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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices has a formidable financial regulatory practice and is engaged by some of Israel's largest banks and insurance companies in relation to high-value lending transactions. The banking department is jointly led by Adv Assaf Oz and Adv Eyal Dotan, the latter of whom has considerable expertise in banking regulation and acts for The Association of Banks in Israel in various regulatory and legislative negotiations with the Knesset, the Ministry of Justice, the Israeli Securities Authority, and others. Other contacts in the team include Adv Judith Gal-Or and Adv Gal Feingold, who advised Dexia Israel Bank on the execution of a cooperation agreement with Altshuler for the provision of joint loans to local authorities in Israel. Further, the team has handled real estate financing and cross-border general lending transactions for major domestic banks and insurance companies, and also has experience with M&A in the banking sector, where it recently advised the controlling shareholders of Union Bank of Israel on its proposed merger with Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is among Israel's most active firms in innovative domestic debt and equity offerings, and is especially strong in public company M&A. The department is jointly headed by Adv Yoav Nahir, who specialises in domestic capital markets matters, and Adv Shachar Hadar, who focuses on international transactions. The team has particular experience with transactions involving contingent convertible bonds. Adv Yael Weiss  advised Bank Hapoalim on its parallel issuance of straight and contingent convertible bonds, which raised NIS3.3bn; Weiss has also handled contingent convertible bond offerings for Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank and First International Issues. Further debt work has included Michael Rimon assisting Curacao-registered Sapiens International Corporation with a bond offering to raise NIS280m. In the equity space, Adv Dan Shamgar and Adv David S Glatt advised MediWound on a follow-on offering of its ordinary shares on Nasdaq. Also of note, the team advised Arcturus Therapeutics on its merger with a subsidiary of Alcobra, which included a post-transaction offering by Alcobra of shares to the shareholders of Arcturus Therapeutics. Adv Clifford M J Felig is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Clifford Felig - Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

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

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is one of the most active M&A firms in the market, and has complementary expertise in international securities, finance, tax and employment. Given its pedigree and market reputation, the firm is regularly involved in deals with multinational participants. Adv Itay Frishman advised Nasdaq-listed KLA - Tencor on its $4.5bn acquisition of Orbotech, and Adv Dan Geva acted for Neuroderm in relation to a $1.1bn reverse triangular merger transaction with Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp. Further, Adv Clifford M J Felig and Adv Tomer Sela advised German multinational SAP on its $350m acquisition of Gigya. Other key figures in the department include Adv Dan Shamgar  and Jonathan Irom, the latter of whom joined the team from Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg, Shenhav & Co. to lead the firm's blockchain practice.

Leading individuals

Clifford Felig - Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Dan Shamgar - Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

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Competition/antitrust
Competition/antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is 'consistently excellent' for M&A and complex litigation, which extends to the gamut of contentious and non-contentious antitrust matters. Merger control work included assisting BMW and Daimler with the notification process of a recent joint venture, acting for KLA-Tencor in relation to the Israeli antitrust aspects of its merger with Orbotech, and advising the controlling shareholders of Union Bank of Israel on its proposed merger with Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank. Led by Niva Barg Livnat, the team represents MAN Truck and Bus and Siemens in cartel-related follow-on litigation, and also acted for Yenot Bitan in relation to the imposition of administrative fines following alleged violations in the terms of a merger approval. Other key clients include Energean and Nesher Israeli Cement Industries.

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

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is among Israel's best-known firms internationally, and is among the market's top litigation firms. As such, the team represents a host of leading international corporates, including tech and pharmaceutical companies, in complex securities class actions, follow-on antitrust claims, data and privacy class actions, and consumer protection claims.  Adv Israel Leshem and Ali Bursztyn are representing EY in a NIS686m class action filed against it and Perrigo concerning certain items on Perrigo's financial statements. Leshem is also representing Mylan in an Israeli class action filed alongside a class action in the US concerning an alleged breach of US and Israeli securities law. Adv Ron Peleg is singled out for his experience advising pharmaceuticals companies in consumer class actions and does work for, among others, Bayer Israel and Perrigo Israel Agencies. Peleg also handles consumer class actions for Expedia, Hotels.com and Volkswagen Group. Further, Adv Yoav Oestreicher is representing Facebook Ireland and LinkedIn Corporation in privacy class actions, and Adv Nadav Weisman and Adv Adi Fremder represent clients including Siemens in antitrust-related class actions.

