Commercial, corporate and M&A in Israel
A strong year for Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co. saw it cement its reputation as a leading contender for the largest and most high-profile corporate deals to hit the market. Most notably, it was selected by NSO Group Technologies and its founders to advise on the largest management buyout transaction ever conducted in Israel - Roy Caner, who heads the hi-tech department, and Viva Gayer led that landmark $1bn deal. Technology generally is a sweet spot, but the group also shines in private equity, financial services and transportation. Corporate heavyweight Doni Toledano heads a team which also includes ‘true deal-maker’ Lior Oren.
‘They are very business-oriented, provide full attention and care regardless of the size of the deal, they have a lot of experience which allows them to insist on certain issues while conceding on other less material or common terms.’
‘A very efficient M&A department, very good at grasping the commercials of a transaction.’
‘Lior and his team are true professionals, constantly seeking to improve our position as their clients, dedicated, available, thoughtful and service-oriented.’
‘We have been working with Lior Oren for several years now, and we are very pleased with both the legal professionalism and the service we receive.’
‘Lior Oren is a true deal-maker who knows how to best bridge the gaps and hedge our risks.’
‘Shay Dayan is a sharp mind and produces high-quality work.’
NSO Group Technologies Ltd. and Founders Shalev Holy and Omri Lavie
Taavura Holdings Ltd.
Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
Moti Ben-Moshe, Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd. and Extra Development and Entrepreneurship Ltd.
Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank Ltd.
Menorah Mivtachim Holdings Ltd.
Chroma ATE Inc.
Offensive Security and its founders Mati and Iris Aharoni
General Oriental Investments SA
Mishkei Emek Beit-Shean, Mishkei Emek Izrael and Pituach Hagalil
SysAid Technologies Ltd.
Sirius International Insurance Group Ltd.
Apax Partners and AMI Opportunities Fund
Tene Investment Fund
IDI – Insurance Company Ltd.
Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.
Motorola Solutions Inc.
Israel Chemicals Ltd.
Mediterranean Car Agency
Vertex Venture Capital
Magma Ventures Partners
Xsight Systems Ltd.
Shamrock Opportunities Fund, L.P
- Advised NSO Group Technologies and its founders on a $1bn management buyout transaction.
- Acted for Alon Blue Square Israel and Extra Development and Entrepreneurship on their $662m acquisition of the Africa Israel Group.
- Advised Mobileye Vision Technologies on a joint venture for the launch of a commercial self-driving ride-hailing service in Israel, where Mobileye will provide the self-driving technology.
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co’s team is adept across a wide range of industry segments but its top-tier financial services expertise was at the fore for several of its recent key deals. Highlights included advising the State of Israel on the $515m sale of its holdings in Bank Leumi, which notably ended the state’s long-running privatisation process — Miri Kimhi led that work. The group was also involved in key mandates in the projects, defence, TMT and real estate sectors. Avraham Well is 'an oracle of knowledge’ and heads a group that includes ‘exceptional deal-making attorney’ Raz Tepper. Additional senior contacts include M&A specialist Michael Zellermayer, hi-tech focused partner Eran Yaniv and Ronald Lehmann. Senior associate Ute Klose-Goldstein is 'an up-and-coming star in her own right’.
‘The team is particularly responsive and very oriented towards seeing the bigger picture, the business issues and goals, foreseeing future developments and obstacles that may arise along the way and creating solutions for them.’
‘The team is very amicable towards the opposing parties in a very valuable way.’
‘The team is very smart in structuring which helps us both to get the deal done and to have a very good deal at hand.’
‘Raz Tepper is an exceptional, deal-making attorney, with creative solutions and a bright mind. He is very good in seeing the business needs and setting the path for them first and foremost.’
‘Avraham Well is an oracle of knowledge and experience in M&A and corporate matters.’
‘Ute Klose-Goldstein is an up-and-coming star in her own right.’
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
State of Israel
Bank Leumi Le’Israel
Israel Discount Bank
Gallatin Point Capital
New Channel 10 Ltd.
Samson International Holding S.A.
Vista/ Advanced Computer Software Group Ltd
Delek Automotive Systems Ltd.
Noble Energy Mediterranean Ltd.
Tokio Marine HCC
Fiverr International Ltd
EDF Energies Nouvelles Israel Ltd
Servotronix Motion Control Ltd.
Clal Industries Ltd.
Eastern Company for Holdings Ltd.
MST Medical Surgery Technologies Ltd.
Jerusalem Economy Ltd.
- Advised Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Mr Avihai Stoler on their $225m acquisition of Aeronautics Limited.
- Acted for the State of Israel on a “block trade” process, whereby the State approached international banks to request their bids to purchase the balance of its holdings in Bank Leumi; Citigroup won the tender.
- Advised Bank Leumi and the Azrieli Group on the $658m sale of Leumi Card to private equity fund, Warburg Pincus.
Goldfarb Seligman & Co. finds favour for its ‘solid combination of legal acumen and business judgement’. The firm’s deep bench and broad sector focus are also significant differentiators. Ashok Chandrasekhar heads the international corporate and securities department and handled a slew of cross-border transactions over the past year, particularly in the technology sector, for clients such as Symantec Corporation and Temasek. Other key contacts include Dubi Zoltak, who heads the corporate and capital markets department, technology specialist Sharon Gazit and Rami Sofer, who leads the corporate, finance and infrastructure group. Corporate finance partner Nechama Brin and the ‘extremely efficient’ Ido Zemach are also recommended. Corporate and securities partner Guy Gordon joined from Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg, Shenhav & Co..
‘Innovative and always open to testing their boundaries. Hands-on partners who are synced into the market.’
‘Solid combination of legal acumen and business judgement – more expensive than their peers, but justified given the extent of high-quality partner involvement through the transaction life cycle.’
‘Hard-working, talented and highly professional.’
‘Great teamwork every time you do a deal with the Goldfarb Seligman & Co. team.’
‘The practice has a unique combination of high professionalism and deal-making focus.’
‘Working with them is efficient, they quickly understand the needs and provide practical solutions to the challenges. High level of service, availability, professionalism and efficient work.’
‘The team is well rounded, very experienced and very knowledgeable.’
‘Ido Zemach is thoughtful and extremely efficient in his approach to transactions. Cuts to the chase quickly.’
‘Rami Sofer and Veran Vistanetzky hold skills of professionalism that go far beyond the specific field of the department. Always striving for the best solution for the client and everything with a bright smile.’
Warburg Pincus LLC
Temasek Holdings Private Limited
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
Cisco Systems Inc.
Northrop Grumman International Trading Inc.
Dell-EMC, including EMC Israel Development Center Ltd.
The Volvo Group
Manikay Partners LLC
Axel Springer SE.
NICE Systems Ltd.
Israel Secondary Fund
Cellcom Israel Ltd.
Red Hat Inc.
Canada Israel Group
CreditEase Israel Innovation Fund (CEIIF)
The Arison Group
Arison Investments Ltd.
Arison Holdings Ltd.
Marlin Equity Partners
Apax Mid-market Israel Fund
El Al Israel Airlines Ltd.
Applied Materials, Inc.
Perion Network Ltd.
Israel Aerospace Industries
Hamashbir 365 Holdings Ltd.
Tnuva Food Industries Agricultural Co-Op In Israel Ltd.
I.D. Systems, Inc.
Magen David Adom
Summit Real Estate Holdings Ltd.
Dori Media Group Ltd.
S. Shlomo Group,
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.
I Squared Capital
Wize Pharma Inc.
Flora Fotonica Ltd.
A.L. Ten Bis Ltd. (“10bis”)
Knock N’ Lock Ltd.
Elad Ronen Holdings Ltd. and Mr. & Mrs. Ronen and Carmit Elad
Dor Chemicals Ltd.
Dor Alon Energy Israel Ltd.,
Tapugan Industries Ltd.
Hacarem Spirits Ltd.
Reshafim Steel Doors Ltd.
Cabiran (1991) Ltd.
Lumen Capital Ltd.
- Advised Warburg Pincus on its acquisition of Leumi Card from Bank Leumi and the Azrieli Group.
- Acted for the the Arison Group on the NIS1.1bn sale of its controlling share in the Shikun & Binui Group to the Saidoff Group.
- Acted for Temasek on its $250m acquisition of Israeli cyber technology and services company, Sygnia Consulting Ltd.
The prolific group at Gornitzky & Co. is consistently engaged on cross-border transactions, with its US experience a prominent feature of the practice — Europe and Asia-based clients are also well represented on its client list. Highly regarded group head Chaim Friedland acted for a string of US-based corporations over the past year, including International Flavors & Fragrances and Solarwinds Corporation. The group also enjoys close relationships with major Israeli companies, which it advises on both domestic and outbound M&A. Private equity is another core strength and Elite Elkon advised Warburg Pincus on its headline purchase of Leumi Card. Transactions in the hi-tech, financial services and infrastructure fields are other areas of strength.
‘An excellent team.’
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
Venus Concept Ltd.
CVC Capital Partners
Fortissimo Capital Fund
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
The Israel Land Development Company Ltd.
B.O.S. Better Online Solutions Ltd.
Morningside International LLC
Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd.
Slat of the Earth Ltd
Dan Capital Infrastructure and Financial Investments Ltd.
Shikun & Binui Ltd.
- Advised International Flavors & Fragrances on its reverse triangular merger with TASE-listed Frutarom Industries, worth $7.1bn.
- Assisted Warburg Pincus with its purchase of Leumi Card from Bank Leumi and the Azrieli Group.
- Acted for Delek Group on the sale of its 32.5% controlling stake in Phoenix to Centerbridge and Gallatin.
Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg, Shenhav & Co. distinguishes itself through its strong track record in the technology space for both tech companies and funds, with clients including Insight Venture Partners, Meta Networks and Yahoo! Other strong suits include telecoms, financial services and infrastructure. International M&A head Richard Mann is an ‘excellent corporate lawyer’ and routinely advises acquirers and targets, private equity funds, investors and joint venture partners on corporate transactions. Esther Koren, who leads the local M&A practice, is well versed in a range of M&A, corporate and securities matters. Additional contacts are David Hodak, who handles corporate finance and tax, and Eyal Diskin.
‘A uniquely professional team. Very creative and available.’
‘Great personal attitude, innovation, professionalism. They are our trusted advisors for any issue in relation to our partnership governance.’
‘The lawyers I work with are very professional, very committed to the mission and fully available to provide the service.’
‘Esther Koren has original and strong thinking, which gives you confidence when making decisions.’
‘Richard Mann is an excellent corporate lawyer.’
Brightman Almagor Zohar & Co.
China National Agrochemical Corporation
CHS Industries Ltd
Clal Biotechnology Industries (CBI)
Cresson Management LP
Discount Investment Corporation Ltd.
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Egged Israel Transport Cooperative Society Ltd.
Elbit Imaging Ltd.
Elbit Medical Technologies
IDB Development Corporation Ltd.
Keter Plastic Ltd
Lapidoth Israel Oil Prospectors Corp. Ltd.
Mekorot Water Company
Moon Capital Ltd.
PBC – Property and Building Corp.
Psagot Investment House
Syneron Medical Ltd. / Candela Corporation
Tel-Ad Electronics Ltd.
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Israel
Yetedot T.S.M.V. Publishing & Advertising Ltd
York Capital Management
- Advised US-based Insight Venture Partners on its Israeli activities, including on its acquisition of the entire portfolio of Genesis Partners.
- Acted for the special committee of the board of directors of Dynamic Yield on the acquisition of Dynamic Yield by McDonald’s.
- Assisted Mueller Water Products with its $140m acquisition of Kruasz Industries.
Herzog Fox & Neeman’s sizeable and experienced team is ‘perfect for big-scale and complex M&A’, according to one client. This was evidenced through its involvement in several recent headline deals, including its advice to Israel-based Mellanox Technologies on its $6.9bn acquisition by US-headquartered Nvidia Corporation through a reverse triangular merger. The deal represented the second-largest acquisition of an Israeli company by value and was led by corporate and securities head Ehud Sol together with Yuval Meidar. Other key names among the group’s deep bench include high-profile international M&A head Alan Sacks, ‘consummate professional’ Janet Levy Pahima, securities specialist Ilanit Landesman-Yogev, ‘very good negotiator’ Ran Hai, Aviram Hazak and Yair Geva. Erez Abu, who is ‘one of the most impressive rising stars in the firm', was promoted to the partnership in 2020.
‘Herzog Fox & Neeman’s corporate and M&A team have in-depth knowledge and are perfect for big-scale and complex M&A and corporate matters – there are very few law firms who are capable of this in Israel.’
‘HFN are the leading team in the M&A arena in Israel. The team is very well versed in the law, common practice and has good relationships with the relevant regulators.’
‘The team’s strength is reflected by their professional comments and recommendations, as well as their service awareness and responsiveness.’
‘They truly understand the client policy and aspirations when addressing legal issues with clients.’
‘The team is very responsive and provides very clear, concise and business-oriented advice.’
‘They are very knowledgeable and experienced, and bring in additional specialised expertise as appropriate.’
‘Very big law firm with all the relevant legal domain expertise in and outside Israel – lots of connections and networking ability.’
‘Always respond in a timely fashion and combine big-picture strategic planning with attention to detail. They are also cost conscious.’
‘They are also willing and able to work with companies from start-ups through to public companies, and to be a real partner in growing the company.’
‘Individually the team is super professional, committed and dedicated.’
‘Janet Levy Pahima is a remarkably dedicated and professional lawyer.’
‘Janet Levy Pahima is the consummate professional. She is knowledgeable, practical, results-oriented and a pleasure to work with. She listens to the client’s needs, but is forthright in giving guidance.’
‘Ran Hai is one of the best M&A lawyers in Israel. He is very commercial and knowledgeable and a very good negotiator; it’s great having him around the negotiation table opposite strong lawyers from the other side.’
‘Associate Erez Abu is one of the most impressive rising stars in the firm. He is very dedicated and very skilled in running the deal. He is also very attentive to details.’
Israel Electric Corporation
Adama Agricultural Solutions Ltd
Apax Partners; AMI Opportunities Fund
Adler Real Estate AG
NeopharmGroup.com/ Fuhrer Family
Indorama Ventures Public Company Ltd.
Discount Bank Capital Markets
Oaktree Capital Management
The Israel Land Development Company
- Advised Israel-based Mellanox Technologies on the $6.9bn sale of its entire share capital through a reverse triangular merger to Nvidia Corporation.
- Acted for PepsiCo on its $3.2bn acquisition of Nasdaq and TASE-listed SodaStream in a going-private transaction.
- Acted as local counsel to Montagu Private Equity on its $340m acquisition of the Flexographic Packaging division of the Eastman Kodak Company.
