N. Banu Colak Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2010
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2010

Education

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, LL.M. in Corporate Law and Finance, 2013

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, LL.M. in Taxation, 2011

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. Cum Laude, 2010

Middle East Technical University, B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 1996

Language

Banu Colak is a Senior Counsel in Dykema's Lansing office where she focuses on taxation and public finance, most specifically on matters of tax exemption, tax-exempt financing and federal tax issues.

Experience

In her most recent role as Assistant Attorney General of the Finance Division, Ms. Colak represented the Treasury, Michigan Finance Authority, Michigan Strategic Fund and State Building Authority in various taxable and tax-exempt issues. Her representation included State Aid Note, Local Government Loan Program, School Loan Revolving Fund, Higher Education Facilities projects, Tax Anticipation Notes and commercial paper notes. Ms. Colak has successfully negotiated terms of private market investments, including partnership agreements, LLC agreements, corporate formation documents, side letter agreements and subscription documents on behalf of the Bureau of Investments for compliance with Michigan laws and practice.

Ms. Colak has experience preparing employment, development and transactional contracts, resolutions and ordinances. She has provided legal opinions on CBAs, pension plans, employee benefits and tax laws. Formerly at The Hubbard Law Firm, P.C., she negotiated contracts, buy-sell agreements and various corporate governance documents.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Michigan Bar Association, Taxation Section 2010-Present
  • Michigan Women in Finance
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers