Competition/antitrust in Israel

Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co.

With particular strength in the financial services, energy, telecoms and retail sectors, Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co. is known for advising major companies on the competition aspects of significant M&A and corporate transactions. In one highlight, the team is representing Noble Energy in a case considering whether the holders of Leviathan Gas Field are involved in a cartel. Zvi Agmon is particularly active in litigation and regulatory matters regarding natural gas projects. Mattan Meridor handles civil and criminal litigation involving competition law breaches, including disputes before the Supreme Court. Associate Meirav Yung specialises in guiding clients through merger and joint venture applications before the Competition Authority.

Practice head(s):

Zvi Agmon; Mattan Meridor

Other key lawyers:

Meirav Yung

Testimonials

‘Very solid, substantive advice and great handling of procedural issues.’

‘Mattan Meriodor is a great person to work with on any competition matter. He has a profound knowledge of competition law as well as a great ability to apply this in any given business context. Immense commitment to get the job done properly (and within time constraints).’

Key clients

Union Bank Ltd.

Cellcom Israel Ltd.

Outbrain Inc.

Noble Energy Mediterranean Inc.

Delek Drilling LP

Shamir-Salads 2006 Ltd.

Bank Hapoalim Ltd.

Shufersal Ltd. and Be Drugstores Ltd.

Shafir Industries Ltd.

Volkswagen Financial Services AG

TÜV SÜD Auto Service GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Cellcom on a merger deal in which Cellcom intends to acquire Golan Telecom Ltd., a cellular communications company in Israel.
  • Advising Outbrain on their merger process with Taboola.
  • Advising Union Bank in its appeal against the General Director’s decision to oppose the merger between Union Bank and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank.

FISCHER (FBC & Co.)

FISCHER (FBC & Co.)'s team represents major international and domestic clients in leading cartel litigation, monopoly claims, excessive pricing disputes and M&A approvals. Recently, the firm represented Bezeq in several matters, including Israel's first case regarding the concept of a margin squeeze. 'Outstanding legal counsel' Tal Eyal-Boger represents clients in the full range of competition disputes before civil and criminal courts. Of particular note, she represented Volvo and Renault in a claim against them alleging that they participated in a cartel with other truck manufactures. Ziv Schwartz is involved in a range of major mandates, including Google's successful acquisition of Alooma. Nehami Katzenelson is also a key member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Tal Eyal-Boger

Other key lawyers:

Ziv Schwartz; Reuven Behar; Tamar Turjeman-Kedem; Nehami Katzenelson; Roi Warhaftig

Testimonials

‘Tal Eyal-Boger and her legal team are of the highest calibre and an absolute joy to work with. Each assignment is handled in a timely manner with the utmost professionalism, patience and ease.’

‘When challenged with a unique problem and a tight time frame they went above and beyond to deliver what was asked.’

‘Tal is an excellent attorney and would be a fine choice for anyone who needs work in her area of expertise.’

‘Roi Warhaftig consistently exhibits great skill and knowledge with a friendly, direct approach that is refreshing. Always personable and of high integrity. Roi is a forward-thinking attorney who provides tenacious representation and outstanding results.’

‘Competition law requires special expertise and understanding, which FBC’s team really has. Tal Eyal-Boger and her team is doing a great job.’

Key clients

SodaStream Israel LTD

Isracard Group

Sodexo Pass Israel Ltd.

Amisragas Company

Association of Banks in Israel

Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC

Bezeq the Israel Telecommunications Co. Ltd.

Colmobil Ltd.

Danaher Corporation

Danya Cebus

Delek Drilling LLP

Google

NatWest Markets Plc

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd

Reshet Media Ltd.

S. Schestowitz Ltd.

Sonol Israel ltd.

Tamar Partners

Thyssenkrupp AG.

TNUVA Central Cooperative for the Marketing of Agricultural Produce in Israel Ltd.

