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

Alan Sacks’ team at Herzog Fox & Neemanhas an excellent banking and finance practice, which is among the top in Israel’. The firm is particularly noted for international transactions and has expertise in complex loan arrangements, structured products and aviation financing. In 2012, the firm represented the Israel Electric Company in negotiating ECA-backed loan agreements to finance the purchase of equipment. Eliot Sacks is an expert in derivatives, and Irit Roth is highly regarded.

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

At Herzog Fox & Neeman, Ilanit Landesman Yogev is noted for her ‘professionalism’; Nir Dash is ‘service-oriented’; Hanan Haviv is ‘excellent at cross-border transactions’; and new partner Carmit Keanan has ‘a very good understanding of the field’. Clients include publicly traded companies such as Clal Industries and Azrieli Group, domestic investment houses such as Psagot Investment House, and foreign banks such as HSBC and Barclays. Dash recently represented Israel Electric Company in a $300m global bonds offering underwritten by Barclays Capital and Citi.

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

Herzog Fox & Neeman has a ‘fantastic’ practice. On the contentious side, the firm is representing Israel Electric Company in a class action filed against it on the grounds of alleged abuse of dominant position. The firm also advises clients such as Access Industries and Clal Industries on competition law aspects of transactions. In another highlight, the firm recently advised Luxottica Group on an IAA inquiry against allegations of abuse of dominant position. Practice head Boaz Golan is ‘an expert, knowledgeable, perceptive and highly skilled lawyer’.

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

Herzog Fox & Neemanquickly picks up the nuances of the client’s business, and its advice is always “on the money”’. In a recent highlight, the widely respected Nir Dash acted for Psagot Investment House on the NIS150m purchase of Meitav Exchange Trade Notes Holdings. Amir Seraya is ‘an excellent lawyer with broad understanding’. ‘Elder statesman’ Alan Sacks ‘lends his years of experience to ensure his team focuses on the right issues’. Daniel Lipman Lowbeer and Orit Hipsher were appointed to the partnership in 2013.

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

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s ‘excellent’ team shows ‘great professionalism and acumen’, and is active across a wide range of contentious matters including class actions, tax litigation and international arbitrations. The firm is representing Facebook in a class action and is also acting for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in a NIS946m product liability class action concerning the drug Lipitor. Practice head Yaacov Sharvit displays ‘attention to detail and deep knowledge’. David Zailer is ‘an excellent lawyer’ and Tuvia Erlich is praised for his ‘tactical thinking and experience’.

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

In 2013, Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law offices’ offering was bolstered by the arrival of Alon Sahar from Herzog Fox & Neeman. The firm handles a large amount of work from start-up and first financing through to IPOs and beyond. In 2012-13, the firm acted on exits worth a collective $9bn. Clients of Maya Liquornik’s team include Facebook and Cisco.

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

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s team head Karen Elburg ‘delivers the expertise the client needs’, and Maya Racine Netser is recommended for life sciences and media transactions. Clients include Hazera Genetics and Golden Gate Capital.

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

Herzog Fox & Neeman is involved in a rich array of projects including power plant projects, natural gas exploration and development, as well as renewable energy. The firm recently advised the lender consortia on the Dorad Energy and Dalia Energy power plant financings, and acted for the concessionaire of the flagship Jerusalem Light Railway project. Adam Eytan and Mark Phillips have superb reputations.

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

Yaakov Brandt heads the practice at Herzog Fox & Neeman, which ‘assists in every situation and is always available’. Moshe Hardi is ‘more than just a legal adviser and becomes an important part of the client’s business’. Hardi recently advised on the NIS325m sale of a 49% stake in three commercial centres to REIT 1. On the construction side, Brandt recently advised Assuta Medical Centers on a NIS700m tender to build a new public hospital in Ashdod.

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

Herzog Fox & Neeman has ‘a very good price/quality ratio’, and gives ‘cutting-edge’, ‘practical advice’. In addition to acting on many corporate tax and fund formation tax issues, the firm is also handling an increasing amount of work for high-net-worth individuals. Practice head Meir Linzen ‘brings the weight of his experience to any client matter’. Guy Katz is ‘arguably the best tax lawyer in Israel’.

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

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s four-lawyer practice is built around the talents of department head Esther Sternbach and media and postal law specialist Ronen Reingold. Clients include Israeli Electric Company, media industry entities such as Sky News and equipment manufacturers such as Cisco and Apple Inc. The firm also provides comprehensive advice to HOT Telecommunication Systems regarding its channel agreements, content purchase agreements and production agreements.

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