Dispute resolution: mediation and international arbitration in Israel

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

As 'top-quality lawyers with real experience in the field', the team at Goldfarb Seligman & Co. regularly acts in arbitrations under ICC, LCIA and ICSID rules, covering a range of ad hoc arbitrations as well as major claims against sovereign states. Practitioner Zvi Bar-Nathan is a renowned litigator in areas such as corporate, contract, tender and libel law and is a go-to lawyer for international arbitration cases; he has held former and current positions at several international arbitration institutions, including a role as head of the International Arbitration Committee of ICC Israel. Daphna Kapeliuk is an expert in private international law and international arbitration, and is a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

Practice head(s):

Zvi Bar-Nathan; Hagit Blaiberg; Aaron Michaeli; Moshe Mazor

Other key lawyers:

Daphna Kapeliuk; Maya Nusbaum Rapaport

Testimonials

‘Top quality lawyers with real experience in the field.’

‘Daphna Kapeliuk provides creative insight into her cases. Zvika Bar Nathan is an excellent strategist in complex litigation.’

‘Very good, very focused and efficient.’

‘Zvi Bar Nathan is extremely well prepared, diligent, and fair to both sides, which makes him a highly credible arbitrator. He has an impressive command of arbitration law and practice.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for an international client in a complex international arbitration involving profits from concessions in natural resources in an African state.
  • Acting for a major construction company in an infrastructure ICC arbitration.

Gornitzky & Co.

The team at Gornitzky & Co. maintains a market-leading international arbitration practice, handling a large number of proceedings under ICC rules. Of particular note is its experience in the sectors of construction, energy and hi-tech, and in investor-state disputes. In addition to leading such matters, practice co-head Eli Cohen is an expert in M&A and shareholder-related cases, the vice chair of the Litigation Committee of the Israeli Bar Association, and a founding member of the International Arbitration Rules Committee of the Israeli Institution for Commercial Arbitration. Furthermore, Nir Keidar acts in matters involving banking, financial services and insurance, and in his own capacity is a member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Centre and ICCA Hearing Project. Nuna Lerner brings international experience from practicing in London to the team, which has seen growth with the arrival of Shai Sharvit and Joseph Gayer, who joined from Zysman, Aharoni, Gayer & Co (ZAG-S&W).

Practice head(s):

Ofer Tzur; Eli Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Shai Sharvit; Nir Keidar; Nuna Lerner

Testimonials

‘My experience is that they are by far the best international arbitration team in Israel. The Gornitzky team provides exceptionally high quality case preparation and management, as well as in depth knowledge of both international arbitration generally and construction/energy more specifically. The key is that Gornitzky has a dedicated arbitration team fully committed and involved during the whole process, which allows them to provide service at or exceeding the level of any international law firm I have encountered.’

‘Eli Cohen is the market’s top pick for international disputes generally and construction and energy disputes more specifically. He is an experienced and sharp litigator, and his performances in front of courts and tribunals are beyond compare. He is equally at ease in an Israeli court-room and in front of the world’s leading international arbitrators. Nir Keidar is an up-and-coming star in the Israeli arbitration market. Nir is thorough and has an insightful understanding of international arbitration practices and is at ease leading factually and legally complex cases at an extremely high level. Nuna Lerner is particularly diligent and resourceful, her CV is exceptional in the market and she is fully committed to excellence.’

‘Eli – He is very smart and suggests many crucial issues that is the key for winning the case. Nuna is very professional.’

‘There are few legal firms in Israel that can handle international arbitration cases, such as ICC arbitrations, and Gornitzky is definitely one of the leading ones. The Gornitzky mediation and international arbitration practice possesses a unique knowledge, experience and capabilities to handle such cases in the highest professional level.’

I worked with Shai Sharvit on a complex litigation matter. He has very good knowledge of the law and of the community and thinks very strategically. He also provides good guidance for the clients.’

‘Adv. Eli Cohen – Eli is very professional and experienced in dealing with international and local arbitration and litigation cases. Eli is probably one of the most experienced and capable lawyers in Israel in dealing with international arbitration cases. Adv. Nuna Lerner – Nuna is very professional and experienced in dealing with international arbitration cases. Nuna is very service oriented. Adv Nir Keidar – Nir is very professional and experienced in dealing with international arbitration cases.’

‘Adv. Eli Cohen is a real leader. He is very involved with the details and leads all the legal strategy and litigation. His attitude is fair to all stakeholders. Adv. Nuna Lerner is a great professional. She conducts all the preparation, the wording and the contact with all the stakeholders. Her great knowledge is assuring we are in good hands. Always up to date to the smallest detail and any legal factual information that can support our case. Nuna has been one of the best legal partners for us. One that anyone would like to have next to them.’