Volvo

Renault

Waze Mobile

Whirlpool Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Google on diverse antitrust matters, inter alia, in a motion to certify a class action filed with the District Court in Tel Aviv, claiming that Google is allegedly collecting information on users in its Android system regarding their location, despite the claim that such users allegedly selected explicitly to block Google from collecting such information.
  • Advising Whirlpool Corporation on a motion to certify a class action filed with the Central District Court, claiming that Whirlpool and other electronic corporations allegedly formed a cartel for the coordination of, inter alia, prices and quantities of hermetically sealed cooling compressors for private and industrial use.
  • Representation of Volvo Lastvagnar AB and Renault Trucks SAS in an antitrust motion to certify a claim as a class action filed with the Central District Court, claiming that Volvo/Renault and other truck manufacturers allegedly formed a cartel, inter alia, for the exchange of information and coordination of prices of medium and heavy trucks during the alleged cartel period.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.'s team, which has particularly strong expertise in the banking and finance and insurance sectors, handles contentious and non-contentious competition law matters, including monopoly cases, restrictive pricing disputes and major M&A approvals. The firm also has a strong working knowledge of recent and evolving legislation in the field, including the Anti-Concentration law (2013) and the Economic Competition Law (2019). Boaz Golan, who previously served as Chief Legal Counsel of the Israeli Competition Authority, often acts for clients in administrative and criminal investigations by the ICA. Amir Vang and Benjamin Rotenberg jointly head the team alongside Golan. Nimrod Prawer is particularly strong in cross-border M&A approvals.

Practice head(s):

Boaz Golan; Benjamin Rotenberg; Amir Vang

Other key lawyers:

Nimrod Prawer

Testimonials

‘The individuals are very professional and offer a very efficient service. In addition, they display creative thinking and they know how to find good solutions to complex situations.’ 

Key clients

The Hot Group

Hot-Mobile Ltd.

P.H.I. Networks (2015) Limited Partnership

Coca Cola Israel

Keshet Broadcasting Ltd.

Amsalem Tours and Travel Ltd.

Carestream Health, Inc.

Altice France

Theramex HQ UK Limited

Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.

Warburg Pincus LLC

Raytheon Technologies

Elco Ltd.

Shufersal Ltd.

El Al Israel Airlines Ltd.

Schindler Nechushtan Elevators Ltd.

TEN – Petroleum Company Ltd.

Turk Tuborg Bira ve Malt Sanayii A.S.

AIG (American International Group, Inc.)

Magen David Adom

New Lineo Cinema (2006) Ltd.

Dor Alon Energy In Israel (1988) Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising Coca-Cola Israel on various competition and antitrust matters, including ICA hearings, class actions and competition compliance.
  • Advising Noble Energy Inc. in relation to all antitrust and competition aspects of its business.
  • Advising Dorot on a merger with A.R.I. Flow control Accessories that was unconditionally cleared by the ICA.

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman's group acts for large international and Israeli corporates on all of their competition law matters, including high-value M&A transactions. In one such matter, the team successfully advised Applied and Kokusai on its $2.2bn merger approval. The 'very experienced and creative' Talya Solomon, who previously served as team leader of the ICA's legal department, is well equipped to represent clients in a wide range of disputes before the ICA, including class actions. Iris Achmon specialises in merger control, drawing on her experience as the ICA's former head of M&A. Associate Liron Tzur stands out for assisting clients in various complex class actions.

Practice head(s):

Talya Solomon

Other key lawyers:

Iris Achmon; Tslil Bar Bainvol

Testimonials

‘Herzog Fox & Neeman’s competition practice has an excellent understanding of the legal and practical aspects of competition law.’ 

‘Talya Solomon is a first-rate expert in all areas of competition law, including litigation.’ 

‘Herzog Fox & Neeman’s lawyers are top notch antitrust experts.’ 

‘Outstanding team. They always think of any possible scenario and suggest creative and useful solutions.’

‘Talya Solomon, leading the team, is very efficient and knowledgeable and capable of finding the right answer to every legal issue with regard to competition law.’

‘Iris Achmon – extremely nice to work with, highly responsive, keeping the right balance of being proactive and getting things done vs. seeking further instructions; very good and clear judgment calls on complex questions.’

‘Associate Tslil Bar Bainvol –  very nice to work with, highly responsive and very knowledgeable; very well connected to the ICA. ’

‘I believe that the competition team at HFN are one of the 2-3 top teams in this practice area in Israel. Very practical, knowledgeable, solution oriented with a very good business understanding.’

Key clients

Israel Electric Corporation

Neto Group

First International Bank

Pheonix Insurance Company

Menora Insurance Company

Cineworld Group Plc

Daimler

Volvo

Alstom S.A.

