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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’.

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Kosteliz & Co., Law Office

Kosteliz Co., Law Office is a boutique high-quality law firm which specialises in a variety of areas including criminal (white-collar crimes), civil, commercial and administrative litigation, zoning, military, traffic, labour, real estate and more. The firm also provides ongoing advice to commercial companies on various matters including employment, commercial contracts, regulation and work with the authorities.

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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.

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