Meitar law offices
Meitar law offices’ ‘well-rounded team’ ranks among the most comprehensive corporate practices in the market. The group is routinely involved in a significant proportion of Israel’s most prominent mandates, with its share of hi-tech deals, leveraged M&A and high-value transactions particularly impressive. The firm acted on a string of multi-jurisdictional deals worth over $1bn over the past year, including advising SodaStream International on its $3.2bn acquisition by PepsiCo — Dan Shamgar and Shachar Hadar led that work. The group also draws upon the senior expertise of Dan Geva, who has a strong record in advising emerging growth companies, Clifford Felig, Ariel Aminetzah and corporate finance partner Itay Frishman.
‘Experienced, well-rounded and professional team.’
‘Works very well with our other firms (US-based) and other consultants (accounting and tax).’
Velostrata (a Google company)
Palo Alto Networks
Twistlock (a Palo Alto Networks company)
Datorama (a Salesforce company)
- Advised SodaStream International on its $3.2bn acquisition by PepsiCo.
- Assisted Thoma Bravo, together with Kirkland & Ellis LLP, with its $2.1bn acquisition of Imperva.
- Acted for ClickSoftware, and its owner Francisco Partners, on the $1.3bn sale of ClickSoftware to Salesforce.
Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. is a ‘one-stop-shop for all commercial, corporate, M&A and capital markets issues’. The team has ‘deep knowledge of Israeli law’ and is a firm fixture on the side of major domestic companies in cross-border transactions. In a highlight example, group head Sharon Amir (‘at the top of his game’) advised Frutarom on its $7.1bn acquisition by International Flavor & Fragrances. The group also secured big-ticket mandates from leading Israeli names such as Elco Holdings, FIMI Private Equity Funds and Aeronautics Ltd. It also acts for a raft of multinationals, particularly on the technology front, including recent work for Check Point Software Technologies, Taptica International and Wix.com. Tuvia Geffen, who leads the international capital markets practice, Einat Rosu and the ‘professional and creative’ Tal Eliasaf are also recommended.
‘Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. provides you with special care and the feeling that you are not alone during negotiations; the team is always available, responsive, kind and creative.’
‘Very professional service at a very high level. They always make you feel like your case is the most important thing in the world.’
‘Excellent service, highly professional, responsive and supportive.’
‘Wide area of expertise, the firm is a one-stop-shop for all commercial, corporate, M&A and capital markets issues.’
‘A dedicated team, which works hard and focuses on the best fit for the transaction.’
‘I have personally experienced a group of people who work shoulder-to-shoulder with the client, explaining as much as is needed and more importantly, achieving the best for the client without breaking deals.’
‘We found the firm to be expert in the area of Israeli law and also knowledgeable in other areas. They were also very collaborative, efficient, responsive and enjoyable to work alongside.’
‘Lawyers are dedicated to providing excellent results for our shared client, and so were a wonderful team to partner with. We would welcome the opportunity to work with them again.’
‘The strength of the individuals and what made them stand out was a combination of everything: a deep knowledge of Israeli law, ability to suggest practical and logical solutions, and a terrific team to work with.’
‘Very professional and responsive, always acts with a “can-do” approach.’
‘Sharon Amir is one of the true leaders among Israeli corporate practitioners, at the top of his game, and with the utmost respect from clients and adversaries alike.’
‘Tal Eliasaf – talented, kind, modest, professional, creative. His overall attitude and experience makes your most stressful moments more comfortable.’
‘Both Anat Igner and Tuvia Geffen are extremely calm, even when things are stressful, and always very professional and responsive.’
NSO Group Technologies
FIMI Private Equity Funds
Government Companies Authority
Check Point Software Technologies
Elco Holdings Ltd
Glicksman Group Investments
Gili Ocean Technology
Bet Shemesh Engines
- Advised Frutarom on its $7.1bn acquisition by International Flavor & Fragrances.
- Acted for the management of NSO Group Technologies on the $800m management buyout of the group.
- Advised Elco Holdings on its acquisition of Supergas.
A force in the technology space, Yigal Arnon & Co provides ‘smart and practical structures and solutions’. The group is regularly retained by both domestic and global technology companies to advise on their major transactions in Israel. In one highlight, it acted for Nvidia Corporation on the $6.9bn acquisition of Mellanox Technologies — the second-biggest acquisition in Israeli high-tech history; corporate head Barry Levenfeld, together with Ben Sandler, led the advice. The same duo also recently handled mandates for Salesforce.com, Stryker Corporation and Palo Alto Networks. Outside of the tech arena, the group shines in the infrastructure, life sciences and telecoms spheres. Additional key contacts include David Schapiro, Gidon Weinstock and Barak Platt.
‘Yigal Arnon & Co provides us with all-round legal advice covering all our needs in the most professional way.‘
‘The team consists of great lawyers with lots of experience, knowledge of the legal materials and the market, who offer smart and practical structures and solutions.’
‘Their knowledge, practical approach, availability and responsiveness is great and highly appreciated.’
‘Good customer service mindset. Focus on getting the deal done. Very accommodating. Broad range of expertise within the firm to draw on as required.’
Shanghai Giant Network Technology Co., Ltd.
Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
Caspit Payment Technologies Group
Mentor Graphics Development Services (Israel) Ltd.
Nike Europe Inc.
Israel Infrastructure Fund
Accurate Medical Therapeutics Ltd.
WhiteSmoke Software Ltd.
Keystone Heart Ltd.
One Software Technologies (One1)
- Advised Nvidia Corporation on its $6.9bn acquisition of Mellanox Technologies.
- Acted for Salesforce.com on its $1.3bn acquisition of Israel-based ClickSoftware Technologies.
- Advised ZoomInfo on its $784.1m acquisition by DiscoverOrg.
Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co. acts for a wide range of Israeli and multinational corporate clients, from early-stage start-ups through to global companies, and impressed clients assert it is a ‘serious challenger’ to the established firms. The group had a particularly good run on the investment front over the past year, with Temasek, Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation and Bridgepoint all turning to the firm for assistance. Michael Barnea heads the group and has a strong track record in cross-border transactions. Corporate finance partner Simon Jaffa is also a key contact.
‘Barnea has a highly qualified team with international experience. Their advice and commercial understanding is of a high quality.’
‘The firm is very client-oriented and they know how the market works. We are confident Barnea will do what’s necessary and right for us when we raise an issue.’
‘A very impressive team; the firm has become a serious challenger to the three leading firms in the market.’
‘The people are always available when I need them, they understand my company and needs, and provide me the best consulting I have got.’
‘The firm provides the best legal advice but also knows to listen to us and adapt, even when we want to react against their advice.’
‘A very solid team for cross-border work.’
‘Professional, savvy, friendly, efficient – everything you could ask for in your legal counsel.’
‘Good understanding of the business environment to go beyond pure legal perspective to provide added value in the wider business ecosystem.’
‘Michael Barnea is one of the top lawyers in commercial and corporate in Israel. He is a proactive and high-quality lawyer, always available.’
‘Michael Barnea is a great lawyer. He is practical and a pleasure to deal with.’
‘Simon Jaffa is great.’
Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation
Azrieli Group Ltd
Sakal Global Duty Free
Danel (Adir Yehoshua) Ltd.
Temasek Holdings Private Limited
Continuity Software, Inc
Tuttnauer Israel LTD
- Advised Azrieli Group on the sale of Supergas to Elco Holdings.
- Assisted Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation with several transactions, including with its $70m Series C investment in V-Wave Ltd.
- Advised Bridgepoint on its $420m acquisition of Qualitest’s Israeli companies.
