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Class actions

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Considered one of the leading class action firms in Israel, Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co.’s ‘many years of experience is clearly reflected in its representations’. Zvi Agmon handles antitrust and securities class actions for energy groups such as Delek. Uri Sorek has experience in follow-on antitrust claims and is representing LG Electronics in a case regarding the international CRT cartel.

Acting for domestic and multinational defendants, Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co has a wide-ranging practice handling class action and derivative suits. Gil Orion and Orit Malka have been active in securities class actions and derivative claims regarding corporate governance. The team also represents ABB in a high-value antitrust case.

Herzog Fox & Neeman provides ‘precision and clarity’ to its enviable client base, comprising many of the world’s largest corporates. The firm handles class action suits for Yahoo!, Alibaba and Samsung, and has recently appeared in the Supreme Court for Facebook and IEC. David Zailer, Yaacov Sharvit and Joseph Ashkenazi are highly recommended.

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is noted for representing international technology and pharmaceutical companies, and Israel Leshem and Ron Peleg have acted for GSK, Merck and Bayer in consumer class actions. The team welcomed several new partners through internal and external growth and clients have noted the ease with which the firm interacts with international clients in particular.

S. Horowitz & Co has expertise in class actions concerning financial services, banking and securities, follow-on antitrust claims, tort and consumer protection, environmental issues and insurance. Hagai Doron represented Sharp Corporation in a follow-on claim in the Supreme Court regarding the global LCD panel cartel. Alex Hertman and Asaf Rentsler are other names to note.

Yigal Arnon & Co has been active in class actions for over two decades and is among the leading Israeli firms for class action defence. The ‘tacticalBarak Tal represents such clients as Google, Unilever and El Al, as well as numerous banks and insurance companies. Ruth Loven is also recommended and Lior Gelbard made partner in 2017.

Quick and efficient’, Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co brings to bear its ‘expertise and decisiveness’ in class action proceedings, irrespective of industry sector. In 2017, the team handled class action suits for Sonol Israel, PwC Israel, yes and Bezeq. The practice is jointly led by Giora Erdinast, Nir Amodai and Ran Sprinzak.

Filled with ‘excellent strategists’, Goldfarb Seligman & Co. handles derivative claims and class action suits for large domestic and international corporates. Hagit Blaiberg represents seven major insurance companies in a consolidated class action alleging exploitative pricing of mortgage life insurance policies. Aaron Michaeli is highly recommended.

Gornitzky & Co. has a strong reputation for acting for major Israeli corporates in securities and consumer class actions. Pinhas Rubin and Harel Shaham advised four of Israel’s largest insurance companies regarding the collection of expenses from certain insured members. Noam Ronen is another contact.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries is among the most active class action defence firms in Israel. Led by Zvi Firon, the team handles consumer, securities, environmental and antitrust claims. Mazor Matzkevich represents Toshiba Corporation in three follow-on global cartel claims. Danny Kabir is also recommended.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.’s disputes team is involved in banking and securities, antitrust and consumer class action cases. Sharon Lubezky represents Bank Leumi, Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot and The Union Bank of Israel in a claim regarding commission charges for converting foreign currencies. Additional contacts include Orli Naschitz and Tamar Arad-Kareth.

Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co.’s ‘highly professional and cooperative’ litigation team has particular expertise in credit card class actions, and is also involved in significant antitrust claims. Yechiel Kasher and Ittai Paldor appear in antitrust class actions for clients such as Daimler Trucks and Nespresso Israel. Nir Kehat is also recommended.

The ‘exceptional’ team at AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co has ‘vast experience in defending corporates in consumer class actions’. Practice head Yaron Reiter is noted for his ‘creativity’ and has handled environmental and antitrust claims.

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary acts for plaintiffs and defendants and has niche expertise in environmental class actions. Indeed, Arie Neiger defends Hadera Paper in the first environmental class action based on return of profits from operation. Doron Levy heads the team.

Berkman Wechsler Bloom & Co Law Office represents prominent domestic and international clients in consumer, environmental and securities class actions and also handles derivative claims. Ron Berkman is the primary contact and clients include Pelephone, Ikea and Meitav Dash.

