Telecoms and media in Israel

Erdinast Ben Nathan Toledano & Co. with Hamburger Evron

Erdinast Ben Nathan Toledano & Co. with Hamburger Evron is one of the dominant firms in the media and telecoms sector, advising many of the market's largest telecoms companies, satellite television providers and cellular operators on all aspects of their operations in Israel. The group is particularly strong in representing clients before government bodies, including the competition authority, the privacy protection authority and the ministry of communications. Hadas Bekel and Shay Dayan co-head the practice and have complementary areas of expertise; the former advises on regulatory and litigation matters, while the latter specialises in corporate and commercial issues.

Practice head(s):

Hadas Bekel; Shay Dayan

Other key lawyers:

Asaf Wiener

Testimonials

‘According to my impression and experience with EBN’s telecommunications department, the department provides excellent, personal and uncompromised legal services to their clients. The team is responsive and quick, even where complex issues are on stake.’

‘I have mainly worked with Giora Erdinast, Head of the Litigation Department, and Hadas Bekel, Head of the Telecommunication Department. Giora and Hadas are both experienced and professional lawyers and we had a successful collaboration. Giora is a talented, skilled and serious lawyer with a well know reputation in the Israeli legal system. Hadas is an experienced lawyer with a proven reputation in representing telecommunication and media companies in legal and regulatory proceedings. Hadas represents Yes and other telecom companies for the past 15 years in all of their class action litigation, a field in which she is an expert. Her opinion is highly regarded, she is very detail-oriented but at the same time sees the big picture and has extraordinary skills in negotiations.

‘From our experience in few investments in the media field, the firm is professional, very focused on the service to the client and highly efficient.’

‘We worked with Shay Dayan who is a partner at the firm in all our recent investments in the media field. As described above, Shay is very responsive and efficient, focus on the material issues, and capable of closing a deal with minimal involvement from our end.’

Key clients

DBS Satellite Services (1998) Ltd.

Partner Communications Company Ltd.

Bezeq the Israel Telecommunication Corp Ltd.

Keshet Broadcasting Ltd.

Synamedia Technologies Israel

TMF (Yehshoua (TBWA) and Gitam (BBDO))

ZIRA (copyrights in the internet) Ltd

Israel Electrical Company

Middle East Broadcasting Networks INC.

Ben Horin – Alexandrovich

BBR Saatchi&Saatchi

Work highlights

  • Providing YES with ongoing legal advice on all legal and regulatory aspects of its business, including discussions and hearings before the relevant regulators; as well in all the class actions suits filed against it.
  • Acted for Bezeq, Israel’s largest telecommunications company, in nearly all class action suits filed against it, in an aggregate amount of hundreds of millions of NIS.
  • Providing ongoing legal advice and representation to  Keshet in all legal aspects that arise from the program’s activity, including defamation claims, privacy protection issues, copyrights, labour law and censorship.

FISCHER (FBC & Co.)

FISCHER (FBC & Co.) advises an enviable list of clients from the cellular, print and digital media, television, film and theatre sectors. It is able to provide a full service to clients, offering expertise in matters ranging from libel and class actions to corporate and antitrust issues. Practice head Yoram Bonen focuses on regulatory issues, regularly representing large telecoms companies such as Bezeq in administrative, legislative and judicial proceedings. Yael Riemer is recommended for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Yoram Bonen

Other key lawyers:

Barak Glickman; Yael Riemer; Doron Kol

Key clients

Google

Bezeq the Israeli Telecommunication Corporation Ltd.

Reshet Media Ltd.

News 10 Ltd.

Marathon 018 Xphone Ltd.

Space Communications Ltd.

Israel HaYom Newspaper Ltd.

Makor Rishon Newspaper LP

Messer B.A.B Ltd.

Masha Productions

Spiro Films

Gil Productions

Gum Films

Work highlights

  • Advising Bezeq on the ongoing implementation of the ‘Wholesale Market’ reform.
  • Representing Reshet Media and News 10 in a libel suit filed by Miri Regev, the former Minister of Culture and Sports.
  • Representing Israel HaYom and affiliated news and entertainment websites before The Ministry of Communications and other government authorities in connection with regulatory aspects of their activities.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.'s merger with Rotenberg & Co. in 2019 has seen its media and telecoms offering expand significantly. The firm is now a major fixture in the sector and it advises domestic and multinational companies on matters ranging from regulatory and corporate issues to libel cases and other litigation proceedings. Amir Vang, who joined the firm as part of the merger alongside Benjamin Rotenberg, specialises in advising Israel's leading commercial broadcasters on competition matters. Ashok Chandrasekhar is active in cross-border M&A.

