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Straife Announces New Senior Advisors and Accelerates Strategic Expansion in Europe

March 6, 2024

Straife, a leading risk management and compliance firm, is pleased to announce that Cecilia Thorn and Murat Seyrek will join as senior advisors and develop Straife’s European operations in Brussels. This step signifies Straife's commitment to bolstering its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), sustainability, and EU regulations and compliance service lines.

Cecilia Thorn, an experienced EU public affairs and policy expert, brings a wealth of knowledge in helping organizations navigate EU policy and regulatory developments in a wide range of policy domains, helping clients navigate complex ESG strategies, including emerging trends and international and EU regulatory developments.

An established European regulations, policy, and political risk adviser, Murat Seyrek aids clients in navigating the dynamic regulatory landscape effectively with his extensive knowledge of European regulatory frameworks and compliance standards.

Bahadır Kaleağası​, Managing Director at Straife, stated, “With a proven track record in driving sustainable business practices. Together, their expertise will be instrumental in ensuring Straife continues to provide unparalleled services to clients operating within the European market.”

With the addition of these new senior advisors also comes an expectation of service lines focused specifically on Europe. Prioritization of key strategic areas comes at a critical juncture where businesses increasingly recognize the importance of integrating ESG principles into their operations. With sustainability becoming a key driver of corporate success and an essential element of stakeholder engagement, Straife aims to provide comprehensive solutions that empower clients to meet evolving regulatory requirements while contributing to a more sustainable and responsible future.

“Cecilia and Murat’s wealth of experience aligns perfectly with Straife's dedication to fostering corporate responsibility and environmental stewardship,” Kaleağası​ continued.

Straife CEO Joseph Fleming commented, "We are thrilled to welcome Cecilia Thorn and Murat Seyrek to our team. Their knowledge and leadership plays a pivotal role in advancing our commitment to ESG, sustainability, and regulatory compliance in the region. As businesses increasingly recognize the interconnectedness of environmental, social, and governance factors with long-term success, Straife is well-positioned to deliver strategic solutions that drive positive impact."

The addition of these talented advisors will enhance the firm’s capabilities in providing clients with comprehensive, tailored solutions to navigate the complexities of ESG, sustainability, and regulatory compliance within the European market.

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joseph fleming straife M&A Advisory Risk Management Sanctions
Joseph Fleming is the CEO and Managing Director of Straife. He brings a unique combination of expertise in both the corporate and political worlds to Straife, having spent many years managing corporate M&A transactions before representing high-profile political clients such as the governments of Pakistan and Libya.
Joseph Fleming Founder & Managing Director read bio
Bahadır Kaleağası​ Straife International Business Development
Bahadır Kaleağası is President of the Paris Bosphorus Institute, lecturer at the Istanbul Galatasaray University, Brussels Energy Club's honorary president, and board or advisory member in several companies and European institutions. Former CEO of TUSIAD and executive board member of BusinessEurope, he has decades-long international executive experience and advises clients on Transatlantic and European affairs and global operations.
Bahadır Kaleağası​ Managing Director read bio
Cecilia (1)
As a senior advisor at Straife, Cecilia brings a wealth of expertise in helping organizations navigate EU policy and regulatory developments in a wide range of policy domains. She helps boards, C-suit, and senior leadership navigate complex ESG strategies, including emerging trends and international and EU regulatory developments.
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Seyrek - 2023 (1)
In his role as a senior advisor, Murat specializes in EU regulations, particularly those related to ESG/sustainability, critical raw materials, forced labor, and the EU Green Deal. He assists clients in gaining a comprehensive understanding of regulatory and policy changes within the EU, along with insight into the risks and opportunities associated with existing, new, and forthcoming legislation and policies.
Murat Seyrek Senior Advisor read bio

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