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Kerim Pelister

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Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office

Work Department

Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions; Banking and Finance


Partner. Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Corporate Restructurings, Distressed Debt and Non-Performing Loans, Privatisations, Renewable Energy.


Worked at Dentons’ Istanbul office between 2001 and 2006. Served as a board member and general manager of three Lehman Brothers subsidiaries in Turkey between 2006 and 2010. Established the firm in 2010.


English and German


Istanbul Bar Association, Cercle d’Orient Members Club, Levent Tennis Club, Darka Watersports Club, GW Alumni Association, Essex University Alumni Association.


St Georg Austrian High School (1996); LLB, The University of Essex in England (2000); LLM, The George Washington University in Washington DC, USA (2001); Turkish Law Equivalency Certificate, Dokuz Eylul University in İzmir, Turkey.


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office advises on contentious and non-contentious banking and finance matters. The team is headed by Kerim Pelister and Emre Keki, who focuses on project finance, energy finance and structured loan transactions. Gökhan EnkĂŒr is also recommended. Clients include QNB Finansbank, ƞekerbank, Ulusal Faktoring, Merkez Faktoring and RCT Asset Management Company.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office's 'very experienced, hardworking and focused' team advises clients on M&A, private equity, joint ventures, insurance, privatisations, corporate restructuring, and banking, finance and energy transactions, with particular experience in regulated industries. It advised Cigna Corporation and Cigna Finans on its $67bn acquisition of Express Scripts. Other clients include Shell, Vera Capital and Zurich Insurance. The 'hands-on and responsive' Gökhan EnkĂŒr, Emre Atayilmaz, Emre Keki and Kerim Pelister head the team, which has been bolstered by the arrival of Zeynep ƞener from DLA Piper Danismanlik Hizmetleri Avukatlik Ortakligi.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office is adept at handling commercial litigation, trade mark infringements, arbitration, bankruptcy, employment disputes and portfolio compensation claims. Emre Atayilmaz and Kerim Pelister head the team. Seden Haskarabağ is also recommended. Clients include Ralph Lauren, Almodo, Lidyana and Yapı Kredi Bankası.

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Within: Energy

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office's ‘flexible and personal’ team advises on regulatory requirements, project finance, cross-border transactions and M&A, drafting and negotiation of contracts and joint ventures. Gökhan EnkĂŒr led advice to Alpiq InTec on a €723m cross-border takeover transaction. Other clients include Shell and Kummler+Matter. Emre Keki, who gives ‘valuable feedback on a variety of renewable energy projects’, and Kerim Pelister are also notable practitioners.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Leading individuals

Kerim Pelister - Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office handles matters involving distressed debt, special situations, non-performing loans, insolvency and restructurings. It advised Mobiljet on debt refinancing matters including a debt-to-equity leveraged transaction with a distressed debt investor. Other clients include QNB Finansbank, Sekerbank, Merkez Factoring and Cigna Corporation. Kerim Pelister heads the ‘very experienced, always reachable, fast and proactive’ team. Gökhan EnkĂŒr specialises in cross-border restructuring projects.

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