Dispute resolution: mediation and international arbitration in Israel

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. is one of the most active firms in Israel in the international arbitration sector; the firm assists both domestic and foreign companies in cross border disputes across a wide variety of sectors. A particular strength lies in claims involving public bodies, particularly regarding infrastructure or construction projects. A pre-eminent name across the dispute resolution sector, Zvi Bar-Nathan, not only represents clients in complex arbitration and mediation procedures but also frequently acts as sole arbitrator in international disputes involving Israeli law. Daphna Kapeliuk has a 'deep knowledge of arbitration law', which spans ICC, LCIA, ICDR and ICSID proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Zvi Bar-Nathan

Other key lawyers:

Hagit Blaiberg; Daphna Kapeliuk; Moshe Mazor

Testimonials

‘High commitment to service and quality.’

‘Zvi Bar Nathan is calm, collected and deserves his reputation as one of Israel’s top litigators.’

Daphna Kapeliuk is a creative thinker and deeply knowledgeable about international arbitration law and procedure.

‘Daphnah Kapeliuk has a deep knowledge of arbitration law and practice, both Israel-based arbitration and also international arbitration. She combines an academic background with significant professional experience, and this combination makes her a go-to person in the field. ’

‘Very experienced lawyers and great appearance in court!’

‘Zvi Bar Nathan is a great, experienced litigator.’

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 regarding Israel’s largest private power plant.

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co. is a true market leader in international arbitration and mediation proceedings; the team represents numerous international and domestic corporate clients in disputes relating to cross-border infrastructure, energy and construction projects. Eli Cohen, who leads the arbitration and transnational litigation practice, is familiar with all major arbitration institutions and takes a 'can-do approach' to advising on M&A and shareholder disputes. Shai Sharvit joined the firm in 2019 as of counsel and acts on ad-hoc arbitrations relating to commercial agreements. Nir Keidar is another name to note for arbitration as well as international litigation.

Practice head(s):

Eli Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Ofer Tzur; Shai Sharvit; Nir Keidar; Nuna Lerner

Testimonials

‘The Gornitzky mediation and international arbitration practice possesses a unique knowledge and experience in Israel in dealing with international dispute resolution processes.’

‘I mainly work with Eli Cohen, the head of the team, and with Nuna Lerner, a partner within the team, who are both very professional, experienced and service oriented.’

‘Strong hands on involvement of the team’s senior partner throughout the arbitration process from A-Z: preparation, strategy and tactics, through the provision of testimonies and final settlement.’

‘I’m working solely with Adv. Eli Cohen, the senior partner of Gornitzky’s litigation practice. I find him very service oriented, trustworthy, responsible and credible, with a can-do approach aimed to solve issues swiftly and creatively.’

Key clients

Dead Sea Works

TMDC

BMC Otomotiv Sanay ve Ticaret A.S. and BMC Sanay ve Ticaret A.S.

DBS Satellite Services (1998) Ltd

Electra

M+W Group (Israel) Ltd.

Twitter Inc. and Twitter International Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Negotiated a €62 m settlement for the owner of Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant in a UNCITRAL arbitration against its EPC contractor.
  • Acting for TDMC in a $11m a Thai Arbitration Institute arbitration pertaining to the construction of a 57 floor luxury high-rise residence building in central Bangkok.
  • Acting for BMC Otomotiv Sanay ve Ticaret A.S. and BMC Sanay ve Ticaret A.S. in the enforcement of a  $13m Swiss ICC award in Israel against an Israeli company which entered a state of insolvency in the midst of the enforcement procedure.

Asserson Law Offices

Asserson Law Offices specialises in offering advice on English law to business and individuals based in Israel. As a result, the firm, which also has a London office, has developed an extensive arbitration practice, representing Israel-connected parties in proceedings under both LCIA and ICC rules. The 'competent and diligent' Baruch Baigel leads the arbitration practice and is regularly referred cases by leading local firms seeking expertise in English law. Founding partner Trevor Asserson is head of dispute resolution. Elliot Lister uses his fluency in both English and Hebrew to guide Israeli clients through English legal processes.

