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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co has longstanding relationships with Israel's most active lenders, which the team advises across a huge variety of transactions from high-value project financing to esoteric cross-border refinancing deals and factoring transactions. The banking group is also engaged by foreign banks and investment funds in relation to cross-border lending transactions and collateral issues. Having advised a syndicate of domestic and international lenders on a loan transaction with Netafim, Anthony Bloch and Michelle Liberman recently assisted the syndicate with modifications to the finance documents following the acquisition of Netafim by Mexichem. Additionally, Bloch acted for a domestic bank in relation to multiple cross-border refinance transactions, and Liberman has experience in aviation finance. Another key figure in the team is Clifford Davis, who works for international banks, including Deutsche Bank, and has been involved in a number of unique and high-value export credit financing matters.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co has experience advising domestic corporates on debt offerings and, given its strong corporate practice, the team is regularly involved in public company M&A with complex securities aspects. The capital markets group is jointly headed by Guy Firer and Amir Assali, the latter of whom advised Issta Lines Israel Students Travel Company on a NIS110m private placement transaction, and advised Minrav Holdings on a series of debt offerings. The duo also has experience with exchange-traded fund listings. On the buy side, the team assisted an insurance company with debt and equity investments into King Store, a company planning for an IPO. Keith Shaw was promoted to partner.

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

S. Horowitz & Co

The lawyers at S. Horowitz & Co have a wealth of experience in Israeli, US and UK law, as well as business practice, and, according to clients, one of its most enviable features is its 'top-class international connections'. Clients particularly rate Clifford Davis, who in late 2017 acted for Chengdu Kanghong Pharmaceutical Group in its acquisition of I-Optima, which was the client's first acquisition in Israel. Davis is also advising a US medical company on a significant transaction in Israel, and one of the largest transactions of its kind in the domestic market. Also recommended is Amit Steinman, who assisted Israel Infrastructure Fund with a series of share transactions with Dalia Energies Power. Keith Shaw and Shlomi Delgo are additional contacts in the department.

Leading individuals

Clifford Davis - S. Horowitz & Co

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Competition/antitrust
Competition/antitrust - ranked: tier 1

S. Horowitz & Co

Leveraging its market-leading litigation group, S. Horowitz & Co is regularly involved in high-profile antitrust litigation and regulatory proceedings. Led by Hagai Doron, the antitrust team represents clients such as Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Danfoss and Nippon Yusen Kabshiki Kaisha in price-fixing and cartel-related litigation in Israel. In recent matters, Gitit Levin Grinberg has handled antitrust litigation for British Airways and Israel Electric Corporation, and she and Doron have also continued to represent Barclays Bank in a class action concerning the manipulation of Libor rates over a period of six years. Working in conjunction with the corporate department, the team also files a litany of notifications for high-value cross-border M&A, which recently included assisting General Electric with the merger filing for its sale of certain business operations to ABB. The group provides ongoing antitrust advice to clients such as Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries and Procter & Gamble.

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

S. Horowitz & Co

The dispute resolution department at S. Horowitz & Co regularly handles consumer class actions and follow-on antitrust claims, but also has experience with complex securities and environmental class actions. Ehud Arzi and Gitit Levin Grinberg are representing Google in a class action alleging that the company allows minors to purchase apps and games on its platform using the credit cards of adult relatives. Additionally, Yehoshua Horesh and Uriel Prinz are representing Israel Electric Corporation in a series of three class actions alleging that the client systematically overcharged consumers for the provision of electricity; taken together in monetary terms, these claims are among the very largest class actions ever filed in Israel. Also of note, Prinz and Hagai Doron are defending British Airways is a class action filed by the Consumers' Movement for the Promotion of a Fair Society and Economy involving allegations of excessive pricing. Further, department head Alex Hertman is acting for AIG Europe, as a third party, in relation to a securities class action filed against Urbancorp by its bondholders regarding certain statements on its financial reports.

