Firms in the Spotlight Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration
Kosteliz & Co., Law Office
Kosteliz Co., Law Office is a boutique high-quality law firm which specialises in a variety of areas including criminal (white-collar crimes), civil, commercial and administrative litigation, zoning, military, traffic, labour, real estate and more. The firm also provides ongoing advice to commercial companies on various matters including employment, commercial contracts, regulation and work with the …View Profile...
Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration in Israel
Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is involved in numerous highly publicised and financially consequential cases. For example, a team led by Adv Israel Leshem has represented Siemens in various high-value disputes, including defending the company against a claim submitted by IEC with respect to a $600m tender, and representing the client in a class action and a civil claim regarding its involvement in a declared cartel. In the oil and gas space, Leshem and Edan Laron acted for Energean Israel in relation to a Supreme Court petition filed by a municipality concerning the client's development of gas pipelines connecting the Tanin and Karish gas reservoirs to Israel. The team also advised the Tel Aviv Municipality on a Supreme Court petition to certify an ordinance allowing the operation of supermarkets and mini-markets on the Sabbath within the limits of Tel Aviv. Additionally, Adv Nadav Weisman is representing Alstom in arbitration with the State of Israel in relation to disruptions in the development of the Jerusalem Light Rail, and Eyal Rosovsky and Sivan Ramot are acting for Judge Ronit Poznanski-Katz in special disciplinary proceedings with respect to a highly publicised text message leak as part of a larger investigation into connections between the Prime Minister of Israel and the controlling shareholder of two prominent Israeli telecoms companies.
S. Horowitz & Co earns praise from clients for its 'cohesiveness' and 'wide expanse of expertise'. The department is hired by major multinationals as well as Israel's most established corporates. One of these is Israel Electric Corporation, which the firm represented in a raft of litigation in 2017-2018, including a high-profile price-relief effort against the Tamar Partners, a Supreme Court petition regarding environmental concerns, a High Court petition concerning privatisation in the electricity sector, disputes with various contractors, property damage and personal injury claims, criminal proceedings, and mediation. Also of note, Yehoshua Horesh and Eran Bezalel, who specialises in complex tender litigation, successfully represented CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles in a claim regarding its winning bid in a NIS1bn production, supply and maintenance tender for a light rail line in Central Israel. Horesh has also been involved in a litany of high-value disputes for Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering and Paz Oil Company. Additionally, Ehud Arzi represents Google in many of the company's most pressing libel cases in Israel, and Alex Hertman is acting for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in relation to several high-value derivative actions. Also recommended are Benny Sheffer, who has expertise in construction and infrastructure disputes; Eliya Zunz Koller, who focuses on administrative and environmental disputes; and Eyal Doron, who is representing The Weizmann Institute of Science in a number of complex claims, including an unjust enrichment suit involving the donations derived from Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities.
Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co. is a market leader in complex commercial litigation and high-profile derivative suits. In one particularly standout matter, the team represented Israel Corporation in a derivative claim concerning the company's investment into ZIM; this case involved the consideration of the business judgement rule defence, which was adopted into Israeli law from the US. Founding partner Zvi Agmon and Uri Sorek acted for IDB Holdings in relation to a special investigation arising out of the company's ongoing liquidation proceedings; this matter represented the first time that distribution tests came under judicial review in Israel. In the energy and infrastructure space, Yoav Hirsh is representing China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, as plaintiff, in a claim involving the violation of a contract in relation to the high-profile Carmel Tunnel project, and Tal Mayshar is representing Delek Israel in multiple claims, including one considering the validity of contractual agreements between fuel companies and fuel stations. The team is also representing Malam Systems in a series of back and forth claims with the State of Israel, in addition to one arbitration proceeding, regarding delays in the launch of a significant information and computing system that it was contracted to build for the Israeli tax authorities. Dana Hen was promoted to partner.
Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co., sought after for particularly complex litigation, is hailed for its 'meticulous fact-checking and impenetrable legal reasoning'; the team is 'always fully prepared and completely dedicated to winning a case'. The department is led by Giora Erdinast, who is a 'master orator, a skilful cross-examiner, and an overall formidable litigator'. Erdinast is representing Moti Ben Moshe, one of two controlling shareholders of IDB, in arbitration concerning control of the company; Erdinast's team filed a claim for over NIS1bn, which was answered by the defendant with a counterclaim for NIS1.5bn. Another 'brilliant litigator', Ran Sprinzak, successfully represented Israel Aerospace Industries in a novel derivative claim, which recently ended with an appeal that was denied at the Supreme Court. Additionally, Tomer Weissman is acting for the directors and CEO of Better Place Israel in a matter concerning their liability in the insolvency and liquidation of the company. The team is also representing Caesarstone in a particularly complex claim by Microgil concerning a loss of profits, and a counter-claim alleging the disruption of a planned IPO.
Acting for corporates and government entities, Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co has been involved in some of the most unique and important disputes in the domestic market. In one such example, Shai Zadik acted for Yahav-Hamais Group in relation to a Supreme Court case concerning the permissibility as court evidence of an employee's personal and private information, if it has been discovered by an employer as the result of passive accidental discovery rather than active monitoring. Acting for the government, Gil Orion and Oded Revivo are representing the State of Israel in arbitration against Dead Sea Work regarding ten years of unpaid royalties estimated at NIS2.5bn. Orion and Revivo are also acting for the Knesset in relation to a NIS670m claim brought by Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering concerning expanded scope of works, delays and financing issues associated with the development and maintenance of a new wing at the Knesset. The litigation team has also represented officers and directors of companies, including Alon Blue Square Israel, Suny Electronics and Scailex Corporation, in claims brought against them by trustees associated with the respective insolvency proceedings for those companies. Further, Tamar Turjeman-Kedem acted for international and domestic infrastructure development companies in multiple tender disputes, each involving multibillion-shekel transport infrastructure tenders. Reuven Behar is among the key figures in the team, and also recommended is Dror Matatyahu, who heads the firm's white-collar practice.
The team at Goldfarb Seligman & Co. has recognised strengths in corruption and white-collar litigation and is engaged by market-leading tech, defence, and financial services companies in relation to especially sensitive disputes ranging from tax to investment management to libel. Additionally, Aaron Michaeli is acting for a group of directors of Discount Investment Corporation in a highly publicised derivative claim regarding the acquisition and subsequent sale of Maariv Holdings, and Eli Zohar has been instructed by prominent public individuals and government figures in relation to high-profile corruption allegations. Other key figures include Zvi Bar-Nathan and Yoav Fruchtman, who have represented Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering in a wide variety of claims against various project initiators and municipalities. Also recommended are Hagit Blaiberg and Moshe Mazor, who heads the firm's white collar and administrative litigation group.
Gornitzky & Co. handles high-stakes litigation for many of Israel's largest corporates. Of particular note, the team has recently been instructed by international contractors and bidders in relation to multiple complex tender related claims. In one matter, Ofer Tzur is representing a Chinese joint venture contractor in an administrative procedure initiated by a losing bidder for services on Tel Aviv's Red Line light train. Tzur is also defending Attenti Electronic Monitoring in a claim concerning a systematic litigation strategy with respect to worldwide tenders, which the plaintiff alleges amounts to unjust competitive practices. Pinhas Rubin is acting for Shikun & Binui in relation to an investigation by the Israeli Unit of Fraud Investigation regarding suspicions of illegal payments made to foreign officials. Rubin and Yaron Elhawi have also represented Bank Hapoalim in a number of high-value derivative claims, including two separate claims initiated with respect to credit the bank provided to companies controlled by Eliezer Fishman and Nochi Danker, two Israeli businessmen who have been the subjects of highly publicised bankruptcies. The department has also been representing one of the two main parties in a notoriously acrimonious partnership dispute.
Herzog Fox & Neeman is among the best-known Israeli firms internationally, and accordingly the firm is engaged by some of the largest multinationals for disputes arising in Israel. Department head Yaacov Sharvit represents Facebook in various high-profile cases involving defamation, privacy and freedom of speech, and David Zailer is acting for eBay in relation to a claim concerning changes made to the client's search engine that adversely affected sellers. Sharvit is also representing Toro Media and Omni Capital in a claim brought by a Hong Kong resident, who was allegedly defrauded by the actions of the company; this is the largest claim ever brought against an online financial trading provider in Israel. Also of note, Joseph Ashkenazi acted for the executor of the Max Brod estate in a dispute with a group of potential heiresses regarding the literary estate, which includes the writings of Franz Kafka. Additionally, the team advised Israel Electric Corporation on a number of disputes, including allegations of fraud and bribery, and follow-on cartel-related class action litigation.
