Firm Profile > Shibolet & Co. > Tel Aviv, Israel

Shibolet & Co.
37 SHAUL HAMELECH BLVD
4 BERKOWITZ ST
TEL AVIV 6423806
Israel

Energy Tier 1

Acting for domestic and international energy companies and financiers, Shibolet & Co. has experience in the establishment of conventional and renewable power projects in Israel and abroad. The team is instructed by project companies such as Telemenia, which it advises on the financing and development of power plants in Europe, Africa and South America. In addition, the team advised a key bidder for the purchase of the Alon Tavor power plant as part of the privatisation of the Israeli energy generation market. A key figure in the team is Alon Ziv, who has extensive experience in the development of energy infrastructure and advises a number of Israeli institutional investors on cross-border energy investments. Other names to note include David MagrisoRevital Ben-Artzi and Orit Marom-Albeck, who specialises in environmental law.

Practice head(s):

David Magriso; Revital Ben-Artzi; Orit Marom-Albeck; Alon Ziv

Key clients

Israel Railways

Sapir Civil & Marine Engineering

Paz Ashdod Refinery

Meitav Dash Investment

Menora Mivtachim Insurance

Effisolar Enterprises

China State Construction Engineering Corporation

Clal Insurance

Phoenix Insurance Company

Rafael Advanced Defence Systems

Netafim

Israel Railways

Haifa Chemicals

Shikun & Binui

Ellomay Pumped Storage (2014)

Home Biogas

Delek Group

Helios Energy Investments

NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit System

Blue Sphere Corporation

Solegreen

Global Sun Israel

Capital Nature

Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy

Telemenia

F.K. Generators and Equipment

Hi-tech and start-ups Tier 1

The team at Shibolet & Co. has developed a strong reputation in the hi-tech sector, where it is consistently involved in high-value investment and M&A transactions, often involving first-time international acquirers and Asia-based tech companies and investors. One of the largest hi-tech teams in the market, the practice group is divided into a number of sub-sector specialisms and boasts particular experience in the areas of fintech, blockchain and smart contracts, telecoms and media, and cyber and data security. Key figures in the team include practice head Lior Aviram, Amir Iliescu, who has experience in cross-border M&A, and Einat Weidberg, who specialises in commercial tech agreements and corporate finance. Vered Horesh left the firm in 2019 for an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Lior Aviram

Testimonials

Exceptional team: professional, extremely attentive, practical advice, great business orientation.

Lior Aviram is an outstanding strategist, extremely practical, and always provides good advice.

Key clients

LiquidApps

Spark Innovation

Finova Capital Fund

Magic Softwares

Outbrain

Axilion

Lear Corporation

Colu

Filpkart

Skoda

Endor

Barclays

Outbrain

General Motors Israel

TechStars

Alibaba

Volkswagen

Alcoa

Huawei Technologies

Philips

Trendlines Group

Founder

Riverwood Capital

NICE Systems

Compugen

Panasonic

Technion Research and Development Foundation

Technion Investment Opportunities Fund

Siemens Group

Nokia

Samsung Group

PCB Technologies

Priortech

Infrastructure Tier 1

Shibolet & Co. provides high-quality services to project companies, contractors and financiers in a huge range of domestic and international infrastructure projects, spanning energy infrastructure, road and rail projects, ports and various other utilities projects. Of particular note, in 2019 the firm's client Trans-Jerusalem J-Net was chosen as the winner of a multibillion-dollar tender for the expansion and further development of the Jerusalem light rail network. A key figure in the team is David Magriso, who led the J-Net tender and is also advising key participants in tenders for the Tel Aviv LRT extensions and one of the country's most significant highway projects. Also recommended are Revital Ben-ArtziOrit Marom-Albeck, and Alon Ziv, who is a standout figure in the project finance space and is particularly active in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Revital Ben-Artzi; David Magriso; Orit Marom-Albeck; Alon Ziv

Key clients

Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering

Ashtrom Group

Israel Ports Company

Bank Hapoalim

Clal Insurance

Phoenix Insurance Company

Paz Ashdod Refinery

Meitav Dash Investment

Menora Mivtachim Insurance

China State Construction Engineering Corporation

Shikun & Binui

Ellomay Pumped Storage (2014)

NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit System

Rafael Advanced Defence Systems

Netafim

Israel Railways

Haifa Chemicals

Home Biogas

Delek Group

Helios Energy Investments

Blue Sphere Corporation

Solegreen

Global Sun Israel

Capital Nature

Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy

Telemenia

F.K. Generators and Equipment

Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

In addition to receiving appointments from companies undergoing voluntary liquidation or reorganisation, Shibolet & Co. is frequently instructed by the courts in insolvency proceedings, where 'utterly relentless litigatorJoseph Benkel is the key name. Benkel is regularly nominated as a trustee, liquidator or receiver in major cases, including serving as the trustee for the companies which hold and operate the Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv, involving the management of claims from creditors totalling over NIS1bn. In another significant appointment, Benkel is serving as trustee in Eliezer Fishman's bankruptcy, which is the largest bankruptcy case concerning an individual in Israel. Associate Omer Bar Ilan is notable for his role in major bankruptcy and insolvency mandates, such as Eliezer Fishman's NIS4bn bankruptcy proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Benkel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘In contentious insolvency, the firm is excellent at unravelling complex corporate structures, identifying hidden assets and the like.’

‘The team is well-balanced with Joseph Benkel as experienced lead partner and Omer Bar Ilan as a responsive and easy to communicate with associate. They take their time to explain the background to disputes and their strategy. Both are friendly and to the point.’

Key clients

Bank Hapoalim Ltd.

Central Bus Station in Tel – Aviv (Court nomination)

Eliezer Fishman’s Bankruptcy (Court nomination)

Tirzalit Ltd. (in Liquidation) (Court nomination)

Fishman Family Properties Ltd. (in Liquidation) (Court nomination)

Hashkaot Kedayot Ltd. (Court nomination)

Adv. Ady Fighel in his role as trustee of the creditors’ composition of Inventech Central Hotels Ltd.

Fishman Family Properties Management (1988) Ltd. (in Liquidation) (Court nomination)

Maavar Ltd. (in Liquidation) (Court nomination)

LAHAV LR Real Estate Ltd

Echtman – Engineering corp. Ltd.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Capital markets Tier 2

Shibolet & Co.'s 'very professional' capital markets team frequently acts for issuers offering debentures. The group has also invested in the developing areas of blockchain - where it acts for clients including cryptocurrency platforms on ICOs and STOs and advises on regulatory approvals prior to public offerings - and medical cannabis, where it is handling share swap transactions, IPOs and reverse mergers. Adi Zaltzman, whose clients include major international corporations and underwriters, recently worked alongside Saul Adereth and Amir Shachar to advise Searchlight Capital Partners on its purchase of B Communications and a settlement agreement with the target company's debenture holders, representing one of the largest debt settlements in Israel.

Practice head(s):

Moshe Ne’eman; Adi Zaltzman

Testimonials

‘The team has a great deal of knowledge in all areas of capital markets.’  

‘The availability of the team is very high, their work is done thoroughly and quickly. From experience working with other offices, the level in this office is exceptional.’

‘The team provides excellent service, is available for any question at any time, and helps its client to advance the deal in question without disqualifying it.’ 

‘Saul Adereth is a very hardworking, professional, loyal and courteous lawyer. specialising in the Israeli capital markets and lien laws.’

‘I have worked with Saul Adereth on a number of transactions, and was very impressed with his interpersonal ability and professionalism.’ 

‘Associate Inbar Ethan Goldstein takes care of all relevant legal issues on a  day-to-day basis and serves as a pivot within the firm for all legal matters that are also handled by other lawyers. She has a high level of professionalism, availability and provides exceptional service.’

Key clients

Gama Management & Clearing Ltd.

GO.D.M Investments

Golan Plastic Products Ltd.

Hub Data Protection Ltd

iintoo Investments Ltd.

Inrom Construction Industries Ltd.

Board of directors of Jerusalem Economy Ltd.

Kafrit Industries (1993) Ltd.

Kerur Holdings Ltd.

Lahav LR Real Estate Ltd.

Leader Capital Markets Ltd.

Lodan Engineering Co. Ltd.