A consistent performer in M&A involving regulated industries, M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries is particularly active in the defence, life sciences, TMT and financial services sectors. Longstanding clients include Israeli and foreign companies, including Elbit Systems, Direct Insurance Financial Investments and IBM Israel. M&A head Jacob Enoch is an ‘absolute star’. Zvi Firon is head of the firm and combines strong skill sets in both transactional and contentious work. Additional contacts include David Abadi, who leads the commercial team, and technology specialist Jacob Sarov.
‘The Firon team is one of the best in the country in terms of depth, professionalism, international experience and business orientation.’
‘Very professional team; responsive, experienced and creative.’
‘Responsive, efficient and good coordinators of multi-party teams. A member of an excellent international network, capable of tapping into the right expertise in all notable jurisdictions.’
‘A strong, multi-disciplinary team providing a one-stop-shop.’
‘It seemed to us that each team member was dedicated to his/her assigned task, but was keeping an eye on the transaction as a whole. This is the team you want for a challenging and high-paced M&A deal.’
‘The team possess in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of various industries which are important to our core business. The team is very well presented and is capable of leading large scale transactions.’
‘Firon has a large, multi-faceted team of strong partners. Every deal is escorted by an experienced partner. Unlike other large firms, you don’t get stuck with a mid-level associate doing the work.’
‘Jacob Enoch is my first and only choice for M&A, any serious litigation, any financial transaction or any other situation with hair on it… Simply the smartest guy I met (not just among lawyers). Quick as lightening, original thinker, and the kind of lawyer everybody wants and hardly anyone finds.’
‘Jacob Enoch – an absolute star. Best there is in M&A/ complex finance transactions. Brilliant negotiator, a true closer.’
‘Jacob Enoch – a real uncommon phenomenon. Bottom line – there is no lawyer in the country I would more favourably recommend for all M&A matters, litigation matters, and certainly matters combining both.’
‘Jacob is highly motivated, energetic and keen to ensure client satisfaction.’
‘Jacob is a highly skilled M&A lawyer with extremely valuable experience. He impressed us with his ability to break down highly complex structures into the key legal questions and to answer them on the spot.’
‘Zvi Firon is a very strong and capable managing partner.’
‘I have worked with Jacob Sarov and Simy Wolfe for many years and on many deals. I will only use this team for my business dealings. Professional, knowledgeable and always have the time for a call.’
Elbit Systems Ltd.
Direct Insurance Financial Investments Ltd.
Industrial Buildings Corporation Ltd.
Paltop Advanced Dental Solutions Ltd.
Aviv Arlon Global Limited and Aviv Arlon Ltd.
UNEDCO United Engineering and Development Company Ltd.
Better Cannabis and its controlling shareholders
Swissport Cargo Services
Playtech Software Ltd.
- Advised Elbit Systems on its NIS1.9bn acquisition of Israel Military Industries.
- Acted for Industrial Buildings Corporation’s independent committee on its merger with its controlling shareholder Jerusalem Economy, worth approximately $1.3bn.
- Advised Paltop Advanced Dental Solutions on its $50m merger with Keystone Dental.
S. Horowitz & Co is hailed for its ‘stunning ability to get the deal done’. The firm houses a broad corporate and M&A practice, which draws on its wider full-service offering to provide complementary sector expertise in financial services, life sciences and communications. It is also well known for its experience in cross-border transactions, particularly involving the US and UK. Clifford Davis co-chairs the international corporate group and is ‘exceptionally imaginative and articulate’. Amit Steinman and Shlomi Delgo are highlighted together for their ‘many years of experience’ and Keith Shaw is ‘highly talented’.
‘Certain firms cannot see the wood from the trees and tend to get hung up on arcane pieces of law and have very poor turn around of documents. The lawyers at Horowitz cut through this – they know how to negotiate, know the law, and are willing to get their hands dirty by working all hours to get the job done.’
‘Every task, even the most residual one, is performed with the highest attention to details and in a structured and orderly manner. (It is very clear that the company has a structured code of conduct that all its lawyers are committed to.)’
‘What sets this firm apart is its commercial common sense and stunning ability to get the deal done.’
‘The firm brings relevant domain experts to bear on elements of a transaction, and rapidly spins them up to deliver an integrated service to the client.’
‘S.Horowitz’s collective speed, flexibility and responsiveness (at all hours of the day & night) are particularly impressive. I have recommended the firm extensively to others, and look forward to working with them again.’
‘Clifford Davis is an exceptionally good lawyer and commercially alert.’
‘It helps that Clifford (at least) has a good understanding of UK and US law, not just Israeli law.’
‘Stand out partner is Clifford Davis. Beyond superb. Always there with a smile and solution. Exceptionally imaginative and articulate.’
‘The stand out feature is that when there are tricky negotiations and an impasse has arisen, like a magician with a white rabbit, Clifford manages to come up with a commercial solution acceptable to both sides, which protects me, the client!’
‘In addition to being a top-notch legal mind, Clifford’s creative, persistent and commercially-minded problem-solving is exceptional.’
‘When faced with a stumbling block, the prototypical lawyer will tell you all the reasons that something can’t be done. Clifford, however, will rapidly develop multiple solutions, not just to how the problem can be solved, but with a thoughtful eye towards maximising pragmatic business outcomes.’
‘Amit Steinman and Shlomi Delgo are both highly professional, reliable and affable to work with. They have many years of experience and a lot of legal and business knowledge.’
‘Keith Shaw is a highly talented lawyer. He is exceptionally responsive, creative and has brought a highly pragmatic approach to the work that he did for us.’
Thompson Street Capital Partners
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
AIG EUROPE LIMITED
B Communications Ltd.
Viacom Media Networks
IIF – Israel Infrastructure Fund
Moody’s Investors Relations
Chengdu Kanghong Pharmaceutical Group Co
The Phoenix Holdings Ltd.
Clal Insurance Ltd.
Becton Dickinson and Co
Paz Oil Company
Ambridge Europe Limited
Strauss Water Ltd.
Wobi Insurance Agency
Gladston Group Holdings LLC
Minrav Holding Ltd.
Israeli Electric Company (IEC)
Ethiopian Magical Farm
- Acted as Israeli counsel to Francisco Partners and IGP Capital on a $200m LBO transaction to acquire LiveU.
- Acted as Israeli counsel to RhythmOne on its $270m merger of equals with Taptica.
- Advised B Communications on a series of M&A and restructuring transactions worth NIS650m.
Tadmor Levy & Co
Tadmor Levy & Co has a diverse M&A practice, which demonstrates strong capabilities in heavily regulated industries, including the defence, financial services, energy, life sciences and technology fields. Department co-lead Ophir Nave is a ‘top-notch specialist’ and enjoys a prominent reputation for his expertise in defence-related matters, with Rafael Advance Defense Systems and Israel Weapon Industries among his key clients. Yaniv Aronowich jointly heads the group and is recommended for his experience in technology M&A. Tamar Krongrad, who has an emphasis on international transactions, is also noted.
‘Probably one of the best M&A firms in Israel. In addition, they provide support in many other fields.’
‘I have been working with Tadmor Levy’s M&A team for a number of years now and they have become my go-to firm. They are fast, diligent and offer a very high level of service.’
‘I would say that their responsiveness and general level of serviceability makes them stand out when compared to other firms.’
‘Ophir Nave is a top-notch specialist Beyond Ophir’s extensive experience and knowledge, Ophir brings a very practical, business-oriented approach.’
‘Ophir is a deal-maker. He knows when to push and when to let go, in order to accomplish the best conditions, given the complicated circumstances. It is really a pleasure seeing Ophir in action – he is a highly seasoned negotiator.’
