Elçin Karatay

Elçin Karatay is a corporate lawyer specialized in corporate law, public and private company M&A, joint ventures and IPOs. Being a legal multidisciplinary lawyer, she also advises clients on their IP law and employment law related legal issues.

As a separate focus area, with her objective to provide legal services on new unexamined areas of technology and law, and advising start-ups and technology companies, Elçin Karatay works intensively on creating legal structures for new technological developments.

Representative Matters

  • Negotiation of technology and software contracts with a total value of 100 million USD in the last year
  • Completion of more than 20 M&A
  • Legal advice in 3 of Turkey’s largest crypto asset issuances
  • Legal advice to more than 30 projects and companied working on blockchain and crypto assets
  • Trainings at several state institutions and ministries, entities and organizations such as TÜBİTAK, BTK, FinTR


  • Galatasaray University, Ph.D. in Private Law – Pending
  • Galatasaray University, LL.M. in Private Law – Thesis: “Review of American Law based Simple Agreement for Future Equity under Turkish Law”
  • Koç University, Bachelor of Law


  • Technology Contracts
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
  • Software and License Agreements
  • M&A
  • Cooperation Agreements


  • Istanbul Bar Association
  • FinTR Board Member
  • IR Global
  • International Bar Assocation
  • ITU Seed, BAU Blockchain Center as a Mentor
  • ARYA Women Investment Platform