Firms To Watch: Infrastructure

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz‘s infrastructure practice has gained traction since the arrival of energy and infrastructure head Micha Tollman in 2020; he added strong experience in defence, transport and energy PPPs.

Infrastructure in Israel

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.‘s pioneering practice packs a punch in all major infrastructure spheres, with its recent experience spanning the transport, energy and water sectors. A popular choice to advise on project development and financing work, the group also handles a significant volume of contentious infrastructure matters. Sources also affirm that the group is ‘particularly good at dealing with international clients’ — reflected in its impressively global client roster, which includes names such as CAF and GE Wind. Simon Jaffa has a strong track record in advising on all aspects of large-scale projects, from the tender process through to financial close. Shai Avnieli specialises in infrastructure and engineering-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Simon Jaffa

Other key lawyers:

Shai Avnieli; Hagit Ben Moshe; Uri Hillel

Testimonials

‘A solid team, particularly good at dealing with international clients.’

‘Simon Jaffa is a real pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Netivei Israel

Israel Natural Gas Lines Ltd.

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF)

Danya Cebus LTD

GE Wind Energy

Nofar Energy

Yanushevsky E. Engineering & Construction

Lipsker & Co.

Work highlights

  • Advising government-owned Netivei Israel throughout all phases of its projects, from pre-tender to execution.
  • Advising Israel Natural Gas Lines on various issues, including commercial matters.
  • Representing CAF, the winner of the tender for the design and operation of the Jerusalem Light Rail’s Green Line, in ongoing matters.

FISCHER (FBC & Co.)

FISCHER (FBC & Co.) houses a full-service infrastructure practice, which routinely advises on all stages of project developments. The firm continues to secure key roles on many of the country’s most high-profile transport projects, most recently advising the Nativ La’ir consortium on a $500m toll road PPP, and it also shines in the energy, defence, water and social infrastructure areas. Gilad Winkler heads up the project finance and energy departments and is recognised for his strength in transactional and regulatory matters. Impressive up-and-coming partner Hagit Horowitz has a focus on large-scale construction projects. Associate Reut Maor Kartowsky is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Gilad Winkler

Other key lawyers:

Hagit Horowitz; Reut Maor Kartowsky

Testimonials

‘Extremely professional service. Providing practical solutions to advance the project with uncompromising legal advice and consultancy.’

‘Gilad Winkler and Hagit Horowitz are fully dedicated to the client and the project. Team players. Professional and accessible. A true pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Africa Israel Group

Alpha Water 2 LP

Bank Hapoalim

Bank Leumi Le’Israel

China Railway Construction Corporation (International) Ltd

Clal Insurance Group

CRRC International Co., Ltd.

Danya Cebus Ltd.

Negev Ecology

Leidos Inc. (formerly known as Lockheed Martin)

Nativ La’ir a consortium comprised of Electra Ltd., Lapidot Capital Ltd., Nahor Transport Lanes Ltd. and Afikim Advanced Transportation Services Ltd.

Dan Public Transportation Ltd.

Dan Public Transportation Company Ltd, JSC Transmashholding, Lapidoth Capital Ltd. and LLC Northern Capital Tram Company

EDF Energies Nouvelles Israel Ltd.

Egged Holding Ltd.

Harel Insurance Group

Helios Fund

IDE Water Assets

Israel Discount Bank

Leidos Inc.

Mekorot Israel National Water Co.

Meridiam SAS

Migdal Insurance Group

OPC Energy Ltd.

Phoenix Group

Shikun&Binui Ltd.

Vinci

Zabar Solar Ltd.

Alpha Water 2 LP

Work highlights

  • Representing Hadarom Container Terminal and Terminal Investment Limited, as borrowers, in the $900m project financing of the Southport Terminal at Ashdod Seaport.
  • Representing the Nativ La’ir (Path to the City) consortium in a $500m toll road PPP.
  • Representing IDE Water Assets in all aspects of the €800m Sorek B seawater desalination facility project, including project agreements, tender procedures and project financing issues.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

According to clients, Goldfarb Seligman & Co.‘s infrastructure practice is ‘in a league of its own‘. The firm’s longstanding relationship with state-owned highway operator Netivei Ayalon ensures that it plays a key role in Israel’s transport infrastructure programme, advising on dozens of tenders annually. The group also has a strong presence in the energy, water and defence spheres. Rami Sofer advises public and private sector clients on infrastructure projects and also advises on infrastructure-related M&A and finance matters. Corporate and capital markets head Dubi Zoltak has a focus on infrastructure transactions. Banking and finance head Ariel Rosenberg is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Rami Sofer; Dubi Zoltak

Other key lawyers:

Oren Reif; Ariel Rosenberg; Rayek Khoury

Testimonials

‘The best infrastructure team in Israel hands down. Knowledgeable, innovative, professional and always responsive, it is simply in a league of its own.’

‘Very professional team with strong business acumen, particularly Rami Sofer.’

‘Oren Reif is smart, creative and insightful. He stands out as an astute attorney who integrates broad legal knowledge with years of practical experience in the infrastructure and energy fields to form a unique skill set perfectly suited to our needs.’

Key clients

The Israel Electric Corporation (IEC)

Noble Energy Inc.

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)

Netivei Ayalon Ltd. (Ayalon Highways)

Shikun & Binui – Solel Boneh – Infrastructure Ltd.

Danya Cebus Ltd.

Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering Ltd.

