Arnon, Tadmor-Levy‘s ‘very professional team‘ impresses with its ‘excellent capabilities, especially in cross-border matters‘. The group’s commercial acumen is also highlighted by sources, who praise its ability to understand what clients need ‘business-wise and legal-wise‘. The department is active across the full spread of M&A and corporate matters and the firm’s market-leading hi-tech offering ensures that is particularly busy in that sphere — it notably secured a significant share of Israel’s recent boom in technology and life sciences M&A. Barry Levenfeld spearheads many of the firm’s marquee matters and recently teamed up with Benjamin Sandler to advise Boston Scientific on its $1bn acquisition of the laser surgery division of Lumenis. Hi-tech specialist Barak Platt, corporate partner David Schapiro and up-and-coming partner Micki Shapira are also recommended. The ‘smart and creative’ Ophir Nave is recognised for his strength in the defence sector. Elie Sprung specialises in hi-tech and venture capital.
Firms in the Spotlight Commercial, corporate and M&A
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Tadmor Levy & Co.
Other key lawyers:
Barry Levenfeld; Barak Platt; David Schapiro; Kobi Ben-Chitrit; Benjamin Sandler; Eliran Furman; Ophir Nave; Elie Sprung; Ido Frishta; Daniel Efrati
‘Very professional. Understands the business very well. Able to advise what are “show stoppers” and what can we accept and do the business we want to do. Very good response times. Enablers.’
‘Eliran Furman leads the engagement with us. He is very professional. Deep understanding of our company and its business and what is most important for us – business-wise and legal-wise. Able to direct us to the relevant expert in YA, so we can get the answer quickly from the expert.’
‘Team with excellent capabilities, especially in cross-border matters involving Israel and the USA. Very efficient team performing very professional work and meet even the most challenging deadlines.’
‘David Schapiro is a great legal counsel, who combines a lot of legal knowledge with very good business understanding.’
‘Highly synchronized, senior and junior employees as well. 24/7 availability and it always comes with a smile.’
‘Ophir Nave is a great results-oriented lawyer, brilliant negotiator, very smart and creative. Ido Frishta is an excellent partner always ready to solve any problems and answer any questions. Daniel Efrati is a very good associate, always available and ready to resolve any issues.’
‘Ophir Nave – outstanding macro and micro perspective. Always in the details and demonstrates the highest level of professionalism to clients. Broad knowledge within different sectors and complexities regarding deal benchmarks.’
‘Ophir Nave is a true professional – goes into all details of the deal without losing sight of the overall objective. His vast experience gives him a significant edge in negotiations.’
PayPal Holdings Inc.
Boston Scientific Corporation
Altaris Capital Partners, LLC
Lightspeed Venture Partners
Quotient Technology Inc.
Hubei Forbon Technology Co., Ltd.
National Instruments Corporation
Union Industrial Vehicle
Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
Shanghai Giant Network Technology Co., Ltd.
Shapir Civil & Marine Engineering Ltd.
One Software Technologies
Fosun Health Fund
Max It Finance Ltd. (Formerly Leumi Card Ltd.)
LightSpin Technologies Ltd.
Play Coyotta Ltd.
Oasis Capital Fund
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Milo Brom Holdings Ltd.
Israel Legacy Partners
Tnuva – Central Cooperative for the Marketing of Agriculture Production in Israel Ltd.
AnGes Inc. (TYO: 4563)
Ramim Engineering Works Ltd.
- Represented Boston Scientific in its $1bn acquisition of the laser surgery division of Lumenis, including its subsidiaries and manufacturing facility in Israel.
- Represented PayPal in its $200m acquisition of cryptocurrency security firm, Curv.
- Advised Palo Alto Networks on the Israeli law aspects of its $200m acquisition of BridgeCrew.
Erdinast Ben Nathan Toledano & Co. with Hamburger Evron
Erdinast Ben Nathan Toledano & Co. with Hamburger Evron demonstrates ‘ample experience in leading cross-border M&A transactions', routinely landing plum roles on major multi-jurisdictional matters. In a recent example, it advised Israel-based Arbe Robotics on a $720m reverse triangular merger with US SPAC, Industrial Tech Acquisitions. The group’s wide industry knowledge is another recurring theme among sources and lawyers can turn their hands to sophisticated transactions in any sector. Doni Toledano is a leading light for M&A deals and co-heads the team alongside Roy Caner, who specialises in representing venture capital funds and start-ups. Lior Oren has niche expertise in private equity and East Asia-related deals. Nitzan Aberbach (‘pragmatic and commercial‘) and Shay Dayan, who led the Arbe Robotics deal, are also recommended.
Doni Toledano; Roy Caner
Other key lawyers:
Lior Oren; Nitzan Aberbach; Shay Dayan; Eyal Wiesel
‘Excellent team that effectively leads complex M&A and commercial transactions. The team has leadership skills and ability to team-up with partners from various other disciplines (tax/labor etc.) and integrate the legal work in a manner that best serves the company.’
‘The main strengths are clearly: (i) Ample experience in leading cross-border M&A transactions, resulting in highly professional and seasoned legal advice; (ii) Ability to provide fast and creative solutions for intriguing and complicated legal matters; (iii) deep and comprehensive understanding of the business environment (iv) Service-oriented, highly responsive and attentive, without compromising the quality.’
‘The M&A team at EBN are a very knowledgeable and thoughtful team, providing reasoned guidance and clear options.’
‘Creative minds, personal commitment, availability, leadership and knowledge Business partners in any deal that help think strategically.’
‘In terms of client service, Lior Oren and the team are very responsive, accessible and easy to work with. They understand our business and the unique complexities of our operations very well, and apply this understanding to the negotiations being managed and the preparation of the legal instruments associated with our deal.’
‘Lior Oren has extensive experience in a wide variety of various legal issues, including mergers and acquisitions and corporate matters, in a wide range of industries. He is very experienced in international dealings and cross-border transactions (including due to the several years he spent in a NYC-based law firm), and has particular capabilities in leading deals in the Far East.’
‘Nitzan Aberbach is excellent. Extremely responsive, pragmatic and commercial. A real star at the firm.’
‘Eyal Wiesel is a young promising partner – he has been very agile and efficient and demonstrated a comprehensive understanding in every legal and commercial aspect in which we were assisted by him. He has managed much of the drafting and has been of great help.’
Hellman & Friedman LLC
Mizrahi Tefahot Bank Ltd. (TASE: MZTF)
Partner Communications Company Ltd.
Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
The Livnat Group and Taavura Holdings Ltd. and Carmen Assets Management (1997) Ltd., a private company controlled by the Livnat Group
Apax Partners, L.P.
Carasso Motors Ltd.
1-800 Contacts, Inc.
AEA Investors LP
- Acted for Arbe Robotics in a reverse triangular merger with Industrial Tech Acquisitions, a SPAC traded on the Nasdaq, in a deal valued at $720m.
- Represented Apax Partners in the sale of Psagot Investment House to Altshuler Shaham Provident and Pension.
- Acted as Israeli counsel to Walmart in the acquisition of Zeekit, a fashion simulation technology start-up.
FISCHER (FBC & Co.)
FISCHER (FBC & Co.) stands out for its ‘fast response times, flexibility and practical advice'. The sizeable group’s deep bench ensures that is well equipped to advise on large-scale domestic and cross-border M&A. It is also distinguished by its flair for deals involving heavily regulated industries, frequently teaming up with the firm’s first-tier practices in technology, energy, real estate and telecoms to provide specialist sector advice. Corporate head Avraham Well spearheads many of the department’s most high-profile deals and also handles governance matters. Raz Tepper is particularly noted for his skill sets in hi-tech, life sciences and private equity. Eran Yaniv is ‘much more than a corporate lawyer‘ and has a focus on technology and cross-border transactions. Up-and-coming partner Zohar Liss is ‘a great asset for FBC‘.
Avraham Well; Raz Tepper; Eran Yaniv; Ron Lehmann
Other key lawyers:
‘We have been working with FBC for 15 years. Our company has developed in this time frame from a start-up, though several rounds of funding, to a mature and profitable company, which has been recently acquired by another company. Throughout the years FBC has supported us completely in all our legal and relevant business needs.’
‘24/7 availability, fast reaction time, great and professional advisors, full service, real business partners.’
