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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
Email:
Web:
www.gornitzky.com
Herzliya Pituach, Tel Aviv

Adv Pinhas Rubin

Tel:
Work +972 3 7109122
Email:
Gornitzky & Co.

Work Department

Corporate; Tax; Mergers & Acquisitions; Banking & Finance; Capital Markets & Securities; Trusts, Estates & Private Wealth Management; Litigation & Dispute Resolution; Class Actions & Derivative Suits; White Collar Crime; Restructuring & Insolvency; Administrative Law; Commercial; Telecoms & Media; Antitrust & Competition

Position

Firm Chairman and Senior Partner.

Career

Pinhas Rubin is the Chairman and the Senior Partner at Gornitzky & Co. He is considered by the Israeli financial press to be a "key position" holder and was listed therein as one of the people who will "open any door for you". Since 2002, The Marker Magazine has repeatedly identified him as one of the 100 most influential people in the Israeli economy, and leading international legal guides named him "a super lawyer" and "the best lawyer in Israel". Mr. Rubin sets himself apart from other legal practitioners, who specialize in one specific field, with his unique interdisciplinary approach: He is regarded as a reputable expert in the numerous fields in which he regularly practices, especially in the areas of corporate law, tax, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, trusts and estates, litigation and dispute resolution, white collar crime, class actions and derivative suits. In addition, Mr. Rubin lectures on a variety of legal topics at Israel's finest academic institutions. Acting across a broad range of legal practices, Mr. Rubin is extensively involved in Israel’s most significant transactions and legal disputes. Mr. Rubin has the utmost respect for his clients' privacy and therefore clients remain anonymous in notable representations that include: Assisting Israel’s largest commercial groups and banks in their tax issues and tax disputes; Involvement in tax matters on behalf of leading international telecommunications companies, financial service providers, and banking institutions in Israel; Representation and counsel to foreign trusts and their beneficiaries regarding trust laws and related tax matters; Representation of affluent Israeli families in their legal matters, as well as legal and tax advice to high net worth individuals who qualify for a tax holiday upon their immigration to Israel; Mergers, acquisitions and re-organizations of leading Israeli companies, including Israel’s largest energy companies; Structuring a three-way merger of three publicly-traded Israeli insurance companies; Structuring a merger between Israel’s two largest food manufacturers; Acting on behalf of Israel’s largest banks in mergers and acquisitions; Representation of Israel’s largest bank, in its share offering by prospectus ("GDR") to accredited foreign investors; Representation of Israel’s largest companies in IPOs on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange; Representation of high profile corporate leaders in defense of white collar crimes; Litigation in class actions and derivative suits on behalf of leading industrial and commercial companies in the Israeli economy, such as banks, insurance companies and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange; Acting on behalf of US and Israeli investors in the acquisition of a controlling interest in Israel’s largest bank; Ongoing representation of Israel’s largest banks in their various corporate and tax issues; Advising and litigating on behalf of Israel’s leading insurance companies on various corporate, tax and commercial matters; Advising Israel's largest business groups with regard to the recommendations of the Committee on Increasing Competitiveness in the Economy (the "Concentration Committee"); Representation of the CEO of a leading international public company, traded both in the US and Israel, in an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court regarding an alleged criminal tax violation, in which the decision of the district court was overturned; Representation of Israel's Ministry of Finance and three former finance ministers in the governmental investigation committee regarding the collapse of bank securities on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange; Representation of a significant private shareholder in the sale of his interest in one of Israel’s largest insurance companies; Serving as the liquidator of a large international insurance company, including devising a liquidation plan and negotiating an arrangement with international creditors; Representation of Israel's leading gas companies before the Committee to Examine the Fiscal Policy on Oil and Gas Resources in Israel (the "Sheshinski Committee"); Representation of one of Israel’s leading commercial families in their personal and commercial affairs, including their purchase of significant interests in banking and insurance companies. Representation of the Israeli Ambassador to a significant foreign country, formerly the president of one of Israel's leading universities, in certain settlements with the authorities and his defense before the High Court of Justice in his appeal on the preclusion of his appointment as Israel's ambassador. Representation of a controlling shareholder in a public company suspected of committing several inside trading offenses, in which he was acquitted of all charges.

Languages

Hebrew and English.

Member

1973, Israel Bar Association; Member of the National Advisory Committee on Reform of the Israeli Court System that was established by the Minister of Justice and the Chief Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court; Chairman of the Israel Bar Association's Taxation Committee (1985-1999); Member of the National Committee on Reform of Taxation, a committee appointed by the Minister of Finance, and that applied principles of international taxation on the Israeli taxation system (known as the "Rabinovitz Committee") (2002)

Education

LL.B., Tel Aviv University (1972)


Israel

Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Leading individuals

Pinhas Rubin - Gornitzky & Co.

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

Specialising in multijurisdictional insolvency proceedings, Gornitzky & Co. advises distressed corporates and creditors and is regularly involved in the largest bankruptcy and insolvency matters in Israel. Indeed, Pinhas Rubin and Yaron Elhawi are advising Bank Hapoalim, the largest creditor to Eliezer Fishman, in relation to his NIS4.5bn bankruptcy proceedings. Kfir Yadgar is another name to note.

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Tax

Within: Leading individuals

Pinhas Rubin - Gornitzky & Co.

Within: Tax

Gornitzky & Co. is engaged in some of the most complex cross-border transactions and strategic planning mandates and is recognised by its peers as a leading firm in the contentious tax space. Pinhas Rubin and Daniel Paserman head the tax group and are representing the Israel Diamond Exchange and the Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association before the ITA (Israel Tax Authority) regarding taxation of the Israeli diamond industry. Gil Grady is also recommended.

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Israel: Dispute resolution

Class actions

Within: Leading individuals

Pinhas Rubin - Gornitzky & Co.

Within: Class actions

Gornitzky & Co. has a strong reputation for acting for major Israeli corporates in securities and consumer class actions. Pinhas Rubin and Harel Shaham advised four of Israel’s largest insurance companies regarding the collection of expenses from certain insured members. Noam Ronen is another contact.

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Local litigation and arbitration

Within: Leading individuals

Pinhas Rubin - Gornitzky & Co.

Within: Local litigation and arbitration

Gornitzky & Co.’s clients can ‘rest assured that their best interests will always be put first’. Department head Ofer Tzur is ‘one of the best litigators in Israel’ and focuses on derivative claims and commercial litigation, often with international aspects. Clients include foreign and domestic listed companies, such as 3M Company and Bezeq. Pinhas Rubin heads the group.

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