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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co's banking practice is impressively broad. Headed by Miri Kimhi, the department advises international banks and a variety of domestic lenders on lending activity for real estate and infrastructure project development and M&A. Recently, Kimhi advised JP Morgan, as mandated lead arranger and agent, on the the provision of financing for ADLER Real Estate's acquisition of 70% of Brack Capital Properties, and also advised a group of lenders, including Bank Hapoalim, on a transaction to refinance a large syndicated facility. Additional contacts include Dikla Lavy-Fischer, who has advised Shaked Partners Fund on a number of mezzanine loans provided to various borrowers, and Gilad Winkler, who acted for Harel Insurance Company in relation to the provision of a senior facility for the construction of a government complex. On the borrower side, the team has experience in complex financing structures. As an example, Kimhi and Vered Oren assisted OPC Energy with a structure to provide NIS320m financing through a combination of mezzanine loans and corporate debt; the structure also enables the refinancing of an existing loan and a restructuring of the group. Avraham Well is another key figure in the practice.

Leading individuals

Miri Kimhi - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is recognised by peers as a leader in the domestic capital markets. Moreover, the firm is among the most popular choices for foreign entities, particularly real estate companies, seeking to issue debt on the TASE. In that regard, Boaz Noiman is instructed by clients such as WCG Properties, Altitude Investments, and Silverstein Properties. The group also has experience in transactions involving foreign exchanges, and Nitzan Sandor acted for the joint global coordinators and the Israeli underwriter in the $850m IPO and debt offering of Tamar Petroleum, which included issuances in Israel, the US, and Europe. Also recommended is Michael Zellermayer, who acted for JP Morgan and Bank of America in relation to a private offering by Wix.com. Additional contacts include Vered Oren, who advises Migdal Insurance and Harel Insurance on debt issuances and ongoing securities matters, and Avraham Well, who is instructed by Reit 1, Israel's first and largest REIT.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is active in a wide range of industry sectors, and is engaged by major domestic and international corporates, global capital groups and domestic investment funds, banks and alternative lenders, and company shareholders. The corporate team is led by Avraham Well, 'one of the best dealmakers in the Israeli market'; Well acted for Bank Leumi and Azrieli Group in relation to its NIS2.5bn sale of Leumi Card to New York-based private equity fund Warburg Pincus. Additionally, Nitzan Sandor advised Noble Energy Mediterranean on the complex sale to Tamar Petroleum of 7.5% of its rights in the Tamar gas field; the cash-plus-equity deal carried an aggregate value of approximately $800m. Also of note, Raz Tepper advised Perrigo API on the $110m sale of its active pharmaceutical ingredients business, which was carried out through an auction process. Ronald Lehmann and Michael Zellermayer are also recommended, and Eran Yaniv is a key contact for tech sector deals.

Leading individuals

Avraham Well - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

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Competition/antitrust
Competition/antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co represents prominent domestic companies and multinationals in complex regulatory proceedings, global follow-on claims and class actions, merger filings in heavily regulated sectors, and criminal antitrust matters. The team provides comprehensive contentious and non-contentious antitrust advice to clients including Tnuva, Google and Bezeq. Standout work included Tal Eyal-Boger representing Volvo and Renault in a class action following the EU Commission's multibillion-euro fine in response to a global cartel. Eyal-Boger is also acting for Haifa Port Company in relation to Israel's first-ever oligopoly case. Reuven Behar represented Delek Drilling in High Court and legislative procedures concerning the adoption of legislation dealing with restrictive trade in the natural gas sector. Another key figure is Ziv Schwartz, who assisted New Channel 10 with the merger filing for its high-profile merger transaction with Reshet Media. Similarly, the team acted for ABB in the merger notification for the client's acquisition of certain business operations of General Electric.

Leading individuals

Tal Eyal-Boger - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

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Dispute resolution: class actions
Dispute resolution: class actions - ranked: tier 1

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is rated by international players, particularly for its expertise in securities and antitrust class actions. The department is jointly headed by Orit Malka and Gil Orion, 'a true expert in class action litigation'. Orion represented Tower Semiconductors and the company's officers and directors in a NIS338m securities class action, which raised fundamental questions over class actions brought against companies listed simultaneously in Israel and the US. In addition, Orion and Ronald Lehmann are acting for Perrigo Company in relation to a NIS2.1bn securities class action. The team is also representing ABB and ABB Technologies in a major antitrust follow-on class action. Malka is acting for Thrifty Rent a Car System and Ford Motor Company in relation to consumer class actions, and Shai Zadik is representing Sonol Israel in a class action brought against 11 companies operating in Haifa Bay alleging severe public harm as a result of air pollution.

