Dispute resolution: class actions (including derivative actions) in Israel

Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co.

A heavyweight in the class actions field, Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co. regularly represents large domestic and international defendant clients in some of Israel's biggest disputes relating to banking, securities, consumer protection and the environment, in addition to a variety of derivative suits. The group is particularly noteworthy for its work in antitrust matters; name partner Zvi Agmon acts for major energy companies in matters relating to price fixing and abuse of monopoly. Yoav Hirsh defends banks, credit card companies and insurance companies in a range of disputes.

Practice head(s):

Zvi Agmon; Uri Sorek; Tal Mayshar

Other key lawyers:

Dror Savransky; Yoav Hirsh; Zeev Gutreich

Testimonials

‘Adv. Agmon is one of Israel’s top litigators.’

‘Adv. Agmon – Sharp, persuasive, clear and direct.’

Adv. Meishar – Hard working and consistence.

Key clients

Noble Energy Mediterranean

Harel

Hitachi Inc.

Isracard Ltd.

Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL)

Bank Hapoalim Ltd.

Veridis Environment

Sha’are Zedek Medical Center

Delek Group

Israel Builders Association

Itay Pinkas Arad and 60 others

The International Bank

Work highlights

  • Representing Delek Group in two motions to certify a class action.
  • Advising partners of the Tamar gas field partnership (the world’s largest natural gas discovery in 2009) in a motion to certify a class action pertaining to the price of natural gas in Israel.
  • Representing Itay Pinkas Arad and 60 others in a lawsuit against the state of Israel by 30 gay couples who performed surrogacy procedures abroad.

Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co.

A market leader in the class actions and derivatives field, Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co. 'provides the best service in the market' to large multinationals and major domestic companies from a variety of industries in a full range of disputes. The group stands out for its work in consumer protection, having defended Bezeq in a number of disputes relating to mis-sold products and overcharging. Founding partner Giora Erdinast leads the litigation team and represents international technology companies in antitrust disputes, while Ran Sprinzak specialises in securities issues.

Practice head(s):

Giora Erdinast

Other key lawyers:

Ran Sprinzak; Tomer Weissman; Hadas Bekel

Testimonials

‘EBN represents “yes” for the last twenty years and provides excellent and seasoned service. It not only provides excellent legal services but also advises on the business aspects of the class actions and knows when to pursue a judgment and when to pursue a settlement and to achieve the best settlement possible. In my opinion, based on working with other firms, EBN provides the best service in the market ’

‘EBN’s services are rendered mainly by Giora Erdinast and Hadas Bekel. Giora is one of Israel’s top litigators with special expertise in the field of class action. He combines his expertise with deep knowledge of the regulatory regime and deep understanding of the business needs of “yes”. Hadas represents clients in the field of class action for over 25 years and has a deep knowledge with this field. She has the ability to know from the start the direction that should be taken in regard to each class action and the ability to reach the result expected. She combines the ability to see the “big picture” with the ability to be hands on with every detail of the case. When she thinks a case has no merit she will fight it to end including in the supreme court in order to achieve the result expected.’

‘They are very thorough, eloquent in their arguments (both orally and in writing), confident at courts in a way that makes judges listen, logical in their counsels.’

‘They are very thorough, eloquent in their arguments (both orally and in writing), confident at courts in a way that makes judges listen, logical in their counsels.’

‘EBN’s litigation practice is excellent. They have a killer instinct in the courtroom and tremendous negotiation skills. Their rates are at the top of the market but their advice is priceless!’

‘Our primary contact is Giora Erdinast. He is a tremendous litigator. Super-smart, knowledgeable and trustworthy. I know that if I ever need assistance dealing with the most complex issues -Giora is the person to go to!’

Key clients

Dyson Limited

Rami Levy Chain Stores Hashikma Marketing 2006 Ltd.

Boiron SA

Shahal Medical Services Ltd.

Vet-Magen For Pets (1997) Ltd.

The Israel Electric Corporation

Medtronic Trading Inc. and Medtronic Inc.

Bezeq the Israeli Telecommunication Corp Ltd. (TASE: BEZQ)

PwC Israel

Israel Chemicals Ltd., Dead Sea Works Ltd. and its former officers

Yelin Lapidot Holdings Management Ltd.

Halman Aldubi Provident and Pension Funds Ltd.

Former Directors and Officers of IDB and of Discount Investment Corporation

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

Sonol Israel Ltd.

Israel Aerospace Industries

Nesher – Israel Cement Enterprises Ltd.

Financial Justice Association

Opko Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK, TASE: OPK); Opko Biologics Ltd.

Africa Israel Investments Ltd. & its directors

Extra Holdings Ltd. and Mr. Moti Ben Moshe

Apex Issuances Ltd.

Mey-Eden Bar – First Class Service Ltd. and Pauza Coffee Services Ltd.

Egged Taavura Ltd.

Nisko Industries (1992) Ltd. and its parent

Work highlights

  • Representing former directors and officers of IDB, one of the largest holding companies in Israel, on a series of complex derivative actions. The actions dealt with a variety of issues – corporate governance, dividend distribution, acquisitions, accounting treatment in financial reports and more.
  • Representation of D.B.S. Satellite Services (1998) Ltd.‬ (commercially known as “yes”), a leading telecoms company and the sole provider of satellite television in Israel, in all class action suits filed against it.
  • Representing Qualcomm in a class action suit filed against it, alleging that Qualcomm violated antitrust laws, particularly in patent license markets, while harming competition and consumers.

FISCHER (FBC & Co.)

FISCHER (FBC & Co.) utilises its 'out-of-the-box thinking' to defend many of the world's largest multinational companies against class actions in a broad range of areas, including antitrust, securities and consumer protection. The group strengthened its client base even further in 2020, with instructions from Facebook, Paypal and Fiverr International. Gil Orion and Orit Malka co-lead the practice; the former represents tech companies in data privacy disputes, while the latter handles substantial derivative suits in the oil and gas field. Ronald Lehmann leads the international team. Jana Rabinovich provides additional support at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Gil Orion; Orit Malka

Other key lawyers:

Ronald Lehmann; Yael Riemer; Tal Wiesengrun; Michal Sela; Jana Rabinovich

Testimonials

‘Good team work, very professional, capable to research and deal with complex issues. Talented team members, and capability to very high standard of legal writing and court appearance.’

‘Adv. Dr. Gil Orion is exceptional and outstanding litigator. Incredibly smart, very knowledgeable and capable of top performance at court sessions. He is capable of arguing in a classic manner, that even tough judges respect. One of the top in the country. Adv. Yael Riemer is an up- and coming new partner, who is showing great promise and capabilities. Sophisticated and showing managerial skill with her team. Available and responsive, bringing thought and consideration to the case. Excellent English skills as well.

‘I can only say my praise for the excellent legal advice and results I have received from FBC. I have always been given full & true well balanced evaluation of the chances of the cases brought to them, including clear points of strength and weakness. they are good listeners with great intelligent ability to “dig” helpful information, relevant to the case and ask profound questions.’

