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Acting for multinational and domestic clients, Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co’s corporate team has been increasingly active in India- and China-facing transactions. Ron Lehmann advised Servotronix Motion Control on its highly publicised merger with Midea Group. Practice head Avraham Well assisted Fujian Yango Group with its bid to purchase a controlling stake of Phoenix Holdings.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.’s strongest point is its ‘ability to marry business-minded advice with in-depth understanding of legal constraints at every stage of a transaction’. In Israel’s largest transaction of the year, Aaron Lampert acted for Mobileye in its $15.3bn acquisition by Intel Corporation. Limor Oron-Abraham advised Discount Investment Corporation and Koor on a $1.4bn strategic buyout transaction with ChemChina. Ashok Chandrasekhar is also noted.

Clients rate the service at Herzog Fox & Neeman as being ‘among the highest quality by global standards’. The firm is increasingly active in outbound investment work, but continues to advise clients such as Fosun Capital and Wipro Enterprises on acquisitions in Israel. Ehud Sol and Ilanit Landesman Yogev acted for Meitav Dash Investments in a unique reverse triangular merger transaction with XIO Fund. Ran Hai is highly recommended, alongside Hanan Haviv.

Specialising in complex cross-border transactions, Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices’ clients regard the team as being ‘one of the best hi-tech and general business firms globally’. The corporate group is well known in the private equity space and has significant experience in leveraged M&A. Jointly led by Dan Geva and Dan Shamgar, the department handled significant M&A for Verizon, Gazit Globe, Amdocs and Apax Partners. Clifford Felig is another name to note.

S. Horowitz & Co handles M&A in highly regulated industries such as energy and infrastructure, online gaming and life sciences. Clifford Davis acted for General Electric in its acquisition of Alstom’s energy assets. Amit Steinman advised Cardinal Health on its $6.1bn acquisition of certain Medtronic business operations. The team also handles private equity transactions for clients such as CMC Capital Partners HK.

The corporate team at Yigal Arnon & Co is ‘personally invested in satisfying its clients’ needs’ and was involved in some of Israel’s highest-profile M&A in 2016-2017. Barak Platt advised Intel Corporation on its $15.3bn acquisition of Mobileye, while Barry Levenfeld acted for Mexichem in its $1.5bn acquisition of a controlling stake in Netafim.

The early-2016 expansion of Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co’s corporate team was a major event for the firm, which has had a palpable effect on the department’s deal-flow and the calibre of its work. Doni Toledano advised Netafim and Permira Holdings on Permira’s sale of its stake in Netafim to Mexichem. The team is also strong in private equity and advised XIO Group on its NIS1.8bn proposed acquisition of Meitav Dash.

GKH – Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co stands out for its ‘ability to combine precise professionalism with a friendly, creative and out-of-the-box mindset’. The corporate group has strengths in heavily regulated transactions, particularly those involving Chinese participants. Esther Koren acted for Hubei Sanonda in its $3bn acquisition of a 100% stake in Adama Agricultural Solutions. Chen Manzur is also recommended and Richard Mann is another key contact.

Gornitzky & Co. is ‘sought after for high-stakes corporate transactions’ and is particularly experienced in acting for foreign funds. Elite Elkon advised CVC Capital Partners and Goldman Sachs Group on their bid to acquire Keter Plastic. Chaim Friedland is ‘a great choice for any international matter’ and assisted Ford Motor Company with its acquisition of SAIPS, Ford’s first M&A in Israel. Lior Porat is another contact.

With ‘excellent customer service, and industry knowledge that’s worth every penny’, Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. is hailed as ‘one of the most professional and loyal teams one can find’. Sharon Amir advised FIMI on its NIS290m acquisition of Galam from Kibbutz Ma’anit and the Beresheit fund. Tal Eliasaf is experienced in ‘bridging the gap between Israelis and Chinese’ clients and advised Midea Group on its acquisition of Servotronix Motion Control.

Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co.’s ‘practical and business-oriented’ corporate department has expertise in acting for life sciences and medical device companies. The firm provides a comprehensive service to Teva and recently advised on its $40.5bn acquisition of Allergan Generics. Menachem Tulchinsky and Dafna Achiam Tal are recommended.

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary’s ‘fast-paced’ corporate team is especially strong in matters involving commercial partnerships. Indeed, Eldad Koresh and Amichay Finkelstein acted for Avner Oil Exploration in its NIS13bn statutory merger with Delek Drilling, a market first between a private LP and a traded LP.

Barnea acts for huge multinationals as well as domestic clients and stands out for its ‘exceptional client service’. Michael Barneainspires confidence in his clients’ and advised Viola Credit on a complex agreement to acquire Negev Ceramics from creditor banks.

A ‘truly international team’, M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries is involved in transactions with parties all over the globe. A ‘confident deal maker’, Jacob Enoch acted for Elbit Systems in relation to its involvement in a tender by the State of Israel for the acquisition of Israel Military Industries.

Ron Gazit, Rotenberg & Co is an ‘indispensable ally in international matters’ and provides comprehensive corporate advice to clients such as Central Bottling Company Group and Microsoft. Shirin Herzog acted for Sony Corporation in its $212m acquisition of Altair Semiconductor. Nili Peleg-Shpolansky and Benjamin Rotenberg are other contacts.