‘Another advantage when working with Ophir is that he is tech-savvy, which is of great significance when dealing with high-end and innovative solutions.’
‘Yaniv Aronowich is quick to respond with useful input and knows how to flesh out the important issues that we as a client need to consider.’
Max It Finance Ltd. (Formerly Leumi Card)
Altria Group, Inc.
Shareholders of Baby TV
Israel Shipyards Ltd.
Israel Weapon Industries
DBAG Phoenix Investment SARL
Delek Infrastructure Ltd.
I.B.C. Israel BroadBand Company (2013) Ltd.
Generation Capital Fund
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL)
- Advised Leumi Card on the $680m sale of Leumi Card’s shares, held by Bank Leumi and Azrieli, to Warburg Pincus.
- Acted as local counsel to Altria Group on its $2.4bn equity investment in Cronos Group.
- Acted for Delek Infrastructure on the sale of its 30% stake in IDE Technologies to Alpha Water Fund, the controlling shareholder of IDE.
Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co. leverages its top-tier life sciences practice to act for pharmaceutical and healthcare companies on corporate and M&A matters, including RedHill Biopharma, Sanara Ventures and Teva. The group is also distinguished by its strong expertise in hi-tech and venture capital transactions. Menachem Tulchinsky heads the Tel Aviv office and is ‘very practical, logical and easy to work with’. David Cohen, who led the firm’s advice to Orbotech on its $3.4bn acquisition by KLA-Tencor, is also noted. Other key contacts include Doron Stern and Alon Tabak-Aviram.
‘The Tulchinsky team maintains a standout Israeli practice, with a consistently strong and dedicated team that achieves the upmost best results for its clients.’
‘They always put forward a great effort and their expertise in Israeli corporate, and other laws, is very deep and impressive. They are also very practical and very easy to work with. They have been a great partner for us in Israel.’
‘The Tulchinsky team, particularly Menachem Tulchinsky, always demonstrates a great understanding of Israeli law and are also generally knowledgeable of other relevant laws, like Delaware.’
‘Menachem is an especially great lawyer and is very practical, logical and easy to work with. He has great respect among other Israeli lawyers.’
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
RedHill Biopharma Ltd.
Jerusalem Venture Partners
Sanara Ventures Ltd.
Advanced Vision Technology (A.V.T) Ltd.
Advanced Dicing Technologies Ltd.
- Advised Orbotech on its $3.4bn acquisition by KLA-Tencor.
- Advised Visionix on its initiatives to set up research and manufacturing facilities in China through a joint venture with a Chinese consortium.
- Acted for Jerusalem Venture Partners on a string of joint ventures and investments in hi-tech companies, including on its collaboration with Mars to pursue tech solutions for global, food, agriculture and nutrition challenges.
Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co.’s standout energy practice ensures it is sought after for major oil and gas transactions. In a recent example, energy head Dan Hacohen advised Delek Drilling and Noble Energy on their $518m acquisition of a 39% stake in Egyptian East Mediterranean Gas Company, as part of their wider $15bn gas deal with Egypt-based Dolphinus. Other sector strengths include financial services, technology and healthcare. Ehud Arad jointly heads the M&A team alongside Hacohen. Commercial law specialist Daniel Sekel is also noted.
Delek Drilling and Noble Energy
Equital (TASE: EQTL)
Bank Hapoalim Ltd.
Delek Automotive Systems Ltd. (TASE: DLEA)
Direct Insurance – Financial Investments Ltd.
- Advised Delek Drilling and Noble Energy on their acquisition of 39% of the shares in the Egyptian East Mediterranean Gas Company.
- Advised Bank Hapoalim on the sale of its credit card arm, Isracard.
- Assisted Delek Automotive Systems with the acquisition of a 70% stake in OCM Luxembourg EPF III Runway Investco.
Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary’s broad M&A practice is particularly prominent in the hi-tech space. A favourite with both Israeli and international clients, the group also handles a significant share of cross-border transactions. Key contact Ian Rostowsky jointly heads the hi-tech and venture capital department and has recently handled deals for StageOne Ventures and Magma Venture Partners. Hi-tech and venture capital co-lead Yoav Etzyon, corporate finance specialist Orit Israeli and firm chair Yonatan Altman are also key figures in the team.
‘The team has boundless energy, and provides around-the-clock support and wise counsel in highly pressurised situations.’
The Nielsen Company (NYSE:NLSN)
Reit 1 Ltd.
Reshet Media Ltd.
Javelin Networks, Inc.
Catalyst Private Equity Partners (Israel II) L.P.
Genae Associates NV
- Advised the controlling shareholder Magma Venture Partners, and the other selling shareholders of CloudEndure, on their sale of shares to Amazon Web Services.
- Advised Comasco on two separate share acquisitions of UMI shares, totalling $138m.
- Acted for Freshmarket on the proposed acquisitions of three supermarket chains, worth a combined $62.4m.
H-F & Co.
Technology-focused boutique H-F & Co. is recognised for its specialist record in advising tech companies and tech investors on the full range of M&A, investment and capital markets matters. Firm founder Nitzan Hirsch-Falk is a key player in the Israeli tech space and is routinely engaged by emerging start-ups right through to global technology companies.
Akamai Technologies, Inc.
LogMeIn, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOGM)
Kaiima Bio-Agritech Ltd.
Argus Cyber Security Ltd.
Moovit App Global Ltd.
nsKnox Technologies Ltd.
Mimecast Ltd. (NASDAQ: MIME)
XM Cyber Ltd.
QM Technologies Inc. (“QM”)
Guard Knox Cyber Technologies Ltd.
Care.com Inc. (NYSE: CRCM)
GamEffective (officially registered as Biz-Effective Ltd.)
AppSee (officially registered as Shift 6 Ltd.)
- Advised Kaiima Bio-Agritech on several matters, including on its joint venture agreement with Mexico’s BioFields.
- Acted for Mimecast on its $88m acquisition of Israel-based Solebit Labs.
- Advised Moovit App Global on its $50m Series D financing transaction, which was led by Intel.
Rotenberg & Co
A firm ‘on top of its game’, Rotenberg & Co handled a slew of cross-border transactions over the past year, with its recent experience encompassing Africa, Asia, Europe and the US. The ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ Shirin Herzog leads the M&A, securities and international transactions department and is particularly recognised for her broad corporate governance expertise. The group also includes managing partner Benjamin Rotenberg and corporate and commercial head Nili Peleg Shpolansky, who is a ‘superb negotiator’.
‘First and foremost, high professional level and expertise in the subject matter. Also, under unique and stressful circumstances, they were always available to meet our needs, and have provided precise and responsive work in a short time schedule.’
‘Their ability to provide practical advice, and more importantly, their grasp of local law issues was exceptional.’
‘The firm was on top of its game, the people we dealt with were highly professional, bright and represented their clients with distinction.’
‘I would like to note Shirin Herzog’s high professional level, expertise in the subject matter, attention to detail, creative thinking and flexible approach (tailor-made to the client’s needs), patience and empathy.’
‘Shirin Herzog is a lawyer that sees the forest as well as the trees. I would recommend her to any party to an M&A deal, especially if it’s a complicated one involving corporate governance or international aspects.’
‘Shirin Herzog is incredibly knowledgeable and we value her legal expertise on a broad range of projects. She responds quickly and is proactive in working across transaction teams to make sure important deadlines are reached.’
‘The team led by Shirin Herzog has always been able to make introductions and accomplish the issues that we need addressed in an efficient and thorough manner.’
