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Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co. has a reputation for leading ‘complex and cutting-edge transactions’. Uri Rosenberg acted for Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration in the first-ever public bond issuance by public LPs. Shirel Guttman-Amira advised Tamar Petroleum on its combined NIS3bn issuance of debt and equity; the shares were offered to institutional investors and included a 144A-compliant offering.

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co advises some of Israel’s most prominent issuers and global underwriters on international securities transactions. Practice head Avraham Well handled a series of public bond offerings for Israel’s first traded REIT. Miri Kimhi and Vered Oren assisted OPC Energy with its IPO.

GKH – Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co is instructed in debt and equity transactions registered for trading domestically and abroad. The team has particular expertise in debt arrangements and recently assisted Azrieli Group with a series of bond issuances totalling NIS5bn. Aya Yoffe and Yuval Eden advised Novolog on its IPO – among the largest on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) in 2017.

One of the strongest firms’ in Israel’s capital markets space, Goldfarb Seligman & Co. has an especially ‘good reputation in international equity transactions’. Of note, Gabriel Hake has developed unique expertise in merging Israeli tech companies with Australian public companies and initiating offerings on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Nechama Brin, Ashok Chandrasekhar and Amir Tzafrir are key contacts.

Gornitzky & Co. fields a ‘highly experienced and highly knowledgeable’ team that has been involved in a number of standout equity deals in 2016-2017. Indeed, Chaim Friedland advised Jefferies, and Cowen and Company on UroGen Pharma’s IPO on Nasdaq – the first major underwritten IPO of an Israeli company in the US since 2015. Yair Shiloni is also noted.

By some clients’ measure, Herzog Fox & Neeman is ‘the best team available for complex capital markets transactions’. Acting for issuers and underwriters, the group has expertise in complex equity-driven M&A and capital markets regulation. Ehud Sol and Ilanit Landesman Yogev advised a consortium of international and domestic underwriters on three debt offerings by Teva totalling $22bn.

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices’ capital markets department consists of domestic and international experts with experience in acting for issuing companies and financial institutions. Yael Weiss advised Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot on a unique private placement of contingent convertible bonds totalling NIS417m. Clifford Felig, Yoav Nahir and Dan Shamgar are additional contacts.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. is an active player in the domestic capital markets, but stands out for its debt and equity work on foreign exchanges. Tuvia Geffen advised Plus500 on its $131m secondary placement on London’s AIM. Jonathan Feuchtwanger heads the domestic capital markets practice and Sharon Amir assisted Aeronautics with its NIS1bn TASE IPO.

Shimonov & Co. - Law Firm is ‘simply phenomenal’. The firm is active in capital markets-driven M&A and has experience assisting foreign issuers with their TASE listings. Indeed, the team advised Wharton Properties on an IPO prospectus and a shelf prospectus comprising NIS900m AA-rated notes. Israel Shimonov is ‘highly praised by the Israeli SEC’ and Amir Bartov joined from Lipa Meir & Co in 2017.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries’ capital market practice is ‘up to date on all securities law and regulation’ and regularly advocates before the Knesset on behalf of clients. Udi Efron assisted Direct Finance with a securitised consumer loan offering. Oded Ofek is a ‘premier expert’ in mutual funds and exchange-traded notes.

The team at S. Horowitz & Co handles debt and equity transactions domestically and in foreign markets. Led by Amir Assali and Guy Firer, the team advised Minrav Holdings on a series of public and private debt offerings and assisted Minrav Projects with its NIS132m IPO.

Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. has experience acting for domestic corporates and listed foreign clients on debt and equity issuances on the TASE. Moshe Ne’eman advised Space-Communication on a NIS246m offering of convertible debentures, while Adi Zaltzman acted for Brenmiller Energy in its NIS45m IPO. The legacy Shibolet firm merged with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co at the end of 2017.

Yigal Arnon & Co advises issuers and underwriters and has been increasingly active handling transactions on foreign exchanges. Shiri Shaham advised the lead underwriters on the first-ever planned IPO of an Israeli company on the HKEX. David Schapiro has expertise in cross-border securities transactions with the US. Gil Oren is another contact.

Deploying a strong securities regulation practice, Katzenell Dimant represents clients before the ISA and advises the TASE on regulatory proceedings against its members. Additionally, Ran Dimant advised Dollar Triple A on its IPO and subsequent NIS500m public structured bond offering.

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz’s combined Israel-US capital markets team specialises in acting for dual-listed companies in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Ilan Gerzi’s dual-listed clients include BiondVax Pharmaceuticals. David Aboudi leads the US securities group.

The team at S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries advises Israeli corporates on domestic securities offerings and has experience in capital markets-driven M&A. The ‘business-orientedArnon Mainfeld acted for Arko Holdings on a NIS140m bond issuance.

Steinmetz, Haring, Gurman & Co. has ‘broad expertise in securities law’ and is instructed by Israeli corporates and investment houses. Jacob Steinmetz assisted Meshulam Levinstein Group with a shelf prospectus and advised on a separate bond offering of NIS168m.

Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates handles securities transactions for its corporate clients and advises the TASE on amendments to securities law. Ofer Yankovich and Eran Shuster acted for Africa Israel Properties in multiple bond offerings.

Zysman, Aharoni, Gayer & Co (ZAG-S&W)’s international network uniquely places it to advise foreign-listed and Israeli corporates on public and private offerings. Oded Har-Even acts for hi-tech and healthcare companies. Reut Alfiah made partner in 2017 and Itamar Mei-Zahav joined from Zemah Schneider & Partners.

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