Leading individuals

Gil Orion - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

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Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration
Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Acting for corporates and government entities, Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co has been involved in some of the most unique and important disputes in the domestic market. In one such example, Shai Zadik acted for Yahav-Hamais Group in relation to a Supreme Court case concerning the permissibility as court evidence of an employee's personal and private information, if it has been discovered by an employer as the result of passive accidental discovery rather than active monitoring. Acting for the government, Gil Orion and Oded Revivo are representing the State of Israel in arbitration against Dead Sea Work regarding ten years of unpaid royalties estimated at NIS2.5bn. Orion and Revivo are also acting for the Knesset in relation to a NIS670m claim brought by Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering concerning expanded scope of works, delays and financing issues associated with the development and maintenance of a new wing at the Knesset. The litigation team has also represented officers and directors of companies, including Alon Blue Square Israel, Suny Electronics and Scailex Corporation, in claims brought against them by trustees associated with the respective insolvency proceedings for those companies. Further, Tamar Turjeman-Kedem acted for international and domestic infrastructure development companies in multiple tender disputes, each involving multibillion-shekel transport infrastructure tenders. Reuven Behar is among the key figures in the team, and also recommended is Dror Matatyahu, who heads the firm's white-collar practice.

Leading individuals

Gil Orion - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Reuven Behar - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

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Dispute resolution: mediation and international arbitration
Dispute resolution: mediation and international arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co has a diverse litigation practice with extensive experience in high-value mediation proceedings. A key figure in the team is Gil Orion, who leads a team that is representing ABB in a consolidated multibillion-shekel claim that was referred to mediation; the claim started as two separate claims concerning ABB's involvement in an international cartel. Also in mediation, Orion is acting for the founders and former controlling shareholders of Cohen Development & Industrial Buildings in relation to a dispute concerning the sale of company control to Delek Group. Further, Reuven Behar has experience serving as an arbitrator under ICC rules, and regularly acts as a mediator in domestic and international mediation proceedings. Ayana Neumann and Shalom Hershkovitz were made partners in 2018.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is 'a very impressive firm' and its labour and employment group handles the full range of labour and employment matters for prominent international employers. It also has expertise in advising workers' committees on collective agreements and other various labour negotiations. The department is led by Shay Teken, who acts as strategic consultant for the chairman of the Histadrut, which is the largest labour organisation in Israel. Teken also provides comprehensive labour and employment law advice to clients such as the United States Embassy in Israel, The Israeli Bar Association, The Israeli Football Association, British Airways, and Air France - KLM, the last of which he represented in negotiations leading up to a collective agreement with the Histadrut. Teken also assisted the workers' committees of Paz Ashdod Refinery and the Israel Airports Authority with collective agreement negotiations, and represented the Transport Workers' Union in a number of disputes involving strike actions at Israel's ports. The team also has extensive experience in immigration law. Moran Friedman is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Shay Teken - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Next generation lawyers: Employment

Moran Friedman - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is strong across a range of legal disciplines and is well positioned to advise various market participants throughout the full life cycle of an energy or infrastructure project. The firm has an especially active lender side practice, which regularly acts for institutional lenders and domestic and international banks in relation to large project financing transactions. Gilad Winkler and Hagit Horowitz advised Harel Insurance Company and Migdal Insurance Company on the NIS800m financing for a 120MW PV power plant in Zeelim, and are advising Clal Insurance on the provision of a mezzanine loan to the concessionaire of the Carmel Tunnels project. The team is also engaged by active project companies, and the pair are advising a subsidiary of Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy on the preparation of contract documents for the construction, operation and maintenance of the first-ever privately owned gas-based peak power plant in Israel. Also of note, the team is advising a bidding consortium comprising Miridiam, Shikun & Binui and Egged Holding on its participation in a tender for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the J-Net system on the Jerusalem Metropolitan Light Rail.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

With notable strengths in corporate finance, IP, commercial licensing and M&A, Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is engaged by health funds and venture capital investors, growth companies, an international pharmaceutical company, and one of Israel's leading medical organisations. The healthcare and life sciences practice is jointly headed by Eran Yaniv and Raz Tepper, the latter of whom acted alongside Sharon Klein-Manbar to advise Perrigo Company on the sale of its active pharmaceutical ingredients business in Israel. Additionally, Yaniv handled corporate finance transactions for companies including Real Imaging Holdings, Nutrinia, Check-Cap, and Cannasoul Analytics. The team also advised Meuhedet Health Fund on its investment into NARA Medical Centers, and is engaged by investors such as OrbiMed Israel Partners.