‘Having good lawyers is a prerequisite for all firms we work with, but the team’s fast response times, flexibility and practical advice are standouts for us. In addition, the team is good-natured and easy to work with (even when dealing with fast-paced clients with a 9-hour time difference), and employ responsible billing standards.’
‘Eran Yaniv has been much more than a corporate lawyer, to use the term from the Godfather, he has been our consigliere (in the good sense). He always gave excellent advice, putting our business requirements and needs before all other considerations, explaining the risks of business decisions we made, always “covering our backs” and is an important part of our achievements as a company.’
‘Zohar Liss, FBC’s partner representing our company, is so dedicated that he became practically a member of our internal team. He is very attentive, smart, an extremely talented negotiator, always finding solutions to our challenges, which are in many cases complex, as a client, you always want someone like Zohar on your side’
‘Zohar Liss is a great asset for FBC and amongst the best lawyer I’ve met.’
‘FBC, headed by partner Zohar Liss, is extremely professional, with deep knowledge and experience of local Israeli and mainly cross-border transactions, service oriented, always available with pin pointed solutions to complex problems.’
‘Alex Berman (Corporate) is extremely sharp, reliable, and responsive and provides practical advice that is easy to administer. We love working with him. Eli Segal (also Corporate) is excellent as well.’
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
State of Israel
Bank Leumi Le’Israel
Gallatin Point Capital
Israel Discount Bank
Paz Oil Company Ltd.
Arbel Finance Ltd.
Vista/ Advanced Computer Software Group Limited
Noble Energy Mediterranean Ltd.
Fiverr International Ltd
EDF Energies Nouvelles Israel Ltd
Clal Industries Ltd.
Rapac Energy Ltd.,
Luminera Derm Ltd.
Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. & Migdal Makfet Pension Funds
Clal Insurance Company Ltd.
Poalim Capital Markets Ltd.
Future Crops Cooperatief U.A
Founders of Laline
Alpha Water 3 LP
Provident Funds Ltd
Generation Capital Ltd.
IDE Water Assets
Adicet Bio Inc.
Talma Travel and Tours Limited
Pitango Venture Capital
Evergreen Venture Partners
Newrest Group Holding SA
AngioDynamics Netherlands B.V.
Servotronix Motion Control Ltd.
- Represented Paz Oil Company in its NIS2.1bn acquisition of retail chain Freshmarket through a reverse-triangular merger.
- Acted as Israeli counsel to Perrigo Company on the $1.5bn sale of its Generic Rx Pharmaceuticals business to Altaris Capital Partners, LLC.
- Represented Zerto in its acquisition by Hewlett Packard Enterprise for $374m.
Goldfarb Gross Seligman
Goldfarb Seligman & Co.‘s corporate group is comprised of ‘great dealmakers‘, and handles the full spread of corporate matters, with an impressive record in cross-border M&A. Most recently, it has become a popular choice for SPAC-related deals, where it advises both US-based SPACs and Israeli target companies on headline mergers. On the domestic front, the team has a strong showing in the telecoms, technology, energy and real estate sectors. International corporate head Ashok Chandrasekhar regularly represents major global clients, particularly US-based companies, on multi-jurisdictional deals. The ‘outstanding‘ Aaron Lampert had a banner year, which included advising on four SPAC mergers. Dubi Zoltak, who is an increasingly prominent name for real estate-related investments, and Rami Sofer, who specialises in infrastructure and finance-related matters, are also noted.
Yudi Levy; Ashok Chandrasekhar; Sharon Gazit; Dubi Zoltak; Rami Sofer; Benjamin Rotenberg
Other key lawyers:
Adam Klein; Michael Heller; Aaron Lampert; Guy Gordon
‘The firm is very professional and gives holistic solutions to legal challenges. The firm has a variety of professional lawyers, who are knowledgeable of the law and the regulation, as well as the business matters, and give professional and creative solutions.’
‘The corporate team is experienced, responsive and deeply aware of the broad commercial picture behind every transaction, without losing their meticulous attention to detail. Great deal-makers with a pristine reputation in the market.’
‘GS have a very strong team and a big bench across all disciplines. In the most recent transaction on which we worked, partners from several practice areas made key contributions in timely and professional fashion.’
‘Adam Klein is a pleasure to work with. Aaron Lampert and Ashok Chandrasekhar are also terrific individuals.’
‘Aaron Lampert is outstanding. Wise, experienced, commercial, responsive, available, broad, extremely hard working. I would want him at my side in every transaction.’
‘I have worked with Shirin Herzog. Her intelligence, knowledge of the law and ability to identify resources and make introductions were extremely helpful in producing results.’
‘Rami Sofer and Guy Gordon are great lawyers. Very serious, professionals, creative, have a wide knowledge and are always pleasant.’
‘Doron Segal stands out as a brilliant attorney who blends legal expertise with an acute understanding of the business environment. He’s a great negotiator and finds innovative solutions in order to get the deal through.’
Warburg Pincus LLC
The Central Bottling Company
Baring Private Equity Asia Ltd.
Temasek Holdings Private Limited
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
Thoma Bravo Advantage
Cisco Systems Inc.
International Beer Breweries Limited (“IBBL”)
Northrop Grumman International Trading Inc.
Comtech Telecommunications Corporation
Liquid Telecommunications Holdings Limited (“Liquid Telecom”)
The Volvo Group
Collective Growth Corporatio
ION Acquisition Corp. 1 Ltd.
ION Acquisition Corp. 2 Ltd.
REE Automotive Ltd.,
PTK Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: PTK.U)
Axel Springer SE.
NICE Systems Ltd.
IHS Markit Ltd.
Israel Secondary Fund (“ISF”)
The Hot Group
Israel Canada (T.R) Ltd.
Israel Canada Hotels Ltd. (ICH)
Jordache Enterprises, Inc.
Abu Yehiel – Building Company Ltd.
Preempt Security Inc.
Bird Rides, Inc.
Holmes Place International Ltd.
CreditEase Israel Innovation Fund (CEIIF)
The Arison Group
Arison Investments Ltd.
Arison Holdings Ltd.
Marlin Equity Partners
Apax Mid-market Israel Fund
Keshet Broadcasting (“Keshet 12”)
The Jewish Agency for Israel
Poalim Capital Markets Ltd.
El Al Israel Airlines Ltd.
Bank Leumi Le Israel B.M.
Delek Royalties (2012) Ltd.
Paz Oil Company Ltd.
Anchiano Therapeutics Ltd.
Prospera Technologies Ltd.
Applied Materials, Inc.
Perion Network Ltd.
Koch Disruptive Technologies
Israel Aerospace Industries
Hamashbir 365 Holdings Ltd.
Tnuva Food Industries Agricultural Co-Op In Israel Ltd.
I.D. Systems, Inc.
Magen David Adom
Aqua Security Software Ltd.
Dozens of start-ups.
Bayside Land Corporation Ltd.
Neve Gad Ltd.
Property and Building Group
Altshuler Shaham Ltd. (“Altshuler Shaham Group”)
Menorah Mivtachim Real-Estate Ltd.
Summit Real Estate Holdings Ltd.
Dori Media Group Ltd.
Kardan Israel Ltd.
Gama Golan Insurance Agency Ltd.
Inbal Insurance Co. Ltd.
Partner Communications Company Ltd.
Castro Model Ltd.
David Lubinski Ltd.
TPG Private Equity Fund
Henry Schein Medical Technologies
Carestream Health, Inc.
Sequoia Venture Capital
Allot Communications Ltd.
AIG – American International Group Inc.
AIG Israel Insurance Company Ltd.
The Harel Group
Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd., Harel Provident & Pension Ltd., and others
I Squared Capital
YSB – the Ya’acobi Brothers Group
Wize Pharma Inc.
A.L. Ten Bis Ltd. (“10bis”)
Knock N’ Lock Ltd.
Elad Ronen Holdings Ltd. and Mr. & Mrs. Ronen and Carmit Elad
Ananey Communications Group
TÜRK TUBORG BİRA VE MALT SANAYİİ A.Ş
Dor Chemicals Ltd.
Dor Alon Energy Israel Ltd.
Tapugan Industries Ltd.
Hacarem Spirits Ltd.
Cabiran (1991) Ltd.
Fresh Start Ltd.
Flying Spark Ltd.
Blue Tree Technologies Ltd.