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI)

NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd.

Cross Israel Highway Ltd.

Canada Israel Group

Mekorot Development & Enterprise Ltd.

Lesico Ltd.

TEN – Petroleum Company Ltd.

Magen David Adom In Israel (MDA)

BST Group

Negev Natural Gas Ltd.

DaromNatural Gas Ltd.

Gabi Shoef Ltd.

TSK Group

Bayside Land Corporation Ltd.

The First International Bank of Israel (FIBI) Group

Isa Khoury Metal Industry Ltd.

SBges EPC JV

Elbatech Ltd.

Chemipal Ltd.

Sorek Operation and Maintenance Company Ltd.

Europe Asia Pipeline Company Ltd., formerly known as Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Co. Ltd.

Meydan Group

DDM Group

The Shlomo Group

V.I.D. Desalination Company Ltd.

Kfar Saba Water Plant – Cooperative Agricultural Society Ltd.

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Work highlights

  • Representing an American infrastructure company in relation to a large-scale infrastructure project in Israel.
  • Representing Netivei Ayalon in numerous transport infrastructure projects, including Rapid City, Fast Lanes and Ofnidan.
  • Representing SBges EPC JV, the lead construction contractor for the construction of the Shafdan energy and waste treatment project.

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co.‘s group handles an array of infrastructure projects, infrastructure-related corporate finance transactions and regulatory matters. A popular choice for both public and private sector clients, the firm routinely represents government-owned entities, sponsors and lenders in headline-grabbing work. Itay Geffen is sought out for his experience on major infrastructure projects, particularly in the energy, water and transport arenas. Ronit Rozenstein-Barel specialises in infrastructure, energy and project finance matters, routinely advising on large-scale projects and the sale and purchase of infrastructure assets, while Yiftah Farber has a focus on BOT and PFI projects. Associate Maya Dvir demonstrates ‘impressive knowledge‘.

Practice head(s):

Itay Geffen

Other key lawyers:

Kfir Yadgar; Yiftah Farber; Ronit Rozenstein-Barel; Maya Dvir

Testimonials

‘The most important strengths of the firm are the enormous legal knowledge they have and the deep familiarity with the Israeli business environment. The team is very knowledgeable on everything that has to do with our industry. We rely on them for guiding us on all legal aspects, and they have proven this is a good decision over and over thanks to the excellent service through the years.’

‘The Gornitzky Infrastructure practice possesses a unique knowledge and experience in dealing with mega infrastructure projects, especially in complex PPP projects.’

‘The team are super responsive to our needs and they are always prepared for any challenges. They are very service minded. Every person at Gornitzky gives you 100% attention. The feeling is that I always have someone to turn to at any time and in any field. The team know how to allocate the most skilled people for the relevant issue, for the work to be done quickly and in the best way.’

The partners and lawyers that are assigned to our account are outstanding. Their work goes into the details, and it gives on one hand small accurate points, and on the other hand a complete big picture.’

‘We work mostly with Kfir Yadgar (managing partner) He is sharp and responsive with a deep knowledge within the law as well as the business side and has quick understanding of various situations. Kfir has an outstanding understanding in the commercial field, and I can truly consider him and Gornitzky as my business partner.’

Yiftah Farber has been advising us for the past 2 years on a complex project. The fascinating thing about Yiftah is his familiarity with all the different aspects in the project; it is clear that he has extensive experience in the field of projects and infrastructure. He is an excellent lawyer, creative, and has impressive control of the transaction.’

Maya Dvir works alongside Yiftah in the projects practice and does a great job. Maya is an excellent and experienced lawyer with impressive knowledge in the infrastructure field, and we feel that when she is on board, we receive outstanding legal services that include creative solutions to both legal and commercial aspects.’

‘I mainly work with Ronit Rozenstein-Barel, who is very professional, experienced and service oriented. Ronit is one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in the field of Infrastructure. She is a hard-working partner, very smart, devoted and responsive. Ronit is a real “deal-maker” and I truly enjoyed working with her.’

Key clients

Shikun & Binui

Dan Public Transportation Company Ltd

Dan Capital Infrastructures and Financial Investments Ltd

Noy Fund

Keystone REIT Ltd.

Mekorot Water Company Ltd., Voith Hydro and Verbund

Alstom Israel Ltd

Electra Concession Ltd.

Hutchison Water Projects Ltd

Chemothal Ltd.

H2ID Ltd.

Voith Hydro

Siemens Mobility Israel

Amitim pension

the Phoenix

G.E.S. Global Environmental Solutions Ltd.

Shikun&Binui – Northern Roads Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Keystone REIT in the acquisition of shares in the operators of several road projects, including the operators of the Trans-Israel Highway.
  • Advising Zero Waste as the winning bidder of the tender for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a municipal solid waste treatment plant.
  • Representing Dan Public Transportation in numerous matters, including advising it (as part of a consortium) on the pre-qualification submission for a PPP project for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the Nofit light rail line between Haifa and Nazareth.

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman advises on all aspects of the financing and development of infrastructure projects, with significant expertise in complex and pathfinder projects. In a recent example, the firm advised the lenders on the financing of the new port facility in Ashdod, which was the first private port financing in Israel. Adam Eytan advises on the development and financing of large-scale projects, with a growing focus on cross-border energy transactions. Mark Phillips specialises in project finance with an emphasis on advising lenders; he led the Ashdod port deal. Eran Wagner is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Adam Eytan; Mark Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Eran Wagner; Limor Shechter; Zara Gold

Testimonials

‘Herzog is the top team. Able to run with multiple projects and very knowledgeable.’

