Firm Profile > S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries > Tel Aviv, Israel

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries
TEL AVIV 6423902

Transport Tier 1

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries'well connected and respected' team has leading expertise in the maritime industry, demonstrated by its role in numerous precedent-setting shipping disputes. Besides litigation, the team assists shipping companies with joint ventures, charter agreements and various other commercial arrangements. In addition, the firm is known for advising clients on the acquisition, financing and leasing of aircraft. Amir Cohen-Dor has over 30 years of experience in maritime law, with a special focus on protecting carriers and vessels' interests. 'Excellent negotiator and tactician' Michael Safran stands out for his strong reputation in maritime litigation.

Practice head(s):

Amir Cohen-Dor

Other key lawyers:

Michael Safran; Aviva Zigmond; Nitzan Nishlis


‘S. Friedman are the most professional and trustworthy law firm in shipping, transport and maritime infrastructure. They are always available and willing to assist.’

‘Amir Cohen-Dor is, in my opinion, the leading maritime lawyer in Israel. Always available, trustworthy and innovative. Michael Safran is also, in my opinion, one of the leading maritime S&P lawyers.’

‘Their strength is in their professionalism, commitment, availability and creativity. ’

‘Michael Safran is very skilled. His wide experience spans complicated structured finance transactions to asset-backed shipping transactions to corporate finance.’ 

Key clients

Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.

Maersk Israel Ltd.

Portline HK

Terminal Investment Limited Sàrl

M. Dizengoff & Co (P&I Representatives) Ltd.

Israel Shipyards Ltd.

The Israel Chamber of Shipping

COSCO Shipping Holdings Co., Ltd.

Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd.

Orient Overseas (International) Limited

Allalouf & Co. Shipping Ltd.

Gal Marine Ltd.

Overseas Commerce Ltd.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haifa and the North

Dead Sea Works

The National Coal Supply Corp. Ltd.

Israel Railways Corporation Ltd.

Yang Ming

The One


Dispute resolution: class actions (including derivative actions) Tier 3

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries' 'diligent, highly qualified and very responsive' team is particularly strong in claims relating to the the food industry, representing Tnuva in claims regarding food standards, mislabelling and unlawful contractual provisions. The team is also active in discrimination claims, representing retail and e-commerce companies in disputes relating to disabled parking and online accessibility. Itamar Anaby and Nira Cory are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Itamar Anaby

Other key lawyers:

Lily Doron; Nira Cory


‘The S. Friedman’s litigation and class action team is highly professional and very experienced, providing practical advice that aims to reach the most cost effective result.’

‘Nira Cory (Partner) – a very professional and highly experienced lawyer in class actions litigation. Nira puts a mirror in front of the client’s face, not trying to make things prettier, but trying to achieve for him the best result possible.

‘We are in a middle of a huge class action claimed against us. We won the District court level and still have to pass the supreme court as well. The three lawyers assigned to deal with the case worked extremely devotedly, dealt with each small detail and represented no less than 14 members of our chamber. The case was considered extremely difficult with some temptation to conclude it with a compromise. ’

‘The team, Mr. Anaby and Ms. Cory are professional lawyers understanding the issues they are dealing and finding the best solutions when needed.’

‘Professionals, understanding the law and the issues they have to solve. Cooperating with the clients during all the time.’

‘Itamar Anaby and Nira Cory have unique specialty in food companies’ class actions. They are both very diligent, highly qualified and very responsive. ’

‘Itamar and Nira and both highly qualified and great to work with. They are extremely responsive, practical and understand client’s needs.’

Key clients


Zim Integrated Shipping Services

Allalouf, Maersk Israel and other shipping agencies




Amiad Water Systems

Eldan Mitaney Alpayim Ltd.

Maersk Israel Ltd.

Luzon Group

Eldan Transport Ltd.

University of Haifa

Hamashbir 365 Holdings Ltd

Sports Events

MSC Israel Ltd.

Maple Team Ltd.  

Hermon Mountain Sports and Entertainment Services


Eldan Cargo

Bella Online

Chromagen Ltd.

Etz Ve’etza

Employment Tier 3

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries focuses on assisting clients with employment agreements, compensation plans and labour law issues, including collective disputes and negotiations with unions. Throughout the pandemic, the team has advised numerous clients on unpaid leave, termination of employment and various other matters. Tal Enat-Ben Arieh has particular strength in handling collective bargaining agreements and pension arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Tal Enat-Ben Arieh


‘S. Friedman’s team includes very experienced and competent individuals; they do their work thoroughly and professionally.’

‘S. Friedman’s team are always kind and accommodating and at the same time professional and thorough.’

‘I would especially like to mention Tal Enat-Ben Arieh who is the head of the department and does wonderful work.’

Key clients

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.

Haifa University

Milouot Haifa Bay Settlements Development Co. Ltd.

Hamashbir Department Stores Ltd.

Netivei Israel – National Transport Infrastructure Company Ltd.

Super Pharm (Israel) Ltd.

Weizmann institute of science

Qualcomm Israel Ltd.

Ort Braude College

Palram Industries (1990) Ltd. (PALRAM)

Chromagen Ltd.

BST Group

Ralco Agencies Ltd.

I. Sade Projects

Levinsky College of Education

Plasson Ltd. (TASE: PLASSON)

Rekah Pharmaceutical Industry Ltd.

Overseas Commerce Ltd.