Acting for domestic and international corporates from a variety of industry sectors, Tadmor Levy & Co. has been involved in multiple novel disputes and litigation presenting potentially market-wide consequences. In one example, the highly recommended Yechiel Kasher is acting for TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company in relation to a dispute over the rights to overriding royalties arising from offshore oil and gas exploration. Kasher also represented First International Bank of Israel in a dispute regarding the bank's decision not to open bank accounts for companies trading in crypto-currencies. Other significant work included acting for Allergan in relation to a $300m derivative claim arising out of Teva's acquisition of Allergan's generics business. Additionally, the team represented an online commerce company in a claim concerning the governing law clause of its standard form agreements. Other key figures include Nir Kehat and Assaf Priel.
Yigal Arnon & Co's service is characterised by 'a level of professionalism that exceeds that of many of its competitors'. The litigation group in particular has been recognised for its 'client-focused approach' and 'extensive legal knowledge'. Barak Tal in particular is 'brilliant'. Tal represents three of Israel's largest banks and one of the largest domestic credit card companies in a variety a disputes, including high-value derivative claims. Similarly, the team, which includes Daniel Abarbanel and Dror Varsano, has handled derivative actions for clients including Bezeq, El Al Israel Airlines, AFI Group and all of Israel's major insurance companies. The group also handles high-stakes ADR, which has included representing the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Transportation and the Jerusalem Municipality against CityPass in a series of claims totalling over NIS2bn. Also recommended is Ruth Loven, 'a masterful tactician and a tireless worker'; Loven acted for OJSC VTB Bank in a case that reached the Supreme Court regarding foreign judgment enforcement and collection proceedings in Israel. Other key clients include major sports retailers such as Puma Sports Israel and Nike Israel, and global technology groups such as Microsoft Corporation and Symantec.
Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary has 'a good all-around litigation team', with lawyers who 'take the time to become familiar with the details of every case, and know all of its strengths and weaknesses'. In particular, clients praise Aya Reich-Mina, who represented a joint venture between Oron Investment & Holdings and Seldat in relation to a petition filed by Israel Land Development Company concerning the decision to approve the joint venture for participation in the main tender for the construction and operation of the main supply centre for the IDF. Acting alongside Eldad Koresh, Reich-Mina also acted for a client in relation to an inheritance dispute in which it was decided that Israeli probate proceedings apply to an estate's property abroad. In addition, the team represented the Presidium of Israel Business Organizations in a High Court claim, where it was determined that it is illegal to delegate the collection of municipal taxes to a private collection company. Additional contacts include Arie Neiger, Aharon Pollak and Asaf Biger, who has considerable experience in cross-border disputes including international arbitration and US litigation.
M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries' clients consider the firm's full-service approach to be 'truly exceptional'. In particular, it is the 'firm of choice' for some of the largest Israeli corporates in 'complex litigation and arbitration'. Of particular note, Zvi Firon and Michael Oiknine successfully represented a defence company in arbitration regarding the validity of certain agreements and obligations under a non-compete agreement. Further, Oiknine is acting for Drachim Construction and Infrastructure in a dispute with Cross Israel Highways concerning significant debts owed as the result of additional works provided on a highway project. Additional contacts include Oren Tenenboim, who represented Tel Aviv University and Ramot (the university's tech transfer arm) in a claim concerning donations received from Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities, and David Hamou, who has extensive experience acting for construction companies in commercial litigation relating to high-value infrastructure and real estate developments.
Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co.'s litigation team has grown considerably since the 2018 merger brought partners including Joseph Benkel and Shiri Shapiro to the team. The merger has also brought greater activity in administrative and commercial disputes in the infrastructure and telecoms sectors. Benkel and Shapiro are representing Israel Ports Developments & Assets Company in a dispute with China Harbour Engineering's Pan-Mediterranean Engineering Company, and also act for a joint venture comprising Ashtrom Group and Vered Quarries in a high-value dispute with Israel National Roads Company. Another name to note is Ofer Larisch, who is helping to lead a team that is representing Cellcom and Partner Communications, as plaintiffs, in a dispute with Bezeq alleging the defendant's breach of a tripartite agreement among the three companies, as well as violations of certain regulatory requirements. Other key figures include Hillel Ish-Shalom, Ofer Shapira and Shmuel Galinka.