The Jabotinsky Institute
WRVI Global Capital Managers LLC
Cardumen Capital SGEIC, S.A
Shaked Partners Ltd.
TMIR – Manufacturers Recycling Corporation in Israel Ltd.
ELA – Beverage Containers Collection Corporation Ltd.
Ecommunity – Social Corporation for Recycling of Electronic Waste Ltd.
Shareholders of Octarine, Inc.
Liberty Israel Venture Fund LLC.
Accel Partners Management LLP
Battery Ventures L.P.
Catalyst-CEL China-Israel Fund
General Catalyst Partners
WRVI Global Capital Managers LLC
Scale Venture Partners
Rio Ventures Inc.
Glilot Capital Partners
Balderton Capital (UK) LLP
- Represented Thoma Bravo Advantage (SPAC) in its announced merger with ironSource.
- Advised Cisco Systems on its acquisitions of Epsagon, Sedona Systems and Portshift Software Technologies.
- Represented Hot in its ILS170m agreement with IBC – Israel Broadband Company (2013), whereby Hot will joint IBC’s fibre-optic project as a partner
Gornitzky & Co.
Gornitzky & Co. continues to increase its share of cross-border transactions, particularly those involving heavily regulated industries, including technology, life sciences and banking. The firm also benefited from the surge in SPAC-related deals over the past year and represented US-based SPACs in a string of high-profile deals. Private equity is another strong suit and the firm counts several global funds among its clients, including BlackRock. Chaim Friedland advises Israeli and foreign clients on corporate and capital markets transactions, with niche expertise in private equity-related work. Elite Elkon is widely recognised for her experience in financial services-related M&A. Chairman Pinhas Rubin has a strong reputation for corporate and tax matters. Yehonatan Raff is also noted for his growing prominence in technology-related deals.
Chaim Friedland; Elite Elkon
Other key lawyers:
Shlomo Landress; Yehonatan Raff; Ori Yitzhak; Nir Knoll
‘The team is made of native English-speaking lawyers, which gave me great assurance in having English language contracts drafted precisely while taking into account the particularities of Israeli law.’
‘I worked with Yehonatan Raff and Chaim Friedland, both down-to-earth people with a high service mentality and the right amount of fighting spirit, and first and foremost with an excellent expertise in the area of M&A. I much appreciated Chaim’s ability to give good practical advice stemming from experience and Yehonatan’s drafting skills and efficient work style.’
FinTech Acquisitions Corp V
10X Capital Venture
Software Acquisition Group, Inc.
(1) Clal Insurance Company; (2) Migdal Insurance Company; (3) Leumi Partners; (4) Aurec Capital; (5) Study Fund for Teachers and Nursery Workers
Gemspring Capital and Rapid Displays, Inc.
Rapyd Financial Network (2016) Ltd.
Poalim Capital Markets Ltd.
Priority Software Ltd.
BlackRock Financial Managements
(1) Poalim Capital Markets; (2) Harel Insurance Company; (3) Harel Wiesel
- Represented FinTech Acquisitions Corp V (SPAC) in its business combination with eToro Group.
- Represented Canada-based Nuvei in its $250m acquisition of SimplexCC.
- Represented Rapyd in its $100m acquisition of Icelandic payments company Valitor.
Gross Law Firm – GKH
Gross Law Firm – GKH‘s full-service corporate and M&A practice advises clients at all stage of their growth, from seed companies through to major global corporates. The team leans on the firm’s top-tier start-up practice to provide a leading offering in advising emerging companies, with sources praising its ‘great experience with first-rate start-ups in various fields and high-end venture capital funds’. At the other end of the spectrum, it is a popular choice to represent multinationals in Israel-related deals, particularly US and China-based clients. International M&A head Richard Mann specialises in sophisticated cross-border transactions. Esther Koren leads the local M&A practice and advises on corporate, M&A and securities matters. Moshe Ganot, who advises on transactional and governance issues, and hi-tech and venture capital specialist Amir Raz are also recommended.
Esther Koren; Richard Mann
Other key lawyers:
Amir Raz; Moshe Ganot
‘This is a phenomenal practice! Always super helpful, savvy, business oriented, well connected, great experience with first rate start-ups in various fields and high-end venture capital funds.’
‘Amir Raz, the one and only, is our go-to guy. We’re super happy with his attention and service. He is very experienced, and always comes up with great advice and helpful solutions. We really cannot be happier with his partnership with us and we highly recommend him to other entrepreneurs.’
‘In general – one of the obvious strengths is the size of the firm and the multiple fields of expertise. In addition, the teams I’ve worked with, sometimes from different departments, have worked well together.’
‘In the commercial field – I think Esther Koren has the creative mind and a personal character that really assists both sides in complex negotiations. Her practical approach, together with years of experience, are truly an asset in commercial transactions.‘
‘In the corporate and securities field I think Esther Koren demonstrates strengths in her ability to reach understandings when needed – with officers, directors, shareholders, authorities (SEC) etc. This, combined with the firm’s professionality and experience, makes the work productive and fruitful.’
‘Ayelet Krispin, who works with us together with Esther Koren, is exceptional in her wide knowledge, and this – combined with her deep understanding of the client’s needs – makes her an asset to the team.’
Amiad Water Systems Ltd.
Amidar the Israeli National Public Housing Company Ltd.
CHS Industries Ltd
Clal Biotechnology Industries (CBI)
CR Eco Holdings Ltd.
Discount Investment Corporation Ltd.
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Egged Israel Transport Cooperative Society Ltd.
Elbit Imaging Ltd.
Elbit Medical Technologies
EL AL Israel Airlines Ltd.
First Manhattan Co.
IDB Development Corporation Ltd.
Lapidoth Israel Oil Prospectors Corp. Ltd.
Mekorot Water Company
Meta Networks Ltd.
Mishkei Hakibbutzim-Agricultural Cooperative Society
Moon Capital Ltd.
Nili Capital Partners
PBC – Property and Building Corp.
Ribbon Communications Inc.
Syneron Medical Ltd. / Candela Corporation
Standard & Poor’s (S&P)
Tel-Ad Electronics Ltd.
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Israel
York Capital Management
- Represented Insight Partners in all its investments into tech companies in Israel, totalling approximately $2.1bn.
- Represented Property and Building Corporation on the sale of 100% of Ispro the Israeli Properties Rental Corp through two transactions.
- Represented Egged Transport in a change of structure and transformation from a co-operative to a limited liability company.
Herzog Fox & Neeman
‘M&A powerhouse‘ Herzog Fox & Neeman consistently lands key roles on many of the most high-profile deals that come to market. Widely recognised as a leader in cross-border transactions, the firm advises on headline inbound and outbound deals. The group’s ‘vast experience and expertise in all sectors‘ is also a key differentiator and it handles large transactions across all industry segments, with its recent experience spanning pioneering deals in the gaming sector. In 2021, Ehud Sol left to pursue other ventures. Ran Hai now heads the corporate and M&A department and is widely lauded by sources as one of the best corporate lawyers in the market. Capital markets head Nir Dash and transactional technology specialists Hanan Haviv and Yair Geva are also recommended. Asaf Nahum and Michal Herzfeld are active up-and-coming partners.
Other key lawyers:
Asaf Nahum; Michal Herzfeld; Adam Salkin; Niv Sivan
‘An M&A powerhouse, Herzog’s corporate and M&A group stands out among local firms. The group is comprised of talented and professional individuals with vast experience and expertise in all sectors.’
‘Herzog is Israel’s top one-stop-shop for legal services that cover virtually all business and personal aspects. The firm maintains a remarkably high level of quality, integrity and can-do attitude. Its attorneys are arguably the best in the trade. I can say without hesitation that they not once let me down, both in their readiness to support me and my company and in their competency to accomplish the tasks.’
‘Their command of the substantive transactional issues in venture stage deals and the cross-border issues that arise for a firm like ours that invests out of the US into Israeli companies makes them a valuable legal resource for us. Their ability to provide one-stop legal advice that covers local law, transactional terms, and structuring issues makes them a go to firm for us for deals in Israel.’
‘Ran Hai is hands-down the finest Israeli attorney for all corporate transactions, including sale and/or purchase of company shares, exits, M&A and similar complex corporate work. In short, for anybody seeking legal advice and support, irrespective of the field, I would most emphatically recommend working with Herzog.’
