Firm Profile > Meitar Law Offices > Ramat Gan, Israel

Meitar Law Offices
16 ABBA HILLEL SILVER ROAD
RAMAT GAN 5250608
Israel

Banking and finance Tier 1

The impressively broad practice at Meitar law offices  covers the waterfront on banking and finance matters, from licensing and corporate governance issues through to major lending transactions and debt capital markets. Best known for its weight on the regulatory front, the team provides day-to-day advice to the Association of Banks in relation to new legislation and its ongoing discussions with regulators. The firm also consistently advises local and international banks, insurance companies and fintech start-ups on lending, bank M&A and cross-border transactions. Eyal Dotan, who is ‘highly familiar with regulatory requirements’, and Assaf Oz jointly head a sizeable team that also includes experienced specialists Judith Gal-Or and Gal Feingold.

Practice head(s):

Eyal Dotan; Assaf Oz

Testimonials

Eyal Dotan is excellent. Highly familiar with regulatory requirements, knowledgeable, helpful and solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Bank Leumi Le-Israel Ltd.

Bank Hapoalim

The Banking Clearing Center Ltd. (Masav)

The Association of Banks in Israel

Dexia Israel Bank Ltd.

Citibank

First International Bank of Israel Limited

Union Bank of Israel Ltd.

Gazit-Globe Ltd.

Clal Insurance Company Ltd.

Menora Mivtachim Insurance Ltd.

Harel

Capital markets Tier 1

Meitar law offices' team is particularly dominant in terms of advising major issuers on offerings of contingent convertible bonds and IPOs on the Tase. The firm has also gained significant mandates recently involving domestic clients listing on foreign exchanges, including advising Fiverr on its IPO on Wall Street. On the domestic front, Yael Weiss, who predominantly represents financial institutions and public companies in Israel, advised Bank Hapoalim on its issuance of Series 35 bonds and a simultaneous issuance of CoCo bonds on the Tase, enabling the client to raise $1bn. Shachar Hadar   has considerable experience advising Israeli companies registered in the US on their SEC and stock exchange disclosure obligations, and assisting issuers and underwriters with IPOs, follow-on offerings and shelf offerings.

Practice head(s):

Yoav Nahir; Clifford Felig; Dan Shamgar; Shachar Hadar

Other key lawyers:

Yael Weiss; Dr. Shachar Hadar;

Key clients

Enzymotec Ltd.

Sapiens International Corporation N.V

Proteologics Ltd. (public company)

NeuroDerm Ltd

HOT COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS LTD

Mizrahi Tefahot Bank (one of Israel’s largest banks)

Mediwound Ltd.

Villar International Ltd.

Turpaz Perfume and Flavor Extracts Ltd. (private company)

Elco Ltd. (public company)

Hapoalim Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Meitar law offices’ ‘well-rounded team’ ranks among the most comprehensive corporate practices in the market. The group is routinely involved in a significant proportion of Israel’s most prominent mandates, with its share of hi-tech deals, leveraged M&A and high-value transactions particularly impressive. The firm acted on a string of multi-jurisdictional deals worth over $1bn over the past year, including advising SodaStream International on its $3.2bn acquisition by PepsiCo — Dan Shamgar and Shachar Hadar led that work. The group also draws upon the senior expertise of Dan Geva, who has a strong record in advising emerging growth companies, Clifford Felig, Ariel Aminetzah and corporate finance partner Itay Frishman.

Practice head(s):

Dan Geva; Dan Shamgar

Testimonials

Experienced, well-rounded and professional team.’

Works very well with our other firms (US-based) and other consultants (accounting and tax).’

Key clients

KLA-Tencor

SAP

Amdocs

Enzymotec

Velostrata (a Google company)

Verizon

Palo Alto Networks

Twistlock (a Palo Alto Networks company)

Leumi Partenrs

Datorama (a Salesforce company)

Verint

Thoma Bravo

Nice Systems

Stratasys

IronSource

Competition/antitrust Tier 1

Meitar Law Offices  is a market-leader in the pharmaceutical sector for abuse of dominance claims - including patent disputes and unfair pricing disputes - and M&A, where it acts for multinational companies including GlaxoSmithKline. The firm is also active in significant class actions and in advising clients on a broad array of negotiations with the ICA, concerning, for instance, applications for exemptions and submissions to annul the declaration of a monopoly. In one highlight, Niva Barg Livnat successfully advised Celgene Corporation on its application to the Competition Authority to approve its $74bn (equity value) merger with Bristol-Myers Squibb, in which Bristol-Myers Squibb was the acquirer. Livnat is able to draw on her previous experience with the Israel Competition Authority.

Practice head(s):

Niva Barg Livnat

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Siemens AG

Energean

Glaxo SmithKline p.l.c (GSK)

Shareholders of Union Bank of Israel

Amdocs

El Al

Stratasys

Automatic Bank Services Ltd. (Shva)

Kornit Digital

Taboola

Yenot Bitan

LG Display Co. Ltd.

Altice

Formula Systems

HOT

Walla

Outbrain

Dispute resolution: class actions (including derivative actions) Tier 1

A top choice for international corporates operating in Israel, Meitar Law Offices  is routinely involved in competition-related claims, IP and privacy class actions, complex securities claims, and large consumer protection claims in the pharmaceuticals and automotive sectors. The firm has the largest litigation team in Israel by headcount, but also distinguishes itself by the strength of key individuals like practice head Israel Leshem and Ron Peleg, who specialises in product liability claims and other class actions in the pharmaceutical industry. Another name to note is Nadav Weisman, who is involved in a number of major follow-on antitrust cases and is also representing Rabobank and Citigroup in separate market manipulation class actions.

Practice head(s):

Israel Leshem

Testimonials

The team is very committed, always available and meets deadlines, even when those seem impossible.

Excellent team. They have a deep bench and are very polished in dealing with clients, including international corporations.

Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration Tier 1

Meitar law offices fields one of Israel's largest litigation teams, and that depth of resource enables the firm to handle large, highly complex cases across a huge variety of industry sectors. The firm has a high percentage of partners with experience practicing in international law firms, making it an attractive choice for international corporates seeking counsel in cross-border disputes involving Israel. Headed by Israel Leshem, the litigation team has a strong reputation in all areas of commercial litigation including corporate and securities disputes, IP litigation, antitrust and banking-sector litigation. Other key figures include Nadav Weisman, who has experience across a range of commercial litigation and white-collar crime, and Eyal Rosovsky  , a prominent figure in the Israeli litigation market, both as an advocate and as a lecturer. Or Baron Gil and Adam Shapira have also been recognised by clients.

Practice head(s):

Israel Leshem

Testimonials

Fast, experienced, and extremely professional. The team is creative and forthcoming with constant solutions.

Extremely responsive, very practical in their approach to resolving issues. Cut to the chase on matters and very efficient.

We highly recommend Reli Leshem and Or Baron Gil.

Adam Shapira has been a terrific resource for our company.

Dispute resolution: white-collar crime, investigation and fraud Tier 1

True to its reputation for international work, Meitar Law Offices  stands out for representation of foreign individuals and corporates in extradition proceedings and in the Israeli components of international criminal matters. Moreover, the firm is also acting for Israeli corporates, business-people, and public sector authority figures in some of the most high-profile corruption and bribery matters in the Israeli market. Yuval Sasson heads the firm's homeland security, cyber, defence and aerospace team, and has expertise in anti-money laundering and FCPA matters. Another key figure in the team is Eyal Rosovsky, who has marked strengths both in civil and criminal litigation. Israel Leshem leads the firm's wider litigation group.

Practice head(s):

Yuval Sasson

Employment Tier 1

Meitar Law Offices ’ employment team is commended for its ability to successfully deliver in a ‘rapidly changing technological, business and regulatory environment’. The group’s robust business understanding is a recurring theme, and its specialist sector expertise is evidenced through a strong representation of Israeli and multinational employers in the hi-tech, pharmaceutical and infrastructure spheres. The firm advises on the full scope of contentious and non-contentious matters, with a dominant presence in corporate support work; it recently handled the employment aspects of M&A transactions for SodaStream, Thoma Bravo and ClickSoftware. Department head Ram Landa demonstrates ‘high standards of expertise’. Hila Silverstein is recognised for her expertise in the hi-tech arena.

Practice head(s):

Ram Landa

Testimonials

The uniqueness of this practice is first and foremost its ability to successfully deliver in a dynamic, rapidly changing technological, business and regulatory environment, characterised by a variety of specialised issues and niches of expertise.’

The team is skilled, responsive and demonstrates very good business understanding and judgement, thereby rendering a pragmatic and practical legal advice.’

We value the diverse skill sets and high professionalism of the team and its uncompromising ability to offer (and timely deliver) advice on a variety of business and legal areas in accordance with the most up-to-date legal situation and recommended best practices — all under stressful and dynamic working conditions.’

The team’s most prominent qualities are service orientation and responsibility, high professionalism and expertise.’

Ram Landa has proven high standards of expertise, up-to-date knowledge and familiarity with the legal environment and offers practical and timely advice and legal solutions on various and complex day-to-day labour issues.’

Key clients

Samsung

McDonald’s Corp

Palo Alto Networks

GSK

Stratasys

AOL

Taboola

SalesForce

Pfizer

Eli-Lilly

ironSource

Verint

Francisco Partners

CyberArc

Bank Leumi

SimilarWeb

BMW

Energy Tier 1

Meitar Law Offices  is among the market leaders in project finance and oil and gas law, and is considered by more than one client to be 'the top energy team in Israel'. The energy practice is led by Renelle Joffe, who is highly rated for her expertise in upstream energy regulation, cross-border oil and gas transactions, and energy-related government tenders. Joffe is instructed by a number of international oil and gas companies and Israeli subsidiaries, including Energean Israel, which is developing the Tanin and Karish offshore natural gas fields. Key figures in the project finance practice include department head Jonathan FinklestoneTani Zahavi and Guy Kles.

Practice head(s):

Renelle Joffe; Jonathan Finklestone

Testimonials

Top energy team in Israel, led by the phenomenal Renelle Joffe, Israel’s leading oil and gas lawyer.

The team provides excellent service, is highly responsive and enjoys an excellent reputation among regulators and counter parties. Also, excellent work when there is a need to combine advice from other practices of the office.

Renelle Joffe brings amazing value to us as a client. She deeply understands both the world of regulation and the commercial  and business world. She has unique and unmatched expertise in gas contracts. She is very customer oriented and would always smartly utilise all Meitar resources in our benefit. It is a real pleasure to work with Renelle.

Key clients

Energean Israel

Bank Hapoalim

Bank Leumi le-Israel

Megalim Solar Power

Shapir Engineering Cross Israel North

Super NG Natural Gas Distribution Company

Super N.G. Hadera and the Valleys Natural Gas Distribution Company

SuperGas Natural

Migdal Bat Yam Magistrate Court

Israel Discount Bank

Harel Insurance Company

Alstom Transportation Israel

Cross Israel Highway

Ashdod Port

Ein Netafim

Afek Ha’Shomron

Ashkelon Economic Co.

Israel Electric Corporation

Hi-tech and start-ups Tier 1

Meitar Law Offices is 'a one-stop-shop for a start-up, from early stage to maturity'. The firm is widely thought to have one of the country's most capable corporate and transactional teams, which, in Israel, means that the firm is consistently involved in market-leading M&A and investment deals in the tech sector. In 2018, the practice group was involved in over 35 hi-tech M&A transactions and 115 funding rounds acting both for VCs and Israeli start-ups. In addition to its work for domestic start-ups and growth companies, the team also acts for leading US technology companies in their acquisitions in Israel. Alon SaharItay Frishman and Raanan Lerner specialise in corporate and securities transactions in the hi-tech space. Shira Azran ('professional and business-first approach') and Mike Rimon ('really impressive').

Practice head(s):

Alon Sahar; Itay Frishman; Raanan Lerner

Testimonials

Very professional, highly committed team with full top-notch coverage of all legal domains.

Outstanding team. Smart, knowledgeable, practical, pragmatic. True partners when it comes to deal-making (funding, M&A) and ongoing business and corporate issues.

Beyond her command of the legal aspect which is a given, Shira Azran always put the deal first. Overcoming legal and ego hurdles with professional and business-first approach.

Mike Rimon is always available, very nice yet professional and careful partner.

What differentiates the Meitar team is their rigor, knowledge, experience and deal-making capabilities. They are “in the field” so to speak, and do not take theoretical vantage points, but rather practical and pragmatic approaches that understand the pragmatics of operators and executives in the field, and make recommendations accordingly.

We moved to use Meitar’s legal services about three years ago after they have represented one of our investors and we were deeply impressed by their professionalism. During this period we had many opportunities to experience a broad team of professionals in hi-tech investments and commercial deals, labour law, tax, IP and general litigation. Meitar is a one-stop-shop for a start-up from early stage to maturity.