Applied Materials

Israeli Organization of Consulting Engineers and Architects

Arkia

The Egg and Poultry Board

Huliot Advanced Flow Systems

DAF Trucks N.V.

Enlight Renewable Energy

Association of Importers of Hearing Aids in Israel

Israeli subsidiaries of Cineworld Group Plc

Hadera Paper

Eli Lilly

Timko Beer

Work highlights

  • Advised Alstom before the ICA in relation to its approx. €6.2bn merger transaction with Bombardier Transportation.
  • Representing two senior officers of the Ashdod Port Co. Ltd. in proceedings before the ICA and the Competition Tribunal in the very first case of administrative fines ever imposed for a monopoly violation.
  • Representing the Israeli subsidiaries of Cineworld Group Plc in two class actions.

Meitar Law Offices

Meitar Law Offices is renowned for its expertise in merger control, in addition to its strength in competition law disputes, often involving IP matters. Recently, the firm advised Fiat on the Israeli aspects of its merger with Peugeot, which is subject to the approval of the EU and is expected to go through in the first quarter of 2021. Niva Barg Livnat, former head of the ICA's agriculture, food and retail department, advises clients on various contentious matters, including restrictive trade practices, abuse of dominance claims and mergers. Liat Hertzka specialises in cross-border merger control proceedings. Associate Tal Arad is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Niva Barg Livnat

Other key lawyers:

Liat Hertzka; Tal Arad

Testimonials

‘Adv. Niva Berg Livnat – excellent reputation and professional connections within the industry. Hands-on approach, practical and realistic advice.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the law and intimate familiarity with our business allows the firm to give practical risk mitigating advice.’

‘Common-sense and business-minded approach to legal advice. Timely, relevant and rapid response from high-level experts.’

Key clients

RAFAEL Advanced defence systems Ltd.

Glaxo SmithKline p.l.c

Shareholders of Union Bank of Israel

Amdocs

MAN truck & bus AG

Stratasys

Automatic Bank Services Ltd. (Shva)

Kornit Digital

Taboola

Yenot Bitan

Outbrain

LG Display Co. Ltd.

Electra Group

Formula Systems

Pfizer Israel

Walla

Bosch Thermotechnik GMBH

Masav – Automated Clearing House

Work highlights

  • Representation of MAN in a motion to certify a class action that was filed by a small company on behalf of the whole class, against MAN and other trucks manufacturers.
  • Represented Union Bank of Israel’s controlling shareholders in an appeal before the Competition Tribunal, thereby reversing the ICA’s decision to block the merger between Union Bank and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank.
  • Representation of GlaxoSmithKline Israel and GlaxoSmithKline plc in a competition claim filed against them by Unipharm Ltd.

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co's 'extremely professional and dedicated' team specialises in cartel and excessive pricing disputes and investigations. In addition, the firm regularly acts for clients subject to administrative orders and fines imposed by the ICA, and in relation to significant merger clearances. 'Exceptional' partner Hagai Doron's broad experience includes representing clients in civil, criminal and administrative investigations and litigation concerning alleged cartels and abuse of dominance claims. In a recent highlight, Doron acted for Peugeot on its global $50bn merger with Fiat, securing the ICA's approval in March 2020. Gitit Levin Grinberg continues to represent the IEC in a complex abuse of dominance claim. Associate Adi Karni Amar is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Hagai Doron

Other key lawyers:

Gitit Levin Grinberg; Adi Karni Amar

Testimonials

‘Hagai Doron stands out for being one of the top 5 competition lawyers in Israel, while having a deep understanding of the field – not only the written law but also its objectives and goals. In addition, his experience in courts and in representation before the regulators pays out for his clients.

‘Gitit Levin Grinberg and Adi Karni Amar are both excellent lawyers.’

‘The team is extremely professional and dedicated, as well as available, to its clients. The legal analysis is profound and thorough – always at the cutting edge of the industry and legal profession.’

Key clients

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

International Airlines Group

Procter & Gamble Co.

Barclays Bank plc

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha

Bombardier AG

Israel Electric Corporation

General Electric Company

Schneider Electric AG

Zenith Electronics LLC

The Boeing Company

El-Al Israel Airlines Ltd.