‘Ran Hai and Asaf Nahum are great lawyers with good commercial sense. They have exceptional drafting skills. They provide complex service very fast almost in real time. They know how to professionally and commercially negotiate with the other party’s lawyers. They organize the capabilities of HFN in the various departments in such a way that we receive quality and coordinated service.’
‘As a female CEO and co-founder, it was great working with Michal Herzfeld and her wonderful team which was composed mainly of talented women – showing the office has gender diversity (that is amazing!). The team was so attentive to our needs and we felt in good hands, since the quality of work was outstanding. I’ve recommended this office to many people I know from different industries.’
‘I mainly worked with Ran Hai and Adam Salkin. Ran is probably one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with. He is always available, always comes with the best solution and he is able to get us the desired result with the other side each and every time. Adam, is a very talented junior partner, he has a deep and thorough understanding of M&A and runs the deal smoothly, diligently and pleasantly.’
‘It is a pleasure to consult with Niv Sivan: His knowledge and availability are superb and he has a strong understanding of the business needs.’
Draft Kings Inc.
Datto Holding Corp
Valor Private Equity Partners
Thomas H. Lee Partners
Ragnar Crossover Fund
Adama Agricultural Solutions Ltd
Apax Partners; AMI Opportunities Fund
Israel Electric Corporation Ltd.
Fuhrer family / Neopharm Group
Paz Oil Company Ltd.
Leumi Partners Ltd.
Discount Capital Ltd.
888 Holdings plc
Shikun & Binui
Cellcom Israel Ltd.
D-Fend AD Ltd.
Remagine Media Ventures, L.P.
Hyperwise Ventures Fund, L.P.
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance
Sumitomo Chemicals Corporation
Top Seeds International
Enlight Renewable Energies Ltd.
Noy Fund 1 and Noy Fund 3
RICOR Systems 2011 – Agricultural Cooperative Society Ltd
Meitav Dash Investments Ltd.
Meshek Energy, Renewable Energies Ltd.
Electron Wireless Ltd.
Augwind Energy Tech. Storage Ltd.
Canadian Solar Israel Ltd.
CTS Eventim Israel
- Advised TWC Tech Holdings II Corp, a SPAC traded on the Nasdaq, on its $2.4bn merger with Cellebrite.
- Advised IEC on its NIS4bn sale of the Ramat Hovav power plant following a public tender.
- Advised Global Infrastructure Partners on the $700m sale of Competitive Power Ventures to OPC Energy.
Meitar Law Offices
Meitar Law Offices is held up by some as ‘the most experienced practice‘ in the corporate and M&A field, with sources praising the group’s comprehensive coverage and ability to call on other, equally well equipped, departments as required. The firm’s dominant hi-tech offering ensures it is routinely involved in major technology-related M&A. It also shines in cross-border and private equity transactions. Dan Shamgar is a ‘strong business partner‘ and acted on a raft of hi-tech deals over the past year. Dan Geva routinely acts for Israeli and foreign clients on complex M&A and corporate finance matters. Shira Azran is a ‘real deal-maker‘ with a growing profile for technology-related work. Clifford Felig, who is highly regarded for his broad corporate expertise, Mike Rimon , Itay Frishman and senior associate Dorin Pendus are also noted.
Dan Geva; Dan Shamgar; Clifford Felig
Other key lawyers:
Mike Rimon; Itay Frishman; Shira Azran; Tali Lungin; Dorin Pendus
‘Meitar is not just the largest, but also the most experienced practice in cross-border M&A, private equity and venture capital investing and complex capital market transactions. The firm also has a wide and deep branch of auxiliary practices in the fields of taxation, labor law, litigation, taxation etc.- which ensures that we are 360 legally covered.’
‘Dan Shamgar’s capabilities go far beyond being an excellent counsel but also a strong business partner who can help you as a customer to craft and refine your strategic approach to the case.’
‘Shira Azran is a real deal-maker who is constantly ensuring the the customer receives not only the best legal advice but also the negotiation and the dealing are aimed at achieving practical, efficient and business-minded results.’
Optimal Plus Ltd.
Thoma Bravo &
Sapiens International Corporation
Mastercard International Incorporated
Ultra Clean Holding Inc.
- Represented Taboola in its IPO through a SPAC merger on the Nasdaq, and also represented Taboola in its $800m acquisition of Connexity.
- Advised both JFrog and Vdoo on JFrog’s $300m acquisition of Israeli start-up Vdoo.
- Represented ironSource in its merger with a Thoma Bravo-backed SPAC.
Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.
Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. represents local and international companies, private equity funds and financial institutions on a broad range of M&A, joint ventures and other corporate matters. FIMI Private Equity Funds, the largest private equity fund in Israel, is a trophy client and the firm advised it on several recent deals, including on its NIS700m acquisition of RAFA Laboratories. Sharon Amir is widely considered to rank among the market leaders for M&A and is a key relationship partner for FIMI. Capital markets head Tuvia Geffen has strong international expertise and sources commend his ‘excellent understanding of other markets and legal systems‘. Managing partner Tal Eliasaf and up-and-coming partner Meital Zimberg Lederman are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Tuvia Geffen; Tal Eliasaf; Meital Zimberg Lederman
‘Responsive, commercial and user-friendly.’
‘Tuvia Geffen has excellent understanding of other markets and legal systems, as well as Israel. Rolls his sleeves up and is very commercial.’
‘I have worked with Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. and specifically with Tal Eliasaf on a few M&A transactions. I think it is the leading M&A law firm in Israel. The firm’s M&A team members have great international capabilities. The team is very responsive and has great attention to detail. They provide great service and work very well together. They also cooperate very well with other lawyers in other jurisdictions.’
‘I work mainly with Tal Eliasaf and his team. My experience with Tal is amazing. Tal is a tremendous negotiator with excellent problem-solving skills. He is extremely dedicated to us and he is very business-oriented. For us Tal is not only a lawyer but also a strategic advisor and I will always want him by my side in the most critical of moments.’
The FIMI Private Equity Funds
Gilat Satellite Networks
Samsung Electronics Co.
NSO Group Technologies
Rivulis Irrigation Systems
Bet Shemesh Engines
Poalim Capital Markets
Intsights Cyber Intelligence
- Represented FIMI Private Equity Funds on the NIS450m acquisition of a 62.51% stake in EMET Computing.
- Represented Clearwave Corporation and Frontier Growth in their acquisition of Odoro.
- Represented Rivulis Irrigation on the $450m sale of the company to Temasek.
S. Horowitz & Co
S. Horowitz & Co scores highly for its willingness ‘to go the extra mile to get the deal done‘. The firm has a thriving transactional practice, which advises domestic and global clients across the full gamut of M&A, joint ventures, hostile takeovers and compliance issues. It also stands out for its strength in the heavily regulated industries, particularly life sciences, telecoms, infrastructure and insurance. Clifford Davis possesses ‘commercial as well as legal nous‘ and brings to bear strong experience in cross-border transactions. Amit Steinman also has a significant international dimension to his practice and routinely represents clients based in the US, Europe and Japan. Shlomi Delgo is an increasingly prominent younger partner.
Clifford Davis; Amit Steinman
Other key lawyers:
‘The S. Horowitz team is highly professional. Every task, even the most residual one, is performed with the highest attention to details (without forgetting the essence) and in a structured and orderly manner. The team knows well the business and the law disciplines they are dealing with.’
‘We have been working with Adv. Amit Steinman and Adv. Shlomi Delgo for many years. They are both highly professional, reliable and affable to work with. They have many years of experience and a lot of legal and business knowledge and in the bottom line they know well how to identify and accomplish their client’s most important goals in each transaction.’
‘The corporate/M&A team at S. Horowitz offers a high-quality, full-service package, bringing in specialists as required and maintaining an impressively consistent level of attention to detail. The practice contains experienced M&A practitioners with expertise in multiple sectors. The approach is partner-led / single point of contact, which aids efficiency especially where English is not first language.’
‘Clifford Davis stands out for his industrious and attentive approach. His negotiation style is reassuringly straightforward, focussing only on the value items required to secure the best commercial outcome. He retains his good humour throughout and is a pleasure to work with.’
‘S. Horowitz are always our go-to firm in Israel because of their willingness to go the extra mile to get the deal done and ensure a smooth transactional process. They are always technically excellent and know when to push on the commercial points.’