The ‘dedicated and creative’ team at Lipa Meir & Co has a strong reputation in class action defence. Alon Pomeranc has handled a huge variety of consumer claims for Clalit Medical Service, and has represented clients such as Ituran in antitrust class actions.

Nir Cohen, Leshem & Co is renowned for its formidable class action defence practice, which covers complex banking and securities cases as well as consumer and antitrust claims. Nir Cohen is the leading figure in the department.

According to some clients, Ronen Adini & Co’s handling of large class actions and complex derivative suits is ‘beyond perfect’. Ronen Adini is involved in a multibillion-shekel derivative claim regarding the Bezeq-yes transaction and is also acting for the lead claimant in a class action suit against El Al.

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries acts for major domestic clients in high-profile consumer class action cases. Itamar Anaby acts for the University of Haifa in a matter regarding the employment status of research assistants. The team made two new partners in 2017.

Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. defends domestic and international corporates in consumer class actions. Hillel Ish-Shalom represents Migdal Insurance Company in a number of class actions, and is acting for Ceragon Networks in a securities claim. The legacy Shibolet firm merged with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. in 2017, which brought Joseph Benkel and Shmuel Galinka to the team.

Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates is especially strong in securities class actions and derivative suits. The ‘calm and strategicYael Moshkovich represents Israel Discount Bank in a variety of cases. Doron Dan is another key contact.


Local litigation and arbitration

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Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co.’s litigation team is ‘among the top performers’ in Israel. The department handles commercial disputes and derivative claims for Bank Hapoalim and Bank Leumi and energy companies such as Noble Energy Mediterranean. Zvi Agmon, Uri Sorek, Dror Savransky and Dana Hen are recommended.

The litigation team at Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co is ‘phenomenal’. Headed by ‘truly gifted litigatorGiora Erdinast, the department specialises in ‘exceptionally complicated commercial disputes’ and represents Caesarstone in a complex arbitration and countersuit. Tomer Weissman is ‘brilliant’ and Ran Sprinzak is ‘highly recommended’.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. brings a ‘no-nonsense, practical approach’ to highly sensitive and often cross-border commercial disputes. Eli Zohar represented David Davidovich in a headline Supreme Court case regarding the sale of Globes newspaper. Additional contacts include Hagit Blaiberg, who has expertise in securities litigation and internet law.

Gornitzky & Co.’s clients can ‘rest assured that their best interests will always be put first’. Department head Ofer Tzur is ‘one of the best litigators in Israel’ and focuses on derivative claims and commercial litigation, often with international aspects. Clients include foreign and domestic listed companies, such as 3M Company and Bezeq. Pinhas Rubin heads the group.

With perhaps the largest litigation team in Israel, Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices handles ‘high-stakes cases’ in every area of commercial litigation and white-collar crime. Led by Israel Leshem, Eyal Rosovsky and Nadav Weisman, the department has experience in banking litigation and handles numerous claims for Siemens. Ron Peleg is also recommended.

S. Horowitz & Co is one of Israel’s premier litigation firms. Jointly headed by Alex Hertman and Yehoshua Horesh, the team of ‘uncompromising professionals’ represents clients such as Google, Israel Electric Corporation, Teva and Paz Oil Company in civil claims as well as regulatory and administrative proceedings.

Yigal Arnon & Co handles complex, often cross-border disputes across a variety of sectors, including banking and financial services, telecoms and media and insurance. Barak Tal and Ruth Loven represented OJSC VTB Bank in a rare case involving enforcement of a Russian judgment in Israel, which reached the Supreme Court.

Berkman Wechsler Bloom & Co Law Office is ‘strongly recommended for high-level litigation’, especially cases with an international aspect. The group represents ZAO Raiffeisen Bank regarding the enforcement of a Russian judgment awarding the bank RUB1bn. Ron Berkman and Ofir Bloom jointly head the department.

Dr. A. Klagsbald & Co. Law Offices’ Avigdor Klagsbald is a highly regarded litigator in Israel, who has experience acting for Israeli prime ministers and Knesset members and foreign and domestic corporates. Klagsbald represents a prominent Israeli corporate in a High Court petition for the annulment of a law enacted by the Knesset.