‘Shirin Herzog’s strengths include her ability to bridge the US culture of our parent company with the Israeli culture of the Israeli subsidiaries.’
‘Nili Peleg Shpolansky has a great way of working with combined teams and incorporating legal advice in the wider business strategy.’
‘Nili Peleg Shpolansky is one of the most pragmatic, all-round lawyers I have ever had the pleasure to deal with. Her ability to handle issues across a number of practice areas is exceptional.’
‘Nili Peleg Shpolansky is a superb negotiator, understood her client’s needs and balanced the law and the commercial requirements of her client well.’
The Central Bottling Company
Microsoft Corporation and its Israeli subsidiaries
Liquid Telecommunications Holdings Limited
Microsoft Israel Ltd.
Microsoft Israel Research and Development (2002) Ltd.
Gteko Ltd. (of the Microsoft Group)
Muller Dairy RO SRL
International Beer Breweries Ltd.
Gat Givat Haim Cooperative Society for the Preservation of Agricultural Products Ltd.
Legacy Heritage Foundation
Israel Chemicals Ltd.
Turk Tuborg Ve malt Sanayi
Keshet Broadcasting Ltd.
Whale Communications Ltd.
Cloudyn Software Ltd.
- Advised International Beer Breweries Limited, as the lead for a consortium of investors, on its acquisition of Clover Industries.
- Acted for Keshet Broadcasting on the NIS120m acquisition of the news operation’s shares from Reshet.
- Assisted Liquid Telecommunications Holdings with its bid for the controlling stake (held by Eurocom) in SatCom Communications Systems.
The ‘hands-on’ group at Shibolet & Co. stands out for its strong profile in the technology space, where it is routinely engaged by an array of start-ups, mature global companies and investors. Cross-border deals are a forte and the firm has recently handled mandates on behalf of India-based Flipkart, US-based Searchlight Capital Partners and Madden Asia Holding Limited — it is also a popular choice for Israeli companies on multi-jurisdictional deals. Key contacts Lior Aviram and Gadi Ouzan are highly regarded for hi-tech and venture capital transactions. Amir Iliescu is a key name for life sciences work.
‘In the past, I have worked with other firms as professional as Shibolet, but the combination of professionalism, quality of work, knowing what the customer needs and responsiveness is very unique!’
‘A very hands-on, available and professional team.’
‘Lior Aviram is a very professional, problem-solver, and very available for consultation. He understands business needs and knows what’s important and what’s not.’
‘Gadi Ouzan has full understanding of our needs and adapts his service accordingly, is very responsive, and provides the service in a combination of speed and quality which amazes us every time. ’
SearchLight Capital Partners
Ceragon Networks Ltd.
Flipkart Private Limited
Founder Information Industry Holding Co., Ltd.
Huawei Technologies Co.
Kafrit Industries (1993) Ltd.
Olive Software Ltd.
Ramot Magal Management and Holdings Ltd.
SKODA AUTO DigiLab s.r.o
The Phoenix Holding Ltd.
- Advised Searchlight Capital Partners on its acquisition of control in B Communication — the controlling shareholder in Israeli national phone provider, Bezeq.
- Acted for Flipkart on its $40m acquisition of Israel-based start-up, Upstream Commerce.
- Advised Aspectiva on its acquisition by Walmart.
‘High-end boutique’ Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) has a strong focus on cross-border work, supported by its founding partners’ earlier experience in Magic Circle law firms. Hi-tech transactions provide the bulk of instructions, with financial services, real estate and energy also standing out as strong suits. Nimrod Rosenblum is an ‘extremely valuable asset’ and handles private and public M&A, venture capital investments, and private equity transactions. Additional contacts include hi-tech and start-ups lead Natalie Noy, who is a ‘leader in her field’, technology co-head Simon Marks and Roni Abelski.
‘The ERM founders have established a working environment in their image. With every interaction I have with the partners or the staff, I feel commitment, motivation and a hunger to succeed.’
‘Amazing knowledge and experience shared among the teams, and still the curiosity to further engage and learn – which for me is a must in the legal arena.’
‘The firm’s level of commitment to the cause and client is second to none. we refer a lot of M&A work to ERM.’
‘They are very balanced in their advice and have an enormous amount of experience. I am always impressed with their ability to advise on complex matters and reach an optimal conclusion.’
‘ERM has many great pros but I think that in addition to technical skills, they do think out of the box and are very dedicated to the clients, I feel very confident referring our fund practice clients to ERM.’
‘High-end boutique capable of delivering excellent advice and client service.’
‘Unlike many other practices, that could easily run a messy, unclear and costly process, ERM’s team is always on top of the process and situation, and is successfully able to navigate and prioritise the various tasks.’
‘I am constantly impressed with the firm’s commitment to its clients. The ability to be there for you in times when you need them is absolutely unique.’
‘The team’s fresh and energetic approach, willingness to devote the time and resources and do the extra mile for you in investigating complex situations are all worth noticing.’
‘The partner commitment and availability is second to none.’
‘Nimrod Rosenblum is the most practical, straightforward and honest legal advisor I have worked with, presenting unprecedented ability to provide his professional, honest advice without the desire to be perceived as popular or create any unnecessary work around it.’
‘Nimrod is the type of legal advisor that any client would like to have on his side. He is very pragmatic and able to simplify complex situations which typically arise in cross-border M&A transactions, while applying his accurate and healthy commercial and legal judgement.’
‘Nimrod is much more than a legal advisor. Over the years he has become a real partner, someone you can turn to with a small or big legal dilemma and will always be there to assist. He is an extremely valuable asset to have.’
‘Nimrod Rosenblum somehow always finds the time and attention to be responsive and available for any issue we require assistance with.’
‘Nimrod Rosenblum and Natalie Noy are leaders in their fields. Nimrod is widely respected in the M&A field and Natalie is one of the strongest company-side/VC lawyers who I have met in Israel.’
Lahav Group and KWP
Fresenius Medical Care
Fosun Group (Shanghai Yuyuan Tourist Mart Company Limited)
Red sea group
Kape Technologies PLC
Adler Chomski Group
Mudhook Ventures (subsidiary of j2)
- Acted for the controlling shareholders of PPHE Hotel Group on the £148.8m sale of a 22% stake in PPHE Hotel Group.
- Advised Austria-based BWT on its €26m acquisition of Israel’s Aquatron Robotic Technology Ltd.
- Advised Maverick Ventures Israel, as the main investor in Israeli start-up Unbotify, on the $20m acquisition of Unbotify by Adjust.
FWMK (Furth, Wilensky, Mizrachi, Knaani)’s team is comprised of ‘high-level business partners’. The comprehensive practice advises buyers, sellers and investors on an array of M&A, joint ventures and commercial transactions, with recent strong showings in the technology, life sciences and private equity spheres. Udi Knaani is a ‘deal-maker not a deal-breaker’ and jointly heads the department alongside Erez Mizrachi. Other key contacts include ‘excellent commercial lawyer’ Doron Hadas and Ayelet Oscar, who provides ‘undivided attention’.
‘FWMK is a dedicated team, always responsive, always very thorough and accurate, usually will achieve our goals on time.’
‘Best-in-class advice that combines creative thinking, commercial understanding, and a broad point of view. This is truly unparalleled according to my experience.’
‘The team members in the M&A area are very experienced, with deep knowledge regarding all aspects in the M&A arena, including finance, tax, deal structures, etc.’
‘Their team is impressive in understanding the business perspectives and adjusting the legal agreements in an optimal way to sustain the deal. Their team has very high professional capabilities and excellent understanding of customer needs.’
