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The ‘very responsive and helpful lawyers’ at Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co regularly handle complex cross-border matters. Raz Tepper, practice head Avraham Well and Reuven Behar advised Perrigo on a multibillion-dollar hostile takeover bid by Mylan. Claridge Israel and Nvidia Corporation are new clients. Other key partners include Michael Zellermayer, Ronald Lehmann, Eran Yaniv and Ron Sitton.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.’s ‘agile and solution-focused approach’ makes it ‘exceptionally capable of managing challenging M&A deals’. The team has acted in several cross-border acquisitions of Israeli companies, including advising Nestlé on its NIS3.3bn purchase of outstanding minority shares in Osem. International corporate team head Ashok Chandrasekhar, ‘seasoned professional’ Nechama Brin, technology expert Sharon Gazit and Adam Klein are some of the key contacts.

The lawyers in Herzog Fox & Neeman’s sizeable cross-departmental practice are ‘dealmakers, drawing on their knowledge of the regulatory and business environments to provide practical advice’. Highlights included advising Mellanox Technologies on its $811m merger with EZchip Semiconductor and assisting Volkswagen with its $300m strategic investment in Gett. Ehud Sol, Janet Levy Pahima, Hanan Haviv and Ran Hai are recommended.

The sizeable practice at Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices handled 66 M&A deals in 2015. In one highlight, Clifford Felig led a 40-lawyer team advising Mylan on its hostile takeover bid for Perrigo. Dan Shamgar and colleagues acted for Lumenis during its $510m takeover by Chinese private equity fund Xio Group. Dan Geva, technology expert Alon Sahar and Michael Rimon are key contacts.

S. Horowitz & Co stands out for the diversity of matters it handles, ranging from multibillion-dollar exit transactions to complex commercial issues. General Motors, Israel Infrastructure Fund and Japan Tobacco are recent clients. Key contacts include practice co-head Clifford Davis, associate Keith Shaw, who is ‘a strong advocate of his clients’ objectives and needs’, and Amit Steinman.

Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co. Advocates significantly augmented its practice in 2016 with the recruitment of Doni Toledano, who has ‘remarkable experience in handling international transactions’, and the rest of the corporate department from the now defunct Zellermayer, Pelossof, Rosovsky, Tsafrir, Toledano & Co. Advocates. Toledano, Dan Sella and Lior Oren advised Xio Group on its $510m acquisition of Lumenis. Roy Caner, Yoav Dankner and Viva Gayer are also recommended.

The senior partners at GKH – Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co – including corporate practice head Esther Koren, co-chair Richard Mann and firm head David Hodak – are actively involved in major transactions covering, among others, the technology, agrichemical and consumer goods industries. Highlights included advising IDB Development on a going-private transaction as part of its debt restructuring.

Gornitzky & Co.’s practice co-heads Lior Porat and Chaim Friedland advised Golan Telecom on its NIS1.7bn sale to Cellcom. CVC Capital Partners and Delek Group are recent clients.

At Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co., M&A department head Sharon Amir and capital markets team head Tuvia Geffen lead the firm’s key corporate and commercial transactions. These included advising EZchip Semiconductor on its $811m merger with Mellanox Technologies and acting for Shikun & Binui on the sale of a water desalination plant.

Drawing on its ‘impressive business knowledge’, Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co. is regularly instructed on corporate matters by clients such as Teva Pharmaceuticals, which it advised on its $40bn purchase of Allergan’s generics business, Orbotech and Jerusalem Venture Partners. Menachem Tulchinsky and Doron Stern are recommended along with David Cohen, who is a key figure for international deals.

Yigal Arnon & Co couples an active hi-tech practice – where Barry Levenfeld advised Shanghai Giant Network Technology on its $4.4bn acquisition of Playtika in one of the largest-ever Israeli tech deals – with a diverse client base of non-tech firms that includes insurers such as Harel Group and Clal Finance Underwriting. David Schapiro and Shiri Shaham are recommended. Eli Greenbaum, Nimrod Vromen and David Roness made partner.

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary is noted for its ‘personalised service’. The team has been particularly active in the hi-tech sector, where key contact Daniel Marcus recently advised cVidya Networks during its acquisition by Amdocs. Ian Rostowsky, Shlomo Landress and Orit Israeli are also names to note.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries has an impressive track record of M&A across a broad range of industries. Eytan Epstein and Shirley Dahan advised the shareholders of television production company Abot Hameiri on its sale of a 51% stake to FremantleMedia, while Sarit Moussayoff assisted Mashav Initiating and Development with the NIS500m sale of a power plant. Jacob Enoch heads the practice.

Ron Gazit, Rotenberg & Co’s clients range from multinationals, such as Sony and anchor client The Central Bottling Company, to private equity funds and start-ups. Nili Peleg Shpolansky is recommended along with Shirin Herzog, who is ‘a go-to lawyer for complex M&A and corporate governance matters’.

Shenhav & Co., Advocates & Notary’s flow of high-profile technology-related M&A deals included Amir Raz advising Annapurna Labs during its $350m acquisition by Amazon and Ayal Shenhav acting for several funds, including Sequoia Capital, on Oracle’s $350m acquisition of Ravello Systems.