‘The staff that takes care of us has been doing this with professionalism and dedication for many, many years, while showing complete proficiency and familiarity with our business.’

‘The partners from Herzog — Adam Eytan and Limor Shechter — have all the relevant knowledge and experience needed for BOT/PFI projects.’

‘Adam Eytan has very creative way of thinking and knows how to bring the other side to collaborate and cooperate. Limor Shechter doesn’t miss details.’

‘Adv. Mark Phillips, who is in charge of our case, is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable lawyers in the field in the State of Israel. The expertise and professionalism are accompanied by dedication, caring and identification with the company’s goals.’

‘Mark Phillips is a professional and, in my opinion, number 1 in Israel for PPP projects. Loyal, discrete if needed, does everything in a respectful way.’

‘Mark Phillips is the smartest and most knowledgeable lawyer in the market — he is also one of the nicest to deal with.’

Key clients

Bank Hapoalim BM

Bank Leumi Le-Israel BM

Israel Discount Bank Ltd.

First International Bank of Israel Ltd.

Israel Electric Corporation

Deutsche Bank

Mekorot

Enlight Renewable Energy Ltd.

Natixis

CityPass Ltd.

Shikun U’Binui Ltd.

Allied Investments

Meshek Energy

Haifa Chemicals

Mizrahi Tfahot Bank

Bereshit Wind Energy

Emek Habacha Wind Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium of Israeli lenders, led by Israel Discount Bank, on the financing of the new port in Ashdod.
  • Advised Shikun & Binui on the tender and financial close of the new IDF military intelligence base.
  • Advised CityPass on the landmark buyback of the Red Line of the Jerusalem light rail system.

Meitar law offices

Meitar Law Offices is held up as ‘one of the leading project teams in Israel‘, with its ability to act across all aspects of a transaction. The team is particularly noted for its project finance firepower and it is routinely instructed by local and foreign lenders to advise on energy, transport, defence and water projects. The group also acts for sponsors. Department head Jonathan Finklestone advises project companies, banks and financial institutions on infrastructure and energy projects, while Guy Kles has a focus on the water and power sectors. Other key names include Elad Sharabani, who specialises in energy projects, and senior associate Tal Bignitz.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Finklestone

Other key lawyers:

Tani Zahavi; Guy Kles; Elad Sharabani; Tal Bignitz.

Testimonials

‘The team is one of the leading projects teams in Israel and they regularly work on the largest and most complex transactions in the market. Lawyers understand all aspects of transactions and become an integral part of our deal team, helping, supporting and advising us throughout the process. The fact that they are trusted advisers in the market provides us with even greater support.’

‘We have been working with Jonathan Finklestone for over 20 years. Jonathan is more than our lawyer, he is one of our team. He is available to us 24/7 and creates the right atmosphere to get a deal done. He is trusted by all parties and is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Energean Israel Limited

Bank Hapoalim B.M.

Bank Leumi le-Israel B.M.

Doral Group Renewable Energy Resources Ltd.

Danya Cebus Ltd in joint venture with Electra Ltd.

Alstom, Electra, Allied Infra, Minrav

Alstom Transport, Electra and Dan Capital

Noy Fund

Mizrahi Tefahot Bank Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented Bank Hapoalim, and other lenders, on the financing of a new PPP concession for the expansion of the first line of the Jerusalem Light Rail Project (the Red Line) and the development of a second line of the J-NET network (the Green Line).
  • Acted for Bank Leumi, as arranger, and the senior lenders in the financing of a PPP project issued by the Ministry of Defence for the concession to finance, construct and maintain new logistics centres to be built across Israel.
  • Advised Hutchison Water on the BAFO bid and financing of a project to design, build, operate and maintain a new seawater desalination facility in the south of Israel.

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co is currently advising on many of the largest transport projects in development in Israel. Among its highlight rail mandates, it is advising China State Construction Engineering Corporation on the design, planning and execution of the Green Line Project. The group is also advising construction companies, lenders and concessionaires on projects in the road, hospital and defence sectors, among others. Benjamin Sheffer advises on all aspects of infrastructure projects, with an emphasis on contentious work. Michelle Liberman is noted for her track record in project finance transactions. Aharon Bloch is also noted for infrastructure financing.

Practice head(s):

Aharon Bloch; Michelle Liberman; Benjamin Sheffer; Eran Bezalel

Other key lawyers:

Lior Mimon; Meital Malkiel

Key clients

China State Construction Engineering Corporation

Shikun & Binui – Solel Boneh – Infrastructure Ltd.

CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicle. Ltd.

Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering Ltd.

Bank Hapoalim Ltd.

Bank Leumi Le Israel BM

Minrav Group Ltd.

Minrav Engineering and Construction Ltd.

Minrav Holdings Ltd.

Israel Electric Corporation (IEC)

Oron Group Holdings & Investments Ltd.

Israel Infrastructure Fund (IIF)

Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot

Paz Oil Company Ltd.

Magnezi Group (including Magnezi Infrastructures ltd.)

SolelAben EPC Ashalim, L.P

Israel Discount Bank Ltd.

Electra Ltd.

6 Cross-Israel North Ltd.

Derech Eretz Hihgways (1997) Ltd.

Elyakim Ben-Ari Group Ltd.