Air France-KLM S.A.

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

British Airways Plc

International Air Transport Association

Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd

Peugeot S.A.

Aston Martin

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Scania AB

Booking.com BV

Brother International Europe Ltd.

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V.

Readymix

Cimsa Cimento Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S

Paz Oil Company Ltd.

Kone Corporation

Beiersdorf AG

Miluot Group

Koch Industries

Zohar Dalia

Hitachi-LG Data Storage

Sharp Corporation

Bain Capital

Medtech Association

The Carlyle Group

The Blackstone Group

Boston Scientific Corporation

Yedioth Aharonot group

CMG Network

Allergan PLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Barclays Bank plc in two class actions regarding the Forex manipulation and the Libor manipulation.
  • Advised BMS on its $74bn acquisition of Celgene, which was approved in May 2019.
  • Represented Procter & Gamble Co in a class action against it alleging excessive pricing of its razor blades in Israel.  

Tadmor Levy & Co

Tadmor Levy & Co.'s 'very professional' team is instructed in many of Israel's leading antitrust cases, spanning M&A approvals, class actions and cartel disputes. Of particular note, the firm is currently representing Colgate-Palmolive in its defence of a class action regarding alleged excessive pricing and blocking of parallel imports into Israel. David Tadmor, who served as Director General of the ICA until 2001, specialises in representing multinationals engaged in business critical competition law disputes. Shai Bakal frequently advises clients on The Food Law (2015), anti-concentration law and various other regulatory and contentious matters. Ayal HaCohen is another name to note. At associate level, Ram Yamin has a strong track record in complex commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

David Tadmor; Shai Bakal

Other key lawyers:

Nava Karavany; Ayal HaCohen; Ran Yamin

Testimonials

‘The team is very strong in all areas of competition law.’

Shai Bakal is well-known in the competition field and each conversation with him is very instructive.’

‘They are very fair in terms of prices, especially in light of their reputation and also in comparison to other firms.’

‘Shai Bakal is a well-known character in the competition and antitrust field. His reputation is remarkable and I see it live every time when I work with him. You can say that we complement each other – when I’m stressed regarding a transaction he makes me calm.’ 

‘Nava Karavany – amazing professional, very precise and analytical. Gets the job done with great results.’

Key clients

Nespresso Israel

Max It Finance Ltd.

Daimler AG

Siemens AG

El Al Israel Airlines Ltd.

International Business Machines Corporation

Fedex Corporation

Israel Chemicals

Leumi Bank

Holmes Place International Ltd.

Telecom Italia Sparkle S.p.A.

Nestle-Osem Ltd.

Readymix Industries (Israel) Ltd.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems

Booking.com B.V.

Paz Oil Company Ltd.

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Assuta Hospitals

Corning Optical Communication Wireless Ltd.

The Egg Marketing Association

The Centre for Educational Technology (CET)

Hitachi

KKR & Co. Inc.

Kavei Hufsha Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Nespresso in class action certification proceedings brought against it.
  • Representing Booking.com B.V. in the first price-parity class action to be brought before Israeli courts.
  • Advised AbbVie in relation to obtaining clearance from the Israel Competition Authority of its acquisition of sole control of Allergan Plc in a cash and stock transaction for a transaction equity value of approximately $63bn.

Yigal Arnon & Co

With a range of well-known corporates as clients, Yigal Arnon & Co has particular strength in class actions, criminal proceedings, white-collar disputes and sanctions proceedings brought by the ICA. In one standout matter, the firm is defending Minrav Group against a criminal indictment regarding alleged restrictive trade practices used during the Gaza War in 2008. Ronit Amir-Yaniv is very active in contentious and transactional matters falling under the remit of competition law. Shani Rapoport and Eran Zach are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ronit Amir-Yaniv

Other key lawyers:

Shani Rapoport; Eran Zach

Key clients

Nike

Israel Insurance Association

Dollar Shave

Kone Elevators

Isralift

Unilever Israel Group

Cellcom Israel Ltd.

Israir Airlines Ltd.

Leumi Partners

Pizza Hut Israel

The Israel Basketball Association

Israel Post

Amos Gazit

Diesenhaus

Angel Bakeries

Zalman Barashi & Brothers Ltd.

VP Marketing of The American Israeli Gas Corporation Ltd.

