Ms Elvan Aziz > Paksoy > Istanbul, Turkey > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate and Commercial, Private Equity, Labour and Employment, Real Estate


Elvan Aziz is the partner heading the corporate practice of the firm, specialising in corporate and company law, employment and real estate matters. She has also been extensively advising sellers, strategic buyers and PE clients in M&A projects. Elvan regularly advises clients on corporate and commercial issues, including establishment of Turkish subsidiaries, corporate restructuring and restructuring of business, legal mergers and spin-offs and corporate governance. She also advises clients on individual and collective employment law matters, including implementation of management incentive schemes, strategy building on HR aspects of restructuring or closure of business, preparation and negotiation of individual and collective employment agreements and internal bylaws, dealings with the trade union as well as collective and individual termination of employees, including top management. Elvan has significant real estate practice expertise covering structuring of real estate development, including residential, commercial property and hotel development, drafting and negotiating relevant project agreements for developers and investors, as well carrying out legal land due diligence to determine whether the property is fit for its purpose. On the M&A side, Elvan has been actively advising clients in various industries for high profile and strategic transactions which includes cross border acquisitions and international joint ventures. She has been acting for foreign and Turkish private equity funds, pension plans, venture capitals and angel investors as well as strategic investors in their investments and acquisitions in Turkey, as well as advising Turkish selling shareholders and families in their transactions of different sizes and sectors.


English, Turkish


Istanbul Bar Association, International Bar Association


Maltepe University, School of Law
University of Sheffield, School of Law, LL.B.
Middle East Technical University, Sociology, LL.B.

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Hall of Fame)

Elvan AzizPaksoy

Paksoy is active in a wide variety of corporate transactions, including M&A, minority investments and spin-offs. One name to note is Elvan Aziz, whose deal execution experience sees her act for sellers, strategic buyers and private equity clients. Elsewhere, the team also generates a significant amount of commercial contracts work; its expertise in this space includes outsourcing, licensing, distribution, agency and franchise agreements. Antitrust expert Togan Turan, IT and IP specialist Stéphanie Beghe Sonmez and recently promoted partner Selin Barlın Aral jointly lead the team with Aziz. Counsel Nazlı Bezirci is also recommended.

Turkey > Restructuring and insolvency

Paksoy advises on debt restructuring and corporate restructuring, and it also assists clients with debt collection proceedings and bankruptcy proceedings. In addition, it advises on insolvency-related risk management and transactions involving non-performing loans. Clients include lenders, corporate borrowers, investors and hedge funds. The team is jointly led by Sera SomayElvan AzizÖmer Çollak and newly promoted partner Selin Barlın Aral.

Turkey > Real estate and construction

The ‘dynamic’ team at Paksoy advises on the construction and maintenance of power plants, residential areas, temporary structures, infrastructure systems and malls. Elvan AzizZeynel Tunç and ‘results-orientedSelin Barlın Aral, who was recently promoted to partner, jointly head the practice. Highlights included advising the Alfardan Group on its in investment into a hospitality development project.

Turkey > Employment

Paksoy advises on the dismissal of employees, drafting employment contracts and personnel handbooks, and handles matters relating to unions and collective bargaining. The ‘superbElvan Aziz leads the team, which also includes senior associate Gülce Saydam Pehlivan.