Vanunu Danny Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) in the design, planning and execution of the Green Line Project, as a part of the Tel Aviv Light Railway Project.
  • Advising SC Western Segment’s Construction LP on the construction of the Red Line of the Tel Aviv Light Railway.
  • Representing Bank Leumi in connection with the financing of the design, planning, construction and operation of a hospital PFI project.

Shibolet & Co.

Shibolet & Co. stands out for its multidisciplinary team, which advises on all stages of infrastructure projects, from initial tenders, through to financing and development issyes. The group is well versed in a wide range of sectors, with strong recent experience in rail, energy and water projects. Dual New York and Israel-qualified Alon Ziv brings to bear strong experience in advising local and international lenders and sponsors on infrastructure matters. David Magriso acts for a mix of private and public sector clients on infrastructure projects. Revital Ben-Artzi is noted for her strong cross-border expertise.

Practice head(s):

Alon Ziv; Revital Ben-Artzi; David Magriso

Other key lawyers:

Ariel Sheffer

Key clients

Israel Railways Company Ltd.

Israel Ports Company Ltd.

Shapir Civil & Marine Engineering Ltd.

Paz Ashdod Refinery Ltd.

Meitav Dash Investment Ltd.

Menora Mivtachim Insurance Ltd.

Delek Group

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited (CSCEC)

Clal Insurance Ltd.

Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd.

Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Limited

Netafim Limited

Siemens AG

Shikun & Binui

Ellomay Pumped Storage (2014) Ltd.

Bank Leumi

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles s.a. (CAF)

Helios Energy Investments

Amitim – Senior Pension Funds

Blue Sphere Corporation

Solegreen Ltd.

Global Sun Israel, L.P (Arava Power Company Ltd.)

Poalim Capital Markets – Investment House Ltd

Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Ltd.

Yevuley Shemesh Ltd.

F.K. Generators and Equipment Ltd.

Harel Insurance Ltd.

Capital Nature Ltd.

Altshuler Sacham Ltd.

Telemenia Ltd.

Effisolar Enterprises Ltd.

Ralco Energy

Superbus / Auto-Chen Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Cfir Light Rail (formerly TransJerusalem J-Net) as the winning bidder on the development of the Jerusalem Light Rail Transit Network.
  • Advising China State Construction Corporation on its winning bid for the development of the Green Line Light Railway design build tender, published by NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit System.
  • Advising the Shapir and CAF consortium on the tender for the Tel-Aviv Metropolitan LRT Green Line and Purple Line, issued by NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit System.

Tadmor Levy & Co

Tadmor Levy & Co. excels in both public and private sector mandates, with involvement in many of the major infrastructure projects in Israel. An impressive recent run in the transport sector has seen it advise the government on all three Tel Aviv light rail projects, among other rail projects. It also acted for public sector entities on projects in the defence, road and port spheres. The team is also a popular choice for private sector clients and routinely represents sponsors and lenders. Noa Meidan has a strong record in advising corporate and public sector clients on major infrastructure projects. Asher Bichoonski  also demonstrates broad project finance expertise.

Practice head(s):

Noa Meidan

Other key lawyers:

Asher Bichoonski

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and professional team with a lot of knowledge. They bring to the table creative ideas and solutions. Wonderful commercial understanding of the entire project and the major and minor topics. Always available for support and advice.’

‘Highly professional, industry experts, deal-makers.’

‘Noa Meidan is a leader in this practice area. Highly professional, knows how to craft solutions for complex situations, has a deep understanding of the project and masters the facts and complexities.’

Asher Bichoonski is highly professional as well. Dedicated to executing the project in the most professional, economical manner, having a deep understanding of all aspects of the project, including financial and engineering aspects.’

Asher Bichoonski is highly professional with vast knowledge, and gives a lot of insight and advice during the process. Pleasant to work with and knew how to get the deal done. Available and supportive all the way, often coming up with creative ideas.’

Key clients

Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Transport

Ministry of Defense

Ministry of Environmental Protection

Jerusalem Transport Management Team (JTMT)

N.T.A. – Metropolitan Mass Transit System Limited

Cross Israel Highway Ltd.

Israel Ports Development and Assets Company Ltd.

Israel Discount Bank Ltd.

Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot

Blue Square Real Estate & BEE Group

Shanghai International Port Group Limited (SIPG)

Work highlights

  • Advising NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit System on the Tel Aviv Red Line, Green Line and Purple Line light rail projects.
  • Advising the Accountant General of the State of Israel, in co-operation with Netivei Israel, on tenders for the construction of supporting infrastructure for a project to build an international airport in the north of Israel.
  • Advising the Inter-ministerial Committee on the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the new Jerusalem Green Line and the extension of the existing Jerusalem Red Line.

Yigal Arnon & Co

Yigal Arnon & Co is well versed in acting for lenders, public sector bodies and developers on high-profile infrastructure tenders and projects. The firm has been highly active on the transport side, securing key roles in a raft of rail and road projects. In a highlight example, it advised Netivei Israel on the project to pave and expand the Highway 57 expressway in central Israel. Other core areas of specialism including energy, defence, telecoms and water projects. David Schapiro maintains a broad transactional practice, with an emphasis on project finance work. Doron Tamir has a focus on infrastructure, environmental and energy matters.