Dr. A. Klagsbald & Co. Law Offices
Dr. A. Klagsbald & Co. Law Offices is a litigation boutique led by Avigdor Klagsbald, who is an established name in the Israeli litigation market. Klagsbald is often involved in highly sensitive and highly complex financial disputes, where he is known for representing high-profile individuals including leading government officials.
Litigation boutique Berkman & Co is the product of an amicable split among former partners of Berman Wechsler Bloom & Co. Headed by Ron Berkman, the firm is especially active in high-value derivative claims, securities disputes and complex financial litigation. Berkman is representing Israeli business tycoon Ilan Ben Dov in several proceedings, including a new NIS250m claim filed in 2018 concerning an alleged breach of directors' duty in the distribution of dividends from Scailex Corporation. Similarly, Berkman represents the controlling shareholder of AFI Group, Lev Leviev, in various disputes, including a multibillion-shekel derivative claim and follow-on litigation, the latest round of which was recently concluded. Berkman also acts for large Israeli corporates and international banks in litigation and ADR; he is representing Dead Sea Works in high-value arbitration with the State of Israel regarding royalty payments for the use of natural resources.
FWMK (Furth, Wilensky, Mizrachi, Knaani) is 'highly capable of dealing with complex commercial disputes with international elements'. Jointly led by Boaz Wilensky and Ofer Furth, the team often represents clients in litigation involving cross-border distribution and service contracts, and also has strengths in partnership disputes and financial services litigation. The team acted for Invest Pro and its director in a claim regarding the clients' commission in relation to a domestic bond issuance, and also represented multiple individuals in a dispute with one of Israel's largest banks concerning high-value damages they are alleged to have suffered as a result of actions taken by the bank. The group also continues to represent Liad Whatstein in a highly contentious partnership dispute. Additional contacts include Orr Noy and Eran Meir.
Krispin Rubinstein Blecher Law Offices 'has experience handling especially complex matters' involving administrative litigation, civil and commercial disputes, and white-collar and corruption claims. In particular, Roy Blecher acted for the former chief of staff of the Prime Minister of Israel in relation to a corruption investigation, and is also representing an executive of Bezeq in relation to suspicions of securities violations. In addition, the team acted for Keshet Broadcasting, Reshet Media and Channel Ten in relation to a High Court appeal regarding an exemption granted to Hot Group allowing it to broadcast content from those networks without the networks' consent. Blecher also handles high-profile criminal matters and is regularly involved in sensitive disputes in the defence sector. The team has also handled complex tender litigation for clients including Be'eri Printers.
Lipa Meir & Co provides its clients with 'all the benefits of a large office' combined with the 'boutique-like specialisations' in areas including real estate, agriculture and insolvency. The team is also involved in litigation arising from significant energy projects, and acts for banks such as Bank Hapoalim and Israel Discount Bank in disputes valued at hundreds of millions of shekels. The litigation department is led by Alon Pomeranc, 'a professional and highly motivated litigator', who is representing a prominent private financial institution in a high-value dispute with multiple state entities concerning an agreement for certain tax exemptions. Pomeranc is also acting for KPMG USA in relation to a claim brought by the liquidators of Better Place; in particular, this dispute concerns the service of court papers where foreign entities that own domestic subsidiaries are involved. In the infrastructure space, Erez Dar Lulu is representing the Ministry of Finance and the State Desalination Administration in a dispute with Mekorot regarding compensation in the establishment of a desalination facility in Ashdod. In addition, name partner Lipa Meir represents Clalit Health Services in a range of disputes, including a recent win at the Supreme Court where it was decided that a health fund member could not bring a derivative suit on behalf of an HMO.
Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. specialises in tort litigation and disputes in the insurance sector, but also has experience with banking claims and energy-sector disputes. The practice is jointly led by Gil Atar and Yoav Razin. Razin is acting for a major energy company in relation to a dispute concerning the breakdown of two power plants, while Atar is representing Eitanit in a number of asbestos claims, and is also representing Caesarstone in over 100 personal injury claims in connection with an allegedly defective product. Also of note, Azriel Rothman and Neta Heichal-Yassur are representing Harel Insurance Company and a local planning and construction committee in several subrogation claims resulting from a major flooding incident in 2013. Another key contact is Tamar Kareth, who has experience in a variety of insurance and civil litigation, including medical malpractice.
