Norton Rose Fulbright strengthens client offering in Turkey through alliance with Pekin Bayar Mizrahi

Global Press release - Firm September 2021

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has bolstered its client offering in Turkey by forming a new alliance with leading Turkish firm Pekin Bayar Mizrahi.

One of the oldest and largest law firms in Turkey, Pekin Bayar Mizrahi, founded in 1946 by M. Fethi Pekin, celebrates its seventy-fifth year anniversary with his daughter Şefika Pekin and his granddaughter Selin Bayar. Pekin Bayar Mizrahi, now a full-service firm with approximately 50 lawyers, is led by Selin Bayar and leading disputes partner Ergin Mizrahi.

Complementing the current practice of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Istanbul office, Pekin Bayar Mizrahi provides Turkish legal services to government entities, financial institutions and international corporations across a wide range of practice areas, including banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, dispute resolution, corporate/commercial and contracts law.

Gerry Pecht, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Chief Executive, said:

“This alliance stems from a shared vision. Pekin Bayar Mizrahi’s philosophy of teamwork, integrity and service mirrors Norton Rose Fulbright’s core business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We believe that our offerings around the world and Pekin Bayar Mizrahi’s experience in Turkey will significantly benefit the clients of both firms.”

Ayşe Yüksel Mahfoud, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Head of Corporate, M&A and Securities who has served as Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Istanbul office since it opened in 2011, commented:

“Norton Rose Fulbright, which opened its office in Istanbul ten years ago, has been advising clients in Turkey for more than twenty-five years. We have a strong track record of collaboration with Pekin Bayar Mizrahi; this alliance is a logical progression of that relationship. As a high-profile, full service firm, Pekin Bayar Mizrahi will greatly enhance our capabilities related to Turkish legal advice and cross-border consulting for our domestic as well as international clients. As evidenced by our deal sheet in the past year, the Turkish market is buoyant with inward and outward investment and capital markets transactions as well as complex cross-border financings and restructurings.”

Chambers Global 2021 recognizes Pekin Bayar Mizrahi as a leading corporate/M&A firm in Turkey, while The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2021 ranks the firm as a leader in Turkey in three areas: banking, finance and capital markets; dispute resolution; and commercial, corporate and M&A.

Selin Bayar, Managing Partner at Pekin Bayar Mizrahi, honored in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2021 Hall of Fame, said:

“With the formation of this alliance, the lawyers from Norton Rose Fulbright’s Istanbul office will be working closely with Pekin Bayar Mizrahi in an arrangement which will foster seamless integration between the firms. There is demand for sophisticated cross-border legal services in Turkey, and we have put ourselves in an advantageous position by deepening our relationship with a truly global firm like Norton Rose Fulbright. We have great professional respect for one another, and we look forward to working even more closely together.”

For further information please contact:

Dan McKenna, US Director and Global Head of PR and Communications

Tel: +1 713 651 3576  


Global Head of Corporate, M&A and Securities