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S. Friedman, Abramson & Co.
146 Menachem Begin Rd.
Azrieli Town Tower

Israel > Transport Tier 1

Transport powerhouse S. Friedman, Abramson & Co. is primarily recognised for its ‘extensive experience and knowledge of shipping’, where it acts for leading domestic and multinational shipping companies on an array of regulatory, contentious and transactional matters. Alongside its destination maritime practice, the group also advises on rail and road-related matters. Senior shipping expert Amir Cohen-Dor is distinguished by his ‘vast experience in the field of transportation’. The group also includes Roiy Cohen, who specialises in representing shipping companies in commercial negotiations, dispute resolution and risk management; and Michael Safran, who is highly regarded for shipping transactions.

Practice head(s):

Amir Cohen-Dor

Other key lawyers:

Michael Safran; Nira Cory; Roiy Cohen; Aviva Zigmond; Nitzan Nishlis


‘The team has been working with our company for years and have built up great knowledge and expertise in the company’s day-to-day operations, as well as the legal matters in hand. ’

‘The team is extremely professional, with great knowledge and experience, great dedication and availability.’

‘The team is highly professional, which gives me a sense of confidence in their inputs and advice. In addition, they are available to my requests and pleasant to work with.’

‘Amir Cohen-Dor is highly professional, well-informed in market developments and has vast experience in the field of transportation. He is always open to hear and discuss new ideas and initiatives and employs a “can do” approach to every new request.’

‘The team has extensive experience and knowledge of shipping and international trade matters. Very familiar with LMAA arbitration. Roiy Cohen is an excellent lawyer. Very client friendly, extremely easy to work with and very knowledgeable.’

‘Aviva Zigmond, is my main contact on competition-related work for shipping companies and is top of the tree. I also have worked with litigators Amir Cohen-Dor and Nira Cory, who I would be happy to work with again.’

Key clients

Zim Integrated Shipping Services

The Israel Chamber of Shipping

M. Dizengoff & Co (P&I Representatives)

Israel Shipyards

Israel Electric Corporation

National Coal Supply Corporation

Maersk Israel

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haifa and the North

Dead Sea Works (part of the ICL group)

Israel Railways

Ayalon Highways Co

NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System

Israel Scandinavian Maritime Agency

Work highlights

  • Advising Zim Integrated Shipping Services on long-term charter agreements (with purchase options) for over 20 new eco-friendly vessels, with a total value of over $1.5bn.
  • Drafting the Israeli Shipping Agents Registration Bill on behalf of the Israeli Chamber of Shipping.
  • Advising the National Coal Supply Corporation on the $50.5m sale of a vessel co-owned with a Belgian partner.

Israel > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Since the 2022 merger between S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries and Ephraim Abramson & Co., S. Friedman, Abramson & Co.‘s corporate and M&A department has experienced a significant growth in the Israeli market, where the team is routinely involved in complex M&A and corporate transactions, most notably in the kibbutzim sector. Practice head Sarit Molcho is the key contact for kibbutzim and kibbutz enterprises, while also representing a litany of public companies, cooperative associations, and private equity funds. The Haifa office’s corporate department is jointly led by Ifat Minzer-Koll, an expert of both M&A and complex taxation issues, and Rafi Shapiro, who combines his corporate law expertise with his knowledge of insolvency, debt restructuring, and liquidation issues. Key contact for cross-border operations is head of the international transactions department, Jeffery Rashba, and partner Guy Sasportas is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sarit Molcho


‘We received a very high level of professional service. The lead consultant, lawyer Ifat Minzer-Koll, guided us through the details of the contract until the successful conclusion of the transaction. During the very long period of the negotiation, we were assisted by the rest of the crew, who utilised their specific expertise.’

‘Ifat Minzer-Koll is a professional leader who guided us through the details of the contract until the successful conclusion of the deal.’

‘This law firm has been taking care of all my legal needs for 17 years and always solves my problems.’

