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Within Banking and finance, Herzog Fox & Neeman is a first tier firm,

At the ‘top-qualityHerzog Fox & Neeman, team head Alan Sacks is ‘on top of every detail and is helpful on strategy’. Sacks recently advised the foreign secured lenders on Zim Integrated Shipping Group’s global $3bn debt restructuring. Other clients of the firm include Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs. Gil White is ‘proactive, commercial and user-friendly’. Asaf Nahum‘expertly steers different interest groups through technical negotiations’. Structured finance expert Natalie Jacobs recently joined from Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co.

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Within Capital markets, Herzog Fox & Neeman is a first tier firm,

Herzog Fox & Neeman provides ‘an extremely satisfying level of service’. The team recently represented crop products manufacturer Adama Agrochemical Solutions in a $57m partial tender offer for the purchase of an equity stake in Hubei Sanonda, the first foreign offer to purchase shares in a PRC entity. Other clients include Israel Electric Company, for which the firm recently conducted a $1.5bn offering of Singapore Stock Exchange listed bonds, and Varonis Systems, for which the team handled a $105m offering of common stock on Nasdaq. Highly experienced head of corporate securities Ehud Sol is recommended along with head of capital markets Ilanit Landesman Yogev and the ‘professional’ Yuval Meidar.

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Within Commercial, corporate and M&A, Herzog Fox & Neeman is a first tier firm,

Herzog Fox & Neeman recently advised Apax Partners on the NIS8.6bn sale of its controlling share in Tnuva Food Industries to Bright Food Group and also assisted Oldford Group with the sale of its entire issued share capital to Amaya Gaming. International practice head Alan Sacks is ‘a reliable lawyer’; corporate and securities head Ehud Solhas a creative and holistic approach’; and Janet Levy Pahima, who has represented major technology companies in numerous acquisitions, is ‘first rate in every respect’.

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Within Competition/antitrust, Herzog Fox & Neeman is a second tier firm,

At Herzog Fox & Neeman, ‘all lawyers have a superb understanding of their field’. The firm handles the full range of work and is particularly strong in cross-border mandates. The ‘precise-thinkingTalya Solomon, formerly of Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co, now heads the team. Boaz Golan left to start his own boutique.

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Within Dispute resolution, Herzog Fox & Neeman is a second tier firm,

The 16-partner team at Herzog Fox & Neeman has ‘the manpower and resources to handle large and complex cases’. The firm handles an array of disputes, from securities or IT litigation and consumer class actions to major cross-border insolvencies. The firm’s stellar client base includes Hewlett-Packard, Facebook and Pfizer. Yaacov Sharvit is ‘on top of all the issues’, and David Zailer gives ‘valuable advice’.

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Within Hi-tech, start-ups and venture capital, Herzog Fox & Neeman is a second tier firm,

Herzog Fox & Neeman recently advised Facebook on its acquisition of mobile analytics company Onavo and acted for Apple Inc during its acquisition of PrimeSense. Maya Racine Netser, who is noted for IP and corporate transactions, co-heads the practice with technology and life sciences expert Hanan Haviv. Janet Levy Pahima and Yair Geva have solid reputations.

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Within Intellectual property, Herzog Fox & Neeman is a first tier firm,

Herzog Fox & Neeman handles the full range of IP work, but has niche strength in trade mark portfolios relating to the online gaming industry. The firm is particularly expert in cyber-squatting and domain name disputes. Karen Elburg and Maya Racine Netser are well regarded.

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Within Investment funds, Herzog Fox & Neeman is a first tier firm,

Herzog Fox & Neeman handles the spectrum of investment advice cross-departmentally, with formation work handled by the firm’s tax and investment funds departments, and investment advice to mature funds delivered by the corporate and investment funds teams. Clients include Apax Partners, Facebook and Horizon Ventures. Tal Dror Schwimmer is the name to note.

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Within Planning and construction, Herzog Fox & Neeman is a second tier firm,

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s Yaakov Brandt and Moshe Hardi are experts in planning aspects of large transactions. Ariel Flavian is recommended for construction disputes, and is also regularly active in Tama 38 transactions. Clients include Assuta Medical Centre.

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Within Projects and energy, Herzog Fox & Neeman is a first tier firm,

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s diverse practice encompasses renewable energy projects, transport infrastructure projects – such as Jerusalem Light Railway and Road 431 – and desalination plants such as that at Soreq. The widely well-regarded Adam Eytan and Mark Phillips jointly head a team which can also draw on the ‘knowledgeable and responsiveAlan Sacks.

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Within Real estate, Herzog Fox & Neeman is a first tier firm,

Yaakov Brandt heads Herzog Fox & Neeman’s ‘team of excellent real estate lawyers’, which recently advised Reality Investment Fund on various transactions. It also advised a group of lenders, arranged by Bank Hapoalim, on the financing of the new Israel Defense Forces training centre in Negev. Gazit Globe Israel and Ofek Batan are also clients. Moshe Hardi is well regarded.

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Within Tax, Herzog Fox & Neeman is a first tier firm,

Unsurpassed’, Herzog Fox & Neeman conducts a rich array of work including corporation tax, tax planning for high-net-worth individuals both outbound and domestically, and employee benefit plans. The firm has seen an increase in transfer-pricing work. Meir Linzenplays a huge role in developing taxation issues’, and Guy Katz is ‘technically very able’.

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Within Telecoms and media, Herzog Fox & Neeman is a first tier firm,

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s ‘simply excellent’ practice recently advised Israel Postal Company on the public consultation held by the Ministry of Communications in relation to opening up the postal services to competition. The firm also represents HOT Telecommunication Systems and Partner Communications comprehensively. Practice head Esther Sternbach shows ‘impressive commitment’ and has deep experience of regulation. Ronen Reingold is an expert in postal regulatory work.

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