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 dispute management, insurance/reinsurance and employment, and co-chair of corporate and M&A practices.

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 has acted for numerous reinsurers and insurers with respect to various types of insurance under Turkish law, and advised on the litigation and arbitration aspects thereof. She is also experienced in handling coverage issues with respect to different types of policies including, but not limited to, general third-party liability, professional third-party liability, credit insurance, fire all-risks, mechanical breakdown, construction all-risks, D&O and Bankers Blanket Bond policies. She regularly advises global insurance companies with regard to their entry in the Turkish market, and assists insurance companies on regulatory matters, particularly compliance. She advises national and international insurance and reinsurance companies on the localisation of insurance and reinsurance policies in Turkey. She has vast experience in insurance litigation and arbitration. 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.

Pelin regularly advises clients on employment termination issues, and conduct full aspects of re-structuring and reorganisation of workforce for enterprises.


Speaking Engagements

Recent Developments on Dispute Management in Turkey and Comparison With Other Jurisdictions, Gün + Partners Webinar, Speaker, 25.11.2020

Recent Developments About Dispute Management in Turkey and Comparison With Selected Jurisdictions, IBA and Gün + Partners Webinar - IBA 2020 Virtually Together, Speaker, 25.11.2020

Current Developments in Employment Law Under COVID-19, Gün + Partners Webinar, Moderator, 14.05.2020

Legal Effects of Coronavirus on Businesses, Gün + Partners and Çukurova SIFED Webinar, Speaker, 10.04.2020

What Should an Arbitrator Do When Counsel Fail to Fulfil Their Job? Legal500 and ISTA - Turkey Disputes Summit 2019, Panellist, Istanbul, Turkey, 05.12.2019

Dispute resolution: Preventing and Resolving Disputes Efficiently, Gün + Partners, Ukrainian Arbitration Association, International Turkish Ukrainian Business Association and Integrites - Turkish-Ukrainian Infrastructure Forum: Creating Opportunities Together, Panellist, Kyiv, Ukraine 13.11.2019

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, 16.11.2018

Document Production (Including Government Parties): The Good or the Evil?, Ukrainian Arbitration Association - Kyiv Arbitration Days: Think Big!, Panellist, Kyiv, Ukraine, 14.09.2018

Public Policy Exceptions to NYC Enforcement are Statistically Rare in Practice, Ukrainian Arbitration Association - Kyiv Arbitration Days: Think Big!, Panellist, Kyiv, Ukraine, 14.09.2018

Mediation and Arbitration, ABA - Section of International Law ILEX Delegation to Turkey, Panellist, Istanbul, Turkey, 01.05.2016

Enforcement of Foreign Awards Under Turkish Law, ABA - Section of International Law ILEX Delegation to Turkey, Panellist, Istanbul, Turkey, 01.05.2016

Subrogation/Recourse, IBA - Annual Conference 2016, Speaker, Washington, DC, USA, 22.09.2016

Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation, CDR - Autumn Litigation Symposium 2016, Panellist, London, UK, 29.09.2016

Buying an Insurance Company – What’s the Big Deal? IBA - Annual Conference 2014, Speaker, Tokyo, Japan, 23.10.2014

Insurance Concepts for the Maritime Industry, IBA - Annual Conference 2014, Speaker, Tokyo, Japan, 20.10.2014

What Every Director Should Know About Insurance Cover and Company Indemnities, IBA - Annual Conference 2013, Speaker, Boston, MA, USA, 10.10.2013

Report on the Substantive Project on Direct Access of Insurance by Third Parties, IBA - Annual Conference 2012, Speaker, Dublin, Ireland, 03.10.2012

New Turkish Commercial Code, Transparency International Turkey, Panellist, Istanbul, Turkey, 01.09.2012


  • 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