‘They understand the priorities well and, most importantly, are excellent deal-makers.’
‘Their strengths are: a boutique approach; personal attention; strong availability.’
‘High-level business partners that understand complex business transactions — they indicate risks but help find solutions. Ego is never an issue, they always focus on the task.’
‘Udi Knaani is an excellent business partner — a deal-maker not a deal-breaker.’
‘Udi Knaani is very smart, has a wonderful business understanding, sharp senses to identify weaknesses on the other side and knows how to focus on the important aspects of the deal.’
‘Udi Knaani is very smart and sharp, knows all intricacies of deal structuring, including financial/accounting/taxation elements. At the same time, very pleasant, always patient and relaxed, even in front of conflict.’
‘Udi Knaani who leads the team has deep business understanding and is highly service-oriented.’
‘Doron Hadas is an excellent commercial lawyer.’
‘Doron Hadas and his team are committed and loyal to my success. They do everything possible to make me feel like they are part of my team.’
‘Ayelet Oscar gives us her undivided attention, makes us feel like we are her only client.’
Kardan Technologies Ltd.
Mr. Ehud Barak
NARA Medical Centre
Fineline Global PTE LTD.
D.F.L Technologies Ltd and DFL Logistics Ltd.
Phoenix Insurance Israel
Aviation Links Ltd.
Halman Aldubi Investment House
Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization Ltd.
Alum Eshet (oman) Ltd.
Altshuler Shaham Group
Edmond de Rothschild (Israel)
Target Global VC
Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
S. Schestowitz Ltd.
Mr. Shai Branovski
Atomic Box LTD
- Advised S. Omoto Solutions Ltd., an SPV formed by the Barinboim group, on the $50m acquisition of the assets and business activities of Somoto Ltd.
- Acted for the Kardan Group on the $22m sale of the entire share capital of Kardan Technologies (a member of the Kardan Group).
- Advised Intercure on its acquisition of the additional 62% of the shareholding of Canndoc LTd.
Lipa Meir & Co remains in growth mode following on from its merger with Preis, Baharav & Co in 2018. In 2019, the firm absorbed Eitan Mehulal Sadot, Advocates & Patent Attorneys’s capital markets and securities department, which included corporate finance partner Eitan Shmueli. The firm also added a three-lawyer team from Yingke Israel - Eyal Khayat, Zolty, Neiger & Co., Law Offices, which included Amir Zolty and new China practice head Eyal Khayat. The new arrivals underpin the firm’s increasingly prominent profile for international work, particularly China-related matters. Ziv Preis jointly heads the cross-border M&A group and recently handled deals involving the life sciences, financial services, and food and beverage sectors. Corporate head Uzi Mor and international lead Gary Copelovitz are also noted.
‘Highly experienced commercial and corporate lawyers.’
‘Very down-to-the-details and good at addressing all issues.’
‘Ziv Preiz is highly professional, very experienced, very pleasant to work with and very diligent.’
The Kibbutz Economies Group
Yossi Maiman / Merhav
Tene Investment Fund
Tnuva Group – Israel’s largest food conglomerate
Shareholders at Dalia Power Energies Limited
Bagir Group Limited
Ginegar Plastic Products Ltd. (“Ginegar”)
Mor – The Institute for Medical Data Ltd.
Meshakim & Partners
Astral Hotels Ltd.
Safe-T Group Ltd.
- Advised the Kibbutz Economies Group on several matters, including on a NIS60m transaction involving the conversion of debt to shares.
- Advised Israeli businessman Yossi Maiman and Merhav (M.N.F) Limited on the local aspects of the sale of their holdings in the East Mediterranean Gas (EMG) pipeline operator to Delek Drilling company.
- Advised TransEnterix on the $25m acquisition of MST Medical Surgery Solutions.
Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz is distinguished by its cross-border focus, which is supported by multiple foreign desks as well as its four international offices in Boston, London, Los Angeles and New York. The firm draws upon its leading IP client base to specialise in advising IP-rich companies on corporate and M&A matters, particularly those in the technology, life sciences and telecoms sectors. Yael Baratz chairs a department that also includes hi-tech specialist Atir Jaffe, Yossi Weinstock and Hili Rashkovan, who has a strong background in IP transactions.
Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.
Keshet Broadcasting Ltd.
Quality by Vision Ltd.
aMoon Fund, 83North Fund, EMC Corporation
Cyarx Technologies Ltd.
- Advised Lightricks on a $135m Series C round.
- Advised Medi-Tate on a financing deal, including an acquisition option agreement, with Japan-based Olympus.
- Acted for Unbotify on its acquisition by Germany-based Adjust.
S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries has long-term relationships with several core clients, and also acts for a number of major Israeli public companies. Key sector strengths include technology, with hi-tech lead Tal Tirosh noted for technology transactions. The team also has a strong niche in advising kibbutz-owned companies, with corporate head Sarit Molcho a key figure in that area. Ifat Minzer-Koll, who heads the corporate group in the Haifa office, is also recommended.
Kibbutz Kfar Haruv/A.R.I Flow Control Accessories Ltd.
Rekah Pharmaceutical Industry Ltd.
Bermad Industries Agricultural Cooperative Association Ltd.
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.
Carmel – Haifa University Economic Corporation Ltd.
K.M.A Holdings Ltd. and Liberty Properties Ltd.
Teldor Cables & Systems Ltd.
Plastopil Hazorea Company Ltd.
Ado Technologies Ltd.
Matomy Media Group Ltd.
Ayana Pharma Ltd.
Foresight Energy Ltd.
Fawzi Saeid International Ltd.
Bella Online Ltd.
- Advised A.R.I Flow Control Accessories, and its owners Kibbutz Kfar Haruv, on its $100m merger with Dorot Management Control Valves.
- Advised Rekah Pharmaceutical Industry on a manufacturing and supply agreement of certain pharmaceutical products with Teva.
- Assisted Bermad Industries Agricultural Cooperative Association with the $5m sale of its shares in Amiad Water Systems.
Full-service firm Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates fields a capable M&A practice with markedly high client retention rates; notably, 60% of its work derives from longstanding corporate relationships. The group also differentiates itself through its focus on the retail, technology, real estate and financial services sectors. Dror Toren heads the commercial and international department and is noted for his growing profile for cross-border matters. Corporate finance partner Ofer Yankovich and commercial specialist Igal Kolof are also key contacts.
Africa Israel Hotels Ltd. – Crowne Plaza Israel
RAPAC Communications and Infrastructure Ltd.
ORT Technologies Group and Delek the Israel Fuel Corporation Ltd.
Negev Ceramics Ltd. and its subsidiaries
Aminach Mattresses Industries Ltd
SAMURAI TRADE LTD
Royal Plaza Hotel Tiberias Ltd.
REIT Residential Foundation
PM Partner Manufacturing Ltd.
Collection SOHO Ltd.
- Advised Africa Israel Hotels, the franchisee of Crowne Plaza, on its NIS950m sale to the Dayan family.
- Advised Rapac Communications and Infrastructure on the sale of a 50% stake in the company to Generation Capital.
- Acted for O.R.T. Technologies and Delek the Israel Fuel Corporation on the sale of 80% of the issued share capital of Orpak Systems.
AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co continues to increase its share of technology-related transactions, following the arrival of new hi-tech head Daniel Chinn, who joined from Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co. Chinn has recently advised on a string of mandates for both start-ups and investors, including Sony Corporation and Aleph. Yoav Caspi heads the corporate and commercial department and his broad expertise spans M&A, hi-tech, venture capital investments and general corporate matters. Gadiel Blusztein is also a key figure.
