of 2015. Since 2016, she has been continuing her career as the Founding Partner of Akol Namlı & Partners Law Firm.
Meltem Akol’s experience of over 25 years mainly concentrates on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, private equity transactions, joint ventures, bank financing, structured finance and PPPs.
Meltem Akol assisted many leading multinational strategic investors, private equity funds, financial institutions and funds in connection with their investments in various sectors including retail, infrastructure, financial institutions, healthcare, automotive, industrial and manufacturing, energy, ports, construction and real estate in Turkey. She has been involved in numerous major large-size international M&A, capital markets and finance transactions across a wide range of sectors, including “first of their kind” and “most complex of their kind” transactions. Her career was shaped within the investment environment of Turkey with a unique insight to the perspectives of foreign investors.
Meltem Akol has been recognized as one of the best and most experienced lawyers by international ratings agencies, widely accepted in the international arena and described as one of the undoubted leading M&A and Capital Markets lawyers of Turkey, her success being ranked as Tier 1 by all well-known legal directories and bringing her various awards given to selected women leaders and best lawyers around the world.