Former Esin Attorney Partnership Partner Birturk Aydin has left that firm — the Turkish member firm of Baker McKenzie International — to become the Head of Legal at Koc University in Istanbul.
Aydin had spent the past 15 years working with Ismail Esin at different firms, the past nine as part of the Esin Attorney Partnership, after that firm's founding in 2011. He graduated from the Istanbul Bilgi University in 2005.
Aydin described himself as "very enthusiastic about my new role." According to him, "after spending so many years serving clients, I wanted to be an internal part of their life. I was providing legal advice mostly on large and important projects. After completion of the projects, I was feeling that something was missing. With this idea in mind, I decided to make the leap to corporate life. When I saw Koc University's Chief Legal Counsel's position announcement, I thought that it was a great opportunity, as Koc University is one of the top universities in Turkey. It is more than a company — it will also allow me to contribute to the higher education of bright students. Koc University also supports start-ups so I hope to play a role in the development of the start-up habitat of the country."