Minrav Group

Bonus School Books

Ashdod Port Company Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Nike Israel in a class action brought against it alleging abuse of dominance by refusing to deal with certain retailers.
  • Representing Unilever in two separate class actions alleging excessive pricing of two of its margarine products – Blueband and Mazolla.
  • Representing Kone Elevators in relation to a conspiracy investigation and several class actions against it due to said investigation.

Erdinast Ben Nathan Toledano & Co. with Hamburger Evron

Erdinast Ben Nathan Toledano & Co. with Hamburger Evron handles a wide range of complex competition disputes, including monopoly, conspiracy and cartel litigation involving major Israeli and international clients. In recent work, the firm is representing Nesher in a major abuse of dominance class action filed against it. Michal Rothschild, who was recently appointed as the ICA's non-governmental adviser, often advises companies on merger clearances, joint ventures and restrictive arrangements. Giora Erdinast frequently represents clients in abuse of dominance cases.

Practice head(s):

Michal Rothschild; Giora Erdinast

Key clients

D.B.S. Satellite Services (1998) Ltd.

Israel Aerospace Industries

Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises Ltd

Eden Springs

Medtronic Plc.

Israel Electric Corporation

Maman Group

Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot Ltd.

Haroshet Explosive Ltd.

TMF and Yehoshua

Gitam

David Shield Group

Taavura Tifzoret Ltd.

MedOne

ELTA Systems Ltd

Israeli Cattle Breeders Association

Renum

Work highlights

  • Advising Bank Mizrahi Tefahot on its acquisition of Bank Igud Ltd.
  • Representing Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises in an abuse of dominance claim filed against it.
  • Advising and representing D.B.S. Satellite Services (1998) Ltd. in a raft of matters, including disputes over sports rights, as well as several antitrust proceedings before the ICA.

Gal Rozent, Law Offices

Gal Rozent, Law Offices' practice represents clients in a wide range of administrative and criminal proceedings and in relation to M&A transactions. Of particular note, the team recently acted for the IEC in its civil claim against Siemens, ABB and Alstom involving the cartelisation of tenders issued by the IEC for gas insulated switchgear between 1988 and 2004. 'Highly skilled practitioner' Gal Rozent has a wealth of experience representing companies before all courts and regulatory bodies regarding antitrust law. Associate Ran Karmi is also a key member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Gal Rozent

Other key lawyers:

Ran Karmi

Testimonials

‘Gal Rozent is very pleasant to work with. His responses and advice are always practical, concise and on point.’

Key clients

Intel Corporation

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Schindler Elevators

The Israel Electric Corporation

Israel Postal Company

The Israeli Public Broadcasting Company

Maccabi Healthcare Services

The Israeli Association of Travel Agencies and Consultants

Rami Levy Communications

The Workers’ Committees of Union Bank

Tamares Telecom

Newman Steel Industries Group

Aviad Concrete and Clay Industries (1996) Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Schindler Elevators in connection with cartel allegations brought against it.
  • Advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in relation to its acquisition of joint control over Axel Springer, a global media company.
  • Representing Aviad Concrete and Clay Industries (1996) Ltd. in a NIS127m civil lawsuit against Nesher Israeli Cement Enterprises, according to which Nesher abused its market position, thus harming competition and causing Aviad severe damages.

Krispin Rubinstein Blecher Law Offices

Krispin Rubinstein Blecher Law Offices's team has particular strength in competition law matters involving financial institutions, however it is also well equipped to handle claims and investigations against companies regarding abuse of dominance and restrictive trade practices. Noga Rubinstein often represents clients facing regulatory challenges before the ICA, drawing upon her background in senior regulatory positions in the public and private sector. Andrey Nickel specialises in advising clients on compliance with Israel's anti-concentration legislation In a recent highlight, Nickel acted for Discount Bank in its successful application to acquire Municipal Bank.

Practice head(s):

Noga Rubinstein; Andrey Nickel

Testimonials

‘Andrey Nickel stands out as a great lawyer who is definitely on the right track to becoming one of the top-tier competition lawyers in Israel.’

‘Team is small but solid, has a lot of experience with the ICA and with the Competition Tribunal. They have excellent working relations with the ICA case handlers and can communicate client messages to them very effectively.’

