Dispute resolution: mediation and international arbitration in Israel

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Firm-wide, Goldfarb Seligman & Co. has a strong focus on international work, and is among the most experienced firms in Israel when it comes to representing international clients. The practice group has been especially active in ICC and LCIA arbitration, and is also acting in the early stages of a ICSID dispute against a European government. Daphna Kapeliuk is considered by some to be one of Israel's 'leading experts in international arbitration'. Zvi Bar-Nathan leads the firm's international litigation and is also a member of the SIAC arbitration panel. Firm chairman Eli Zohar is also recognised in the Israeli market for his experience in arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Eli Zohar; Zvi Bar-Nathan

Testimonials

Goldfarb Seligman is a very outward and forward-looking firm with many lawyers having legal training in other countries.

I have worked with Adv. Dr. Daphna Kapeliuk, from Goldfarb Seligman & Co, on occasions in international arbitration. I consider her to be a leading expert in international arbitration. She is highly professional, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her services.

Daphna Kapeliuk applies her creative mind to the case. She thinks outside the box and uses her wide academic knowledge to assist the clients.

Daphna Kapeliuk is a “go to” person for arbitration, both Israeli domestic arbitration and international arbitration. She combines a deep knowledge of the subject with the ability to give clear and practical advice.

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co.'s arbitration and trans-national litigation team is, by more than one client's estimation, 'absolutely unrivalled in Israel'. The team is consistently involved in some of the most complex ICC arbitrations involving Israeli clients, and with a record of leading and winning cases against some of the world's most prestigious law firms, the practice group can rightfully claim to be a team of international calibre. Led by Eli Cohen, the practice group has experience in all of the core industry sectors for international arbitration including infrastructure and energy, construction, and M&A. Nir Keidar is a standout partner on the more junior end, and Nuna Lerner is an 'exceptional' associate in the team. Also of note, of counsel Shai Sharvit joined from Granot Speiser Law Office in September 2019.

Practice head(s):

Eli Cohen

Testimonials

The team is very strong, responsive, flexible and client-focused always aiming at achieving the best outcome.

Not many firms in Israel posses the knowledge and the experience in conducting international litigation processes. In this context, the Gornitzky team is very unique as, not only it is very well acquainted with producers of that kind, but it also familiar with the side issues which relates to such procedures and therefore can both help in representing your case and at the same time, has the capability of giving you the advice you need which can, in its turn, save you both time and money.

The Gornitzky & Co arbitration practice is absolutely unrivaled in Israel. I have worked with them on several complex, high-stakes international cases. Their capabilities, whether it’s case management, advocacy, or the particular skill of taking clients through the sometimes chaotic world of arbitration, are second to none.

This team is exceptional in Israel in its deep knowledge and familiarity with international arbitration.

Eli Cohen is always hands-on and easily understands the client’s commercial needs.

Eli Cohen, the head of the practice, is a highly accomplished, no-nonsense advocate. He is a fearsome opponent and somebody you want to have in your corner if you possibly can.

Very strong and experienced team, adopting a very pragmatic approach to solve problem in a most efficient manner rather than creating additional problems.

Eli Cohen and Nuna Lerner both are very knowledgeable, professional and sophisticated in their support.

I’ve worked with many lawyers in the Gornitzky DR and International Arbitration Department. All of them are extremely professional, hard-working and available for discussion and consultation at practically any time.

The members of the team are not like any other I met here in Israel. Most lawyers I worked with tend to be shy in giving you a strategic and tactic advice which is crucial for an in-house GC in litigation process. In Gornitzky’s case, the team is very much involved, and at times, are the leaders. Their advice is clear, understood and operative at the same time. Moreover, the team is comprised of “people’s people” which helped me to connect to them, work close with them and be on the same page at all times.

We are working closely with Eli Cohen who is demonstrating high availability, creativity in approaching the issues, and most importantly provides a strong feeling of confidence in ability to navigate through the complex issues and have greater certainty on achieving a positive outcome.

Nuna Lerner is a rising star in the litigation team.

I have worked alongside the Gornitzky international arbitration team as special adviser and I can attest that they are by far the best litigation team in Israel. I have seen the team advocate and win a complex high-value ICC case against a well-known international law firm where they provided exceptionally high quality case preparation and management. More recently I have witnessed them successfully litigate another matter though various steps in the arbitration and an international mediation process that concluded in a most favourable result to the client and successfully obtained interim measures in support of international arbitration from the Israeli courts. The key is that Gornitzky has a dedicated and knowledgeable arbitration team fully committed and involved during the whole process. I see the same people from the partnership level to the last intern fully involved from start to finish in every case; they know every detail and they understand all the pressure points.

Extremely well-prepared team, willing to go an extra mile to understand all legal issues and come up with creative solutions.

Eli Cohen is as sharp as a lawyer gets, understands the essence of the legal issue in milliseconds and is also a pleasant person to be with.

