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Goldfarb Seligman & Co.
ELECTRA TOWER
98 YIGAL ALON STREET
TEL AVIV 67891
Israel

Work Department

Commercial, Class Action and Insolvency Litigation Department

Position

Adv. Michaeli is the Head of the Commercial, Class Action and Insolvency Litigation Department, and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Adv. Michaeli, one of the top litigators in Israel, specializes in corporate litigation, complex class actions, derivative actions, and insolvency proceedings, as well as in representing clients in local and international arbitration proceedings. In addition, he possesses unique expertise relating to commercial law, and applies a broad business outlook when advising on project finance proceedings and advising companies and corporations on mergers and acquisitions following a structural change in holdings.

In recent years, Adv. Michaeli was involved in a significant portion of the largest and most complex litigation proceedings in the Israeli market, which have resulted in the rulings of several precedents. He possesses many years of experience regarding the representation of leading companies in commercial disputes, struggles for corporate control, class actions and derivative actions related to securities, antitrust, administrative law and criminal law. In addition, Adv. Michaeli specializes in the representation of directors and company executives who have personal liability claims brought against them, in class actions and derivative actions.

Adv. Michaeli accumulated significant experience in advising special litigation committees as well, and was among the pioneers of the field in Israel with regard to establishing and advising special litigation committees as sub committees of the board of directors aimed at examining and enforcing a company’s right to sue.

Adv. Michaeli possesses expertise in representing clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as mediation and arbitration, and represents family businesses and high net worth individuals in complex and sensitive proceedings held in family court.

In addition, Adv. Michaeli has acquired unique expertise relating to tender committees, and regularly represents tender committees of statutory corporations and government companies with significant influence on the Israeli market. He often serves as external legal advisor to these corporations, and is a member of the permanent consulting committee to the Israel Government Companies Authority, for statutory reforms and accounting reports.

Among Adv. Michaeli’s clients are local and international holding groups and corporations from various business sectors, including banking, energy, pharmaceuticals, transportation, retail, communication and more.

Adv. Michaeli regularly lectures in conferences, seminars, panels and professional forums of the Israel Securities Authority, the Israel Bar Association, the Institute of Directors Training, and the CFO Forum of Israel’s largest corporations. Adv. Michaeli lectures on various topics related to his fields of expertise, including class actions, derivative actions, business judgment, director liability, special litigation committees, and more.

Adv. Michaeli serves as academic coordinator and lecturer for attorney professional training courses in various fields, including corporate law, class actions, director liability and more, as part of the Israel Bar Association’s Institute for Continuing Legal Studies. In addition, Adv. Michaeli regularly lectures at various academic programs, including the Business Administration School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Law and Business Schools of the Ono Academic College, and various professional forums of the Israel Bar Association.

Languages

English and Hebrew.

Memberships

Israel Bar Association, 1996.

Education

LL.B. (cum laude), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1994. B.A. (cum laude), Accounting and Economics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1994.

Lawyer Rankings

Israel > Restructuring and insolvency

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.‘s practice acts for domestic and international companies, shareholders, debenture holders, banks and various other clients on debt restructuring, voluntary and involuntary liquidation and insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings. The firm is advising Alon Israel Oil Company on its NIS1.8bn debt settlement, involving multiple complex court proceedings. Aaron Michaeli has particularly strong expertise in M&A between distressed companies, in addition to a wealth of experience representing companies during debt settlements and insolvency proceedings. Asher Engelman, who joined the firm in 2019 from PwC Israel, is known for his expertise in corporate recovery and insolvency proceedings, in which he is often appointed by the courts to oversee debt resolutions.

Israel > Dispute resolution > Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration

As one of the largest firm’s in the market, Goldfarb Seligman & Co. has the ability to resource large multi-party litigation, but also has the dedicated expertise on an individual level to handle complex and especially sensitive disputes. Indeed, the firm has four separate practice groups wholly dedicated to dispute resolution, and also has notable disputes capabilities in areas such as taxation, internet and privacy law, and real estate. Zvi Bar-Nathan leads the firm’s commercial and international litigation department, and is also recognised for his expertise in international arbitration. Hagit Blaiberg leads the corporate, administrative, and class action litigation team; Aaron Michaeli heads the commercial, class action, and insolvency litigation department; and Moshe Mazor leads the administrative and white-collar litigation group. Firm chairman Eli Zohar is active in libel disputes and frequently serves as an arbitrator in domestic arbitration proceedings.

Israel > Dispute resolution > Dispute resolution: class actions (including derivative actions)

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. has a track record of representing major multinationals and domestic companies in the full range of class action litigation across a number of key industry sectors including aviation and automotive, financial services, energy, and food and consumer goods. The firm also has a strong reputation for defending derivative actions, and in addition to its work for corporates, it has developed expertise in advising committees formed by company directors. Aaron Michaeli and Hagit Blaiberg jointly head the class actions group, though the firm divides its litigation team into multiple discrete departments, all of which complement the firm’s strength in class actions. Other key figures in the team include Zvi Bar-Nathan, who leads the commercial and international litigation group, Moshe Mazor, who heads the white-collar and administrative litigation team, Yehuda Rosenthal. The firm has also expanded its practice with a few lateral hires, including that of Ronny Lapan, who joined from Nir Cohen, Leshem & Co.