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

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is involved in numerous highly publicised and financially consequential cases. For example, a team led by Adv Israel Leshem has represented Siemens in various high-value disputes, including defending the company against a claim submitted by IEC with respect to a $600m tender, and representing the client in a class action and a civil claim regarding its involvement in a declared cartel. In the oil and gas space, Leshem and Edan Laron acted for Energean Israel in relation to a Supreme Court petition filed by a municipality concerning the client's development of gas pipelines connecting the Tanin and Karish gas reservoirs to Israel. The team also advised the Tel Aviv Municipality on a Supreme Court petition to certify an ordinance allowing the operation of supermarkets and mini-markets on the Sabbath within the limits of Tel Aviv. Additionally, Adv Nadav Weisman is representing Alstom in arbitration with the State of Israel in relation to disruptions in the development of the Jerusalem Light Rail, and Eyal Rosovsky and Sivan Ramot are acting for Judge Ronit Poznanski-Katz in special disciplinary proceedings with respect to a highly publicised text message leak as part of a larger investigation into connections between the Prime Minister of Israel and the controlling shareholder of two prominent Israeli telecoms companies.

Leading individuals

Eyal Rosovsky - Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Israel Leshem - Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

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Dispute resolution: mediation and international arbitration
Dispute resolution: mediation and international arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

In the eyes of some clients, Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices fields 'Israel's litigation dream team'. 'Efficient and practical', the team is often involved in high-value cross-border disputes, where it has particular expertise in mediation and also handles ICC arbitration. Adv Israel Leshem and Adv Nadav Weisman are representing Alstom Transportation Israel in mediation proceedings with the Government of Israel in relation to disruptions in the development of the Jerusalem Light Rail, and Adv Or Baron Gil represented Amdocs in mediation involving the misappropriation of trade secrets, which was settled in 2018. The team is also involved in a number of ICC proceedings for clients in the infrastructure and medical devices industries. Also recommended is Eyal Rosovsky, who has experience in a range of litigious proceedings and has experience acting as an arbitrator in international disputes.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices provides 'outstanding service' to Israeli start-ups and international corporates, which the team advises on ongoing contentious and non-contentious labour issues. Led by Ram Landa, the team has particular strength in assisting with the employment aspects of large and often cross-border corporate transactions. In one example, Hila Silverstein advised Neuroderm on the employee transfer aspects of a reverse triangular merger with Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma. Further, Landa and Silverstein are engaged by the majority of international pharmaceuticals companies operating in Israel, including Merck, GSK and Eli Lilly, in relation to all of their labour and employment matters, from terminations to HR policies to privacy and data issues to sexual harassment claims. Landa also provides a range of employment advice to Samsung, M+W Group and Medtronic. Hedvat Yanko Wollman is another key contact.

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is 'highly respected in the domestic and international project finance community', and by some clients' reckoning, the firm has 'the market-leading practice in the oil and gas sector'. Adv Renelle Joffe, who leads the oil and gas practice, acted for Energean Israel in relation to the acquisition from Delek Group of rights in the Karish and Tanin gas fields. The project finance team is headed by Adv Jonathan Finklestone and includes Guy Kles and Adv Tani Zahavi, all of whom are advising a consortium of financial institutions including Bank Leumi on the provision of financing for the the new IDF Technology Campus. Additionally, the team is advising Megalim Solar Power on the development of a solar power plant in in Ashalim, and is acting for Shapir Engineering Cross Israel North, as BOT concessionaire, in relation to the Cross Israel Northern Highway No 6. Further, Joffee and Finklestone are assisting an independent power producer with the construction of new power plants overseas. Also recommended is associate Elad Sharabani and litigator Adv Israel Leshem, the latter of whom has experience representing energy companies and infrastructure developers in commercial disputes.

Leading individuals

Adv Jonathan Finklestone - Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Renelle Joffe - Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Next Generation Partners: Energy and infrastructure

Elad Sharabani - Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Guy Kles - Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

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

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices has 'a highly skilled team' with 'tremendous experience in successful corporate deals in the healthcare industry'. Additionally, the firm's top-tier litigation department represents pharmaceutical companies in a wide range of disputes, including high-profile product liability claims. For instance, Adv Ron Peleg is representing GSK Israel in a multimillion-dollar product liability claim filed by 40 individual plaintiffs. Acting alongside Adv Israel Leshem, Peleg is also representing Bayer Israel, Bayer Schering Pharma and Perrigo Israel Agencies in a matter concerning the companies' duty to provide patients with certain scientific information regarding possible side-effects. Also recommended are Adv Boaz Mizrahi and Adv Haim Gueta, who handle a range of financing transactions and commercial agreements for companies such as Gamida Cell and Ayala Pharmaceuticals; the duo also assist financiers such as Clal Biotechnologies Industries with investments into germinal healthcare-sector innovation companies.

