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IFLR1000 Reviews

Overview

Solicitors governing body: Israel Bar Association

Competition authority: Israel Antitrust Authority

Financial regulator: Israel Securities Authority

IFLR1000 ranking categories:

Financial and corporate (published October): Banking; Capital markets; M&A; Project finance

Jurisdiction overview

Israel’s legal system is predominantly based on common law although it incorporates elements of civil law too. When the State of Israel was declared independent an exact date was set to enact a constitution but a codified document has never been produced. Instead, the foundations of the country’s legal system are its Basic Laws, which govern state bodies, the parliament (The Knesset) and some civil rights.

Although geographically part of the Middle East, Israel is isolated from its compatriots in the region due to a longstanding conflict with Palestine, which is supported by other Arab nations, over who rightfully has claim to the land recognised internationally as Israel. 

Israel’s conflict with Palestine has seen Israel excluded from cross-border trade within in the region but further afield it does not have the same problem. Israel has bilateral trade agreements with Canada, the EU, EFTA, Mexico, Turkey and the US. The US, consumes around a quarter of all its annual exports, mainly in the form of pharmaceuticals, a variety of high-technology and cut diamonds. The UK and China are the two other most significant importers of Israeli produce.  

Israel’s dense legal market is diverse in terms of the size of firms but the best known and most active are typically the largest. Herzog Fox & Neeman, Gornitzky & Co, Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co, and Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal are among those with consistent strength across a range of financial and corporate practices. Other firms are more specialised. S Horowitz & Co is renowned for banking work, Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co has two of the country’s strongest project finance and competition practices, for example.  

A fairly recent amendment to Israeli law saw the country’s legal market liberalised to permit foreign law firms to establish branches in Israel for the first time. 

Opening the local office of an international firm in Israel is a relatively straightforward process. The Bar Association must be notified within 30 days of its launch, the branch must employ a lawyer - foreign or domestic - already registered with the Bar and it must have complied with the standard employment, registration and tax requirements for opening any business in Israel.    

Foreign lawyers registered with Israeli Bar, and with its approval, can practice the law of their jurisdiction. Only foreigners with Israeli citizenship or resident status are entitled to requalify to practice domestic law. 

Since regulations on foreign firms in Israel were relaxed, only a few have entered the market. Among the notable arrivals from overseas was Yingke, one the biggest firms in China. It established a soft merger without financial integration with Israeli boutique firm Eyal Khayat Zolty Neiger & Co, which was rebranded Yingke Israel in 2013. US outfit Greenberg Traurig was an earlier entrant, making its move in 2011.

When assessing why foreign firms have not launched branches in Tel Aviv, Israeli lawyers generally concur. Principally, they could not charge the fees they do from abroad in such a competitive market which has no shortage of US or UK qualified lawyers. There are also those who feel international firms are concerned that entering the Israeli market directly could damage important client relationships in the wider the Middle East. 

Consolidation in the domestic legal market has been a trend in the last four years. Goldfarb Levy Eran Meiri Tzafrir & Co and M Seligman & Co was the first major deal. The two firms created Goldfarb Seligman & Co – still Israel’s largest firm by headcount. In 2014 Shibolet & Co merged with high-tech boutique Ben-Zvi. In 2013 Meitar Liquornik Geva & Leshem Brandwin and Kantor Elhanani Tal & Co joined forces to become the Israel’s third largest firm. More recently Tadmor & Co and Yuval Levy & Co merged.

Generally speaking, there is a range of commercial legal work on offer for law firms in Israel. There is a significant amount of cross-border corporate transactional work originating from the US. Mainly inbound M&A but also local company IPOs on Nasdaq, and, more recently, outbound acquisitions by domestic groups. Asian inbound investors represent another active client base.  

Recently, domestic capital markets work has been somewhat limited. Infrastructure project related advice is however a good fee generator, especially in the energy sector. Five years ago there was an abundance of solar developments, and now there have been huge gas discoveries offshore in Israel. 

For smaller firms the most reliable stream of commercial work is M&A and venture capital related advice. Outside the US, Tel Aviv is one of the world’s leading cities for high-tech start-ups thanks to the significant investment by the state in research and development, the proliferation of funding through venture lending and the country’s strong focus on education. A number of firms have built reputations for helping start-ups optimise their businesses and either eventually merging, selling or going public.    

Ben Naylor - EMEA Editor

Financial and corporate
Agmon & Co – Rosenberg Hacohen & Co

Agmon & Co – Rosenberg Hacohen & Co has one of Israel’s leading oil and gas practices. This team advises on all elements of oil and gas exploration, development, distribution, and sales, and financing for projects and corporates working in the industry. Reserve-based lending is another transaction type in which the firm is experienced. In the capital markets area the firm’s practice is involved in innovative and unusual transactions – by Israeli market standards – rather than a high volume of deals.        

In the banking area the firm’s recent deal highlights were mix of transactional and lending work. A few highlights were buy side roles on large loan portfolio acquisitions by two insurers and a large syndication acting for the lenders.

The firm’s recent capital markets deals were mostly issuer side roles on a mix of debt and equity deals. The highlights included the issuer roles for oil and gas clients, including on Tamar Petroleum’s IPO and related bond issues, and a debt issue by Navitas Petroleum.

M&A highlights for the firm included notable deals in oil and gas, including Avner and Delek Drilling’s merger where it advised the controlling shareholder of the partnerships

In the projects space the firm is working on the largest energy projects in Israel, advising the consortiums which own the rights to the Leviathan and Tamar gas fields on all the work related to projects’ development. Recent work related to the projects has included various negotiations for gas sale agreements. The firm is also working on a number of renewable energy projects. 

The firm expanded its M&A practice significantly in the first quarter of 2018. Corporate boutique Arad & Co merged with the firm (giving it an additional two partners and three associates) and a three partner M&A and high-tech team was recruited from Lipa Meir & Co.

Noble Energy, Delek, Isramco, Tamar Petroleum, and Dor are among the firm’s key clients. 

 

Amit Pollak Matalon & Co

Amit Pollak Matalon is broadly active in transactional work. 

In banking, the firm advised Bank Hapoalim on loans to a group of borrowers in one recent deal highlight. 

In the equity capital market area, one of the firm’s interesting deals was Shekel Brainwieigh’s IPO on the Australian Stock Exchange. 

The firm hired Nadia Davidzon from Yehuda Raveh as partner. Partner Roy Niron joined Shimonov.

Key clients include The Nielsen Company, Roth Capital Partners, Clal Group and Arbel Fund and Avner Oil Exploration.

 

Barnea Law

Barnea Law’s strengths are project development and M&A.  

In the banking area the firm represented lenders and borrowers. Moreover, it had good relationship with domestic and international banks. In one highlight banking deal the firm represented Deutsche Bank on financing matters in Israel.