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries’ internationally experienced team focuses on cross-border transactions and is especially active in the technology sector. Sarit Molcho and Tal Tirosh acted for Beijing Xinwei Telecom Technology Group in its highly complex acquisition of SpaceCom, the client’s first acquisition in Israel.

Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co.’s corporate department is ‘extremely knowledgeable, business-oriented and highly responsive’. With experience in M&A inside and outside of Israel, Lior Aviram advised Camtek on the sale of its PCB business to an affiliate of a Shanghai-based private equity fund. Gadi Ouzan is also recommended. In 2017, the legacy Shibolet firm merged with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co, adding individuals including Yoram Raved and Doron Kviatek, who have historically been active in the aerospace, defence and heavy industry sectors.

Acting for clients in the infrastructure and technology sectors, Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co. combines ‘cross-border experience with exceptional deal-making acumen’. Yaniv Aronowich advised Siemens on its first equity investment in an Israeli private power plant. Ophir Nave is another key contact.

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) has been ‘building a strong name for itself’ in cross-border and domestic M&A in the technology and energy and infrastructure sectors. Nimrod Rosenblum acted for Kramer Electronics in its acquisition of US-based iRule. Simon Marks is also highly recommended.

FWMK (Furth, Wilensky, Mizrachi, Knaani) has extensive experience in tech sector M&A and is also active in the private equity space. Udi Knaani and Tomer Toor acted for Kedma Capital in its acquisition of ACE from Electra Consumer Products; following the transaction the team picked up ACE as a corporate client.

H-F & Co. is very well known in the hi-tech sector and provides clients with ‘full support for a multinational corporate structure’. The team provides comprehensive corporate advice and Nitzan Hirsch-Falk and Yuval Oren have extensive experience in transactions with US Fortune 100 companies.

Without exception’, Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz’s corporate team is ‘highly professional and business-oriented’. The group is known for advising clients in the life sciences, medical device and technology industries. Atir Jaffe is ‘exceptional’ and acted for SAIPS in its sale to Ford Motor Company.

Shenhav & Co., Advocates & Notary is an ‘efficient, business-minded’ firm acting for companies and funds with a focus on the Israeli tech sector. Ayal Shenhav handles work for Sequoia Capital, and Amir Raz acts for early- to mid-stage companies.

Weinstock Zecler & Co. is extremely active in China- and Hong Kong-facing matters and has a strong reputation for its private equity work. Micki Shapira recently persuaded the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to include Israel on the HKEX Acceptable Jurisdictions list. Gidon Weinstock heads the team.

Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates stands out for its ‘almost instantaneous responses’ and ‘deep understanding of clients’ needs’. Practice head Dror Toren is able to ‘quickly grasp the issues at hand’ and leads a ‘consistently strong team’ that acts for clients such as Africa Israel Group.

Specialising in the hi-tech sector, Barath, Pappo, Betser, Floom, Schrieber & Co. (BFP & Co.) has a ‘huge track record of negotiating complex cross-border transactions between international giants and Israeli tech companies’. Haleli Barath has ‘exceptional negotiating skills’ and Iris Pappo is highly recommended.

Eitan, Mehulal & Sadot and Co., Advocates, Patent Attorneys has acted for Israeli corporates in significant M&A transactions and has experience advising foreign corporates with operations in Israel. Yaron Mehulal and Guy Hadar jointly head the group; Alon Rom made partner in 2016. Clients include Caesarstone and Live Nation Israel.

Led by Uzi Mor, Lipa Meir & Co provides clients with ‘high-level service at an affordable price’. The team is instructed by healthcare groups such as Clalit Health Services and has experience in significant privatisation arrangements. Gary Copelovitz is also recommended.

Preis, Baharav & Co is a ‘very experienced group that knows how to deal with ‘dead-end’ situations’. Led by Ziv Preis and Ronen Baharav (formerly partners at Herzog Fox & Neeman), the team handles the gamut of corporate work for some of Israel’s largest corporates and prestigious funds.

Shenhav Konforti Rotem & Co. has formal alliances with international law firms around the world and thus has built experience acting for foreign clients in cross-border transactions. Amos Konforti heads the team and acts for clients such as John Deere.

Steinmetz, Haring, Gurman & Co. advises Israeli hi-tech companies and established corporates and has particular experience in equity finance transactions. Manny Gurman is acting for Tiv Taam Holdings 1 in negotiations for its purchase of Mega. Jacob Steinmetz is a key contact.

Yingke Israel - Eyal Khayat, Zolty, Neiger & Co., Law Offices specialises in the tech sector and regularly appears in China-facing transactions for Israeli corporates. Eyal Neiger and Amir Zolty assisted Israel’s Government Companies Authority with the privatisation of several pension funds.

Through its US network, Zysman, Aharoni, Gayer & Co (ZAG-S&W) is involved in interesting US-facing work and also has an active China-related practice. Eran Ben Dor and Shmulik Zysman specialise in hi-tech and life sciences.

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