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

Israel > Transport Tier 1

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries fields a go-to maritime practice, which is routinely engaged by local and global shipping clients, such as Zim Integrated Shipping Services, Maersk and the Chamber of Shipping of Israel. The team is also well versed in aviation and rail-related work. Amir Cohen-Dor is highlighted by sources as ‘the best maritime lawyer in Israel‘ on the back of his expertise in maritime claims, dispute resolution and commercial agreements. Michael Safran is also recognised for his specialist experience in shipbuilding matters, ship sales and purchases, shipping finance and litigation. Up-and-coming partner Roiy Cohen is ‘highly professional‘.

Practice head(s):

Amir Cohen-Dor

Other key lawyers:

Michael Safran; Roiy Cohen


‘The S. Friedman team is very commercial and takes a holistic view of the clients’ issues. Lawyers are highly creative and have great peripheral vision.’

‘The team is highly professional. The people are very service oriented, no matter which task they perform. The service is immediate with high attention to little details and great attention to the client’s needs. Also display patience while explaining the legal matters and their impact on the company.’

‘Amir Cohen-Dor is the best maritime lawyer in Israel. He has great knowledge and experience, often greater than the judges in Israel. Amir’s unique knowledge of the marine English law and great experience with LMAA is of great importance assisting us in handling major claims and casualties.’

‘Michael Safran is an extraordinary finance lawyer. He can deal with securitisations, high yield bonds, loan agreements, mortgages, ship financing arrangements, finance leases, and derivatives. He is always available, he is very commercial, and an excellent negotiator.’

‘Roiy Cohen handles many of our Israeli oriented cargo claims and some in the UK. Highly professional and assists us with immediate responses in complicated legal matters.’

Key clients

Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.

Maersk Israel Ltd.

Portline HK

Terminal Investment Limited Sàrl (TIL)

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., M. Dizengoff & Co (P&I Representatives) Ltd. and other shipping agencies

Gal Marine Ltd.

Overseas Commerce Ltd.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haifa and the North

Dead Sea Works (a part of the ICL group)

The National Coal Supply Corp. Ltd.

Israel Railways Corporation Ltd.

Yang Ming

The One


Work highlights

  • Advised Zim Integrated Shipping Services on all aspects of its global activities.
  • Advised Maersk in Israel on maritime, labour, litigation and competition matters.
  • Represented Portline HK in its activities across the globe.

Israel > Employment Tier 3

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries‘ employment practice advises on the full life cycle of matters, from drafting employment agreements, through to collective bargaining and litigation. The team is active across a wide range of industry sectors and represents several major domestic corporations on employment matters, including drugstore chain Super Pharm and new client, Israel Electric Corporation. Group head Tal Enat-Ben Arieh advises on contentious and non-contentious issues, including pension arrangements, strikes, and individual and collective litigation.

Practice head(s):

Tal Enat-Ben Arieh

Key clients

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.

Haifa University

Israel Electric Corporation (IEC)

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.

Palraz Engineering Ltd.

Ralco Agencies Ltd.

I. Sade Projects Ltd.

Levinsky College of Education

Plasson Ltd.

Rekah Pharmaceutical Industry Ltd.

Overseas Commerce Ltd.

Rom Geves Casing and Covering (1997) Ltd.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Haifa and the North

Bermad Products Ltd.

RADA Electronic Industries Ltd.

Sky Line Cranes & Technologies Ltd.

Maon Nave Kineret

Pluristem Therapeutics Inc.

Tiv Tirat Zvi

Innovate Ltd.

All Ways Forwarding INT’L Ltd.

Gal Marine Ltd.

Cyberint Technologies Ltd.

Adidas Israel Ltd.

Sela Medical Ltd.

Chemothal Ltd.

Palad H.Y. Industries Ltd

Flextronics (Israel) Ltd.

Iscar Ltd.

Klil Industries Ltd.

Decathlon Israel Ltd.

Zaid – Orniv Ltd.

Ramid Binyamin Ltd.

Spiro Advanced Systems (2015) Ltd.

Almogim Holdings Ltd.

Alhoutyam Ltd.

Gav – Yam Management Services And Properties Maintenance Ltd.

Laniv Engineering Ltd.

QCC Hazorea Calibration Technologies Ltd.

Inframed Medical Equipment Ltd.

Aspire Call Center Technologies Ltd.

Night Sleep Center (2000) Plus Ltd.

