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Herzog Fox & Neeman’s ‘strong and diverse team’ has strong industry knowledge and regularly acts for Viola Private Equity on fund management issues. On the transactional side, Ran Hai – who is ‘incredible for cross-border M&A’ – advised China-based Fosun Capital on its NIS290m purchase of Ahava-Dead Sea Laboratories. Ehud Sol, Tal Dror Schwimmer and Meir Linzen are key contacts for M&A, structuring issues and taxation, respectively.

The key contacts at Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices include Dan Shamgar, who regularly advises Viola Private Equity on its investment activities; the ‘service-oriented’ Mike Rimon, who acted for BC Partners on its acquisition of a stake in Keter Plastic; and Eldar Ben-Ruby, an expert in fund formation and tax planning.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. is ‘outstanding in all private equity-related transactional, structuring and fundraising matters’; it is the exclusive counsel to FIMI Private Equity, Israel’s largest fund. Other clients include Viola Private Equity and Giza Venture Fund. Practice head Sharon Amir is regarded by some as being ‘the best M&A lawyer in Israel’.

Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co. Advocates’ new corporate head Doni Toledano is ‘a leader in the private equity space’ – he joined with his whole team from the now defunct Zellermayer, Pelossof, Rosovsky, Tsafrir, Toledano & Co. Advocates. His private equity deal experience includes advising Xio Group on its $510m acquisition of Lumenis and acting for Tene Investment Funds on the $162m sale of its stake in Fishman Thermo Technologies.

Key clients of Goldfarb Seligman & Co.’s ‘very attentive team’ include BayernLB Capital Partner, early-stage investment-focused General Catalyst Partners and US-based Poalim Real Estate Fund. Ido Gonen and Oren Wolpin are key contacts on the formation side while the highly regarded Ashok Chandrasekhar has been involved in numerous high-profile transactions.

Gornitzky & Co.’s practice head Chaim Friedland is regularly instructed by Fortissimo Capital and recently advised it on its $162m acquisition of Fishman Thermo Technologies. Other clients include UK-based Valtegra Fund and CVC Capital Partners.

Yigal Arnon & Co’s recommended lawyers include Nimrod Vromen, who assisted Chinese company Credit Ease with the formation of its first Israel-focused private equity fund. Eran Lempert advised Amitim on its investment in FIMI Opportunity 6 and Yarom Romem recently handled several US-related transactions.

Barnea & Co’s managing partner Michael Barnea acts for private equity firms and their portfolio companies and targets in buyouts and divestments. Clients include Kedma Capital, Ahava-Dead Sea Laboratories and Continuity Software.

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co’s clients include Sky Fund, which Raz Tepper advised on its NIS74m acquisition of a 50% stake in Gestetnertec. Other clients include energy-focused Helios Fund and infrastructure- targeted Noy Fund. Eran Yaniv is another key contact.

At S. Horowitz & Co, Mordehay Malca regularly advises offshore private equity funds on formation and investment issues. The firm also recently assisted Bank Hapoalim on two loans made to Fortissimo Capital Funds.

Shibolet & Co’s Lior Aviram and Vered Horesh recently advised several hi-tech companies, including Ping Identity and Econergy Systems, on receiving investments from domestic and international private equity funds.

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