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The ‘dedicated and highly professional team’ at Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is ‘recommended for complex domestic and cross-border deals’. ‘Standout lawyerMiri Kimhi acts for borrowers in the energy sector and also advises lenders; she recently assisted Israel Discount Bank with its syndicated NIS750m credit facility to Kavim Public Transportation. Avraham Well is another key contact.

Bank Hapoalim is a key client of Gornitzky & Co.; the practice recently advised the bank on jointly establishing with Clal Insurance a NIS8bn fund aimed at making loans to small Israeli businesses. Acquisition finance is a notable strength. Practice head Eli Elya and ‘dealmaker’ Elite Elkon are recommended and Dubi Gross is ‘an expert in international transactions’.

Herzog Fox & Neeman has ‘a New York-like approach to client service’, acting for major borrowers and lenders on transactional as well as regulatory matters. Irit Roth and Natalie Jacobs, who are ‘excellent communicators’, advised Clal Insurance on setting up a fund to provide loans to small domestic businesses. Practice head Alan Sacks ‘impresses with his breadth of expertise and transaction management skills’.

At Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices, practice co-heads Dalia Tal and Assaf Oz recently advised key client Bank Leumi on complex regulatory matters while Gal Feingold assisted the bank with a NIS600m syndicated loan made to Dan Regional Association for Environmental Infrastructure. The Association of Banks in Israel and Phoenix Insurance Company are also clients. Judith Gal-Or is also recommended.

S. Horowitz & Co’s practice, which is noted for its ‘uncompromising professionalism’, mainly acts for lenders – Bank Hapoalim and HSBC are recent clients – but is also seeing an increase in borrower-side mandates. Recent lender work includes acquisition and project finance, as well as trade finance. Key contacts include Clifford Davis, Michelle Liberman and Anthony Bloch.

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) uses its ‘extensive cross-border experience’ to act for international lenders. Practice head Amnon Epstein, who has ‘an impressive knowledge of finance transactions’, recently advised UniCredit, Bank Leumi UK and BNP Paribas.

At GKH – Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co, Ehud Alfassi and practice head Ofer Hanoh are ‘creative lawyers’ that have ‘a great understanding of business needs and regulatory context’. They are key advisers to First International Bank of Israel (FIBI), recently assisting with the merger of two banks into it. Morgan Stanley and Israel Discount Bank are also clients.

Yigal Arnon & Co’s broad client base includes leading domestic banks, insurance companies and pension funds as well as a wide range of international banks. Energy is a sector strength, wherein Simon Weintraub advised Barclays Bank and Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank on the provision of a $225m credit facility to Alon D.A. Gas Explorations. Shiri Shaham and David Schapiro are recommended.

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co advises borrowers – including Gindi Towers Tel Aviv – and lenders, most notably in the context of real estate finance. Yoav Caspi and Assaf Lapid also recently acted for Mifne – Focus Management Solutions on an acquisition finance matter.

Insurance companies and investment houses regularly instruct Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co.. Practice co-head Yona Goshen-Gottstein acted for Migdal Insurance on its NIS900m purchase of a mortgage portfolio from Mizrahi-Tehafot Bank and is advising Meitav Dash Investments on the provision of a NIS70m credit facility to a real estate group.

The team at Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary acts for a broad range of lenders, including Bank Hapoalim, Clal Group and Meitav Dash Investments. In a recent cross-border highlight, practice head Orit Israeli advised Airport City Belgrade on three financing arrangements. Firm chairman Eldad Koresh is another key contact.

Highlights for Goldfarb Seligman & Co.’s practice head Ariel Rosenberg included acting for Goldman Sachs and others as lenders to finance various acquisitions by Altice Group. The team also advised Gindi Group on real estate finance.

Preis, Baharav & Co’s Ronen Baharav has been particularly active and highlights included advising Israel Discount Bank on providing a NIS200m credit facility to a large Israeli private group and assisting Meitav Dash Investments with the purchase of a NIS500m loans portfolio from several domestic banks.

Yehuda Raveh & Co.’s practice head Lisa Tross is a key adviser to Bank of Jerusalem. The team also acts for international clients such as Jefferies International Investment Bank.

Barnea & Co has built a substantial body of work for international lenders. Simon Jaffa is the key contact along with recent hire Zvi Gabbay, who joined from the now defunct Adini, Berger & Gabbay Advocates.

Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co. Advocates’ recent arrivals Doni Toledano and Dan Sella – both of whom joined from the now defunct Zellermayer, Pelossof, Rosovsky, Tsafrir, Toledano & Co. Advocates – advise many corporate clients, including Netafim and Xio Group, on acquisition finance and restructuring matters.

At Hamburger Evron & Co. Law Offices & Notaries, Assaf Englard advises Israeli banks on real estate finance, among other matters.

Lipa Meir & Co’s practice head Yariv Shalom is regularly instructed by key client Harel Group on high-value real estate financings. Mizrahi-Tehafot Bank, particularly its syndication department, and the Manor-Lubinski Group are also clients.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries’ cross-departmental team mostly handles real estate and project finance. Clients include Shapir Engineering and Industry, Phoenix Insurance Company and Bank Leumi.

Shibolet & Co’s experience includes advising several local authorities as borrowers, such as Yair Salomon advising Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality on obtaining a NIS530m loan from Menora Mivtachim.

Steinmetz, Haring, Gurman & Co. impresses clients with its work for institutional investors, including anchor client Menora Mivtachim, an insurance and finance group. Clients also include Alto Real Estate Funds and Egged Holdings. Jacob Steinmetz is recommended.

Ora Dvir heads the practice at Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates, which advises domestic banks, such as Mizrahi-Tehafot Bank, on a range of day-to-day regulatory and transactional matters. Africa Israel Investments is a key borrower client.

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