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Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office
EBULULA MARDIN CAD, AKATLAR MAYA SITESI
PAE BINASI (Z BLOK), AKATLAR
34335 ISTANBUL
Turkey

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office has a strong focus on restructuring work, with notable capabilities across areas including distressed debt, non-performing loans, and financial restructurings. Key clients include local corporate borrowers, and international financial institutions acting as lenders. Lead partner Kerim Pelister is a specialist in restructuring law on both the corporate and financing side, and is adept in acting for international clients. Gökhan Enkür takes the lead on corporate restructurings, distressed transactions, and spin-outs, including a number of cross-border arrangements, while Fazil Ciftci focuses on foreclosure and bankruptcy proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Kerim Pelister; Fazil Ciftci; Gokhan Enkur

Key clients

Sekerbank

QNB Finansbank

Vitus Commodities

RCT Asset Management Company

Yapi Kredi Bank

Yapi Kredi Leasing

Enerjisa

QNB Finans Finansal Kiralama

Türkiye Halk Bankası

Employment Tier 2

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office advises well-known international clients such as Ralph Lauren on a range of Turkish legal issues, including contracts, outsourcing agreements, restructurings, and termination proceedings. With a client base consisting mainly of foreign-domiciled companies active in Turkey, the firm is also active in work permit applications and residency issues for international employees. The team is led by corporate and employment specialist Emre Atayılmaz.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayilmaz

Testimonials

Very knowledgeable and thorough. Good business understanding.

Highly responsive team.

Speed of response, precision, clarity and nice to deal with.

High level of availability.’

Key clients

Ralph Lauren

United Textiles Company

Almodo

Primodan

Arimpeks

Lamberti

Elton

Energy Tier 2

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office advises major energy companies and investors, including Shell and Vitus Commodities, on a range of operational, regulatory, and transactional matters, including electricity generation projects, restructurings, and rooftop solar developments. The firm's strength in regulated sector M&A also lends itself to strong capabilities in energy transactions, including cross-border deals in renewable energy, oil & gas, and natural resources. The team is led by Emre Keki and Gökhan Enkür, transactional and corporate specialists who work with a range of energy and private equity clients, advising on major deals and all relevant regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Emre Keki; Gokhan Enkur

Testimonials

The PAE energy team stands out with their technical expertise and their ability to extend a service that covers in-depth market knowledge. PAE also assisted us in outbound renewables’ projects.

Emre Keki is the go-to lawyer when it comes to renewable energy projects. He has taken the lead in a number of our projects and referred us to other valuable contacts.

Key clients

Shell

Alpiq Group

Kummler Matter

Tekfen Holding

Toros Agri

Al Enerji

Axpo Holding

Insurance Tier 2

Gökhan Enkür oversees the insurance practice at Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office, which advises clients including insurers and pension companies, insurance brokers, and support service providers. The team handles a range of corporate issues, most notably transactions and post-transactional regulatory filings, establishing insurance operations in Turkey, and advising on compliance with non-admitted insurance activities.

Practice head(s):

Gokhan Enkur

Testimonials

‘Attentive, a high degree of meticulousness.

PAE law Office offers a sophisticated service with all partners demonstrating high expertise.

Gökhan Enkur is a trustworthy professional, building long term dependable business relationships.

Key clients

Cigna Corporation

Cigna Finans Emeklilik (Pension and Life)

Cigna Turkey Life

Lockton Overseas Limited

Omni Insurance Brokerage

Integra Insurance Brokerage

Guy Carpenter (Marsh & McLennan Group Companies) Insurance Brokerage

Airbnb

ACWA Energy

Real estate and construction Tier 2

With a strong focus on the hospitality sector, Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office acts for major international hotel brands on commercial leasings, site acquisitions and developments, alongside acting for corporates in the retail sector on shopping mall developments and commercial outlets. The team, which is led by commercial real estate specialist Emre Atayılmaz and corporate transactional counsel Emre Keki, handles transactions including portfolio acquisitions, land purchases and procurements, alongside administrative and regulatory issues spanning zoning law, due diligence and real estate regulations.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayılmaz; Emre Keki

Key clients

RCI

Avantgarde Hotels

VR Gayrimenkul

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office advises banks, corporates, and financial institutions on a range of transactional and structuring matters, with particular strength in the restructuring and sale of non-performing loan portfolios. Accordingly, the practice also acts in financial litigation proceedings. The team is jointly led by Kerim Pelister, who specialises in restructuring and corporate finance, alongside Emre Keki, who has particular expertise in acting on cross-border project financing mandates.