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is one of the ‘best choices for complex litigation in Israel’. In 2017, the team represented Yahav Hamias Group in a Supreme Court case concerning proper admission of evidence, which was considered to be one of the most significant decisions of the year. Gil Orion and Reuven Behar are contacts.

Herzog Fox & Neeman is known for handling long-running complex litigation and has experience in a range of disputes, from mass torts and insurance claims to employment and administrative proceedings. David Zailer represents International Bank of Azerbaijan in an objection to the jurisdiction of the Tel Aviv District Court. Yaacov Sharvit heads the department.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries is often ‘instructed in cases of unusual significance’. Indeed, the team is representing the sons of one of the drafters of the original Israeli Declaration of Independence in a dispute with the state regarding the ownership of certain drafts of that document. Zvi Firon and David Hamou are key contacts.

Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co.’s litigation team is ‘highly professional from top to bottom’. Roy Kubovsky acts for Arad Group in five separate claims regarding tenders conducted by various water companies. Hillel Ish-Shalom and Ofer Shapira are contacts. The firm’s merger with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. brings a ‘dedicated and professional’ disputes team headed by Joseph Benkel, who is often involved in business-critical litigation for Israeli corporates and shareholders.

Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co.’s ‘consistently excellent’ litigation group has expertise in disputes involving construction, energy and administrative law, and is also active in banking and credit card litigation. Yechiel Kasher is involved in a precedential case concerning overriding energy royalty rights and oil and gas exploration licences.

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary has a ‘partner-led and client-oriented’ disputes team with particular specialisms in environmental and administrative law. Asaf Biger represents ORT Israel in a multi-claim dispute involving land rights. Aya Reich-Mina and Arie Neiger are highly recommended.

Headed by Ram Caspi, Caspi & Co has extensive experience handling commercial, criminal and constitutional matters at every level of the Israeli courts.

FWMK (Furth, Wilensky, Mizrachi, Knaani) has recently been involved in a number of major cross-border disputes and headline domestic matters. Boaz Wilensky has acted in a number of complex China-facing disputes; Eran Meir represents Liad Whatstein in his partnership dispute with Dr Shlomo Cohen.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.’s Gil Atar is perhaps Israel’s ‘leading expert in tort litigation’. Indeed, Atar and Shay Cohen successfully represented Haifa Chemicals in the country’s largest-ever toxic tort case. Yoav Razin and Azriel Rothman are contacts.

Ronen Adini & Co ranks ‘among the best litigation boutiques’ in Israel and has been involved in two of the country’s largest ongoing derivative suits. Name partner Ronen Adini has particular expertise in securities litigation and has acted for a range of domestic clients and listed international corporates.

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries is instructed by many of Israel’s leading corporates in a variety of headline-grabbing cases. Itamar Anaby represents the University of Haifa in a suit filed by the trustee of Madoff Securities concerning donations granted to that client.

Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co.’s Amir Levitski and Isaac Marciano are ‘a dream-team for any dispute’. The wider team has extensive experience in a huge variety of claims, but is especially active in shareholder disputes.

The ‘responsive and creative’ department at AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co handles infrastructure, IP and contract disputes and contentious banking. Ram Jeanne represents the operator of a toll road in an antitrust case against Waze.

Barnea is heavily involved in commercial and corporate litigation in the infrastructure and real estate sectors. Zohar Lande is highly recommended, and Noa Havdala has experience in securities litigation.

Eitan, Mehulal & Sadot and Co., Advocates, Patent Attorneys handles a huge variety of disputes, from contract and consumer litigation to real estate claims. Yohai Shelef successfully defended Strauss Group in a precedential claim against an Israeli celebrity.

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) has extensive experience representing European and US corporates in cases involving the enforcement of foreign awards and jurisdictional issues. Gideon Weinbaum is highly recommended.

GKH – Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co is involved in a variety of commercial disputes for domestic and international clients. Michael Ginsburg obtained an injunction for East Jerusalem District Electric Company prohibiting IEC from disconnecting its electricity. David Fohrer heads the team.