‘Business sense – that’s the key magic ingredient here. I feel they are part of the team and add exceptional value. We are in the process of rolling out an innovative new concept in online publishing in Israel. It involves considerable work in a new field. Frankly, we couldn’t have done it without the assistance of Clifford Davis and his team.’
‘We mainly work with Clifford Davis, although we have worked with others in the past. Clifford has been our rock – fantastic at getting the job done. Adding commercial as well as legal “nous” – his knowledge of the law, negotiating skills and his ability to guide us has been nothing less than outstanding.’
Seal Air Corporation
Leumi Partners Limited
Tres Comas L.P.
Water Street Healthcare Partners
Srearline Labs Limited
Marsh UK Limited
Pathfinder Strategic Credit Fund
Minrav Projects Limited
Ashdod Port Company Limited
Israel Electric Corporation (IEC)
IIF – Israel Infrastructure Fund
Elyakim Ben-Ari Ltd.
ReadyMix Industries Israel Ltd.
Publicis Groupe and its wholly owned Dutch subsidiary, Publicis Groupe Holdings BV
Minrav Group Ltd.
YCC Global Investments Ltd.
Paz Oil Company Ltd.
Chengdu Kanghong Pharmaceutical Group Co
The Phoenix Holdings Ltd.
Megorit Israel Ltd.
Rhythm One PLC
AIG Europe Limited
Clal Insurance Ltd.
Bank Hapoalim Ltd.
Bank Mizrahi Tefahot
- Represented Advent International on the acquisition of Nasdaq-traded Forescout Technologies.
- Advised, together with Meitar Law Offices, TA Associates on its acquisition of a controlling 55% stake in Priority Software.
- Advised Minrav Group on its NIS750m acquisition, via a reverse triangular merger, by a group of investors, and also on its NIS600m sale of subsidiary Minrav Projects to Israel Canada.
Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.
Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.‘s corporate group demonstrates ‘an international standard of work and professionalism‘. The team acts for a diverse raft of major multinational and domestic clients, with strong showings in the life sciences, healthcare and hi-tech sectors. It also enjoys close relationships with major global law firms, who turn for the firm for local advice in cross-border transactions. Michael Barnea is sought after for complex M&A and corporate finance deals and recently led on matters for Migdal Group and Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation. Ariella Dreyfuss has a ‘great command of all facets of corporate hi-tech and M&A work‘.
Other key lawyers:
Yuval Lazi; Ariella Dreyfuss; Ilan Blumenfeld
‘The firm earns highest marks in my opinion for its people, its expertise and its approach to collaboration. Not only does the firm have truly excellent lawyers with deep skill sets in the identified areas of practice (i.e., commercial, corporate and M&A), but it approaches each engagement with practicality, efficiency and a commitment to meaningful teamwork.’
‘Efficient and knows how to work with start-ups. Friendly and easy to work with. Focuses on the important things.’
‘The team is extremely commercial, pragmatic and focused on delivering a good outcome for its client. They generally demonstrate flexibility and are available to address clients needs. They compare well with the large global firms we work with and I see an international standard of work and professionalism.’
‘I’ve worked with Barnea for a couple of years. The team is comprised of absolutely top-class lawyers for any all complex commercial issues. They are extremely reliable, and their finished products are perfect. They have a clear advantage over their competitors, in that they can provide elite cross-border legal advice.’
‘Michael (Micky) Barnea is an excellent lawyer. He delivers premium quality, both in M&A and complex structuring issues. He is remarkable in all aspects of his activity. I would like to recommend Yuval Lazi as well. Yuval is a very high-quality partner. He is very well organized, committed and pragmatic.’
‘I worked closely with Micky Barnea who is a unique combination of high-quality lawyer with deep business understanding. Can-do approach. Generates creative solutions for complex businesses and legal situations’
‘Ariella Dreyfuss is an extraordinary corporate lawyer with a tremendously broad and deep experience base who has a great command of all facets of corporate hi-tech and M&A work. Ariella has a “can do” approach to everything she does, consistently delivers work of the highest quality imbued with just the right dose of pragmatism.’
‘Our ongoing counsel is Ilan Blumenfeld – he advises us on all our commercial activities and engagements worldwide, with suppliers, clients and online platforms, etc. Ilan is a skilled negotiator and deal maker. He brings added value to the table and brings an extraordinary level of commitment.’
Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation
Datum BioTech Ltd. and its non-wholly owned subsidiary, Datum Dental Ltd.
Brookfield Technology Partners
- Advised Migdal Group on its investments in fintech companies, including its investment in Sunbit as part of a series D funding round.
- Represented Azrieli Group in its acquisitions in Israel and abroad.
- Represented Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation in its investments in Israeli medtech companies.
M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries
M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries ' ‘in-depth understanding of technology‘ strikes the right note in the market; the group also counts real estate, gaming and financial services among its sweet spots. Cross-border transactions are another significant driver of work and the firm is routinely involved in deals with Nasdaq-traded companies. Key figure Jacob Enoch attracts praise for his unique combination of transactional, commercial and litigation expertise. Other key contacts include capital markets specialist Udi Efron, technology-focused partner Jacob Sarov and head of the firm Zvi Firon.
Zvi Firon; Jacob Enoch; Eytan Epstein
Other key lawyers:
David Abadi; Udi Efron; Jacob Sarov; David Yaacobi
‘M. Firon are on top of their game. Really spectacular. In-depth understanding of technology, huge experience in the sector, many capable individuals and stellar partners. The M&A team is on a level of its own with cross-border transaction experience in abundance. The are our go-to firm for anything complicated or sensitive.’
‘We have used Firon as our counsel for acquisition of tech companies in Israel. Firon has done a great job of helping us navigate local law and custom. Firon also did a thorough and great job with due diligence review.’
‘We have been impeccably represented by the superior team at Firon & Co. They are quick, business savvy, brilliant negotiators and highly experienced. The most impressive team in Israel for tech M&A.’
‘Jacob Enoch – our go to person. One of the elite attorneys in Israel. A formidable deal-maker, one of his kind, a whiz in court, the mind behind our strategy. Fantastic. Very knowledgeable in healthcare-related regulation. Was invaluable during the Covid pandemic.
‘Jacob Enoch – not just an M&A lawyer. An expert in tech law and technology in general (as a veteran of the software industry) and in finance (as an ex investment banker). Being also a litigator he is really well positioned to identify pitfalls. All in all the #1 lawyer out there for any deal.’
‘Udi Efron – a capital markets whiz. Was invaluable when we went public this year, Also a strong transactional lawyer.’
‘Jacob Sarov is an outstanding practitioner in M&A and corporate matters, providing high quality of legal services.’
‘David Yaacobi is a truly promising up and coming partner. Remarkable experience and expertise for his young age.’
Mega Or Holdings
Rani Zim – Value Capital
Guangzhou Sino-Israel Bio-industry Venture Capital Investment Fund (LLP)
El – Srad
- Represented Mega Or Holdings in its NIS1.1bn acquisition of Discount Investment (IDB).
- Represented Rani Zim and Value Capital in the NIS510m acquisition of Psagot.
- Advised Novolog in the potential acquisition of Germany-based Medflex.
Agmon with Tulchinsky Law Firm
Agmon with Tulchinsky Law Firm, which is the result of a December 2022 merger between Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hachohen & Co. and Tulchinsky Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co, has a signature strength in healthcare and life sciences translating into a corporate practice with a focus on venture capital and corporate finance matters. Clients include start-ups through to major multinational companies and the firm is consistently involved in cross-border transactions. Menachem Tulchinsky combines corporate and tax expertise and is recognised for his experience in life sciences-related deals. Ehud Arad also specialises in life sciences. David Cohen advises hi-tech and industrial companies in local and cross-border transactions. Osnat Sarusi-Firstater is also noted for hi-tech deals. Dan Hacohen has expertise in transactions in the energy sector.
Menachem Tulchinsky; David Cohen; Uri Barak; Dafna Achiam Tal; Ehud Arad; Dan Hacohen
Other key lawyers:
Alon Tabak Aviram; Gershon Shalom-Winter; Shirel Guttman Amira; Osnat Sarusi Firstater; Yifat Tsafrir; Assaf Danziger; Evyatar Sadeh
‘The firm is very client-oriented. They go out of their way to provide timely expert advice. The team is very talented and responsive. They have expertise to support significant corporate and M&A transactions.’