Practice head(s):

Kerim Pelister; Emre Keki

Key clients

QNB Finansbank

Turkiye Halk Bankası

Sekerbank

International Finance Corporation

Credit Suisse

Yapi Kredi Bank

Yapi Kredi Leasing

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office specialises in M&A involving regulated industries, including insurance, energy, heavy industrials, and natural resources. Clients include Turkish corporates and overseas investors, with international joint ventures also a regular source of work for the team. Gökhan EnkürKerim PelisterEmre Atayilmaz, and Emre Keki are key figures in the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Gokhan Enkur; Kerim Pelister; Emre Atayilmaz; Emre Keki

Testimonials

‘Their responsiveness, together with their dedication makes it a very enjoyable working experience.’

Friendly atmosphere, prompt and to-the-point service.’

Gokhan Enkur is one of the most dedicated lawyers I’ve ever worked with. He understands the client’s objectives.’

Hands-on approach from all levels of the company, including partners and owners. Great experience. Very solution-oriented.’

Emre Keki has wide expertise and excellent understanding of legal concepts and their translation into other jurisdictions.’

Very qualified and disciplined team with strong communication skills.

Gokhan Enkur is really one of kind. Highly intelligent and forward thinking, anticipating several steps ahead combined with high legal skillset both in Turkey and internationally. Great to have on board in tough negotiations.

Kerim Pelister is one of the best corporate lawyers I have worked with in my career. Highly trustworthy and an all-around excellent and very experienced lawyer.

Key clients

Cigna Corporation

Cigna Finans Emeklilik (Life and Pension)

Hoshizaki Group

Lockton Overseas

Shell

AFP Group

SIFI S.p.A

Koc Holding

Tekfen Holding

Elton Group

Kummler Matter

Nederman Holding

Alpiq Intec

Vera Capital

Hapimag

Ralph Lauren

Expedia

Hotels.com

Dyson

Vodafone

Lamberti

Pine Bridge Investments

Terex

SoftwareOne

Asia Pulp and Paper

Datalogic

ANC Nutrition

Teknasyon Yazilim

CCL Label GmbH

Overseas for Water

Sun Chemical

Discovery Channel

Vibracoustic

Eagle Burgmann

Noatum

Atotech

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office advises domestic and international corporates on compliance with Turkish data law, including data protection strategy, responding to data breaches, and risk management. The firm also supports businesses engaged in IT projects. The practice is led by corporate partners Emre AtayılmazGökhan Enkür, and Kerim Pelister, who act for clients in a variety of industries, including retail, energy, and tech innovation.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayilmaz; Gokhan Enkur; Kerim Pelister

Testimonials

We are working closely with Gokhan Enkur. We are very happy with his services.’

Easy to approach, quick and accurate responses.

Key clients

United Textiles Company (UTG)

Almodo

Ulusal Factoring

Terex

Datalogic

Cigna (Pension and Life)

Shell

Sanofi

Ralph Lauren

Pine Bridge Investments

Lockton Overseas Limited

Natixis

Airbnb

Komet Noatum

Elton Group

Comparex/ Dataserv

Collecturk

Adeo

Rebul

Dispute resolution Tier 5

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office represents major Turkish energy companies and financial services providers, in commercial litigation, arbitration, and employment disputes, with a particular strength in bankruptcy-related work. The practice is led by corporate-focused lawyers Emre AtayılmazKerim Pelister and Fazil Ciftci.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayilmaz; Kerim Pelister; Fazil Ciftci

Testimonials

The core team’s knowledge of the industry and the legal practices are exceptional. The partners’ hands-on approach is remarkable.

I have never met a lawyer as detailed oriented as Emre Keki.

Focused on feasible and practical solutions rather than wasting time in more legal process, good balance between business and legal activities.

Kerim Pelister is very open minded and solution oriented.

Key clients

Enerjisa

Yapi Kredi Bank

Yapi Kredi Leasing

RCT Asset Management Company

Norm Ambalaj

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