Mehmet Sami, has 30 years of experience after his studies in BA (Hons) Economics from Kingston University and MSc in Business Systems & Analysis from City University, London. Within the 30 years, Mr Sami has gained deal origination and execution experience in corporate finance and capital markets areas via establishing related business divisions, strategic alliances and offices in New York and Dubai.
Between 1987 - 1990 he has undertaken numerous consultancy assignments in marketing and research studies. Since 1990, he has undertaken various Turkish privatization, valuation and advisory projects, advised foreign and domestic clients in mergers & acquisitions and large international joint ventures in Turkey. Part of this work was via Ata Invest, where during 1994, he founded Investment Banking, Research and Institutional Trading divisions that became one of the largest independent firm in Turkey. (Clients served include; GE Capital, News Corp., Arcelor, Privatization Agency, JBIC, IFC, Trade Partners UK, AIG, Dubai Holding, Emirates Bank NBD). Between 1996-2012, Mr Sami has initiated and executed many Private Equity deals as an Advisor and during 2000 has raised Turkey’s first Private Equity Fund with AIG Capital, during the life of the Fund, Mr. Sami was a member of the Fund’s Investment Committee.
After nearly 19 years at Ata Invest, moved to Deloitte Corporate Finance to become the Lead M&A and Debt Advisory Partner in 2012 and served on the Deloitte Global M&A ExCo. After 27 years of professional life, Mr Sami has founded his consulting and advisory practice in 2015 where Mr Sami advises International banks, IFIs, multinationals and local corporates. Besides serving on the Board of Turkish Corporate Governance Association, he has become the Founding Member of Board Members Association and is restructuring - establishing corporate governance standards in numerous firms while serving as an Independent Director.