Galatasaray University, Istanbul LL.B. 2011

Queen Mary University of London, LL.M. 2015

Defne specializes in corporate, real estate, litigation, and dispute resolution.

She advises international institutions, national governments, international companies, Turkish corporates, and start-ups for issues relating to corporate governance, compliance, anti-corruption, employment, and regulatory law. She represents both buyers and sellers in connection with the acquisition of a variety of assets and businesses. She also advises clients regarding local and cross-border disputes involving administrative, tax, customs, employment, business crime, and commercial and collection issues.

Before joining Cetinkaya as a founding partner, Defne worked in private practice as a senior lawyer with another leading Turkish law firm. She was in-house counsel for a Turkish corporate and has represented a non-governmental organization.