‘I have found that Yoav Caspi is able to deal with any problem promptly and in such a way that Government offices immediately respond to his personal touch.’
Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Israel Ltd., Microsoft Israel Research & Development (2002) Ltd.
Sony Corporation, Sony Innovation Fund
GINDI TEL AVIV TOWERS Ltd.
MATRIX I.T. LTD / JOHN BRYCE TRAINING Ltd
Rami Levi Chain Stores Hashikma Marketing 2006 Ltd.
Internet Rimon Ltd.
Partner Communications Company Ltd.
Kibutz Sdot Yam
Brill Shoe Industry
- Advised Lemonade on a $300m Series D investment round, which was led by SoftBank.
- Acted for the investors, including Aleph, on a Series C investment round in Frieghtos.
- Advised Sony Corporation and Sony Innovation Fund on a number of both early and later-stage investments.
Eitan Mehulal Sadot, Advocates & Patent Attorneys has particular experience in advising clients from the technology, industrial, funds and infrastructure sectors on corporate and M&A matters. Guy Hadar has a strong investment and M&A focus and has recently undertaken work for Tene Investment Fund, Bluestone Group and Atos Investissement 20. Yaron Mehulal, who jointly heads the department alongside Hadar, routinely advises Israeli and foreign companies and investors on commercial and tax law. Netta Shaked-Stadler is noted for hi-tech matters.
Krausz Industries Ltd.
Tene Investment Fund
Keysight Technologies Israel 1999 Ltd.
Tene Investment Fund
Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Ltd.
Atos Investissement 20
Bluestone Group Productions Ltd.
Kalytera Therapeutics Israel Ltd.
Live Nation Israel Ltd.
Ticketmaster Israel Ltd.
Physimax Technologies Ltd.
Faropoint – FRG IX Real Estate Investment Fund
- Advised E8 Storage Systems, and its shareholders, on its acquisition by a subsidiary of Amazon.
- Advised Krausz Industries, and its shareholders, on its $140m sale to an Israeli subsidiary of Mueller Water Products.
- Acted for Tene Investment Fund on the purchase of all of Noga Engineering and Technology (2008)’s shares from Technological Development and Automation and Pasha Investments.
A strong performer in the hi-tech space, Raz, Dlugin & Co. Law Offices’ ‘superb service levels’ are ‘exactly what a fast-moving company needs’. The firm’s close relationship with Playtika continues to pay dividends and it advised the Israeli games developer on a string of mandates over the past year. Most notably, managing partner Rafi Raz advised Playtika on its landmark $4.4bn acquisition from Caesars Interactive Entertainment by a consortium of Chinese companies. In addition to its record in acting for emerging and mature technology companies, the group also acts for VC funds and life sciences clients. Also recommended is co-founding partner Ran Dlugin and ‘exceptional professional’ Michal Donner.
‘As a small start-up that needs to move at a very fast pace, Raz Dlugin is the best firm we could possibly ask for. From partners down to associates, the firm’s superb service levels are exactly what a fast-moving company needs.’
‘The team at Raz Dlugin is a unique combination of professional quality at its best, with a warm and personal approach to every customer.’
‘The firm has a very strong “deal-maker” attitude, knows where to “fight” for its clients and where to move forward for the sake of business.’
‘The team is very pragmatic. They obviously know the law, but they also know how to get deals done.’
‘Everyone on the team is extremely dedicated. The offer counselling, not just legal advice.’
‘Great team, very committed, hard-working and smart. I worked with the firm’s partners, who are personally involved in every detail, and received amazing service and results.’
‘Their vast experience in the field has proven to be extremely valuable as we’ve met, and successfully overcome, the obstacles to the successful closing of the deal.’
‘The responsiveness of the team is uncanny, as is its understanding of all aspects of the tech industry.’
‘In addition to being a class-A professional, Rafi Raz is an out-of-the-box thinker, with extensive experience that proves to be critical in the “money time”. Rafi was available at all times during the negotiations and always stood to highlight a potential “mine” in the wording, that saved us a lot of trouble.’
‘Rafi Raz and Michal Donner are exceptional professionals – extremely knowledgeable, highly respected in the industry, responsive, efficient and extremely pleasant to us, as well as to our counterparties (very important when you want to close a partnership or investment).’
‘Michal Doner – A very smart and warm lady, that lives and breathes every detail in the deal.’
- Advised Playtika on its $4.4bn acquisition from Caesars Interactive Entertainment by a consortium of Chinese companies.
- Advised Playtika on its $24m acquisition of Aditor.
- Acted for Natural Intelligence on a large-scale acquisition of a British company.
Steinmetz, Haring, Gurman & Co. acts for a range of Israeli and foreign corporations, investment companies and private investors, with notable activity in the hi-tech, infrastructure and real estate arenas. Managing partner Jacob Steinmetz heads the firm’s securities and corporate groups and has a solid record in cross-border transactions. Senior partner Manny Gurman also has a significant international dimension to his practice, with his recent experience spanning deals involving the UK, US and Russia.
Meet In Place Ltd.
Union of Local Municipalities in Israel
All In Trade Ltd
Atmor Industries Ltd.
Nuriel & Sons Group
MTI Wireless Edge Ltd
M-Free Technologies Ltd.
Ness Technologies Ltd
- Advised ANG Group on the $56m sale of a 50% stake in Fritz Companies to Fortissimo Fund.
- Acted for Israel-based BSR on the acquisition of a UK-based real estate company.
- Advised Atmor Industries on Ariston Thermo Group’s acquisition of a controlling stake in Atmor.
Zysman, Aharoni, Gayer & Co (ZAG-S&W)
Zysman, Aharoni, Gayer & Co (ZAG-S&W) leverages its longstanding joint venture with US firm Sullivan & Worcester LLP to specialise in cross-border work, with its US, London and Shanghai bases providing significant firepower in multi-jurisdictional matters. Managing director Oded Har-Even leads the capital markets group and has an emphasis on life sciences and medical devices, while the ‘very professional’ Tehila Levi Lati heads the firm’s China practice. Other key figures include international department head Shy Baranov and Reut Alfiah, who leads the medical cannabis practice.
‘ZAG-S&W’s attorneys are professional, capable and provide effective legal solutions.’
‘Tehila Levi Lati is a very professional lawyer with a lot of experience in the Chinese market, her availability is extremely high and her response times are outstanding.’
‘Tehila Levi Lati gives important comments and remarks beyond the obvious things that usually come up; all aspects of agreements are taken into account. It feels like our company is in good hands.’
‘We work closely with Tehila Levi Lati, who provides us with the most professional service in a timely manner, we trust her legal opinion and input.’
Ham-Let (Israel – Canada) Ltd.
Espro Information Technologies Ltd.
IceCure Medical Ltd.
LR Group Ltd.
Bioblast Pharma Ltd
Rimoni Industries Ltd.
P- Cure Ltd
Newsight Imaging Ltd.
Pointer Telocation Ltd.
Plarium Global Ltd.
Betalin Therapeutics Ltd.
On Track Innovations
- Advised Eva Fashion, one of the major private shareholders of MedReleaf Corp, on the C$3.2bn merger between Aurora Cannabis and MedReleaf.
- The firm acted as securities counsel to Mazor Robotics on its $1.6bn acquisition by Medtronic.
- Acted as Israeli counsel to BiomX on its $254m merger with Chardan Healthcare Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition.