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Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co. is currently involved in disputes affecting Israel’s key economic sectors, including acting for Cellcom in seeking an injunction to prevent Golan Telecom from executing a national roaming agreement with a major competitor. It is also representing several parties involved in the Leviathan and Tamar gas field litigation and is assisting major domestic banks, such as Bank Hapoalim, with the handling of fines imposed by US law enforcement authorities. Uri Sorek is recommended along with highly regarded practice head Zvi Agmon.

The ‘knowledgeable team’ at Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co. Advocates is ‘highly appreciated by judges’ and able to leverage its ‘ability to see the bigger picture and plan many steps ahead’. Practice head Giora Erdinast and Tomer Weissman, who ‘rapidly grasp the essence of a case’, have been involved in complex disputes over the control of major companies, including recently acting in arbitration and ensuing litigation for a controlling shareholder of IDB Development. Bank Hapoalim and Nasdaq-listed Caesarstone are also clients. Ran Sprinzak is ‘very convincing in court’.

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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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Gornitzky & Co.provides the client with the comfort that his interests are being best served, whatever time of day’. Firm chairman Pinhas Rubin is representing Bezeq in several disputes, including in disputes over dividends. Clients also include Bank Hapoalim and Israel Corporation. Practice head Ofer Tzur is ‘a formidable litigator and cross-examiner’.

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices now has the largest dispute resolution group in Israel following the recruitment of white-collar crime expert Eyal Rosovsky, who joined with the rest of his team from the now defunct Zellermayer, Pelossof, Rosovsky, Tsafrir, Toledano & Co. Advocates. Israel Leshem heads the practice, which also includes banking specialist Dror Kedem, real estate and environmental litigation expert Amos Goren, as well as Ron Peleg, whose recent clients include Bayer Israel and GlaxoSmithKline.

The expertise of the three senior partners chairing S. Horowitz & Co’s litigation practice reflects the team’s ability to handle a very wide range of disputes: Yehoshua Horesh is a construction, energy and infrastructure expert; Ehud Arzi is a financial services specialist; and Alex Hertman is regularly involved in high-profile corporate and commercial disputes. Clients include Ashtrom, Toyota and Paz Oil.

Yigal Arnon & Coexcels at understanding what really matters to a client’. Practice head Barak Tal and the ‘smart and tenaciousRuth Loven have a substantial practice and have been defending Assicurazioni Generali against a lawsuit for allegedly conducting pre-acquisition negotiations in bad faith and acting for Google in various proceedings relating to e-advertising and search results. Orna Sasson is ‘a gifted strategist’.

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co has ‘a highly knowledgeable, hardworking, very creative and agile litigation team’. Practice head Reuven Behar is representing losing bidders in an administrative appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn a decision which awarded to competitors a tender for the electrification of a segment of railway. Gil Orion is also recommended; his recent clients include MIS Implant Technologies and Ernst & Young Israel.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.’s ‘knowledgeable and cost-effective team’ includes highly regarded arbitrator Eli Zohar; corporate and securities litigation expert Hagit Blaiberg; and Roy Blecher, who has ‘a great understanding of the criminal justice system’. ‘Excellent strategist’ Zvi Bar-Nathan regularly represents Shapir Engineering and Industry, such as in construction and tort disputes.

Herzog Fox & Neeman provides ‘clear and easily implementable advice’. Practice head Yaacov Sharvit is representing Israel Electric Corporation in its NIS3.8bn claim against several multinationals alleging the existence of a cartel in the gas insulated switchgears market. Other clients include Facebook, Bank Leumi and various high-net-worth individuals. Joseph Ashkenazicommands the respect of judges’.

Zvi Firon, who heads the sizeable team at M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries, is representing The Olympic Committee of Israel in its claim against Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality relating to the Olympic Sports Center of the State of Israel – the committee alleges that the municipality failed to fulfil its obligations. Other recent work includes transport, fraud and energy infrastructure cases. Oren Tenenboim and Michael Oiknine are also recommended.

Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co.consistently provides an excellent service’ to clients such as Zomet Energy, The Israel Insurance Association and First International Bank of Israel. ‘Highly experienced’ practice head Yechiel Kasher leads on all the firm’s major cases, representing plaintiffs and defendants.

At Dr. A. Klagsbald & Co. Law Offices, Avigdor Klagsbald is experienced in handling civil and commercial cases and acts in disputes involving constitutional, antitrust and criminal law.

