Pelin Baysal > Baysal & Demir > Istanbul, Turkey > Lawyer Profile

Baysal & Demir
Büyükdere Cad. No: 201/87
34394 Şişli

Work Department

Arbitration, Litigation, Insurance & Reinsurance, Commercial, Corporate & M&A




Pelin Baysal is a founding partner of Baysal & Demir Law Firm.

She has over 15 years of experience in advising and representing companies and state-owned entities across a broad range of industries. She has extensive experience in international arbitrations and cross-border litigations, including many multi-hundred-million-dollar disputes, under different applicable laws. She has acted as a legal expert on matters of Turkish law in various foreign court proceedings. She also has broad experience in the recognition and enforcement of foreign court decisions and arbitral awards in Turkey.

Her practice focuses on construction, insurance and reinsurance, M&A, distribution agreements and infrastructure disputes. She has been involved in disputes concerning almost all of the largest construction projects in Turkey of the last decade. Many clients in the financial services sector have trusted her to represent their interests before arbitral tribunals and Turkish courts to collect their receivables under different contracts. She has been recognised as a star by Euromoney Benchmark Litigation for years on international arbitration, insurance and commercial transactions.

Her insurance and reinsurance practice is particularly distinguished. She has vast experience in handling coverage issues on almost all policy types, including construction all risk, fire all risk, third party liability, professional liability, credit insurance and bankers’ blanket bond policies. She is the only lawyer from Turkey listed in Who’s Who Legal Insurance and Reinsurance. She is noted as highly sought after by clients, who commend her ‘sharp and comprehensive analysis’ as well as ‘the clarity of her advice’ when it comes to insurance disputes.

Pelin is also involved in various M&A transactions, has negotiated and drafted agreements, and has assisted her clients in real estate transactions. Chambers Europe Corporate ranked her as an up-and-coming lawyer in 2021.

Pelin has been repeatedly praised in all leading professional directories and is described as ‘highly motivated and hard-working to best represent the client’s interests’. She is considered ‘a very strong analytical lawyer’ and has earned praise for her ‘highly pragmatic and solution-oriented support coupled with precise knowledge and understanding of the case’. Clients applaud her ‘very close relationship with the companies [for which] she provides service’, and she ‘goes the extra mile to be successful for her clients’.


English, German


International Insurance Law Association (AIDA)
The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
Transparency International Turkey
International Bar Association, Secretary of Insurance Committee (2012-2017)


Ruprecht–Karls University, Law Faculty, Heidelberg, Germany, LL.M (2005)
Ankara University, Law Faculty, Turkey, LL.B. (2001)

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Insurance

(Leading individuals)

Pelin BaysalBaysal & Demir

Established in 2021, Baysal & Demir represents clients in numerous industry sectors with expertise in insurance and reinsurance. The team represents reinsurers in arbitrations and litigation while also advising on policy interpretation. On the non-contentious side, the firm supports local insurance companies with regulatory investigations, organisational restructuring implementation and regulatory compliance matters. Practice head Pelin Baysal is experienced in disputes relating to professional liability, air freight losses and construction all risk policies. Associate Ilgaz Önder  specialises in policy and reinsurance coverage.

Turkey > Dispute resolution

(Firms to watch)

Founded in March 2021, boutique firm Baysal & Demir is led by Pelin Baysal and represents companies and state-owned entities across a broad range of industries.