Senior Partner: Sefika Pekin
Managing Partner: Selin Bayar
Number of partners: 13
Number of lawyers: 39
Languages: English, French, German, Turkish
The law firm of Pekin & Bayar was founded by Mr M Fethi Pekin in 1946. The firm has more than 70 years of experience and has one of the largest law offices in Turkey in both size and volume of local and international work undertaken. The firm is located in Istanbul and has liaison offices in various locations around Turkey with 39 lawyers practising in these offices together with more than 20 support staff.
Main Areas of Practice:
Contracts, Corporate, Business, Debtor & Creditor, Mergers & Acquisitions, Commercial:
All issues related to contracts, incorporation, partnerships, insurance, mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, securities, taxation, bankruptcy and insolvency, composition, debt collection, agency law, leasing, franchising law and practice, distribution and licensing agreements, local and international commercial agreements, equipment finance and leasing, property and real estate law, employment agreements, employee benefits. All kinds of litigation and alternative dispute resolution concerning corporate matters.
Banking, Finance & Capital Markets:
Consultancy on the legal aspects of all matters and practice areas involving: domestic and international banking and finance law, international portfolio management, international project finance, individual financial transactions, private banking and international trust work, treasury funding and settlement operations, securities, futures and options regulations, public offerings and all capital market transactions, securitisation, loans. Strong and effective litigation activities for the settlement of all kinds of disputes regarding financial markets.
Litigation, International Arbitration, Insolvency & Bankruptcy:
General civil trial and appellate practice, international (ICC, LCIA, etc) and local arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, general litigation for all practice areas. Criminal law and criminal defence litigation for white-collar crimes.
Foreign & Domestic Investment & International Trade:
Representing foreign entrepreneurs investing in Turkey; the establishment of joint ventures, branch offices, liaison offices, agencies, distributors and subsidiaries; foreign investment structuring in Turkey, representing clients before governmental bodies for investment approvals and incentives; free trade zone operations. Capital markets, financial services, institutional investment, investment banking, offshore investment, private equity, venture capital, employment visas, residency permits, work permits, customs laws, export control and finance, free zones, import and export law.
Property & Real Estate, Leases & Leasing, Planning or Land Use, Construction:
All kinds of disposals and transfers of property, the establishment of real estate investment trusts, liens and mortgages. Commercial leasing, landlord and tenant law, leasehold law, rent review, tenancy law. Building permits, regulations. International and public construction contracts, tenders, and bids, litigation and arbitration, financing.
Government Contracts & Privatisation:
Bid protests, concessions, defence contracts, international bids, public procurement, tenders and bids. Privatisation projects in Turkey, energy projects, telecommunication projects, build-operate-transfer and build-operate projects, opinions and research regarding the privatisation and relevant legislation.
Electricity, natural gas, energy acquisitions, project finance and development, energy regulation.
Intellectual Property, Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights & Competition:
Antitrust and trade regulation, counterfeiting, unfair trade, copyright, patents and trademarks, consumer law. The firm currently has a competition law practice, anti-dumping legislation and case practices.
The firm’s legal services include a range of services such as employment advice,employment contracts, disputes, pension and benefits, personnel policies and due diligence reviews.
Assistance with respect to incorporation of insurance, reinsurance companies, insurance agents, brokers, license applications. The firm also day to day counsel for compliance with applicable legislation.
Communications & Media, Entertainment & The Arts:
Consultancy regarding media law and legislation, broadcasting, telecommunications law, licensing and regulation, satellite law, the press, TV and other communication organs, their establishment and activities, and litigation matters. Music law, video law, publishing, film production and distribution.
Rendering consultancy services regarding the execution, administration and construction of the basis and procedure in respect to telecommunication services, drafting assignment agreements and privilege agreements, obtaining certificate of authorities, telecommunication licence and general permissions
Significant majority of the firm’s client portfolio consists of international companies including multinational corporations, banks, and financial institutions or their affiliates established in Turkey, as well as small business enterprises seeking legal assistance in Turkey.
The firm has a wide range of international experience, including cross-border loans, swaps and other financial transactions, international M&A’s, public offerings, licensing, distribution and franchise agreements, upply agreements, technology transfer and license agreements, real property transactions, competition and trade.