Attorney Eli Cohen is the market’s top pick for international disputes, he has the sharp instincts of a court lawyer which make his performance in front of tribunals beyond compare, it is also evident that he understands how to address foreign arbitral tribunals. Attorney Nir Keidar, is a very promising young partner, exceptionally hardworking and determined and notably good at handling client relationships. Attorney Nuna Lerner is particularly diligent and resourceful, her CV is exceptional in the market and she is fully committed to excellence. It is quite evident that this team is experienced in working together and that they enjoy what they do; they are dedicated, efficient and friendly and overall provide top tier service.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries has a record of success in ad hoc arbitration, ICC, PCA, and ICSID proceedings, and has also appeared in various regional arbitration tribunals including the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. The team is particularly active in ICC arbitration involving infrastructure, energy, and construction projects, though it has also acted in high-value shareholder disputes, commercial distribution disputes, and financing and investment disputes. Also of note, the department is headed by the Israeli member of the ICC, Jacob Enoch, who is considered to be one of the most prominent lawyers in the Israeli international arbitration market.

Practice head(s):

Jacob Enoch

Testimonials

Uncommonly diverse and robust. Likely the most professional in Israel.

The partner whom is directly managing my project (Adv. Jacob Enoch) is very professional, highly responsive and understands both the theory and the practice.

The best team in Israel handling international arbitration issues.

Jacob Enoch is widely considered the most important Israeli lawyer in the field of international arbitration. On my case (a dispute with an investor of mine) he was able to find creative arguments based on which the case, which was filed in an Israeli court, should be submitted to ICC arbitration in London – a move which ls likely to kill the case altogether.

I have been engaged with legal representation given by Mr. Jacob Enoch, who was always familiar with the case, well prepared with the legal matters at stake & provided his arguments in a professional, adequate, respected and very clear and sharp manner. Mr. Enoch was always available and attentive to the client’s needs and requests. Mr. Enoch is a very pleasant person, with a well-developed sense of humor, sharp-tongued, and with high and quick analysis abilities.

Jacob is Enoch is the most prominent Israeli attorney in the field of international arbitration. Well experienced, multidisciplinary and truly brilliant. He is our number 1 recommendation.

Key clients

The Olympic Committee of Israel

Tahal

Ms. Lily Levy

Work highlights

  • Engaged by Advocates Avi Stokholm and Dror Shalev to lead their team in mediation proceedings before Judge Hila Gerstel against Psagot following the approval of the claimant’s motion to recognize their claim as a class action (both by the District Court and by the Supreme Court) regarding Psagot’s failure to contact next of kin of account holders who passed away.

Asserson Law Offices

Asserson Law Offices is an English law firm positioned in Tel Aviv to provide Israeli and other international clients with access to the English courts and specialist dispute resolution services for English law contracts. The firm is primarily involved in international litigation where it is able to leverage its London office and its relationships within the London Bar; however, given the focus on English law, the team also has experience in LCIA arbitration. The arbitration practice is led by Baruch Baigel, who is consistently rated by his peers and has been rated by clients for his intellect, technical skill, and legal acumen. Baigel serves as Israel's first-ever regional representative at the LCIA, and also serves as Israel's delegate to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. Trevor Asserson heads the firm and focuses on international litigation, and Elliot Lister is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Baruch Baigel

Testimonials

The team have first class academics but with varied backgrounds and interests which makes for a really exceptional mix.

The team is comprised with sophisticated and experienced UK lawyers seating and being available in Israel and knowing how to speak with Israeli clients (including in Hebrew). Their rates are also much more sensible. Real value for money.

Baruch Baigel has the ability to get the core of a problem and nail it. Trevor Asserson is a master of both strategy and tactics.

Baruch is a great lawyer, with superb drafting skills and the ability to choose the right tactic for the case.

Excellent knowledge of the law & commercial sense of what is in practice achievable for the client.

They are extremely committed, focused and well-organised.

Elliot Lister is very insightful and skilful, and extremely efficient and effective.

The team is focused on English Law and as such is different from other law firms in the country.

Baruch Baigel is a hard working intelligent lawyer.

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is highly ranked in almost every area of litigation and dispute resolution, and is recognised in this section for its record in high-stakes mediation. Over the past year, the practice group has been particularly active in international mediation involving large commercial agreements and mediation involving competition law. In addition to representing clients in mediation, joint practice heads Gil Orion and Reuven Behar also frequently serve as mediators and arbitrators. Tamar Turjeman-Kedem has over two decades of experience in dispute resolution, and Amit Pines, who leads the insolvency practice and the sport practice, also has experience in mediation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Reuven Behar; Gil Orion

Testimonials

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co. is one of the most prominent law firms in Israel and is regularly ranked among the leading law firms in Israel in the field of litigation. As part of our work with FBC & Co., we have come to know FBC & Co. as a thorough and highly professional law firm that conducts and manages successfully and professionally litigation concerning civil-commercial disputes of enormous scope.

Dr. Gil Orion is a prominent litigator who argues eloquently and thoroughly in court.

Key clients

Huawei Tech. Investments Co.

