Dispute resolution: mediation and international arbitration in Israel
Goldfarb Seligman & Co. has 'extensive experience representing heavyweight clients in international arbitration and mediation'. The firm brings together 'an impressive knowledge of international laws' and a 'strong focus on litigation' to 'achieve the best possible results for its clients'. Key figures in the department include Eli Zohar, Daphna Kapeliuk and Zvi Bar-Nathan, who is 'an outstanding arbitrator with a superb legal mind'; the three regularly handle disputes involving multinational infrastructure projects, cross-border service contracts, international trade and shareholder issues, taking place under arbitral rules including LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL. The team is particularly active in international construction and infrastructure disputes, where it often represents clients in disputes with foreign governments, and is also increasingly involved in disputes between Israeli entities, as international arbitration becomes more attractive to Israeli companies.
Gornitzky & Co. is 'an excellent Israeli law firm with good international connections' and 'experience going up against some of the world's top-tier firms'. The team is particularly active in LCIA and ICC arbitrations involving disputes in the construction and infrastructure sectors. A key figure in the practice group is Eli Cohen, who is representing the owner of an Israeli power plant in UNCITRAL proceedings concerning a dispute with the EPC contractor. Additionally, Cohen and recently promoted partner Nir Keidar enjoyed recent success in a high-value ICC arbitration where the team acted as lead counsel in a dispute involving the construction of the largest private power plant in Israel. The litigation department is headed by Ofer Tzur, who specialises in international litigation and mediation. Associate Nuna Lerner joined the firm in 2018, having previously worked in the dispute resolution team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's London office.
M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries
M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries is considered by some clients to have 'one of the very best arbitration teams in Israel'. Led by 'a brilliant arbitrator' in Jacob Enoch, the department has had notable wins in CRCICA and ICC arbitrations involving disputes in the energy, real estate and defence sectors. Also of note, in 2019 Enoch was appointed as the Israeli member of the International Court of Arbitration at the ICC. Another name to note is Niv Sever, whose client East Mediterranean Gas was recently granted its final award following a long-running international arbitration concerning a natural gas supply contract.
Asserson Law Offices is 'a top-quality niche practice' with 'first-class international outlook and strategic abilities'. Unique in the Israeli market, the firm practices English law and specialises in international arbitration and UK litigation. The international arbitration practice is headed by Baruch Baigel, who has experience in ICC proceedings and particular expertise with LCIA arbitration. Indeed, Baigel serves as Israel's first-ever regional representative at the LCIA, and is often asked to provide English-law arbitration advice to other Israeli law firms. Also recommended is Elliot Lister, 'a meticulous lawyer and a convincing advocate'; Lister is engaged in a multi-jurisdictional LCIA dispute, and is also involved in an an hoc arbitration involving an aborted construction project. Other key figures include Yisroel Hiller and Trevor Asserson, who heads the practice group.
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co has a diverse litigation practice with extensive experience in high-value mediation proceedings. A key figure in the team is Gil Orion, who leads a team that is representing ABB in a consolidated multibillion-shekel claim that was referred to mediation; the claim started as two separate claims concerning ABB's involvement in an international cartel. Also in mediation, Orion is acting for the founders and former controlling shareholders of Cohen Development & Industrial Buildings in relation to a dispute concerning the sale of company control to Delek Group. Further, Reuven Behar has experience serving as an arbitrator under ICC rules, and regularly acts as a mediator in domestic and international mediation proceedings. Ayana Neumann and Shalom Hershkovitz were made partners in 2018.
Herzog Fox & Neeman is 'a domestic Israeli firm that provides the quality of service of an international law firm' and thus the firm is 'recognised globally for its capabilities in international arbitration'. Headed by Yaacov Sharvit, the litigation team is representing a European private company in a series of LCIA arbitrations regarding a shareholder dispute. David Zailer is acting for a German company in relation to arbitration proceedings at the Israeli Institute of Commercial Arbitration regarding an international distribution dispute. Also recommended is Joseph Ashkenazi, who is representing a client in ICC proceedings regarding a distribution relationship. Ashkenazi also advises clients in mediation, which includes representing Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) in a matter concerning NIS3.8bn claim by IEC against Siemens, ABB Group and Alstom arising out of the defendants' participation in a global cartel.
In the eyes of some clients, Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices fields 'Israel's litigation dream team'. 'Efficient and practical', the team is often involved in high-value cross-border disputes, where it has particular expertise in mediation and also handles ICC arbitration. Adv Israel Leshem and Adv Nadav Weisman are representing Alstom Transportation Israel in mediation proceedings with the Government of Israel in relation to disruptions in the development of the Jerusalem Light Rail, and Adv Or Baron Gil represented Amdocs in mediation involving the misappropriation of trade secrets, which was settled in 2018. The team is also involved in a number of ICC proceedings for clients in the infrastructure and medical devices industries. Also recommended is Eyal Rosovsky, who has experience in a range of litigious proceedings and has experience acting as an arbitrator in international disputes.
Granot Speiser Law Office has experience handling ICC arbitrations and mediation involving commercial claims and shareholder disputes, construction and project development disputes, and insurance-sector disputes. A key figure in the team is Shai Sharvit, who was appointed as a representative of Israel on the task force on emergency ICC arbitration provisions. Sharvit is also representing a European company in ICC proceedings involving a disputed energy project. Shai Granot heads the litigation group and also has experience in ADR, including mediation.
Schulman & Charish Law Group
Schulman & Charish Law Group is a boutique international arbitration and litigation firm headed by Eli Schulman, who is admitted to practice in Israel and the US and has particular experience in ICC and ICDR (American Association of Arbitration) proceedings. Schulman successfully defended an Israeli client in arbitration proceedings with a US investment bank; following the decision, Schulman also represented the client in enforcement litigation in US courts.
Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. has experience with mediation and international arbitration, and the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Joseph Benkel, who joined the firm through a 2018 merger, is representing Sorek Desalination and its constituent partners in UNCITRAL proceedings with its Swiss supplier. Shmuel Galinka is acting for F. Robotics Acquisitions in international arbitration proceedings with an Austrian counter-party regarding a breach of a distribution agreement between the two companies.