‘Nir Keidar and Tal Sela are the team I have worked with recently. Both are extremely knowledgeable on legal and Construction matters. I have also found both very quick on the uptake and pragmatic when considering approaches to presenting complicated construction issues in pleadings.’

Key clients

TMDC Ltd.

Edgify AI Ltd.

Stakehound S. A.

Dead Sea Works

Major Residences Co. Ltd

Kuwayama

M+W Groups (Israel) Ltd.

Y.D. Ashush Infrastructures Ltd.

BMC Otomotiv Sanay ve Ticaret A.S.

BMC Sanay ve Ticaret A.S.

Hapoel Tel Aviv Football Club (Israel)

Work highlights

  • Represented TMDC before a Thai Arbitration Institution against a Thai construction company, valued at $11m.
  • Represented an Israeli Consulting Company in LCIA arbitration regarding an alleged entitlement under a sole representative agreement.
  • Represented Dead Sea Works in obtaining a EUR62m award before the district court.

Asserson Law Offices

Asserson Law Offices is noted for its English law advice to clients in Israel, and stands out for its expertise in handling matters under LCIA and ICC arbitration rules. Baruch Baigel sits on the panel of several international arbitration institutions and advocates before the UK High Court for his clients. His team has undergone significant expansion, with the internal promotion of Shimon Goldwater to partner, the hire of associate Natasha Pereira from K&L Gates LLP, and the arrival of Allison Khaskelis from Duane Morris LLPAlec Cairney is another contact.

Practice head(s):

Trevor Asserson; Baruch Baigel

Other key lawyers:

Yisrael Hiller; Shimon Goldwater; Elliot Lister

Testimonials

‘Huge experience in litigation, excellent understanding of the dynamics of court work and real client-focus.’

‘Trevor Asserson and Baruch Bagel: Huge experience in litigation, excellent understanding of the dynamics of court work and real client-focus.’

‘The firm’s uniqueness is probably related to its activity in Israel and with Israeli clients. The team is very knowledgeable in English law, and at the same time they are aware of the prevailing culture when advising Israeli clients, showing the necessary flexibility in consulting and in communication in general.’

‘I am being consulted and assisted by adv Baruch Beigel, a partner in the firm. Baruch is wise, responsive and proactive, which makes him a valuable player in the ongoing matters where he is involved.’

‘Highly professional and commercially minded, try to achieve most cost effective resolution for the client.’

‘Elliot Lister and Yisroel Hiller are both excellent lawyers and astute negotiators,  professional and commercially minded.’

Key clients

Red Savannah

CAA- Campaign Against Anti-Semitism

East West German Holdings

Infinidat Limited

Erdinast Ben Nathan Toledano & Co. with Hamburger Evron

Often working alongside large UK firms, the department at Erdinast Ben Nathan Toledano & Co. with Hamburger Evron handles arbitration proceedings conducted under ICC and LCIA rules and regularly acts in matters in foreign countries. With Giora Erdinast, who regularly handles arbitrations at an international level; Ran Sprinzak, a specialist in representation under ICC rules; and Tomer Weissman, who employs his experience in cross-border matters, the team has broad expertise at the senior level. It has seen significant growth, with the internal promotions to partner of Efrat Cibulski, Noa Bar and Yuval Naim, and the arrival of Gabi (Gabriel) Moyal-MaorMenachem AbramovichOri PrimoEleanor Stark and Liat Elpaz, through the merger with Hamburger Evron & Co. Eran Winner left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Giora Erdinast; Ran Sprinzak; Tomer Weissman

Other key lawyers:

Yuval Naim

Key clients

HAA Extra

Leumi Partners Ltd.

Tene Investment Funds

Kibbutz Hanita

Mediterranean Car Agency

Work highlights

  • Represented HAA Extra and an individual in arbitration proceedings concerning corporate control, valued at $794m.
  • Representing Leumi Partners, Tene Investment Funds and Kibbutz Hanita in an arbitration regarding a sale of shares.

FISCHER (FBC & Co.)

With a strong international focus, FISCHER (FBC & Co.) is adept in arbitration and mediation in a range of sectors, including infrastructure, technology and automotive. The team's expertise in shareholder disputes is also of note. Reuven Behar co-heads the practice and represents clients in sensitive cases pertaining to family issues as well as complex and confidential matters in communications and real estate. Fellow co-head Gil Orion is a specialist in corporate matters, including class actions and derivative disputes. Tamar Turjeman-Kedem is another key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Reuven Behar; Gil Orion

Other key lawyers:

Tamar Turjeman-Kedem; Amit Pines; Oded Revivo; Tal Wiesengrun; Shalom Hershkovitz; Michal Sela

Testimonials

‘The practice is led by Reuven Bechar. He is charismatic, highly experienced in law and business alike, creative and open minded. Very good mediator.’