Practice head(s):

Boaz Golan; Ashok Chandrasekhar; Sharon Gazit; Zvi Bar-Nathan; Benjamin Rotenberg; Amir Vang; Dubi Zoltak

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Lampert; Hagit Blaiberg

Testimonials

‘Very big team at one of the largest, full service firms in the market’

‘Adam Klein is great and very nice to work with.’

Key clients

Cisco Systems Inc.

Comtech Telecommunications Corporation

Keshet Broadcasting

Axel Springer SE.

The Hot Group

Hot-Mobile Ltd.

P.H.I. Networks (2015)

IBC Israel Broadband Company (2013) Ltd.

Altice Group

Cellcom Israel Ltd

Radio Kol-Barama Ltd

NMC United Entertainment Ltd.

Matrix IT Ltd.

Allot Communications Ltd.

New Lineo Cinema (2006) Ltd.

Yotpo, Inc.

Kastina Communications Ltd.

Celeno Communications (Israel) Ltd.

GG Zohar Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising Keshet Broadcasting and MAKO on its day-to-day operations, including a wide variety of matters, such as litigation, competition and antitrust, corporate law, M&A, regulation and more.
  • Advising Dori Media Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries on corporate law, local and international co-production and distribution agreements, local and international broadcast agreements and litigation.
  • Advising Comtech on the $532.5m acquisition of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co. advises leading domestic and international companies from across the telecoms sector on regulatory issues, corporate and M&A, licensing and litigation. The firm often assists clients with their dealings with public bodies, including obtaining regulatory approval from the Ministry of Communication and Competition Authority. Managing partner Lior Porat assists key client Yes, Israel's only satellite broadcaster, with regulatory issues. Asaf Avtuvi is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Lior Porat

Other key lawyers:

Asaf Avtuvi

Testimonials

‘I think that the major strength of Gornitzky & Co. is the feeling that you will have the best people for your future problem any time, any case. It is a team effort so if the attorney that handles your case having some thoughts and not sure what is the best way to act, he has 250 colleagues to back him up.’

‘They are extremely competent, efficient, responsive and have excellent working relationships with the governmental offices involved in our effort.’

‘We worked with Lior Porat and Asaf Avtuvi. They were able to quickly understand our needs, fashion a plan of action that would meet our needs, and then executed it with amazing efficiency. We have been very pleased with their representation.’

‘When they take on a project, they carry it through – They are not afraid to take on unique/non-standard projects – They see themselves as consultants and will advise you on commercial matters, not only legal matters – They are proactive, responsive and provide an excellent service.’

Key clients

‘yes’ (formally incorporated as D.B.S. Satellite Services (1998) Ltd.)

Twitter Inc. and Twitter International Ltd.

Bezeq, The Israel Telecommunications Corp. Ltd.

Golan Telecom Ltd.

Electra Consumer Products (1970) Ltd

The Tshuva Family

Strauss Investments (1993) Ltd.

Getter Group Ltd.

Gil Sharon

Voicespin LTD

Work highlights

  • Advising Yes on a wide range of matters, such as regulatory advice, negotiating commercial transactions and various litigation matters.
  • Advising Golan Telecom and its shareholders on its acquisition by Cellcom Israel Ltd, as well as on regulatory matters.
  • Advising Bezeq, The Israel Telecommunications Corp. Ltd on corporate and legal disputes matters.

Krispin Rubinstein Blecher Law Offices

Krispin Rubinstein Blecher Law Offices advises leading clients from across the media and telecoms sectors on licensing, M&A, tenders, privacy and information security and regulation and competition. Department head Noga Rubinstein advises both innovative telecoms companies and established market leaders on the Israeli regulatory regime. The department is split into two specialist teams, with Mohannad Nasser and Elad Cohen leading the dedicated telecoms and media groups respectively.

Practice head(s):

Noga Rubinstein; Mohannad Nasser; Elad Cohen

Testimonials

‘KBR have a good knowledge of the applicable law, of the applicable practice and of the Israeli regulator. All team members are very professional. Based on experience, they are much more efficient than other much bigger firms and less expensive’

‘Mohannad Nasser is our contact and he is extremely efficient. He works together with Noga Rubinstein and unlike bigger firms there is no automatic double billing.’