‘Adv. Yael Riemer and her team were always attentive and available , quick yet thorough in their replies and always rolled out the whole picture, so we can reach a mutual decision which will serve the case best. I personally value Adv. Yael Riemer as highly intelligent and professional. one who is involved in every detail and knows exactly when to be cordial and when the “gloves” ought to be taken off in court… well mannered yet assertive! Her evaluations materialized to the fullest.

‘Very competent. straight forward. ability to coordinate between different law firms.’

‘Shai Zadik: understands the big picture, knows how to deal with complex material, very deep understanding about the procedures, ability to coordinate different law firms.’

‘The FBC team is very active in forming the right strategy to win the actions, including out of the box thinking, diligent fact finding and documentation as well as well written arguments.’

‘Dr Gil Orion – a scholar, very smart , very sophisticated at the same time sensitive human-being.’

‘Excellent team with in depth legal understanding.’

Key clients

Facebook

Fiverr International

Israel Discount Bank

PayPal

Lufthansa

IDE Technologies

DHL Express

Google

Intel Corporation

Perrigo Company

ABB Ltd; ABB Technologies Inc.

Ford Motor Company

Takata Corporation

Airbnb

Hyundai Motor Company

Kia Motor Company

Samsung Electronics

Bezeq – The Israeli Communication Company

Mizrahi Tefahot Bank

Starwood West Limited

Tamar Petroleum Ltd.

Delta Airlines

British Airways

Tower Semiconductor Ltd.

Delek Drilling L.P.

HOT Telecommunication Systems

First International Bank of Israel

Sonol Israel

OPC Energy

Work highlights

  • Representation of Google in class actions claiming unlawful collection of data and personal information via the Google Ads and YouTube platforms.
  • Representation of PayPal in class actions regarding foreign exchange conversion policy and accessibility issues on its website for Israeli customers.
  • Representation of Samsung Electronics in various class action cases (totalling hundreds of millions of US$) in which it is argued that it was part of an alleged global cartel.

Gornitzky & Co.

Capable of advising on the full spectrum of class actions matters, Gornitzky & Co. has developed a reputation as a market leader in banking and securities actions, in addition to derivative claims. The group is often instructed by Israel's largest banks to defend claims relating to tax charges and commissions. Firm chairman Pinhas Rubin and Ofer Tzur lead the team, which is also a go-to name in the insurance sector; the firm has recently been representing some of the country's largest insurers in actions relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Pinhas Rubin; Ofer Tzur

Other key lawyers:

Maya Sabari; Harel Shaham; Noam Ronen

Testimonials

‘I am very pleased with them. They are very professional. They look on the “big picture” and that is very important when dealing with class action.’

‘The class and derivative actions practice can and does consult a diverse and extensive range of partners from other law areas. Flexible billing always ready to accommodate. The firm has a strong business -commercial practice which assists in dealing with relevant class/derivative claims’

‘Professional. Eager to win.’

Key clients

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) (TASE: IFF) Frutarom Industries Inc.

IDB Holding Corporation Ltd.

Israel Chemicals Ltd.

Shikun & Binui Ltd.

Poalim IBI Investment House.

Hagag Real Estate Development Group Ltd.

Herodium Investments Ltd. et al (formerly Intercolony Investments Ltd.)

Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. (TASE: HARL)

Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings Ltd. (TASE: CLIS)

Work highlights

  • Advised IFF, Frutarom Industries Inc. and certain office holders in two motions for the certification of securities class actions.
  • Advising Shikun & Binui Ltd.  in proceedings related to one of Israel’s largest bribery Investigations.
  • Advised Israel Chemicals Israel Ltd. in a request to file a derivative claim by a shareholder in the company claiming that bonuses paid to company officers exceeded the remuneration policy approved by the general meeting.

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Highly capable in all areas of class actions work, Herzog Fox & Neeman stands out for its outstanding work relating to technology and privacy. The group advises headline names including Facebook in multiple claims related to the use of user data, in addition to e-commerce companies and payment platforms on currency conversion and overcharging disputes. Yaacov Sharvit  leads the dispute resolution department, while David Zailer focuses on representing defendants in class actions relating to pharmaceuticals, food products and environmental pollution.

Practice head(s):

Yaacov Sharvit

Other key lawyers:

David Zailer; Joseph Ashkenazi; Shai Kagan; Itzhak Shragay

Testimonials

‘Herzog is our to go firm in Israel. They are simply the best in their market. Their advice is always thorough but also pragmatic. They really need what a client wants to achieve.’

‘Yoshi Ashkenazi is an excellent litigator: he is very intelligent and knows when he needs to be aggressive. When we have a case that we definitely want to win, we go to him.’

‘This is a top law firm. The quality of the professionals, the level of knowledge, the understanding of client business and needs, and the support to clients is of the highest standards.’

‘David Zailer is our point of reference. He is the perfect lawyer, always available, understanding the business needs, always prepared and balanced.’

Key clients

Facebook

Israel Electric Corporation (IEC)

Deutsche Bank

Daimler AG

Next

J.P Morgan

Netflix

PepsiCo

Subaru

LG

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd

eBay

Pfizer

Yahoo

ASOS

Alibaba

PayPal

Globrands Agencies 2007 Ltd

Ashdod Port Company LTD

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Under Armour

Heintz

DAF Trucks N.V.

Philips

Viagogo

Verifone

HP

Hyunday CNF

Lenovo

Premium Confectionary & Trading Company Ltd.

Harel Insurance Company Ltd.

Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd.

CityPass Ltd.

Migdal Insurance Company Ltd.

Adler Real Estate Aktiengesellschaft

Via Maris Desalination Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Facebook in eight pending class actions in Israel.
  • Represent Deutsche Bank AG in two pending class actions in Israel.
  • Representing PepsiCo in a class action that was filed in connection with the acquisition of SodaStream by PepsiCo Inc. for $3.2bn.

Meitar Law Offices

Meitar Law Offices continues to secure a significant share of class actions work and acts for some of the largest companies in both the domestic and international markets in matters ranging from securities disputes to product liability. The firm is particularly active in the antitrust field, having recently represented Siemens in an action following an announcement by the Israeli Antitrust Authority of the existence of a cartel in the gas turbine sector. Practice head Israel Leshem has experience representing Israel's largest banks, while Nadav Weisman combines his class actions practice with expertise in white-collar litigation.

Practice head(s):

Israel Leshem

Other key lawyers:

Nadav Weisman; Eyal Rosovsky; Ron Peleg; Liran Bar-Shalom; Adi Fremder

Testimonials

‘Nadav Weisman and his team are very professional with high level of service.’

‘Reli Leshem, Nadav Weisman and their team are very professional and helpful.’

‘Fast thinking, Deep understanding of facts and technical background; well-reasoned and practical legal advice.’

‘Ronnie Peleg + Ronen Ziv: both with a very practical approach; good way to present legal advice; open argumentation; quick understanding of facts.’

Key clients

Siemens

Bayer Israel Ltd.; Bayer Schering Pharma AG; Perrigo Israel Agencies Ltd.