The capital markets team was particularly active on the equity side and had a focus on fintech, tech, pharma and real estate sectors. The firm advised molecular diagnostics company Rosetta Genomics on issuing shares and options on NASDAQ. 

In one highlight M&A deal the firm advised a group of investors led by Viola Credit on the acquisition of Negev Ceramics. 

The project development team worked on projects in transport, energy and oil and gas sectors. In one highlight the firm advised the French multinational company Alstom on the extension of the Jerusalem Light Rail. 

Significant clients include Bank Hapoalim, Investec Bank, Julius Baer Group, Azrieli Group, Ability, Bioblast Pharma and Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation. 

Client feedback

"Very practical and very much to the point." – Banking 

"Excellent, service oriented firm with a can do attitude." – M&A

"Very professional, high experienced team, dedicated." – M&A

 

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz has a good M&A practice. 

The firm has been particularly active in cross-border transactions across a variety of sectors, including healthcare, software, financial services, energy and infrastructure. In one highlight deal the firm advised software company Fireglass on its acquisition by Symantec.

Most significant clients include Kedma Capital, Daimler and Henkel.

Client feedback 

"Great service and the highest level.  Both with respect to professional services as well as personal relationship.  Highly professional, close and personal care.  We've had the dubious pleasure of taking part on an ICC arbitration this past year. The professional legal advice of ERM, along with the out of box thinking is making all the difference." – M&A

"We have worked with ERM for the last 11 years. I chose them because I was impressed by their energy and entrepreneurial spirit that I did not find at other law firms in Israel. They are young, experienced and dynamic.  Their main strength is their international experience after having worked in leading international law firms in London and New York. They have the ability to advise on both Israeli law and English law. Their cross-border experience is unmatched in the Israeli legal market and their clients whom I know, both domestic and foreign, speak highly of them. They are very business minded and tailor legal solutions to high complex transactions. I really feel that I am getting the same quality of service that exists in London and New York. They are top tier like their peers in New York and London, and I cannot think of any difference between their quality of work compared to the international law firms I have worked with abroad. They are business minded and not only legal technicians, and their business knowledge and understanding of each client's sector adds a true value to their service. I must say that they are extremely responsive." – M&A

 

Erdinast Ben Nathan Toledano & Co

Erdinast Ben Nathan Toledano & Co’s strongest transactional practices are M&A and project development. In M&A the team is often involved in high-end deals involving financial sponsors. In projects, energy work is an area where the firm boasts plenty of experience and regulatory expertise. 

In the banking area the firm’s recent standout deals were mostly borrower-side acquisition financings. 

In capital markets the firm primarily had issuer side roles on bond issues, with several for companies in the real estate sector.  

In M&A the firm has worked on high-profile strategic and private equity deals, with a number in financial services, energy, and technology, and mix of buy and sell side roles. A few highlights were advising Permira on the sale of an 80% stake in Netafim to Mexichem, and Sirius on the acquisition of a controlling stake in The Phoenix Holdings, one of Israel’s largest insurers.

The projects practice was particularly active in power (especially renewables) and transport advising developers and bidders on both new and long-running developments.   

The firm’s key clients include Permira, XIO, Psagot Investment House, and Dor Alon.

Client feedback

"The experience I had with the firm is positive. I received legal consultancy services in the field of private electricity procurement. The service was of high quality, and the firm displayed experience and knowledge." – Project development 

"The team is devoted, hard-working, and well respected by the business community and regulators. It performs well under pressure, and finds creative solutions to complicated problems. The team is impressive and its cross-border capabilities are of the highest standard." – MA, project development, project finance

"Their international reach and their depth of knowledge is a huge strength. Our transaction was a complex one, involving non-traditional regulatory, IP and tax issues, in multiple jurisdictions. Where needed, EBN was able to identify and successfully engage with firms such as Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Goodwin Procter to provide additional resources and insight." – M&A

"Main strengths: ample experience in leading cross-border M&A transactions, resulting in highly professional and seasoned legal advice; ability to provide fast and creative solutions for intriguing and complicated legal matters; deep and comprehensive understanding of the business environment and impressive business understanding which is extremely helpful in finding common language and work methods as well as with identifying creative solutions to various problems we have encountered during our operations, which are not always resolved by legal solutions alone; service-oriented, highly responsive and attentive, without compromising the quality; as a relatively small business, I can confirm that I receive the same level of service and quality that a much larger client would have received; the team is very available and accessible and are always glad to be of assistance." – M&A

Yael Ben-Yair

"Yael was very agile and efficient and demonstrated a comprehensive understanding in every legal and commercial aspect in which we were assisted by her. She has managed much of the drafting and has been of great help. She is also very nice and pleasant to work with."

Roy Caner, Kay Gelle and Roee Weinberger 

"All were exceptionally professional, dedicated and made themselves available 24/7, literally - including weekends. They were all thorough and well versed with the material at all stages of the process."

Nadav Olgan

"The experience i had with Nadav is very positive.  I received legal consultancy services in the field of private electricity procurement.  I'm satisfied with the outcome. Nadav displayed the right knowledge for the job."  

 

"Nadav has extensive knowledge of the electricity sector in Israel, and holds a unique specialisation in the local regulation. He is an excellent lawyer, very creative in finding effective solutions to both commercial and regulatory issues. Very well connected to the regulators and other stake holders." 

Lior Oren

"Lior has extensive experience in a wide variety of legal issues and industries. He is very experienced in international dealings and cross-border transactions, and is particularly seasoned in leading deals in Asia. His long term expertise is well reflected in the work being performed on our behalf in the currently contemplated M&A process and in our ongoing work alongside EBN. Such expertise is also demonstrated in his efficient approach and comprehensive understanding of complex business situations which are often provoked by our company's activity, and specifically in the current sale process. Additionally, Lior is highly attentive, responsive and accessible. He demonstrates the highest standards of professional ethics, and has a unique ability to see the bigger picture while considering specific details."

Doni Toledano

"Throughout our engagement, Doni continuously surprised us with his original thinking and creative approach. I can think of at least two situations where negotiations with the private equity firm were at an impasse, and were resolved only due to his quick thinking, depth of knowledge and charisma."

 

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co has broad transactional capabilities in banking, capital markets and M&A and is involved in high-end work in all these areas. The firm has financial services regulatory expertise, and is one of the preferred counsel of Israel’s largest institutional investors.

In the banking area the firm did a decent proportion of its highlight work for its institutional clients, representing insurers as borrowers and lenders in loan transactions. It was also involved in several large acquisition financings, including being instructed to advise the mandated lead arranger and agent on the financing of ADLER Real Estate’s acquisition of a controlling share in Brack Capital Properties.