‘The firm is highly skilled, very responsive and has broad range of experience in transactions of all sizes. Good team work. The team has vast experience, is very attentive, knowledgeable and efficient. Very professional and dedicated. The team has great attention to detail while being efficient and practical.’
‘The firm’s lawyers – both partners and associates – are always available, and provide high quality and practical legal advice even on short notice. Dafna Achiam Tal is an outstanding counsel – extremely professional, creative with strong business understanding and dedication.’
‘An accurate combination of professionalism, approach and services — and everything at eye level’
‘Assaf Danziger is amazing! As is all the rest of the team.’
Ziv Health Care
RedHill Biopharma Ltd.
Tevel Aerobotics Technologies LTD
CRV (Charles River Ventures)
Integra Holdings Ltd.
- Advised RedHill Biopharma in relation to the termination of a license agreement with Salix Pharmaceuticals and the regaining of the worldwide exclusive rights to RHB-106.
- Represented Tevel Aerobotics Technologies in a Series B preferred share investment by Japan-based Kubota Corporation.
- Represented France-headquartered Luneau Technology in its acquisition of California-based medical device company Optovue by way of a reverse triangular merger.
Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary
Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary represents a growing portfolio of foreign clients in M&A transactions, with its recent international experience spanning the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. The pharmaceutical sector is a core source of instructions and it also has strong experience in technology-related work. Ian Rostowsky advises on the full range of commercial law and corporate transactions, with a focus on hi-tech. Yoav Etzyon specialises in corporate finance work, including venture capital, private equity and M&A.
Yoav Etzyon; Ian Rostowsky
Dupont Safety & Construction, Inc.
Meridian Bioscience, Inc.
Aspire Global PLC
F2 Capital Partners Ltd.
The Time Innovations Ltd.
Zifroni Chemicals Supplies Ltd.(ZCS)
Namogoo Technologies Ltd.
Panorama Software Inc.
Stage One Capital
Bessemer Venture Partners
AllCloud BSD Ltd.
Magic Software Enterprises Ltd.
The Nielsen Company
- Advised Gentex on the acquisition of Guardian Optical Technologies.
- Advised Aspire Global on the acquisition of BtoBet.
- Advised IM Cannabis on the acquisition of MYM Nutraceuticals.
H-F & Co.
H-F & Co.‘s focus on the hi-tech arena ensures it is well versed in a range of areas, including M&A, corporate finance and general commercial matters. The firm houses a leading start-up practice and it is also called upon to advise multinational technology companies on inbound investments. Nitzan Hirsch-Falk specialises in representing technology start-ups, financial investors and venture capital funds on corporate transactions. Yuval Oren also acts for hi-tech and venture capital clients on investment matters.
Nitzan Hirsch-Falk; Yuval Oren; Ora Templeman; Maor Levran
‘Lawyers are very professional, have a lot of knowledge about the market and are always available.’
Moovit App Global Ltd.
Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Tipalti Solutions Ltd.
Vast Data Ltd.
Salto Labs, Inc.
Talon Security Ltd.
Volaris Group Inc.
- Advised Dlocal on a range of corporate and commercial transactions, including on the $200m sale of company shares to General Atlantic.
- Represented Alcide.IO in its acquisition by US-based Rapid7.
- Represented PomVom in its acquisition of all assets of Picsolve, as well as on its IPO on the TASE.
Lipa Meir & Co
Lipa Meir & Co‘s corporate practice has recently demonstrated its diverse sector expertise by handling deals in the transport, technology, defence and energy spheres, among others. The group has also continued to expand its international horizons, with a string of cross-border deals spanning the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. Corporate head Uzi Mor has broad industry experience, with niche expertise in matters relating to co-operatives. Gary Copelovitz, who specialises in healthcare and life sciences, and international M&A head Ziv Preis are also noted.
‘The team that accompanies us from Lipa Meir law firm is highly professional with specific and unique knowledge. The team serves as an advisory team, supports on commercial contracts and M&A, participates in negotiations on agreements and represents us in litigation when needed.’
Oyster Enterprises Acquisition Corp
Clalit Health Services
Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. (“Foresight”)
Astral Hotels Ltd.
The Lubinsky Group
Mor Institute for Medical Data Ltd.
Ginegar Plastic Products
The Israeli Ministry of Defense
Dalia Power Energy
Alon Tavor Group
Meshek Solar Energy
The Kibbutz Economies Group
Ayalon Insurance Company Ltd.
Monday Swiss UK
- Represented Astral Hotels in its acquisition of the Queen Sheba Hotel and its adjacent mall.
- Acted for UK-based MondaySwiss on its sale of a 51% stake in the company to TSX-listed Incredible Foods.
- Advised Australia-based Cosmos Capital on its merger with clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, Wize Pharma.
Shibolet & Co.
Shibolet & Co. finds favour for its ‘creative and innovative legal solutions‘. The firm houses an increasingly prominent corporate practice, which is a popular choice to support clients in the technology, life sciences and energy sectors on domestic and cross-border M&A and venture capital transactions. Lior Aviram leads the hi-tech and venture capital practice and specialises in technology-related deals. Gadi Ouzan, who also has a focus on technology transactions, is a ‘true deal-maker‘.
Other key lawyers:
Gadi Ouzan; Tom Small; Noga Kedem Mesika
‘Quality, availability and speed of service make Shibolet very unique. It provides creative and innovative legal solutions that allows the business to run with minimal interruptions.’
‘The scope, complexity, and professional abilities required and shown by Shibolet are of the highest standard. Our commercial activity focuses on the international market and most of the work is cross-border. From a corporate perspective, our company is incorporated in Delaware and has many foreign investors. Shibolet represents us in all aspects of international commercial activities.’
‘The Shibolet team as a whole is an inseparable part of our current operation, working similarly to an “in-house” legal team. In addition to the great core team that provides us with the bulk of the services, Shibolet’s ancillary services share the same high quality, attention, and responsiveness.’
‘Responsiveness, professionalism and above all, a healthy balance between the legal aspects and the business needs. They find solutions rather than say what can’t be done.’
‘Shibolet’s vast experience and deep know-how in many aspects of commercial, corporate and M&A, their professional approach, understanding of technology companies’ needs, responsiveness and flexible billing to different stages of a technology company as well as excellence in execution in various aspects make the difference compared to other law firms.’
‘Their collaborative and positive approach and their innovative and creative solutions provided over the years have enabled us to grow from a small start-up to a successful public company, while closing meaningful investment rounds and commercial deals.’
‘Gadi Ouzan is immensely knowledgeable and professional in all legal aspects that are related to the ongoing legal and strategic operation of the company. He is a true deal-maker and is highly attentive, responsive, and insightful in providing us with a full scope of legal services.‘
‘Tom Small’s work is of the highest professional standard, with great attention to detail and a remarkable ability to manage, oversee and solve complex transactional and legal matters and challenges. Noga Kedem Mesika is a highly dedicated and experienced professional with whom I enjoy working. She is client and deal-oriented and sees the big picture.’
RDD Pharma Ltd.
Shanghai Sunic Capital Management Co., Ltd.
The Phoenix Insurance Company
RDC – Rafael Development Corporation Ltd.
Morgan Stanley & Goldman Sachs
SearchLight Capital Partners
Gideon Feiner, CEO and Founder of Polymer Logistics
Deep Analytics Ltd.
- Advised supermarket chain Freshmarket on its NIS2.1bn acquisition by Paz Oil Company.
- Advised Beyeonics in several matters, including on a $26m Series B financing.
- Advised TIBA on the $159m sale of its subsidiaries in the US to FAAC.
Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)
Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)‘s ‘fast understanding of a foreign jurisdiction’s particularities‘ ensures that global clients return to firm for support on cross-border transactions — and it has handled numerous international deals in recent months. The ‘innovative‘ Nimrod Rosenblum is well versed in M&A, private equity and venture capital. Ron Abelski heads the German desk and counts Daimler and Fresenius Medical Care as clients.
Other key lawyers:
Ron Abelski; Jeremy Seeff; Amnon Epstein
‘ERM’s M&A is unique in three ways and this is why we work with them regularly and exclusively: 1. They are dealmakers, 2. They are international, 3. They are commercial.’
‘High responsiveness, high knowledge, high negotiation skills, high interaction skills, fast understanding of a foreign jurisdiction’s particularities.’