Renault Group

Philip Morris International Inc. and affiliated companies

LinkedIn Corporation, LinkedIn Ireland

Expedia Inc. and Hotels.com Volkswagen Group

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

UPS Inc. and UPS Worldwide

Citigroup

Bezeq the Israeli Telecommunications Corp. Ltd.

Volkswagen Group

Bank of Jerusalem

Work highlights

  • Representation of Siemens in both a class action and a civil action filed by IEC, alleging a cartel in the gas turbines business and seeking damages in the amount of $1.2bn.
  • Representing Philip Morris International Inc. and affiliated companies in a class action certification motion alleging that the defendants adversely exploited their dominant position as a monopoly in the Israeli market to charge unfairly high prices for cigarettes.
  • Defending Volkswagen AG and Audi AG in nine class actions concerning the EA 189 diesel engine claims

Ronen Adini & Co

Ronen Adini & Co's practice represents claimants in many of Israel's most significant class actions, with expertise ranging from securities and antitrust to consumer protection. The firm also handles high-profile derivative suits, recently representing a minority shareholder of Discount Investment Corporation in a dispute following the acquisition of Maariv Newspaper. Name partner Ronen Adini is 'an exceptional litigator' with vast experience bringing claims against Israel's largest companies; in a recent highlight, Adini represented the lead claimant in a class action against Bezeq regarding the company misleading investors following the implementation of reforms introduced by the Ministry of Communications

Practice head(s):

Ronen Adini

Testimonials

‘Ronen provides professional service through personal relationship.’

‘Integrity and direct connection.’

‘The team around Adv Adini is efficient, service oriented with high quality of legal minds.’

‘Ronen Adini is really an exceptional litigator. very proactive, resourceful, very assertive in court. In one word- powerful.’

Key clients

Mr. Gil Amid – Shareholder of Bezeq

Altshuler Shaham

Mr. Ronen Shayary

Ms. Einav Vaknin

Mr. Oded Loeble

Mr. Reuven Milman

O.E.D.A. Liad Holdings (2006) Ltd.

Mr. Rami Kliot

Mr. Ron Nagar and Mr. David Ben Naim

Mr. Dror Amiram

Mr. Zohar Uzdin

Mr. Ady Klaus, Mr. Nir Mordoch And Mr. Vlad Gorshomov

Mr. Erez Theodoro and Ms. Wang Tiponghong

Mr. Amiram Deutch and Mr. Shmuel Rosenbaum

Mr. Guy Golan

Mr. Avishai Naftaly

Mr. David Aberzon

Mr. Ron Semucha

Mrs. Ira Bar

Work highlights

  • Represented the lead claimant against Bezeq, in a NIS2bn class action on behalf of public shareholders, for misleading investors by hiding negative information about the implementation of the reform of the Ministry of Communications.
  • Representing the public shareholders of Bezeq in a NIS0.5bn derivative suit, with regards to the Yes transaction, a huge Israeli transaction in which Bezeq purchased the Yes satellite company, under the claim that the acquisition of Yes from Shaul Elovitch (the controlling shareholder of Bezeq and YES) is a depriving transaction, which only benefits the controlling shareholder.
  • Representing the lead claimant in the derivative suit against DIC and its controlling shareholder, Mr. Nochi Dankner, regarding the acquisition of Maariv Newspaper.

S. Horowitz & Co

With a longstanding reputation as a market leader in all types of litigation, S. Horowitz & Co attracts large companies based both within Israel and internationally seeking representation in class actions relating to product liability, antitrust and banking. The group is also heavily involved in the pharmaceutical sector, acting for Teva in both derivative actions and class actions regarding reporting duties and the disclosure of information. Key practitioners Hagai Doron and Uriel Prinz represent numerous vehicle manufacturers in claims regarding their products, while Alex Hertman represents investment companies in both derivative and class actions. Gitit Levin Grinberg is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Yehoshua Horesh; Alex Hertman; Hagai Doron

Other key lawyers:

Uriel Prinz; Asaf Rentsler; Gitit Levin Grinberg; Noam Zamir

Key clients

Dexcel Pharma Ltd.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TASE: TEVA)

Google LLC. (NASDAQ: GOOG), (as well as Waze Mobile Ltd.)

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

PSA Group

Honda Motor Co. Ltd.

Toyota Motor Corporation

Maccabi Health Services

British Airways Plc (LN:99 IAG)

Israel Electric Corporation (TASE:ELEC)

Paz Oil Company Ltd. (TASE:PZOL)

Arison Investments Ltd.

Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG) and Procter & Gamble Israel (NYSE: PG)

Scania AB

Barclays Bank plc

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line)

Danfoss A/S

Sharp Corporation

Booking.com. B.V. (NASDAQ: BKNG)

Bank Discount Le’Israel (TASE: DSCT).

IDB Development Corporation Ltd. (TASE: IDB) & Discount Investment Corporation Ltd. (TASE: DIC).

AIG Europe Limited and AIG Europe (Services) Limited (NYSE: AIG)

The Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd

Sanofi Aventis (Euronext Paris: SAN) (NASDAQ: SNY)

Yedioth Aharonot

Work highlights

  • Acting for Teva in 13 different suits, including both derivative actions and class actions, in many different subjects.
  • Acting for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in seven different motions to certify as a class action filed against it. Six of the motions concerning defects allegedly existing in vehicles manufactured by it, and another one concerning the matter of preforming recalls for parallel import.
  • Representing the Israel Electric Corporation (“IEC”) in multiple motions to certify as a class action against it.

Tadmor Levy & Co.

Tadmor Levy & Co. is equipped to handle a range of class actions including those relating to the food industry, credit cards and e-commerce. Banking is another area of strength for the team, having recently represented Bank Hapoalim in defending a motion to certify an action alleging that an online trading system operated by the bank displayed outdated information. Practice head Yechiel Kasher is 'a real go-to guy', handling all of the firm's most significant cases with a particular focus on antitrust issues, having handled follow-on class actions in relation to cartel declarations.

Practice head(s):

Yechiel Kasher

Other key lawyers:

Ofer Shoval

Testimonials

‘Tadmor-Levy’s team is very professional, dedicated, always study a case thoroughly and are giving an honest advice, even when it means no gain for them, something I didnt see in many other practices. ’

‘Ofer Levy is a very experienced lawyer, enjoys a vast knowledge, is down-to-earth and practical. Yechiel Kasher is a brilliant litigator. ’

‘Strong commitment ,very knowledgeable ,good working practices within the team’

‘Personal service ,informal relationship, availability 24/7’

‘Tadmor firm is a great litigation firm. The team “dives” into a case, learns all relevant aspects, and afterwards writes the claims in a full and readable way. Tadmor especially stands out for its pleading ability – the claims are made in a very convincing way and counter claims are answered with wise and thoughtful answers . ’

‘Yechiel Kasher is a great litigator.’

