Pelin Baysal


+ 90 (212) 354 00 53

Bar Admissions:
Istanbul Bar Association

English, Turkish, German


Pelin Baysal has been with the firm since 2006 and has been a Partner since 2013. She is chair of the firm’s insurance and reinsurance and corporate and M&A practices and co-chair of the firm’s dispute management practice.

She has acted as party counsel in and advised on numerous commercial and corporate disputes before the Turkish courts and ICC arbitration, involving M&A disputes, shareholders disputes, joint venture disputes, distribution agreements, compensation cases, white collar crimes, insurance disputes, directors’ and officers’ liability disputes and enforcement of foreign court judgments and arbitral awards.

Pelin advised numerous reinsurers and insurers on all forms of insurance under Turkish Law and advised on litigation, arbitration aspects, as well as coverage issues on policies including general third party liability, professional third party liability, credit insurance, fire all risks, mechanical breakdown, construction all risks, D&O and Bankers Blanked Bond policies. She has also advised insurance and reinsurance companies on regulatory matters. In addition, she is the only listed lawyer from Turkey on Who’s Who Legal (WWL) Insurance & Reinsurance. The publication, which is based upon an independent survey of general counsel and private practice lawyers, profiles the foremost practitioners in the insurance and reinsurance community. They noted that Pelin Baysal is 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 has been involved in various M&A transactions and assisted foreign and Turkish companies to establish joint ventures, drafted and negotiated SPAs, SHAs and JV agreements, conducted due diligence processes and prepared and re-structured numerous commercial agreements. She also assisted global clients in their negotiations with the state owned banks and organizations with regard to different kind of contracts.


Speaking Engagements

Cultural gaps in international arbitration with a special focus on document production, ISTA Ethics Rules for Arbitrators Ethics, Latest Developments and Innovation in Arbitration Conference, Panellist, Istanbul, Turkey, November 16, 2018

Anything taken for granted?, Kyiv Arbitration Days: Think Big!, Panellist, Kyiv, Ukraine, September 14, 2018

Public Policy Exceptions to NYC Enforcement are Statistically Rare in Practice, Kyiv Arbitration Days: Think Big!, Panellist, Kyiv, Ukraine, September 14, 2018

Mediation and arbitration, ABA – Section of International Law ILEX Delegation to Turkey, Panelist, Istanbul, Turkey, May 2016

Enforcement of Foreign Awards Under Turkish Law, ABA – Section of International Law ILEX Delegation to Turkey, panellist, Istanbul, Turkey, May 2016

Subrogation/recourse, Insurance Committee, IBA Annual Conference 2016, Speaker, Washington, D.C., USA, September 09, 2016

Litigation, arbitration and mediation discussed, CDR Autumn Litigation Symposium 2016, panellist, London, UK, September 29, 2016

Insurance concepts for the maritime industry, Maritime and Transport Law Committee and Insurance Committee, IBA Annual Conference 2014, Speaker, Tokyo, Japan, October 20, 2014

Buying an insurance company – what’s the big deal?, Insurance Regulation Subcommittee, the Insurance Committee and the Corporate and M&A Law Committee, IBA Annual Conference 2014, Speaker, Tokyo, Japan, October 23, 2014

What Every Director Should Know About Insurance Cover and Company Indemnities, Corporate Counsel Forum and the Insurance Committee, IBA Annual Conference 2013, Speaker, Boston, MA, USA, September 10, 2013

Report on the substantive project on direct access of insurance by third parties, Insurance Committee, IBA Annual Conference 2012, Speaker, Dublin, Ireland, October 3, 2012

New Turkish Commercial Code, Transparency International, panellist, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012


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


  • 2005, Law Faculty, Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg, Germany LL.M.
  • 2001, Law Faculty, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey LL.B.
  • 1996, Hazım Kulak Anatolian High School, Aksaray