Corporate and M&A

Specialized transactional and advisory services are delivered by our exceptionally business oriented corporate lawyers. Our expertise covers: mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, company establishments, strategic alliances and investments, corporate finance, securities, private equity and venture capital transactions as well as commercial agreements. Clients from diverse business sectors are legally supported, including public and private companies, investment banks, commercial banks, insurance companies, corporate financiers, hedge funds, private equity groups and private individuals.

Foreign and Turkish clients are advised on national and international corporate acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures. Our client base includes global and local groups, as well as family-run SMEs. We work closely with our clients to recognize their priorities, deciding on best legal structures that both meet the commercial objectives and comply with regulatory limitations. Our services cover the entire spectrum of possible transactions, including public and private take-overs, management buy-outs, leveraged buy-outs, and asset deals. Regardless of the kind of M&A transaction, Pelister Atayılmaz Enkür has the requisite expertise.

We believe joint ventures or strategic alliances in every industry require careful structuring and planning from the due diligence stage to drafting of co-operation and shareholders agreements and selecting exit strategies. The issues are often highly complicated and the right legal frame has a positive impact on the transition period of a harmonious business alliance. Our extensive experience and business oriented legal advice helps our clients to achieve smooth transitions.

Pelister Atayılmaz Enkür bundles the specialist knowledge deriving from the close cooperation of lawyers from diverse areas of law. We offer practical legal advice on all the aspects of acquiring investments or minority interests by considering prospective tax issues, investment vehicles and exit strategies.

Privatization of public functions are often conducted by a formal auction arrangement, which requires a formal procedure under the local public regulations. We have advised a number of foreign clients in formal privatization projects which led to successful closings. Our clients have benefitted from our know-how in the legal process of a public institution into a private company by using our innovative structuring models in various industries, such as energy and infrastructure.

As in most jurisdictions around the world majority of transactional projects face challenges under Turkish competition laws. Our corporate lawyers are all equipped with the prerequisite knowledge in antitrust and competition law which makes the team ideal to assist our clients dealing with the competition issues effectively and mitigate the risk of compliance problems. Our team's services include applications and dialogues with the Turkish Competition Authority in all M&A and joint ventures transactions, alleged abuse of dominance and restrictive practices cases, cartel allegations, and other competition challenges. We also represent clients in relation to competition litigation if such case arises.

Thanks to the entrance of a great number of foreign investors to the Turkish finance market, insurance became one of the fastest growing sectors in Turkey. Parallel to the investments, our insurance team has increased its strong track record in this field. PAE’s insurance practice includes: reviewing policies and informative forms; providing advice on the corporate and regulatory requirements applicable to Turkish insurance companies, agencies and brokers; assisting clients with their efforts to comply with the New Turkish Commercial Code; representing clients before the General Directorate of Insurance; preparing official applications to the official bodies; advising and producing training material and company policies on anti-money laundering requirements; assisting clients with respect to their potential bids to acquire a stake in insurance and pension companies; carrying out due diligence work on target companies; providing advice on alternative structures that fall within the scope of non-admitted insurance activities; assisting clients on telemarketing activities which include drafting of telephone scripts; producing contracts and forming structures with vendors engaged in the telemarketing business; and providing comprehensive legal analysis on data protection and other requirements arising from the insurance legislation. Some of the members in the firm’s insurance team also worked as in-house counsels on a secondment basis in Turkish insurance companies.