Recent project finance mandates for the firm were mostly lender side roles, often representing insurers on financing energy projects. The firm also worked for banks on project sponsors on financings for infrastructure development.  

The firm worked on significant debt and equity capital markets deals in the research period. On the vast majority of the deals the firm had issuer side roles, but on Tamar Petroleum’s IPO it acted for the lead underwriter. The other deals included a number of debut bond issues by real estate companies, and several hybrid bond issues, acting for insurers.

In M&A the firm was particularly active for financial investors, advising several insurers on tech acquisitions and representing private equity clients on exits. The firm’s most prominent role, however, was advising Noble on the sale of its stake in the Tamar gas field. 

In the project development space, the firm has been notably active in the transport sector representing bidding consortiums for various large rail and road projects. 

Bezeq, Clal, Harel, and JP Morgan are among the firm’s key clients. 

Client feedback 

"Dedicated, available, committed to the task, responsive, collaborative, strong business orientation." – Banking, capital markets, restructuring and insolvency 

"FBC is a highly reputed law firm in Israel, with strong transactional practice, in capital markets and M&A, as well as unique expertise in regulatory and other areas.  FBC attorneys are very knowledgeable, dedicated, creative and responsive. As noted, Mr. Albeck was previously the General Counsel of the Israeli Securities Authority, and he is among the most prominent lawyers in Israel in the areas of M&A, capital markets, regulated industries, anti-money laundering and white collar crime. Mr Albeck is respected by colleagues, industry leaders, and regulators, as a leading authority in these fields." - Banking, restructuring and insolvency

"We were very impressed with the quality of the team, their insights, ability to execute and consistent availability across time zones." – Capital markets 

"Beyond excellent and efficient legal support, the firm excels in solving the core business issues at hand in a creative manner, and focuses on the most crucial matters to complete the task." – Banking, capital markets, M&A, restructuring and insolvency

"We are very happy with the services provided by FBC. The team is professional and service oriented." – Capital markets, restructuring 

Shoney Albeck

"He is among the most prominent lawyers in Israel in the areas of M&A, capital markets, regulated industries, anti-money laundering and white collar crime, and more. Mr Albeck is respected by colleagues, industry leaders, and regulators, as a leading authority in these fields."

Miri Kimhi

 

"Dedicated, creative, straightforward."

 

Boaz Noiman

"Teir one lawyer. Very professional, available to the client at all times, always meets  deadlines, creative, and solves problems in elegant ways."

Raz Tepper

"Raz is an excellent attorney and gets straight to the point. He sees the business at hand, has a business vision and identifies the obstacles that may arise in advance - legal and otherwise. He and his team are amicable to the clients and the opposite sides. He is a deal maker and a problem solver."

"Quick to respond and provide creative business solutions to legal problems."

 

Gissin & Co

Gissin & Co is active in capital markets and M&A.

On the capital market side the firm acted as a supervisor of Israeli gas partnership Delek Drilling Partnership and protected the public interests in the partnership’s operation. 

The M&A team advised Max Stock on the acquisition of a chain of stores.

Key clients include Polar Investments and Urbancorp.

 

Goldfarb Seligman & Co

Corporate transactional work is a specialty of Goldfarb Seligman & Co. M&A is a particular strength, but equity transactions domestically and by Israeli issuers on foreign exchanges are another area where the firm has substantial experience. In line with the firm’s skill-set, its client base comprises large domestic and international corporations. 

In banking the firm’s recent work was a mix of regulatory mandates for lenders and lender-side mid-sized loans.

The capital markets team has been particularly active for local issuers and US real estate companies selling bonds domestically, and on secondary equity offerings by Nasdaq-listed Israeli issuers. The firm’s main highlight, however, was representing the underwriters of Energean’s IPO.

In M&A the firm was involved in deals in a variety of sectors. Two in-bound standout deals in the pharma and tech sectors were advising Mobileye in its acquisition by Intel and Mitsubishi Tanabe when it acquired NeuroDerm.

Notable recent project work for the firm was concentrated in the transport area, representing developers or sponsors on road or rail developments

Google, Intel, Mobileye, Nice Systems, and Nestle are some of the firm’s significant clients. 

Client feedback

"These guys are great - thorough, clear, conscientious and speak universally very good English." – M&A

"Excellent client management of expectations and first rate advice at very competitive prices." – Banking, capital markets, M&A 

"Excellent firm with good grasp of Israeli law and what is relevant for non-Israelis."

"Excellent work ethic and very driven partners. Danny Dilbary brings a lot of energy, speed and solutions to every deal he is involved in." – M&A

"To my view, what sets the firm apart is its attorneys’ uncanny ability to seamlessly blend legal expertise and business acumen to provide expert legal-strategic counsel without losing sight of the relevant business environment. They are knowledgeable, innovative and responsive, always readily available to handle any matter that may arise. In addition, they are always one step ahead of the dynamic regulatory regime in Israel, and I know I can safely rely on their advice." – Capital markets, M&A

"Firm has an experienced cross border M&A team. The team is reliable, talented, and provides practical advice. Team helps you find ways to get deals done." – M&A

"The firm is always available 24/7 no matter what your question is, and provides a quick and solid response in a professional manner. In their answers they already try to anticipate your next questions and therefore give you more information and advice in advance, which saves your time." – M&A

"They are proficient, the firm gave a big push to their Regulation practice. They have gained capabilities in project finance. Orit has vast and deep relationships in all of the energy sector in Israel, resulting with a real value creation to her clients." - Project development, project finance

"An exceptionally strong team. Practical and insightful. Great knowledge of the local landscape and advice on how to manage the regulatory environment. Well-regarded by its client base." – M&A

Nechama Brin

"Nechama's long years of experience in the capital markets and corporate fields, alongside her sharp intellect, peerless expertise and keen attention to detail, place her in the highest echelon of corporate, transactional and capital markets attorneys in the country. She is an outstanding professional dedicated to the success of her clients, with an uncanny ability to see the broader picture and the long term perspective."    

Nechama Brin, Adam Klein, Aaron Lampert and Ido Zemach

"They are all fantastic to work with. Very personable and responsive. Well-regarded by their clients and great technical knowledge."

Danny Dilbary

"Excellent work ethic and very driven partners. Danny Dilbary brings a lot of energy, speed and solutions to every deal he is involved. Danny can sometimes do with being a bit less menacing on the negotiating table."

"Very professional, responds immediately, and very cooperative."  

Orit Farkash

"Highly reputable, vast array of connections, deep knowledge of regulation."

Gabriel Hake

"Gabi is amazing. A well-respected elder statesman in the Israeli corporate legal market. Handles high level matters for clients both domestically and internationally." 