Ronen Adini & Co
Ronen Adini & Co has developed a reputation for its involvement in some of the largest and most widely publicised derivative actions in Israel. The boutique is headed by Ronen Adini, whose 'experience and client devotion not only inspires his work, but also inspires his younger colleagues' to meet the same standard of service. Adini represented the plaintiff, a shareholder of Discount Investment Corporation (DIC), in a NIS400m derivative suit against Nochi Danker concerning DIC's acquisition of Maariv Newspaper. Adini is also acting for the public shareholders of Bezeq in relation to a NIS500m derivative claim arising from Bezeq's acquisition of yes. In addition to high-value derivative claims, the team handles white-collar criminal proceedings, and is involved in multi-jurisdictional supply agreement litigation. Clients also single out 'meticulous' associate Neta Levin.
S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries handles a wide variety of commercial litigation and has particular strength in handling the termination of distribution and agency relationships. Jointly led by Itamar Anaby and Lily Doron, the department has been involved in a number of cases that have received extensive domestic media attention. As a recent example, the team defended Tnuva in connection with a High Court petition filed by animal protection organisations seeking to restrict cattle importation into Israel. Anaby is also acting for the University of Haifa in proceedings relating to certain donations that were derived from Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities. In the infrastructure space, Gavriel Disegni is representing Israel Railways in a claim regarding the construction of the new train station in Jerusalem.
Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co. provides ongoing legal support to some of Israel's largest corporates, and accordingly is involved in a wide range of commercial and administrative litigation. An example of the department's high-profile domestic clients is The Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation, which the team regularly assists with issues including land expropriation. In addition, Amir Levitski is representing IBM Israel in a claim against a large Israeli food company regarding payments in connection with a computing project. Also recommended is Doron Stern, who has recently been involved in matters including a derivative action, the termination of a distribution agreement, and an unjust enrichment claim. Also of note, Assaf Benmelech is acting for an orthodox rabbi in relation to a claim asserting that only state-managed organisations can legally issue kosher certifications. Isaac Marciano is another key figure.
AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co's service is marked by 'a consistently high level of professionalism and legal knowledge', which the firm brings to each case, 'treating every client as though they're the most important one'. The litigation department is headed by Ram Jeanne, who has attracted a tremendous amount of client praise for his 'amazingly energetic approach', which combines 'common sense and creativity' in pursuit of his clients' goals. The team is especially active in the real estate and infrastructure sectors, where it handles disputes ranging from tender litigation and development claims to shareholder and partnership disputes. In one example, Jeanne is acting for Merkavim Transportation Technologies in relation to a dispute with the Ministry of Transportation regarding a mandate that winners of public transportation tenders must require that the assembly of buses take place in Israel. Jeanne has also handled cross-border estate litigation, and represents clients in the media and telecoms industry in cases involving licensing and royalty rights.
The litigation team at Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co. is made up of 'knowledgeable and responsive litigators' with 'vast experience in complex commercial disputes'. In particular, the team is engaged by clients in the oil and gas, real estate and construction, and telecoms sectors, and is regularly involved in tender and contractor disputes in relation to commercial service agreements and project development. Department head Zohar Lande is acting for Hot Telecommunication Systems in relation to a High Court appeal concerning the Ministry of Communication's decision to allow Hot to transmit certain broadcasts in areas where it had not deployed independent infrastructure. Further, Lande is representing Supergas Natural in an administrative appeal regarding a municipal tender in Haifa, and is also acting for a major domestic real estate company in multiple contractor disputes relating to a prominent commercial space in Tel Aviv. Gal Livshits and Eyal Nachshon were made partners in 2019.
Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) is engaged by domestic and international corporates, particularly European companies, in a wide range of matters, including infrastructure and tender-related litigation, international arbitration, tort litigation, and general commercial disputes. Department head Gideon Weinbaum is representing Unidress in a District Court claim concerning its successful bid for a contract to supply special military units with flame-resistant clothing. Weinbaum is also acting for Council of Bureaux in a claim against the Israeli Insurance Association involving contract and tort law. Also in the insurance sector, the team is representing Danish insurer Topdanmark in a dispute involving damaged goods delivered by an Israeli supplier to one of the client's insureds. Raimondi Cranes, Air Berlin and Assicurazioni Generali are among the team's major European clients.
