Mr. Biçer is a qualified lawyer and mediator. He is currently working as chief legal officer at Arma Group and of counsel to Eurasia Legal. Having an LLM in Information Technology Law, he is about to obtain 2nd LLM degree in international trade and investment law from Xiamen University with high success as a fully funded Chinese Government Scholar. He enjoys working interdisciplinary and continues his studies on law and economics especially in EMEA region. His field of professionalism are start-up & venture law, SaaP, commercial law, international investment law, financial markets, private international law, and immigration services.
Host: What are the opportunities if you have created any, in the industry and how will this opportunity create a room of healthy competition for new business initiatives to flourish?
Bahadır: If I should talk about the sector, I am trying to apply the suggestions I have presented in my academic studies in the field and trying to carry the problems I see in the field to academic studies. In short, I am trying to perform a two-way operation. For instance, one of the companies of the Group that I work for is planning a cross-border investment. Seeing the economic interventions made to foreign investors after the Russia-Ukraine war enabled me to both discuss this issue as a thesis topic and make more reliable suggestions to the company for the future cross-border operations.
On the other hand, I observed that many lawyers are only concerned with law, and many economists are only concerned with finance. However, law and economy appear to be two elements that go hand in hand. So, you need to improve yourself excellent in one area and very well in at least one area. I like to work and research interdisciplinary, and I am interested in economics as much as I am interested in law to develop myself in this field as well. It let me think innovative and I can find better solutions to meet my clients’ economic preferences and expectations. Especially my master's degree in International Law in China improved me a lot in this regard. I consider not only the wishes of my clients, but also their needs. Especially in commercial affairs, my knowledge on the global economy and sector predictions makes me able to manage their direct or portfolio investments successfully.
Sometimes I realize that both the other party and the party I represent value positions more than their real interests. I experience that being stubborn in business and law only wastes money and time. I am also a qualified mediator and at such times, I would like to put the law aside and attract the parties to a benefit-based agreement because we are all human in essence.
Host: With the daily developments that are taking place, how and what efforts would you plan for ensuring the same standard of pace for from your end?
Bahadır: For ensuring the same standards or the better, I try to keep myself future proof. I make annual, 5-year and 10-year plans for myself both personally and professionally then evaluate them periodically. Evaluation process of professional side can be divided into to two parts for me. First, I determine what the cornerstones are to achieve the long-term goals I have set. Second, I think over that will achieving these gains within the stipulated timeframes be ordinary or beyond the time. According to my prediction, I write them on my bucket list or revise them.
Generally, I try to anticipate sectoral and global needs for future. In line with these predictions, I try to communicate with people in the industry, listen to their narratives, benefit from their predictions, and try to prepare myself in advance. I mostly listen to podcasts on my daily trips by car, it is especially helpful in meeting this need when I am in a tight working period. The subjects I usually listen to are psychology, economics, and investment philosophy. I believe, I cannot think of everything alone. That is why I follow pitch-deck and start-up competitions. Maybe these ideas will never come to life as a product, but they may have more impact than you think in inspiring you for the future.
Host: Tell us about complex legal issue you worked on. Describe the complexity and tell us how you approached it?
Bahadır: One of my clients had a trouble to sell its niche products to the European Union area due to obligations arising from the Directives. For the cross-border transactions, we had to make certain registrations and get permission from institutions, but it's not as easy as it seems because we had to fulfill these obligations in many European Union member states. However, our strongest target market in Europe was Germany and I also I knew that Germany is the country that most strictly enforced the European Union directives in its domestic law. So, I thought about whether I could use the permits I will get from Germany in other countries. If I could provide that, my client's operations would move forward quickly.
Instead of preparing separate files for each country where the sale will be made, I made the application in Germany firstly to see the course. After obtaining business operator registration and cross-border transaction permit for our niche products from Germany, other countries either did not request an application again or we completed the process with a simple request.
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