‘Multi-jurisdictional experience with multilingual staff (all of them).’
‘The team is very knowledgeable and responsive as well as giving ‘pragmatic’ and ‘commercial’ advice, and showing ‘commitment.’
‘Nimrod Rosenblum is a strong advocate for his client, offering strategic and actionable advice, evaluating and clearly prioritizing the key issues in complex situations and proactively anticipating concerns from counterparties in negotiations.’
‘Jeremy Seeff provides a very high service level.’
‘The partner we work with is Ron Abelski and we love working with him because of his dealmaker attitude and, no less important, he just understands our needs and knows what is and what is not important to us. He is also a great negotiator without being arrogant.’
‘Nimrod Rosenblum, Amnon Epstein and Jeremy Seeff provided excellent service to any client I referred to them. They were literally available 24/7 and are very experienced, trying to make the deal happen but not at any cost. A pleasure to work with. All three have a DNA of making it happen while not losing touch with the details. Nimrod will always come up with innovative ideas, Jeremy will be willing to review the agreement again just before signing etc.’
European Energy Exchange
Faerch Plast A/S
Fresenius Medical Care
Future Energy Ventures
Indian Oil Corporation
Kape Technologies PLC
MDT – Micro Diamond Technologies
On Clinic Advanced Medical Institute
Red Sea Group
- Advised E.ON on the Israeli aspects of the $27bn merger squeeze-out of Innogy as part of the merger between E.ON and RWE, and also on the €250m spin-out of Future Energy Ventures from E.ON.
- Advised Kedma Capital, and its wholly owned subsidiary Iskoor Metals, on a portfolio acquisition of a metal tools producer.
- Advised Italy-based FAAC on the $159m acquisition of TIBA Parking Systems.
FWMK (Furth, Wilensky, Mizrachi, Knaani)
FWMK (Furth, Wilensky, Mizrachi, Knaani)‘s practice covers the full corporate life cycle, from research and development agreements, through to joint ventures and M&A. Clients include domestic and international companies, individuals and funds, with strong showings in technology, private equity and life sciences-related transactions. M&A head Udi Knaani advises on financing and acquisition deals in Israel and abroad. Hi-tech specialist Erez Mizrachi and commercial partner Ayelet Oscar are also noted.
Udi Knaani; Erez Mizrachi
Other key lawyers:
Ayelet Oscar; Itai Farkash
‘The firm is unique in its capabilities to act as a team. They are customer-focused, they understand the business side alongside legal needs, and know how to deliver the service in an extremely professional way. The culture of this firm supports diversity and non-profit activity — “doing good” alongside profitability.’
‘Udi Knaani and Erez Mizrachi have both proven that with a direct approach, honesty and dedication you can deliver the best service to your customer. I feel they are my partners rather than service providers. They know my business, they understand the way I work and think, and they move with me to optimize the business.’
‘FWMK is a very professional firm in any field that we need them. Although they have many customers, they give us a personal and fast treatment. The idea that they have different lawyers who specialise in different fields (contracts, labour, IP, etc.) gives us the confidence to trust their recommendations and decisions.’
‘The office is still intimate, so you know the people you work with, unlike the very large firms which became so big you don’t know anyone anymore. Their team is impressive in understanding the business perspectives and adjusting the legal agreements in an optimal way to sustain the deal.’
‘Udi Knaani is most likely the best and sharpest commercial lawyer that I know. He deeply understands all intricacies of deal structuring, including deep understanding in financial/accounting/taxation elements. I was always amazed to see how fast Itai Farkash could get acquainted with the new topics that we presented to him. He has the ability to understand your business needs and exposures very fast, and to express all that in agreements.’
‘We work closely with Itai Farkash and Udi Knaani. Both give best-in-class advice that combines creative thinking, commercial understanding, and a broad point of view. This is truly unparalleled according to my experience.’
‘Udi Knaani and Itai Farkash have great interpersonal skills, fantastic understanding of the legal requirements and changes in laws, rules and regulations, vast experience of similar transactions and a “business and creative” approach. Above all they are deal-makers that work as much as required in order to complete a transaction’.
‘Itai Farkash is an excellent business lawyer, he is very smart and has a wonderful business understanding and sharp senses to identify and focus on the important aspects of the deal, and the sensitivity, intelligence and wisdom to reach a great results while negotiating such aspects with the other party.’
Amitim pension funds
More Investment House
Altshuler Shaham Group
Edmond de Rothschild (Israel)
Fire Arc Ltd.
Mr. Ehud Barak, former Israeli Prime Minister
Medica Medical Centre
Fineline Global PTE LTD
Alum Eshet (oman) ltd
Target Global VC
S. Schestowitz Ltd.
- Acted for Barinboim Group on several corporate transactions, including as leader of the consortium purchasing Finato Group for $210m.
- Represented Somoto in its complex merger with Nostromo Energy.
- Acted for Kedma Capital on a number of acquisitions, including on the purchase of 80% of the share capital of Computer C Data.
Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz
Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz handles a significant volume of cross-border corporate, commercial and investment fund work. Notably, its offices in the US and UK position it well to advise on deals in North America and Europe — it also benefits from an impressive list of country desks. Oded Kadosh advises emerging growth companies and investors on corporate matters. Yael Baratz, Ilan Gerzi and the ‘client-oriented‘ Guy Lachmann are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Yael Baratz; Ilan Gerzi; Guy Lachmann
‘Pearl Cohen is especially known for its strength in IP and technologies in Israel. They have capability in handling M&A and investment involving tech start-ups.’
‘Pearl Cohen’s team is available at flexible times and reliably accommodates the time zone constraints of a global company.’
‘Guy Lachmann is a senior partner at PC. He has significant knowledge and experience in representing VCs and tech start-ups in Israel. He is responsive, client-oriented and very easy to work with. He is trusted by many Japanese clients.’
Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.
Keshet Broadcasting Ltd.
Quality by Vision Ltd.
Orgenesis Inc. (NASDAQ: ORGS)
aMoon Fund, 83North Fund, EMC Corporation
Cyarx Technologies Ltd. (Siemplify)
Panaxia Pharmaceutical Industries Israel Ltd.
KAHR Medical Ltd.
Herodium Investments Ltd.
In-Venture (CVC of Sumitomo Corporation)
Brand Industries Ltd.
Lesico US, Inc.
340B Technologies, Inc. (Nuvem)
- Represented Medi-Tate in its $300m sale to Japan’s Olympus.
- Acted for DeepCube, an Israeli start-up, on its acquisition by Nano Dimension.
- Advised Connatix Holdings on a significant investment made into the company by Court Square Capital Partners.
S. Friedman, Abramson & Co.
S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries‘ ‘professional, creative and assertive‘ group has an emphasis on representing Israeli clients on corporate matters, with a strong record in the retail, transport and life sciences sectors. Department head Sarit Molcho advises on M&A, capital raising transactions and corporate governance issues. Ifat Minzer-Koll‘s practice has a strong tax dimension. Guy Sasportas is a ‘great supporting associate‘.
Sarit Molcho; Ifat Minzer-Koll
Other key lawyers:
Efrat Shuster; Guy Sasportas
‘Personal and professional service around-the-clock. Attention to the smallest detail but also demonstrates a very business-oriented attitude, which enables us to close the deal instead of derailing it.’
‘The team, headed by Sarit Molcho, is very knowledgeable, professional, creative and assertive, They are always there for you and conduct themselves in such positive manner that everybody (including the other party) cooperates with them. They have the courage to propose innovative solutions.’
‘Sarit Molcho stands out as one of the best M&A/commercial lawyers. She is clever, assertive, modest and led by the best interests of the client and not by her ego. Her responsiveness is outstanding and she is familiar with the details of each transaction while keeping the big picture and the target of closing a deal in her mind. She sees the trees but never forgets the forest.’
‘Sarit Molcho, the leading partner has a tremendous amount of experience. This allows her to move the contract forward, knowing when to be adamant in protecting her client, and when to move forward and smooth things over.’
‘Efrat Shuster is very meticulous on one hand but sees the entire picture on the other hand.’
‘Guy Sasportas is a great supporting associate with an exceptional service level. For example, in a recent transaction he spent literally days and nights in assisting in the provision of documents to the VDR, and the creating of the different disclosure schedules.‘
Arko Holdings Ltd.
