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With expertise in corporate, structured and project finance, Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co primarily advises banks and non-traditional lenders on international and syndicated lending transactions. Practice head Miri Kimhi acts for all of the Israeli institutional investors involved in the $1.75bn syndicated loan for the development of the first phase of the Leviathan gas field. The team also has experience advising borrowers. Avraham Well is recommended.

Gornitzky & Co. is known for its bank-side work in multijurisdictional leveraged finance transactions and complex loan refinancings. Eli Elya and Dubi Gross are ‘committed to the deadlines without compromising the result’ and recently advised a syndicate of domestic lenders led by Bank Hapoalim on the NIS1.9m dual-currency loan to refinance part of BC Partners’ 2015 acquisition of Tnuva.

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s banking team focuses on three core areas: debt finance, financial services regulation, and derivatives and structured products. Alan Sacks manages certain loan arrangements for international investment banks; Natalie Jacobs advises foreign and domestic lenders on ISDA agreements and derivatives; Irit Roth provides domestic regulatory advice to clients such as Citibank and JP Morgan; andMark Phillips handles project finance.

Acting for Israel’s most prominent banks and insurance companies, Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices has a formidable regulatory practice and handles deals among ‘the most complex transactions in Israel’. The team advises The Association of Banks in Israel on legislative initiatives involving antitrust, securities law amendments and fair credit regulation. Dalia Tal, Assaf Oz and Eyal Dotan jointly lead the department.

S. Horowitz & Copossesses invaluable knowledge’ of real estate and project finance transactions, complex refinancing, asset and export finance,e and banking litigation. Michelle Liberman and Anthony Bloch have extensive experience in cross-border finance transactions, and Ehud Arzi specialises in banking litigation. Clifford Davis assisted Pathfinder, as mezzanine and senior lender, with facilities provided to ECI Telecom.

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) specialises in acting for international banks in multijurisdictional financing and distressed debt transactions. Amnon Epstein advised a lending syndicate led by UniCredit and Bank Hapoalim on the financing of a €1bn aircraft purchase, which utilises the market’s first reverse factoring structure. Itai Yonai has experience in structured finance.

Acting for foreign and domestic banks, GKH – Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co has particular expertise in international financial regulations and developing areas such as fintech. Department head Ofer Hanoh and Loni Bahar advise The Union of Israeli Banks on the implications of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

Yigal Arnon & Co has expertise in securities regulation and is regularly involved in some of Israel’s largest financing transactions. Simon Weintraub and Shiri Shaham acted for HSBC and JP Morgan as arrangers of the $1.75bn senior secured loan for the development of the Leviathan gas field. Additional clients include The Goldman Sachs Group, Harel Group and Israel Infrastructure Fund.

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co advises domestic borrowers and non-traditional lenders and has particular experience in real estate and infrastructure development financing. Yoav Caspi and Assaf Lapid have handled NIS3bn-worth of financing transactions for Gindi Towers Tel Aviv’s luxury residential tower development in the heart of Tel Aviv.

Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co. specialises in acting for insurance and investment companies and has expertise in domestic regulation, derivatives transactions, oil and gas financing, and banking litigation. Clients include Migdal Insurance Company, The Phoenix Insurance Company and The Association of Banks in Israel. Yona Goshen-Gottstein and Uri Rosenberg are key contacts.

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary acts primarily for banks and non-traditional lenders in real estate, project and acquisition finance transactions. Additionally, Eldad Koresh and Orit Israeli are advising Bank Hapoalim in forming a new line of ABL financing.

Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co has won significant mandates from major Israeli borrowers and has also started to attract notable lender-side work. Doni Toledano and Dan Sella negotiated large multijurisdictional acquisition finance and refinance transactions for Netafim and XIO Group.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. has experience advising non-traditional lenders and multinational banks on various financing transactions, but has unique expertise in debit and prepaid card regulation and fintech. Ariel Rosenberg heads the department and counts Isracard and Amitim Pension Funds as clients.

Preis, Baharav & Co acts for Israeli banks and major insurance companies and also works for major debt and private equity funds. Ronen Baharav has expertise in financial regulation, asset finance and securitisation. Notable clients include Menorah Mivtachim Insurance Company and Tene Fund.

The team at Barnea handles infrastructure and acquisition finance transactions and advises foreign lenders and foreign subsidiaries of domestic banks on Israeli financial regulations. Simon Jaffa heads the department, and Zvi Gabbay works with clients such as Cyrus Conseil.

Lipa Meir & Co focuses on acquisition, real estate and project financing and has unique expertise in providing true sale opinions. Department head Yariv Shalom acts for insurance companies (e.g. Harel Insurance Group), banks (e.g. Bank Hapoalim) and various funds.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries acts for borrowers and domestic lenders and has particular expertise in real estate and project financing. Ronen Maor acts for the State of Israel in its role as guarantor of the ‘buyer’s price’ housing programme.

The banking team at Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. has advised Israeli borrowers and a variety of lenders on domestic and cross-border financing. Gadi Ouzan handled several lending transactions for The Phoenix Holdings. Alon Ziv, who has nearly 20 years of experience in New York banking practices, joined the team from Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co..

Steinmetz, Haring, Gurman & Co. primarily works for lenders such as Menorah Mivtachim Insurance in real estate finance and refinancing transactions. Manny Gurman and Jacob Steinmetz also act for borrowers and numerous investment funds.

Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates advises Israeli banks and prominent domestic borrowers on large finance transactions. Ora Dvir provides complete and holistic regulatory advice to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and its two clearing houses.

Yehuda Raveh & Co.’s banking team is regularly instructed by foreign and domestic lenders. Lisa Tross has experience in financing transactions in the fields of real estate, infrastructure and corporate M&A.

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