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Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co. is among ‘the best firms in the country for natural gas law’ and has been involved in every one of the ongoing major upstream projects in Israel. Dan Hacohen is advising the project consortiums of the Tamar gas field and the Leviathan gas field. Eddie Ashkenazi is another contact.

The team at Barnea is a ‘one-stop shop’ for a wide range of major infrastructure projects. Simon Jaffa is advising Alstom Transport on several major railway projects and also handles matters for Israel Natural Gas Lines. Inon Yogev is a ‘leading force’ in the firm’s project finance practice.

In 2017, Goldfarb Seligman & Co. took on Orit Farkash-Hacohen, an energy and infrastructure regulatory expert with ‘vast knowledge gained from experience in the public and private sectors’, who was previously general director of the Israeli Public Utilities Authority. Farkash joins Rami Sofer, who has experience in major transport infrastructure projects. Amit Krispin left to form Krispin Rubinstein Blecher Law Offices.

Gornitzky & Co. is ‘experienced in the fields of electricity and gas’ and also handles project development agreements for transport infrastructure projects. Itay Geffen advised Alstom Israel and Minrav Holdings on its bid for the Tel Aviv Red Line systems tender. Jack Smith is ‘very knowledgeable of the regulatory framework’ governing the energy industry.

Herzog Fox & Neeman has considerable strength in energy and infrastructure project finance and experience in a variety of financing structures. Mark Phillips advised Emek Habacha Wind Energies on the NIS1.1bn financing and development of Israel’s largest wind farm. Adam Eytan acted for Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot in connection with the NIS400m financing of a cogeneration power plant.

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices was significantly strengthened by the arrival of Jonathan Finklestone and his team, including Guy Kles and Tani Zahavi, from Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co. The ‘well-known’ project finance group joins Renelle Joffe, a highly regarded expert in upstream energy regulation and fuel purchase transactions. Elad Sharabani is also noted.

Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co. recently welcomed Noa Meidan and her ‘top-level’ projects team from Levy, Meidan & Co. Meidan has a leading public sector-focused practice and acts for the State of Israel in the high-profile Red Sea-Dead Sea project. Idan Hirshberg is ‘loyal and highly knowledgeable’ of infrastructure finance.

Yigal Arnon & Co has a broad infrastructure and energy practice, which acts for lenders, government entities and corporates (such as Siemens) involved in major infrastructure projects, project finance and development matters. Doron Tamir is advising major government ministries on Jerusalem’s Red Line and the Ashalim Power Station project. David Schapiro advises Israel Infrastructure Fund.

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) is ‘very highly regarded’ in the infrastructure and energy finance space. Amnon Epstein is ‘truly exceptional’, particularly in international transactions and has unique experience in renewable energy projects. The team is advising NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit System on the construction of the Tel Aviv mass transit system.

Headed by Gilad Winkler, Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co’s projects department is regularly involved in corporate transactions involving energy and infrastructure assets. Additionally, Winkler acts for Africa Israel Properties in a BOT tender for the design, finance, construction and maintenance of the new IDF intelligence complex.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries’ ‘highly experienced’ team specialises in infrastructure project financing and has particular expertise in BOT and BOO projects. ‘One of the most talented lawyers in the field’, Tamar Firon-Smorodinsky acts for Carmelton Group regarding the operation of the Carmel Tunnels project. The firm also has experience in energy litigation.

S. Horowitz & Co is regularly involved in Israel’s largest transport infrastructure projects, handles corporate transactions involving energy assets and also has experience in infrastructure litigation. Benjamin Sheffer acts for a multinational JV on the construction of the Red Line in Tel Aviv. Anthony Bloch and Michelle Liberman are other contacts.

Headed by Ron Vered, Yehuda Raveh & Co.’s project finance team has experience in power plant and major infrastructure projects and particular expertise in PPP projects. Nadia Davidzon joined Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary.

One of Israel’s leading project finance firms’, Yossi Levy & Co acts for lenders and concessionaires in energy and infrastructure projects. The ‘creative and highly professionalUri Mandel advised domestic and international lenders on the financing of the Cross Israel Northern Highway. Noa Meidan joined Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co..

Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co has experience advising JV partnerships and handles corporate transactions involving energy assets. Uri Noy assisted Shikun & Binui Group in replacing its insolvent JV partner for the construction of a solar power plant. Jonathan Finklestone and his team, which included Guy Kles and Tani Zahavi, joined Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices.

GKH – Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co has experience in a variety of power and energy-related matters. Anat Klein advised Dalia Power Energies on the first gas sale purchase agreement from Energen, involving assets in the Karish and Tanin gas fields. The team also handles regulatory issues and litigation for Jerusalem District Electricity Company.

Krispin Rubinstein Blecher Law Offices is a new firm co-founded by former Goldfarb Seligman & Co. partner Amit Krispin, who is ‘highly regarded’ in Israel’s energy market. Krispin continues to advise natural gas companies such as Amisragas and Supergas and provides ongoing advice to 12 natural gas power plants.

Lipa Meir & Co has acted for various government entities, corporates and Israeli lenders in large infrastructure and energy projects. Zuriel Lavie is advising Dalia Power Energies on the construction of Israel’s largest privately owned natural gas power station. Israel’s Ministry of Defense is a key client.

As counsel to Israel’s Ministry of International Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, Shenhav & Co., Advocates & Notary is involved in all of the country’s largest public energy and infrastructure projects. Tal Danon Shenhav has advised the government on major natural gas and transport projects.

Shenhav Konforti Rotem & Co. has unique expertise in advising kibbutzim in project finance agreements and advises Israeli corporates on global infrastructure projects. Amos Konforti acts for Electra Group in several road and water projects in Africa.

The team at Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. has extensive experience in energy project finance and development in Europe and Africa. Revital Ben-Artzi is advising Telemania on all aspects of its energy projects worldwide. Orit Marom Albeck has been involved in the development and operation of various solar projects in Israel. Alon Zvi joined from Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co. and has considerable experience in project financing. The legacy Shibolet firm merged with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. at the end of 2017, which brought David Magriso and Gilad Shapiro to the team.

Weinstock Zecler & Co. is ‘highly recommended for procurement and dispute resolution in the infrastructure’ space. Ayelet Simon-Vekslar is a ‘go-to’ lawyer for public tender and procurement matters and advises clients such as Israel Railways and NTA – metropolitan mass transit system.

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