Netz Forecasts Ltd.

NICE-Systems Ltd.

Merchavia Holdings and Investments Ltd

Orbit Technologies Ltd.

PCB Technologies Ltd.

Poalim I.B.I. – Underwriting & Issuing Ltd.

Priortech Ltd.

Searchlight Capital Partners

Dispute resolution: class actions (including derivative actions) Tier 2

Shibolet & Co. is sought out by multinational corporates for advice in consumer class actions, and also represents Israeli clients in high-value banking, insurance and securities claims, and large competition-related suits. A key contact in the team is Hillel Ish-Shalom, who has over 30 years of commercial litigation experience and is instructed by multinationals including Aeroflot, Samsung; insurers including Migdal Insurance Company; and Israeli food and beverage companies such as Jafora Tabori and Teperberg 1870 Winery. Also recommended is Ofer Shapira, who represents General Motors in various tort and product liability claims and is also representing an Israeli auto leasing company in multiple discrimination class actions. Shmuel Galinka and Joseph Benkel are also key contacts in the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Benkel; Hillel Ish-Shalom; Shmuel Galinka; Ofer Shapira

Testimonials

Very good litigators, and at providing full range of required corporate services. Very high level of service.

The partners are great at maintaining level of quality throughout a project.

Key clients

Amidar Israel National Housing Corporation For Immigrants

Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services

Samsung Group

Israel Railways

Migdal Insurance Company

Chemipal

General Motors Company

Aeroflot – Russian Airlines

Glicksman Egg Marketing (1994)

Albar Leasing (R.Z)

Bezeq The Israeli Telecommunication

Jafora Tabori

BNP Paribas

Ceragon Networks

S. Schestowitz

James Richardson Proprietary Limited

Women’s International Zionist Organization (Wizo)

Carmel Winery (Israel)

Eilot Regional Council

Arava Power Company

One Software Services (1997)

Castro Model

Employment Tier 2

Shibolet & Co.’s employment and labour team provides an ‘outstanding service’ to its broad base of Israeli and multinational clients. While it does act for senior executives, it is primarily active on behalf of employers, with a particularly prolific transactional support practice. Other key areas include collective negotiations, HR policy issues and litigation. Group head Hadas Raccah-Dvir is lauded as an ‘authority in the field of labour law’ and maintains a diverse practice, with notable experience in the hi-tech sector. Keren Maimon-Sandler has niche expertise in Kibbutz-related labour and employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Hadas Raccah-Dvir

Testimonials

What sets this team apart is the level of service and availability; the staff always come back with reasoned answers within very short response times.’

The staff’s knowledge is always up to date with new laws and regulations and court rulings. The team also holds customer seminars to expose customers to new labour law regulations and court rulings.’

What sets this team apart from other firms, is the degree of responsibility and intimacy with the client. My understanding as a customer is that I can always call and receive in the first step a short answer, and within a short time, the long and reasoned answer.’

The main difference is the feeling that the team is a part of your organisation and is always available to you.’

Provides an outstanding service: professional, timely, accurate, proactive.’

Well versed and responsive partners, with lots of knowledge of the legal material and the market, combined with a practical approach.

Hadas Raccah-Dvir is an authority in the field of labour law. She undertakes small and large jobs, from simple labour contracts to examining company work procedures and compliance with laws and regulations.’

Hadas Raccah-Dvir is a highly skilled and practical partner, who delivers great solutions in a timely manner.’

Key clients

AllJobs

Arad Group

Ceragon Networks Ltd.

Chemipal Ltd.

China State Construction Harbor

Cloudshare

Cynet

Delta Galil Industries Ltd.

Earnix

Electra Group

General Motors

FilpKart

Heinman- James Richardson

Hiro Media

Ilex Group

Inter-Disciplinary Center Herzliya

Kav Manche – Hashavim

Outbrain

Panasonic

Priortech Group

Ramat Hagolan Winery

Ramot

Rimon C

SAP SE

SEEBO

Scodix

Siemens AG

Simbionix

S. Schestowitz

The Trendlines Group

Telemenia

VATBox

Water Corporation – Kiryat Gat

Yafora Tavori Ltd.