‘Noga Rubinstein is is an out of the box thinker who always has new ideas about how to handle difficult cases.’

‘Andrey Nickel has a very good understanding of the economics of antitrust law.’ 

‘Andrey Nickel provides swift and accurate response to any issue he faces, and his explanations are sharp and clear. He is very attentive to our business interests.’ 

Key clients

Israel Discount Bank Ltd.

Israel Credit Cards Ltd.

Mercantile Discount Bank Ltd.

The Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd.

Keshet Broadcasting Ltd.

The Haifa Port Company Ltd.

Israir Airlines Ltd

IDE Technologies Ltd

Be’eri Printers Ltd.

Edeltech Group

The Environmental Services Company Ltd

Victory Supermarket Chain Ltd.

Altshuler Shaham Investment house

Continuing Education Funds for Teachers Ltd.

Kedma Capital

Adler Chomski Marketing Communication Ltd.

Soglowek Ltd.

Elco Media & Entertainment Ltd.

Gadot Chemicals Tankers & Terminals Ltd

Dorad Energy Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented Discount Bank before the Competition Tribunal and the Supreme Court regarding Jerusalem Bank’s appeal on a merger clearance of Discount Bank’s purchase of Municipal Bank for NIS680m.
  • Advising IDE Technologies regarding the competition aspects of its participation in a tender for Western Galilee desalination plant and in relation to purchasing the rights to a desalination plant in Ashdod.
  • Advised Edeltech Group on obtaining merger clearance for its NIS4.25bn acquisition of Ramat Hovav power.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries's 'robust, responsive and effective' team represents international and domestic clients in class actions, handles M&A approvals and drafts compliance programmes. The firm recently represented Toshiba in two class actions arising from the EU Commission's declaration of an international cartel. Mazor Matzkevich has broad experience of antitrust litigation, which includes representing global corporations in critical disputes. Eytan Epstein is also highly active in the field of competition law.

Practice head(s):

Mazor Matzkevich

Other key lawyers:

Eytan Epstein

Testimonials

‘We have been working with M. Firon’s antitrust team on wide variety of competition and antitrust issues, including mergers, collaborations with competitors and due diligence processes. The team has provided us with excellent and highly efficient legal service throughout these matters.’

‘Mazor Matzkevich has extensive experience, yet her approach is creative and flexible, and her knowledge is always up-to-date. She is successful in promoting business agendas without derogating from the strict legal requirements of competition law.’ 

‘M. Firon & Co has strong domestic litigation capabilities. They are also extremely good at working with international companies who are unfamiliar with the Israeli court system.’

‘Mazor Matzkevich has a strong command of Israeli competition law, as well as judicial procedures.’

Key clients

MasterCard

Rockwell Automation

Schlumberger

Toshiba Corporation

Chevron

Pharma Israel

Bazan Group

The Green Way

ISrair

Opticana

The Association of Israeli Transportation Companies

KSM Mutual Funds

Sodexo

Generation Capital

Menolead Herut Systems

Excellence Growth and Investment

Nazareth Hospital EMMS

Energym

MegaOr

Work highlights

  • Advising MasterCard on various matters, including in respect of the innovative EL-AL “FlyCard” co-badge credit card.
  • Advising Rockwell Automation and Schlumberger regarding their joint venture, Sensia, which is the first fully integrated digital oilfield automation solutions provider.
  • Representing Toshiba in two class action suits brought against it and other international corporations pursuant to the EU Commission’s decision regarding international cartels.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. is particularly well known for advising clients on the competition aspects of M&A and other corporate transactions, however the team is also fairly active in class actions. Golan Kaneti, who previously worked in the ICA's legal department, has a wealth of experience in all forms of competition litigation. Currently, Kaneti is representing Iveco in a major class action relating to an alleged infringement of EU competition law.

Practice head(s):

Golan Kaneti

Key clients

Aeronautics

Iveco S.P.A.

The Egg and Poultry Board

Zappa

SOS Energy Express

Palo Retail

Derech Eretz Highways Management

Oxygen & Argon Works

Work highlights

  • Advising SOS Energy Express (and its CEO) in connection with the Competition Authority’s decision to impose monetary sanctions of over NIS8m for abuse of dominance.
  • Advised Oxygen & Argon Works on its NIS575m merger with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
  • Advised First Israel Mezzanine Investors on its NIS150m acquisition of 37.5% of the shares of Rimoni Industries.