ABB

ABB Technologies

Assa Abloy

Mul-T-Lock

Ashtrom Group

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation

Rassco

REIT 1

ILDC Group

Former Directors of Discount Investment Corp.

J. and E. Berman

Yahav Hamias Assets

ORT Braude College

Eilat-Ashkelon Infrastructure Services

Internet Gold-Internet Golden Lines

The Israeli Professional Football Leagues

Netivei Israel – National Transport Infrastructure Company

Danya Cebus

Work highlights

  • Representing Huawei Tech Investments Co. in mediation proceedings concerning a cooperation and exclusive distribution agreement in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
  • Representing the Israeli Professional Football Leagues & Israeli Football Association in mediation and subsequent arbitration involving a tender procedure regarding the broadcasting rights of all official football leagues in Israel.
  • Representation of Mr. Oren Aaronson, former employee and CEO of Siemens Israel, regarding his involvement in the Siemens-Israeli Electric Company (“IEC”) bribe case, in mediation before Hon. Judge retired Hila Gerstel.

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman has a particularly strong reputation internationally, and with a number of lawyers who have been schooled or have practiced abroad, the team has extensive experience representing clients in international proceedings. The practice group is headed by Yaacov Sharvit, and has experience in a several international forums including the ICC and LCIA. In addition, the team represents major international clients such as Facebook and LG Electronics in high-value mediation. Joseph Ashkenazi is also recommended, as is David Zailer, who has experience in ICC proceedings and also represents international clients in the Israeli Institute of Commercial Arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Yaacov Sharvit

Testimonials

Top quality legal advice, of the quality and style that one would expect to find in any City firm in London.

Yaacov Sharvit is a very skilful operator and strategist. He provides realistic commercial advice and is liked both by clients and tribunals.

Always available very consistent very nice people to work with.

Key clients

CityPass

Facebook

Facebook Ireland

Israel Electric Company

LG Electronics

Work highlights

  • Representing the Israel Electric Company (IEC) in mediation proceedings before the mediator, Judge Hila Gerstel, concerning a NIS3.8bn monetary claim filed by the IEC against Siemens, ABB and Alstom, which alleges that the defendants were parties to a cartel against IEC with regard to Gas Insulated Switchgears (GIS) and that this cartel allegedly committed fraud and violated antitrust laws.
  • Representing LG in mediation proceedings in a consolidated class action which was filed on behalf of all consumers who purchased the LG G4 device. The class action argues that the device suffers from a manufacturing problem which causes a severe malfunction.
  • Defending Facebook in several claims that have been referred to mediation, including a claim brought by a plaintiff concerning an allegedly defamatory comment that was published against him on Facebook, calling him “totalitarian obsessive scumbag” and “Sachen SS”.

Meitar law offices

Meitar law offices has one of the most experienced international teams in Israel, and is consistently involved in the largest international mediation proceedings in the market. Headed by Israel Leshem, one of Israel's renowned disputes lawyers, the practice group also has experience in ICC disputes involving infrastructure projects and IP ownership. Other key contacts include Nadav Weisman and Or Baron Gil, both of whom have experience in mediation and international arbitration. In addition to representing clients, Eyal Rosovsky regularly serves as a mediator and arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Israel Leshem

Testimonials

Very professional highly skilled team with enormous strategic insight into the development of dispute and litigation strategies.

Extremely committed, reliable, precise and very skilled. Excellent client insight. Top communication skills.

The dispute resolution attorneys with whom I have worked at Meitar are fantastic. They are responsive and creative. They tackle problems and devise strategies and solutions that are effective and efficient.

Dror Kedem has deep legal knowledge and is very hard-working. Issar Birger is both practical and extremely creative and is also very engaging as an individual.

Eyal Rosovsky has a great legal mind and is very practical and effective.

Among the top three litigation teams in Israel.

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) stands out firm-wide for its experience representing European clients, thanks in part to the language skills within the team, which include English, Hebrew, and several European languages. Headed by Gideon Weinbaum, the team has experience in ICC arbitration, and also handles international litigation and the enforcement of arbitral awards.

Practice head(s):

Gideon Weinbaum

Schulman & Charish Law Group

Schulman & Charish Law Group is a boutique firm with a presence in Israel and New York. The key contact at the firm is Eli Schulman, who has experience representing Israeli clients in ICC arbitration and in New York court proceedings. In particular, Schulman is active in disputes in the hi-tech sector, where he has recently acted for Israeli companies and entrepreneurs.

Practice head(s):

Eli Schulman

Weiss, Porat & Co

Weiss, Porat & Co has deep experience in international arbitration and litigation, and also has complementary expertise in international trade and antidumping. Headed by Zeev Weiss, the team has niche expertise in representing East Asian clients in international proceedings involving Israeli parties. Moreover, the firm's lawyers have a variety of language skills including English, Hebrew, Japanese, and several European languages. Other key contacts include Eylam Weiss, who has experience in ICC proceedings, and Arie Reich, who specialises in international trade.

Practice head(s):

Zeev Weiss