Gan Shmuel Health Industries (2017) Agricultural Cooperative Society Ltd.

Syracuse Ltd.

Kfar Szold (Kibbutz)

Cnoga Medical Ltd.

GPTech Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented the Israel Electric Corporation in several motions before various sectors of the Workers’ Union, including a collective dispute.
  • Represented Haifa University in an appeal and a counter appeal before the national labour court.
  • Advised ZIM Integrated Shipping Services on labour law matters, including individual and collective disputes.

Israel > Real estate and construction Tier 3

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries advises entrepreneurs, government bodies and private landowners on a broad mix of planning, construction and urban renewal matters. The group particularly stands out for its strong experience in income-producing real estate and acts for Gav-Yam, Summit and Matam on rental and lease agreements. Managing partner Hadar Tal specialises in construction and infrastructure development.

Practice head(s):

Hadar Tal

Key clients

Shragawi entrepreneur and Constraction (SBC) Ltd. And Shragawi Leibowits Ltd.

K.M.A Ltd. / Liberty 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 and Properties Ltd. And Ram-Motzkin Ltd.

A.M Papushado Ltd.

Gav-Yam Land Corporation Ltd. (a subsidiary of Properties and Construction IDB)

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.


S. Michelson Ltd.

B. Keren Assets (98) Ltd.

Holon Motors Ltd.

Shahaf Real Estate Ltd.

Arigim Ltd.

Lev Hmifratz Ltd.

Brosh Nir Ltd.

Rom Gaves

Sade Projects

Dori Constructions

Liba Tower Development & Construction Ltd.

Hemdat HaAretz Real Estate Ltd.

Aspen Group Ltd.

Hakfar Hayarok IMO Levi Eshkol

Work highlights

  • Represented Matam Scientific Industries Center Haifa in a transaction to rent 6,000sqm in a building currently being built in the industrial park.
  • Advised Amos Luzon Development and Energy Group on the sale of rights in the Elephant Junction project in Tel Aviv and in a joint transaction with the buyer to establish a project on the land.
  • Represented Gav Yam Land Corporation in an agreement with Apple for the lease of additional office space in the company’s property in Herzliya.

Israel > Tax Tier 3

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries‘ industry-specific tax expertise is a recurring theme among clients, with its experience in the higher education and shipping sectors drawing particular praise. The group advises domestic and global clients on a range of tax issues, with strong activity in transactional support matters, indirect tax, international tax and contentious proceedings. Doron Schweppe has ‘vast experience‘, particularly in tax matters relating to the shipping and higher education sectors. Ifat Minzer-Koll has niche expertise in municipal taxation issues.

Practice head(s):

Doron Schweppe; Ifat Minzer-Koll


‘The tax department are experts in their field, and render us legal services and advice with respect to legislative procedures and VAT issues concerning payments to foreign service providers.’

‘S. Friedman has unique expertise in shipping and ports, while they also have wonderful experts in other related sectors. This enables them and us to benefit from a synergy of general and specific knowledge combined together.’

‘I would like to point out Doron Schweppe. He has extensive knowledge of the Israeli taxation of higher education institutions, and his vast experience in the legislative procedures was very beneficial to us.’

Key clients

Weizmann Institute of Science

University of Haifa

Tel Aviv University

Hebrew University

Ben-Gurion University

Association of University Heads (VERA)

IUCC (Inter-University Computation Center)

Palram Industries (1990) Ltd. (PALRAM)

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.

SH.A.M Misholim Enterprise And Building Ltd

E M Shtern Infasructures Ltd

Almogim Ltd.

Maccabi Haifa Basketball Team

Gav-Yam, Bayside Land Corporation Ltd.

The Israel ChamberofShipping

Avraham Ltd

Aviv & Co. Group Real Estate 1963 Ltd

Avraham Amram Construction Company Ltd

Eldan Transportation Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised the Association of Israeli University Heads (VERA) and the University of Haifa on international VAT issues regarding payments to foreign service providers.
  • Represented Dyn Diagnostics in tax assessment proceedings relating to the deduction of legal expenses for arbitration proceedings.
  • Represented Energy Infrastructures in an appeal against income tax assessments amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Israel > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries‘ ‘professional, creative and assertive‘ group has an emphasis on representing Israeli clients on corporate matters, with a strong record in the retail, transport and life sciences sectors. Department head Sarit Molcho advises on M&A, capital raising transactions and corporate governance issues. Ifat Minzer-Koll‘s practice has a strong tax dimension. Guy Sasportas is a ‘great supporting associate‘.