Gilead Sher, Kadari & Co. has expertise in governmental disputes, administrative proceedings and ADR. Gilead Sher represented the chairman of a local industrial council in a Supreme Court petition against the Minister of Interior.

Granot Speiser Law Office is ‘highly recommended’ for contract and insurance disputes and has extensive experience in arbitration. Shai Granot has the ‘uncanny ability to foresee any potential issue’ in a case and has expertise in insurance and infrastructure contract disputes. In 2018, the legacy S. Granot & Co. Law Offices firm merged with Speiser Law Offices, bringing Oren Speiser to the team.

Lipa Meir & Co’s disputes team has experience acting for major domestic clients and government entities in a variety of infrastructure, tax and banking litigation. Alon Pomeranc represented The Paz Group in mediation and also handled high-value disputes for Bank Hapoalim.

The team at Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz provides ‘unparalleled strategic advice’ to corporates and individuals in commercial litigation and class actions. Tal Rotman represented the Israel Petrochemicals Enterprises, its CEO and its CFO in a claim involving fraud and insider trading.

Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates is a ‘high-quality firm for shareholder disputes’ and also has expertise in administrative law and banking and insolvency litigation. Doron Dan and Yael Moshkovich act for Israel Discount Bank and Africa Israel Investments.

Yehuda Raveh & Co. has considerable strengths in administrative litigation and contentious banking. Yuval Grayevsky is often involved in infrastructure and construction disputes and has represented domestic banks in class action disputes.


Mediation and international arbitration

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Asserson Law Offices runs a ‘strong disputes practice in relation to the English courts’ and has a multilingual team experienced in dealing with Israel-facing LCIA cases. Trevor Asserson leads the team; Baruch Baigel and Yisroel Hiller made partner in 2017; Elliot Lister is also recommended.

A ‘leading light in arbitration’, Goldfarb Seligman & Co. represents foreign companies in arbitration with Israeli entities, and has represented domestic clients in disputes with foreign governments. Zvi Bar-Nathan is a ‘results-driven strategist’, and ‘arbitration academicDaphna Kapeliuk has ‘deep knowledge of international law and process’.

Acting for domestic and international clients, Herzog Fox & Neeman displays ‘superb industry knowledge’ in ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL proceedings and has an active mediation practice. David Zailer and the ‘tenacious’ Yaacov Sharvit handle multinational arbitration; Joseph Ashkenazi advises LG Electronics on mediation.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries’ ‘truly international’ disputes team has extensive experience representing Israeli corporates in ICC proceedings. Conversely, Niv Sever successfully represented East Mediterranean Gas in related ICC and CRCICA arbitrations, the ICC decision having recently been upheld in Swiss court. Jacob Enoch is ‘exemplary’.

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is a ‘highly regarded firm’ in Israel for mediation and is also active in international arbitration. Gil Orion is involved in an UNCITRAL arbitration, while Reuven Behar is often called upon as a mediator.

The ‘efficiency and dedication’ with which Gornitzky & Co. approaches ICC arbitration makes it ‘a match for any international law firm’. Eli Cohen and Ofer Tzur are involved in arbitrations in the construction and heavy industries sectors. Associate Nir Keidar is recommended.

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices ensures ‘consistently good work’ and has experience in various international arbitration and mediation procedures. The ‘impressiveIsrael Leshem heads the department. Eyal Rosovsky and Yoav Oestreicher are additional contacts.

Eli Schulman Law Offices’ name partner Eli Schulman has expertise in cases with a US aspect and was invited to serve as Israeli member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.

Granot Speiser Law Office has experience in mediation and arbitration pursuant to a number of arbitral rules, including ICC and German Institute of Arbitration. Shai Sharvit is a ‘talented advocate in complex cross-border arbitration’. Oren Speiser joined the firm through its merger with Speiser Law Offices in 2018.

Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. is a result of Shibolet & Co’s merger with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co in 2017 creating a larger, more versatile team. Nir Shamri and Joseph Benkel led the group at Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. and are an ‘excellent choice for difficult mediation and international arbitration’.


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