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 is perhaps the country's preeminent firm in the shipping and maritime space. The team provides comprehensive legal service to ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, and also advises many of the industry's largest international players, including Maersk, on the full range of antitrust, tax, litigation and maritime law in Israel. Headed by Amir Cohen-Dor, the team also acts for the major international P&I club in Israel, M. Dizengoff, in relation to high-stakes litigation and ongoing industry advocacy. Moreover, Cohen-Dor advises clients such as The Israel Chamber of Shipping on new and proposed legislative initiatives; recently, the team helped formulate a proposal for an alternative tax structure in the shipping industry. Acting alongside David Malkoff, Cohen-Dor also assisted Portline HK with the financing of eight new shipping vessels that will be built in China and Japan. Also recommended is Michael Safran, who advises Israel Shipyards on vessel purchase transactions and advises ACM Group on vessel financing, construction and sales. Other key clients include Overseas Commerce, COSCO Shipping Holdings, Gadot Chemical Tankers and Terminals, and Orient Overseas.

Capital markets Tier 3

'Agile, responsive and creative', S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries has particular expertise acting for listed companies in relation to public M&A, debt and equity offerings, and securities regulatory matters. The department is headed by Arnon Mainfeld, who advised KMA Holdings on its acquisition of Liberty Properties; because the target was listed, under Israeli law, the acquisition had to be structured through a full tender offer. Also recommended is Sarit Molcho, who assisted LSE-listed Matomy Media Group with its issuance of convertible bonds on the TASE; this marked the first-ever convertible bond offering by an LSE-listed company on the TASE. The team has also advised clients including Arko Holdings, RADA Electronic Industries and Almogim Holdings on various Israeli debt offerings.

Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 3

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries acts for major domestic corporates in class actions involving consumer protection violations, and is increasingly involved in cases concerning disabled access. Also of note, Lily Doron is representing Zim Integrated Shipping Services in a motion to approve a class action regarding the client's alleged involvement in a restrictive arrangement, and department head Itamar Anaby is acting for University of Haifa in relation to a claim regarding the University's compensation policy for research assistants. Anaby is also representing Tnuva in a motion to approve a class action concerning animal rights and sanitation regulations at the company's slaughterhouses. The team is also involved in multiple class actions for Eldan Transport, including a NIS47.5m claim regarding the client's options for handicapped-accessible vehicles.

Employment Tier 3

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries handles contentious and non-contentious labour and employment matters for its corporate clients, which include large domestic companies in the shipping, construction, education, and retail sectors. In the contentious space, department head Tal Enat-Ben Arieh represented Milouot Haifa Bay Settlements Development Co in a collective dispute in regional court concerning the recognition of a bargaining unit separate from the one guaranteed under the collective agreement with the Histadrut. The team has also defended U. Dori Construction in a number of employee rights claims filed by foreign employees claiming refugee status, and represented Haifa University in several collective disputes. Enat-Ben Arieh also provides a range of labour and employment advice to clients such as Zim Integrated Shipping Services, Super-Pharm Israel and Weizmann Institute of Science.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries handles property investment and development transactions for real estate companies and corporate occupiers. In a standout matter, department head Hadar Tal advised KMA Holdings on the purchase of shares in Liberty Company, and subsequently advised Liberty Company on the NIS250m sale of its rights in the Bat Yam Mall to Israel Kanionim. Tal is also acting for Dar Nofarim in relation to two residential developments in Kiryat Motzkin, totalling 300 residential units. Additionally, Amit Yinon is advising Shagrawi Planning & Construction on the sales of lots for DIY residential construction, in aggregate value of roughly NIS130m. Other key figures include Terry Almozlino-Arnon and Merav Gilboa, the latter of whom assisted Summit Real Estate Holdings with multiple investment transactions in 2018.

Tax Tier 3

The tax team at S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries has developed expertise in advising corporates in the shipping and education sectors on transactional and corporate structuring mandates. The department handles a wide range of tax issues for clients including MSC (Israel), Weizmann Institute of Science, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa, and Ben Gurion University. In particular, Doron Schweppe assisted The Israel Shipyards with an opinion relating to shipping companies' transitioning into 'transparent companies'. The team also has experience in taxation arising from major real estate transactions and has represented companies and nonprofits before the tax authorities.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

The team at S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries has expertise in cross-border investments, commercial agreements and public company M&A. Key figures include Sarit Molcho and Arnon Mainfeld, who head the corporate and capital markets teams respectively; the duo acted for KMA Holdings in relation to its $32m acquisition of Liberty Properties, which was contingent on the completion of a full tender offer for the shares held by the public. Molcho is also instructed by a Chinese private equity investor. The team also includes hi-tech specialist Tal Tirosh, who has experience in tech licensing transactions and other commercial agreements.

Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration Tier 4

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries handles a wide variety of commercial litigation and has particular strength in handling the termination of distribution and agency relationships. Jointly led by Itamar Anaby and Lily Doron, the department has been involved in a number of cases that have received extensive domestic media attention. As a recent example, the team defended Tnuva in connection with a High Court petition filed by animal protection organisations seeking to restrict cattle importation into Israel. Anaby is also acting for the University of Haifa in proceedings relating to certain donations that were derived from Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities. In the infrastructure space, Gavriel Disegni is representing Israel Railways in a claim regarding the construction of the new train station in Jerusalem.

Hi-tech and start-ups Tier 4

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries has strengths in corporate and securities transactions, and has developed a reputation in the hi-tech sector, where it acts for start-ups, investors and an academic IP commercialisation arm. The hi-tech practice is led by Tal Tirosh, who has experience in complex M&A, which she fostered during her time working at various US law firms. Tirosh has experience acting for Israeli start-ups in crowd funding transactions, and has also advised clients including TankU, Netwton VR, and Seatback Ergo on seed financing transactions. Additionally, Oren Sharon acted for Ballastmarine in a Series A financing deal and is now advising the client on the potential establishment of a joint venture with a Chinese partner. Sarit Molcho and Arnon Mainfeld are key contacts in the corporate and securities department.

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
Photo Name Position Profile
Adv Terry Almozlino-Arnon  photo Adv Terry Almozlino-Arnon
Adv Itamar Anaby  photo Adv Itamar Anaby
Adv Amir Cohen-Dor  photo Adv Amir Cohen-Dor
Adv Nira Cory  photo Adv Nira Cory
Adv Gabriel Disegni  photo Adv Gabriel Disegni
Adv Lily Doron  photo Adv Lily Doron
Adv Tal Einat Ben Arieh  photo Adv Tal Einat Ben Arieh
Adv Merav Gilboa  photo Adv Merav Gilboa
Adv Gil Hagay  photo Adv Gil Hagay
Adv Yaniv Kleinblatt  photo Adv Yaniv Kleinblatt
Adv Arnon Mainfeld  photo Adv Arnon Mainfeld
Adv David Malkoff  photo Adv David Malkoff
Adv Ifat Minzer-Koll  photo Adv Ifat Minzer-Koll
Adv Sarit Molcho  photo Adv Sarit Molcho
Adv Michael Safran  photo Adv Michael Safran
Adv Doron Schweppe  photo Adv Doron Schweppe
Adv Efrat Siboni  photo Adv Efrat Siboni
Adv Hadar Tal  photo Adv Hadar Tal
Adv Dr Tal Tirosh  photo Adv Dr Tal Tirosh
Adv Aviva Zigmond  photo Adv Aviva Zigmond
Number of lawyers : 70
Contact : Doron Schweppe (managing partner)
Other offices : Caesarea
Other offices : Haifa
Other offices : Ramat Yishay