Leading individuals

Raz Tepper - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

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Hi-tech and start-ups
Hi-tech and start-ups - ranked: tier 2

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

The service provided at Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is 'very simply above and beyond legal practice'; at all stages, 'the lawyers are deal makers, not deal breakers'. Jointly headed by Raz Tepper and Eran Yaniv, the firm has an established track record of taking Israeli companies from the very earliest stages through international expansion processes to eventual exits. In one example, Yaniv and Sharon Rosen advised Fiverr - a client the firm has acted for since its formation - on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Delaware company AND CO Ventures. Ronald Lehmann assisted Servotronix Motion Control with the establishment of a strategic alliance with China's Midea Group, a Fortune 500 consumer appliances company. The team is also active on the investor side, where Tepper has advised Rainbow Medical and OrbiMed Israel Partners on a number of investments in the medtech sector.

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Intellectual property: commercial/transactions
Intellectual property: commercial/transactions - ranked: tier 1

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is active in every sector in which IP is a primary concern, including technology, start-ups and venture capital funds, and telecoms and media. The firm's strong corporate and investment capabilities are matched by a team of licensing and commercialisation experts led by Amit Dat. Dat handles a range of branding, licensing and IP development matters for AGT International, and also serves as Israeli counsel to Heed, a joint venture comprising AGT and WME-IMG, which aims to create connected events and venues for sports, media and entertainment events. Additionally, Dat advised Israel Discount Bank on its acquisition of certain technology from a fintech solutions company, and is also assisting the company with proposed collaborations involving open source software usage and cybersecurity. The team also handles a litany of commercialisation matters for media productions companies and major Israeli television broadcasters. Other key clients include Claridge Israel and Google Israel, the latter of which the team is advising, as Israeli counsel, on a cross-border technology project. Associate Omri Rachum-Twaig is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers: Intellectual property: commercial/transactions

Amit Dat - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

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Intellectual property: disputes
Intellectual property: disputes - ranked: tier 3

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co has recognised strengths in litigation and in IP, which it combines in a variety of IP disputes, including opposition, enforcement and infringement matters. The key figure in the IP litigation team is Yael Riemer, who is involved in multiple patent arbitration proceedings concerning IP ownership and protection in the defense and medical device sectors. Acting alongside Reuven Behar and Eran Yaniv, Riemer is also representing Allium Medical Solutions in a dispute with a state hospital regarding an alleged breach by Allium of certain service innovations. The team also handles IP enforcement and various litigious matters for prominent domestic clients in the media industry, including The Sports Channel, Channel 10, and a host of Israeli production companies.

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Investment and venture capital funds
Investment and venture capital funds - ranked: tier 3

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is often engaged by major domestic and US-based private investment funds in relation to high-value investment transactions and complex M&A. Led headed by Raz Tepper and Eran Yaniv, the team also has experience in fund formation. As an example, Gilad Winkler acted for Menora Mivtachim Insurance in the establishment of a fund in conjunction with Canadian Solar Group. The team also assisted Helios Fund with the NIS450m fundraising associated with the establishment of two new investment funds. In addition, the group also provides ongoing investment and transactional advice to funds and corporate investors including Sky Private Equity Fund, Claridge Israel, and Claltech Investments. Ron Sitton is also recommended.

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Planning and zoning
Planning and zoning - ranked: tier 1

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is a firm fixture in the Israeli real estate market and its planning team is an 'indispensable' part of its service to the sector. The firm is regularly involved in the country's most complex and sensitive planning schemes, ranging from the creation of brand new communities to the expansion of rights in historically protected buildings. Of note, Amir Chen and Efrat Sharon are advising ZF Building on all planning procedures relating to the Eden Hills project in Jerusalem; this project consists of housing, commercial spaces and parks in an area spanning hundreds of thousands of square metres. The duo is also acting for Lodzia Rotex Investments in relation to several commercial projects in the BSR complex in Bnei Brak, and has also assisted real estate developers such as Union Properties and Ybox Real Estate Group with the creation of new city plans for multiple areas in Tel Aviv. Further, the team handles planning objections and disputes, and advises Netivei Israel - The National Transportation Infrastructure Company on expropriation claims and other objections to the client's zoning initiatives.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co leverages its strengths in corporate real estate, finance, securities and construction to service every stage of the real estate life cycle. Department head Amir Chen is among the market's most highly regarded real estate lawyers; he and his team act for many of Israel's most active real estate investors and development companies in relation to high-profile residential and commercial developments. Chen also advises REIT 1, Israel's first and largest REIT, on its various investment and acquisition activity. In just a few examples of the group's work, Chen advised Ybox Real Estate Group on a transaction through which the client acquired rights to a 2,200 sqm plot in Tel Aviv and, in exchange, will construct a combined residential and commercial project totalling nearly 50,000 sqm. Further, the team assisted Union Properties with the establishment of a new city plan for The Agricultural Bank, a historic building in Tel Aviv. Other key clients include Amot Investments, Sufrin Group, Yitzik Tshuva Group, and ZF Building. The team also handles lease transactions for major corporate occupiers and institutional landlords such as Menorah Properties and Investments. Omri Shilo is also highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Amir Chen - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

