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Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co. is recommended for complex antitrust disputes and has particular expertise in the financial services, energy, telecoms and retail sectors. The team is representing Noble Energy in cartel proceedings before the Israel Antitrust Authority (IAA) relating to the Leviathan gas field. Highly regarded litigator Zvi Agmon is the key contact. Mattan Meridor left to become a sole practitioner to avoid a conflict of interest.

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co’s broad client base includes Google, Israel Discount Bank and Delek Drilling. The highly regarded Tal Eyal-Boger is a key adviser to food producer Tnuva, which it has been defending in several class actions alleging abuse of a dominant position as well as advising on a criminal investigation into alleged restrictive trade practices. Litigator Reuven Behar is another key contact.

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices routinely handles merger clearance work, such as Niva Barg Livnat advising Lumenis on its $510m acquisition by Chinese private equity fund Xio Group. On the contentious side, Livnat has been working alongside Israel Leshem and Yochi Kadir-Paz to represent Madanes Insurance Agency against a motion to certify a class action alleging that it formed a restrictive arrangement with Harel Group. Other clients include Pfizer, El Al and Siemens AG. Michal Halperin left to become head of the IAA.

S. Horowitz & Co acts for the International Air Transport Association and Teva Pharmaceuticals in all their antitrust matters, while Israel Electric Corporation, British Airways and Veolia are other recent clients. Gitit Levin Grinberg and practice head Hagai Doron are recommended.

Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co.provides clear guidance and pragmatic advice’. Practice head Shai Bakal is representing Siemens AG in its appeal to the IAA relating to the alleged gas insulated switchgear cartel. Former IAA commissioner David Tadmor is recommended for his deep expertise, particularly in merger control matters.

The ‘knowledgeable and committed team’ at Weinstock-Zecler & Co. advises on class actions, criminal proceedings, merger clearance and day-to-day antitrust matters, acting for clients such as Super-Pharm, Strauss Group and Pelephone Communications. Niv Zecler and Ofer Argov are recommended.

B. Golan Law Firm is a specialist antitrust boutique, which was founded by the highly regarded Boaz Golan in 2015 and has attracted some of the highest profile disputes in the area – it is defending Harel Group in an IAA civil investigation relating to an alleged mutual exclusivity agreement with Madanes. On the non-contentious side, Golan and Nimrod Prawer are advising the Partner-Hot cellular infrastructure joint venture on day-to-day issues.

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s practice head Talya Solomondemonstrates broad antitrust knowledge and a deep experience in dealing with the IAA’. Her recent highlights include representing Deutsche Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines in a class action relating to an alleged price-fixing cartel and advising Lam Research and KLA Tencor on their $10bn merger.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries’ practice is headed by Niv Sever, who has ‘good connections with the IAA and can move things forward’, the ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’ Mazor Matzkevich and restrictive practices expert Tamar Dolev-Green. Clients include Pfizer and MasterCard International as well as leading domestic companies from various industries.

Yossi Levy & Co is involved in several cartel cases, and recently represented Partner Communications in a class action. On the M&A side, the practice is advising Extra on its appeal against the IAA’s decision to declare the merger between retail chains Yenot Bitan and Mega a restrictive arrangement. Key contacts include consultant and former Supreme Court judge Jonathan Adiel, as well as managing partner Joseph Levy.

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co has a distinct focus on the TMT sector through combined antitrust, IP and telecoms practice head Eyal Roy Sage advising clients such as Microsoft and Partner Communications on matters such as allegations of restrictive arrangements.

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary’s practice head Ravit Arbel is a key adviser to Clal Insurance on general competition law issues, particularly on the transactional side. Shufersal and IBM Israel are also clients.

The team at Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co. Advocates has ‘strong knowledge in the field of antitrust’. Recent highlights include defending Nesher, a monopoly in the cement market, in a class action alleging abuse of dominance and representing Eden Springs in its appeal against the IAA’s decision to block its acquisition of Electra’s point-of-use water treatment systems business. Highly regarded litigator Giora Erdinast and ‘very supportive’ practice head Michal Rothschild are key contacts.

Eshel, Ashlagi, Rozent – Law Offices is a longstanding adviser to several multinationals, such as Intel. Gal Rozent and his team are defending a tour operator and its senior officers in a criminal investigation relating to cartel participation and money laundering.

Key contacts at GKH – Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co include practice head Tamar Ben-David and Ran Ben-Ari, who is assisting Shamir Optical Industries with introducing its updated compliance plan.

At Goldfarb Seligman & Co., the ‘knowledgeable’ Noga Rubinstein advises the firm’s key clients, such as Uber and Israel Discount Bank, on non-contentious antitrust issues, including approvals of mergers and commercial agreements.

Gornitzky & Co.’s recent highlights include advising Golan Telecom on its merger with Cellcom and assisting Israel Hotels International with the filing of a restrictive agreement exemption. Avner Finkelshtein and highly regarded litigator Pinhas Rubin jointly head the practice, which regularly represents clients before the Israeli Antitrust Tribunal.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.’ practice head Golan Kaneti has been advising anchor client FIMI Private Equity on merger clearances. He is also representing an employee of Harel Computing in an IAA investigation into alleged tender fixing and cartel activities.

Ron Gazit, Rotenberg & Co’s Amir Vang has been acting in several IAA proceedings, including representing Ashdod Port in its appeal against the IAA’s decision to declare Ashdod Port and Haifa Port a joint monopoly. He also provides general antitrust advice to Keshet Broadcasting and the Central Bottling Company.

Shibolet & Co’s practice head Gil Rosenberg has ‘in-depth knowledge and practical experience’, and gives ‘comprehensive and effective antitrust advice’. Recent work includes obtaining approval of the Golan Heights Winery and Shaked Bros merger.

Yigal Arnon & Co handles civil and criminal antitrust litigation, merger clearance work and advice on compliance programmes. Ronit Amir-Yaniv heads the practice.

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