Barak Pomeranice

"Venture capital transactions are second nature to him. His advice covers more than you asked for and always contains additional legal and business information that might come in useful even in other similar transactions."   

Rami Sofer

"Highly professional, solution driven, and keeps close contact."

Ido Zemach

"Ido is a highly skilled, experienced cross border M&A attorney. Ido is reliable, practical and focussed on solutions. He is also very easy to work with."

Dubi Zoltak 

"Strong client management skills; understands the investment business and can see the important topics out of a long list of legal issues; highly committed to me and my success; and brings the best people within the firm to deliver services."

"Very professional, always willing to help and assist."  

"Professional, accessible, pleasant and very much client and deal oriented."

 

 

 

 

Gornitzky & Co

Gornitzky & Co has good practices covering all areas of work covered by the rankings.

In the banking area the firm was involved in a mix of lending work, including syndicated loans, acquisition finance and debt restructuring. The firm’s roles were a fairly even mix of borrower and lender side work. A project finance highlight was advice to the project company of the IPM Beer Tuvia IPP on funding the development. 

In the capital markets area, the firm’s recent debt highlights were bond issues or exchange offers representing Israeli issuers. On the equity side the firm had issuer side roles on a number of TASE IPOs, the largest of which were Fattal Holdings and Telrad Networks.

The M&A practice submitted a varied portfolio of transactions for this research period. It worked on private equity driven and strategic, mostly in-bound M&A deals across sectors including technology and financial services.

The projects team has been most active in energy, but also involved in transport and utilities projects. The firm’s work included advising on EPC contracts, concession agreements, and exploration agreements often on the side of the developers or sponsors.

Key clients include IPM, Clal, JP Morgan, and Shikun & Binui.

Client feedback

"Working with Gornitzky for the past four years, on two different deals. Very professional and thorough. For things I would have let go they insisted on perfection.  My whole experience was flawless. Very responsive, professional, sharp people. Was smilingly observing the negotiations of every single section of the contract, watching Gornitzky's team elegantly force the other side to comply with our demands." – M&A

"Excellent attention to our needs and timelines. High level of availability at partner and lower levels." – Banking, investment funds

"Lawyers are very skilled and keep up on current developments. Also, they are very responsive and easy to work with." – Banking, investment funds, M&A  

"Very business oriented, good understanding of its client needs at the end very good contracts in favour of the client." – Banking, capital markets 

"Excellent, experienced attorneys with a high degree of motivation, and very pragmatic advice." – Banking, capital markets, M&A  

 Eli Elya

"He is exactly what we need… on time, careful and thorough but also creative."

"Very business oriented, good understanding of the client needs, and has the drive to make the deal happen while giving the client his needs."

Ari Fried

"An excellent lawyer, extremely responsive and easy to work with."

Chaim Friedland

"Chaim is razor sharp, smart and very funny - a very wonderful combination. He is a pleasure to work with."

Eyal Raz

"Consummate professional, understands what the client requires, always prepared, and gives excellent results on a consistent basis."

"Very high communication and negotiation skills. Very sharp but calm."

 

Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg Traurig is active in M&A. One recent highlight deal saw the firm represent BioTelemetry on the purchase of health care technology company LifeWatch. 

The firm hired Ben Adler from Goldman Sachs. 

Significant clients include Orbimed, Intec Pharma and Woldenberg Family.

 

Hamburger Evron & Co

Hamburger Evron & Co has q focus on financing real estate. Recent work highlights include advising Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank on funding three large real estate projects. 

Key clients include Discount Bank and Union Bank of Israel.

 

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman is one of the most consistent firms in the market in terms of the quality of transactional advice it can offer across all practice areas. The firm has significant experience in large cross border deals and a large international client base, but also represents many of the country’s leading corporations and the state controlled businesses on financings.

The firm’s recent banking highlights included large syndications and acquisition, real estate and trade financings, with more lender side work. The firm was often representing international banks, although also worked for Israeli institutions.  

Recent project finance highlights for the firm saw it advising borrowers on funding utilities, energy, road, and rail projects. 

In the debt capital markets area the firm had issuer and arranger mandates on large transactions. A few highlights were representing the joint book-runners and managers of Teva’s public offering of senior notes and advising the Israel Land Development Company on refinancing bank debt through a large bond issue. On the equity side the firm had issuer and underwriter roles respectively on the IPOs of Adama and OPC.

M&A has been a busy area for the firm, which was highly active on public deals. A few of the more notable transactions were advising Adler Real Estate on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Brack Capital Properties, and Aristocrat Leisure on the acquisition of Plarium Global.

Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, ING, Israel Electric Corporation, and HSBC are some of the firm’s key clients. 

Client feedback 

"The team we are working with, led by partner Yair Geva, is excellent, professional effective and practical. Even though they are highly skilled and all of them have impressive background they are all modest and it is a great experience working with them." – M&A

"Great law firm with vast experience and good combination of legal and commercial skills." – Capital markets, M&A 

"Very good technically, and addressing key elements of the deal." – M&A

"Excellent firm, first tier M&A, though less deep than some of its competitors." – M&A

"Technically speaking, I believe the firm's practitioners to be very good in their subject matter areas. In some instances, client responsiveness and understanding the client's needs and moulding to meet those needs can be challenging." – M&A

"It is the biggest law firm in Israel with various fields of operations. All the interactions I had over the last ten years with this firm were at my satisfaction. They have very good partners in charge and the service they provide is professional with reasonable costs." – Banking, M&A

Tomer Farkash and Yair Geva 

"Experienced, professional, effective and practical."

Ran Hai

"Great lawyer, excellent mind, and a pleasure to work with."

Michal Herzfeld 

"Very responsive and on top of things with respect to the portion of the project for which she was engaged." 

Ilanit Landesman and Ehud Sol 

"Very professional, involved in the detail, responsive to their clients and operating a high level staff." 

Yuval Meidar

"Very pragmatic and sensible."

Ory Nacht 

"Extremely bright, and good subject matter expertise." 

Alan Sacks

"A true all-Star at the firm. Responsive and commercially minded - works hard to get a deal done." 

"Best all round lawyer in Israel."

 

Horn & Co

Horn & Co is a strong in capital markets with a particular emphasis on the technology sector. 

The capital markets group worked on a number of sizeable deals. On the debt capital markets side the firm advised Protalix BioTherapeutics on notes exchange agreement. On the equity capital markets side the firm represented Therapix Biosciences on its IPO on NASDAQ. 

The M&A team advised Ioptima on its acquisition by a Chinese life sciences corporation. 

Significant clients include Vascular Biogenics, Pontifax VC, Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Terragenic and Quiet Therapeutics. 

