Norton Rose Fulbright has announced it is forming a new alliance with Turkish firm Pekin Bayar Mizrahi. The international firm's former affiliated law firm in Turkey will continue to be part of its enlarged team.
In 2019, CEE Legal Matters reported that Norton Rose Fulbright had ended its affiliation with attorney Haluk Bilgic in Turkey and renamed its affiliate office in Istanbul, from the Bilgic Avukatlik Ortakligi (Bilgic Attorney Partnership) to Inal Kama Avukatlik Ortakligi, reflecting its new management by Partners Ekin Inal and Olgu Kama. Since then, Olgu Kama left in 2020 and Utku Unver joined the firm's associated Turkish law practice, on October 19, 2020, thus rebranding the firm to Inal Unver Attorney Partnership (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on October 21, 2020). Lastly, Inal recently moved to the IFC. According to a Norton Rose spokesperson, "Unver and our other Turkish law qualified lawyers will continue to be part of our enlarged team."
According to Norton Rose, Pekin Bayar Mizrahi is one of the oldest and largest law firms in Turkey. It was founded in 1946 and is led by Selin Bayar and Ergin Mizrahi.
"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," commented Norton Rose Fulbright Global Chief Executive Gerry Pecht. "We believe that our offerings around the world and Pekin Bayar Mizrahi’s experience in Turkey will significantly benefit the clients of both firms."
"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," added Pekin Bayar Mizrahi Managing Partner Selin Bayar. "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."