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

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co earns praise from clients for its 'cohesiveness' and 'wide expanse of expertise'. The department is hired by major multinationals as well as Israel's most established corporates. One of these is Israel Electric Corporation, which the firm represented in a raft of litigation in 2017-2018, including a high-profile price-relief effort against the Tamar Partners, a Supreme Court petition regarding environmental concerns, a High Court petition concerning privatisation in the electricity sector, disputes with various contractors, property damage and personal injury claims, criminal proceedings, and mediation. Also of note, Yehoshua Horesh and Eran Bezalel, who specialises in complex tender litigation, successfully represented CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles in a claim regarding its winning bid in a NIS1bn production, supply and maintenance tender for a light rail line in Central Israel. Horesh has also been involved in a litany of high-value disputes for Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering and Paz Oil Company. Additionally, Ehud Arzi represents Google in many of the company's most pressing libel cases in Israel, and Alex Hertman is acting for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in relation to several high-value derivative actions. Also recommended are Benny Sheffer, who has expertise in construction and infrastructure disputes; Eliya Zunz Koller, who focuses on administrative and environmental disputes; and Eyal Doron, who is representing The Weizmann Institute of Science in a number of complex claims, including an unjust enrichment suit involving the donations derived from Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities.

Leading individuals

Alex Hertman - S. Horowitz & Co

Yehoshua Horesh - S. Horowitz & Co

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co's strength in litigation extends to cases involving labour and employment law, where the team represents employers in collective disputes as well as more unique employment litigation. In one matter, department head Shoshana Gavish represented Minrav Holdings in a dispute over whether employees in a workplace that is governed by a collective agreement can file a representative class action; Gavish also represented The National Organization of Guarding and Security Companies on the same point. Additionally, the team has acted for Hadassah Medical Organisation in a litany of disputes involving issues from proposed strike action to the effects of a redundancy programme. The department handles more than just litigation, however. Gavish regularly advises international employers on issues such as regulatory compliance, immigration, recruitment, HR policies and termination; in this context, clients include HCL Technologies, Sabre Booking.com, Delta Air Lines and the British Embassy in Tel Aviv. Ofir Pozner is another key contact.

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co has experience acting for project companies and bidding consortiums in some of Israel's largest infrastructure projects, and is regularly involved in the market's largest commercial and administrative disputes including tender litigation and contractor disputes. In particular, the team is involved in the largest transport infrastructure projects on both sides of the country. Benjamin Sheffer and Shai Avnieli are acting for SC Western Segment's Construction in relation to the construction of the Red Line on the Tel Aviv Light Rail, and Anthony Bloch and Amit Steinman are advising a consortium on its bid for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the extensions to the Jerusalem Light Rail, which would also involve taking over maintenance of the existing Red Line. Sheffer also acts for IVM Minrav Sadyt in its role as EPC contractor in relation to a water desalination facility in Ashdod. On  the lender side, Bloch and Michelle Liberman are advising Bank Leumi and Bank Hapoalim on all financing and refinancing issues associated with the operational leg of the Jerusalem Light Rail. In addition to its non-contentious work, the practice has market-leading litigation capabilities. Yehoshua Horesh and Eran Bezalel are representing CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicle in a dispute concerning its successful bid for the planning, production, supply and maintenance of railway cars for the light rail lines in Central Israel.

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

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co has a broad-based IP practice, with specialists in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries advising on a host of regulatory matters and IP litigation as well as cross-border commercial, licensing and distribution agreements. Demonstrative of the practice's breadth, the team advises Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on an array of regulatory issues, including drug and medical device registration, clinical trials and genetic testing, pharmaceutical legislation, and drug patent disputes. Dovev Apel and Tal Band act for The Chemical, Pharmaceutical, and Environmental Society of the Manufacturer's Association of Israel in relation to regulatory negotiations, compliance and disputes involving animal testing, freedom of information, pricing and IP. Other significant clients include Dexcel, Shire International, Humacyte, Allergan, Genmab, and Novocure. Moreover, the team advises Yeda Research and Development, the tech-transfer arm of The Weizmann Institute of Science, and has also handled inbound and outbound licensing transactions for an Israeli med-tech company. Dr Asaf Rentsler is another key contact in the department, which has recently added a number of new partners through a combination of promotions and lateral hires.