Berkman Wechsler Bloom & Co Law Officeprovides a highly professional service while not losing its personal touch’. Ron Berkman heads the practice, which regularly handles shareholder control disputes and is also currently acting for Israel Chemicals in an arbitration against the State of Israel regarding royalty payments for natural resources. Clients include Africa Israel Investments’ controlling shareholder, Lev Leviev, and Raiffeisen Bank. Ofir Bloom is ‘a great litigator’.

Caspi & Co’s highly regarded practice head Ram Caspi represents corporates and high-net-worth individuals in commercial litigation, white-collar criminal cases and administrative law proceedings.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. has expertise in mass torts, product liability and professional malpractice cases – Gil Atar and Shay Cohen successfully defended several manufacturers in product liability cases, including acting in a large volume of claims related to quartz plates. Hanina Brandes and Yoav Razin are representing Amitim Pension Funds DBQ in arbitration. BP is another client.

Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co., Advocates & Notaries acts for a diverse mix of clients such as Cellcom, the Yehud Municipality and Israel Railways, handling various commercial disputes. Shmuel Galinka and Joseph Benkel jointly lead the practice.

At Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary, Asaf Biger recently represented Novartis Pharma in a product liability case and Arie Neiger has been acting for Shapir Engineering and Industry in the Supreme Court to contest an order given by the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Barnea & Co’s practice head Zohar Lande recently handled several real estate disputes, including representing UK-headquartered Tonstate Group in a shareholder dispute with Israeli partners regarding a jointly run hotel operating company. Alstom Israel and car leasing company Kalrom are also clients.

GKH – Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co’s ‘size and diversity provides a multidisciplinary point of view to complex issues, enabling it to offer a wide range of services’. David Fohrer’s recent clients include Elbit Imaging and Goldman Sachs Investment Bank. Michael Ginsburg is ‘a meticulous professional’.

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries advises the firm’s anchor clients on a broad range of disputes. Amir Cohen-Dor is representing shipping company Zim in lawsuits relating to container damage, while Itamar Anaby and Nira Cory defended Tnuva in the Supreme Court against a petition contesting that the food producer was exempt from price control orders.

Shibolet & Co’s team ‘does not leave any stone unturned’. ‘Very experienced litigator’ and practice head Hillel Ish-Shalom has been particularly active, particularly in commercial disputes, assisting clients such as Bezeq and Kerur Holdings. Ofer Shapira is ‘knowledgeable and practical’.

Doron Dan’s team at Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates acts for a broad range of Israeli clients, including the State of Israel and Africa Israel Investments. It is representing Africa Israel Residences in a NIS180m lawsuit before the Supreme Court regarding a tender for the construction of a property in Jerusalem.

Yehuda Raveh & Co.’s key contacts include Yuval Grayevsky, who has experience in commercial litigation and project-related disputes, and administrative law department head Mattan Ben Shaul. Recent clients include Bank of Jerusalem and DIY retail chain Ace.

At AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co, Ram Jeanne has been handling several high-profile real estate and infrastructure disputes.

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) stands out for the breadth of cases it handles as well as for its international client base, which includes William Hill (UK) and Romanian drilling company Dafora Group. Gideon Weinbaum heads the practice.

FWMK (Furth, Wilensky, Mizrachi, Knaani) has ‘a good understanding of customer needs and expectations’. The practice, which is led by Ofer Furth and Boaz Wilensky, regularly handles complex commercial litigation and real estate disputes, as well as telecoms-related work.

Hamburger Evron & Co. Law Offices & Notaries is noted for its expertise in real estate and construction disputes. Key figure Gabriel Moyal-Maor’s recent clients include Kardan Real Estate and Israel Railways.

Lipa Meir & Co has significant expertise in insolvency-related litigation but recently also has been active in disputes involving real estate and healthcare. Alon Pomeranc is recommended.

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz’s key contacts include practice head Benjamin Baratz, who recently acted for Intec Pharma as well as B.S.T Development and Construction, and Tal Rotman, who recently joined from Ron Rotman & Co. The firm has strong expertise in real estate disputes.

Ronen Adini & Co founder Ronen Adini is an experienced litigator whose experience includes significant commercial disputes for domestic and international clients, including individual shareholders.

Ofer Bar-On and Amir Witkon are key figures in Shavit Bar-On Gal-On Tzin Witkon’s team, which handles cases such as contractual disputes and environmental litigation.

Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co. has a cross-departmental team of lawyers handling various disputes for its anchor clients, which include Orbotech, Teva Pharmaceuticals and IBM Israel.

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