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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. has extensive experience with capital markets transactions in Israel and abroad, particularly those involving the LSE. Tuvia Geffen specialises in international transactions and recently advised an online trading platform and its founding shareholders on a secondary placement transaction on the LSE's AIM-market. Additionally, Geffen handled LSE offerings for Taptica International, and is also assisting a client with the preparation of a prospectus for a big-ticket transaction, also on the LSE. In the domestic market, Jonathan Feuchtwanger assisted HAP Tower Journal Square Partnership with a first-of-its-kind public sale offer of partnership units. Further, Roi Turgheman advised the shareholders of Aeronautics on a share sale transaction in connection with the company's NIS390m IPO. Also of note, the department provides ongoing advice to the TASE in relation to offerings in Israel by non-Israeli companies, and companies whose securities are dual-listed in Israel and elsewhere.

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

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. fields a team of 'exceptional practitioners', with 'unparalleled depth of market knowledge and expertise'. The practice is led by Sharon Amir, who is among the most widely respected lawyers in the Israeli M&A market. Of particular note in 2018, Amir acted for Frutarom in relation to its $7.1bn acquisition by International Flavors & Fragrances. Amir is also go-to counsel for FIMI Opportunity Funds, the leading private equity firm in Israel, and recently he acted for FIMI and the selling shareholders of Ormat Technologies in relation to the $630m sale of a 22% stake in Ormat Technologies to Japan-based Orix Corporation. Einat Rosu advised Hola Networks on the up-to $200m acquisition of control in the company by UK private equity investor EMK Capital. In addition, Yoav Razin recently advised a client on a major defence-sector transaction.

Leading individuals

Sharon Amir - Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

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Competition/antitrust
Competition/antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

In addition to supporting one of the market's leading M&A practices, the antitrust department at Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. is engaged by domestic corporates and household-name multinationals to advise on business-critical regulatory matters and antitrust litigation. Department head Golan Kaneti is assisting an industry-leading technology company with regulatory issues associated with its planned activities in Israel, and is also representing an individual in relation to a high-profile IAA cartel case. The team is also representing an international corporate in a follow-on claim arising out of an EU regulatory antitrust ruling. In addition, the department provides ongoing and transactional antitrust advice to corporate clients such as FIMI and Zappa.

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Dispute resolution: class actions
Dispute resolution: class actions - ranked: tier 3

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. has particular expertise in the insurance industry, where it advises insurance companies and corporates on class action disputes involving issues such as personal injury and consumer protection. Tamar Kareth is acting for Fischer Pharmaceuticals in a class action regarding the sale of certain cut-price products, and Gil Atar is representing Haifa Chemicals in a class action concerning health damages resulting from alleged air pollution. The team has also handled class actions involving securities and antitrust law.

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Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration
Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. specialises in tort litigation and disputes in the insurance sector, but also has experience with banking claims and energy-sector disputes. The practice is jointly led by Gil Atar and Yoav Razin. Razin is acting for a major energy company in relation to a dispute concerning the breakdown of two power plants, while Atar is representing Eitanit in a number of asbestos claims, and is also representing Caesarstone in over 100 personal injury claims in connection with an allegedly defective product. Also of note, Azriel Rothman and Neta Heichal-Yassur are representing Harel Insurance Company and a local planning and construction committee in several subrogation claims resulting from a major flooding incident in 2013. Another key contact is Tamar Kareth, who has experience in a variety of insurance and civil litigation, including medical malpractice.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

The team at Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co., which is jointly headed by Tommy Manor and Pnina Broder Manor, handles a range of contentious and non-contentious employment work for well-known multinationals such as Amazon, JCDecaux, Deutsche Lufthansa and Microsoft, as well as for major domestic employers such as Leumit Health Care, Migdal Insurance Company and Central Bottling Corporation. Broder Manor is engaged by The State Doctors' Organisation in relation to the collective agreements governing the provision of medical malpractice liability insurance, and Manor is representing Manpower Group in two employment class actions.

