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Gornitzky & Co.

45 ROTHSCHILD BLVD, TEL AVIV 6578403, ISRAEL
Tel:
Work +972 3 710 9191
Fax:
Fax +972 3 560 6555
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Web:
www.gornitzky.com
Herzliya Pituach, Tel Aviv

Israel

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Gornitzky & Co.

Bank Hapoalim is a key client of Gornitzky & Co.; the practice recently advised the bank on jointly establishing with Clal Insurance a NIS8bn fund aimed at making loans to small Israeli businesses. Acquisition finance is a notable strength. Practice head Eli Elya and ‘dealmaker’ Elite Elkon are recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Elite Elkon - Gornitzky & Co.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Gornitzky & Co.

At Gornitzky & Co., Yair Shiloni’s highlights included advising ADO Properties on its €415m IPO and assisting the underwriters, led by Apex Issuances, with Strawberry Fields REIT’s NIS265m issuance of unsecured bonds. The practice is jointly led by the highly regarded Chaim Friedland, who is recommended for international offerings (particularly on the underwriter side), and Sharon Werker-Sagy, who is a key contact for domestic transactions.

Leading individuals

Chaim Friedland - Gornitzky & Co

Next generation lawyers

Yair Shiloni - Gornitzky & Co.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co.’s practice co-heads Lior Porat and Chaim Friedland advised Golan Telecom on its NIS1.7bn sale to Cellcom. CVC Capital Partners and Delek Group are recent clients.

Leading individuals

Pinhas Rubin - Gornitzky & Co.

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Competition/antitrust
Competition/antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co.’s recent highlights include advising Golan Telecom on its merger with Cellcom and assisting Israel Hotels International with the filing of a restrictive agreement exemption. Avner Finkelshtein and highly regarded litigator Pinhas Rubin jointly head the practice, which regularly represents clients before the Israeli Antitrust Tribunal.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Gornitzky & Co.

Michael Ayalon heads the team at Gornitzky & Co., which acted for Delek Group in a union dispute following a sale transaction agreed with Fosun. Key clients include Fattal Hotels, MediGuide and Dow Jones & Company.

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Gornitzky & Co.

The ‘highly professional and client-dedicated’ energy lawyers at Gornitzky & Co. have handled a number of power project financings and successful BOT tenders. Jack Smith’s team has also been active in gas exploration, having advised Edison International in its potential acquisition of offshore natural gas assets.

Leading individuals

Jack Smith - Gornitzky & Co.

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

Gornitzky & Co.

Eyal Raz and Yoram Arad head the practice at Gornitzky & Co., which has a track record of advising high-net-worth individuals as investors and is also increasingly acting for start-ups. Elite Elkon assisted TowerSec with its $75m sale to NYSE-listed Harman.

Next generation lawyers

Ari Fried - Gornitzky & Co.

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Infrastructure projects
Infrastructure projects - ranked: tier 1

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co. has strengths in project finance and investment agreements. Itay Geffen is acting for China Resources and Transportation Group regarding the group’s participation in an NTA tender for tunnelling services in Tel Aviv. Dubi Gross is ‘an expert in international transactions’.

Leading individuals

Itay Geffen - Gornitzky & Co.

Next generation lawyers

Dubi Gross - Gornitzky & Co.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co.’s practice head Chaim Friedland is regularly instructed by Fortissimo Capital and recently advised it on its $162m acquisition of Fishman Thermo Technologies. Other clients include UK-based Valtegra Fund and CVC Capital Partners.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co. advises real estate companies and investment groups on commercial property. Eyal Marom jointly heads the practice with Shlomo Cohen, the latter of whom advised Melisron on several high-value land purchase and lease transactions.

Leading individuals

Eyal Marom - Gornitzky & Co.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co. assisted IDB Development with a creditor arrangement delisting the group from TASE and advised Rami Levy Chain Stores on Mega Retail’s insolvency. Pinhas Rubin and Yaron Elhawi head the group, which also acts for financial institutions.

Leading individuals

Pinhas Rubin - Gornitzky & Co.

Next generation lawyers

Kfir Yadgar - Gornitzky & Co.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co. acts for international clients such as PepsiCo and PayPal Holdings, and large domestic clients including Medinol and Migdal Insurance. Jointly headed by Pinhas Rubin and Daniel Paserman, the team often handles negotiations with the Israel Tax Authority (ITA) and tax aspects of M&A and corporate restructurings.

Leading individuals

Daniel Paserman - Gornitzky & Co.

Pinhas Rubin - Gornitzky & Co.

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Telecoms and media
Telecoms and media - ranked: tier 2

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co.’s TMT department is instructed by domestic telecoms companies and satellite providers, as well as global media groups. The practice is headed by Lior Porat and includes Yoram Arad, the latter of whom acts for yes (D.B.S. Satellite Services) in its agreements and engagements with global content providers.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 3

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co.’s clients range from high-net-worth individuals to funds, start-ups and corporate investors. Ari Fried and Chaim Friedland are notable figures in the ‘responsive’, multidisciplinary team.

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Israel: Dispute resolution

Class actions
Dispute resolution: class actions - ranked: tier 2

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co. has ‘broad-ranging knowledge in class action litigation’. The team regularly handles corporate and securities-related disputes; firm chairman Pinhas Rubin is a key adviser to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Noam Ronen often represents financial services clients and Harel Shaham is another key contact along with head of litigation Ofer Tzur.

Leading individuals

Pinhas Rubin - Gornitzky & Co.

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

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co.provides the client with the comfort that his interests are being best served, whatever time of day’. Firm chairman Pinhas Rubin is representing Bezeq in several disputes, including in disputes over dividends. Clients also include Bank Hapoalim and Israel Corporation. Practice head Ofer Tzur is ‘a formidable litigator and cross-examiner’.

Leading individuals

Ofer Tzur - Gornitzky & Co.

Pinhas Rubin - Gornitzky & Co.

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

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co.’s Eli Cohen is handling several construction-related arbitrations, including representing Shikun & Binui in ICC proceedings with a US-based company working on the Hadera power plant project. Head of litigation Ofer Tzur is highly regarded.

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Legal Developments by:
Gornitzky & Co.

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    Any Initial Public Offering (IPO) can be challenging. In order to be successful, the IPO process requires organization, leadership, teamwork among the various players (the company, lawyers, accountants, underwriters etc.), hard work and creative thinking. When it comes to an IPO in Israel by a non-Israeli company, the importance of all of the above becomes acute. Understanding the unique challenges of floating a non-Israeli company in Israel can help ensure a more efficient process.
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