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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) is particularly well known among international banks and alternative lenders operating in Israel. Given the lawyers' international pedigree and fluency in a number of European languages, foreign clients in particular have found 'the cultural and international awareness' of the team to be especially beneficial. Department head Amnon Epstein assisted Bank of America Merrill Lynch with the establishment of a collateralised foreign exchange facility for an Israeli borrower, and also acted for Lloyds Bank in relation to a real estate finance transaction in Israel. In addition to working for almost every international lender doing business in Israel, the team has seen increased work from major domestic lenders. In one matter, Epstein advised Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank on its purchase of three sovereign loans. The team is also well positioned to advise clients on European financial regulations. Asaf Rimon has experience in project finance transactions, and the team's real estate finance practice was strengthened by the firm's merger with Zahavi-Blau & Co.

Leading individuals

Amnon Epstein - Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) is 'an expert firm in hi-tech M&A' and, with a variety of European language skills in-house, is a particularly attractive team for foreign investors. Simon Marks advised London-listed MTI Wireless Edge on a share-for-share merger between it and its controlling shareholder MTI Computers & Software Services. In the domestic market, Nimrod Rosenblum acted for private equity firm Kedma Capital in relation to its large acquisition of Iskoor Metals. Hi-tech highlights included Natalie Noy assisting the founders of a software company with its $250m acquisition by Nasdaq-listed Symantec Corporation. Also recommended is Roni Abelski, who has handled investment transactions for European corporates including Daimler.

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Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration
Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) is engaged by domestic and international corporates, particularly European companies, in a wide range of matters, including infrastructure and tender-related litigation, international arbitration, tort litigation, and general commercial disputes. Department head Gideon Weinbaum is representing Unidress in a District Court claim concerning its successful bid for a contract to supply special military units with flame-resistant clothing. Weinbaum is also acting for Council of Bureaux in a claim against the Israeli Insurance Association involving contract and tort law. Also in the insurance sector, the team is representing Danish insurer Topdanmark in a dispute involving damaged goods delivered by an Israeli supplier to one of the client's insureds. Raimondi Cranes, Air Berlin and Assicurazioni Generali are among the team's major European clients.

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) has experience acting for project companies and contractors, as well as project lenders, in relation to infrastructure and energy projects, particularly in the renewables sector. The department is led by Amnon Epstein, who acted for Tahal Water Energy, Noy Fund and Hutchison Water International in relation to the financial close of a NIS2bn 344MW pumped storage project in the Jordan Valley. Epstein is also assisting Veridis and a strategic investment fund with their participation in a BOT tender for the construction of a new desalination plant in Israel, which will be among the largest such plants in the world. On the lender side, Epstein has advised an international lending consortium on the security documentation for the financing of the country's largest natural gas project. The team is also acting for NTA - Metropolitan Mass Transit System with regards to the entire tender process for the Green Line and the Purple Line on the Tel Aviv Light Rail. Additional contacts include Asaf Rimon and Lior Aharon.

Leading individuals

Amnon Epstein - Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)

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

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)

The team at Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) has experience acting for growth companies and domestic and international investors, and has been involved in a number of impressive investment and exit transactions in 2017-2018. In particular, Natalie Noy acted for the founders of Fireglass in relation to its $250m acquisition by Nasdaq-listed Symantec Corporation, and also advised StoreSmarts on its acquisition by US-based Retail IQ, the latter of which marked the first major exit transaction of 2018. In the financing space, Nimrod Rosenblum assisted Karamba Security with two financing transactions, including a $12m Series B investment round involving investors such as YL Ventures. Investor-side highlights included Simon Marks acting for a well-known angel investor in relation to an early-stage investment transaction. Additionally, Roni Abelski acted for innogy in relation to its investments in several early-stage companies. Abelski also handles commercial agreements and ongoing commercial matters for Mercedes Benz Research and Development Tel Aviv.

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

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)

The real estate team at Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) was strengthened in 2018 by its merger with Zahavi-Blau & Co, which brought to the firm a team of associates and partners, including Yoav Zahavi, who has expertise in commercial real estate, hotels and urban renewals. Of particular note, Zahavi is acting for the United Sarona purchasing group; the purchasing group comprises 550 individuals and companies and recently won the Israel Land Authority's tender for the purchase of development land in the Sarona area of Tel Aviv, which is among the city's most prominent development sites. Zahavi now jointly heads the real estate team with Erez Gurion, who is engaged by real estate companies such as Mivne Group, which he advised on multiple asset sales in Jerusalem, Kiryat Gat and Be'er Sheva. Gurion and Gilad Maoz are also acting for one of the owners of Brown Hotels in relation to several property acquisitions in Tel Aviv.

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