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

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. has considerable strengths in funds investment, securities law and M&A, which it brings together to advise some of the country's most successful growth companies on high-profile and often cross-border transactions. In a standout mandate, Arnon Sambruski advised MeMed Diagnostics on its $70m financing round involving a number of prominent venture capital and institutional investors; the team also acted for the client in negotiations with the US Department of Defense concerning a unique development contract. Additionally, Einat Rosu acted for Hola Networks in relation to the $200m acquisition of control in the company by UK private equity firm EMK Capital. On the acquirer side, Tuvia Geffen advised Wix.com on its $36m acquisition of US-based DeviantArt. Further, Anat Igner advised China-based Luenmei Quantum on its investment in and joint venture with Mantis Vision, which develops 3D photography technology. The team is also engaged by a number of prominent venture capital funds. Other key figures in the team include Noga Devecseri Spira, Tal Eliasaf, and Gil Brandes.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. represents domestic insurers and insureds in high-value insurance litigation, including product liability, torts, professional negligence and medical malpractice, aviation and maritime claims, and bodily injury and damages disputes. The team has been increasingly active for European insurance companies such as Zurich Insurance, which Shimon Chertow and Gil Atar are representing in a $55m damages claim arising from a flooding incident at a Tel Aviv construction site. Additionally, Neta Heichal is acting for a member of UK-based Phoenix Group and its reinsurers, QBE Insurance and ACE, in relation to a claim against Phoenix following a major environmental incident. Yoav Razin and others are regularly engaged by professionals such as attorneys, tax advisers and engineers in connection with liability claims; Tamar Kareth acts for insurers of Israel's HMOs, hospitals, drug manufacturers and healthcare providers in connection to hundreds of medical malpractice claims. Moreover, the team handles cross-border insurance litigation for prominent insured public companies, including Caesarstone, which Atar and Shay Cohen are advising in relation to multi-jurisdictional product liability litigation. Other major clients include AIG, Catlin Insurance Company and four of Israel's largest insurers: Migdal Insurance Company, Clal Insurance, Harel Group, and The Phoenix Insurance Company.

Leading individuals

Gil Atar - Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

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Investment and venture capital funds
Investment and venture capital funds - ranked: tier 2

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. is well known for accompanying venture capital and private equity funds in investment and formation activity. In particular, the group provides a comprehensive service to Israel's most prolific private equity player, FIMI Private Equity Funds, which most recently formed its sixth fund, FIMI Opportunity 6. Department head Sharon Amir assisted Arbel Fund with a NIS700m capital raising, and advised Shikun & Binui Holdings on the establishment of an infrastructure fund investing in projects sponsored by Shikun & Binui. In addition to advising domestic venture capital and private equity investors, the department has been engaged by foreign investment firms in relation to their maiden investments in Israel. The team also provides ongoing investment and lending advice to Viola Credit Fund and Viola Ventures. Noga Devecseri Spira is another key figure in the department.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. has experience in real estate investment and development mandates and is especially active in the urban renewal space, where it acts for entrepreneurs and tenants. The department is led by Shmuel Lechner, who advised Aka Nadlan Nehasim & Hashkaout on the joint venture purchase of a 50% stake in a development site in Jerusalem, which will deliver 160 apartments and 40,000 sqm of commercial space. Lechner also handles planning mandates, which recently included representing Israel Canada Group in an opposition procedure concerning an outline plan proposed by the Kadima-Zoran authorities. Another figure in the team is Shira Ozik, who advised Migdaley Shekel, among others, on the sale of an 11,000 sqm office and commercial building in Kfar Saba.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

The team at Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. acts for creditors and insolvent corporates and individuals in a wide range of bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings. Department head Alona Baumgarten was appointed as trustee of the portfolio of Globus Max, and also served as one of two trustees of S. Tanus Construction & Development in a successful stay of proceedings concerning its debts of over NIS500m. Baumgarten is also involved in multiple high-profile personal bankruptcies. On the creditor side, the team acts primarily for banks and secured creditors, such as Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings and Bank Hapoalim. In one matter, the team advised Mercantile Discount Bank on proceedings associated with the liquidation of Beit Sasson. Another contact in the department is Yoav Razin, who has experience in corporate restructuring mandates.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. has historical ties to the aviation and maritime industries, and handles complex disputes - particularly insurance-related litigation - as well as ongoing commercial advice. Department head Ilan Winder is the firm's key contact for aviation sector work and is representing a litany of international air carriers in class action litigation concerning flight cancellations. The team also has dedicated expertise in crash litigation and passenger fatalities. In one matter, Moshe Ben-Sira represented Cessna in a District Court claim regarding two passenger deaths. The shipping and maritime practice group acts for both of Israel's major ports, international port companies, yacht owners and cruise operators, and overseas forwarders. A key figure in the practice group is senior associate Merav Nur, who represents Ashdod Port in all litigation arising from damages to its infrastructure or its cargo shipments. Similarly, the team is representing Haifa Port in a claim filed against it regarding damage cause to a cargo and vessel in the port. Nur is also regularly engaged to register vessels internationally. Shipco Transport and RCL Cruises are among the team's clients.

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