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Hi-tech and start-ups
Hi-tech and start-ups - ranked: tier 3

S. Horowitz & Co

The team at S. Horowitz & Co is engaged by mature technology companies and growth companies in a range of technological fields. The department is headed by Mordehay (Moti) Malca, who handles a full range of commercial, investment and regulatory matters for Final Group, which specialises in the development of trading algorithm technologies. Malca also assisted Medial Research Group with the commencement of a $30m financing deal, which included US-Israeli and Hong Kong-based investors. Acting on the investor side, Keith Shaw advised Soros Fund Management, as lead investor, on a financing transaction with fintech start-up Behalf.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co comprises 'top-class litigators for bigger-ticket disputes of all kinds' and represents insurers and insureds in insurance-related commercial litigation as well as claims and subrogation work. Avi Ordo is representing an Austrian lighting manufacturer and its insurer, HDI-Gerling Industries Versicherung, in a subrogation claim filed by Clal Insurance Company concerning a fire allegedly caused by a defective product manufactured by the insured. Further, Eyal Doron is acting for Soreq-Lachish Drainage Authority in a subrogation claim filed by Lloyds concerning flood damages occurring to products owned by its insured. Also recommended is Alex Hertman, who has handled insurance-related litigation for AIG Europe.

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

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co is experienced handling in-licensing transactions and is perhaps best known for advising Yeda Research and Development Company, the commercialisation arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Keith Shaw advised Yeda on a tripartite licensing agreement for cancer immuno-therapy with an Ivy League university and an Israeli start-up company. Further, department head Anthony Bloch advises Yeda on collaboration agreements with Israeli academic institutions and international pharmaceutical companies. Also in the pharmaceuticals sector, Shaw is advising a leading Israeli corporate on licensing and distribution agreements with an international bio-med company. The team has also handled out-licensing transactions.

Leading individuals

Anthony Bloch - S. Horowitz & Co

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Intellectual property: disputes
Intellectual property: disputes - ranked: tier 1

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co is well known in every area of litigation in Israel and, in the IP space, has particular strengths in patent and trade mark disputes. The litigation practice is led by Tal Band, who handles a litany of patent opposition and patent infringement disputes for Teva, which is Israel's most active patent litigator. Band is also acting for Google and Waze Mobile in a patent infringement claim filed by an Israeli inventor. Additionally, Band, Dovev Apel and Yair Ziv acted for The Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Society of the Manufacturers' Association of Israel in a patent opposition claim against Takeda, which raised a fundamental question regarding patent term extensions. Another key figure in the department is Avi Ordo, who has particular expertise in multinational trade mark disputes, but also handles patent opposition proceedings. Ordo has handled trade mark opposition and infringement matters for client such as Sociedad Anónima Damm, NBC Universal and Allergan. Ran Vogel and Noam Blei are additional contacts in the department.

Leading individuals

Avi Ordo - S. Horowitz & Co

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Intellectual property: filing/prosecution
Intellectual property: filing and prosecution: trade marks and copyrights - ranked: tier 2

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co provides multinational clients with 'efficient and cost-effective advice' in relation to the protection and expansion of their trade mark portfolios in Israel. The wider IP group is led by Tal Band, while Avi Ordo heads the IP prosecution practice. Ordo is engaged by clients such as DreamWorks Animation, Allergan, Toyota Motors Corporation and Sociedad Anónima Damm in relation to the protection of its existing trade mark portfolio and the applications for new trade marks in Israel. In this context, the team also acts for major domestic clients, including Pelephone Communications, Paz Oil Company, and Reshet Media. In the international space, the department is advising an Israeli restaurant group on trade mark renewals in the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia. Other key clients include Anheuser-Busch InBev, Teva, Universal City Studios, and Nu Skin Enterprises.

Leading individuals: Intellectual property: filing and prosecution: trade marks and copyrights

Avi Ordo - S. Horowitz & Co

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Planning and zoning
Planning and zoning - ranked: tier 2

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co is considered one of the country’s very best litigation firms, and as such is regularly involved in complex planning dispute, oppositions and expropriation proceedings. The department is led by Amir Caspari, who is representing Israel Electric Corporation in claims for increased compensation submitted by hundreds of landowners in relation to damages caused by a National Outline Plan. Caspari also acts for Ashdod Port in relation to planning objections, licensing matters and expropriation claims. The team is also involved in a litany of planning disputes for Lime & Stone Production Company and Readymix Industries (Israel). The group also has experience with non-contentious planning work and recently advised a group of rights holders on a luxury development project at Kikar HaMedina in Tel Aviv; it is also assisting SC Western Segment with various planning and licensing issues associated with the development of a western section of the Red Line in Tel Aviv. Asaf Rentsler is another contact in the planning and zoning litigation practice.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 4