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Shibolet & Co.’s group is routinely engaged by a wide range of industry participants, from promising start-ups, through to research centres and pharmaceutical companies. Among its strong suits, the team is particularly prominent in licensing transactions and financing deals. It also advises on product development, patent approvals, clinical studies and regulatory issues. Ofer Ben-Yehuda is 'a true partner to the client’.

Practice head(s):

Ofer Ben-Yehuda

Testimonials

The focus is on getting deals done, not on raising obstacles.’

The partners and associates are highly dedicated to providing the best service, protecting the interests of clients, and doing so in a professional manner.

Ofer Ben-Yehuda is a standout; Ofer is not only highly experienced and professional, but also a true partner to the client in getting deals done.

Key clients

Microbot

Elux

Medasense Biometrics Ltd

OHMK (TIANJIN) medical technology ltd

EndyMed Ltd

Technion Research and Development Foundation Ltd

Dia Cardio

Emendobio Inc.

Elcam Medical

Moebius Medical

Joy Venture

Klalit TTO

Compugen

Cartihill

Novocure

SmartZyme

MedicVision

Intellectual property: commercial/transactions Tier 2

Shibolet & Co. is particularly strong in the Israeli tech sector, and with wider experience in cross-border corporate, commercial and financing deals, the firm is well placed to handle complex commercial IP transactions for innovative growth companies and hi-tech investors. Jointly headed by Tamir Afori and tech transactional specialist Tal Karplus, the IP team acts for domestic corporates and multinationals, including one of the world's leading technology and telecoms companies, in relation to in-license agreements with Israel's leading research and development centres. The wider tech practice has expertise in areas including clean-tech and fintech, and has also become involved in budding sectors such as medical cannabis, where the IP team recently advised Israel's largest medical cannabis company on several matters for the commercialisation and development of its IP.

Practice head(s):

Tamir Afori; Tal Karplus

Key clients

The Technion Research and Development Foundation

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Triple C

Life Science Research Israel

DiACardio

The Trendlines Medical and its portfolio companies

Elcam Medical

IDC Herzliya

Golan Heights Winery

Ceragon Networks

Microbot Medical

Elbit Systems

Incubit Ventures

Camtek

Mifal hapais (Israeli lottery operator)

Golan Plastic Industries

Kafrit

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Shibolet & Co.'s real estate practice handles large-scale commercial and residential real estate projects - including those in the field of urban renewal -  in Israel, Europe the US and Asia, where it acts for developers. On the contentious side, it represents clients before the Land Registry, Israel's Land Administration, the tax authorities and the planning and zoning authorities. Eran Balint regularly advises foreign companies, predominantly US corporates, on real estate investments in Israel. Yair Salomon is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Eran Balint; Yair Salomon; Michal Barak; Ofer Zuzobsky

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ahuzat HaHof Ltd.

Ashtrom Group

Azorim Investment Developement and Construction Ltd.

Bonei Hatichon Civil Engineering & Infrastructures Ltd

Clal Insurance Ltd.

Consortium of American Investors

Dirot Yokra Ltd.

Gindi holdings Ltd.

Gindi Ramat Hasharon Ltd.

Harel Insurance

Rozio (Lev Ha’Ir) Group

Minrav Projects (Minrav Holdings Ltd) (MNRV:TLV)

Mivnei Ta’asia & Mlacha Ltd (“M.T.M”)

Phonix Insurance Ltd.

The Municipality of Jerusalem

The Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo

Seminar Hakibutzim

Real estate: urban renewal Tier 2

Shibolet & Co.'s team is active in Pinui Binui and Tama 38 projects, where it primarily advises landowners but also acts for developers. Drawing upon its wider real estate practice, the firm is able to provide full-service advice, including handling financing matters, planning and zoning disputes and construction. Eran Balint and Yair Salomon are the key names. Balint's clients include developers in Israel and foreign lenders, whereas Yair is a key name for assisting municipalities with all real estate matters and has strong knowledge of the regulatory requirements of urban renewal projects.

Practice head(s):

Eran Balint; Yair Salomon; Michal Barak; Ofer Zuzovsky

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ahuzat HaHof Ltd.

Ashtrom Group

Azorim Investment Developement and Construction Ltd.