Yossi Levy & Co

Yossi Levy & Co acts for clients in a diverse range of industries, including healthcare and transport, in relation to regulatory, civil and criminal law matters, including M&A and joint ventures. Clients benefit significantly from the advice of Justice Emeritus Jonathan Adiel, who acts as a consultant in matters regarding antitrust and tender laws. Founding partner Yossi Levy remains very active in major civil and criminal antitrust disputes.  Asaf Shubinsky is a key name for complex cartel and monopoly cases. Chen Shomrat is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Asaf Shubinsky

Other key lawyers:

Justice Emeritus Jonathan Adiel; Chen Shomrat

Testimonials

‘I believe that the team’s expertise in the field of antitrust is of the highest caliber in Israel.’

Key clients

General Electric

LG Chem Group

Israel Airport Authority

Israel Ports Development & Assets Company Ltd.

Partner Communications Company Ltd.

Clalit Health Care

H.Y. Group Israel; H.Y. Components Ltd.

Electra Ltd.; Electra Energy Ltd.

Electra Consumer Products

Mr. Ya’acov (Yasha) Hain

YSB Group Ltd.

Israel Health Services Association

Golan Telecom Ltd.

The State of Israel – The Ministry of Finance and The Ministry of Environmental Protection

SQLink Group

Allied Infrastructure Ltd.

Afcon Holdings Ltd.

Tidhar

Shagrir Road Services

Elco Media and Entertainment

Asia Group

Matrix Group

E. Schnapp & Co. Works Ltd.

Ace Capital Retail (2016) Ltd.

Israbig Agricultural Cooperative Society Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented General Electric in connection with the European Commission’s decision on the existence of a global cartel in the field of gas insulated switchgears.
  • Advising Clalit Health Services on addressing the Israeli Competition Authority and the antitrust tribunal for the approval of an exclusive agreement between hospitals, suppliers and clients.
  • Represents Electra, its managers and employees in a recent criminal investigation conducted by the Competition Authority regarding suspicion of a cartel in the elevators market in Israel.

Zecler Argov Law Firm

Established in June 2020, Zecler Argov Law Firm’s competition practice has already established itself as a key player for litigation, in which it tends to defend large corporations against a wide variety of claims, including alleged price fixing, and in administrative proceedings. Founding partners Niv Zecler and Ofer Argov head the team. Another key name to note is Shiran Sofer, who has a strong reputation in antitrust proceedings involving clients in the food, retail and telecoms sectors.

Testimonials

‘Zecler Argov’s team is very knowledgeable, business oriented and creative. They have extensive knowledge in all areas of antitrust law and significant experience in litigation before the Competition Authority.’

‘Niv Zecler is an outstanding lawyer. He is very experienced and has the ability to find practical solutions to complex issues.’

‘Shiran Sofer is very knowledgeable and highly responsive.’

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary is very involved in regulatory developments regarding competition law, demonstrated by the fact the team represents the Israeli business sector before the Competition Authority and various other bodies. The team also represents clients in criminal and civil litigation in the field of competition law and handles cross-border M&A. Ravit Arbel is well versed in class actions and complex, high-profile competition law disputes. Eldad Koresh is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ravit Arbel

Other key lawyers:

Eldad Koresh

Key clients

Tamar Petroleum Ltd.

Israel Builders Association – Boney Ha’aretz

Presidium of Israeli Business Organizations

Shufersal Ltd.

Paz Ashdod Oil Refinery

Israel Energy and Environment Institute

Waxman-Govrin Engineering Ltd

The Manufacturers Association of Israel

Granot Central Agricultural Cooperative Association Ltd.

The Association of Food Industries of the MAI

Israeli Association of Actuaries

Tidhar Group Ltd.

Baladi Ltd.

IBM Israel Ltd.

Reit 1 Ltd.

Wissotzky Tea (Israel) Ltd.

Clal Insurance Ltd.

Moshe Eliyahu and sons properties Ltd.