We are working with Michael (Mike) Rimon, a senior partner at Meitar. Michael’s availability is outstanding! His professional knowledge is really impressive and he does not hesitate to bring other specialists from the firm to assist where needed.

Key clients

eToro

Palo Alto Networks

Armis Security

Bringg

TLV Ventures

Twistlock

Puresec

AOL

Orbs

CyberArk

Valens

Viola Ventures

Taboola

SimilarWeb

Datorama

eToro

IronSource

Monday.com

Infrastructure Tier 1

Meitar Law Offices  has a well-known project finance group that is particularly active in the energy infrastructure space, though the team has also had strong recent showings in the rail, road and water sectors. In addition to acting for domestic and international project companies and concessionaires, the team also has a strong reputation for advising domestic banks and insurers on the financing of major infrastructure projects, which recently included the financing of the addition of a new line on the Jerusalem LRT. Key figures in the project finance team include practice head Jonathan Finklestone and Tani Zahavi, 'a problem solver, not a problem maker'. Also recommended are Guy KlesElad Sharbani, who was recently promoted to partner, and Renelle Joffe, who is a name to note for energy-sector work.

Practice head(s):

Renelle Joffe; Jonathan Finklestone

Testimonials

A large team with vast experience and understanding of the PPP market, both Israeli and international.

The office’s major strength is its size and the ability to offer a wide range of legal services, a one stop shop.

Key clients

Energean Israel Limited

Bank Hapoalim

Bank Leumi le-Israel

Megalim Solar Power

Shapir Engineering Cross Israel North

Super NG Natural Gas Distribution Company

Super Gas Natural

Migdal Bat Yam Magistrate Court

Israel Discount Bank

Harel Insurance Company

Alstom Transportation Israel

Cross Israel Highway

Ashdod Port

Ein Netafim

Afek Ha’Shomron

Ashkelon Economic Co.

Israel Electric Corporation

Intellectual property: commercial/transactions Tier 1

Meitar Law Offices' technology, licensing and transactional IP group has consistently shown itself to be among the leading performers in complex cross-border commercial IP projects and IP-driven corporate transactions in a huge variety of tech-related sectors. The practice group handles a raft of IP and privacy issues for multinationals, but is especially standout for its ability to successfully negotiate complex multi-jurisdictional commercial agreements for Israeli tech companies. The department is led by David Mirchin, a leading figure in the areas of software transactions and licensing, open source, and privacy. Other names to note are Boaz Mizrahi, who specialises in advising start-ups and hi-tech companies on commercial and corporate transactions, and Yael Kalman, who has expertise in the areas of hardware, software and open-source.

Practice head(s):

David Mirchin

Testimonials

David Mirchin is a remarkable IP licensing attorney that also understands the practicalities involved in closing a deal. His turnaround time and responsiveness are second to none. I have worked with many attorneys in the past and he is the at top of the list by far.

I have been working with David Mirchin for more than 10 years now and he is the reason I am with Meitar. My experience has been great, he is top-notch, one of a kind, and has helped tremendously with every major licensing deal we needed to do.

Key clients

TVersity

FST Biometrics

AstraZeneca

CloudAlly

Investment and venture capital funds Tier 1

Meitar Law Offices  provides comprehensive formation and management advice to fund managers in a variety of asset classes, including private equity and VC funds, secondary funds, hedge funds, and real estate funds. In particular, the team has shown its ability to work with non-traditional fund structures, and has been involved in some of the more innovative areas of investment including blockchain assets and crypto-currencies. Eldar Ben-Ruby and Hodiya Schnider are two key figures in the investment funds practice, specialising in funds taxation, management and securities. Other key figures include Dan Shamgar and Alon Sahar, corporate and securities lawyers with extensive experience in the context of fund management, especially in the tech sector.

Practice head(s):

Eldar Ben-Ruby; Hodiya Schnider

Key clients

Viola Private Equity

Pitango Partners

Bessemer Venture Partners

Team8

Vintage Ventures

Qumra Capital

Disruptive Technologies

Israeli Technology Investments Fund

Hyundai CRADLE

TLV Ventures

Optimax Investments

iAngels

ION Asset Management

Lool Ventures

New Era Capital

Grove Ventures

Israel Growth Partners

Vector Capital

Planning and zoning Tier 1

Meitar Law Offices  handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters in the planning and zoning field, including litigation before appeals committees and petitions to the High Court of Justice. It also advises government-owned companies and authorities on master plans and assists private and public entities with some of Israel's largest infrastructure projects. Tamar Migdal is advising Cross Israel Highway on the statutory and regulatory aspects of multiple significant infrastructure projects in addition to a compensation claim for NIS27m with respect to one particular master plan. In other work, Migdal is representing Elad Israel Residences on its licensing procedures for a project called Park TLV in HaArgazim.

Practice head(s):

Tamar Migdal

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Very good knowledge.

Key clients

The Ramat Hasharon Municipality and the Ramat Hasharon Local Committee

Azorim Construction Company Ltd.

Cross Israel Highway Ltd.

Elad Israel Residences Ltd

Delek Real Estate

Acro Real Estate

Mayer Group

Metropolis

Arazim

Arcod

Administration Master Plan 47

Shufersal

Caesarea Development Corporation Ltd.

Readymix Industrries (Isral) Ltd

Bank Hapoalim

Tax Tier 1

Meitar law offices' 'expert and efficient' team is frequently instructed to advise major international companies on the tax structuring of M&A transactions. The group also handles transfer pricing; assists companies with tax-efficient compensation relating to senior employees; and advises investment managers and investors on the formation of various funds. Eldar Ben-Ruby has experience of tax planning and structuring for inbound and outbound M&A, fund formation and advising high-net-worth individuals on their tax dealings in Israel. Senior counsel Michael Bricker is involved in a high volume of the department's cross-border M&A and contentious tax matters, leveraging his international background, having worked in New York, Munich and London in management positions for large companies. Shaul Grossman is a key name for international taxation. Keren Shitrit and Meir Akunis is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Eldar Ben-Ruby

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong team for M&A, corporate structuring and employee stock plans. ‘

‘Meir Akunis has deep transactional experience in M&A and employee stock plans.’

Key clients

Amdocs

Melisron Group

IronSource

Taboola

Taro

Palo Alto Networks

SAP

Pitango

Team8

Merck Sharpe & Dohme Corp

Stratasys

Verint

Barclays

Viola Partners

JP Morgan International Bank

Ensco plc

Seeking Alpha

Dispute resolution: mediation and international arbitration Tier 2

Meitar Law Offices has one of the most experienced international teams in Israel, and is consistently involved in the largest international mediation proceedings in the market. Headed by Israel Leshem, one of Israel's renowned disputes lawyers, the practice group also has experience in ICC disputes involving infrastructure projects and IP ownership. Other key contacts include Nadav Weisman and Or Baron Gil, both of whom have experience in mediation and international arbitration. In addition to representing clients, Eyal Rosovsky regularly serves as a mediator and arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Israel Leshem

Testimonials

Very professional highly skilled team with enormous strategic insight into the development of dispute and litigation strategies.

Extremely committed, reliable, precise and very skilled. Excellent client insight. Top communication skills.

The dispute resolution attorneys with whom I have worked at Meitar are fantastic. They are responsive and creative. They tackle problems and devise strategies and solutions that are effective and efficient.

Dror Kedem has deep legal knowledge and is very hard-working. Issar Birger is both practical and extremely creative and is also very engaging as an individual.

Eyal Rosovsky has a great legal mind and is very practical and effective.

Among the top three litigation teams in Israel.

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Meitar Law Offices ’ life sciences practice sits as part of the technology and IP department, which gives the group an emphasis on licensing transactions, development and supply agreements and technology transfers. The full-service firm also brings together its top-tier capabilities in corporate, hi-tech and venture capital to advise pharmaceutical and healthcare clients on M&A, finance and investment matters. Key contacts include transactional specialist Haim Gueta, litigator Ron Peleg and Boaz Mizrahi, who handles IP and corporate finance.

Practice head(s):

Haim Gueta; Boaz Mizrahi; Ron Peleg

Key clients

Biokine Therapeutics Ltd.

Merck Sharp & Dohme (Israel 1996) Ltd.

Gamida Cell Ltd.

CureTech Ltd.

Clal Biotechnologies Industries

MediWound Ltd.

Glaxo SmithKline (Israel) Ltd.

Eli Lilly and Company

Nucleix Ltd.

Novartis Ltd.

Solo Gelato Ltd.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Ltd.

Pharma Two B Ltd.

DentlyTec G.P.L Ltd.

Bayer Israel Ltd.; Bayer Schering Pharma AG; Perrigo Israel Agencies Ltd.

Cantel Medical Corp

Evogene Ltd.

Pfizer Venture Investments LLC

Mapi Pharma Ltd.

Stem Cell Medicine Ltd.

C.R. Bard, Inc.

Mylan N.V.

P-Cure Ltd.

Alpha Tau Medical Ltd.

Access Industries, Inc.

Intellectual property: disputes Tier 2

Meitar law offices has experience in a huge range of IP disputes, and is particularly well-placed to handle disputes with parallel international proceedings, and disputes involving the interaction of IP and areas such as competition and media law. Yoav Oestreicher heads the IP, technology and privacy litigation practice, and routinely handles patent, copyright, trade mark, privacy and trade secret disputes for clients ranging from multinational corporates to domestic tech companies. Another key figure in the team is Ariel Rakover, who represents clients in the Israeli courts and before the registrar, and has previous experience practicing at one of the world's best-known IP firms.

Practice head(s):

Yoav Oestreicher

Key clients

Philip Morris

Zap Group

Qatar Airways

Philip Morris Brands

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Verint

Amazon.com

Amazon Service

Espresso Club

Delta Light

Adobe

LinkedIn

Automatic Bank Services

Axonize

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Meitar Law Offices  recently hired Carmit Bar-On and five members of her team from Yehuda Raveh & Co, bolstering the firm's real estate expertise in the hotel and leisure industries. The group handles transactions for investors and developers, including the financing aspects of real estate projects and the sale and acquisition of properties and land. It is also active in real estate-related litigation and arbitration proceedings before appeal committees, administrative courts and the Supreme Court. Hanni Avinery heads the practice. Alon Yoeli, Yoseph Cohen, Dana Peleg Slobodkin and Ofer Freilich are other key practitioners. Nir Lerer is the name to note at senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Hanni Avinery

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Lightricks

Mercantil Discount Bank

Mayer Group

Ofer Investments

Oliander Ltd.

Sella Capital

Amdocs

Elad Israel Ltd.

Lagur Berama Initiation & Investments Ltd.

Bank Hapoalim

Bait VaGag

Leumi Bank

Arcod

Delek Real Estate

Menofim

Amot Investment

Discount Bank

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Meitar law offices' team frequently represents creditors, including banks and large corporate creditors, in debt collection proceedings, and members of the team are often appointed by the court to serve as liquidators, receivers or trustees in insolvency cases. Eyal Rosovsky and Ali Bursztyn are representing Bank Leumi in proceedings against various companies controlled by Mr. Eliezer Fishman and his family, regarding a debt of more than NIS2bn. Pinni Yaniv represents domestic and international creditors in liquidations, reorganisations, bankruptcies and receiverships. Amir Dolev is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Pinni Yaniv; Amir Dolev

Other key lawyers:

Eyal Rosovsky; Ali Burszytn; Pinni Yaniv

Telecoms and media Tier 2

Meitar Law Offices  acts for media and telecoms companies on M&A and other corporate transactions. On the contentious side, the group's expertise includes defamation, privacy and copyright disputes. The team also has experience of representing clients before parliamentary committees and government ministries in relation to regulatory issues. Yossi Abadi has expertise in M&A, litigation and legislative matters in the media and telecoms sectors.

Practice head(s):

Yossi Abadi

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bell Canada

Walla Communications

Hot Communication Systems Ltd.

Altice Ltd.

Endemol Israel

Bloomberg

Koch Business solution LP

The Forum of the Large Internet Sites

Israel Heritage Channel

Imagine Media

Jasmine TV

Kol Hai sectorial radio

Transport Tier 3

The ‘very experienced team’ at Meitar Law Offices  is particularly active in infrastructure projects, with sources highlighting its familiarity with all project models. It also advises on aviation matters for clients such as AerCap and El-AL Airlines. Alon Gellert leads the regulation group and has a strong track record in transport disputes. Project finance head Jonathan Finklestone is noted for infrastructure development.

Practice head(s):

Alon Gellert; Jonathan Finklestone

Testimonials

A very experienced team in the transport world. It handles most relevant areas, including EPC, O&M, PPP, project finance and construction, across several different fields, including roads and rail.

Key clients

Alstom Transportation Israel

Dan – one of the largest public transportation companies in Israel

El Al Israel Airlines Ltd.