Practice head(s):

Trevor Asserson; Baruch Baigel

Other key lawyers:

Yisrael Hiller; Elliot Lister

Testimonials

‘I worked closely in an International Arbitration case with Mr Baruch Baigel. He is one of the best attorneys I have met. He is very smart, very knowledgable, highly ethical and a very nice and kind person.’

‘Trevor Asserson & Baruch Baigel – both have excellent legal knowledge combined with a client focus and commercial sense of reality, plus excellent tactical litigation sense.’

‘The practice is unique in the breadth of knowledge of a broad cross section of legal areas and in their adaptability. They are accessible and avail to clarify complex outcomes in a relevant manner appropriate to the client. ’

‘Elliot Lister is a diligent and professional individual with skills in assisting clients on all aspects of the legal process from taking instructions to advising and engaging all participants. He has a very clear precise manner and is amiable and approachable. He clearly understands the the complexities and requirements of the not for profit sector and is able to adapt to the specific needs of the client.’

‘Assersons provide a magic circle service, but are able to offer exceptional value because they are based in Tel Aviv, where overheads are lower, and can thus charge very competitive fees. In addition, they have been able to recruit a phenomenal team of English and US qualified lawyers, who punch far above their weight.’

‘Trevor Asserson, the senior partner, has an outstanding strategic sense which he brings to bear on all his cases. Baruch Baigel is a brilliant lawyer – one of the cleverest I have ever worked with. Shimon Goldwater and Avital Berger are fantastic associates – incredibly diligent, hard working and knowledgeable.’

‘The dispute resolution team at Asserson have expertise in a very broad range of areas, encompassing private commercial work as well as regulatory disputes. In my experience of working with them, the team has shown unrivalled organisation and tenacity in preparing for an conducting litigation.’

‘Trevor Asserson has huge experience and tremendous strategic insight. He is easy to get on with, provides very clear and direct advice to his clients, and invariably secures an optimal result.’

‘Their knowledge of English law is extremely unique in Israel.’

‘Baruch Baigel is a very competent and diligent lawyer. He is kind and bright and a hard worker.’

‘Asserson’s litigation team is a small team of outstanding individuals. A client knows which lawyer he, she or it is working with, and there is direct contact with the people who are actually handling the case. This means you get direct communication with the team who are actually handling the case, which gives a great deal of confidence.’

‘Trevor Asserson is truly one of the finest litigators in England today. Baruch Baigel is an exceptional young lawyer with a huge amount of experience for a lawyer of his age.

‘The team is as strong and capable as any London based firm and compares very favourably in terms of legal ability. It is also strongly focussed on business led results.’

‘Eliot Lister and Yisrael Hiller are both partners in the team. They are hard working, good lawyers and commercially minded.’

‘Great technical ability, long experience coupled with intelligence and understanding of where the opposition is coming from.’

‘Trevor Asserson- skilled in both strategy and tactics. Yisroel hiller- master of any brief no matter how complex the facts.

‘I am a QC who has been instructed by Assersons on numerous occasions in relation to litigation. I have worked at various times with Trevor Asserson, Baruch Baigel and Shimon Goldwater. The firm works out of Israel as a firm of English solicitors. Because of today’s communications it provides a seamless service and is not substantially different to a firm of solicitors based in London but it charges significantly lower rates.’

‘Trevor Asserson: He was a partner in leading London firms for some 20 years or more. Huge commercial experience. Very good with clients. Baruch Baigel: Incredibly bright. One of the stars of the future. Also hugely personable and commercially sensible. Shimon Goldwater: Relatively junior. Very hardworking with a sound understanding of the relevant legal principles.’

‘This legal team works on a huge range of cases and offers a genuine one stop shop for dispute resolution; it has hugely experienced operators who aim above all to deliver value for outcome. For a comparatively small team they punch hugely above their weight, and appear in all manner of higher court tribunals and international arbitrations. They are a results driven efficient group that compares favourably to all competitors. They are very good at what they do.’

