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

Work Department

Corporate, Finance and infrastructure Department

Position

Adv. Sofer is the Head of the Corporate, Finance and infrastructure Department, and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Adv. Sofer specializes in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure projects, financial services, especially services to credit card companies as well as insurance law. Adv. Sofer has been representing some of Israel leading companies in these fields for many years.

Adv. Sofer accumulated extensive experience and a significant reputation regarding various commercial transactions, including merger and acquisition agreements, international transactions for the acquisition of technology and equipment, and the initiation of projects in various fields, both in Israel and abroad.

In the infrastructure field, Adv. Sofer represents government and private entities (including giant foreign  conglomerates) regarding complex infrastructure projects, including projects partially financed by the private sector (BOT and PFI infrastructure projects). He advises on all stages of the projects, from establishing the legislative framework for applicable government sponsored projects, to handling planning proceedings, land expropriation, drafting tenders and managing contact with the winning bidders.

In addition, Adv. Sofer possesses unique expertise in the insurance field, and regularly advises insurance companies, insurance agencies, and institutional entities on all aspects of their activity, including mergers and acquisitions, investments, corporate governance and regulation matters.

In recent years, Adv. Sofer advised on numerous projects and significant transactions, including the acquisition of major companies in the field of financial services and retail; managing the drafting and publication of major infrastructure tenders valued at billions of ILS, as well as representing bidders in such tenders; providing ongoing counsel throughout the planning and construction of complex infrastructure projects including Highway 6, the fast lane at the entrance to Tel-Aviv, and the light rail ‘red line’; providing ongoing counsel throughout all stages of construction and expansion of a gas station chain owned by one of the largest gas companies in Israel; purchase of core technologies for cable TV companies; mergers and acquisitions between institutional entities, insurance companies, and insurance agencies; significant transactions in the heavy industry and petro-chemical fields; agricultural projects in Israel and in developing countries; and more.

Languages

English and Hebrew

Memberships

Israel Bar Association, 1989.

Education

LL.B., Tel Aviv University, 1988.

Lawyer Rankings

Israel > Transport

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.’s cross-practice group brings together diverse skill sets in litigation, infrastructure, corporate and M&A, regulation and technology. The firm acts for local and global companies and public-sector entities across all transport spheres, with its recent work spanning rail, aviation, maritime and roads. Rami Sofer, who heads the corporate, finance and infrastructure department, is noted for his record in infrastructure projects. Commercial and international litigation head Zvi Bar-Nathan is a key contact for contentious matters.

Israel > Insurance

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. acts for national and international insurance companies on incorporation in Israel, drafting insurance plans, implementing risk management strategies, advising on tender bids and in administrative proceedings and high-value class actions. Rami Sofer frequently advises insurance companies on M&A, corporate governance and commercial disputes, including a high volume of class actions. She is defending Hachshara Insurance in a NIS75m class action arising from the claimant’s allegation that the defendant does not provide full compensation cover for damages to insured heavy vehicles. Associate Sagi Kahalani represents insurance agents and foreign reinsurers before regulatory and governmental authorities.

Israel > Infrastructure

With firm-wide strengths in finance, litigation, planning and construction, and high-value international corporate transactions, Goldfarb Seligman & Co. advises domestic and international corporates, state-owned companies, investors and lenders on financing and investment transactions, and development agreements in a huge variety of infrastructure projects. In the domestic market, one of the team’s most active clients is Netivei Ayalon, the government-owned highway management company, which the team advised on over 50 new tenders in 2018. Headed by Rami Sofer, the practice group is also acting for large international engineering companies in major projects in the rail and ship infrastructure sectors. Other recommended figures include Oren Reif, who has been particularly standout in the energy infrastructure space, Dubi Zoltak, who leads the capital markets team, and Rayek Khoury. Orit Farkash-Hacohen left the firm to serve in the Israeli parliament.

Israel > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. finds favour for its ‘solid combination of legal acumen and business judgement’. The firm’s deep bench and broad sector focus are also significant differentiators. Ashok Chandrasekhar heads the international corporate and securities department and handled a slew of cross-border transactions over the past year, particularly in the technology sector, for clients such as Symantec Corporation and Temasek. Other key contacts include Dubi Zoltak, who heads the corporate and capital markets department, technology specialist Sharon Gazit and Rami Sofer, who leads the corporate, finance and infrastructure group. Corporate finance partner Nechama Brin and the ‘extremely efficientIdo Zemach are also recommended. Corporate and securities partner Guy Gordon joined from Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg, Shenhav & Co..

Israel > Banking and finance

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. leverages its formidable corporate practice to shine in bank M&A, with its recent advice to Warburg Pincus on its NIS2.5bn acquisition of Leumi Card a stand-out highlight in that area. It also houses a solid lender-side practice, which has recently secured mandates from major domestic and global financial institutions and alternative lenders, such as Morgan Stanley, Bank Otsar HaHayal and Amitim Pension Funds. Group head Ariel Rosenberg has a focus on advising lenders and borrowers on financings in the energy, infrastructure and real estate spheres. Rami Sofer and Dubi Zoltak are also noted.