US-Turkey Business Council hires Actum for lobbying in the US
The Turkey-US Business Council (TAIK) has made a contract with a newly established company Actum worth $250.000 to develop trade and investment between the two nations, according to O’Dwyer’s.
Actum will handle outreach to state and federal officials for the benefit of TAIK, which operates under the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey.
It has offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, New York, Washington, London and Paris.
TAIK was previously represented in the US by Mercury Public Affairs, which was co-founded by Russian Kirill Goncharenko who is now a managing partner at Actum.
Goncharenko said the firm is targeting clients looking for “large, meaningful and measurable outcomes at the intersection of politics, media, business and government.”
In 2020, Mercury Public Affairs had to cut ties with the Turkish government following a pressure campaign by Armenian-American activists incensed by Turkey’s support for Azerbaijan in ongoing hostilities with Armenia, dropping a $1 million contract, Politico reported.
Goncharenko was named in a federal lawsuit filed on October 7, 2021 by Mercury for his “unlawful scheme to harm Mercury” by stripping Mercury’s employees and clients.