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Israel

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. has experience advising non-traditional lenders and multinational banks on various financing transactions, but has unique expertise in debit and prepaid card regulation and fintech. Ariel Rosenberg heads the department and counts Isracard and Amitim Pension Funds as clients.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

One of the strongest firms’ in Israel’s capital markets space, Goldfarb Seligman & Co. has an especially ‘good reputation in international equity transactions’. Of note, Gabriel Hake has developed unique expertise in merging Israeli tech companies with Australian public companies and initiating offerings on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Nechama Brin, Ashok Chandrasekhar and Amir Tzafrir are key contacts.

Leading individuals

Nechama Brin - Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

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

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.’s strongest point is its ‘ability to marry business-minded advice with in-depth understanding of legal constraints at every stage of a transaction’. In Israel’s largest transaction of the year, Aaron Lampert acted for Mobileye in its $15.3bn acquisition by Intel Corporation. Limor Oron-Abraham advised Discount Investment Corporation and Koor on a $1.4bn strategic buyout transaction with ChemChina. Ashok Chandrasekhar is also noted.

Leading individuals

Ashok Chandrasekhar - Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

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Competition/antitrust
Competition/antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. strengthened its antitrust practice with the addition of former sole practitioner Boaz Golan, ‘one of Israel’s best antitrust lawyers’. The team has picked up increasingly complex work with Golan’s arrival and persuaded various regulators, on behalf of the Neto Group, that Tnuva had sought to block effective competition.

Leading individuals

Boaz Golan - Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. represents corporate clients in union negotiations as well as in the labour court and assists multinationals with Israeli labour compliance. Orit Zilony-Klinman handles collective agreement negotiations for Dan Public Transportation, while Ofer Ravid is instructed by clients such as AIG and Dell-EMC.

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

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.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.’s healthcare and life sciences team advises domestic and international biotech and pharmaceutical companies on complex commercial agreements and strategic financing and M&A transactions. Led by Eli Zohar, the team serves as outside counsel to The Israeli Medical Association. Sharon Gazit assists foreign medical device companies with operations in Israel.

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Hi-tech, start-ups
Hi-tech, start-ups - ranked: tier 1

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

The ‘responsive and business-oriented’ corporate department at Goldfarb Seligman & Co. has decades of experience acting for start-ups in fields ranging from autonomous driving to medicinal marijuana. Corporate and securities head Ashok Chandrasekhar acts for Israeli tech companies, foreign multinational acquirers and investment funds. Sharon Gazit heads the tech group and Michael Heller is also recommended.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

The insurance department at Goldfarb Seligman & Co. is ‘highly professional and always delivers on time’. Headed by the ‘experienced negotiatorRami Sofer, the team acts for Israel’s largest insurance companies and also advises AIG Israel and American International Group.

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Investment and venture capital funds
Investment and venture capital funds - ranked: tier 1

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.’s overall service is ‘impeccable’. The cross-disciplinary team has extensive experience advising every type of investment fund across the entirety of its life cycle. With deep involvement in Israel’s hi-tech sector, the department advises stand-alone VCs and corporate investment arms on major hi-tech transactions. Ashok Chandrasekhar is instructed by Israel Secondary Fund and Marlin Equity Partners. Michael Heller and Neil Stowe are also recommended.

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Planning and construction
Planning and construction - ranked: tier 1

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. has experience in infrastructure projects and complex residential and commercial planning in restrictive areas such as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Orna Verhovsky is advising Gindi Investments on comprehensive planning and licensing procedures in connection with the 70,000 sqm Gindi Tel Aviv project. Verhovsky and Sagiv Hanin handle planning issues for Bayside Land Corporation regarding the 150,000 sqm Tozeret Ha’aretz project.

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Real estate: transactions
Real estate: transactions - ranked: tier 1

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.’s real estate team handles commercial, residential and industrial real estate projects from inception to completion. Jointly headed by Avi Arad and Levy Amitay, the department has considerable expertise in real estate taxation and securities. Dubi Zoltak has experience in international real estate investments with a focus on the US.

Leading individuals

Avi Arad - Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. runs an extremely active tax team, which has experience in global M&A and restructurings, tax assessments, executive compensation and capital markets transactions. Elisha Kesner advised Menivim on the establishment and IPO of The New REIT, while Tal Atsmon and Yaron Sever have extensive experience in voluntary disclosures. The firm recently strengthened its customs practice.

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Telecoms and media
Telecoms and media - ranked: tier 2

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. has considerable expertise in corporate transactions, complex commercial agreements and antitrust matters in the telecoms and media industry. Ashok Chandrasekhar has handled several significant M&A deals in the media sector, and antitrust expert Boaz Golan joined the firm in 2017.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

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.

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Israel: Dispute resolution

Class actions
Dispute resolution: class actions - ranked: tier 2

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Filled with ‘excellent strategists’, Goldfarb Seligman & Co. handles derivative claims and class action suits for large domestic and international corporates. Hagit Blaiberg represents seven major insurance companies in a consolidated class action alleging exploitative pricing of mortgage life insurance policies. Aaron Michaeli is highly recommended.

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Local litigation and arbitration
Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. brings a ‘no-nonsense, practical approach’ to highly sensitive and often cross-border commercial disputes. Eli Zohar represented David Davidovich in a headline Supreme Court case regarding the sale of Globes newspaper. Additional contacts include Hagit Blaiberg, who has expertise in securities litigation and internet law.

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Mediation and international arbitration
Dispute resolution: mediation and international arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

A ‘leading light in arbitration’, Goldfarb Seligman & Co. represents foreign companies in arbitration with Israeli entities, and has represented domestic clients in disputes with foreign governments. Zvi Bar-Nathan is a ‘results-driven strategist’, and ‘arbitration academicDaphna Kapeliuk has ‘deep knowledge of international law and process’.

Leading individuals

Daphna Kapeliuk - Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Zvi Bar-Nathan - Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

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Israel: Intellectual property

Commercial/transactions
Intellectual property: commercial/transactions - ranked: tier 3

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

The ‘business-oriented’ IP and tech group at Goldfarb Seligman & Co. has experience handling the global IP aspects of tech-driven M&A. Sharon Aloni also acts for EMC Israel Development Center in R&D arrangements with universities, and structures international transfer, licensing and development agreements.

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