‘Tadmor has a strong group of professionals that bring the full range of aspects to the table. From caselaw, analysis to litigation and strategy. They are very good as individuals and work together great as one team across different departments of the firm.’

‘Yachiel Kasher is just brilliant. Very experienced, very smart, creative and with intimate knowledge of what works with each judge. He asks the right questions and is involved with all the details of each case. plus he has a solution to every problem. A real go-to guy, the best you could think of. ’

‘In depth understanding of the case material, exceptional ability to diagnose the case’s risks and chances great knowledge of the different courts/judges great litigation skills.

‘Yechiel Kasher – Very intelligent, unique litigator, fast and in depth grasp of the material and facts. Great ability to enable the client to understand the best way to handle the legal situation. Great in court, Ofer Shoval – very professional. great litigator.’

Key clients

Nestlé Nespresso S.A

Booking. Com

Max It Finance Ltd. (Formerly known as Leumi Card)

Colgate Palmolive Company

Allergan Plc

Bank Hapoalim Ltd.

Daimler AG

eBay Inc.

Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings Ltd.

Shirbit Insurance Ltd.

Assuta Medical Centers

Direct Finance Ltd.

Hagag Group (including the Yail Company), its controlling shareholders Messrs. Ido and Tzahi Hagag; and Hagag, Buchnik, Weinstein & Co. Law Offices

Kidum D.S. (Investments & Finance 1992) Ltd.

Decathlon Israel Ltd.

Sasa Cosmetics – Agricultural Cooperative Society Ltd.

Ratio Oil Exploration

D.B.S. Satellite Services (1998) Ltd. (Yes) – Mr. Mickey Neumann

Mr. Yoav Barak – former CEO of Pacifica Holdings

Metropoline Public Transportation Company Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representation of Nespresso Israel and Nestlé Nespresso S.A against a motion to certify NIS459m class actions suit filed regarding the pricing of coffee capsules.
  • Representation of Booking.com against a motion to approve a NIS111.8-120.4m class action concerning an allegedly restrictive arrangement under the Economic Competition Law, and against a second motion to approve a class action concerning an alleged breach of the Consumer Protection Law.
  • Representation of Israel’s second largest credit card company against class action proceedings, including: a motion to certify a NIS7.1bn class action filed against the company regarding restrictive arrangements; a motion to certify a NIS181m class action against Max It Finance, Bank Leumi and CAL regarding disclosure obligations towards clients; a motion to certify a NIS900m class action against all Israeli credit card companies regarding targeting senior citizens for sales calls; and a motion to certify an alleged breach of duties under the provisions of Section 10(A) of the Charge Cards Law.

Yigal Arnon & Co

Yigal Arnon & Co is an outstanding firm for class actions work, having been instructed by major domestic and international companies from the technology, telecoms, retail and transport sectors to handle a full range of issues. Product liability is a particular specialism; the team represents motor companies in disputes concerning defective and dangerous vehicles. Barak Tal is one of the most prominent names across the litigation sector, and acts for large banks in complex, high-value derivative claims. Ruth Loven is noted for data privacy and consumer rights work.

Practice head(s):

Barak Tal; Ruth Loven

Other key lawyers:

Hanital Belinson Navon; Daniel Abarbanel; Sagi Schiff

Key clients

Google LLC

BMW

Cellcom

Nike Israel Ltd.

Waze Mobile Ltd.

Brimag Digital Age Ltd.

Psagot Investment House Ltd.

Marinado Ltd.

El Al Israel Airlines (TLV: ELAL)

Leader Capital Markets Ltd., Leader Underwrites

Epsilon Investment House

The National Lottery Company (‘Mifal HaPayis’)

Bitum Ltd., Bitum Petrochemicals Industries Ltd.

Mediterranean Towers

Bank Hapoalim

Bank Leumi

Clal Insurance Company

Migdal Insurance Company

Menora Mivtachim Insurance Company Ltd

Harel Insurance Company

CAL – Israel Credit Cards Ltd.

BDO Israel

Deloitte Brightman Almagor Zohar & Co.

First International Bank Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Bank Hapoalim in various class action and derivative suits that arose due to the US investigation on alleged assistance to American clients evading tax and violating American tax laws.
  • Representing BMW AG in a series of class actions concerning product liability and alleged consumer fraud.
  • Representing Cellcom in a petition to certify a class action against it, raising key questions of first impression regarding the permissibility of geo-location data collection, processing and use for third-party’s big-data analysis, data subject consent and data export.

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary

Although it provides broad litigation coverage, Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary is particularly strong in banking class actions, representing major domestic banks such as Bank Hapoalim and Israel Discount Bank in matters relating to digital currency and discrimination in mortgage services. Environmental matters are also a specialism; the environmental group, led by Arie Neiger, handles large actions related to air pollution, pollution of water supplies and asbestos. Practice head Doron Levy also leads the firm's tax practice, while Sharon Lubezky-Hess focuses on banking matters.

Practice head(s):

Doron Levy; Arie Neiger; Sharon Lubezky Hess

Other key lawyers:

Shahar Haron

Testimonials

‘The team is very thorough and professional. The litigation team who represented me was excellent and prepared me to my cross-examination with lots of patience. The most important thing is that they fight for their clients without giving up. ’

‘I have never seen such patience and passion to the client and very high creativity in arguing the case. I was represented by Sharon Lubezky.’

Key clients

Bank Hapoalim Ltd.

Bank Leumi Le-Israel Ltd.

Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot Ltd.

Israel Discount Bank Ltd.

First International Bank of Israel Ltd.

Union Bank of Israel Ltd.

Mercantile Discount Bank Ltd.

The Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd.

Clal Pension and Provident Funds

Meitav Dash Loans Ltd.

Aeronautics Defense Systems Ltd.

Allergan Israel Ltd.

Paz Oil Company Ltd.

ICL Haifa (Formerly, Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd.)

Hadera Paper Ltd.

Bazan Group (formerly, Oil Refineries Ltd.)

Wissotzky Tea (Israel) Ltd.

Israel Chemicals Ltd. and its subsidiaries

Hod Assaf Industries Ltd.

Shemen Industries Ltd.

Haifa Port Ltd.

Frutarom Industries Ltd.

Europe Asia Pipeline Co. Ltd.

NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd.

Tnuva Cooperative Society

Israel Railways Ltd.

Shapir Engineering and Manufacturing Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Allergan in a $290m class action certification motion for failure to cease marketing a specific type of breast implants that were recalled by the FDA, Israeli and European regulators, giving rise to gross negligence and breach of numerous statutes in Israel.
  • Representing Bank Hapoalim in five class action certification motions (in different stages) with a combined claimed value of $1bn on diverse causes of action including: refusal to deposit funds originating from digital currencies, currency exchange differentials, discrimination in mortgage services, failure to locate heirs of bank clients and failure to check data.
  • Representing six companies that operate out of the Haifa Bay area, in a motion filed against them, along with 25 other industrial chemical companies and refineries operating in the Haifa Bay area, for class action certification, by the Citizens for the Environment NGO, on behalf of all residents of the Haifa Bay, alleging severe air pollution, endangering the population’s health, increasing incidences of lung cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma leading to excessive morbidity.

Berkman & Co

Boutique litigation firm Berkman & Co handles both derivative suits and complex, cross-border class actions relating to banking, securities and consumer protection. Founding partner Ron Berkman has been active in class actions since their introduction in Israel in the 1990s, and continues to handle large, complex matters relating to shareholders, insurance and telecoms. Nachum Kobovsky and Gilad Porat are other key team members; both handle a range of civil and commercial litigation in addition to class action work.

Practice head(s):

Ron Berkman

Other key lawyers:

Gilad Porat; Nachum Kobovsky

Key clients

Israel Chemicals Group

Migdal Insurance Company Ltd.

Pelephone Communications Ltd.

Meitav Dash Investment House Ltd.

Spacecom

Minority Shareholder in Export Investment Corporation Ltd.

Edeltech Group

Deloitte Touche Israel

Dr. Michael Har-Noy

Work highlights

  • Representing Israel Chemicals Group in a motion for class action certification filed against it, in the amount of $123m, for allegedly having intentionally concealed negative information from its shareholders pertaining to a harmonisation project.
  • Representing Migdal Insurance in one of the largest and most complex class actions, filed against several insurance companies, including Migdal, alleging the insurance companies, Migdal included, operated without authorisation when they charged their life insurance policy holders for a specific fixed-premium component that is not dependent on the insurance amount or other variable factors.
  • Representing Meitav Dash in a class action filed in 2014 and certified in 2015 for $145m, in which Meitav Dash is argued to have unlawfully increased the management fees it charges from its clients in one of its provident funds after having acquired the provident fund in 2007 as part of the pension and savings reform carried out in the country.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. leverages its 'huge amount of experience and knowledge' in the class actions field to advise many of the world's largest companies, in addition to domestic corporations, on the defence of actions relating to a range of issues including product liability, improper payments and securities. The group is particularly active in the automotive industry, assisting multiple global car manufacturers in consumer claims. The practice was bolstered by the takeover of Rotenberg & Co in January 2020; new arrival Moti Arad represents Coca-Cola Israel in multiple antitrust actions. Aaron Michaeli, Hagit Blaiberg and Zvi Bar-Nathan are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Michaeli; Hagit Blaiberg; Zvi Bar-Nathan; Benjamin Rotenberg

Other key lawyers:

Moti Arad; Yehuda Rosenthal; Daphna Tsarfaty

Testimonials

‘Great team. Totally professional. Devoted. Most appreciated by all, counter parties and especially by judges and arbitrators ’

‘There are not many Israeli firms that offer class action expertise, so this sets them apart.’

‘Hagit Blaiberg was very impressive.’

‘The class and derivative actions practice can and does consult a diverse and extensive range of partners from other law areas. The leading partners have vast experience in these areas and have succeeded in defending complex claims.’

‘They highly understand the insurance field, eloquent and innovative in their arguments (both orally and in writing), know how to get the courts attention. very pleasant and attentive to client’s needs and business limitations and offer their advice accordingly.’

‘The team have a huge amount of experience and knowledge in this practice area. They are highly motivated and responsive and, critically, really want to win their cases (and often do). I have been impressed with them.’

‘We have had three partners working on our case, which initially I thought was excessive, but they bring together different valuable skill sets and make a great team. I would particularly recommend Aaron Michaeli and Hagit Blaiberg.’

Key clients

Coca Cola Israel (The Central Bottling Company)

Nestlé SA Odyssey SM Ltd.

Shufersal Ltd.

Mifal HaPayis

Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC)

Jaguar Land Rover Limited

Ford Motor Company

Israel Railways Ltd.

Comtech Telecommunications Corporation

El Al Israel Airlines Ltd

PJSC Aeroflot – Russian Airlines

Israel Electric Corporation (IEC)

Unilever Overseas Holdings B.V

Keshet Broadcasting (“Keshet 12”)

U. Dori Group Ltd

New Lineo Cinema (2006) Ltd

Netivei Ayalon Ltd. (Ayalon Highways)

Neviot- Nature of Galilee Ltd

Super-Pharm (Israel) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Nestle in motions to certify class actions filed against it in relation to its ILS3.3bn going-private acquisition of Osem.
  • Representing former senior officials of Frutarom Industries Ltd. in several motions to certify class actions against them following an internal investigation by its new parent company, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF), relating to improper payments allegations.
  • Representing Shufersal in tens of class actions relating to different items under the Israeli class action law.

Lipa Meir & Co

Lipa Meir & Co represents a number of large Israeli companies in a broad range of class actions, most particularly in relation to consumer protection and insurance. The team is particularly active in the healthcare sector, where it has represented Clalit Health Services in over 20 class actions covering issues ranging from product liability to discrimination. Environmental claims are another area of focus; Shay Tamar handles matters relating to waste disposal and air pollution. Alon Pomeranc leads the litigation and class actions department and represents large commercial distributors, in addition to handling derivative claims.

Practice head(s):

Alon Pomeranc

Other key lawyers:

Shay Tamar; Sylvia Gal

Key clients

Clalit Health Services

Sunny Cellular Communication (formerly known as Scailex)

Ituran Location and Control Ltd.

Harel Insurance Ltd.

Blistex Inc.

Mor Research Applications

Clal Insurance Company Ltd.

Shfaram Water and Sewage Corporation

Kibbutz Ramat Yochanan

Eldad Peri Real Estate Ltd., Eldad Peri Group Ltd., Peri performance, Mr. Eldad Peri

Israel Shipyards, Israel Shipyards Port Ltd

Tamir Fishman Real Estate Fund Ltd.- Members of the Foundation Advisory Committee

Astral Hotels Ltd.

Pacific Cars Ltd.

Zohar Dalia Cooperative Agricultural Association Ltd.

Jumbo Stock

Towns Association for Environmental Quality, Southern Judea

Work highlights

  • Representing Clalit Health Services, the principal health organisation (HMO) in Israel, in some of Israel’s highest profile class actions and publicised disputes.
  • Representing Harel Insurance Group in a mega class action lawsuit filed with respect to an allegation regarding illegal overcharges.
  • Advising Ituran, a leading Israeli supplier of tracking devices for vehicles in relation to allegations that it is abusing its dominant position as a declared monopoly through charging excessive prices in the field of vehicle tracking devices.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries' class actions practice spans numerous sectors, including telecoms, retail, food and financial services. Insurance is an area of notable focus; in a recent highlight, practice head Danny Kabir has represented four of Israel's largest insurers in a matter relating to refunds of insurance premiums due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 'magnificent' Ronit Sutton Salkind is in demand for consumer protection and insurance work, representing retail companies in disputes relating to misleading marketing and product placement. Zvi Firon handles derivative claims as part of a broad litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Danny Kabir

Other key lawyers:

Zvi Firon; Ronit Sutton Salkind; Ravit Koren-Perry

Testimonials

‘The primary lawyer we dealt with is Ronit Sutton Salkind. She is a magnificent lawyer with remarkable track record, professional capabilities, and is considered Israel’s leading defence lawyer in consumer, and accessibility class actions. She is also the first choice to go to of all retailer chains in Israel (major and small alike). Ronit has amazing out of the box ideas, she presents her written arguments with surgical precision. She is well known for her top mediation skills as well and she uses them wisely in negotiating settlements that no one has dreamed are achievable.

