Ms Ilknur Pekşen > Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants > Istanbul, Turkey > Lawyer Profile

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

Work Department

  • Administrative & Regulatory Affairs
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition and Antitrust
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Employment
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Environmental Law
  • Hotel & Leisure
  • Information Technologies and Data Protection
  • Franchise
  • General Contract Law
  • Insurance & Re-insurance
  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Maritime, Shipping & Transport
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Telecommunications


Of Counsel.

Special Practice Areas: Corporate and Commercial, Energy and Natural Resources, Litigation & Arbitration, Maritime, Shipping & Transport, Franchise, General Contract Law, Insurance & Re-insurance, Employment and Mergers & Acquisitions


Ilknur joined ErsoyBilgehan in 1999 as an associate and became a partner to the firm over 15 years ago. With her 25 years of experience in law, Ilknur specialized in negotiation and enforcement of public contracts, restructuring of public and private loans as well as administrative and civil litigation. She also has particular expertise in advising on administrative aspects of real estate projects, including satisfaction of various licensing and authorisation requirements and environmental clearances. On the shipping side, she is mainly involved in disputes arising out of the collisions, cargo claims and international trade disputes and has extensive experience in both “wet” and “dry” shipping matters. She is regularly called upon by foreign investors for assistance in the establishment and structuring of their Turkish ventures and affiliates.

Ilknur is currently based in Istanbul, Turkey and works as an Of Counsel to the firm since 2019. 


  • Turkish
  • English
  • Italian


  • Admitted to Istanbul Bar


  • LL.B., Istanbul University, 1995
  • Italian High School (Istanbul), 1990

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > IT and telecoms

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants advises on data protection and data privacy compliance projects, cybersecurity, contract law, corporate and commercial matters, and IT litigation. Other areas of expertise include e-commerce, privacy policies, employee monitoring, cross-border data transfers, data retention and telecoms licensing. Zihni Bilgehan, who advises blue-chip companies, jointly heads up the practice with of counsel İlknur Pekşen.

Turkey > Dispute resolution

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants is a strong choice for commercial, administrative, environmental, labour and consumer disputes. In addition to representing clients in litigation, the team’s other areas of focus include ADR, mediation and arbitrations at the ICC and London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA). Clients include foreign and domestic entities, with a particular focus on the shipping and construction sectors. The team is co-led by maritime expert Zihni BilgehanErgun Ersoy (who has 30 years of legal experience) and İlknur Pekşen.

Turkey > Compliance

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants advises on data protection, cybersecurity, compliance programmes and IT-related issues, among other matters. Clients include start-ups and international blue chip businesses. The firm generates mandates from the finance, maritime and insurance sectors. The team is jointly led by Zihni Bilgehan  and İlknur Pekşen.