Practice head(s):

David Schapiro; Doron Tamir

Other key lawyers:

Oren Roth; Amos Oseasohn

Testimonials

‘Doron Tamir and the team have very strong legal abilities in all aspects of the infrastructure industry. The team, headed by Doron Tamir, is involved in many of the projects currently promoted in Israel and is very familiar with all legal aspects for enabling the clients to achieve their goals.’

‘Doron Tamir is a lawyer with a very deep understanding of the legal environment and with his creative approach is a very valued colleague.’

Key clients

Siemens Israel Ltd.

NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd.

Israeli Government – various ministries: Ministry of Energy & Water Resources, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Internal Security, Ministry of Transportation.

Netivei Israel – National Transport Infrastructure Company Ltd.

Trans-Israel Highway Corporation Ltd.

Shapir – Pizzarotti Highway 16 Ltd.

Shapir Orian Logistics Ltd.

Yefe Nof Transport Infrastructures & Construction Ltd.

The Jerusalem Municipality

Shapir Civil & Marine Engineering Ltd.

Barclays Capital

Citibank

HSBC Bank PLC

BNP Paribas

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Inbal Insurance Company Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented the consortium, Shapir Orian Logistics, in the tender process for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Marhas Project.
  • Represented NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit System in matters concerning the Light Rail Transit Project in metropolitan Tel Aviv.
  • Represented Shapir – Pizzarotti Highway 16 on its successful bid for the design, finance, construction, operation, maintenance and transfer of Highway 16.

Gross Law Firm – GKH

Gross Law Firm – GKH houses standalone departments handling tenders and infrastructure work, and project finance and energy matters, with both teams frequently working hand-in-hand to provide advice on all stages of infrastructure projects. The firm is equally adept at advising private and public sector clients on all core infrastructure sectors, with recent experience in the transport, energy and water industries. Tender and infrastructure specialist Tal Danon Shenhav has an emphasis on public sector work and frequently advises government entities on infrastructure projects. Yotam Leshem recently joined from Tadmor Levy & Co. and brings to bear strong transactional experience in energy and project finance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Tal Danon Shenhav; Yotam Leshem

Testimonials

‘The practice is unique both in its responsiveness and in its commercial understanding, which allows for innovative out-of-the-box solutions.’

Highly skilled, experienced, fast and dedicated.’

‘The key individual is Adv. Yotam Leshem, the head of the department. Yotam is a very fast thinker and commercially oriented and is a great negotiator; additionally he has a great hands-on approach.’

‘Yotam Leshem is very engaged and hands on with respect to all projects we are working with him. He is very dedicated, creative and commercially oriented.’

Yotam Leshem is a very, very talented guy: quick, with real experience in infrastructure projects, tenders, financing – the whole package. Yotam is really one-of-a-kind in this business.’

Key clients

Amiad Water Systems Ltd.

BlueBird Aero Systems Ltd

Generation Capital Ltd

Ramat Hasharon Municipality

Shafir Civil and Marine Engineering Ltd.

Solel Boneh Infrastructure Ltd

The Governmental Companies Authority

Solel Boneh – Shikun Binui

The Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Finance, Ayalon Highways and Inbal Insurance Company

The Ministry of Finance, Procurement Administration

The Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water and the Geological Institute of Israel

The State of Israel and Cross Israel Highways Ltd.

Bank Hapoalim

Discount Bank

Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd.

Rapac Energy Ltd.

MRC Alon Tavor Power Ltd.

GES Global Environmental Solutions Ltd.

Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering Ltd.

Bank Hapoalim B.M.

Bank Leumi B.M.

Discount Bank Ltd.

Menorah Mivtachim Insurance Company Ltd.

Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd.

Mivtach Shamir Holdings Ltd.

China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd.

Pan Mediterranean Engineering Company Ltd.

The Ministry of Finance, The Housing Administration

Nemo Data

Work highlights

  • Represented The State of Israel and Cross Israel Highway in the enlargement of Road No. 6.
  • Represented the State of Israel, through the Government Companies Authority, in the competitive process for the privatisation of the Port of Haifa Company.
  • Represented the consortium (comprised of China Railway Construction Corporation (International), CRRC International Corp and Shikun & Binui – Solel Boneh – Infrastructure), which will perform all the EPC works of a project for the finance, design, construction, maintenance and transfer of the Tel Aviv Metropolitan LRT Green Line and Purple Line.

Lipa Meir & Co

Lipa Meir & Co is arguably best known for its public sector expertise, and it is consistently selected to advise government ministries and authorities on tenders. Notably, the group is advising the Water Desalination Administration on all seven desalination plants across the country and it has also recently undertaken work for the Ministry of Defence and NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit Systems. The group also acts for lenders and sponsors on the financing and development of infrastructure projects. Zuriel Lavie has strong experience in large-scale project financings. Michal Schwartz and Uzi Mor are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Zuriel Lavie; Michal Schwartz; Uzi Mor

Key clients

The Ministry of Finance

Dalia Power Energies

Meshek Solar Energy

The Kibbutz Economies Group

A.V. Infrastructure and Mobility

Netafim

Dimona Renewable Energies Groupe

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MOD)

The Israeli Water Desalination Administration (WDA)

NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit Systems Ltd. (NTA)