Freshmarket Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented Tamar Petroleum and others in filing a complaint with the Competition Authority against Nobel Energy and Delek Group, for their failure to meet the terms of the Israel Natural Gas Framework.
  • Represented Israeil Builders Association in an administrative appeal against the interpretation and application by the The Committee for the Reduction of Centralization of the Law for Promotion of Competition and Reduction of Concentration, and specifically, the exclusion of Chinese governmental companies from the list of the “concentrated entities”.

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co.'s 'very knowledgeable, practical and creative' team primarily advises corporations on the competition aspects of M&A, with particular expertise in the food, banking, energy and healthcare sectors. Recently, the firm advised Golan Telecom on its merger with Cellcom for NIS700m. Avner Finkelshtein, who worked for the ICA for over a decade, has experience of cartel investigations, abuse of dominance claims and various other contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Avner Finkelshtein

Other key lawyers:

Noa Schweitzer Amar

Testimonials

‘The competition department is very talented, dynamic, up-to-date and client oriented. ’

‘Avner Finkelshtein is a very experienced lawyer with a unique track record in civil and criminal enforcement proceedings.’

‘Gornitzky & Co. law firm provided us with an extremely high level of professional service.’

Key clients

Fattal Hotels Ltd.

Al-Red Elevators Engineering Ltd.

Jerusalem Bank Ltd.

Golan Telecom Ltd.

Materna Industries

Osem-Nestle

Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing Ltd.

Edison S.p.A

Darot Ltd.

Shlomo Holdings Ltd.

Isarel’s Business Sector Presidency

Helman Aldubi Investment House Ltd.

HopOn Mobility Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented Al-Red in connection with a criminal cartel investigation conducted against it and in a pre-indictment hearing.
  • Represented Jerusalem Bank in all proceedings vis-à-vis the Competition Tribunal and the Supreme Court.
  • Advised Golan Telecom Ltd. on the competition aspect of its merger with Cellcom Ltd.

Lipa Meir & Co

Lipa Meir & Co’s team has notable strength handling the competition aspects of M&A, with a particular focus on the healthcare, insurance and agriculture industries. Highlights included advising Lapidot Capital on its acquisition of Africa Israel Investments as part of a NIS2bn creditors’ arrangement. Yariv Ilan’s broad experience includes assisting with restrictive arrangements, monopoly claims and merger control. Uzi Mor, who heads the firm’s corporate practice, is a name to note for the competition-related aspects of M&A.

Shibolet & Co.

With particular expertise in the food and drink sector, Shibolet & Co.'s 'very experienced team' is active in cartel, monopoly and excessive pricing disputes. The firm also has a niche in IP litigation involving competition law issues. Gil Rosenberg is often instructed by clients to advise them on regulatory and trade issues, including merger control and restrictive arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Gil Rosenberg

Testimonials

‘Throughout the many years of our business relationship with Shibolet, we received personal handling of our legal matters, as well as a thorough understanding of our business needs. Also, we enjoy the advantages of a large firm and a one-stop-shop, which provides us with advice on various legal issues we face, including antitrust matters.’ 

‘Partner Gil Rosenberg handles our antitrust and competition matters. He is innovative and fresh in his legal thinking and a quick learner. Also, his in-depth knowledge of antitrust law along with practical experience ensures that we receive comprehensive and effective advice on complicated issues.’ 

‘We appreciate Gil Rosenberg’s in-depth knowledge of antitrust and competition law, as well as his practical experience.’ 

‘Team members I have worked with have a practical hands-on approach, coupled with strong knowledge of the law.’

Key clients

BIG Shopping Centers

Jafora-Tabori

Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd

Israel Railways Ltd.

Israeli Association of Construction and Infrastructure Engineers

Arad Group

Mekorot

Mifal HaPais – Israel National Lottery

The Tel Aviv and Central Israel Chamber of Commerce

Samsung Electronics Co.

Israel Ports Developments & Assets Company

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented “BIG” and Mega-Or in relation to antitrust and competition aspects of its acquisitions of Sarona Market in Tel Aviv for NIS160m and Ispro Center for NIS855m.
  • Advised Jafora with respect to the renewal of the approval granted by the ICA for its distribution agreement with “Mei-Eden” and with respect to a new approval for Jafora’s investment in a recycling company.
  • Represented James Richardson and business partner Gebr. Heinemann in a NIS3.5bn class action against them and Israel Airports Authority, regarding excessive pricing.