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

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

With 'deep expertise in every legal practice that's relevant to hi-tech', it is perhaps no surprise that the team at Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is 'involved on one side or the other of almost every major transaction' in the sector. Acting for venture capital investors, well-known technology groups, and Israeli start-ups and growth companies, the firm has a range of notable complementary expertise in areas such as international securities, fund formation and management, cross-border taxation, employment, and litigation. In 2017-2018, the team advised over 20 early-stage companies on seed round and A round financing transactions totalling more than $100m; while on the investor side, the department acted in over 200 financing rounds with an aggregate value of more than $1bn. In particular, on the company side, Adv Dan Shamgar and Koevary Simcha advised eToro Group in a $100m equity financing transaction led by China Minsheng Financial Holding Corporation, and Adv Dan Geva advised Amdocs on its acquisition of Ubiquity. The team also has expertise in ICO deals, where Adv Mike Rimon was recently involved in one of the most significant transactions in the industry; Rimon was engaged by Telegram Messenger in relation to its reported $1bn ICO, which drew an impressive $850m at initial offering, after originally being planned for $600m. Also recommended are Adv Alon Sahar, Adv Itay Frishman, and Assaf Naveh.

Leading individuals

Alon Sahar - Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Next Generation Partners: Hi-tech and start-ups

Assaf Naveh - Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

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Intellectual property: commercial/transactions
Intellectual property: commercial/transactions - ranked: tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

The team at Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is best known for advising Israeli corporates on high-value out-licensing agreements with well-known companies in the cyber, software, pharmaceuticals, fintech and media sectors. Led by Adv David Mirchin, the IP group assisted TVersity with the licensing of media management software to several European telecoms providers, and also advised FST Biometrics on service agreements with large US-based retailers such as Home Depot. Additionally, Mirchin has advised CloudAlly on all privacy matters and commercial agreements, which has included an outsourcing development agreement with a Russia-based counterparty. The team is also engaged by large international corporates in the software, pharmaceuticals, consumer products and e-commerce sectors. On that side of the practice, Mirchin regularly handles in-licensing agreements, but also advises on regulatory issues such as data protection.

Leading individuals

David Mirchin - Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

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Intellectual property: disputes
Intellectual property: disputes - ranked: tier 2

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices has a highly regarded litigation group, which acts for a number of multinational tech companies and pharmaceuticals groups in copyright, trade mark and patent disputes, and has also been especially active in data and privacy claims. The firm's IP practice is led by Adv Yoav Oestreicher, who is defending Amazon.com in a copyright and trade mark claim brought by two Israeli companies, and is acting for clients such as LinkedIn Corporation in relation to alleged breaches of privacy laws. Oestreicher and Ariel Rakover are defending Verint in a patent infringement claim concerning a patent related to security breaches in cellular communication networks. Also of note, the team achieved recent success in a long-running dispute regarding alleged misuse of patent laws in a way that monopolises the market for a particular psychiatric drug; in this matter, the team acted for GSK. Oestreicher is also representing Philip Morris in proceedings initiated by Major League Baseball regarding Philip Morris' request to register the 'MLB' trademark in Israel.

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

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices stands out for its strong international client base, which the team advises on the management and protection of large trade mark portfolios. Further, the IP department has assisted large Israeli corporates with the coordination of worldwide trade mark filings. The department is jointly headed by Adv David Mirchin and Adv Yoav Oestreicher, the latter of whom manages the Israeli trade mark portfolio of clients such as Philip Morris, Cadence Design Systems, and Cell Design Labs. Acting for domestic clients, Mirchin advises Gazit Globe and Start-Up Nation Central on the coordination of trade mark filings in the US, Canada and Europe. Also of note, Ariel Rakover assisted Qatar Airways with the filing and prosecution of a series of design applications concerning the client's design of aeroplane seats.

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

Yoav Oestreicher - Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

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Investment and venture capital funds
Investment and venture capital funds - ranked: tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

In the venture capital space, Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is among the market's most visible firms. In addition to having an active formation practice, the firm's corporate and securities team acts for a huge variety of venture capital investors in a litany of investment and M&A activity. Key figures in the team include tax specialist Adv Eldar Ben-Ruby and Adv Hodiya Schnider, who advises Israel's largest venture capital group, Pitango, on an array of investment and formation matters, including the formation of TDJ-Pitango, a fund formed in cooperation with the Polish government. Additionally, Schnider is advising clients such as E-Toro, iAngels and Scale-Up on the structuring of funds and platforms dedicated to blockchain assets. The team also has experience with private equity funds, hedge funds and real estate funds. Private equity clients include Vector Capital and Viola Private Equity.

