Last Saturday in the opulent hall of the Vienna Musikverein, the renowned Borusan Quartet were undoubtedly at the centre of proceedings. With ATIS—the Association of Austrian and Turkish Entrepreneurs and Industrialists—hosting the event, the evening was also a chance to celebrate the flourishing economic relationship between Austria and Turkey. The joint sponsor of the event, international law firm CMS, was also keen to emphasise the importance of maintaining and developing the bilateral relationship.
The two markets’ importance for each other has been proved by the surge in commercial relationships between the two countries in recent years. ATIS have played, and are continuing to play, a significant part in facilitating this development: their members not only operate successfully in their own respective industry sectors in Austria, but also maintain business relations in Turkey. For Döne Yalçın, the president of ATIS, “initiatives that help the two countries get to know each other better and overcome the prejudices that exist on both sides are now more crucial than ever.”
That is why ATIS president Döne Yalçın, the only lawyer registered in both Austria and Turkey, hosted a joint evening at the Vienna Musikverein. She has been active with CMS for more than 10 years, since 2013 she has headed the CMS office in Istanbul, and since 2018 she has also been a partner at CMS in Vienna. As well as the ambassador of the Turkish Republic, his Excellency Mehmet Ferden Çarıkçı, around 350 board members and company representatives relished the opportunity to celebrate the connections between the two countries and thereby ensure further successful business relations in the future.
CMS Engagement in Turkey
Between 2006 and 2012, CMS assisted Austrian and other European investors with their entrance into the Turkish market from Vienna. In 2013, however, CMS opened an office in Istanbul headed by Turkish expert Döne Yalçın. At present, Turkey has the fastest growing economy in Europe, meaning an increase both in the number of Turkish investors in Europe as well as the number of European investors in Turkey. CMS advises clients with Turkish connections on all legal matters, especially cross-border issues.
Art connects: The Borusan Quartet played for ATIS
They count as unqualified world stars when it comes to chamber music, and fulfilled ATIS’s invitation with a ‘Turkish Delight’ of works from Mozart, Schubert, Webern and Fazil Say. The outstanding Borusan Quartet, which boasts numerous international prizes to its name, can itself be seen as an emblem for the good relationship between Austria and Turkey—all four of its exceptional musicians studied in Vienna, some for a long time.
Photograph 1: ATIS-President Döne Yalçın (5th from the left) with the Turkish ambassador Mehmet Ferden Çarıkçı (middle), the Borusan Quartet and the board members of ATIS.
Photograph 2: (f.l.t.r.) ATIS-President Döne Yalçın with the Turkish ambassador Mehmet Ferden Çarıkçı and his wife.