Key clients

Keshet Broadcasting Ltd.

Reshet Media Ltd.

Cellcom Israel Ltd.

Golan Telecom Ltd.

The Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd.

I.B.C Israel Broadband Company (2013) Ltd.

Beeri Print Ltd.

Bar Holding and Distribution Group

United Studios of Israel

The Israeli Audience Research Board

Kol Hai Radio Broadcasting in Faith Ltd.

Ananey communications Ltd.

MedNautilus (a subsidiary of Telecom Italia)

Arad Technologies Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented the two leading broadcast companies, Reshet Media Ltd. and Keshet broadcasting Ltd., in petitions to reallocate election propaganda broadcasting duties among all public broadcasters, to reduce the amount of time required and to allow more freedom in choosing broadcasting hours.
  • Advises Verizon Group on innovative telecommunication services and providing consultation regarding the business model and the regulatory framework in Israel
  • Advising Telecom Italia on the establishment of an international internet hub in Israel, connecting the Far East with Western Europe and North America.

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co is able to leverage the expertise of practitioners in different departments to advise major domestic and international companies on all aspects of their activities in the Israeli market. Highly regarded for its expertise in contentious matters, the firm defends multinationals such as Google in class actions and libel lawsuits. Hagai Doron, who is recommended for regulatory matters, assists television and radio broadcasters, cable franchisees, internet service providers and production companies with compliance and permit matters relating to their operations in Israel.

Practice head(s):

Hagai Doron

Other key lawyers:

Tomer Scheuerman

Testimonials

‘S. Horowitz are not just excellent lawyers, but also knowledgeable about our business. They have profound understanding of the industry, as well as creative thinking and unique problem solving capabilities. They also excel in combining business-oriented thinking and understanding with complex regulatory and legal hurdles we are forced to tackle in our line of work. They provide us with overall service and expertise that makes it easy on us to get full scale answers.’

‘The team at S. Horowitz is predominantly led and influenced by the head of their practice, Hagai Doron. With some 25 years’ of experience in all aspects of the telecommunications spheres in Israel, Hagai has seen it all, and done it all. He single-handedly helped us set up our sports channels on cable and satellite from scratch, despite many regulatory obstacles and competitors challenging our market entry. He is definitely our “go to” guy in telecoms matters and more than worthy of your top recognition as individual practitioner in this field thanks to his skills, expertise, wisdom and great ability to produce results.’

Key clients

Google LLC., Google Israel Ltd. and YouTube LLC.

Waze Ltd.

Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG)

Yedioth Aharonot Group

Kan – Israeli Public Broadcasting Corp.

Hot Group

IBM

Walla Communications

Soul Radio LTD

Citynet Inc (operates One Sport)

Netex

CMG Network

The Manufacturers’ Association of Israel (MAI)

Charlton Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Yediot Aharonot, Israel’s largest telecommunications and media company, in connection with all telecommunication regulatory and corporate matters.
  • Advised Google Inc. on a class action for a sum of NIS 241.5m, which was dismissed by the court, following Google’s reply.
  • Advising HOT Systems Ltd. regarding legislative amendments within the framework of the State budget debates for the 2019 year.

Yigal Arnon & Co

Yigal Arnon & Co is one of the market-leading firms in the media sector. It advises television and production companies on regulatory and corporate matters, as well as the licensing and enforcement of IP rights. On the telecoms side, the firm is instructed by leading cellular companies such as Cellcom. The group also has litigation expertise; Ruth Loven defends cellular companies in class actions, and also represents multinational companies in IP disputes. Ido Chitman leads the art and entertainment department, which acts for media companies, advertisers and artists.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Loven; Ido Chitman

Other key lawyers:

Edan Regev; Guy Kortany

Key clients

Cellcom Israel Ltd.

Google LLC

Netflix, Inc.

Fox News

Sport 5

Hop! Channel

YouTube

Yodan Production Ltd.

ACT

Anana Ltd.

TALI (the Collecting Society of Film and Television Creators in Israel) Ltd

Dalia Publishing

ITC NG Ltd.

Israel Postal Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Cellcom in a class action alleging unlawful pricing in violation of the licenses granted to the defendants by the Israeli Ministry of Communication.
  • Representing Google and YouTube in various proceedings related to a variety of Google’s products, services and platforms, some of which raise precedential legal questions.
  • Representing Israeli sports channel Sport 5 in a copyright lawsuit filed by Kan 11, the Israeli State-owned free-to-air television channel owned by the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation.