Clal Insurance Ltd.

Consortium of American Investors

Gindi holdings

Gindi Ramat Hasharon Ltd.

Gurkan Real Estate

Harel Insurance

Rozio (Lev Ha’Ir) Group

Minrav Projects (Minrav Holdings Ltd) (MNRV:TLV)

Mivnei Ta’asia & Mlacha Ltd (“M.T.M”)

Phoenix Insurance Ltd.

The Municipality of Jerusalem

The Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo

Banking and finance Tier 3

Shibolet & Co. continues to raise its profile in the banking and finance area, with strong recent showings in project finance and acquisition finance for lenders including Goldman Sachs, Bank Hapoalim and Clal Insurance Company. In addition, the group’s top-tier offering in hi-tech translates into a steady stream of mandates from Silicon Valley Bank relating to lending deals in the technology space. Alon Ziv is particularly active in the project finance, infrastructure and tech sectors — for lenders and borrowers. David Magriso, who has an emphasis on project finance, and Gadi Ouzan are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Gadi Ouzan; Alon Ziv

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

The Phoenix Holding Ltd.

Wells Fargo Capital Finance LLC

Leumi Bank Limited

BNP Paribas Israel

Bank HaPoalim

Barclays Bank

Silicon Valley Bank

Clal Insurance Ltd.

Harel Insurance Company Limited

Gama Management & Clearing Ltd.

The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya

Ashtrom Group

Israel Innovation Authority

Siemens

Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Limited

Silicon Valley Bank

City National Bank

Netafim Limited

Haifa District Industries Association – Sewage Purification Facility

Israel Discount Bank

Menora Mivtachim Insurance

Meitav Dash Investments Ltd.

Altshuler Shaham

Deutsche Bank AG

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The ‘hands-on’ group at Shibolet & Co. stands out for its strong profile in the technology space, where it is routinely engaged by an array of start-ups, mature global companies and investors. Cross-border deals are a forte and the firm has recently handled mandates on behalf of India-based Flipkart, US-based Searchlight Capital Partners and Madden Asia Holding Limited — it is also a popular choice for Israeli companies on multi-jurisdictional deals. Key contacts Lior Aviram and Gadi Ouzan are highly regarded for hi-tech and venture capital transactions. Amir Iliescu is a key name for life sciences work.

Practice head(s):

Lior Aviram

Testimonials

In the past, I have worked with other firms as professional as Shibolet, but the combination of professionalism, quality of work, knowing what the customer needs and responsiveness is very unique!

A very hands-on, available and professional team.’

‘Lior Aviram is a very professional, problem-solver, and very available for consultation. He understands business needs and knows what’s important and what’s not.’

Gadi Ouzan has full understanding of our needs and adapts his service accordingly, is very responsive, and provides the service in a combination of speed and quality which amazes us every time. ’

Key clients

SearchLight Capital Partners

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

Steve Madden

Alibaba

BNP Paribas

Ceragon Networks Ltd.

Earnix Ltd.

Flipkart Private Limited

Founder Information Industry Holding Co., Ltd.

GM Israel

Huawei Technologies Co.

Kafrit Industries (1993) Ltd.

Lear Corporation

NICE-Systems Ltd.

Nokia

Olive Software Ltd.

Panasonic

Ramot Magal Management and Holdings Ltd.

Riverwood Capital

Samsung Group

SAP SE.

Siemens A.G.

SKODA AUTO DigiLab s.r.o

Technion

The Phoenix Holding Ltd.

Volkswagen

Competition/antitrust Tier 3

Shibolet & Co.'s 'professional and efficient' team has particular knowledge of the food and beverage sector. The group handles class actions relating to excessive pricing and regularly produces compliance programmes for companies to ensure they do not breach competition law requirements. The firm also handles investments, joint ventures, exclusive commercial agreements and tender proceedings that require approval from the ICA. Gil Rosenberg is representing James Richardson Proprietary in a $1bn class action concerning excessive pricing.

Practice head(s):

Gil Rosbenberg

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Gil Rosenberg is very much in tune to the needs of my company, will make introductions to potential investors, deals etc, and is always extremely professional.’