Client feedback

"Excellent boutique biotech and high-tech firm." – Capital markets 

 

Krispin Rubinstein Blecher

Krispin Rubinstein Blecher’s biggest strengths is project work. 

In the project the area the team worked on numerous deals advising in particular transportation and energy companies. The team represented Emek Habacha Wind Energy on a wind turbine construction project. Another standout deal came from representing Canadian Solar on its joint venture with Menora Mivtachim Energy.

Key clients include Israel Discount Bank, Alon Energy Centers, Ramat Negev Energy and Supergas Natural. 

Client feedback

"KRB has supported us on project related work in the energy sector. They have a unique market knowledge and fully understand the client's needs. Small but dedicated expert team - we were very impressed." – Project development 

 

M Firon & Co

M Firon & Co is active in practice areas including M&A, capital markets, project development and project finance. 

In banking the firm represented both borrowers and lenders with an emphasis on financial transactions in real estate projects and infrastructure. 

The firm’s recent project finance highlights include the representation of Harel Insurance Company for the funding of an affordable housing project in Israel. 

The capital markets group was active on the debt and equity sides, representing public companies, investors and underwriters. In the debt capital markets the firm advised Phoenix Group on issuance of debentures.

The M&A team was involved in many sizeable deals, including the privatization of Israel Military Industries assisting Elbit Systems on the acquisition of the company. 

In project development the firm worked on numerous infrastructure and energy projects. One highlight project development deal came from representing Ashtrom Group, Afcon and Flying Cargo on the construction of new army logistic centre.

Significant clients include Menorah Izu Aharon, Direct Insurance Financial Investments, Israel Railways Company, Carmelton Group, The Israeli Ministry of Finance and Gindi Investments.

Client feedback 

"We find Firon a great law firm which is capable of dealing with all legal as well as commercial needs in a most admirable way. The team is very effective and thorough as well as experienced and creative. Great team to work with." – Project development, project finance  

"They are professional and escort you from a-z in the day-to-day life and in the transactions, it is a hand-on department, leading the way and helping us go through. It goes all-around in the firm and we are greatly satisfied with the services.  We are counseled in all-around services in the fields of our ordinary business, mutual funds, portfolio management and financial services. It includes on-going legal advice on day-to-day legal issues and special transactions.  It is without a doubt the leading firm in the field." – Capital markets 

"I work with the firm's investment houses department. The department specializes in legal matters relating to mutual funds and portfolio management that the company provides to its clients.  This is a highly professional department that controls all the extensive regulation that exists in the field." – Banking 

"We work with Firon on many projects on a daily basis. We chose to work with this law firm mainly because of its experience and reputation as one of the top full service law firms in the country. All projects have been active during the past 12 months and required a great amount of legal work in respect of various financial matters, negotiations and transactions with developers, partners to concession agreements, epc contractors, operators, the state of Israel and other institutes. Firon's performance as a whole is simply the best!  As a very large company and a major client we rely on close and professional legal and commercial advice in respect to all of our projects. This requires a whole set of skills on top of our high standard demand for professionalism: full understanding of the Israeli market, commercial and business approach, ability to deal with complex situations under pressure, and the ability to find creative solutions for difficult problems. Additionally, we expect the firm teams to be available, responsive and attentive.  I must say we find all of the above in Firon and we are delighted to collaborate with them. This is simply one of the best law firm in Israel!" – Project development, project finance  

"I have been working with Firon for a couple of years now. The work, being mainly BOO projects, involves financing the projects as well as negotiating with the developers and contractors.  During our period of working together I have learned to appreciate Firon's hard and professional work regarding all aspects of the matter at hand.  Firon's team is well experienced, well familiar with the legal considerations and renders impressive and prompt legal service." – Banking, project finance  

"It is my sincere opinion that Firon is one of the best firms in Israel. The firm's legal work is impeccable and the professional team does an excellent job. Currently, we are working simultaneously on several projects which are in different stages. So, as you can imagine the work is very intense and diverse and requires a strong skill set in different matters. Firon possesses the exact set of skills we need. Firon has shown a great deal of legal as well as commercial and financial expertise, an impressive attention to detail along with seeing the full long-term picture, solving problems before they arise, and by making things simpler." – Project development, project finance  

"We have all-around service in the fields of our ordinary business, mutual funds and portfolio management. It includes on-going legal advice and transactions of acquisition of companies, mutual fund managers and portfolio management companies during recent years. We are provided with personalised service and I think their service is brilliant and top notch. I feel safe with their legal advice and I know I am in good hands which is of great importance in capital markets." – Capital markets, M&A 

Sivan Atias

“Bright, thorough. Has a great ability to control complex and large projects which require deep knowledge in lots of details. Always a pleasure to work with. A real asset."    

Jacob Enoch

"Practically a genius. I have never met a better lawyer - understands technology, a brilliant negotiator, a true deal maker and a creative thinker."

"The best M&A lawyer in the country. Huge international experience, unbelievable negotiations strategist"

"A combination of a seasoned M&A deal maker, a truly formidable litigator, a businessman and a strategic thinker. An absolutely irreplaceable asset."

"He is the opposite of all the problematic stereotypes of lawyers. Sharp, gives direct answers, comes up with out of the box solutions. The best there is."

"The best lawyer in Israel without a doubt - deal maker, litigator, businessman, brilliant all around."

"I referred clients to him on complex issues involving shareholders conflicts, corporate problems and related M&A transactions. He is the best in the country. Pure and simple. One of a kind in devising strategies for negotiations or conflict. Simply a winner." 

Oded Ofek

"Oded is a simply the best you can find in the field. He is wise, knows the regulations and law and he is up-to-date with the ISA, and is recognised and appreciated by ISA staff and colleagues."

"One of the best experts in the field of financial regulation in Israel, with excellent legal analysis abilities and a concise and accurate explanation for every situation."

"He is a brilliant one-stop-shop expert in his fields of practice, integrating a wide variety of know-how in diverse legal fields, and not only on the legal scope of the capital markets. He has a mature, integrated and enlightening look of any legal issue at hand. He is a hand-on lawyer service-wise and greatly devoted to his role."

Tamar Firon-Smorodinsky

"One of the most experienced lawyers in Israel in her field. We have great confidence in her work. Tami has a special way of maneuvering and dealing with challenges which makes her able to reach the best solutions." 

"Very experienced and responsive. Hands-on lawyer."

"She is an excellent lawyer who knows her way in the financial as well as in the business world."  

“She is simply fabulous. Bright, creative, has a great experience in the infrastructure field including financing, which is a tremendous contribution to all our projects. We seek her advice and follow it with no hesitation. In my opinion she is the best lawyer regarding projects and infrastructure."

