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Goldfarb Seligman & Co.really cares about its clients’, mixing provision of day-to-day support with transactional work. Clients range from start-ups to leading corporations and Ido Zemach acted for Intel on its $175m acquisition of Tel Aviv-based Replay Video Technologies. Corporate team head Ashok Chandrasekhar and Noa Rosenberg-Segalovitz are recommended.

Herzog Fox & Neeman is ‘an important part of the start-up scene, providing young companies with valuable expertise’, and has a strong reputation in top-end M&A for major technology companies such as advising Nasdaq-listed Mellanox Technologies on its $811m merger with EZchip Semiconductor. Practice head Hanan Haviv, Dan Sharot, Yuval Meidar and Yair Geva are recommended.

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices has ‘a deep bench of smart and experienced lawyers’, which includes Dan Shamgar and Alon Sahar. The practice advises on investment rounds, M&A and general corporate matters, and has recently acted for eBay, Amdocs and Taboola.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.’s recent highlights include advising EZchip Semiconductor on its $811m merger with Mellanox Technologies and acting for longstanding client Check Point during its $100m acquisition of Lacoon Mobile Security. The team also assisted start-up Unispectral with a $7m fundraising. Sharon Amir, Idan Lidor and practice head Gil Brandes are recommended.

Shibolet & Co’s ‘main strength is its business-minded approach’. Lior Aviram and the team advise multinationals, such as Alcoa and Alibaba, as well as emerging companies and incubators, handling M&A deals, funding rounds and general commercial matters. Vered Horesh has ‘deep knowledge and experience of working with start-ups’.

Yigal Arnon & Co’s practice co-head Barry Levenfeld is ‘a very cool-headed adviser on international deals’; he recently assisted Shanghai Giant Network Technology with its $4.4bn acquisition of Israel-based gaming company Playtika. Other clients include BioLineRx, Nasdaq-listed CA Technologies and IBM. Practice co-head Barak Platt is also recommended.

Key contacts at Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary include Shlomo Landress and Ian Rostowsky, who advised HeartWare Global on its proposed acquisition of ValTech Cardio, and chairman Yonatan Altman, who has acted for several Chinese clients and recently advised private equity fund Catalyst CEL Fund on its $10m investment in Xjet.

Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co. Advocates’ practice head Roy Caner is ‘highly knowledgeable of the start-up scene’; his clients include Kaymera Technologies, Kwik Commerce and Cymbio Digital. He also advised Motorola Solutions on the formation of its private incubator. Recent arrival Doni Toledano enhances the team’s big-ticket M&A credentials. Yoav Dankner is another key figure.

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is noted for its ‘excellent service’ and diverse client base. Eran Yaniv and Raz Tepper are the practice co-heads: Yaniv advised e-commerce marketplace Fiverr International during its $60m equity fundraising and Tepper acted for Applied Immune Technologies in a complex merger with Adicet Bio.

Itay Frishman and the team at GKH – Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co have ‘years of experience and know-how’ and are valued for their ‘sound judgement and practical advice’. Frishman acts for emerging companies such as Jfrog, for which he completed a $50m fundraising. Founding partner Amir Halevy advised Xura during its $273m takeover by Amdocs.

H-F & Co. has deep expertise in the hi-tech space, where clients range from Google to start-ups such as Ubimo. Highlights included acting for US-based wireless infrastructure provider MaxLinear on its $80m buyout of µWave from Broadcom. The key figures are founding partners Yuval Oren and Nitzan Hirsch-Falk, as well as recently promoted partner Ora Templeman.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notariesprovides an attractive offering for start-ups’. It also regularly works with mature companies – Jacob Enoch and Liora Lotenberg advised longstanding client Elbit Systems on its $158m acquisition of Nice’s cyber and intelligence division. Practice head Gail Etzion ‘understands what drives a business forward’.

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co’s key contacts include Eyal Roy Sage, who is a longstanding adviser to Microsoft, and corporate practice head Yoav Caspi, who regularly handles fundraisings for PLUS Ventures and My Seed Tech Fund.

FWMK (Furth, Wilensky, Mizrachi, Knaani) is ‘recommended for seed and growth stage start-ups’ and continues to be instructed through the lifecycle of such companies, all the way through to high-profile exits. Udi Knaani led the advice to Sintec Media on its $400m sale to Francisco Partners. Erez Mizrachi is ‘a true partner to his clients’ growth’.

Eyal Raz and Yoram Arad head the practice at Gornitzky & Co., which has a track record of advising high-net-worth individuals as investors and is also increasingly acting for start-ups. Elite Elkon assisted TowerSec with its $75m sale to NYSE-listed Harman.