Granot Speiser Law Office has 'a highly professional' litigation team, which has particular expertise in insurance-related litigation, but also handles administrative claims and securities-related litigation, among other commercial disputes. Shai Granot is acting for Mifromal Jerusalem Industries in a tort claim brought against its insurer, Migdal Insurance Company, involving damage to Mifromal's property. Granot also represents Harel Insurance Company in various underwriting and insurance-related claims. Also recommended is Shai Sharvit, who has been involved in multiple arbitral proceedings involving shareholder disputes, and also has experience with international arbitration.
Acting for domestic corporates in the energy, infrastructure, real estate, and tech sectors, Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg, Shenhav & Co. handles a variety of commercial litigation including disputes over service and distribution agreements, derivative claims and contractor disputes. Michael Ginsburg acted for East Jerusalem District Electric Company in relation to a High Court petition against Israel Electric Company's decision to disconnect electricity supply to the client due to a NIS1.7bn debt. Department head David Fohrer and Shai Erez assisted Supercom with a number of matters, including a dispute with 3M Corporation alleging unfair competition with regard to governmental tenders in Austria, Portugal, Belgium and Latvia. Additionally, Fohrer and Limor Levy are assisting a subsidiary of Amot Investments with its response to an administrative decision regarding a NIS1bn office development.
Hamburger Evron & Co. Law Offices & Notaries has experience with commercial and administrative disputes in the real estate and infrastructure sectors, and also handles financial claims associated with large insolvencies. Of particular note, senior partner Gabriel Moyal Maor acted for Proneuron Biotechnologies in relation to a claim against Teva Pharmaceutical Industries alleging a breach of a sub-licensing agreement. Additionally, Ori Primo is representing the Rubinstein Group in a NIS200m claim against the Tel Aviv municipality concerning a delay in the grant of a building permit. Another key figure in the team is Menachem Abramovich, who is representing Sano-Bruno Enterprises in a Supreme Court claim involving a supply contract for the Ministry of Defense. Further, the team is representing Israel Discount Bank in a number of proceedings involving the collapse of the Heftziba construction company.
Sluki, Bram, Kosover & Co.
Sluki, Bram, Kosover & Co. is 'a highly specialised' litigation boutique that focuses on complex financial litigation from securities claims and investment disputes to banking litigation and white-collar crime proceedings. In a standout matter, Asaf Bram represented Unitravel and its owner, Shmuel Marom, in a claim against First International Bank of Israel alleging that the bank directed Marom's companies to carry out high-risk investments and concealed the sizeable risks. Another key figure in the department is Roei Sluki, who has been acting for the plaintiffs in a multi-year ongoing dispute against banks, auditors, accountants and an investment house concerning foreign stock investments that are alleged to have been part of a Ponzi scheme. Additionally, Ido Kosover, who joined the firm in 2017, is representing the former vice president of the Israeli Diamond Exchange in a high-value dispute with the ITA.
The team at Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates has particular strengths in tender litigation and banking disputes, and, given the firm's expertise in insolvency matters, also handles a variety of insolvency and bankruptcy-related litigation. Headed by Doron Dan, the team represents AFI Group, its subsidiaries and its controlling shareholder in a wide variety of claims, including land disputes, contractor disputes and various litigation arising out of AFI Industries' insolvency. Dan is also acting for a construction company in relation to multiple administrative claims concerning government tender offers, and Oren Pechthold represented Orpak Systems in a cross-border dispute with a Mexican company regarding a distribution agreement. Additionally, the team provides insolvency and litigation services to HSBC, Israel Trade Bank, U-Bank, Mercantile Discount Bank and Israel Discount Bank, among others.
Zilberboim Orbach Harpaz was formed in 2018 by former partners of litigation and real estate boutique Berkman Wechsler Bloom, which was amicably split into three separate firms. Headed by David Zilberboim and Ronen Harpaz, the team is still working in conjunction with their former partners to handle some of the complex ongoing disputes. In this context, the team is jointly representing a major domestic corporate in relation to a high-value gas supply agreement. Additionally, Zilberboim handles a range of sensitive litigation for Electra Group and Babylon Software and has picked up a number of new clients, including the directors of Spacecom and the founders and owners of Shapir Engineering & Industry. The team also has experience in IP-related disputes and derivative claims.