‘Adv. Zvi Firon, Head of the Firm, without a doubt, the best practitioner I have had the chance to work with, a “complete” lawyer if I ever met one, novel, practical, business wise and professional. I would like to point out all of the following: 1. Partner Danny Kabir handles all of our complex class actions in financial and capital markets, his understanding is swift and it seems as if his knowledge is so widespread he is unbeatable in his capacity of broad understanding of the litigation, its different levels of management and his smart and professional conclusions and advice. 2. aside Danny Kabir, I can point out partner Ronit Sutton Zelkind, who has proven herself as 1st tier professional in class actions, probably the busiest lawyer in the country in the number of class actions she handles, and reaches great results, should be very notable as leading practitioner in the field. 3. partner Ravit Koren, has risen up lately as leading in her own game of the class actions, aside Danny and Ronit, and I think she is professional, smart, and should be noted accordingly.’

‘The team is very good and professional. You receive a very good value for money.’

‘The primary lawyer we dealt with, and the star of the law firm defence litigation class action team is definitely Ronit Sutton Salkind. She is leading defence lawyer in consumer, and accessibility class actions. She is bright, always in command, available 24/7 and considered the first choice for most retail chains in Israel (major and small). Ronit has amazing out of the box ideas, and knows how to close cases in the best way possible for her clients.’

Key clients

Bezeq

McDonald’s (Aloniel)

AIG

3M Israel

Diplomat

Direct Finance

IDI Insurance

Lottosend

Libra Insurance Company

Clal Insurance Company

Direct Finance;

Dolphin Ltd.

Zur Shamir

Migdal Stock Exchange Services;

Epsilon Mutual Funds Management (1991) Ltd;

Reznik Paz Nevo;

Shomera Insurance Company

Migdal Insurance Company

Harel Insurance Company

Menora Mivtachim Insurance Company

S. Shlomo Insurance Company

Eliahu Insurance Company

The Managing Corporation of Compulsory Vehicle Insurance (Pool)

Hachshara Insurance

Elbit

IMI (Israel Military Industries)

Dan Hotels

El AL

Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing 2006 Ltd

Tiv Taam;

C.N. Market Storages Ltd.

Opticana

Fox Group

Delek

Work highlights

  • Representing AIG; Hachshara; Shlomo Insurance and Libra in four class action suits worth over $820m claiming refunds of insurance premiums due to the impact of Covid-19 on the use of the insured’s assets and the consequent reduction of the risks covered.
  • Representing Clal insurance in a NIS1.4bn claim, arguing it had systematically failed to inform parents of the existence of students’ insurance.
  • Representation of McDonald’s on a regular basis in the defence against several class action suits.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.

Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.  is well regarded for its expertise in consumer actions and product liability, having been instructed by manufacturers and insurers on a range of issues. The transport sector is an area of specialism, and the firm acts for both automotive companies and airlines with regards to numerous consumer complaints. Practice head Gil Atar  'is one of the best lawyers in his field of toxic tort and product liability'; he is currently representing Haifa Chemicals in two class actions relating to injuries sustained due to air pollution.

Practice head(s):

Gil Atar

Other key lawyers:

Yoav Razin; Shay Cohen; Yaron Rossman; Orli Naschitz; Ram Pardes

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable, trustworthy, are great partners for risk assessments.’

‘Gil Atar is one of the best lawyers in his field of toxic tort & product liability.’

‘They are professionals and do a very good job defending us against class actions.’

‘The team is super professional and creative. As their client you feel the personal touch of each lawyer and the confidence you’re in good hands. In comparison to other firms it feels like their speed of response is much higher. ’

‘Gil Atar, Orli Naschitz and Ram Pardes, all 3 are super brilliant, experienced and supportive to their client. I felt like I’ll meet the expected result at the end of the road and it did happen.’

Key clients

Haifa Chemicals

Iveco

Caesarstone

Mei Avivim 2010

Clal Insurance

BSH Home Appliances

Isrotel

Phoenix Insurance Company

Ovadia

Gulliver Tourism

Hypertoy

Work highlights

  • Representation of Haifa Chemicals in two separate class actions valued at $4bn, relating to alleged personal injuries due to alleged air pollution.
  • Representation of Iveco in class action certification proceedings. The motion to certify alleged that Iveco had entered into a cartel with its competitors in the EU, causing the purported class to suffer damages of NIS1bn.
  • Representation of Caesarstone in over 150 personal injury claims (including class actions) with regard to alleged product liability.

Shibolet & Co.

Having undergone significant expansion in recent years, Shibolet & Co.'s litigation team now has extensive experience of class actions, representing clients from the insurance and transport sectors in matters including product safety, pollution and payment policies. In a recent highlight, practice head Joseph Benkel, who combines his class actions practice with representing Israeli companies in international arbitration proceedings, acted for private educational institutes in an action regarding the refund of tuition payments due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Hillel Ish-Shalom handles securities issues, often with a cross-border element.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Benkel

Other key lawyers:

Hillel Ish-Shalom; Ofer Shapira; Shmuel Galinka; Roy Kubovsky

Key clients

Amidar Israel National Housing Corporation For Immigrants Ltd.

Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd.

Samsung Group

Israel Railways Ltd.

Migdal Insurance Company Ltd

General Motors Company

Glicksman Egg Marketing (1994) Ltd.

Albar Leasing (R.Z) Ltd.

JaforaTabori Ltd.

S. Schestowitz Ltd.

National Insurance Institute of Israel

All U Need Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing S. Schestowitz Ltd. in 13 different class actions (including in the applications to approve the lawsuit as a class action), with a total value of more than NIS500m.
  • Representation of Hutchison Water Israel Ltd. in a class action that was filed against it, based on alleged violations of the conditions stipulated in the concession of operating “Sorek” water desalination plant (one of the world’s largest and most advanced SWRO desalination plants).
  • Representation of General Motors in seven different class actions (including applications to approve a lawsuit as class action), with a total value of hundreds of millions of NIS.

Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates

Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates stands out for its expertise in the banking sector, acting for many of Israel's largest banks in disputes regarding foreign currency trading. Capital markets-related class actions is also a specialism; the team regularly represents companies in the sector in disputes following a decision by administrative bodies. Doron Dan leads the litigation department and handles actions relating to the accessibility of public places for the disabled. Yael Moshkovich and Oren Pechthold manage the relationships with many of the firm's key banking clients.

Practice head(s):

Doron Dan

Other key lawyers:

Yael Moshkovich; Dana Shwartz-Ashtar; Oren Pechthold; Hila Goldfeld

Key clients

Discount Bank Ltd.

Mercantile Bank Ltd.