‘Talented, profound and very experienced.’

‘Gil Orion, Michal Sela, are very smart and experienced lawyers.’

‘This is an excellent firm. The team is very creative, with a lot of knowledge, honest, talented and excellent lawyers.’

‘Fischer’s team is very professional.’

Key clients

Google Ireland Limited

Air France

KLM

Iberia

The Knesset

Shuval EyalLeisrael Ltd.

ABB Ltd

ABB Technologies Inc.

Ashtrom Group

Assa Abloy

Mul-T-Lock

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC)

Colmobil Corporation

EDF Renewables Israel Ltd.

Thought Leaders, Inc.

Harel Insurance Company

United Studios of Israel

Danya Cebus

Eilat-Ashkelon Infrastructure Services Ltd.

Huawei Tech. Investments Co. Ltd.

Internet Gold-Internet Golden Lines Ltd.

Israeli Professional Football Leagues

J. and E. Berman Ltd

Netivei Israel – National Transport Infrastructure Company Ltd.

ORT Braude College

REIT 1 Ltd

Yahav Hamias Assets Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing shareholders of Eilat Ashkelon Infrastructure Services in an international arbitration, valued at $180m.
  • Representing China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and Danya Cebus Joint Venture in an arbitration concerning disruption and delays in construction.
  • Representing Google Ireland Limited in mediation.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries

Described as 'totally international, sophisticated and brilliant', M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries' arbitration work is mainly conducted according to ICC rules, with an international scope to the firm's practice as well as its mediation. Head of the M&A department Jacob Enoch is the firm’s leader in these matters, and a renowned individual in his field for his competency therein, especially in cases pertaining to the finance and hi-tech industries. In his own capacity he is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR as well as one of its task forces.

Practice head(s):

Jacob Enoch

Testimonials

‘Jacob Enoch – Jack of all trades and yet somehow master of all. Probably the most prominent M&A attorney in Israel. Easily the strongest international arbitration practitioner. Phenomenal in international finance/ banking deals.’

‘At Company, Mer Firon is our exclusive lawyers for everything – from M&A, through international arbitration to capital markets. A perfect 10 all around. In international arbitration they are better than we could have hoped for. Leading a difficult multi million ICC arbitration with finesse, elegance, strategic thought and effective aggressiveness.’

‘There aren’t that many international arbitration practitioners in Israel. In my opinion, Jacob Enoch is the most prominent one. Clearly respected by tribunals and opponents alike. Possesses huge legal and business knowledge and experience which comes in very handy in the proceedings.’

‘Firon’s international arbitration team shines bright.’

‘Jacob Enoch – an accomplished lawyer of various impressive capabilities (M&A, finance, hi-tech and more). Clear leadership position in the field of international arbitration where he excels, leveraging his diverse experience, skill set and understanding. On par with the best anywhere.’

‘Out of this world, or at least out of this country. Totally international, sophisticated and brilliant.’

‘Top tier, accurate, fast, deadly.’

‘J. Enoch – Flies like a butterfly stings like a bee. In fact at least like a wasp. Tremendous and even intimidating for the other party. Truly effective and lethal.’

Key clients

C. Mer

Ashtrom Group

Kidma

Jacobson Agencies Ltd.

Autoker Holdings Zrt.

Work highlights

  • Representing C. Mer in ICC arbitration in Amsterdam, regarding a telecom infrastructure project in Dutch Sint Maarten, valued at $26.5m.
  • Representing Kidma in ICC arbitration regarding the termination of an agreement, valued at $17.5m.

Meitar Law Offices

Meitar Law Offices represents its clients under ICC rules and regularly in ad hoc situations under Israel's Arbitration Law, in addition to coordinating cross-border proceedings. Israel (Reli) Leshem leads the team; with a strong US and UK background, he focuses his expertise on advocating for clients in matters involving securities, commercial law and product liability, and in corporate arbitration. Or Baron Gil is an expert in cross-border disputes, and has considerable expertise in international proceedings under various arbitration rules. He was recently appointed an ICC court member.