Horn & Co’s founder Yuval Horn impresses clients with his life sciences sector expertise; recent clients include Metabomed and Vascular Biogenics. Wi-fi provider GoNet Systems and content discovery platform Taboola are also clients.

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz’s ‘sharp and very knowledgeable lawyers’ have ‘very good business sense and can think outside of the box’. The sizeable team includes life sciences expert Yael Baratz, Boston-based cross-border M&A specialist Oded Kadosh and recent arrival Atir Jaffe, who joined from Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co and brought with him clients such as 2B Angels and Kedma Capital.

S. Horowitz & Coenhances its clients’ dealmaking’. ‘Very strategic’ practice head Mordehay Malca is a key adviser to clients such as crowdfunding platform iAngels Crowd and angel investor Yoav Ben Dror.

Shenhav & Co., Advocates & Notary’s key contacts include ‘out-of-the-box thinkerAmir Raz as well as ‘superb negotiatorAyal Shenhav and Shmulik Atias, who both advised Sequoia Capital and several other investors on the $350m acquisition of investee Ravello Systems by Oracle. The practice is also regularly involved in fundraisings.

Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co. advises start-ups, incubators – including the state-sponsored Incentive II Management – and investors, such as venture capital firm Gilot Capital and angel investor Ziontech Angels. Practice head Elie Sprung has ‘an impressive understanding of her client’s underlying business’.

Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co.’s anchor clients such as Teva Pharmaceuticals, Orbotech and Jerusalem Venture Partners are a regular source of M&A, fundraising and general commercial instructions. Jerusalem-based Daniel Chinn is ‘an excellent strategic thinker’.

At Zysman, Aharoni, Gayer & Co (ZAG-S&W), Mor Limanovich handled an impressive number of fundraisings in 2016, such as advising 3D printing company Xjet on a $25m funding round. He also acted for SimilarWeb on its $10m acquisition of Quettra.

At Barath, Pappo, Betser, Floom, Schrieber & Co. (BFP & Co.), Haleli Barath recently handled investment rounds by WalkMe, Saguna Networks and human resources-focused start-up HiBob.

Barnea & Co’s managing partner Michael Barnea regularly handles fundraisings for investors, such as Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, and companies, including Continuity Software and Dune Medical Devices. Yuval Lazi is recommended.

Confino Luchtenstein Levy – CLL & Co.’s Lori Almouli-Confino was particularly active in 2016, advising Massivit 3D Printing Technologies as investee of a strategic investment by Stratasys. Ronen Wiseman frequently acts for Celltick Technologies.

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)’s cross-departmental team includes Simon Marks, who regularly works with Netafim, Natalie Noy, who is a key adviser to Shenzhen-based conglomerate Kuang-Chi, and Nimrod Rosenblum, who has experience of acting for investors and investees in fundraisings.

Glusman & Co.’s long roster of start-up clients includes e-commerce business Marmalada Market, various fintech and medical devices companies, and cybersecurity firms such as LightCyber and Sassa Software. Noam Gavish heads the practice.

Katzenell Dimant Frank has ‘very focused abilities around hi-tech companies and their needs’. The practice, headed by the ‘extremely service-oriented’ Einat Katzenell and ‘good strategist’ Ran Dimant, advises on day- to-day commercial matters, fundraisings and M&A.

Einat Weidberg heads the practice at Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co., Advocates & Notaries, which has recently handled work in the medical, energy and defence industries.

Founded by the highly regarded Rafi Raz and Ran Dlugin, Raz, Dlugin & Co. Law Officeshas a unique know-how in the hi-tech field’. Social gaming is a notable area of expertise.

Alex Berman and the team at Sharir, Shiv & Co. regularly act for companies in fundraisings and recently advised Ravello Systems during its acquisition by Oracle.

Shenhav Konforti Rotem & Co. advises accelerators, start-ups and multinationals across a broad range of sectors. Avital Zer-Sincai is regularly instructed by kibbutzim-controlled IT services provider Galilcs.

EMC Corporation provides Y. Ben-Dror with a steady flow of commercial and corporate hi-tech mandates. Other clients include Transform and Lighting, as well as SolidCAM. Founder Yossi Ben-Dror combines ‘in-depth legal knowledge with a business-minded approach’.

Yingke Israel – Eyal Khayat, Zolty, Neiger & Co., Law Offices’ practice co-heads Amir Zolty and Eyal Khayat advise emerging and mature technology companies and recently acted for a super angel on an investment in interactive music application provider Tonara.

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