Cross Border Transactions and Dispute Resolutions, United States, Turkey and Beyond.



We are delighted to present you with two exceptional leaders and legal professionals to share their career, experience, life, and many more intimate discussions on the challenges they faced in their careers and lives. Please join January 21, 12 PM (EST)


Ayşe Yüksel Mahfoud


Ayşe Yüksel Mahfoud is the Partner-in-Charge of the Istanbul office of Norton Rose Fulbright, a US-based international law firm. She is also a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee. She has extensive experience in a range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, privatizations, joint ventures, strategic alliances and financing transactions and regularly represents companies, private equity funds, sovereign wealth and other investment funds in cross-border transactions, specifically in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. She also has significant experience representing non-US issuers in Rule 144A/Regulation S securities offerings. Her industry experience includes the telecommunications, media and technology, retail, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Ayşe has been consistently listed by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in Turkey in Corporate/M&A. Chambers Global also ranked her as an Expert Based Abroad in the categories of USA Corporate/M&A and USA Banking & Finance. The American Lawyer named her in its global “45 Under 45” list of the “best of the best" among young women lawyers in The Am Law 200. Ayşe was also lauded by the New York Business Journal as one of their 2018 Women of Influence. She was elected to the American Turkish Society’s inaugural class of "Young Society Leaders," a group of professionals with a demonstrated ability to serve the U.S.-Turkish community. Ayşe holds a B.A. with honors in History & Literature from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She is a member of the New York State Bar.


Jennifer Haworth McCandless


Jennifer Haworth McCandless is a partner at Sidley Austin and has practiced in international arbitration, with a particular emphasis in investor-state arbitration, for nearly 20 years. She has represented private and sovereign clients in proceedings before ICSID and its Additional Facility, the ICC and other arbitral institutions, and in adhoc arbitration, including under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.

Jennifer has represented clients in cases involving a variety of sectors, including energy, real estate, construction, financial institutions, services, insurance, and mining, concerning disputes all over the world, including in Europe, Asia, North American, and South America. She has recently handled many investor-state cases in Latin America.

She is consistently recognized for her arbitration work. She is ranked in Chambers USA for International Arbitration; she was named as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark and identified as a Benchmark Litigation Star for 2021; she was recognized by Latinvex as one of Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers in 2018 and 2019 for her work in international arbitration and in 2019, was recognized by Euromoney as one of the Top 30 Commercial Arbitration Experts in the United States and she received the Best in Commercial Arbitration Award in 2018.

Jennifer has spoken at a variety of seminars and workshops sponsored by ICSID, the ICC, the American University’s Washington College of Law, the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C., and the International Law Section of the D.C. Bar.

Prior to joining private practice in Washington, D.C., she served as a law clerk to the former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of International Trade, the Honorable Gregory W. Carman.




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