Rom Geves Casing and  Covering (1997) Ltd.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Haifa and the North

Real estate and construction Tier 3

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries is involved in a wide range of projects, including urban renewal initiatives, build-operate-transfer projects, project finance initiatives and turnkey developments. Its range of services includes advising clients on planning, zoning and rezoning matters, real estate financing and tenders. Hadar Tal is well known for advising clients on the financing and tax aspects of residential developments.

Practice head(s):

Hadar Tal

Key clients

Shragawi entrepreneur and Constraction (SBC) Ltd.

K.M.A Ltd.

Matam Scientific Industries Center Haifa Ltd

Summit Mavki’im Limited Partnership

Amos Luzon Group, entrepreneur and Energy Ltd.

Dar Nofarim Ltd.

Y.B Ziv Construction

A.M Papushado Ltd.

Gav-Yam Land Corporation Ltd.

Hayal Properties (1991) Ltd.

Hayal Properties and Investments Ltd.

Haifa University

Aleph AL Hayam Ltd.

The New Jaffa Towers (2016) Ltd.

Hadarom Container Terminal Ltd.

Almogim Holdings Ltd.

Zim Integrated Shipping Ltd.

Sharon & Nahav Ltd.

Misholim Entrepreneur and Construction Ltd

Common Sense Ltd.


Tax Tier 3

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries displays particular strength in advising clients in the education, shipping and natural gas sectors in relation to various contentious and non-contentious tax matters, ranging from M&A tax structuring to VAT and income tax matters. Doron Schweppe remains highly active on various mandates, including tax matters in the higher education sector. Ifat Minzer-Koll is best known for representing clients in proceedings before the ITA.

Practice head(s):

Doron Schweppe; Ifat Minzer-Koll

Other key lawyers:

Margalit Goldklang-Apelbaum


‘Doron Schweppe saved us several times in VAT payments. His knowledge is recognised and respected by many others in the private and public sector.’

Key clients

Weizmann Institute of Science

University of Haifa

Tel Aviv University

Hebrew University

Ben-Gurion University

Association of University Heads

Palram Industries (1990) Ltd.

Maersk Line

Total Upgrade Enterprise Ltd.

Summit Real Estate Holdings Ltd.

Mount Hermon Ltd.

Tamarestelecom ltd,

The Israeli Coins and Medals Corporation

MSC Shipping co.

Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.

Israel Shipyards Ltd.

Klil Industries Ltd.

Rada Electronic Industries Ltd.

Aviv Real Estate Initiative and Management Company Ltd.

Petroleum & Energy Infrastructures Ltd.

Maccabi Haifa Basketball Team

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

At S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries, the team primarily advises domestic companies on M&A in Israel. In a recent highlight, the team advised Arko Holdings on its $1.5bn merger with Haymaker Acquisition Corp. Sarit Molcho advises on joint ventures, public and private financing and securities law, among others. Ifat Minzer-Koll specialises in the taxation aspects of M&A and other corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Sarit Molcho; Ifat Minzer-Koll

Key clients

Kibutz Kfar Haruv

Rekah Pharmaceutical Industry Ltd.

Arko Holdings Ltd.

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.

TankU Ltd.

Pruvo Ltd.

Carmel – Haifa University Economic Corporation Ltd.

DBSI Group

Bella Online Ltd

Champel Capital LP

I4 Valley Ltd.- Karmiel Incubator for Smart Industry

QCC Hazorea

Plasson Ltd.

Hamasbir Lazarchan

Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration Tier 4

Although involved in a range of commercial issues, shipping and construction disputes are S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries' specialities; the firm assists construction groups as well as food producers and shipping companies in both litigation and complex arbitration proceedings. Itamar Anaby leads practice and advises on matters relating to complex commercial transactions.

Practice head(s):

Itamar Anaby

Other key lawyers:

Lily Doron; Gavriel Disegni

The firm: S. Friedman & Co. is one of Israel’s most reputable law firms. With over 75 years’ 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.

S. Friedman’s clients include domestic and multinational corporations, governmental entities, public companies, industrial enterprises, start-ups, universities, banks, financial institutions and private clients. Recently, the firm represented Beijing Xinwei Telecom Technology Group Co., Ltd. in its first acquisition transaction in Israel. The firm has also played a major part in the restructuring process of Zim, the largest restructuring ever in Israel and one of the largest in the maritime sector.

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
Aviation, maritime and transportation Amir Cohen-Dor
Aviation, maritime and transportation Michael Safran
Antitrust and competition Lily Doron
Antitrust and competition Yaniv Kleinblatt
Corporate and M&A Sarit Molcho
Corporate and M&A Ifat Minzer
Higher education Doron Schweppe
Hi-tech/start-ups Dr Tal Tirosh
Labour and employment Tal Enat-Ben Arieh
Labour and employment Efrat Siboni
Litigation and dispute resolution Itamar Anaby
Litigation and dispute resolution Lily Doran
Litigation and dispute resolution Nira Cory
IP Gavriel Disegni
Real estate and construction Hadar Tal
Real estate and construction Merav Gilboa
Securities and capital markets Arnon Mainfeld
Taxation Doron Schweppe
Public procurement and tender Gil Hagay
Number of lawyers : 70
Contact : Doron Schweppe (managing partner)
Other offices : Caesarea
Other offices : Haifa
Other offices : Ramat Yishay