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co is active in commercial and residential development mandates and leasing transactions, advising domestic real estate companies and purchasing groups. Jointly headed by Leor Nouman and Avigail Kastiel, the team provides ongoing support to Minhal Megurim Israel, which manages development projects and arranges large purchasing groups throughout Israel. Further, Kastiel advised Minrav Group on a property sale transaction in the Ashdod Industrial Zone, and is also acting for a successful joint bidder in relation to a government tender for the establishment of 550 residential units across multiple Israeli cities. Also of note, Nouman is acting for Ofarim Bashron Promotion & Construction in relation to the development of a hotel and residential tower in Netanya.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co has extensive experience acting for banks and unsecured creditors in connection with large recovery mandates and debt restructurings. The team is engaged by many of Israel's most active banks, including Bank Hapoalim, which Ehud Arzi is representing in a number of proceedings regarding the recovery of debts totalling over NIS1bn. Arzi is also acting for Israel Discount Bank in bankruptcy proceedings against Eliezer Fishman. Further, the team has been acting for American Apparel Retail (Israel) throughout its voluntary liquidation. The team has also advised companies such as Paz Oil Company and Warner Bros. Entertainment Netherlands as trade creditors in connection with the insolvencies of Mega Retail and Globus Max, respectively. Additional contacts include Michelle Liberman and Ran Feldman.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

S. Horowitz & Co

In terms of 'professionalism and client attention', S. Horowitz & Co is considered 'far superior to many of its competitors'. In addition to supporting the corporate group's cross-border transactional activity, the tax team handles taxation with regard to complex financial products and cryptocurrencies, and represents clients in disputes with the tax authorities, including criminal investigations initiated by the ITA. Department head Leor Nouman assisted a Chinese shipping company with negotiations concerning the taxation of Chinese workers in Israeli waters, and Ophir Kaplan has represented public companies such as Dubek in tax audits. Further, Nouman and Kaplan are representing Veolia Group in negotiations with the ITA regarding the sale of Veolia's entire Israeli business activity to a Luxembourg resident corporation. Additionally, the team advises families and individuals on voluntary disclosure proceedings. Zen Protocol, Bank Hapoalim, Perrigo Group and Booking.com are also among the department's clients.

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Telecoms and media
Telecoms and media - ranked: tier 1

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co has a high-profile client base in the media and telecoms sectors and attracts a steady stream of commercial, litigation and regulatory matters. Led by by team head Hagai Doron, the team is assisting Reshet-Media with a slew of disputes and regulatory mandates, including advising on the client's recent transition from franchisee broadcasting to licensed broadcasting, representing it before various regulatory bodies, assisting it with the establishment of new channels; it also advised the client on litigation spanning class actions, antitrust, administrative claims and general commercial disputes. Further, Doron advised Citynet on the establishment of the Sport ONE Channel, and routinely represents the client in regulatory proceedings. In the telecoms space, the team advised Hot Telecommunication Systems on a number of regulatory matters concerning fixed infrastructure, frequency fees and the provision of internet-based services. The team also handles commercial and regulatory mandates for Yedioth Ahronoth Group, and represents Google in disputes concerning issues such as internet law and freedom of speech.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

S. Horowitz & Co

In the aviation sector, S. Horowitz & Co handles civil litigation, antitrust issues and regulatory matters for industry associations, aircraft manufacturers and major international airlines. Practice co-head Hugh Kowarsky assisted a well-known commercial airline with the regulatory approvals necessary for certain special-circumstance overflight permits. Kowarsky and fellow co-head Eyal Doron are representing British Airways in a claim filed by five travel agencies regarding the accessibility of British Airways' flight information on the claimants' global distribution systems. The team also provides antitrust advice in relation to proposed mergers and joint ventures in the aviation sector.

Leading individuals

Hugh Kowarsky - S. Horowitz & Co

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