U-Bank

HSBC Bank

Africa Israel Investments Ltd. including its subsidiaries

Negev Ceramics and its subsidiaries

H&O Israel

Urbancorp Inc. Bondholders

Melisron Ltd.

Danya Cebus Ltd.

SOHO Collection Ltd.

Top Ramdor Systems & Computers Co. (1990) Ltd.

Private Clients against ‘Meitav Dash’

Mizrahi Tefahot Bank Ltd.

Aminach Furniture & Mattresses Industries Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representatingof Israel Discount Bank Ltd. in three separate class actions filed against it, in which other leading banks are also class action respondents.
  • Representing HSBC in a class action filed against it and other foreign banks, alleging wrongful coordination of foreign currency trades rates, resulting in significant financial losses and damages to clients in Israel engaged in such trades.
  • Represent Negev Ceramics in a NIS290m claim pertaining to artificial hiking of price tags of products.

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co

Led by Yaron Reiter, AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co  represents clients from the retail, insurance, financial services and real estate sectors in a range of class action disputes. The group is especially strong in the telecoms sector, representing major domestic companies, such as partner communications, in disputes relating to price discrimination, data privacy and disability discrimination. The team is also active in antitrust matters, and currently represents Chi Mei Corporation in an international dispute concerning a potential cartel.

Practice head(s):

Yaron Reiter

Other key lawyers:

Ariella Ablov; Dana Amir; Ruthy Wysenbeek-Shauli; Yael Shoham

Key clients

Shufersal Ltd

Partner Communications Company Ltd

Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Israel Ltd

Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd.

Excellence Nessuah Gemel Ltd.

Chi Mei Corporation

The Gindi Group.

Studio C

M. Lasser

Bezeq International Ltd.

Kavim Public Transportation Ltd.

Auto Center

Teleclal Group Ltd

The Manufacturers Association of Israel (MAI)

Kesher Rent A Car Ltd- (Hertz)

Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC)

Pelephone Communications Company Ltd.

Bank Leumi Ltd.

012 Smile Telecom Ltd.

ICP Finance Ltd.

Be Drugstores Ltd.

S. Shlomo Holdings Ltd.

Trima Israel Pharmaceutical Products Maabarot Ltd.

Of Yerushalaim Mehadrin Ltd.

Red Meat Importing & Exporting Meat Ltd.

Rami Shviro

Ono Academic College

Dayagei Rishon LeZion

Work highlights

  • Representing Chi Mei Corporation in an international antitrust case.
  • Advising Partner Communication Ltd in a claim regarding improper price discrimination.
  • Representing Microsoft Corporation in defending a claim that Microsoft had issued software upgrades which caused automatic replacement of OS in users’ computers, without consent.

Balter, Guth, Aloni & Co

Active in a range of class actions, Balter, Guth, Aloni & Co is particularly notable for its work for clients in the pharmaceutical sector; Johnson and Johnson is a regular client and instructs the team on actions brought by consumers relating to dangerous products and mislabelling. Eran Taussig leads the team, which also handles derivative actions, and has extensive experience of actions relating to consumer protection and product liability.

Practice head(s):

Eran Taussig

Other key lawyers:

Moshe Balter

Testimonials

‘I work with Adv. Dr. Eran Taussig. Dr. Taussig is very knowledge and reputable class action lawyer and we never lost a case under his leadership. Even in court cases it seemed we have the lower hand he wisely advised us to a successful settlement that was beneficial to us.’

‘I am a retired Judge (former President of the Central District Court) and I currently serve as an arbitrator and a mediator in the private sector. The uniqueness of Balter, Guth, Aloni’s Class Actions Department stems from their specialization in the field of pharma and its varieties, in addition to other areas and the fact that the Firm’s head of the class action department, Dr. Eran Tausig, is an expert in the area of class actions and holds a Ph.D. in class actions.’

‘Adv. Moshe Balter is one of the most prominent lawyers in Israel. Dr. Taussig has extensive representation experience in in class action matters as well as other types of civil litigation matters. He has high legal abilities and exceptional knowledge.

‘Generally speaking, this is a sizable law-firm managed with the attention typical of a boutique. The major strengths were the knowledge of the nuances of the local procedures and doctrine combined with the capability to dig into the -quite complex- pharmaceutical regulatory framework, eventually mastering the different technical details at stake.

‘Moshe Balter and Eran Taussig are the key partners who dealt with our class action: they have been instrumental in a spectacular success in a context never friendly to international companies. The first one is a well- known leader in the law field, in charge of the overall firm which has organized in a way to maximize the experience with clients. Eran Taussig is the mind behind the success in our cases, quite impressive for his understanding of the local environment in setting the strategy and in managing complex litigations.’

‘The class action practice of this firm has experience and knowledge of the US system so was very adept at describing the Israeli system and comparing/contrasting with the US system. This was very helpful.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

J-C Health care

Janssen group

DePuy International

Ami Technologies

Ethicon Inc

Arkia Israeli Airlines Ltd.

Arkia International Ltd.

Bezeq International Ltd.

Ahuzot Hahof

Ortal Human Resources Ltd.

Psagot Investment House

Alrov Group Ltd.

Hod Hamidbar

Car2go Ltd.

Clal Insurance Company.

S. Schestowitz Ltd.

Kibbutz Evron – Evron Landfill – Tamam Recycling

Trima Medical Products Maabarot Ltd.

Cleanomat Holdings (1989) Ltd.

S.B. Shmira Ubitahon Guarding Group

Maya Parking Lots Ltd.

The Sport Palaces of Tel Aviv Yafo Ltd.

Sale Communication Ltd.

M.P.A tourism Ltd and E.M.A Hotels Ltd

Ontario 903115 Ltd.

Jahshan Farm Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Johnson & Johnson in two motions, totalling NIS155m, to certify class actions that were filed against them, in which the petitioners claimed that the company marketed its talcum powder contaminated with asbestos in Israel –which the client did not disclose to the regulators or to the public.
  • Representing Kibbutz Evron in a motion to certify a class action that was filed against it, in which the petitioners claim that the client caused environmental hazards in operating its recycling facility.
  • Representing Psagot Provident and Pension Funds Ltd. (among others) in a motion to certify a claim filed against it as a class action. The claim deals with the alleged illegal collection of payments (fees) by the Collection and Enforcement Authority when one files a petition for online foreclosure.

FWMK (Furth, Wilensky, Mizrachi, Knaani)

FWMK (Furth, Wilensky, Mizrachi, Knaani)'s 'extremely skilled, bright and experienced attorneys' represent both claimants and defendants in class actions relating to banking, insurance and consumer protection. Ofer Furth and Orr Noy are the key practitioners and manage broad commercial litigation practices; the former assists claimants in claims against national banks, while the latter defends pharmaceutical companies accused of disability discrimination.

Practice head(s):

Ofer Furth; Orr Noy

Other key lawyers:

Eran Meir; Eli Shimon; Danny Belenkin

Testimonials

‘Team comprises extremely skilled, bright and experienced attorneys. They are very responsive, and combine their professional abilities with a very friendly approach towards their clients and peers. It is truly a pleasure to work with them.

