Derya graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University with a double major. Following her graduation, she completed her internship and worked as an associate in White & Case Istanbul where she focused on M&A transactions and corporate law as well as dispute resolution matters and she represented major international and foreign corporations in connection with their acquisitions and investments in Turkey in various sectors including media, digital platforms, e-games, transportation, banking, insurance, healthcare, food and beverage. After four years in White & Case, she transferred to one of the major media groups in Turkey as the Head of IP. During the years that she led the IP rights of the media group including TV channels and press media, she managed the linear and non-linear distribution and sales rights of the TV series, films and programs worldwide, licensing, transfers, and agreements in relation to IP portfolio; and participated to creation and distribution process of the TV channels and VOD platforms in different territories. Currently, she works as the head of media, entertainment, and IP department of Gokce Attorney Partnership and advises on complex cross-border collaborations, joint ventures, and strategic licensing deals involving parties all over the world and provides day to day consultancy on intellectual property, media, internet, information technologies, corporate and M&A matters.