Via Mobility Israel

Tel Hashomer Hospital

Work highlights

  • Represented the Ministry of Finance – the Inter-ministerial Tender Committee in the recent tender for a second desalination plant at Sorek.
  • Represented the Inter-ministerial Tender Committee in a tender for the construction of a desalination plant in the Western Galilee.
  • Represented SGTech in negotiations with three kibbutz dairy farms to construct a facility for the treatment of wastewater.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries has a focus on projects in the transport, defence, energy and health sectors. The firm primarily acts for a mix of Israeli and global construction companies on the development of infrastructure projects, including Ashtrom, Shikun & Binui and China-based CRTG. Tamar Firon-Smorodinsky  is a ‘true expert‘ and has deep experience across all infrastructure project models, including PPPs, BOTs and PFIs. Project finance specialist Timor Pesso and ‘brilliant young partnerSivan Atias are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Tamar Firon-Smorodinsky

Other key lawyers:

Timor Pesso; Sivan Atias

Testimonials

‘M. Firon understands Infrastructure. The team excels in delivering excellent work on time, which is crucial in our line of business. They have a strong commercial attitude and their international skills are also much appreciated. We keep them involved every step of the way since they always suggest smart ideas to help us submit our best proposals.’

‘Our only team in infrastructure and project finance. We chose them carefully many years ago and never had any regrets. They have the best combination of knowledge, legal skills, deep understanding of the market, meeting the client’s needs, availability and a pleasant attitude. They feel like they are partners, not only legal advisers.’

‘We have worked with international law firms and I must point that M. Firon stands out in every possible way. They know the industry, know the market and most of all – they have comprehensive knowledge on a broad scale and additional teams to support them when necessary. They handle perfectly large projects which contain an enormous amount of legal products and live up to most professional high standards.’

‘As a major public company, M. Firon is our one and only law firm in various sectors. That means intensive work on numerous projects. The mutual work includes everything: financing, planning, construction, tenders, commercial, corporate, litigation and much more. During all that work, and even through hectic times, I find M. Firon to be the best there is.’

‘First and foremost I would like to recommend Tamar Firon who is an unbelievable super-lawyer. When it comes to infrastructure projects, real estate law as well as all related finance and banking matters, she really knows how to get things done and she is also a master of the business and the legal aspects of such complicated projects.’

‘Tamar Firon – Won’t do anything without her. She is a true expert, knows the industry and understands our goals. Very creative and has unique original thinking. Her advice is priceless. Sivan Atias – she will get to the top. A brilliant young partner.’

‘Timor Pesso is a partner who also has considerable millage in infrastructure projects. His ability to quickly analyse things and find the new original, brilliant response or structure suited for the situation (not your typical copy-paste approach), is a rare and much appreciated quality.’

‘Sivan Atias, is a young partner whom I had the pleasure of working with during the last couple of years. She has everything one needs to be one of Israel’s top lawyers in her field: she is smart, sharp and knows what she is doing. Her work is flawless and she is a perfect addition to the team.’

Key clients

Ashtrom Group

EDF EN (Israel) Ltd

Alstom (previously Bombardier)

CREC

CRTG

Skoda

Harel Insurance Company

The inter-ministerial committee of the Israel Ministry of Finance, the Housing Ministry, the Israel Land Authority and Apartment for Rent – Government Housing Rent Company Ltd.

Israel Railways Company Ltd.

Noy Fund

Carmelton Group Ltd

Meonot Shlomo

Phoenix Insurance Company

Shikun & Binui

Work highlights

  • Advising CREC, Bombardier, Noy Fund and Phoenix Insurance company in connection with a PFI tender for the design, build and operation of the green and purple lines of the light rail project in Tel Aviv.
  • Representing Ashtrom Group in the tender issued by the Israel Ministry of Defence for a PPP project for the financing, planning, construction and operation of new army bases.
  • Representing Meonot Shlomo, an SPV formed by the College of Management Academic Studies and the Afcon Group, on the financing, construction and operation of new college dormitories.

Simon-Vekslar, Spierer, Maoz Law Offices

Established in 2019, Simon-Vekslar, Spierer, Maoz Law Offices has risen to become a prominent player in the infrastructure field. A popular choice for state-owned entities, the group regularly advises procuring agencies on infrastructure projects, including tender committees and sub-committees. The group also shines in contentious matters and represents both public and private sector clients in administrative actions. Procurement specialist Ayelet Simon-Vekslar is noted for her expertise in deal structuring and financing issues, tenders and litigation. Shira Spierer has a focus on project finance matters and tender processes.

Practice head(s):

Ayelet Simon-Vekslar

Other key lawyers:

Shira Spierer

Testimonials

‘The team is highly professional, and provides the valuable, hands-on, legal services necessary to execute the project, while managing inherent risks.’

‘Very experienced, especially in representing state/governmental entities. Very through and professional.’

I would classify this firm in the highest position amongst firms who deal with complex PPP/BOT projects. This firm presents a great combination of legal understanding, professionality, efficiency and a personal touch.’

‘Very good and professional team. Ayelet Simon-Vekslar is a prominent lawyer with very high skills. She has a tremendous understanding of infrastructure.’

‘Ayelet Simon-Vekslar stands out. Very professional. Very good lawyer. Knows every little detail and also the big picture. She has a lot of experience and advises tender committees .’

‘Partner Ayelet Simon-Vekslar is highly professional and masters both transactional work, as well as litigation, thus enabling her to provide quick professional responses, and craft good solutions.

‘Ayelet Simon-Vekslar is known by her profound knowledge, ability to deal with conflicts and to achieve the client’s goals in the best way.

‘Ayelet Simon-Vekslar is also a very skilled litigator and is able to represent clients in complex arbitrations and disputes that are related to tender law and PPP projects.’

