The Power of Experience

Dr. Murat Erbilen

Partner, Head of Practice

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Murat Erbilen is a partner and Head of the Arbitration, Corporate/M&A and Banking, Finance & Capital Markets practices, in addition to leading the Energy sector team.

Murat’s practice is sector-based, with strengths in financial services, TMT, construction, infrastructure and energy. He advises on high profile M&As, projects and financings requiring his finely tuned regulatory experience and expert-level understanding of new and developing regulations.

Murat has a niche in representing private equity and sovereign wealth funds in innovative projects, particularly in the technology, real estate and retail space. Such clients appreciate his disputes background and highly strategic approach in protecting their future commercial plans. Murat also advises his clients on arbitration in addition to his corporate and banking practice, resolving cases before the ICC and ICSID in particular.

Murat is known for his pragmatic approach and business savvy legal solutions gained from years in-house and in private practice. Prior to joining Lexist, Murat like his fellow partners, spent time in-house as general counsel at a Turkish holding company very active in the TMT sector. Murat brings an understanding of the client’s side to his extensive practical experience.

Awards won by his teams include:

2020 runner up Bonds, Loans and Sukuk’s natural resource finance deal of the year

2019 winner CEE Legal Matters’ deal of the year for the Turkish National Lottery privatisation

2017 winner EMEA Finance best syndicated loan in EMEA for the Northern Marmara Motorway project’s USD2.7bn loan (project value USD8bn)


Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
Financial Services
Disputes & Arbitration




Istanbul Bar Association
New York State Bar
New York City Bar


Ph.D. Yeditepe University – Faculty of Law
LL.M. Boston University School of Law – Banking & Finance
Doctoral research, Columbia University School of Law – New York
LL.B. Yeditepe University


Turkish English