Shibolet & Co is ‘very client-focused, pragmatic and cost-sensitive’. Practice head Lior Aviram is ‘particularly strong in hi-tech’; he is advising EZ Legacy on its acquisition by IBM. The team’s China desk is another standout feature, which generates a strong flow of cross-border transactions. Ofer Manor is also recommended.

Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co.’s Ophir Nave has been particularly active, advising clients such as Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Adicet Bio. Itay Offir is currently assisting a Chinese infrastructure company with various matters; the firm’s China desk is headed by Ziv Wassercug.

At Barnea & Co, Simon Jaffa is ‘hardworking, commercially minded and extremely efficient’. Managing partner Michael Barnea’s clients include Ahava-Dead Sea Laboratories, which he advised on its NIS290m buyout by Fosun Capital of China, Continuity Software and the Azrieli Group.

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)provides a great service and focuses on the issues that matter’. Nimrod Rosenblum, Simon Marks, Roni Abelski and the rest of the team are particularly experienced in advising international companies, such as Fresenius Medical Care and William Hill, on making investments in Israel.

The team at FWMK (Furth, Wilensky, Mizrachi, Knaani)understands clients’ goals’. It advised Caesars Interactive Entertainment on the $4.4bn acquisition of its stake in Playtika. Udi Knaani ‘solves problems and helps close deals’.

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz’s lawyers ‘have very good business sense and think outside the box’. Clients are mostly drawn from the hi-tech and pharmaceuticals industries. The practice, led by Yael Baratz, made several noteworthy hires: Tal Rotman, former managing partner at legacy firm Ron Rotman & Co; Atir Jaffe, who joined from Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co; and Guy Lachman, who was formerly at Yigal Arnon & Co.

The sizeable team at S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries is particularly active in cross-border transactions and recently advised several manufacturers, including Plasson Industries and Jordan-Valley, on M&A. Sarit Molcho and Tal Tirosh head the practice.

Weinstock-Zecler & Co.’s ‘understanding of clients’ needs, especially with regards to Chinese ones, stands out’. Micki Shapira advised a consortium led by Shanghai Gongbao Business Consulting on its proposed acquisition of a controlling stake in Clal Insurance. Other clients include Israel Credit Cards and Panasonic. Gidon Weinstock is also recommended.

Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates’ highlights included advising RAPAC Communication & Infrastructure on establishing a new telecoms company and assisting Palace Industries with its take-private. Dror Toren is a key contact.

Barath, Pappo, Betser, Floom, Schrieber & Co. (BFP & Co.) focuses on the hi-tech sector, where it advises multinationals such as Tata and Lenovo, mature tech companies including eWave and Red Bend, as well as a range of start-ups. Haleli Barath and Avihai Schieber are recommended.

Caspi & Co’s team is led by the experienced Ram Caspi, who has acted for clients in the hi-tech, energy and infrastructure sectors.

At Eitan, Mehulal & Sadot and Co., Advocates, Patent Attorneys, the ‘client-committed and smart’ Guy Hadar is regularly instructed by Tene Investment Funds on hi-tech transactions and is also a key adviser to Caesarstone.

Greenberg Traurig P.A’s Tel Aviv office practises US and English law, advising clients such as Delek Group and Burger King Europe on their inbound and outbound investments.

H-F & Co. attracts a flow of hi-tech M&A deals, which included advising California-headquartered MagnaCom during its takeover by Avago-Broadcom and acting for MaxLinear on its $80m purchase of µWave from Broadcom. Founder Nitzan Hirsch-Falk is recommended.

Four-lawyer corporate boutique Preis, Baharav & Co is jointly led by Ronen Baharav, who is a key adviser to Tene Investment Funds, and the ‘highly professional and very smartZiv Preis. Tnuva is another regular client.

The ‘service level is high’ at Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co., Advocates & Notaries which advises clients such as Galil Medical and Elbit Systems Land on a range of transactions. Yoram Raved and Doron Kviatek head the team.

Sharir, Shiv & Co. utilised its hi-tech sector experience to advise Ravello Networks during its $350m acquisition by Oracle. Alex Berman is the key contact.

Shenhav Konforti Rotem & Co.’s longstanding clients include John Deere and Galilcs, which the team assists with all aspects of their commercial activities in Israel. Amos Konforti heads the practice.

Steinmetz, Haring, Gurman & Co.’s Manny Gurman and Tomer Altman are key advisers to retailer Tiv Taam Holdings, which they recently advised on its purchase of the operational arm of Mega. MTI Computers and Software Solutions is another client.

At Yingke Israel – Eyal Khayat, Zolty, Neiger & Co., Law Offices, Amir Zolty and Eyal Neiger are particularly active in the hi-tech sector, advising domestic and international companies.

Zysman, Aharoni, Gayer & Co (ZAG-S&W) is strong in the hi-tech sector and stands out for the cross-border nature of its work; it has offices in the US and China. Eran Ben Dor heads the team.

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