Practice head(s):

Sarit Molcho; Ifat Minzer-Koll

Other key lawyers:

Efrat Shuster; Guy Sasportas


‘Personal and professional service around-the-clock. Attention to the smallest detail but also demonstrates a very business-oriented attitude, which enables us to close the deal instead of derailing it.’

The team, headed by Sarit Molcho, is very knowledgeable, professional, creative and assertive, They are always there for you and conduct themselves in such positive manner that everybody (including the other party) cooperates with them. They have the courage to propose innovative solutions.’

Sarit Molcho stands out as one of the best M&A/commercial lawyers. She is clever, assertive, modest and led by the best interests of the client and not by her ego. Her responsiveness is outstanding and she is familiar with the details of each transaction while keeping the big picture and the target of closing a deal in her mind. She sees the trees but never forgets the forest.’

‘Sarit Molcho, the leading partner has a tremendous amount of experience. This allows her to move the contract forward, knowing when to be adamant in protecting her client, and when to move forward and smooth things over.’

Efrat Shuster is very meticulous on one hand but sees the entire picture on the other hand.’

Guy Sasportas is a great supporting associate with an exceptional service level. For example, in a recent transaction he spent literally days and nights in assisting in the provision of documents to the VDR, and the creating of the different disclosure schedules.

Key clients

Arko Holdings Ltd.

ATM Car Accessories and Equipment

Haogenplast Ltd.

Super-Pharm (Israel) Limited

Rekah Pharmaceutical Industry Ltd.

Wyler Farm Ltd.

Hamashbir Lazarchan

Klil Industries Ltd.

Rada Electronic Industries Ltd.

Plasson Ltd.

Gan Shmuel Health Industries (2017) Agricultural Cooperative Society Ltd.

Ralco Agencies Ltd.

Plastopil Hazorea Company Ltd.

Palram Industries (1990) Ltd.

Chromagen Ltd.

Carmel – Haifa University Economic Corporation

Liberty Properties Ltd.

Aspire Call Center Technologies Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented Arko Holdings in its business combination with a SPAC, Haymaker Acquisition Corp.
  • Advised Super-Pharm (Israel) on the creation of an online sales platform in Israel for sellers from different countries around the world.
  • Represented ATM Car Accessories and Equipment on the acquisition of 70% of the company’s shares by Shagrir Group Vehicle Services.

Israel > Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration Tier 4

The team at S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries has a strong track record acting for Israeli companies in litigation taking place overseas, as well as representing foreign clients on court proceedings in Israel. Its workload in this space spans shipping matters, commercial litigation, real estate disputes and insurance claims, among other areas. In addition, the group is active in international arbitration proceedings, including those held under the auspices of the ICC and LCIA. Senior partner Itamar Anaby, who is the head of the litigation practice, is acting as one of the advisers to Tnuva in a dispute over land ownership in southern Israel. Lily DoronGavriel Disegni and Gil Hagay are other key practitioners in the team, as is Yonatan Friedman, who made partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Itamar Anaby; Lily Doron


‘The team is highly professional, uses a no-nonsense approach, which I like, and makes good use of time. The team is highly professional, with vast knowledge, assertive yet pleasant, respected by peers and judges, and produces very good results.’

Key clients


Netivei Israel (Israel Roads)

Shafir – Ashtrom Ltd.

ARAS Marine Construction

Eldan Car Rental

Israel Railway

University of Haifa

Zim Integrated Shipping Services

NTA- Metropolitan Mass Transit System

Hamashbir 365 Holdings Ltd Group


Luzon Development and Energy Group


Yefe Nof Transport Infrastructures & Construction Ltd.

The forum of entrepreneurs in the mental health field

Haifa Wholesale Market Ltd.

Kotev – Healthy Therapeutic Community Ltd

Luzon Development

The Jewish People Policy Institute

DYN Diagnostics

The Jewish Agency


Work highlights

  • Representing Coral Maritime Services Ltd. in a claim alleging failure to pay handling fees and other port charges.
  • Representing Israel Railway in litigation concerning defects in infrastructure works and termination of contract.
  • Representing Palram in a motion to certify a derivative action alleging unduly approval of agreement.

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.

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