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Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office's team has expertise in distressed debt, special situations, non-performing loans and insolvency. The practice generates mandates from state-owned banks, and other domestic and international financial institutions, as well as international companies. Group head Kerim Pelister is sought out for advice on debt restructurings, cross-border restructurings and non-performing loans.

Practice head(s):

Kerim Pelister


‘The team has a strong corporate and restructuring experience with a pragmatic approach’.

‘The responsiveness of PAE and the pleasant collaboration was very much appreciated’.       

Employment Tier 2

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office handles matters relating to collective redundancies, restructurings, outsourcing agreements, harmonisation procedures, disciplinary actions, employment termination procedures and residency permits. Emre Atayilmaz heads the team. Clients include Ralph Lauren and Almodo.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayilmaz

Energy Tier 2

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office has a particular focus on renewable energy projects, including solar, biogas and geothermal. The practice handles restructuring and outbound investment. Emre Keki, Gökhan Enkür and Kerim Pelister are the key contacts. Clients include Shell, Al Enerji and Enerjisa.

Practice head(s):

Emre Keki; Gokhan Enkur; Kerim Pelister

Key clients


Alpiq Group

Kummler Matter

Al Enerji

Toros Agri

Tekfen Holding

Axpo Holding

Vitus Commodities

Insurance Tier 2

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office is experienced in insurance-related M&A and restructurings, official filings and applications before the Undersecretariat of Treasury (in relation to transactional approvals), regulatory permits, and obtaining and relinquishing insurance licenses, and day-to-day regulatory matters. It also advises on data privacy and insurance litigation. Clients include multinational insurance and pension companies, insurance brokers and support service providers. Life insurance and pensions expert Gökhan Enkür leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Gökhan Enkür


‘The team responded our questions in details which we needed, with clear guidance on regulatory matters’.

‘Gokhan Enkur has a good understanding of the insurance industry and regulatory matters regarding the industry’.

‘PAE Law Firm has a very professional, dedicated and hardworking team of experts’.

‘They are always available, prompt and have a very quick response time’.

‘The coordination and collaboration within the team is excellent’.

‘They are all very knowledgeable, reliable and supportive’. 

Key clients

Cigna Corporation

Cigna Finans Emeklilik (Pension and Life)

Cigna Turkey Life

Lockton Overseas Limited

Zurich Insurance


Lux Actuaries

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office focuses on the hospitality sector, with experience in large-scale projects such as shopping malls, commercial outlets and hotel complexes. The main contacts are Emre Atayilmaz and Emre Keki. The ‘responsive and proactive’ team advised RCI Europe on a hotel project in Turkey.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayilmaz; Emre Keki


‘Very good commercial awareness as well as excellent legal knowledge.’

‘Emre Atayilmaz is responsive, proactive, genuinely interested in our business.’

Key clients


VR Gayrimenkul

Tekfen Holding

RCI Europe

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office advises clients on matters such as structured loans, debt restructuring, project finance and energy finance. Its strengths in transactional work are complemented by capabilities in related areas, notably bankruptcy law and financial litigation. Emre Keki and Kerim Pelister head up the team.

Practice head(s):

Kerim Pelister; Emre Keki


‘The team is results oriented, the team members are fully focus on the task and the project’.

‘They are very professional’. 

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office is strong in corporate matters with a nexus to regulated industries, including insurance, energy and natural resources. In addition to handling cross-border M&A and private equity transactions, its team advises clients on spin-offs, privatisations, corporate restructurings and joint ventures. Gökhan EnkürKerim PelisterEmre KekiEmre Atayılmaz and Zeynep Şener lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Gokhan Enkur; Kerim Pelister; Emre Atayilmaz; Emre Keki; Zeynep Sener


‘Extremely knowledgeable on all areas of corporate law but applied in a pragmatic way’.

‘Gökhan Enkür is always available, always reliable and always has the right answer’.

‘The team is competent and precise in supplying opinions and documents’.

‘Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Firm consists of young but experienced lawyers, providing great M&A services, working side by side with the client throughout the transaction, willing to establish a great story and achievement together with the client’.            

‘Young, dynamic and proactive team, always available with strong interdisciplinary connection across the various departments and practice areas’.

‘A very dynamic team able to allocate resources if needed, high partner involvement’.

‘We appreciated working with PAE’s legal team due to their professionalism and reliability, especially with regard to time frames and other requests of the client’.

‘Their partner-centered service approach helped in securing quality and efficiency at the same time’.

‘Partner Emre Keki has a wide expertise and is attentive for his clients’ needs’.

‘Extremely responsive, almost instantly throughout the process; well experienced in finding legal structures and alternatives; decent business understanding; able to convert business decisions into legal frameworks’.

Key clients

Cigna Corporation

Cigna Finans Emeklilik (Life and Pension)

Hoshizaki Group/ (and its Danish subsidiary Gram Commercial A/S)

Lockton Overseas Limited (and its Turkish subsidiaries Integra and Omni)


Ralph Lauren








AFP Group GMBH and Montana Tec (and its Turkish subsidiary Arimpeks)


Alpiq Intec

Kummler Matter

Elton Group (and its Turkish subsidiary Elton Marmara)



Pine Bridge Investments (and its Turkish subsidiary Ulusal Factoring)



Vera Capital

Asia Pulp and Paper

Zurich Insurance


ANC Nutrition

CCL Label GmbH

Overseas for Water

Tekfen Holding

Sun Chemical

Discovery Channel


Nederman Holding SA

Eagle Burgmann

Axpo Trading

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office advises on data privacy, data protection, cross-border data transfers, and due diligence of business operations and international systems. It is also adept at handling issues related to e-commerce, consumer law and advertising. Emre AtayılmazGökhan Enkür, and Kerim Pelister are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kerim Pelister; Emre Atayilmaz; Gokhan Enkur


‘PAE has good knowledge of IT and telecoms’.

‘Gokhan Enkur demonstrated his good level of experience and background in IT’.

Key clients



Cigna (Pension and Life)



Ralph Lauren


Ulusal Factoring

Pine Bridge Investments

Lockton Overseas Limited

Komet Noatum

Elton Group


Comparex/ Dataserv




Kummler Matter

Dispute resolution Tier 5

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office has a particular focus on portfolio compensation claims which it advises international and domestic claimants and defendants on. Other areas of focus include commercial litigation, employment litigation, trademark infringements, arbitration and settlement procedures, and bankruptcy and execution work. Client sectors include banking and finance, hospitality, food, retail, real estate, construction and energy. The team is headed by corproate expert Emre Atayılmaz, corporate and finance specialist Kerim Pelister and litigation and bankruptcy specialist Seden Haskarabag.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayilmaz; Kerim Pelister; Seden Haskarabag


‘Kerim Pelister and Nzamettin Yildrim are very responsive and flexible’.

‘Kerim Pelister is hands-on, fast, and flexible in providing assistance’.

‘PAE has a very knowledgeable and diverse team’. 

‘Although they have grown significantly, they keep the hands on approach, and you never feel you are left with juniors, who just started the job’.           

‘Kerim Pelister is a very intelligent individual, who has a problem solving approach’.  

‘The team is really good and very responsive and willing to provide innovative solutions’.            

‘Gokhan Enkur is a very responsive lawyer and well prepared’.

‘Senem Sarac has a very good client approach and is available to discuss innovative solutions’.   

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Gökhan Enkür  photo Mr Gökhan Enkür Partner
Number of lawyers : 26
Other office : Sisli (Istanbul)