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Gün + Partners

Work Department

Dispute Management
Insurance and Reinsurance
Corporate and M&A
Construction and Real Estate



Pelin Baysal has been with the firm since 2006 and has been a partner since 2013. She is chair of the firm’s dispute management and insurance/reinsurance, and co-chair of corporate and M&A practices.

She has acted as party counsel in and advised on numerous commercial and corporate disputes before the Turkish courts and ICC arbitration, involving M&A disputes, shareholders disputes, joint venture disputes, distribution agreements, compensation cases, white collar crimes, insurance disputes, directors’ and officers’ liability disputes and enforcement of foreign court judgments and arbitral awards.

Pelin advised numerous reinsurers and insurers on all forms of insurance under Turkish Law and advised on litigation, arbitration aspects, as well as coverage issues on policies including general third party liability, professional third party liability, credit insurance, fire all risks, mechanical breakdown, construction all risks, D&O and Bankers Blanked Bond policies. She has also advised insurance and reinsurance companies on regulatory matters. In addition, she is the only listed lawyer from Turkey on Who’s Who Legal (WWL) Insurance & Reinsurance. The publication, which is based upon an independent survey of general counsel and private practice lawyers, profiles the foremost practitioners in the insurance and reinsurance community. They noted that Pelin Baysal is highly sought after by clients, who commend her “sharp and comprehensive analysis” as well as “the clarity of her advice” when it comes to insurance disputes.

Pelin has been involved in various M&A transactions and assisted foreign and Turkish companies to establish joint ventures, drafted and negotiated SPAs, SHAs and JV agreements, conducted due diligence processes and prepared and re-structured numerous commercial agreements. She also assisted global clients in their negotiations with the state owned banks and organizations with regard to different kind of contracts.


Turkish, English, German


International Insurance Law Association (AIDA)
The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
Legalink, Treasurer of Management Committee
Transparency International Turkey
International Bar Association (IBA), Secretary of Insurance Committee (2012-2017)
Istanbul Bar Association


Ruprecht-Karls University, Faculty of Law, Heidelberg, Germany (LLM. 2005)
Ankara University, Faculty of Law, Ankara (LL.B. 2001)

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Gün + Partners acts for Turkish companies on their outbound activities overseas, and it also assists international companies with inbound investments into Turkey. It has a particular focus on regulated sectors, such as life sciences, TMT, insurance and energy. It is also well-known for handling corporate deals involving financially distressed companies and small family-owned businesses. Beyond transactional work, the group assists clients with shareholder agreements, sale and purchase agreements, and joint ventures, among other matters. Pelin Baysal leads the team.

Turkey > Dispute resolution

Gün + Partners is adept at handling various types of commercial disputes, including those involving shareholders and directors, joint ventures, breaches of contracts and post-M&A matters. The firm’s other areas of strength include anti-corruption, white-collar crime, employment, administrative tax and anti-dumping. One of the joint heads of the team is Mehmet Gün, who has 30 years of dispute resolution experience. Pelin Baysal is the other co-head.

Turkey > Employment

Gün + Partners has a full-service employment practice, handling matters such as litigation, restructuring and reorganisation, collective bargaining, workplace accident liability, employment termination compensation claims, and business immigration. Key client sectors include media and entertainment, pharmaceutical and healthcare, consumer goods, IT and telecoms, transportation and energy. Pelin Baysal leads the team. Associates Beril Yayla Sapan and Asena Aytuğ Keser are also recommended.

Turkey > Compliance

Gün + Partners fields a a multidisciplinary team, which works closely with experts in sectors such as insurance, life sciences, energy, TMT, construction and real estate to cover a wide spectrum of compliance matters. One notable specialism of the group concerns business crimes and anti-corruption; Barış Zühdü Kalaycı, who jointly heads up the practice with Pelin Baysal, has 20 years of experience in this space. Managing associate Filiz Toprak Esin is another key figure.

Turkey > Insurance

(Leading individuals)

Pelin BaysalGün + Partners

Gün + Partners has a varied spread of work, which covers dispute resolution, insurance regulation, insurance contracts and insurance-related M&A. Clients include Turkish and international insurance companies. The firm also has a notable strength acting for reinsurers in large construction projects in Turkey. Practice head Pelin Baysal is an expert in Turkish insurance law, litigation, arbitration and coverage issues. Ilgaz Önder was promoted to senior associate.