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Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office

Turkey > Employment Tier 2

The ‘highly responsive team’ at Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office advises some major international names on a variety of matters, including collective redundancies, employment issues in business transfers, harmonisation procedures, outsourcing agreements, disciplinary actions, as well as termination procedures. Experienced corporate and real estate lawyer Emre Atayilmaz heads the department.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayilmaz


‘Quick response to any enquiries’

‘Highly responsive team.’

Key clients

Ralph Lauren

United Textiles Company


ETC Group


Oka Restaurant

Beaute Kozmetik

HH Global

Guzel Enerji



Turkey > Energy Tier 2

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office is noted for its advice to multinational clients in the energy sector, with expertise in regulatory issues relating to oil and gas, renewable energy and natural resource extraction projects. Shell is a longstanding key client, while new names that have recently instructed the team include Güzel Enerji Akaryakıt and Moove Lubricants. Leadership of the department is shared by Emre Keki and Gökhan Enkür.

Practice head(s):

Emre Keki; Gökhan Enkür


‘PAE has a flexible structure and is capable of delivering know-how and solutions to issues that go beyond the terms of our engagement with the firm.’

‘Emre Keki has a good understanding of the legal procedures involved in the development of energy projects and, equally importantly, he understands the value and role of project developers. Combined with PAE’s extensive network of legal offices outside of Turkey, this gives him the ability to reach out and find the right contacts, saving us time and money.’

Key clients


Alpiq Group

Kummler Matter

Al Enerji

Axpo Holding

Moove Lubricants (Cosan Group)

Güzel Enerji (OYAK Group)

Work highlights

  • Advising Shell Turkey on a range of matters.
  • Advising Alpiq Turkey on various regulatory issues relating to Turkish electricity legislation and ongoing business practices.
  • Advising Alpiq InTec and Colas Rail on a cross-border takeover transaction, in which the France-based Bouygues Construction acquired Alpiq InTec and Kraftanlagen for €813m.

Turkey > Insurance Tier 2

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office assists its international client base with advice on a range of insurance products and regulatory matters, as well as advising on corporate day-to-day issues and transactions. Practice head Gökhan Enkür has a broad international corporate and commercial practice; and counts Cigna and Lockton Overseas among his most active clients.

Practice head(s):

Gökhan Enkür

Other key lawyers:

Senem Sarac


‘They are very diligent and stick to their deadlines. Gökhan Enkür is our primary contact in insurance and corporate matters and I recommend him for his responsiveness and professional approach.’

‘PAE has a good team that tries to offer the most detailed solution to all legal problems. They work very collaboratively.’

‘PAE are different because of the quality of the team and individuals. They have very good experience and they always do their best for clients.’

Key clients

Cigna Corporation

Lockton Overseas

ACWA Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Cigna Corporation and Cigna Nederland Gamma on negotiations with QNB Finansbank (the Turkish subsidiary of Qatar National Bank) on amendments to the existing joint venture agreements related to Cigna Saglik Hayat ve Emeklilik.
  • Assisting Lockton Overseas with its existing partnership with Omni Sigorta ve Reasürans Brokerlik Hizmetleri and the corporate steps within the scope of the parties’ post-completion obligations.
  • Advised Cigna Danismanlık Hizmetleri on the regulatory application processes before the Turkish Insurance and Private Pension Regulation and Supervision Agency, further to the relinquishment of its insurance licences and winding down of its insurance operations.

Turkey > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office's ‘professional and well-rounded’ practice is a preferred choice for several leading names from the hospitality sector, and is also frequently sought out by corporate clients for assistance with large-scale projects, including commercial outlets, shopping malls and hotel complexes. Department head Emre Atayilmaz has a particular expertise in advising on the development of residential and commercial projects, hotel management contracts and property leases. Senior associate Senem Sarac, who is also a skilled litigator, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayılmaz; Emre Keki

Other key lawyers:


‘PAE are excellent at what they do – their response times are excellent and they clearly have significant legal expertise and also great commercial experience in the Turkish legal sector. They always deliver and always provide excellent service.’

‘Emre Atayilmaz has looked after us for some time. He is extremely responsive and gives detailed explanations and feedback where requested, and I have great confidence in his abilities. He always responds quickly and is willing to have further calls and follow up. He provides excellent service and is an excellent communicator.’

