Adv Zuriel Lavie > Lipa Meir & Co > Tel Aviv, Israel > Lawyer Profile

Lipa Meir & Co
2 Weizmann St
Beit Amot Hashkaot
Tel Aviv 64736


Senior Partner –  specialize in Insolvency and restructuring practice areas


Zuri has a unique specialization in Insolvency and restructuring practice areas, including corporate rehabilitation and reorganization, creditors’ arrangements (including outside of the court), stay of proceedings, receivership and liquidation. In the last two decades Zuri has led some of the most complex and significant insolvency proceedings and creditors arrangements in the Israeli economy (including international arrangements). Among others, Zuri handled Zim’s creditors’ arrangement (in the sum of USD 3 Billion), the debentures holders’ arrangements of Delek Real Estate Ltd (In the sum of NIS 2 Billion), Scorpio and Kardan and represented IDB Development in the creditors’ arrangement of IDB.

In addition, Zuri has specialized expertise in the areas of infrastructures, projects, BOT and PPI agreements and he advises, among others, to the State of Israel (the Ministry of Defense) with regards to a BOT project in the scope of Billions of NIS. Zuri also represents clients in transactions of establishing power plants, water desalination plants etc.

Zuri handles complicated transactions requiring the conclusion of multi-dimension agreements among numerous parties having different interests.  Zuriel has led, inter alia, the privatization process and sale of the “Tnuva” Group to APAX Fund (a USD 1 Billion transaction).  Zuri also specializes in financing, collaterals and loans, including advising lenders such as private equity funds and other financial institutions and borrowers, on financing transactions.

Zuri also has extensive expertise in all aspects of laws involving the rural sector, including laws relating to agriculture, agricultural land, sewage and water. Zuriel has vast experience in providing legal counsel to the Kibbutz sector regarding its various business activities in the areas of industrial enterprises, agricultural activities, Kibbutz organizations (regional and national), etc.

Zuri is also a partner in “Beresheit” Fund – the first Israeli Leverage Fund that won in 2009 the first tender published by the Israeli Ministry of Finance for the establishment of leverage funds in Israel. Beresheit Fund manages over NIS 2 Billion and focuses on providing loans and capital to Israeli corporations whose operations are primarily conducted in Israel for the purpose of debt recycling, growth etc.

Zuri also served as a lecturer in the areas of insolvency, collaterals and creditors’ arrangements at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Law School and at Bar-Ilan University Law School, as well as other legal and economic forums (such as banks’ credit departments, the Israeli Bar Association, etc.)


English, Hebrew


Israel Bar Association, 1986


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (LL.B, summa cum laude, 1985)

Lawyer Rankings

Israel > Restructuring and insolvency

(Leading individuals)

Zuriel LavieLipa Meir & Co

The team at Lipa Meir & Co stands out for its track record in high-stakes domestic and cross-border restructurings, with experience in insolvency litigation, including before the Supreme Court. Founding partner Lipa Meir jointly leads the team alongside Zuriel Lavie, who specialises in corporate rehabilitation and reorganisations, creditor’s arrangements, receiverships and liquidations. Shirley Ifrach-Azor rounds out the leadership trio and is frequently engaged by creditors in insolvency and restructurings proceedings. Key sectors of expertise include education, retail, transport, engineering and financial services.

Israel > Infrastructure

With an emphasis on public sector-side mandates, Lipa Meir & Co frequently appears on behalf of various state ministries and government-owned entities in infrastructure projects. The group is particularly well-versed in the water sector, where it represents the Israeli Water Desalination Administration on major desalination plant projects. Key names include Zuriel Lavie, whose broad focus encompasses kibbutzim, tenders and infrastructure; David Weinstein, who specialises in agriculture and rural settlement systems; Michal Schwartz, who leads the infrastructure and BOT practice; and corporate head Uzi Mor.

Israel > Energy

Among Lipa Meir & Co’s practice strong suits, it is distinguished by its niche expertise in representing Kibbutzim in energy-related matters. Notably, the group advised Mishkey Hakibbutzim Group, the central financial organisation of Kibbutzim in Israel, on the acquisition of a 40% stake in Mei-Ram Electricity. The team also represents energy companies and public sector clients on tenders, project development and transactional work. Key contacts include Uzi Mor, who is active in energy transactions; Zuriel Lavie, who is noted for project finance; David Weinstein, who lends his experience as the key contact for the firm’s multidisciplinary Kibbutzim practice; and infrastructure head Michal Schwartz.