Practice head(s):

Israel (Reli) Leshem

Other key lawyers:

Nadav Weisman; Eyal Rosovsky; Or Baron-Gil; Issar Berger; Adi Fremder; Asaf Niemoj

Testimonials

‘Eyal Rosovsky has an amazing legal mind, is extremely bright, and has a great command of the arbitration record. Mr. Rosovsky is well prepared and diligent.’

‘The litigation team at Meitar and Or Baron Gil in particular are not only brilliant legal minds. They are exceptional legal and business strategists with an exceptional commitment to the clients’ interests. With the help of their great resources and teaming the client’s interests are front and center to all they do. Meitar is extremely well connected so their advice is not only sharp and crisp but also pragmatic and relevant.’

‘Or Baron Gil is the heart of the team and the client is center to all he does. He is an exceptional and outstanding lawyer. His US background as litigator is extremely helpful. His advice is sharp, crisp and relevant, but always pragmatic and balanced. Hard to find any better lawyer supporting your interest. The team behind Or Baron Gil is extremely valued and share the focus and dedication of their partners.’

Key clients

Alstom Transportation

Siemens AG

Bazan- Oil Refineries Ltd.

IBM

eWave

Ness Technologies

Israel Government Tourism Company

GSK

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)

The combined national and international experience at Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) allows the firm to represent its multinational client roster at an international level. Department head Gideon Weinbaum is an excellent example for this, as an expert litigator with a specialism in international matters and an equally diverse list of clients. Amnon Epstein complements Weinbaum’s expertise with his additional skills in mediation, and further strengthens the firm’s concentration on international matters.

Practice head(s):

Gideon Weinbaum

Other key lawyers:

Amnon Epstein

Key clients

ADM

Abengoa S.A.

Milad Aviation

Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG

Must International Trading PTE

Fresenius Medical Care Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

Work highlights

  • Representing Fresenius Medical Care Beteiligungsgesellschaft in an international arbitration alleging contractual breaches.
  • Representing Abengoa in proceedings against Dead Sea Works for the enforcement of an international arbitration award.
  • Representing Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs in relation to the domestication of Air Berlin’s insolvency proceedings.

Herzog Fox & Neeman

The litigation and dispute resolution department at Herzog Fox & Neeman handles both mediation and arbitration, handling matters before both the ICC and UNCITRAL and especially in the areas of contract, commercial and consumer protection disputes. Former practice head Yaacov Sharvit has left to become a judge.

Practice head(s):

Joseph (Yossi) Ashkenazi; Gilad Wekselman

Testimonials

‘They have much experience in class actions in relation to the automotive area.’

Key clients

Facebook

Israel Electric Company Ltd. (IEC)

PayPal

CityPass Ltd.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporations

LG Electronics Inc.

Citibank, N.A.

Wolt

Work highlights

  • Representing Israel Electric Company in mediation proceedings regarding a consumer class action, alleging negligence.
  • Acting for Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in a class action alleging a defect in sunroofs.
  • Acted for LG in a class action involving a malfunction in devices.

Weiss, Porat & Co

Weiss, Porat & Co has a strong cross-border litigation practice and advocates under ICC rules, with special expertise pertaining to the business of Asian companies in Israel and in international trade, anti-dumping and trade levies. Exemplary of this is department head Zeev Weiss, an established commercial litigator and arbitrator, in his own capacity chairman of the Israel-Japan Chamber of Commerce and president of the Israel-Korea Business Council.

Practice head(s):

Zeev Weiss

Other key lawyers:

Prof. Arie Reich; Eylam Weiss

Key clients

ST Engineering Telematics Wireless

NTT Electronics

Junjin Heavy Industry

National organization of residents of continuing care retirement communities

Institute of Internal Auditors

Shiba International Law Offices

KIM & CHANG law offices

WEBSTER, CHAMBERLAIN & BEAN law offices

Chly law offices

Ceragem Co., Ltd.

Opticana

Dover Medical Equipment

Fangda Partners law firm

Shinhan Diamonds

Karl Weiss Ltd.

Cellmark

Lymar & Lymar Legal Consulting

Association for green transportation in Israel

Kviscal

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune Law firm

Juran

Ofil

W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research

Conyers Dill & Pearman Limited

Seum Law Firm

Toyota

Charm Engineering

Yair Duchovny Cables

Hashmal Yashir

Prysmian Kablo

Surtel Kablo Sanayii A.S.

Hartuv Cement

MAJ Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented ST Engineering Telematics Wireless against a Chinese client in ICC arbitration alleging a contractual breach, valued at $22m.
  • Represented Junjin in an arbitration against an Israeli distributor, alleging breach of contract.
  • Represents MAJ Co (Japan) in mediation proceedings in Israel.