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Real estate: urban renewal
Real estate: urban renewal - ranked: tier 2

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

With strengths across the spectrum of complex real estate mandates, Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is well known in the market for its work in urban renewals, where it acts for range of market participants and is most active in TAMA 38 projects. The key figure in the team is Amir Chen, who is acting for Yigal Almi & Co, a development company specialising in the construction of high-end residences, on the execution of over a dozen TAMA 38 projects in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Chen is also assisting ZF Construction Company with TAMA 38 projects in Ramat HaSharon, Ramat Gan and Tel Aviv. Omri Shilo is another contact in the department, which also acts for apartment owners and promoters.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co has advised creditors, distressed corporates and insolvency administrators in some of Israel's largest insolvencies and debt arrangements. Department head Amit Pines acted for The Department of the Official Receiver in proceedings related to several liquidations, including those of Trade Bank, Ace Group, and Auto Depot. On the creditor side, Pines and Lihi Blumenfeld are advising Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot on insolvency proceedings against several entities and individuals, including the Fishman Group. The team also assists the bank with asset realisations in insolvency proceedings involving diamond dealers. Additionally, Pines and Blumenfeld regularly act as trustees or liquidators of corporates in a wide range of industries. Similarly, the team has experience in special administration proceedings; Pines was appointed as special administrator of the Almasera Association in relation to a liquidation request filed against it on the grounds of illegal activity. The group also represents individual debtors in high-value personal bankruptcies.

Leading individuals

Amit Pines - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

The tax team at Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is regularly involved in market-leading investment, real estate and M&A transactions, often with substantial cross-border elements. In addition, the department advises high-net-worth individuals on voluntary disclosure matters and trust planning, and also has experience in prominent tax disputes. Department head Anat Shavit has represented myriad domestic companies in contested tax assessments and is currently representing the Israeli subsidiary of a multinational online business in a dispute with the ITA regarding a VAT assessment, which raises novel questions of tax applied to certain types of products. Also of note, the department recently brought on senior associate Sagit Avital Assaf to expand its municipal taxation practice; Avital Assaf joined the team from the Tel Aviv Municipality. Clients include Mekorot (the Israeli national water company), Sky Private Equity Fund, and Colmobil.

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Telecoms and media
Telecoms and media - ranked: tier 1

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co marries its regulatory expertise in the media and telecoms industries with strengths in antitrust, administrative and commercial litigation, IP commercialisation, and corporate transactions. Among the team's major clients is Bezeq, which is the country's largest telecoms company. Department head Yoram Bonen handles a range of legal mandates for Bezeq, including, recently, representing the client before various government bodies in hearings involving the opening up of Israel's fixed-services market. Further, Bonen represented New Channel 10 in regulatory proceedings concerning the allocation of broadcast licenses, which were held before the Knesset and industry regulators. Additionally, the team advises Google on telecoms compliance and a host of issues involving internet law and data protection laws, and also provides compliance advice to an international telecoms provider. The team is also involved in the print media industry, where it acts for clients such as Israel Hayom Newspaper, a leading daily newspaper in Israel. Ayana Neumann and Barak Glickman were made partners in 2018.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co handles regulatory matters and commercial and civil litigation for a host of domestic and international air carriers. Shirly Kazir heads the aviation practice and, together with the litigation team, is acting for Delta Air Lines and Lufthansa in relation to separate claims regarding certain global policies concerning unused tickets; she is also representing British Airways in a class action dispute concerning the company's global no-show policy. Kazir also represents aviation groups in insurance-related litigation, such as recently representing Germania Airlines in a claim for damages arising from an aircraft collision at Ben Gurion Airport. In addition to her aviation-sector work, Kazir has experience in the maritime industry, where she is advising an international shipping company on the regulatory aspects of its establishment of Israeli operations. Other key clients include Pegasus, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Small Planet Airlines, and QAS - Quality Airport Services.

Leading individuals

Shirly Kazir - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

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