‘Yisrael Hiller (partner) is an outstanding litigator; he is super smart, and always sees the bigger picture in any dispute. He is tough but collaborative and hugely effective at getting results in difficult cases Baruch Baigel (partner) is equally outstanding; he has an incredible attention to detail and the judgment to enable him to take the benefit of that level of understanding. Trevor Asserson (senior partner): exceptional strategist and hugely effective negotiator; you want him on your side.’

‘Key capabilities: negotiations for a settlement, ability to understand technically complicated case and “translate” it to the arbitrator.’

‘Comprehension of difficult technical industry-specific issues.’

Key clients

Benjamin Steinmetz

Alexander Mayr

Renate Blauel

The Vinyl Factory

Elmfind Limited; Albany Homes International Limited; Albany (West Heath Place) Limited

East-West German Real Estate Holding

Blanefield Aviation Ltd; Old Sarum Airfield Ltd

Mr Ioan Tecar

Meshi Cosmetics Industries, Ltd

Agudas Yisroel Housing Association

Brian Maccaba

rian Maccaba

FISCHER (FBC & Co.)

FISCHER (FBC & Co.) is especially strong in mediation proceedings, representing multinational clients such as Google and Huawei in disputes relating to distribution agreements and advertising. In a significant development, the firm was recently instructed by the Knesset to advise on a mediation regarding construction. The team is also active in the international arbitration field, frequently advising on issues related to infrastructure and energy projects. Reuven Behar  is an 'outstanding mediator' and leads the department alongside Gil Orion, who combines expertise in mediation with a broad class actions and derivative suits practice.

Practice head(s):

Reuven Behar; Gil Orion

Other key lawyers:

Tamar Turjeman-Kedem; Oded Revivo

Testimonials

‘Reuven (Robbie) Behar is highly experienced commercial attorney. Robbie is sophisticated on the one hand and is able to simplify matters on the other hand. He’s easygoing, pleasant and a man with charm. Robbie is creative and can think out of the box. He is one of my favourite mediators and arbitrators. I will use his services again and recommend him to my colleagues.’

‘Reuven Behar is very talented, clever and effective mediator.’

‘I worked with Reuven Behar and I believe he is an outstanding mediator. He runs the mediation in a pleasant manner. He is quick to understand the respective interests of the parties and to suggest solutions that would be acceptable to both sides.’

Key clients

Google Ireland Limited

Air France/KLM, Iberia

The Knesset

Shuval EyalLeisrael Ltd.

ABB Ltd and ABB Technologies Inc.

Ashtrom Group

Assa Abloy and Mul-T-Lock

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC)

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 a member of the global Huawei Group, in mediation proceedings regarding a dispute with a distributor in Israel and in the Palestinian Authority.
  • Representing a joint venture of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and Danya Cebus in an international arbitration arising from a dispute regarding claims of disruption and delays relating to the construction of the Red Line Project in Tel Aviv metro area.
  • Representing Air France/KLM and other airlines in mediation proceedings regarding a claim by the Israeli Association of Travel Agents and travel agencies with respect to payment of commissions to the travel agents.

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman has one of the most active mediation practices in Israel, advising on a range of disputes from M&A to class actions and defamation. On the arbitration side, the firm acts as Israeli counsel in large-scale international disputes; in a recent highlight, the team worked alongside Linklaters in an LCIA arbitration following the acquisition of the PokerStars Group by Amaya Inc. Yaacov Sharvit leads the dispute resolution department and represents some of Israel's largest companies as well as international companies in the energy, telecoms and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Yaacov Sharvit

Other key lawyers:

David Zailer; Joseph Ashkenazi; Saar Pauker

Key clients

Facebook

Israel Electric Company Ltd. (IEC)

CityPass Ltd.

LG Electronics Inc.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporations

Citibank, N.A.

