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The shipping and maritime group at Harris & Co. is an ‘impressive outfit, even by international standards’. Yoav Harris and John Harris are involved in a Supreme Court case concerning the Maritime Court’s approach to owners’ liability in the establishment of maritime liens.

Ilan Orly & Co. Law Firm is a boutique specialising in shipping and maritime law. Ilan Orly is hailed by peers as ‘possibly the best claimant lawyer in Israel, and certainly the best in the maritime industry’. Yoav Shpigler and Eran Shellac are contacts.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. is well known in the shipping and maritime industry, and also has a significant contentious and non-contentious aviation practice. Isaac Winder acted for Cessna in an accidental death suit involving aircraft designed by the client. Winder also represented Port of Antwerp in a liability claim alleging damages to a shipment.

Amir Cohen-Dor’s shipping and maritime group at S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries is highly regarded for representing vessel interests in maritime lien litigation and recently achieved a precedential Supreme Court ruling for Israel’s P&I representative. The team also has expertise in regulatory and antitrust matters and sale and purchase contracts.

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co provides the full range of ‘top-notch legal advice’ to clients in the aviation and auto sectors. Yoav Caspi’s department handles financing, regulatory and litigious matters for El Al Israel Airlines, Kesher Rent-a-Car and Kavim Public Transportation.

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is ‘highly recommended for complex litigation’ in the tourism and aviation sector. Shirly Kazir represents international airlines including Delta Airlines, Wizz Air and Pegasus Airline, and also acts for travel agency platforms.

The team at Goldfarb Seligman & Co. is active in litigation and general corporate matters for clients such as Ford Motor Company, Deustche Lufthansa and United Airlines. Rami Sofer handles non-contentious work, while Zvi Bar-Nathan is a contact for disputes.

Specialising in aviation as well as auto finance and leasing, Gottlieb, Gera, Engel & Co. Advocates provides a ‘level of service similar to that of New York or London firms’. Charles Gottlieb and Assi Talmor make ‘an excellent team with complementary skill-sets’.

Herzog Fox & Neeman services clients in a variety of transport-related matters, such as infrastructure projects, aviation litigation and finance, and the development of nascent transport technologies. Alan Sacks and Mark Phillips are key figures in the department.

Leshem-Kipperman, Law Offices & Notary’s boutique shipping and maritime practice handles disputes for domestic and international clients. Moshe Leshem and Irit Leshem-Kipperman are key contacts.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries’ transport group offers a range of corporate and regulatory advice to trade associations and public and private sector clients in the aviation industry. Aviation head Gad Elbaz is instructed by clients such as the Israeli Airport Authority and Phoenix Aviation.

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices provides regulatory advice to clients in the aviation sector and advises various transport-related companies on corporate and commercial matters. Alon Gellert heads the regulation group, and Ariel Aminetzah is ‘highly impressive’.

Headed by Gad Shiloh, Primes, Shiloh, Givon, Meir, Law Firm advises every type of participant in the shipping industry and handles mediation in shipping and port disputes.

S. Horowitz & Co handles asset finance, disputes and regulatory compliance in the aviation sector and is involved in numerous transport infrastructure projects. Hugh Kowarsky and Eyal Doron represent foreign air carriers such as British Airways in litigation.

Headed by Gadi Ouzan, Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co.’s transportation team advises major international automakers and domestic car companies and has experience in transport infrastructure projects. The department also handles litigation for air carriers such as Aeroflot – Russian Airlines. In 2017, the legacy Shibolet firm merged with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co.

Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co.’s ‘responsive’ transport group handles antitrust issues for clients in the shipping and aviation sectors and advises transport infrastructure companies on various tender issues. Elie Sprung has experience in hi-tech projects in the auto industry.

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