Timor Pesso

"Timor is a real specialist in the BOT field, as well as in construction and project financing. Timor Is a great help in all our BOT\PFI projects and the financial aspects and advises us in regard to several large real estate and commercial projects as well. He is very sharp, knows to identify obstacles in advance and suggest the right solutions. His experience as well as his modesty and amiable approach help him in closing deals to his client's best interest"

 

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal

Historically renowned for corporate transactional work, Meitar now has – thanks to a merger with a leading banking firm and the lateral team hire of a project finance team – one of the strongest all-round financial and corporate offerings in Israel. 

The firm has good relationships with Israel’s biggest banks and recent work in the lending area for the firm was predominantly lender-side mandates. The deals included loan portfolio sales.  

The projects team was mostly engaged on large financings by lenders financing energy, utilities, road, and rail projects. The firm represented international and domestic banks on the deals. 

In the capital markets area, the firm’s recent work highlights were predominantly bond issues. One of the more interesting deals was Mizrahi Tefahot Bank’s CoCo bond, where it advised the bank. The most notable equity deal was Energean’s LSE IP0 where it was local counsel to the issuer.  

In M&A the firm had roles on a number of prominent deals in the market in the research period. A few of the stand-outs were in the tech, pharma and real estate sectors, with the roles including advising Neuroderm on its acquisition by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma.

Recent project development mandates saw the firm acting for sponsors or bidders for concessions for various transport infrastructure projects.

Energean, Bank Hapoalim, Neuroderm, and Bank Leumi are a few of the firm’s key clients. 

Client feedback 

"Highly professional team. Very responsive. Creative and strategic thinkers. Best in class. True partners trusted advisors." – M&A

"Professional deal making approach. Knowledge of the industry practices." – M&A

"The firm is probably the best in its field in Israel, with the M&A practice being second to none. The firm has deep know how in a variety of legal fields which enables the client a genuine one stop shop treatment. The team is also super attentive and very familiar with the recent developments and market practices. Needless to say, that such level of service or expertise doesn't come without a cost."

"The project team is very good and efficient." – Project development 

"Very professional, multiple experties. I worked with Jonathan Finklestien, Tani Zahavi and Guy Kles, from the project finance team. I've been working with them for a long period of time, before they joined this law firm, since they were part of Tadmor and after that Erdinest Ben Nathan. They are all experts in their field with many years of experience and participation in many deals." – Project finance 

"Very professional, thorough, efficient team. I trust that they will always do everything excellent. Very good service and pleasant to work with." – Banking 

Shira Azran

"Very efficient and commercial lawyer, quick thinker and solution oriented. Mission oriented and sees the big picture but never loses a detail."

Eyal Dotan 

"An excellent lawyer, number one in banking. Very smart, responsive, and professional."

Jonathan Finklestone and Guy Kles 

"Jonathan is very knowledgeable and Guy is very good with details and making sure everything gets properly done. Good client relationship."

Judith Galor

"Very professional, thorough, and punctual. A pleasure to work with."

David Glatt

"I have worked with David Glatt for more 18 years across multiple companies. I have come to rely on his trusted counsel. He is always available and responsive and delivers a high quality work product."

Guy Kles  

"Very experienced and knowledgeable, thorough, and has great commercial understanding."

Assaf Oz

"Business oriented, hard worker with high efficiency."

Dan Shamgar 

"One of the senior partners of the firm and titan of the legal profession in Israel. His trusted counsel can be relied upon for strategic or complicated matters."

“The sharpest tool for the hardest situations." 

Tani Zahavi

"Knowledgeable, experienced, good negotiator, and a deal maker."

 

Naschitz Brandes Amir

Naschitz Brandes Amir has a leading transactional private equity and fund formation practice. It is also strong in capital markets, and active in banking.  

In banking the firm represented both creditors and borrowers in secured and non-secured financing transactions. The banking group advised Check Point Software Technologies on its banking activity with international and domestic banks.

In capital markets the firm worked on a number of domestic and cross-border transactions. A standout deal came from advising aerospace and aviation manufacturer Aeronautics on its IPO. 

The M&A team worked on a high number of transactions with an emphasis on technology, media and telecoms. In one highlight deal, the firm advised a group led by FIMI Opportunity Funds on the selling shareholders of Ormat Technologies.  

Some of the firm’s key clients include Frutarom Industries, iDigital, K3 Investment Management and Gabay Urban Renewal.  

Client feedback

"High quality advice, proactive and very commercial." – IPO 

"Very good law firm. Sharon Amir, Einat Rosu, and Noga Devecseri Spira are the best in the business, although bit overworked and expensive." – Banking, investment funds

 Sharon Amir

"Very good and dedicated."

Jonathan Feuchtwanger

"Very professional lawyer."

Tuvia Geffen

"First-rate."

 

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz is broadly active in transactional work.  

The M&A group worked on deals in various industries, from biotech to defence and real estate. In one highlight deal the firm represented Sevion Therapeutics on its merger with Eloxx Pharmaceuticals. 

The M&A team expanded with the addition of senior partner Michel Ohayon joining. Moreover, the firm hired partners Yohai Hurvitz and Galit Bonet from Mirkin. The project development team added partner Ittai Gross hired from Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal and Gali Friedhof from Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co.

AP Partners Fund, Amoon Ventures, Clexio Biosciences and Teoco are a few of the firm’s key clients. 

Client feedback

"Professional and committed. Fast response and open for customer needs."  - M&A

"Pearl Cohen's strength lies in their personnel. Without exception, they are highly professional, very business-oriented, creative thinkers and are personally committed to their clients. In addition, they have expertise in our field of business and are well familiarized with industry practices." – M&A, project development, Project finance

"High availability of the team and short response time. Excellent understanding of the client needs. Able to suggest creative legal solutions." – Project development

"The infrastructure team led by Ittai Gross and Gali Freidhof is very dedicated, thorough and innovative. The team is highly experienced, with a remarkable knowledge of technical aspects on transportation projects. The team has high level of effectiveness and commercial awareness, very good client service skills and availability. There is no doubt that we are receiving top tier services from this excellent team." - Investment funds 

 

Raz Dlugin & Co

Raz Dlugin & Co’s biggest strength is M&A and its notable experience in high tech. 

The firm advised mature high tech companies and start-ups ecently. A standout deal came from representing social gaming company Playtika on its acquisition of Aditor. 

PolyPid, Rising Tide Games and Nanorep are a few of the firm’s key clients. 

Ron Gazit Rotenberg & Co

Ron Gazit Rotenberg & Co’s biggest strength is M&A practice area. Its recent work has been focused in a variety of sectors, including technology, food and beverage, manufacturing and commercial. A standout deal came from representing Sony Corporation on its acquisition of microchips company Altair Semiconductor. 

Key clients include Milco and CBC. 