Mark Scheinberg

Work highlights

  • Representing Israel Electric Company in mediation proceedings concerning a $1.1 bn monetary claim filed by the IEC against Siemens, ABB and Alstom.
  • Acting for Mark Scheinberg in an LCIA arbitration for the amount of approximately $1bn. The dispute between the parties arises from the acquisition of the PokerStars Group by Amaya Inc.
  • Acting for LG in a class action involving the widespread malfunction in several series of devices. The mediation in the case led to a settlement which was complex due to the interrelations between the various class actions, the pending individual claims by parallel importers, and the cross implications to other proceedings worldwide.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries is heavily involved in complex and sensitive mediation proceedings, handling disputes involving class actions, joint ventures and distribution agreements. The firm also has a strong international arbitration practice, having acted for domestic corporate clients before various tribunals including the ICC, CRCICA, ICSID, and PCA, as well as ad-hoc proceedings. The 'extremely versatile' Jacob Enoch uses his experience in M&A and corporate transactions to advise on arbitrations regarding large infrastructure and construction projects, in addition to acting as an arbitrator in disputes under ICC rules.

Practice head(s):

Jacob Enoch

Testimonials

‘We are a publicly traded company with international operations. We use Firon exclusively for all our legal needs. They are absolutely the only legal partner we are willing to consider. Sophisticated, fast as lightning, innovative, problem solvers with a can do attitude.’

‘Jacob Enoch – extremely versatile. Being the famous deal maker that he is it is surprising he is also a top tier litigator and the number one guy in Israel for international arbitration. He is handling a huge case for us, regarding a project in the Dutch Antilles, mostly in an ICC arbitration in Amsterdam but with certain aspects before the Israeli courts. He is phenomenal. Sees 10 steps ahead. Anat Regev – an excellent associate.’

‘The team, led by Jacob Enoch is very professional and attentive to the client’s queries and requests.’

‘The leading partner, Jacob Enoch, navigated the case professionally and confidently. He was very responsive and attentive to our queries.’

‘I came across Jacob Enoch who is an excellent arbitration expert and very impressive counsel.’

‘Israel does not have many firms with real international arbitration capabilities. Firon are true experts, on oar with the best international firms. First class.’

‘Jacob Enoch – clearly the number 1 Israeli authority on international arbitration. He structured an out of the box strategy for our case which is extremely effective. ’

‘I have chosen Firon to handle an international dispute that I have, because of their prominence in both local litigation and international arbitration, as my matter involves both. I was right to choose them. Out of the box thinkers, work around the clock and as professional as they come.’

‘Jacob Enoch – a brilliant sophisticated litigator. The most highly regarded international arbitration practitioner in Israel. an obvious, easy, choice for any case involving international arbitration or any international aspects at all.’

‘We are a boutique law firm. Firon (Jacob Enoch) is who we approach when we need assistance.’

‘A market leader in international arbitration and mediation, and a feared litigator, we approached Jacob Enoch to lead a huge class action. He brilliantly litigated and negotiated and reached an outstanding result.’

Key clients

C. Mer

The Olympic Committee of Israel

Ashtrom Group

Ms. Lily Levy

Kidma

Jacobson Agencies Ltd.

Autoker Holdings Zrt.

Work highlights

  • Representing C. Mer in a  $18.5m ICC arbitration in Amsterdam, regarding a telecom infrastructure project in Dutch Sint Maarten.
  • Representing Kidma in a $17.5m ICC arbitration regarding the termination of Kidma’s agreement with Still as the exclusive Israeli distributor for its trucks.
  • Representing the Olympic Committee in a claim against the Tel Aviv Municipality which was settled by mediation.

Meitar Law Offices

The 'well-organised, structured and very experienced team' at Meitar Law Offices has a strong track record of handling complex, high value mediations across a range of areas. The firm also has an extensive arbitration practice,  representing individuals and businesses in ICC proceedings regarding construction and M&A. Israel Leshem operates a broad dispute resolution practice, acting for Israel's largest companies and banks in class actions and litigation in addition to arbitration matters. Besides representing parties in disputes, Eyal Rosovsky has recently served as co-arbitrator in a dispute under ICC rules involving antitrust and contractual issues.

Practice head(s):

Israel Leshem

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘I have been working closely with Nadav Weisman in several of cases. Nadav is an excellent attorney who has the perfect combination between strategical abilities and wide and deep legal knowledge.’