Key clients

Israel Railways Ltd.

Netivei Israel – National Transport Infrastructure Company Ltd.

Cross Israel Highway Ltd.

NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd.

Ministry of Transport

Mekorot Water Ltd.

The Government Water and Sewage Authority

Israel Ports Development & Assets Company

Tel Aviv Municipality

Mei Ashkelon – Ashkelon & Netivio Cities’ Water Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Cross Israel Highway on a BOT project for the design, finance, construction, operation and maintenance of the Haifa to Nazareth LRT Project.
  • Advising the Ministry of Transport and Road Safety on a PFI tender for the design, finance, construction, operation and maintenance of fast lanes at the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area.
  • Advised NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit System on a project for the design, development, manufacture, procurement, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and warranty of the systems of the Red Line Project.

Yehuda Raveh & Co.

Yehuda Raveh & Co. is widely recognised for the strength of its project finance offering and it specialises in advising lenders and sponsors on the financing of infrastructure projects. The group also acts on the sale and acquisition of infrastructure assets, such as its recent advice to Dan Capital on its $620m acquisition of the Sorek A desalination plant from IDE Technologies. Department head Ron Vered advises on all aspects of project finance transactions, with an emphasis on the transport and water sectors. Ezra Baris, who is dual New York and Israel-qualified, has a focus on cross-border transactions and international tenders.

Practice head(s):

Ron Vered

Other key lawyers:

Ezra Baris

Testimonials

‘This law firm is well known in the project finance industry. The service is excellent in terms of the professionalism, collaboration with clients and the opposite side.’

‘Ron Vered has wide experience in the PPP area, and holds the ability to provide unique solutions while protecting client’s interest. Ron is very responsive and professional in his field.’

Key clients

Bank Leumi Le-Israel B.M

Bank Hapoalim

Israel Discount Bank

Dan Capital

Amitim Group

Israel Infrastructure Fund (“IIF”)

Shikun & Binui – Solel Boneh – Infrastructures Ltd.

Tammuz Growth Fund

Harel Insurance Group

Dalia Power Energies Ltd.

Enlight Renewable Energy Ltd.

Dor Alon Group

Mivtachim Menora Insurance Group

Altshuler Shaham investment house and the Migdal Group

Electra Group

Naturgy

Nextcom

Minrav Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank Leumi and Migdal Insurance on the financing for the Tel Aviv Fast Lane, including the construction of additional fast lanes.
  • Advised the lenders (Bank Leumi, the Phoenix Group, Harel Insurance Group, KfW Bank and European Investment Bank) on the financing of the Sorek B Desalination Plant.
  • Acted for Shikun & Binui – Solel Boneh – Infrastructure, and its international partners, on a tender for building and operating the second light rail line in Jerusalem and operating the existing Green Line.

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary is particularly well versed in PPP projects, where it advises local and international clients on tenders, commercial agreements and regulatory matters. The group also represents infrastructure clients in complex administrative litigation. Group head Nadia Davidzon acts for sponsors and lenders in projects across Israel, with recent experience in water, energy and transport projects. Or Baruch is an active associate.

Practice head(s):

Nadia Davidzon

Other key lawyers:

Or Baruch

Key clients

IBI Group; IBIB Consultants (Israel) Ltd.

Bombardier Group (including, Bombardier Transportation Israel Ltd.)

Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering Ltd.

Construcciones Y Auxiliar De Ferrocarriles, S.A., Caf Investment Projects S.A.

Hangzhou Jinjiang Group Co Ltd

Noy Fund; Noy 3 Infrastructure And Energy Investments L.P.

CAF Group

El-Mor Electric Installation & Services (1986) Ltd

Ford Municipal Systems Ltd.

Leditech Ltd.

Nayax Ltd.

Mashav Energy

Tamar Petroleum Ltd.

Macquarie Corporate Holdings Pty. (a subsidiary of the Australian Macquarie Group Asset Managers and Bank)

Zing Energy Ltd.

Metropoline Public Transportation Ltd

KT-Kinetics Technology SpA

Seldat Distribution Inc. and Israel Land Development Company Ltd. (ILDC)

IVM Minrav Sadyt (General Partnership)

Israel Builders Association

Lesico Group

T.L.G.-TS Technologies

Marine Ship Fast Ltd.

Oron Holdings Ltd.

Enel Group

Keter Holdings Ltd.

Europe Asia Pipeline Company Ltd.

Bazan Group – Oil Refineries Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising IBI Group on its participation in the design and implementation of mass transit systems in Tel Aviv.
  • Advising an international consortium on its tender for a light railway project between Haifa and Nazareth.
  • Acting for a consortium, led by Hangzhou Jinjiang Group and Ford Municipal Systems, on the pre-qualification process for a BOT project to design, finance, construct, operate and maintain a waste-to-energy plant.

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)‘s robust power practice handles a significant volume of infrastructure-related matters, and the firm frequently advises all stakeholders on conventional and renewable energy projects. Other key areas of expertise include water, transport and waste projects. Amnon Epstein heads up the group and represents lenders, sponsors and EPC contractors on infrastructure projects. Transactional specialist Asaf Rimon advises on project finance work, oil and gas matters and public tenders.

Practice head(s):

Amnon Epstein

Other key lawyers:

Asaf Rimon

Testimonials

Very smart and able to compete with the larger practices. Agile and business-like.’

