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Israel

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co’s practice, which is noted for its ‘uncompromising professionalism’, mainly acts for lenders – Bank Hapoalim and HSBC are recent clients – but is also seeing an increase in borrower-side mandates. Recent lender work includes acquisition and project finance, as well as trade finance. Key contacts include Clifford Davis, Michelle Liberman and Anthony Bloch.

Leading individuals

Anthony Bloch - S. Horowitz & Co

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

S. Horowitz & Co

At S. Horowitz & Co, Amir Assali advised Minrav Holdings on a series of debt offerings totalling NIS430m while Clifford Davis and Keith Shaw assisted Plover Bay Technologies with its Hong Kong IPO. Guy Firer is recommended.

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

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co stands out for the diversity of matters it handles, ranging from multibillion-dollar exit transactions to complex commercial issues. General Motors, Israel Infrastructure Fund and Japan Tobacco are recent clients. Key contacts include practice co-head Clifford Davis, associate Keith Shaw, who is ‘a strong advocate of his clients’ objectives and needs’, and Amit Steinman.

Leading individuals

Clifford Davis - S. Horowitz & Co

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Competition/antitrust
Competition/antitrust - ranked: tier 1

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co acts for the International Air Transport Association and Teva Pharmaceuticals in all their antitrust matters, while Israel Electric Corporation, British Airways and Veolia are other recent clients. Gitit Levin Grinberg and practice head Hagai Doron are recommended.

Leading individuals

Hagai Doron - S. Horowitz & Co

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co’s department head Shoshana Gavish has been representing Hadassah Medical Organisation in a number of precedent-setting cases, including in arbitration with the Histadrut regarding the organisational role of a workers’ committee chairman. Ofir Pozner is another name to note.

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co’s team is headed by Eran Bezalel, who routinely advises Israel Electric Corporation on tendering and procurement issues and litigation. General Electric is another important energy client, which Clifford Davis advised on the acquisition of energy assets from Alstom.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co’s Asaf Rentsler often advises on healthcare public policy and has petitioned the Supreme Court regarding policy review. The team represents various HMOs in their disputes with Israel’s Ministry of Health and assists Teva with regulatory compliance.

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

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Coenhances its clients’ dealmaking’. ‘Very strategic’ practice head Mordehay Malca is a key adviser to clients such as crowdfunding platform iAngels Crowd and angel investor Yoav Ben Dror.

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Infrastructure projects
Infrastructure projects - ranked: tier 1

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co acts for concessionaires, EPC contractors and bidders. Benjamin Sheffer’s department is involved in an extension of the Cross Israel Highway, and is advising Solel Boneh and China Railway Tunnel Group on the NIS2.9bn construction of the Tel Aviv Light Railway’s Red Line.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co represents international and Israeli insurance companies, but also acts for brokers and underwriters. The team has defended Maccabi Health Services against a variety of class action claims, including before the Supreme Court. Avi Ordo, Alex Hertman and Ehud Arzi are the practice co-heads.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co’s Mordehay Malca is an expert in onshore and offshore fund formation and recently advised Coral Reef Technologies Group, a group of private hedge funds that trade in financial instruments, on the establishment of a new fund and general restructuring as part of a $30m transaction.

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Planning and construction
Planning and construction - ranked: tier 3

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co is active in planning and zoning disputes. Asaf Rentsler and Amir Caspari are key contacts in the department, which is acting for a conglomerate of private landowners regarding Kikar Hamedina shopping plaza in Tel Aviv.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 3

S. Horowitz & Co

At S. Horowitz & Co, Mordehay Malca regularly advises offshore private equity funds on formation and investment issues. The firm also recently assisted Bank Hapoalim on two loans made to Fortissimo Capital Funds.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co’s department is active in transactional matters and disputes. Avigail Kastiel heads the practice, which has been acting for Weizmann Institute of Science on the development of a science park and the purchase of a stake acquisition in another park from Africa Israel Group.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

S. Horowitz & Co

Ehud Arzi leads the banking disputes practice at S. Horowitz & Co, which regularly acts for Israeli banks. It has been acting for Bank Hapoalim regarding the debt refinancing of Israel Petrochemicals Enterprises, as well as in a separate NIS1bn loan recovery. The team also handles debt arrangements for Paz Oil and Reshet Media.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

S. Horowitz & Co

The tax team at S. Horowitz & Co assisted the Weizmann Institute of Science with tax reporting following sale and purchase transactions in the Tamar Science Park totalling about NIS1bn. Leor Nouman heads the team, which acts for over 100 wealthy families in voluntary disclosure proceedings before the ITA.

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Telecoms and media
Telecoms and media - ranked: tier 1

S. Horowitz & Co

The lawyers at S. Horowitz & Co act for domestic and multinational clients across technology, media and telecoms. In addition to regulatory and transactional work, the team has been representing Google in various defamation and data privacy cases. Hagai Doron’s clients include Yediot Aharonot, Reshet and Radius FM.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 3

S. Horowitz & Co

At S. Horowitz & Co, Clifford Davis regularly advises international VC funds on their investments in Israeli hi-tech companies.

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Israel: Dispute resolution

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

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co’s lawyers are ‘highly responsive and very persuasive in court’. Key contacts Hagai Doron and Uriel Prinz have been active in a broad range of class actions including defending British Airways against allegations of restrictive arrangements between airline companies and acting for Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) as respondent in three class actions alleging that IEC has been overcharging for electricity.

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

S. Horowitz & Co

The expertise of the three senior partners chairing S. Horowitz & Co’s litigation practice reflects the team’s ability to handle a very wide range of disputes: Yehoshua Horesh is a construction, energy and infrastructure expert; Ehud Arzi is a financial services specialist; and Alex Hertman is regularly involved in high-profile corporate and commercial disputes. Clients include Ashtrom, Toyota and Paz Oil.

Leading individuals

Alex Hertman - S. Horowitz & Co

Yehoshua Horesh - S. Horowitz & Co

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Israel: Intellectual property

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

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co is instructed by technology transfer companies for Israeli academic institutions regarding IP ownership and commercialisation, with notable experience in service patents. The team handles a wide variety of licensing agreements, with Avi Ordo specialising in trade mark licensing. Anthony Bloch chairs the practice.

Leading individuals

Avi Ordo - S. Horowitz & Co

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Disputes
Intellectual property: disputes - ranked: tier 1

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co handles IP litigation – such as on various trade mark and patent oppositions and infringements cases – for a number of major clients, notably including Teva and Israel’s three largest cellular phone service providers. The team also acted for Eshkolot in a remuneration case against HOT regarding what constitutes a reasonable royalty. Tal Band heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Tal Band - S. Horowitz & Co

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Filing and prosecution
Intellectual property: filing and prosecution - ranked: tier 1

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co’s team is led by Avi Ordo, who handles trade mark issues for DreamWorks Animation, Teva and NBC Universal City Studios. The team includes two patent attorneys, who act for leading companies in healthcare and industrial chemicals sectors.

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Israel: Transport

Other transport
Transport: other transport - ranked: tier 1

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co has ‘first-class knowledge of procedural issues, consumer issues and traffic rights’. The ‘highly experiencedHugh Kowarsky jointly heads the team with Eyal Doron. Together, they have been representing British Airways against claims brought by the Israel Travel Agents Association regarding the commercial relationship between the airline and travel agents. The department also acted for Bank Hapoalim as the lender on several aircraft lease financings and routinely represents International Air Transport Association in Israeli antitrust matters.

Leading individuals

Hugh Kowarsky - S. Horowitz & Co

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