ATM Car Accessories and Equipment
Super-Pharm (Israel) Limited
Rekah Pharmaceutical Industry Ltd.
Wyler Farm Ltd.
Klil Industries Ltd.
Rada Electronic Industries Ltd.
Gan Shmuel Health Industries (2017) Agricultural Cooperative Society Ltd.
Ralco Agencies Ltd.
Plastopil Hazorea Company Ltd.
Palram Industries (1990) Ltd.
Carmel – Haifa University Economic Corporation
Liberty Properties Ltd.
Aspire Call Center Technologies Ltd.
- Represented Arko Holdings in its business combination with a SPAC, Haymaker Acquisition Corp.
- Advised Super-Pharm (Israel) on the creation of an online sales platform in Israel for sellers from different countries around the world.
- Represented ATM Car Accessories and Equipment on the acquisition of 70% of the company’s shares by Shagrir Group Vehicle Services.
Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates
Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates' strong client relationships are evidenced by its high retention levels, with nearly a third of its work volume deriving from longstanding clients. The firm advises on the full gamut of corporate transactions, with particular activity in the retail, technology and real estate sectors. Dror Toren, who heads the international and commercial department, and the ‘professional‘ Sagee Feldman are recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Igal Kolof; Sagee Feldman; Ofer Braun
‘First and foremost, the team is very attentive to our needs as a client. Highly experienced and professional.’
‘The individuals in the team, especially Sagee Feldman and Ofer Braun, contribute to our activity and assist us with understanding all legal aspects These two provide tremendous added value to decision making in our group and their knowledge, experience and expertise – alongside their understanding of the group’s needs – is what makes them stand out.’
‘We are very pleased and satisfied with their work, their availability, patience, flexibility, and understanding of business needs. They are always attentive to our needs and they always do comprehensive research before giving us an answer.’
‘Honestly speaking, every partner, associate or junior member that we work with gives us the best service as a team, they are all synched.’
‘For more than a decade, our company has been closely supported by Sagee Feldman in all economic, commercial and legal issues in a professional and excellent way. The firm, and its lawyers, are very professional and safeguard the company’s clear interests when we need to sign new contracts and when they accompany us in negotiations.’
‘As CFO of the company , I work mainly with Sagee Feldman in all commercial matters. I can say that I receive exceptional service, great detail and professionalism. I have no doubt that Sagee’s professionalism helps the company to sign better contracts and simplify complex legal issues.’
Gottex-Zara Israel Group
AFI Hotels (Crown Plaza Hotels Israel)
Negev Group Ltd.
AY Electronics Ltd.
Shiratech Solutions Ltd.
P.M Partner Manufacturing Ltd.
Rapac Energy Ltd.
Top Ramdor Systems & Computers (1990) Ltd.
Danya Cebus Ltd.
ORT Technologies Ltd.
Krausz Industries ltd.
A foreign banking institution
Africa Israel Europe (AFI Europe)
Kenlov Capital Ltd. Kenlov Renewable Energy Ltd.
Africa Urban Renewal Ltd.
- Advised Shiratech Solutions on investment rounds with several different investors, as well as in the acquisition of 100% of the outstanding shares of a European technology company.
- Advised ORT Technologies on the sale of the entire share capital to a third party, in return for certain third party’s shares and options in the third party.
- Represented AFI Hotels in numerous transactions, including acquisitions, management agreements and financings.
AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co
AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co's growing practice has a focus on the real estate and technology sectors. The firm represents individuals, investors and public and private corporations on a wide range of corporate transactions, including M&A, share purchase agreements and joint ventures. Corporate head Yoav Caspi and finance lead Assaf Lapid are the key contacts.
Yoav Caspi; Assaf Lapid
Other key lawyers:
Daniel Chinn; Sariel Cohen; Carmit Madani
‘Professional people with huge patience and availability.’
‘What makes the firm’s team unique are the people who lead it; they are cooperative and yet strict when it comes to their client, all while working towards completing the deal.’
‘The team is usually quite responsive and knows how to raise a flag if there are any issues that need to be taken into account.‘
‘I work with Assaf Lapid and after many years of using business legal services I have found a lawyer who understand our needs, understand business and strategy, and knows how to solve a problem, or avoid one.’
‘The individuals I worked with (Assaf Lapid, Sariel Cohen and Carmit Madani) stand out for their vast commercial knowledge and familiarity with Israeli law and the Israeli market. Their knowledge helps us solve commercial issues, while keeping us between the legal boundaries. They are problem-solvers and deal-makers of the highest standard (while guarding our interests).’
Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Israel
EL-AL Israel Airlines Ltd.
Partner Communications Company Ltd.
Mayer Group Exclusive importer of Honda, Volvo, Renault and Jaguar in Israel
Kesher Rent A Car
Harel Group Harel Insurance Investments and Financial Services Ltd.
Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings Ltd.
Kan Israeli Public Broadcasting Corp.
International Paralympic Committee
Magen David Adom
Israel Natural Gas Lines Ltd.
Lahav L.R Real Estate LTD
Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises
Ceaser Stone (Even Keisar)
S.Z. Systems Ltd.
Samsung NEXT Fund
Sony Innovation Fund / Sony Semiconductor Solutions
- Represented Lahav LR Real Estate and BGM in the purchase of 70% of Delek Israel.
- Represented Isaac Mizrahi, and several other minority shareholders of KV Kinetic Energy Ventures, in the sale of their shares to the majority shareholder.
- Represented Lemonade in its $767m public offering of its shares on the NYSE.
Eitan Mehulal Sadot, Advocates & Patent Attorneys
Eitan Mehulal Sadot, Advocates & Patent Attorneys‘ ‘solutions-oriented‘ team has a strong record in advising funds, technology companies and industrial companies on corporate and investment transactions. Yaron Mehulal specialises in corporate, tax and commercial law matters. The ‘very sharp‘ Michael Gittreman has a focus on M&A and corporate finance work.
Yaron Mehulal; Netta Shaked-Stadler; Guy Hadar
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm was highly available to us, lawyers were solution-oriented and thought outside-the-box, meticulous on the legal research and skilled negotiators – they handled transactions in an extremely professional manner; the overall experience was very positive.’
‘As an institutional investor we work with many law firms. Eitan Mehulal Sadot, Advocates & Patent Attorneys is the “go to” firm when we perform highly complicated financial transactions to tight schedules.‘
‘Working with Michael Gittreman was an extremely good experience. He is an outstanding negotiator, very sharp and always has creative solutions, no matter how complicated the problem.’
BrandShield Systems Plc
Eitan Medical Group
Tene Investment Fund – Ha’Bonim Transaction
E8 Storage Systems Ltd.
EPAM Systems, Inc.
Movement Advanced Health Services Ltd.
Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Ltd.
Krausz Industries Ltd.
- Advised BrandShield on the process of merging into a London-based public company.
- Represented Gencell in a pre-IPO investment round with Paz Oil Company.
- Represented Eitan Medical Group in a chain of agreements with Hospira.
Raz, Dlugin & Co. Law Offices
Raz, Dlugin & Co. Law Offices primarily acts for hi-tech companies, start-ups and investors in corporate and M&A transactions. Clients include both leading and emerging companies, which the firm consistently advises on domestic and cross-border matters. Founding partners Rafi Raz and Ran Dlugin are highlighted together for their ‘vast knowledge‘ and are both sought after for technology-related deals.
Rafi Raz; Ran Dlugin; Michal Donner
‘The team – Rafi Raz, Ran Dlugin and Michal Donner – are truly one of a kind. Response time is same day or day after. Answers are well thought out and practical. Billing is fair.’
‘Always take the extra mile to find the right solution and make the deal or contract happen, and in the most creative way.’
‘Ran and Rafi have such vast knowledge and yet they provide service with a friendly down-to-earth approach. I have a direct line to them, even if I work with an associate, and they always know the details. I feel I get deluxe partner service in both the quality of the work as well as the attention. They are my go-to in all commercial and corporate matters.’
Com Tech Co
CrystaelBet (Mars Limited)
Peace of Meat
NFX Venture Capital
- Represented Playtika in ongoing commercial work, five M&A transactions and on its preparation for an IPO on the Nasdaq.
- Advised Polypid on various agreements and corporate matters.
- Represented Diamond Eagle in its merger with DraftKings and SBTech.