‘Gil Rosenberg is a knowledgeable, smart and a pleasant partner to work with, with a deep knowledge of antitrust as well as adjacent legal areas (such as procurement and tender law), which helps him deliver holistic, legally robust and practical solutions.’

Key clients

Mekorot, Israel National Water Company

The Tel Aviv and Central Israel Chamber of Commerce

Mifal HaPais – Israel National Lottery

Siemens Israel Ltd.

Ayalon Insurance Company

Elbit Systems

Nokia Israel

Phoenix Insurance Company

Electra Group

Südzucker AG

Bose Corporation

The First International Bank of Israel (FIBI)

Israel Railways Ltd. (ISR – Israeli National Railway Carrier)

Israel Ports Developments & Assets Company

Golan Plastic Ltd.

SAP AG

Samsung Electronics Co.

Robert Bosch GmbH

Ceragon Networks Ltd.

Wrigley Israel

Jafora-Tabori

Arad Group

Castro Model Ltd

Arava Power

Volkswagen AG

Paz Ashdod Refinery Ltd.

AiTech

Kav Manche Group

Sasatech

Triple C

AGICOA – Association for the International Collective Management of Audiovisual Works

James Richardson

Shaked Bros.

Red Online Marketing Group, LP (50onRed)

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

S.Schestowitz (one of Israel’s largest distribution companies of international food brands)

BSH Home Appliances

Galor Systems & Software Development

Golan Winery Ltd.

Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration Tier 3

Shibolet & Co.'s litigation group has markedly developed its market profile since its merger in 2018. The department is led by Joseph Benkel, who is highly respected by peers, and rated by clients both for his court advocacy and his incisive legal advice. The litigation group is an active player in class actions, insolvency-related litigation, and commercial claims in a huge range of industry sectors including hi-tech, retail, agriculture and utilities, and construction and infrastructure. Other names to note are Hillel Ish-Shalom, who specialises in insurance and has experience of a variety of commercial disputes; Shmuel Galinka, whose areas of expertise include competition, white-collar crime, and bankruptcy and receivership; and Ofer Shapira, who has particular expertise in cross-border corporate and financing disputes. Inbal Raz has also been singled out by clients.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Benkel; Hillel Ish-Shalom; Shmuel Galinka; Ofer Shapira

Testimonials

Yossi Benkel is an extremely out of the box thinker with a great ability to simplify complex issues. Inbal Raz follows in Yossi’s steps.

Very professional attorneys, highly responsive, providing practical services.

Joseph Benkel is an extremely sharp litigator with very good instincts and an ability to understand the intention and next moves of the other party.

Great professionals, confident about their work, available to think together and provide advice.’

Key clients

Cellcom

Israel Ports Development & Assets Company

Israel Railways

Seldat

IDE Technologies

Haifa Chemicals

Tnuva Cooperative Center for Agricultural Product Marketing in Israel

Partner Communication Company

Hutchison Water Israel E.P.C.

Hutchison Water International Holdings

Dirot Yokra

Mr. Peretz Winkler

Rosh HaAyin Municipality

Gindi Holdings Group

Amidar The Israeli National Public Housing Company

Hashavim H.P.S

Ashtrom Group

Vered Quarries

Alere

Kerur Holdings

Flying Carpet

Bezeq The Israeli Telecommunication Corp.

Migdal Insurance and Financial Holdings

The Phoenix Insurance Company

BNP Paribas

RAD Data Communications

Women’s International Zionist Organization (Wizo)

Arad Group

James Richardson Proprietary

Investment and venture capital funds Tier 3

Shibolet & Co. has a strong reputation in the Israeli tech sector, and as such, the team has a number of legal skill sets that make it an attractive choice for tech investors, especially those from Israel and China. Of particular note, the firm has developed specialisms in fintech and blockchain technology, and has been involved in the formation of several funds focusing on crypto and blockchain assets. Lior Aviram is a key figure in the firm's hi-tech practice, Orit Sternhell-Zaltzman has experience of venture capital formation and management, and Omer Ben-Zvi has also been rated by clients.

Practice head(s):

Lior Aviram

Testimonials

They are very experienced in this practice field, and in serving clients from China in particular.