‘Well organised, structured and very experienced team. Can do attitude and deep insight into processes, politics, and legal aspects. Highly qualified firm.’

‘Sharp, disciplined, structured legal professionals. Fast and willing to fully understand the client. Flexible and very adaptable to changing circumstances.’

Key clients

Alstom Transportation

Siemens AG

Bazan- Oil Refineries Ltd.

IBM

eWave

Ness Technologies

Israel Government Tourism Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Siemens in a claim filed by the Israeli Electric Corp. and a class action filed on behalf of Israeli electricity consumers, both alleging Siemens participated in a global cartel for gas insulated switchgear.
  • Representing Alstom Transport SA, a French multinational company, in arbitration proceedings with NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd., a government owned company, in connection with the design and implementation of the mass transit system project in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
  • Representing Alstom in arbitration proceedings with the Government of Israel regarding the prolongation and disruption in connection with the Jerusalem Light Train, one of the largest and most complicated infrastructure projects ever carried out in Israel.

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) represents corporations from across the world in arbitration proceedings relating to construction, healthcare and aviation. In a recent highlight, the firm represented Abengoa S.A in a Geneva-based arbitration in connection with a construction project in Israel. Gideon Weinbaum has a broad dispute resolution practice, which includes acting in arbitration proceedings located both in Israel and overseas. Amnon Epstein  is recommended for a range of litigation and arbitration matters.

Practice head(s):

Gideon Weinbaum; Amnon Epstein

Key clients

Abengoa S.A.

Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG

Assicurazioni Generali

Council of Bureaux

Egis Rail

Fresenius Medical Care Israel Ltd.

Madanes Insurance Agency Ltd.

MGM Grand

Milad Aviation

Raimondi Cranes SPA

Scholpp GmbH and Reifenhauser Reicofil GmbH & Co. KG

Suunto Oy

Tahal

Topdanmark

Unidress

Veridis

William Hill

Monarch

Timon

Daflog

Iskoor

Work highlights

  • Representing Fresenius in an international arbitration in Israel in respect to alleged breaches of warranties and representations under a share purchase agreement.
  • Represented Abengoa, a Spanish multi-corporation, in an international arbitration claim submitted against it by Dead Sea Works, an Israeli company, in relation to the performance by Abengoa of a construction project in Israel.

Weiss, Porat & Co

Weiss, Porat & Co focuses on assisting clients with cross-border disputes, and has particular expertise in representing Asian companies in mediation proceedings based in Israel. The international credentials of the team are underpinned by the array of foreign  language skills, which include Japanese, Spanish, German and Czech. Founding partner Zeev Weiss leads the practice and is experienced in representing foreign and Israeli clients in commercial litigation and international arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Zeev Weiss

Other key lawyers:

Eylam Weiss; Arie Reich

Testimonials

‘The team is highly professional and efficient in dealing with the legal issues, and is devoted to try every possible means for purpose of serving clients’ best interests.’

‘Eylam Weiss has proved to be an outstanding professional who is not only an expert in the concerned practice area, but also knows what client and co-counsel need well, and had dedicated to provide the best service to client.’

‘Weiss, Porat has excellent knowledge and experience of representing clients (both domestic (Israeli) and foreign) in international arbitration. They have a profound knowledge of commercial, contract and company law which they are able to deploy successfully for clients involved in complex disputes.’

‘Weiss Porat are meticulous in their analysis of cases and their preparation for hearings. That attention to detail results in a flawlessly presented cases that delivers positive results for the client.’

‘Zeev Weiss and Elam Weiss, both of whom exemplify the qualities.’

Key clients

ST Engineering Telematics Wireless

NTT Electronics

Junjin Heavy Industries

National organisation 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

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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

Work highlights

  • Representing ST Engineering Telematics Wireless in a $22m ICC arbitration against a Chinese client.
  • Representing Junjin in an arbitration against an Israeli distributor.
  • Representing MAJ Co, Ltd. in mediation proceedings in Israel.