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Israel

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman has ‘a New York-like approach to client service’, acting for major borrowers and lenders on transactional as well as regulatory matters. Irit Roth and Natalie Jacobs, who are ‘excellent communicators’, advised Clal Insurance on setting up a fund to provide loans to small domestic businesses. Practice head Alan Sacks ‘impresses with his breadth of expertise and transaction management skills’.

Leading individuals

Alan Sacks - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s ‘creative and client-focused’ lawyers ‘work closely together to ensure that all issues are resolved in an efficient manner’. The team advised the underwriters to Teva Pharmaceuticals on three concurrent debt offerings totalling $22bn and two equity offerings totalling $6.75bn. Israel Electric Corporation and Mellanox Technologies are recent issuer-side clients. Practice co-heads Ehud Sol and Ilanit Landesman Yogev are ‘strong negotiators’, as is Nir Dash.

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

The lawyers in Herzog Fox & Neeman’s sizeable cross-departmental practice are ‘dealmakers, drawing on their knowledge of the regulatory and business environments to provide practical advice’. Highlights included advising Mellanox Technologies on its $811m merger with EZchip Semiconductor and assisting Volkswagen with its $300m strategic investment in Gett. Ehud Sol, Janet Levy Pahima, Hanan Haviv and Ran Hai are recommended.

Leading individuals

Hanan Haviv - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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Competition/antitrust
Competition/antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s practice head Talya Solomondemonstrates broad antitrust knowledge and a deep experience in dealing with the IAA’. Her recent highlights include representing Deutsche Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines in a class action relating to an alleged price-fixing cartel and advising Lam Research and KLA Tencor on their $10bn merger.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman is ‘recommended for any international company doing business in Israel’. The group specialises in handling employment issues for public sector clients and multinational hi-tech companies, having advised Microsoft on employment structuring following several acquisitions. Practice head Orly Gerbi also handles disputes.

Leading individuals

Orly Gerbi - Herzog Fox & Neeman

Next generation lawyers

Chagai Vered - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Adam Eytan and Mark Phillips jointly head Herzog Fox & Neeman’s ‘professional and business-oriented’ project finance department, which has developed a strong reputation on the lender side – particularly in independent power plant projects – but is also instructed by project companies. Notable clients include Bank Hapoalim and Bank Leumi.

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

Herzog Fox & Neeman

At Herzog Fox & Neeman, Dan Sharot handles transactional work for healthcare investment funds and hospitals. Recent work includes advising Merck Serono Ventures on all aspects of an $18m investment in Israeli cancer metabolism company Metabomed. The ‘exceptional’ Zohar Yahalom is a healthcare and life sciences regulatory expert.

Leading individuals

Zohar Yahalom - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman is ‘an important part of the start-up scene, providing young companies with valuable expertise’, and has a strong reputation in top-end M&A for major technology companies such as advising Nasdaq-listed Mellanox Technologies on its $811m merger with EZchip Semiconductor. Practice head Hanan Haviv, Dan Sharot, Yuval Meidar and Yair Geva are recommended.

Leading individuals

Hanan Haviv - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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Infrastructure projects
Infrastructure projects - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

One of the best firms in the area’, Herzog Fox & Neeman is exceptional in project finance. Mark Phillips jointly heads the team with Adam Eytan, who has been acting for Veolia in a tender for municipal solid waste. Alon Ziv left the firm for Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co..

Leading individuals

Adam Eytan - Herzog Fox & Neeman

Mark Phillips - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s insurance team provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for clients. Recent work includes acting for various HMOs in the tendering process for insurance coverage for their members and advising insurance companies on regulatory compliance. Practice head Neta Dorfman-Raviv has ‘profound experience in the insurance industry’.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s ‘knowledgeable, experienced and innovative’ lawyers provide a full-service offering to sponsors, investors and managers from a broad range of industries. Recent clients include Apax Partners, Pico Venture Partners and Fosun Group. ‘Dealmaker’ Tal Dror Schwimmer heads the fund formation team and highly regarded corporate group head Ehud Sol leads the fund transactions group.