 

S Friedman & Co

S Friedman & Co is active in M&A and capital markets..

In one highlight capital market deal the firm represented Matomy Media Group on its IPO on Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. 

The M&A team worked on numerous deals involving companies from China and the US. A standout deal came from representing Overseas Commerce on the merger with a competing companies in logistic services. 

Key clients include KMA Holdings, Gaon Group, Palram and Healeon Medical.

Client feedback

"Very professional legal services. Updated with all relevant regulation. Quick responses to our questions." – Capital markets, M&A

"Excellent business-oriented attitude, problem solving, creativity in solutions, fast response when required." – Capital markets, M&A

"Very experienced firm with great availability and professionalism." – Capital markets, M&A

"Very professional and knowledgeable in Israeli law with an international orientation." – Capital markets, M&A 

 

S Horowitz & Co

S Horowitz & Co has one of the country’s most prominent banking practices for lending and regulatory advice. Its M&A team secures high-end work too, and the firm has a busy projects team which is involved in prominent developments.    

In the banking area the firm’s recent work highlights included a number of lender side financings, including large syndicated loans and export financings, among other deals.

The project finance practice has been active for lenders on energy, social infrastructure, and transport projects including for the Jerusalem Light Railway BOT.

The capital markets team mostly secured issuer side roles on transactions; predominantly bond issues, but one TASE IPO. 

In M&A the firm was particularly active in the healthcare sector and related industries, working on a number of large cross-border deals.

Project development mandates for the firm included advising concessionaire of the northern extension to the Cross-Israel Highway

Bank Hapoalim, Israel Discount Bank, and Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank are a few of the firm’s key clients.

Client feedback 

"Excellent work and service. Very professional team. Amir Assali is a rising star in the Capital Markets practice group. Highly recommended." – Capital markets

"Excellent work have made a thorough examination of all relevant aspects, both legal and business." – Banking, M&A, project finance

"Excellent level of professionalism. Very knowledgeable team. Highly attentive to client's needs and interests. A bit too protective and "regulative". Need to be slightly more flexible in some aspects." – Project development, project finance 

 

Sharir Shiv & Co

Sharir Shiv & Co has broad transactional capabilities in banking, capital markets and M&A.  

The firm’s recent banking highlights included venture lending transactions and syndicated loans. 

On the capital markets side, key industry sectors for the firm were biotechnology and medical services, software, telecom, internet and life science. The firm advised institutional and individual investors. 

The M&A group worked on numerous confidential deals. 

Client feedback

"Extremely professional, honest, putting the customer in the center, very resourceful and with the utmost level of ethics." – Capital markets, investment funds

"Sharir, Shiv's team is outstanding. Galai and Anat provide a level of service I've rarely encountered in my 20-year career. They are responsive, meticulous, responsible, thoughtful, and humble. All you can hope to find, not only in a first class corporate lawyer in the hi-tech sector, but in fact all you could ever hope for in a trusted adviser." – Investment funds 

 

Shibolet & Co

Shibolet & is recognised in capital markets, banking and M&A. 

The banking group advised both lender and borrower clients. In one highlight deal the firm advised Bank HaPoalim and Harel Insurance Company in a syndicated loan.

The capital markets group advised on IPOs and debt financing with a focus on blockchain. On the debt capital markets side, the firm advised Space-Communication on issuance of debentures. On the equity capital markets side, the firm represented a sustainable energy start-up Brenmiller Energy on its IPO on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. 

In M&A the firm had a focus on an array of industry sectors, including high-tech, energy and life sciences. A standout deal came from representing supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems Lear Corporation on its acquisition of EXO Technologies.

The capital markets group expanded with the addition of partners Yoram Raved, Itshak Cohen   Yehonatan and Doron Kviatek as a result of Shibolet’s merger with Raved Magriso Benkel & Co. Partners Yoram Raved, Doron Kviatek and Itshak Cohen-Yehonatan joined the M&A team as a result of the mrger, and partner Alon Ziv also joined the M&A team, hired from Tadmor. 

Key clients include Bancor, Orbit Technologies, Leumi Bank, The Phoenix Holding, Cla Insurance Company, PCB Technologies, Orbit Technologies, 

 

Shimonov & Co

Shimonov & Co has an active capital markets practice.

The capital markets team had a focus on the real estate sector recently. On the debt and equity capital markets side, the firm represented US-based real estate company Wharton Properties on issuance of bonds. Moreover, the firm assisted the real estate company in preparing its IPO. 

Key clients include Hertz Investment Group, American Asset Corporation and Elad National Realty.

 

Steinmetz Haring Gurman & Co

Steinmetz Haring Gurman & Co is active in banking, capital markets and M&A. 

The banking and finance team was mandated by institutional investors to advice on loan transactions and bond issuances. One highlight banking deal came from representing Russian VTB Bank on a financing agreement with a company owned by an Israeli entrepreneur.  

On the capital markets side, the firm’s recent work highlights were mostly bond issues and public offering of equity and debt securities. On the debt capital market side the firm represented Psagot Investment House on its investment in corporate bonds. On the equity capital market side the firm represented All-In-Trade Israel on preparing the prospectus for its IPO.

The M&A team worked on numerous transactions involving corporates, venture capitalists and investment companies. A standout deal came from representing Atmor Industries on its acquisition by Ariston. 

The banking team made the addition of partner Yossi Rosenblum hired from Yossi Avraham. The capital market team hired partner Lital Slutzky from ZAG-S&W (Zysman Aharoni Gayer & Co). 

Yalin Lapidot Investment House, Clal Insurance, UBS Bank, MirLand Development, Nuriel & Sons Group and ANG Group are a few of the firm’s key clients.  

Client feedback

“The law firm is very experienced and well equipped with providing us with highly professional legal services and legal consultation in all M&A aspects, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, insolvency related issues and ongoing corporate matters.” – Banking, M&A  

 

Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co

In the context of the rankings, Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co’s strongest practice is projects. The firm has one of the country’s most experienced, practising specialists leading the team, who is often the preferred advisor of the state for public infrastructure financing and development.    

Recent notable project finance mandates for the firm include advising Bank Lemui on funding the development of a section of the Cross-Israel Highway and representing a syndicate of lenders on funding part of the Ashalim thermosolar power plant.  

The M&A team secured roles on a number of large cross- border deals including advising ICL on the sale of its fire safety and oil additives business.

In project development the firm is working for the Israeli state on some of its most ambitious infrastructure projects, such as Tel Aviv Light Rail, Red Line, Jerusalem Light Rail, and the Red Sea–Dead Sea water conveyance projects.

Bank Lemui, Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Transport, Discount Bank, and Phoexnix Insurance.