‘Our deal had a critical and complex real estate element and PAE helped us to better understand the local nuances of the problem. This local knowledge was really helpful.’

‘Their real estate team was very clear and enabled us to full comprehend the magnitude of the problem.’

‘A professional and well-rounded team. Most importantly, they provide quick solutions and are available any time.’

‘Their kindness and deep analytical strength makes them very valuable.’

Key clients


Avantgarde Hotels

VR Gayrimenkul

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)

Work highlights

  • Advised RCI Europe on a new hotel project in Turkey.
  • Advised Avantgarde Hotel in relation to its operations.
  • Advising VR Gayrimenkul on a residential project which includes the development of 120 residential units.

Turkey > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The practice at Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office combines 'local knowledge and international experience’. It is renowned for its expertise handling corporate and M&A transactions linked to regulated industries, including insurance and pensions. Gökhan Enkür, who is particularly skilled in international transactions and Kerim Pelister are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Gokhan Enkur; Kerim Pelister


‘Kerim Pelister is highly recommended. He comes from an investment background and knows exactly what an investor wants. His negotiation skills are impressive.’

‘Emre Atayilmaz, wise advise when it comes to labour law.’

‘Kerim Pelister – a real “business minded” lawyer following the commercial negotiations closely and with a true ambition.’

‘Gokhan Enkur : very responsive and knowledgeable about the M&A process especially on international transactions.’

‘Partner Emre Atayilmaz is always reachable and will in most cases give a first, overall assessment promptly, when required. His memos are comprehensive and thorough, however always pointing out the key takeaways and practical (and local administrational) approach to structure or resolve the legal question underlying.’

‘Gokhan Enkur stands out as an excellent lawyer. He is always present when needed and creates solutions at critical stages.’

‘Their partners are highly attentive and business-oriented. The team is very dedicated. PAE’s wide network of international law firms allowed us to connect top-notch specialist in different jurisdictions.’

‘Local knowledge and international experience.’

Key clients

Cigna Corporation

Hoshizaki Group

AFP Group GMBH and Montana Tec



Koc Holding

Epsilon Composites



Teknasyon Yazilim

Work highlights

  • Advised Hoshizak on the scope of its share acquisition in Oztiryakiler Madeni Esya Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.
  • Advised the individual shareholders of Epsilon Composites in the sale of a 51% stake in Epsilon Composites to Akkök Holding, ARD Holding, and NDÇ Holding.
  • Advised LudgatEmobility on its acquisition of a 23.47% stake in BD Otomotiv.

Turkey > IT and telecoms Tier 3

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office has a focus on advising domestic and international companies on their compliance with Turkish data protection law, as well as handling a number of transactional matters in the IT sector. Experienced corporate lawyers Emre Atayilmaz and Gökhan Enkür lead the practice with financing expert Kerim Pelister.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayilmaz; Gokhan Enkur; Kerim Pelister

Other key lawyers:

Ertugrul Aksoy


‘Extremely focused lawyers and partners. Technologically aware and collaborative team. Comprehensive understanding of the business. Out-of-the-box and flexible approach to complicated problems.’

Key clients

United Textiles Company (UTG)





Ralph Lauren

Komet Noatum

Elton Group

Comparex/ Dataserv




Work highlights

  • Advised United Textiles Company on its compliance programme with respect to Turkish data protection law.
  • Assisted Almodo with its compliance programme with respect to Turkish data protection law.
  • Advising Rebul on its compliance programme with respect to Turkish data protection law.

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Turkey > Dispute resolution Tier 5

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office's team is particularly experienced in commercial litigation, arbitration, bankruptcy and execution work as well as employment-law and inheritance-law related claims. Emre Atayilmaz and Kerim Pelister jointly head the department.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayilmaz; Kerim Pelister



‘Emre Atayilmaz especially has always been standing out with his comprehensive and solution oriented approach to disputes.’

‘PAE is dynamic team who are capable for flexible solutions.’

‘They are always developing effective solutions for the legal problems. They know very well the potential reactions of all parts.’

‘Kerim Pelister is very well qualified in corporate law. He is mainly thinking like a business man, like an entrepreneur while editing the cases. He is always being a part of fast and effective solutions.’

‘PAE is a very diverse group of lawyers that are ready to help you for any issues that you may need their legal advice with.’