They focus on long-term relationship building, and are very attentive to cultural differences. We appreciate Omer Ben-Zvi’s work the most.

Key clients

Viola

China Merchants Capital Fund

Poalim Ventures

CVC Capital

JANVEST

Vertex IV (C.I.) Fund

Sailing Capital

Azini Capital Partners

Technion Investment Opportunities Fund

Rimonci China

Pitango

Plenus Mezzanine

Vertex Venture Capital

JOY VENTURE

I3 Partners

VatBox

Copia Agro & Food Fund

Tax Tier 3

Shibolet & Co.'s 'responsive' practice advises corporations on the tax structuring of M&A and other forms of investment. It has notable expertise assisting fintech companies, particularly cryptocurrency platforms, with the tax aspects of ICOs and STOs and other matters pertaining to their establishment in Israel. The team also acts for individuals and companies throughout the process of voluntarily disclosing their offshore accounts and assets. Contentious tax matters are another strength. Miri Bickel and Benny Kalifi jointly head the team. Vered Meller is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Benny Kalifi; Miri Bickel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘In addition to dominance in all traditional fields of taxation, the firm has a deep knowledge of developing areas of taxation, such as cryptocurrencies and ICOs.’

‘Vered Meller is very attentive, practical, and an expert in corporate tax planning, as well as being extremely knowledgeable in the tax structuring of cryptocurrencies and ICOs.’

Key clients

Aon Israel Insurance Agency Ltd.

LiquidApps Ltd.

Quata Services Inc.

Gamefly Inc.

Trendlines Incubators Israel Ltd.

Camtek

VATBox

PCB Technologies

Malca Amit Ltd

Poalim Capital Market

NICE Systems

Ernst & Young

Fahn Kanne

Grant Thornton

Shtainmetz Aminoach & Co

Bancor (Bprotocl Foundation)

Lear Corporation

Rimonci Capital

Telecoms and media Tier 3

Shibolet & Co. has expertise in copyright disputes, often involving claims for royalties by copyright holders. To a lesser extent, the group also acts for companies, including Cellcom, in litigation and on corporate transactions, including M&A. Tamir Afori, noted by one client for his 'unique expertise in all aspects of IP rights', advises domestic and foreign clients in copyright disputes throughout the court circuit in Israel and regularly appears before legislative committees of Knesset in matters concerning IP law in the telecoms sector.

Practice head(s):

Tamir Afori

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Tamir Afori has exceptional in-depth knowledge of IP law and is very experienced in all litigation proceedings in this field.’

Key clients

Cellcom

Triple C

Radio Haifa

Radio Tel Aviv

Radio Darom

Radio Galey Israel

Radio Lev-Hamedina

Radius

Charlton Ltd.

Motion Picture Association

Albertas publishing

Keshet Broadcasting

Fashion TV

AGICOA

Hiro Media

Vice Media

Working Title Film

NBC

Bizportal

Netvision

Sunday Times

Transport Tier 4

Shibolet & Co. acts for a varied mix of transport clients, with Israeli and multinational start-ups, mid-size companies and market leaders all on the team’s books. Rail is a strong suit and the team advises Israel Railways on procurement issues, commercial agreements and contentious matters. The firm also advises bidding consortia on tenders for infrastructure projects, including rail, port and road projects. Corporate and commercial partner Gadi Ouzan jointly heads the department alongside infrastructure specialist David Magriso.

Practice head(s):

Gadi Ouzan; David Magriso

Key clients

General Motors

Albar Leasing (R.Z) Ltd.

Air Berlin

NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd.

Netivei Israel – National Transport Infrastructure Company Ltd.

Lease Car

China Construction Company Ltd.

Mobi-Wize

Gasngo

Optibus

Domicar Ltd.

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Banking and finance
Bankruptcy, receivership and reorganisation
Blockchain and smart contracts/fintech
Capital markets and securities
China practice
Class action
Commercial, corporate and M&A
Cyber, data and privacy
Environment, cleantech and renewable energy
Hi-tech and venture capital
Intellectual property
Labour and employment
Life sciences
Litigation and dispute resolution
Planning and zoning
Project finance, energy and infrastructure
Real estate
Tax
Technology and licensing
Telecom and media
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