Client feedback

"Business oriented, out of the box thinking, vast knowledge of market practices and know how, creative solutions, responsive." - Project development, project finance

"Most recommended, very dedicated and professional." - Project development, project finance

"Tadmor is highly experienced in project finance, infrastructure and syndicated loans. This law firm is our number one choice. They have a dedicated team that works around the clock and is atentive to all our needs in a timely manner. They work side by side with our syndication team, assisting us in loan sales and arranging syndicates mainly in infrastructure projects. They are a leader in their field, and have represented the bank in complex syndicate deals. They have the ability to deliver creative solutions in complex situations. We highly recommend this firm." - Project development, project finance

"Tadmor-Levy is my personal favourite "go to" firm, and my first choice and recommendation when looking for a firm to work with. The partners and associate lawyers that we work with are professional, highly responsive and service oriented. I am able to find all the knowledge needed among the partners on the deal, and find the advice provided both sound and creative. In terms of pricing I think that they are competitive, and know how to offer attractive packages for clients who channel a lot of work in their direction." – M&A

"The work with Tadmor & Co, especially with the head of the team Noa Meidan, is highly appreciated. The team is very professional with deep understanding of issues related with PPP projects. In our case the work also entails understanding of international relations because of the nature of the project. The team is very responsive to our needs and the work is very satisfactory both on the professional and timing levels." - Project development, project finance

"Very professional, efficient and trustworthy." – M&A

 

Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co

Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co’s biggest strength is M&A and it has a focus on the technology and pharmaceutical industries. 

A standout deal came from representing high-tech capital equipment producers Orbotech on its acquisition by KLA-Tenor.

Key clients include Teva Pharmaceutical, ADVA Optical Networking and NextNine.

 

Vinograd & Co

Vinograd & Co is active in capital markets, especially on the debt side. 

The firm advised domestic and international clients recently. In highlight deals the firm represented Excellence and Menora Insurance on bond issuances. 

Key clients include Insurance Linked Securities Fund, Psagot Investment House and Meitav-Dash Investment House.

 

Weksler Bregman & Co

Weksler Bregman & Co is active in banking, capital markets and M&A.

The capital markets group worked on deals on the debt and equity side. On the equity capital market side, the firm represented El-Mor Electric Installation & Services on its IPO. On the debt capital market side, the firm represented Africa Israel Residences on its debt settlement. 

The M&A group often worked for buyers recently and was involved in retail sector deals. In one highlight the firm advised Zara-Gottex Group on franchise agreements. 

Significant clients include the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, RAPAC Communications & Infrastructure, Matrix and Collection SOHO.

 

Yigal Arnon & Co

Yigal Arnon & Co has good practices for all areas of work covered by the rankings. The firm has notable experience in high-tech M&A and energy project financing. The firm is often mandated by international investment banks to advise on large syndications or as arrangers on bond issues. 

A lending highlight saw the firm represent the mandated lead arrangers financing BC Partners’ acquisition of Keter.

Recent project finance highlights for the firm included advising the banks providing financing for two of Israel’s largest gas field developments. 

In the capital markets area, a clear highlight was the firm’s role for the lead underwriters of a private placement of senior secured notes issue by Delek and Avner. 

The M&A practices has been busy across a range of sectors, with high-tech featuring prominently, but its two standout deals were advising Intel on its acquisition of Mobileye and Mexichem on its acquisition of Netafim. 

Key clients of the firm include Barclays, Bezek, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, and Israel Corporation. 

Client feedback 

"Very good and practical connection between law and business." – Capital markets, M&A

"Very professional and makes the client feel he is in good hands." – Capital markets, M&A

"A firm with many areas of expertise, a highly professional and cohesive team. Gives the feeling that the whole firm works for you." – Insolvency, M&A

"We have chosen to work with them because we recognise and have benefited from their expertise in tender law and infrastructure projects, especially in the transportation sector, and their excellent track record of providing professional legal services on the highest level.  The team is professional, easy to work with, efficient and trustworthy. We value their expertise in all facets of infrastructure projects and their professional demeanour, in particular in the transportation sector, tender law and project finance. Furthermore, the team we are working with is skilful and service oriented. We appreciate Doronâ's highly practical approach that enables us to achieve its objectives in an optimal manner. He has an in-depth understanding and broad experience in all legal and commercial matters relating to infrastructure projects and tender law in Israel." – Project development  

"Exceptional customer relations. Great strategy advisory, in depth business and legal involvement in all deals." – Capital markets, M&A

 Gil Oren

"Professional, kind, a thinker, and experienced."

Ronit Amir Yaniv 

"She is highly professional and familiar with the company I work for. Leads the company's antitrust field and provides fast service even if it is not provided directly by her."  

Ezra Gross 

"A very efficient and convenient contact. Ezra excels in commercial and international engagements."

David Shapiro

"Excellent business strategy and legal advisory in structuring a deal. Exceptional relationships with the customer and outstanding communication with the other party."

Shiri Shaham

 

"Very professional, lots of knowledge and experience, well respected by others."

Doron Tamir

"Doron is valuable member of our team. Highly experienced, communicative, professional, and target oriented."

 

Yossi Avraham & Co

Yossi Avraham & Co

Yossi Avraham & Co is active in capital markets and M&A. 

The capital markets group worked on IPOs and secondary offerings and bond issues recently. The firm represented Kardan Israel in all of its capital markets activities, including its transformation to a private company. On the debt side, the firm assisted Universal Transportation Solutions on many different capital markets matters, including bond issuances. 

In M&A the firm was active in the high-tech, real estate, automotive and infrastructure sectors. In one highlight deal the firm represented Delek on selling shares to a third party.  

Significant client include Mediterranean Towers, Brimag Digital Age, Linkury and Urban Pulse.  

Client feedback

"The firm is professional, service oriented, and well known for their specialization. I was very pleased with the service provided." – Banking, project finance, restructuring 

"Yossi Avraham & Co represents us since we started the company, and provides assistance with regard to corporate, M&A and commercial aspects. With regard to assessment of the firm's work, I do believe that the fact that we are working with the law firm for 25 years answers how we assess its work. We work with Dudi Cohen in the firm, and for us he is a partner for all legal questions regarding our business."  – Banking, restructuring 

 

Yossi Levy & Co

Yossi Levy & Co’s biggest strength is project finance. Recent deals in the area for the firm were mostly on financing infrastructure. A standout deal came from representing Bank Hapoalim as the lead arranger of the senior debt for the Cross Israel Northern Highway project.

Significant clients include Timna Airport, Psagot Investment House and PSP Investment.

Client feedback

“Very professional, well established in the industry with strong local connections.” – Project finance

Uri Mandel

"Brilliant lawyer - one of the best in his field. Knowledgeable and very dedicated to his job."

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