Didem Ataün

  • LLB, Istanbul University Faculty of Law
Registered Bar

Istanbul Bar Association, Turkey Union of Bar Associations


Turkish, English, German


Ms. Didem Ataün is a senior lawyer with a proven track record spanning nearly two decades in the legal services industry. Adept in an array of legal disciplines including Contracts, Corporate, Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Banking, Private Equity, Energy, Employment, Data Protection (GDPR and Turkish KVKK), and Intellectual Property Law, Didem is a multilingual legal consultant fluent in Turkish, English, and German, specializing in delivering tailored legal solutions to a domestic and international clientele. She is renowned for dissecting complex business scenarios, identifying legal gaps, and offering strategic insights that contribute to informed decision-making.

Didem is experienced to handle legal matters within a multinational environment where she can demonstrate her skills by aligning with a constructive and peacebuilding business ethos. She  supports the decision-making process of multicultural businesses actively by providing legal guidance that is not only legally sound but also attuned to the broader business context.

Ms. Didem Ataün brings a wealth of legal expertise from her extensive career serving prominent companies in the media, banking, and oil and gas industries. Her experience includes a notable tenure as the deputy legal director for a well-established Turkish banking institution. She further expanded her international legal skills as a legal assistant to the chief legal officer of a London Stock Exchange-listed company. This role involved a significant network of subsidiaries across Central and Eastern Europe and CIS countries, under a major Turkish media conglomerate. Recently, Didem has been instrumental in providing expert legal counsel to both private and semi-public oil and gas companies, focusing on a variety of legal areas such as regulatory, corporate, commercial, and contractual matters, particularly those pertinent to the Turkish legal landscape in both downstream and upstream markets.

Didem places great importance on undertaking initiatives that contribute to the enhanced education and self-development of young professionals, particularly in foreign legal languages and M&A deals. In pursuit of this goal, she consistently conducts training sessions across various platforms, including the Union of Turkish Bar Associations,, Istanbul Bar Association, universities, and private forums established by academics or private industries.

 Didem’s aspiration of contributing strategically, her experience in fostering growth, and promoting her practices within a multinational framework with her well-rounded background, analytical acumen, and collaborative approach makes her an asset to the dynamic legal team of Kesikli Law Firm.

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