‘Ifat Minzer-Koll is an excellent lawyer. She answers any questions and often comes with additional ideas.’

Key clients

DRS RADA Technologies

J.T.L.V II (P.E) Limited Partnership

Pie Siam Ltd.

Adidas Israel Ltd.

Extal Ltd.

Chromagen Israel Ltd.

Palram Industries (1991) Ltd.

Eternal truth Investments Ltd.

Rekah Pharmaceutical Industry Ltd.

Plasson Industries Ltd.

Amiad Water Systems Ltd.

Plastopil Hazorea Company Ltd.

Silber – Meat and Sausage Products Industries

Lordan Agricultural Cooperative Association Ltd.

The Kass Group

Oasis Israel LP

Geokom Ltd.

Kibbutz Izrael Holdings Ltd

Rambam healthcare Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised DRS RADA Technologies Ltd., a global leading manufacturer of tactical radar systems, whose stocks were listed on NASDAQ and the Tel Aviv stock exchange, in a merger with Leonardo DRS Inc., a US-based security company
  • Advised adidas Israel Ltd. on a franchising agreement under which it granted Electra Consumer Products Ltd., a franchise to operate 45 branded stores in Israel.
  • Advised Pie Siam Ltd & Dahuki Family (including held corporations) in a transaction in which they purchased the controlling share (45.82%) of Aspen Group Ltd, a public company listed with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

Intellectual property > Intellectual property: disputes Tier 3

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries assists clients with complex intellectual property transactions and disputes before various Israeli courts, including opposition proceedings before the Registrar of Trademarks and complex court proceedings before all courts in Israel. The department is led by Gavriel (Gabi) Disegni, who is highly experienced in copyright, trademark and design litigation, and includes IP law and commercial litigation specialist Liron Koren.

Practice head(s):

Gavriel (Gabi) Disegni

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is very knowledgeable about both local and international intellectual property, provides practical and concise advice and quickly solves any IP problem.’

Key clients

Galilee Winecellar Joseph Gold & Sons Ltd

HaMashbir Lazarchan Department Stores Ltd

Alphex Ltd

Galilee Winecellar Joseph Gold & Sons Ltd

HaMashbir Lazarchan Department Stores Ltd

Charlie Fadida

Israel Hiking Maps

Yaniv G. Engineering and Construction Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Galilee Winecellar Joseph Gold & Sons in a wide-ranging dispute involving various proceedings against ZHS IP Worldwide regarding the registration and use of ELIT / ELITE trademarks in Israel.
  • Represented HaMashbir Lazarchan Department Stores in the filing of an objection against a trademark 365 Whole Foods Market filed by US company Amazon Technologies.
  • Represented Alphex against a patent infringement claim by Zehava Baranovich.

Dispute resolution > Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration Tier 5

Service-oriented and results-driven’, S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries’ dominant transport offering is reflected in its dispute resolution practice, where it frequently handles cases for trophy client, Zim Integrated Shipping Services. The team’s recent experience also spans the agriculture, food, non-profit, education, retail and infrastructure sectors. Lily Doron and Yair Assael head the group.

Practice head(s):

Lily Doron; Yair Assael


‘Lawyers with great legal minds, who are very dedicated, service-oriented and results-driven.’

‘The team provides great and professional service. Lawyers are super attentive, highly professional and skilled individuals.’

