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Adv Israel Leshem

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Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

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head of litigation department Civil Litigation, Corporate Law, Commercial Law Partner in the firm


Member and Deputy Editor, Tel Aviv University Law Review, 1974-1978. Associate: Cravath, Swain & Moore, New York, N.Y., 1983-1985. Partner: Zadok, Striks, Sela & Co., 1985-1988. Lipa Meir, Leshem & Co., 1988-1994. Tel Aviv University, Israel, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, 1985-1989. College of Management, Israel, Lecturer, 1990-1994.


Hebrew and English


Member of the Israel Bar Association 1978 New York State Bar Association, 1984


Tel Aviv University, Israel, 1977 (LL.B summa cum laude). Harvard University, MA, USA, 1984 (S.J.D).


Publications: The Advocate (HaPraclit) Volume 33 Page 232: "Appeals - When As A Matter of Right When By Discretion?".


Dispute resolution: class actions

Within: Dispute resolution: class actions

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, 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

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Israel Leshem - Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Within: Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration

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.

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Dispute resolution: mediation and international arbitration

Within: Dispute resolution: mediation and international arbitration

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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Energy and infrastructure

Within: Energy and infrastructure

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.

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Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

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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Within: Transport

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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