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Israel

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman is ‘particularly in tune with US and London legal service market delivery requirements and standards’, reflecting the high amount of cross-border matters handled. The practice, headed by ‘outstanding lawyer’ Alan Sacks, acts in high-profile debt finance matters, such as advising the banks on the $33bn bridge financing provided to Teva for its acquisition of Allergan Generics; regulatory matters, where Irit Roth is a key adviser to leading banks and institutional investors; and derivatives, with Natalie Jacobs being a highly regarded expert in the field.

Leading individuals

Alan Sacks - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neemandispenses thoughtful advice in a short timeframe and is always very responsive to deadlines’. Practice head Ehud Sol, Ilanit Landesman Yogev and Nir Dash are praised for their ‘deep understanding of the law and strong business sense’. Israel Electric Corporation recently instructed the team on a number of high-profile deals including a NIS1.5bn public offering of bonds. Clients also include Citibank and Azrieli Group.

Leading individuals

Ehud Sol - Herzog Fox & Neeman

Ilanit Landesman Yogev - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman combines ‘excellent business acumen, always appropriate advice and out-of-the-box thinking’, and ‘the overall level of service is very high’. Janet Levy Pahima, whose ‘experience is ideal for clients involved in cross-border matters’, Liat Shaked-Katz and Yuval Navot advised Microsoft on three recent acquisitions including the purchase of Aorato. Other clients include 888 Holdings, Oaktree Management and L’Oréal. The ‘dedicated and hardworking’ Ehud Sol, the ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ Hanan Haviv and international expert Alan Sacks are other key contacts.

Leading individuals

Hanan Haviv - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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Competition/antitrust
Competition/antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neemancombines a high level of service with intimate knowledge of the IAA’. Practice head Talya Solomon, who is ‘well versed in all matters antitrust’, advised a number of international clients including Deutsche Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines in their cartel-related class action. New arrival Iris Achmon, who joined from an in-house position and has also worked at the IAA, ‘can immediately point out any competition issues affecting a transaction’.

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Hi-tech, start-ups and venture capital
Hi-tech, start-ups and venture capital - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman regularly advises global heavyweights such as General Electric and IBM, while also ‘providing a personalised service to start-ups’. Hanan Haviv’s team includes ‘charismatic and talented lawyer’ Yair Geva, and ‘well-versed commercial and M&A expert’ Yuval Meidar, and Janet Levy Pahima, who is a key adviser to Microsoft.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman provides ‘a very high level of service’ owing to its ‘client-oriented approach and in-depth industry knowledge’. Recent work includes advising L’Oréal on the IP aspects of its investment in Coloright. Karen Elburg heads the practice, which notably includes the ‘practicalHanna Bilavsky. Maya Racine-Netser left for an in-house role.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s practice comprises a fund formation team led by Tal Dror Schwimmer, who has ‘a deep understanding of funds and the structures that suit them best’, and a fund transactions team, which includes corporate and securities head Ehud Sol. The latter group recently advised GTCR on its sale of Fundtech to DH Corp.

Leading individuals

Tal Dror Schwimmer - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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Planning and construction
Planning and construction - ranked: tier 2

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s practice has a range of experience. Practice head Moshe Hardi is recommended for commercial and industrial real estate development matters, Ariel Flavian handles construction issues and advises on planning disputes, and Amir Peres is a Tama 38 specialist. The team’s clients include Rothstein Development and Hayovel Lines.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s practice is jointly headed by Adam Eytan and Mark Phillips, who are ‘dealmakers with a deep understanding of their clients’ business needs’. The group is particularly active in project finance and M&A matters relating to energy. Clients include concessionaires (CityPass), lenders (Bank Leumi) and the State of Israel.

Leading individuals

Adam Eytan - Herzog Fox & Neeman

Mark Phillips - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s team has ‘very broad knowledge’. Moshe Hardi advised Gasit Globe Israel on selling a 51% stake in the G Ba’emek shopping centre and Amir Peres acted for Smart Real Estate Company on its NIS130m purchase of land in the heart of Tel Aviv. Hardi, together with Tsouriel Picard, assisted various private buyers with purchasing luxury apartments.

Leading individuals

Moshe Hardi - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman added transfer pricing to its already impressive list of tax capabilities when it recruited Eyal Bar-Zvi and Yariv Ben-Dov through its absorption of BarZvi & BenDov Law Offices. The practice also spans corporate tax, fund formation, international tax planning, criminal cases and indirect taxes. The ‘very bright and extremely practicalGuy Katz and practice head Meir Linzen are recommended.

Leading individuals

Meir Linzen - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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Telecoms and media
Telecoms and media - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s practice head Esther Sternbach is ‘trusted by all the players in the telecoms market, including the regulators’. She is a key adviser to clients such as 21st Century Fox, for which she obtained a joint venture approval to establish a new creator and distributor of television content, and Hot Telecommunication Systems, which she advises on content purchase and production agreements. Ronen Reingold is ‘well liked and connected’.

Leading individuals

Esther Sternbach - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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Israel: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and mediation
Arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

The overall level of service is outstanding’ at Herzog Fox & Neeman and its dispute resolution specialists are ‘smart, practical and hardworking’. ‘Client-focused and forward-thinking’ practice head Yaacov Sharvit is representing Eagle Overseas Incorporated in London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) proceedings relating to a shareholder dispute. David Zailer and Joseph Ashkenazi are other key contacts.

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

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neemanresponds well to the demands of working with high-profile international companies’, which include Facebook and PayPal. Joseph Ashkenazi is a key contact along with the ‘impressively knowledgeable’ David Zailer and practice head Yaacov Sharvit, who has ‘great communication skills’.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

There is real depth’ in Herzog Fox & Neeman’s 50-lawyer team, which is headed by the ‘highly intelligent and forward-thinking’ Yaacov Sharvit and includes David Zailer, ‘driven advocateJoseph Ashkenazi and ‘out-of-the-box thinker’ Gilad Wekselman. Cross-border disputes are a particular strength and recent clients include Israel Electric Corporation, which was represented in a NIS3.8bn cartel claim against Siemens, ABB and Alstom and Bayer.

Leading individuals

Yaacov Sharvit - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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