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co has a strong offering in both the media and telecoms sectors, advising broadcasters, mobile network operators, banks and insurers on a variety of contentious and non-contentious issues. The firm acts for large domestic clients, such as the Israeli Public Broadcaster. In addition, it generates work from blue-chip international names; it is advising Microsoft on the establishment of its first data centre in Israel. Founding partner Eyal Roy Sage advises on data protection and regulatory matters, and is particularly knowledgeable about the interface between antitrust and technology.

Practice head(s):

Eyal Roy Sage

Other key lawyers:

Shir Shoshany-Katz

Testimonials

‘Eyal Sage’s team is dedicated and professional. They are very knowledgeable in the field of privacy and always have time to share some thoughts or discussions. In addition, they are highly updated in recent regulatory and legal developments which is, of course, of critical importance. ’

‘Eyal Sage definitely stands out with regard to his depth of analysis, practical solutions and thinking “out of the box” in connection to every case at hand. ’

‘very professional’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC)

Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

BANK Leumi

Bank Hapoalim B.M

PHI (Partner Hot Infrastructure)

The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange

Partner Communications Company Ltd.

The Boston Consulting Group Ltd.

Israel Credit Cards Ltd.

Max It Finance Ltd.

Harel Insurance Company Ltd.

Menora Mivtachim Insurance Ltd.

KPMG Israel

The Northern Radio Holdings Ltd

Mayer Cars And Trucks Co.Ltd

Kesher Rent A Car Ltd.

L’Oréal Israël Ltd.

Malam – Team Ltd.

El Al Israel Airlines Ltd.

Kavim Public Transportation Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisting Microsoft comply with complex regulations as it deploys its first data centre in Israel.
  • Advising Harel Insurance Company on the transition of some services to the cloud.
  • Advise Kan on a variety of matters related to TV, radio and digital productions.

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman has a substantial telecoms offering, as is evidenced by its work for new media companies, broadcasters and cellular companies. As part of one of the largest full service firms in Israel, the practice is often selected by international clients such as Disney and AT&T for advice on all aspects of their operations in Israel. Esther Sternbach specialises in licensing and competition issues, and often assists multinational cellular and telecoms companies with obtaining clearance for corporate and M&A deals.

Practice head(s):

Esther Sternbach

Other key lawyers:

Ruly Baer

Key clients

Disney Israel Ltd. and National Geographic Channel Israel

Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.

AT&T

T.N.R Investments Ltd

Google

Cellcom Telecom Israel Ltd

CenturyLink

Sprint

Facebook

Intelsat

KDDI

Nokia

PCCW

Benjamin Netanyahu, The Prime Minister

Microsoft

NTT Communications

Louis Vuitton

Panasonic

FedEx

Aeromobile

Work highlights

  • Advising Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. on a share purchase agreement with S.B. Israel Telecom Ltd..
  • Advising T.N.R Investments Ltd. on a share purchase agreement with Searchlight II BZQ, L.P., according to which both parties purchased controlling shares in Bezeq, the Israeli Corporation, Ltd.
  • Advising Cellcom Telecom Israel Ltd, on its merger with Golan Telecom Ltd, a mobile operator in Israel, particularly in the due diligence process, reviewing all agreements and licenses and indicating possible exposures or risks in the merger transaction.

Meitar Law Offices

Meitar Law Offices' greatest strength lies in its corporate and M&A work; the firm has a strong track record advising on many of the largest transactions in the telecoms and media sector. In 2019, the firm advised on the NIS 630m acquisition of a controlling stake in B Communications, the parent company of Bezeq, the largest telecoms company in Israel. Beyond corporate work, the group advises on regulatory and government policy matters, litigation and tenders. Yossi Abadi leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Yossi Abadi

Other key lawyers:

Avi Licht

Testimonials

‘Mr. Yossi Abadi is an out standing lawyer and advisor. He is a true deal maker with a rare ability to lead the client through complicated Regularly and commercial situations. He has a vast industry knowledge And he is always available when we need his advice. For more than a decade Mr Abadi is a part of the company’

Key clients

Searchlight

Saban Group

Viacom

Bell Canada

Walla Communications

Imagine media

Bloomberg

Endemol Israel

Radio A-Shams

Internet Rimon

Jasmine TV

Mashina (rock band)

Associated producers Israel Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Searchlight Capital Partners, an American private equity fund, on its acquisition of the controlling stake in Bezeq, Israel’s largest telecommunications corporation, through B Communications Ltd.
  • Providing Walla Communications with ongoing advice on libel, privacy, copyright and commercial agreements.
  • Advised Viacom on the purchase of Ananey Tikshoret, one of the leading TV producers in Israel.

Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co.

Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co. has an enviable portfolio of telecoms clients, which includes the largest domestic operators such as Bezeq, Partner Communications and Cellcom. Mattan Meridor, who leads the competition and antitrust group, assists companies in the telecoms sector with various matters, including merger approvals, restrictive trade practices and abuse of monopoly power. Litigation (including class actions) is handled by Hilla Peleg.

Practice head(s):

Mattan Meridor; Hila Peleg

Other key lawyers:

Dror Savransky

Key clients

Bezeq the Israeli Telecommunication Corporation Ltd.

I.O.R.B.B.R (1998) Ltd – Zenith Media

Cellcom Israel Ltd.

Outbrain Inc.

Partner Communications Company Ltd.

Hot Telecom Limited Partnership

Hot Communications Systems Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Cellcom on its merger with Golan Teleco.
  • Representing Bezeq in a significant licensing proceeding regarding the operation of broadcasting antenna providing satellite services.
  • Representing Partner Communications Ltd. in  fundraisings and large scale public offerings.

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary focuses on the media market, where it advises on investment and finance transactions. The group is part of the firm's hi-tech and venture capital department, which is jointly led by Ian Rostowsky and Yoav Etzyon. It is frequently consulted by VC funds and start ups. Although investment transactions are the team's primary focus, it is also experienced in IP, commercial agreements and regulatory matters.

Gideon Koren & Co. Law Offices & Notary

Gideon Koren & Co. Law Offices & Notary is well known for advising domestic television and production companies on the numerous commercial and licensing agreements necessary for their business operations. Name partner Gideon Koren is highly experienced in contentious matters affecting the media sector, representing media companies in proceedings relating to defamation, violation of privacy and protection of copyright.

Practice head(s):

Gideon Koren

Shimony Gross & Co

Since its inception in 2018, Shimony Gross & Co's team has carved out a strong reputation in media and entertainment law. It primarily advises production companies and broadcasting networks on all aspects of TV production. Founding partner Eran Shimony, who leads the practice, assists with the drafting of content and licensing agreements, as well as representing clients in litigation proceedings related to libel law and copyright infringement.

Practice head(s):

Eran Shimony

Other key lawyers:

Noa Nudelman; Liron Amram; Maayan Bahr

Testimonials

Shimony Gross has a team of professionals who deeply knows our industry and the way things works. The team’s unique experience and availability at all times is extraordinary. This, together with their practical and positive approach helps us get things done in the best way.’

Shimony Gross are unique for their professional skills, highly appreciated costumer service, human relations and availability. The team at Shimony Gross has an extensive legal knowledge, as well as a profound understanding and experience with the various issues that we deal with, from intellectual property to business related work. We can always turn to them for consultation and we they will come up with solutions to solve any problem. We have a better feeling with this firm than with other firms.’

We mostly work with Eran Shimony and Noa Nudelman. Both of them have an extensive experience in our kind of practice and they have proved their professionalism over and over during the time they have been providing their services to Hot. We consult with Eran and Noa regarding any issue that concerns Hot’s media and content activity. Both Noa and Eran are available at any time, always pleasant and always fast responding to all our requests.’

The team is the most professional, loyal, dedicated, intelligent and above all- so creative that its inspiring to work with.’

Key clients

Slutzky Commination Channels Ltd.

Hot – Telecommunication Systems Ltd.

Keshet Broadcasting International Ltd.

S.H. Channel 8 Ltd.

Drama Team Ltd.

Movie Plus Productions Ltd.

Beitzat Ayin Productions Ltd.

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Company

Bank Hapoalim

Kookooruza Production & Content Ltd.

Batsheva Dance Company

Deux Bons Garçons

Dana Cohen Productions

Glikscom Ltd.

Niv Eshet Cohen Representation and Production Ltd.

Saban Brands Israel Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Provided ongoing legal consultation regarding all matters concerning Slutzky’s activity and their productions and accompany the producers through all the production process.
  • Provided ongoing legal consultation to HOT’s content division, including the Channels department, VOD department, Acquisitions department and Scripted and Non-Scripted productions departments.
  • Advised Movie Plus Production 2005 Ltd. on a  international co-production deal.