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Planning and zoning
Planning and zoning - ranked: tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is involved in several nationally significant projects in the transportation, defense and energy sectors. In one such mandate, Tamar Migdal is advising the administration for Master Plan 47, which covers all support infrastructure for the housing complexes planned in the country's vacated IDF bases; this matter involves contentious and non-contentious planning advice across a litany of transportation and utility projects. Migdal also acts for Cross Israel Highway in relation to the regulatory aspects and expropriation procedures associated with projects including Highway No 6 and Haifa Nazareth Light Rail. In the contentious space, the team is representing the Ramat HaSharon Municipality and the Ramat HaSharon Local Committee in an administrative appeal against the approval of the Taas HaSharon master plan, which proposes the establishment of 23,000 residential units and 1.65 million sqm of commercial space. Other key clients include Azorim Construction Company, Acro Real Estate, and Delek Real Estate.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

The all-around service and depth of legal knowledge at Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is 'exceptional'. The real estate team is instructed by real estate companies and corporate occupiers in relation to large development projects. One example of the team's active developer clients is Elad Israel Residences, which Adv Hanni Avinery and Ofer Freilich have advised on a number of projects, including the sale of 550 residential units in the Park TLV project in Tel Aviv. Additionally, Adv Alon Yoeli is acting for a development partnership, which includes one of the country's largest real estate companies and a major institutional investor, in relation to a project that will deliver over 100,000 sqm of office, commercial and residential space. Also recommended are Adv Yoseph Cohen and Einat Izhak, who assisted Amdocs with its acquisition of a development site, and are continuing to advise the client on land leases for the site's future development. Adv Dana Peleg Slobodkin is another key contact.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices' restructuring and insolvency department is best known for advising creditors in the midst of major insolvency proceedings. Practice head Adv Pinni Yaniv acted for First International Bank of Israel in relation to the creditors' arrangement with Negev Ceramics regarding its high-value debts. Similarly, Yaniv serves as court-appointed receiver on behalf of Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot for four projects being constructed by companies in the Heftziba Construction Group. The department head is often appointed by the court to manage complex debt arrangements and insolvency procedures. In this capacity, Yaniv is acting as trustee for Gmul Investments and Honigman & Sons. Also of note, Eyal Rosovsky is helping to represent Bank Leumi in claims filed by the liquidators of TAO TSUOT alleging liability for the collapse of the company. The team also has expertise in M&A involving distressed companies. In a standout matter, Adv Amir Dolev advised Elco in its acquisition of Globus Max out of insolvency.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

The tax lawyers at Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices have 'strong technical tax skills', but perhaps more importantly 'the team also has an excellent of understanding of how the ITA will view a particular issue, which allows for practical solutions to complex problems'. As a complement to the firm's top-tier M&A practice, the tax team has 'a deep familiarity with foreign as well as domestic tax laws' and is thus adept at handling complex cross-border tax structures. In addition to the corporate transactional work, Shaul Grossman and Eldar Ben-Ruby provide comprehensive tax advice to high-net-worth individuals, trusts and estates, including disclosure advice in Israel and the US. Further, the team has experience with the tax aspects of fund formation, spanning venture capital, private equity, hedge and real estate funds. In the contentious space, Ben-Ruby represented a foreign-listed corporate in precedential negotiations with the ITA concerning certain regulations governing foreign corporations. Keren Shitrit and Meir Akunis are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Eldar Ben-Ruby - Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

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Telecoms and media
Telecoms and media - ranked: tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices services a variety of clients in the media and telecoms industries, ranging from major domestic telecoms operators to international acquirers to domestic media content providers. The department is headed by Adv Yossi Abadi, who acts for Hot Telecommunication Systems in relation to licensing and various government approvals, and advises Walla Communications on internet law, privacy and IP issues. The team is engaged by a host of domestic content providers, including Endemol Israel, The Jewish Heritage Channel, Jasmine TV, and Middle East News. Also of note, the team acted for the Israeli forum of large internet sites, which includes YNET, Globes, The Marker, and Walla!, in relation to proceedings aimed at providing financial relief for access to certain types of media content. The team is also involved in a potential M&A transaction in the telecoms industry, which would have significant market consequences if it were to come to fruition.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices has a wealth of experience in transport infrastructure mandates, which has brought the team work from potential concessionaires such as Dan Bus Company. Moreover, the team has handled complex litigation for an international auto producer, and advises Hainan Airlines and Korean Air on ongoing commercial and regulatory issues associated with its Israel-facing operations. Additionally, Adv Alon Gellert acted for Or Yarok, a nonprofit traffic safety lobbyist, in relation to certain legislative and regulatory initiatives regarding traffic safety. In the contentious space, Adv Israel Leshem and Adv Ron Peleg are representing Volkswagen Group in a number of class action claims concerning issues such as airbag safety and discrepancies in the company's fuel emissions reporting.

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