Leading individuals

Tal Dror Schwimmer - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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Planning and construction
Planning and construction - ranked: tier 2

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Ariel Flavian and the team at Herzog Fox & Neeman provides ‘comprehensive and expedient’ service in ‘a timely fashion’. Flavian is recommended for his experience in large construction projects and also handles related disputes. Moshe Hardi is involved in residential projects for Rothstein Development and Amir Peres specialises in Tama 38 work.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s ‘strong and diverse team’ has strong industry knowledge and regularly acts for Viola Private Equity on fund management issues. On the transactional side, Ran Hai – who is ‘incredible for cross-border M&A’ – advised China-based Fosun Capital on its NIS290m purchase of Ahava-Dead Sea Laboratories. Ehud Sol, Tal Dror Schwimmer and Meir Linzen are key contacts for M&A, structuring issues and taxation, respectively.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Filled with first-class lawyers’, Herzog Fox & Neeman’s department is subdivided into five specialised groups: real estate, planning and construction, municipal tax, urban renewal and purchasing groups. Moshe Hardi advised a real estate fund on a NIS145m land purchase on the Tel Aviv boardwalk. Ariel Flavian and Sharon Petel are recommended.

Leading individuals

Moshe Hardi - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Herzog Fox & Neeman

The ‘strong and responsive’ team at Herzog Fox & Neeman has experience acting for domestic and international creditors. Asher Dovev is serving as liquidator on behalf of Heinz-Kraft regarding the group’s subsidiaries. Alan Sacks has ‘an extremely pragmatic approach’ and Yaniv Dinovitch is ‘an impressive and knowledgeable lawyer’.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman has ‘remarkable experience and expertise in every area of tax law’. The group works for large international clients such as Verifone and Microsoft in tax assessments, audits and transactional tax optimisation. Meir Linzen, Guy Katz and Yuval Navot 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 telecoms, media and entertainment department advises domestic and international clients on commercial transactions and regulatory matters. Practice head Esther Sternbach provides licensing and regulatory support to clients such clients as HP, Google and AT&T, as well as several domestic telecoms companies.

Leading individuals

Esther Sternbach - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s ‘very professional team’ acts for clients such as Carmel Ventures, Battery Ventures and Microsoft. Hi-tech practice head Hanan Haviv is ‘very helpful when it comes to advising on fundraisings and tax issues’; he acted for Sisense on its recent $50m financing. The firm also has a highly regarded fund formation team.

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Israel: Dispute resolution

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

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s Yaacov Sharvit is defending Yahoo against a class action alleging breaches of privacy rights and unjust enrichment, while David Zailer successfully represented Samsung Electronics in dismissing actions regarding faulty phones. Pfizer and Standard & Poor’s Maalot are other clients.

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

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman provides ‘clear and easily implementable advice’. Practice head Yaacov Sharvit is representing Israel Electric Corporation in its NIS3.8bn claim against several multinationals alleging the existence of a cartel in the gas insulated switchgears market. Other clients include Facebook, Bank Leumi and various high-net-worth individuals. Joseph Ashkenazicommands the respect of judges’.

Leading individuals

Yaacov Sharvit - Herzog Fox & Neeman

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

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s recent highlights include representing Facebook in a mediation proceeding following on from a class action regarding violations of, among others, Israeli communications and consumer protection law. David Zailer, Joseph Ashkenazi and the ‘very professional and efficient’ Yaacov Sharvit regularly handle ICC and LCIA proceedings.

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Israel: Intellectual property

Commercial/transactions
Intellectual property: commercial/transactions - ranked: tier 2

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s Dan Sharot has ‘excellent negotiation skills’, and is recommended for licensing and distribution agreements in the hi-tech and healthcare sectors. The ‘commercially mindedKaren Elburg assists clients with IP due diligence and regulatory compliance in relation to transactions for clients such as Fosun Group.

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Filing and prosecution
Intellectual property: filing and prosecution - ranked: tier 2

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s Karen Elburg manages the global IP portfolios of multinational clients such as 888 Holdings. Gilad Wekselman acts for Bank of Jerusalem in various copyright matters and trade mark registrations.

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Israel: Transport

Other transport
Transport: other transport - ranked: tier 2

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s Alan Sacks has ‘profound knowledge and experience’ of aircraft finance. Clients include Boeing and Airlease Corporation of Los Angeles California.

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