‘Very impressive team, responsive, comprised of real leaders who provide great insight.’

‘Excellent, knowledgeable team, technology savvy and enthusiastic.’

‘I like Amnon Epstein who is very practical and personable.’

‘Asaf Rimon is the stand-out partner: his energy, deal execution skills and client care is exceptional.’

‘Asaf Rimon: Sharp, incisive and commercial with a great personality. A great project manager and someone you would always want on your team.’

Asaf Rimon is very effective and commercial.

Key clients

Abengoa

Afcon

Bank Leumi

BNP Paribas

Bombardier

Credit Agricole

Downer Group

Enlight Energy

Evoqua Water Technologies

Generation Fund

Global Power

Goldman Sachs

Hutchison Water International

IIF (Israel infrastructure fund)

Israel Opportunity Energy Resources

K.N. Solar

Kibbutz Economies Group (Mishkei Hakibbutzim)

Macquarie

Minrav

Mivtach Shamir

Mekorot Water Company

Natixis

Noy Fund

Oshrad Group

The Phoenix insurance company

PMEC

Ratio Oil Exploration

Shikun & Binui

Société Générale

Solaer

Solegreen

Tahal Group

Turbo Gen

Veridis

Work highlights

  • Advising an international consortium, led by Globalvia, on the tender for the Haifa-Nazareth light rail BOT project.
  • Advising an international consortium on the government tender for the privatisation of the Haifa Port.
  • Advising Veridis on the first waste-to-energy plant BOT tender.

Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co.

Erdinast Ben Nathan Toledano & Co. with Hamburger Evron leverages the wider firm’s premier energy offering to shine in energy-related infrastructure work, with an emphasis on power projects. The group also handles transport, accommodation and defence-related matters. Project finance head Uri Mandel is recognised for his growing prominence in the infrastructure field. Nadav Olgan spearheads the infrastructure and energy department and is noted for energy-related matters. Yaron Cohen advises clients on infrastructure tenders. Associate Oren Tal is ‘very well organised‘.

Practice head(s):

Nadav Olgan; Uri Mandel; Yaron Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Oren Tal

Testimonials

‘The team is super professional and very efficient. They provide high-standard services.’

‘Excellent team, with vast knowledge and experience in all disciplines needed for successfully developing and implementing an infrastructure project, including regulation, PPP, EPC, O&M and project financing. EBN combine superb legal capabilities with deep commercial understanding. This makes them stand out compared to other firms, which sometimes lack ability in some of the disciplines (such as regulation or project financing).’

‘The team worked with us on a large PPP infrastructure tender. During the project the team demonstrated extensive knowledge in the relevant practice (infrastructure) as well as in other related practices (e.g. energy). The team was very available and demonstrated proficiency both in the project itself and from past experience.’

The team I worked with was thorough and professional. It provided solutions and support to help with problems that arose during the process. In addition, I was impressed with the efficiency of the service, unlike other offices I worked with.

‘Uri Mandel excels at solving problems, either by suggesting creative solutions, or by communicating our position to the counterparty in a clear and convincing manner. He has a very good reputation in the industry, and counterparties and their lawyers trust him, which makes it easier for us to complete complex processes that require the cooperation of several parties and their lawyers.’

‘The partner (Uri Mandel) was involved in every phase of the project, in the tender itself and in the relationship between the partners (which helped finalizing the project in the best way). During our intensive work, Uri demonstrated high professionalism. Oren Tal was very client oriented and provided the legal product both in efficiency and professionalism’

‘Uri Mendel is a true professional. I was impressed by his extensive professional knowledge in the world of project financing and his ability to provide solutions and provide significant assistance during the critical points of the negotiation phase.’

Associate Oren Tal is also recommended. He is very well organized and never misses a deadline or a legal requirement that should be complied with.’

Key clients

PSP Investments Ltd.

Electra Ltd.

Tidhar Construction Ltd.

Afcon Holdings Ltd.

Mega Or Holdings Ltd.

Israel Natural Gas Lines Ltd.

Afcon Construction Ltd.

El-Mor Electric Installations & Services (1986) Ltd.

Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Electra as the bidder in a tender for the construction, administration and maintenance of a new District Government Complex in Netanya.
  • Represented Tidhar Construction and Afcon Holdings, as members of a consortium, on their participation in a BOT tender published by the Ministry of Defence for the Ofek Rahav project.
  • Advised Harel Insurance on a $550m loan facility provided to Ashtrom to finance four residential projects designated for long-term lease.

Yossi Levy & Co

Yossi Levy & Co has a long track record in infrastructure projects, where it advises lenders and sponsors on a comprehensive range of tenders, construction contracts and finance transactions. The team’s experience covers all infrastructure sectors, including energy, water, transport and residential projects. Founding partner Yossi Levy advises infrastructure clients on transactional and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Yossi Levy

Key clients

PSP Investments

Bank Hapoalim

Bank Leumi

The Israel Airport Authority (IAA)

Harel Insurance Company

Migdal Insurance Company

Electra

Afcon Holdings

Clalit Health Services

Israel National Road Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for Netivei Israel on the construction of Section A of the Eastern Railway Project.
  • Represented Afcon Construction in a series of contracts with subcontractors and advisers for the construction, maintenance and operation of new dormitories at the College of Management Academic Studies.
  • Represented PSP Investments as the licence holder of a pumped-storage hydroelectricity power plant in Ma’ale Gilboa.