‘The team is young and active and all have different backgrounds and qualities that make them a dynamic group of lawyers. They are always available for quick replies and solutions.’

‘Kerim Pelister is a stand-out individual. He’s very experienced, knowledgeable, responsive and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients


Yapi Kredi Bank

Yapi Kredi Leasing

RCT Asset Management Company

Norm Ambalaj

Nederman Holding AB

Rixen Cableway


The firm: Pelister Atayilmaz Enkür (PAE) Law Office was established in 2010 and the founding partners are all ex-Dentons. Since establishment, the firm has been heavily involved in cross-border transactions, international projects and foreign investments. The key legal fields in which the firm has expertise include the following: banking and finance, corporate and M&A, real estate, energy and infrastructure, employment, insurance and TMT, and also dispute resolution and hospitality. As a new generation law firm, PAE has a hands-on approach when dealing with client matters. The ratio of attorneys per partner is considerably low compared to Turkish legal practices. The firm has adopted a business-oriented approach and offers practical solutions to its clientele which consist of both foreign and local companies and investors.

The competitive edge and comparative advantage of the firm over its rivals are its ability to combine a proven record of accomplishment in sophisticated international business transactions and the acumen, versatility and competence of a full-service local law firm through its experienced and dynamic team of lawyers. The firm generates practical and legally sound solutions under Turkish law for its clients’ complex legal needs, disputes and commercial requirements. The firm strives to provide legal assistance to its clients by dedicating time and energy at partner level with a view to ensuring that legal and commercial objectives are effectively realised.

The firm is based in Istanbul, the commercial and financial capital of Turkey and consequently has unique access to European, Middle Eastern and Central Asian markets. Furthermore, where legal advice on foreign law is required in cross-border deals, the firm co-operates closely with distinguished international law firms across Europe, North America and Asia.

Commercial awareness is part and parcel of the practice. By virtue of a strong and dedicated team of business-oriented lawyers, the firm provides exceptional service and specialised legal advice in all areas of expertise.

Areas of practice: PAE Law Office is a highly reputable, full-service Turkish law firm specialising in corporate, commercial and financial law with particular focus on: Mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructurings; foreign direct investments; cross-border portfolio investments; international business transactions and commercial operations; project finance, credit and security instruments; non-performing loans and distressed debts; insurance including coinsurance and reassurance; contract law including industrial and commercial obligations; infrastructure, real estate and construction; hospitality; natural resources including oil, gas and renewable energy sources; employer – employee relations and labour disputes; administrative law, regulated industries, gaming law; litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution; execution, enforcement, bankruptcy and debt recovery.

Banking and finance Kerim Pelister
Banking and finance Emre Keki
Banking and finance Gökhan Enkür
Corporate M&A Kerim Pelister
Corporate M&A Gökhan Enkür
Corporate M&A Emre Keki
Corporate M&A Emre Atayilmaz
Corporate M&A Vehbi Bilimer
Special situations and corporate restructurings Kerim Pelister
Special situations and corporate restructurings Gökhan Enkür
Dispute resolution Kerim Pelister
Dispute resolution Emre Atayilmaz
Dispute resolution Seden Haskarabag
Dispute resolution Cafer Akbayram
Commercial Kerim Pelister
Commercial Emre Atayilmaz
Commercial Gökhan Enkür
Commercial Emre Keki
Commercial Vehbi Bilimer
Projects Emre Atayilmaz
Projects Gökhan Enkür
Projects Kerim Pelister
Project finance Kerim Pelister
Project finance Emre Keki
Real estate Emre Atayilmaz
Real estate Emre Keki
Real estate Vehbi Bilimer
Insurance Gökhan Enkür
Employment Emre Atayilmaz
Energy and infrastructure Gökhan Enkür (oil and gas)
Energy and infrastructure Emre Keki (electricity)
Renewable Emre Keki
Renewable Kerim Pelister
TMT Vehbi Bilimer
TMT Gökhan Enkür
TMT Emre Atayilmaz
Alternative dispute resolution Vehbi Bilimer
Alternative dispute resolution Gökhan Enkür
Alternative dispute resolution Kerim Pelister
Gokhan Enkur photoMr Gokhan EnkurPartner
Number of lawyers : 26
Other office : Sisli (Istanbul)