Key clients

Tnuva Central Coop for the Mktg of Agr Prod in Israel

World Zionist Organization

Zim Integrated Shipping Services

Amos Luzon Development and Energy Group

The University of Haifa

Hamashbir Lazarchan

The Independent Education System

Jerusalem Chicken Marketing

TT&T Telecom technology and Arie Hochman

Rekah Pharmaceutical Industry |Vitamed Pharmaceutical Industries

Milobar – Agricultural Cooperative Society

The owners of the rights in 12 out of 17 apartments located in the building at 21 Montefiore St. in Tel Aviv

Zesty Tech



The Jewish People Policy Institute

Milouoff Integrated Broiler Agricultural Cooperative Association


Ralco Agencies

Givot Olam Oil

Energy Infrastructure

IKEA Israel – Livna Tsfoni

Council for Higher Education in Israel

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Work highlights

  • Representing Tnuva in a variety of litigation matters.
  • Representing the World Zionist Organization in several matters, including in a claim for the recovery of NIS42.5m allegedly collected unlawfully from 114 claimants in connection with land purchases.
  • Advising Zim Integrated Shipping Services on international arbitration cases, including multiple proceedings in London.

Intellectual property > Intellectual property: filing/prosecution

S. Friedman, Abramson & Co.‘s IP department notably represents leading Israeli universities and research institutions, as well as biotech and pharmaceutical companies, in the filing and prosecution of their trademarks.

The firm: S. Friedman, Abramson & Co. is one of Israel’s most reputable law firms. With over 80 years of experience, the firm offers its clients a wide range of legal services led by a highly qualified, experienced and inventive team of experts. The firm’s multidisciplinary approach and its embrace of a productive collaboration among its practice groups enables it to provide effective solutions that are uniquely tailored for each client and the particulars of every transaction. A number of partners and associates are admitted to practice in the US and have worked in some of the leading law firms in New York. The firm also has long-lasting relationships with some of the most prominent law firms around the globe.

SFA’s clients include domestic and multinational corporations, governmental entities, public companies, industrial enterprises, start-ups, universities, banks, financial institutions and private clients.

Areas of practice
Shipping and transportation: The firm has been at the heart of the maritime sector for more than seven decades, and is the go-to firm in Israel for world-leading clients with respect to complex maritime law issues, both domestically and internationally. The firm advises major international shipping concerns on all aspects of their businesses, with particular expertise in fleet acquisition and asset-backed finance, along with taxation, regulatory and insurance liability issues. The firm also advises the state of Israel on various shipping matters.

Corporate and M&A: The firm has extensive experience in cross-border and domestic acquisitions, divestitures and joint venture transactions. It represents sellers, buyers, investors and target companies in all aspects of the transaction process. The firm also advises shareholders, officers and directors on a host of corporate governance matters.

Litigation and ADR: The firm represents both domestic and foreign companies and individuals in an array of complex commercial, civil, regulatory and insurance-related litigation at all levels of the judiciary, in arbitrations and before all forms of regulatory bodies in Israel, in a cost-effective manner.

Tax: The firm has a pre-eminent full-service tax department that advises its clients on domestic and international tax issues, offering them tailor-made solutions directed towards lowering their tax liability.

Real estate and infrastructure: The firm represents some of Israel’s largest developers, contractors, investors, financial institutions and landowners in all aspects of the development process and infrastructure development transactions.

IP: The firm’s IP department guides clients through the corridors of intellectual property law, recognising obstacles and pitfalls alongside opportunities and successes, and provides tailored strategic consulting intended to protect technological developments, assess risks and avoid damage to the intellectual property rights of others.

Securities and capital markets: The firm represents and advises public and private issuers, investment management companies, trust funds and officers and directors on all matters relating to domestic and international debt and equity securities, public and private offerings, and securities law issues.

Antitrust and competition: The firm has an active competition law practice, advising multinational and domestic corporations on all matters relating to competition law issues.

Hi-tech: The firm advises hi-tech companies, investors and entrepreneurs on every aspect of the venture’s operation from its formation, through its commercial agreements, financing transactions and the protection of its IP.

Higher education: The firm represents more higher-education institutions than any other law firm in Israel, advising on various aspects including tenders, taxation, labour law, litigation and more.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Hadar Tal
Managing Partner Amir Cohen-Dor
Managing Partner Avraham Aberman
Managing Partner Ephraim Abramson
Number of lawyers : 140