‘Orr Noy is very bright, he has a talent to immediately identify the core legal and factual questions in very complexes cases and to create a “tailor made” structure that will help his client win the case. Orr Noy has extremely high strategic and tactical abilities, that enable him to provide his clients with the optimal legal results. He is a brilliant lawyer, definitely one of the leading individuals in Israel.’

Key clients

Panaxia Pharmaceutical Industries LTD

PERETZ BONEH HANEGEV (1993) LTD

ACE CAPITAL RETAIL (2016) LTD

Babylon Ltd.

Silverboim holdings Ltd.

Kitov Pharma Ltd.

Rav-Bariach (08) Industries Ltd.

Oron Holdings and Investments Group Ltd.

S. Schestowitz Ltd

Gadi Dankner

Amit Goldwasser

Yeelim Investments Ltd

Mishmeret Trust Company Ltd.

Rozenbuch Assets Ltd

Ilan Carglass Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Panaxia Ltd in two motions for approval of a class action failed against it, in a total amount of $400m.
  • Representing Oshrat Shimon, Adv. Ofer Furth and Dr. Oren Ziv in a class action against IDI Insurance Company Ltd in the amount of $57m.
  • Representing ACE CAPITAL RETAIL (2016) LTD in three class actions against it.

Gross Law Firm – GKH

Gross Law Firm – GKH has a longstanding reputation for representing a range of Israeli clients in class actions relating to consumer protection, securities and banking. Michael Ginsburg, who leads the litigation practice, acts for key client Gett in the defence of claims relating to pricing, discrimination and cancellation fees.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ginsburg

Other key lawyers:

Shai Erez; Matan Winkler

Key clients

Gett (GetTaxi) Ltd.

S&P Global Ratings Ma’alot Ltd

Verifone Israel Ltd.

Bank of America N.A.

Mavenir Ltd.

Elbit Imaging Ltd., Plaza Centers N.V

The National Insurance Institute of Israel

The National Insurance Institute of Israel

East Jerusalem District Electric Company (JDECO)

Optibase Ltd.

Virtual Currencies

Tadiran Consumer and Technology Products Ltd.

Redhill Biopharma Ltd.

Cross Israel Highway Ltd.

Independent Board Committee of Osem Investments Ltd.

Massad (Holdings) Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representation of Elbit Imaging Ltd. and Plaza Centers N.V in a motion for discovery pursuant to section 198A to the Companies Law (discovery and disclosure of documents before filing a derivative claim) which was filed to Tel Aviv District Court The Economic Division.
  • Representation of Optibase Ltd. in a derivative lawsuit that was filed against it, the controlling shareholder and officers of the company with respect to their approval of three transactions executed by the company with the controlling shareholders, in exchange for allocation of shares, which, according to the claim, was done at market value and not at fair value.
  • Representing Gett (GetTaxi) Ltd. in a class action claiming  Gett breached the Israeli Laws of discrimination as well as other regulation, since the Gett Mehadrin fleet is not more than a cover to a discriminating service which guarantees passengers they would not get an Arab driver.

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries' 'diligent, highly qualified and very responsive' team is particularly strong in claims relating to the the food industry, representing Tnuva in claims regarding food standards, mislabelling and unlawful contractual provisions. The team is also active in discrimination claims, representing retail and e-commerce companies in disputes relating to disabled parking and online accessibility. Itamar Anaby and Nira Cory are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Itamar Anaby

Other key lawyers:

Lily Doron; Nira Cory

Testimonials

‘The S. Friedman’s litigation and class action team is highly professional and very experienced, providing practical advice that aims to reach the most cost effective result.’

‘Nira Cory (Partner) – a very professional and highly experienced lawyer in class actions litigation. Nira puts a mirror in front of the client’s face, not trying to make things prettier, but trying to achieve for him the best result possible.

‘We are in a middle of a huge class action claimed against us. We won the District court level and still have to pass the supreme court as well. The three lawyers assigned to deal with the case worked extremely devotedly, dealt with each small detail and represented no less than 14 members of our chamber. The case was considered extremely difficult with some temptation to conclude it with a compromise. ’

‘The team, Mr. Anaby and Ms. Cory are professional lawyers understanding the issues they are dealing and finding the best solutions when needed.’

‘Professionals, understanding the law and the issues they have to solve. Cooperating with the clients during all the time.’

‘Itamar Anaby and Nira Cory have unique specialty in food companies’ class actions. They are both very diligent, highly qualified and very responsive. ’

‘Itamar and Nira and both highly qualified and great to work with. They are extremely responsive, practical and understand client’s needs.’

Key clients

Tnuva

Zim Integrated Shipping Services

Allalouf, Maersk Israel and other shipping agencies

Sunfrost

Adidas

Sonova

Amiad Water Systems

Eldan Mitaney Alpayim Ltd.

Maersk Israel Ltd.

Luzon Group

Eldan Transport Ltd.

University of Haifa

Hamashbir 365 Holdings Ltd

Sports Events

MSC Israel Ltd.

Maple Team Ltd.  

Hermon Mountain Sports and Entertainment Services

Chemotal

Eldan Cargo

Bella Online

Chromagen Ltd.

Etz Ve’etza

Work highlights

  • Representing Tnuva in a dispute following changing the words “use by” marked before the expiry date on milk products to “best before”.
  • Acting for Zim in a class action regarding alleged damage caused to purchasers of cars due to a restrictive arrangement between shipping companies.
  • Representing Allalouf, Maersk Israel and others in a demand for compensation due to alleged unlawful rates charged by 15 shipping agencies.

Yossi Levy & Co

Yossi Levy & Co is most notable for its work in the antitrust and consumer protection spaces, acting for public corporations and private companies from the transport and retail industries in claims relating to misleading advertising, price fixing and defective products. Aviel Flint and Asaf Shubinsky are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Asaf Shubinsky; Aviel Flint

Key clients

Electra Consumer Products (1951) Ltd.

Cornish Hen Ltd.

Partner Communications Company Ltd.

National Infrastructure and Transportation Company Ltd.

Electra Ltd.

General Electric Company

LG Chem

Elco Cinema Limited Partnership

Electra Elevators Ltd.

Israel Airports Authority

H.Y. Electronics & Components Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing the Israel Airports Authority (the IAA) in a request to approve a class action against the IAA, James Richardson MGS, and Heinemann of an estimated amount of $1bn, alleging the respondents violated various provisions of the Antitrust Law, in the sale of the LTPCCD products in Terminal 3, causing high market prices in the Duty-Free shops.
  • Representing Electra in a $290m class-action against Electra, Tadiran and Tornado, alleging that the respondents provided falsified information regarding the energetic efficiency of their air conditioners.
  • Eepresenting Elco Cinema Limited Partnership in a $45m class action, alleging that the Company is part of a restrictive arrangement with malls owners, which includes a provision that prohibits the sales of fresh popcorn by other stores in the mall.