Volkswagen AG

Mayer Cars and Trucks Ltd.

Or Yarok

Sichuan Airline

Cross Israel Highway Ltd.

Hainan Airlines

Egged

Via Transportation

MetroStar Airways

AerCap

Hertz – Rent a Car

Maradin

Cockpit Innovation Ltd (A subsidiary of El Al Airlines)

Oryx Visiton

Saverone

Fleetonomy

Upstream Security Ltd.

Intellectual property: filing/prosecution

Meitar Law Offices handles Israeli trade mark prosecution and protection for an enviable roster of multinational clients, and also advises large Israeli corporates on trade mark registration and portfolio development worldwide. Headed by Yoav Oestreicher, the IP, technology and privacy team works across a huge variety of industry sectors, and is particularly skilled at managing and coordinating trade mark registrations globally. Other key contacts in the group include David Mirchin, who is most active in IP transactions involving software, but also advises clients on trade mark filing and prosecution, and Ariel Rakover, who advises international clients on Israeli trade mark and design applications.

Practice head(s):

Yoav Oestreicher; David Mirchin

Key clients

Phillip Morris

Cadence Design Systems

Cell Design Labs

ZAP Group

Start-Up Nation Central

World Wide Prep

Gazit Globe

Qatar Airways

Walla

Meitar | Law Offices is Israel’s leading international law firm and the largest law firm in Israel with a reputation for excellence in domestic and international matters. The firm represents some of the world’s largest multinational corporations in corporate, commercial and litigation matters, in Israel and abroad.

Meitar  is a full-service firm, representing clients in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial Litigation, international and domestic capital markets, banking and finance, licensing, hi-tech and VC’s, energy and infrastructure, real estate, planning and construction, taxation, labor law, IP and Technology and other regulatory matters. The firm has represented clients in Israel’s largest M&A transactions and international public offerings, and has represented some of the world’s leading companies in corporate and class-action litigation. Meitar consistently receives the highest rankings from independent international guides, such as Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as well as local ranking guides.

Meitar is unique among Israel’s largest law firms in the number of partners who have worked for major international law firms in the US and elsewhere. The firm has a strong team of over 380 attorneys and 60 articled clerks all of whom are committed to maintaining the highest standards of excellence and service.

Through all stages of its clients’ growth, from seed financing, through private placements and public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and beyond, the firm brings distinct added value to its clients to help them achieve their strategic goals. The firm regularly assists non-Israeli clients in understanding the local business culture and landscape, including its local players, as well as regulatory processes and the Israeli judiciary. As a full-service law firm serving the global economy, the firm’s practice areas reflect the professional depth and breadth that is essential to serve the firm’s clients. Meitar’s goal is to provide clients with integrated legal services, drawing on individual areas of expertise where needed.

Areas of Practice (Partial List):
Corporate and Securities
A major part of the firm’s work consists of public offerings; M&A; private placements; venture capital investments; equity and debt offerings in Israel and abroad; banking and derivatives and securitizations. The firm also specializes in corporate restructuring, including splits, spin-offs, share buy-backs, joint ventures and management buy-outs. The firm acts regularly in corporate, partnership and joint venture formation, establishment and implementation of stock option and compensation plans, and financing transactions.

Litigation
Meitar has Israel’s largest group with over 100 attorneys. The department handles a wide range of commercial, securities, corporate (control, governance, minority rights, insolvency, reorganization), anti-trust, banking, insurance, product liability, administrative, labor, white-collar and intellectual property litigation. The department is unique in Israel due to the large number of attorneys who were educated and trained in the US and England, and therefore have expertise in representing international clients in their litigation matters, as well as Israeli clients involved in international arbitrations. The firm has extensive expertise in handling complex cases, high-profile matters and cross-border disputes for local as well as international clients. Its attorneys regularly appear in all the Israeli courts, in local and international arbitration proceedings, specialized courts, administrative tribunals and regulatory bodies. The firm’s attorneys are also experienced in administrative law, including preparation of petitions to the High Court of Justice, public administrative law, commenting on new legislation, Knesset and government and regulatory matters, and representing and consulting with various entities in the Government and Knesset.

High-Tech and Startups
The firm’s dominant position in the field is reflected in its extensive involvement in exits and significant investment transactions in the Israeli high-tech market. Our firm represents a long list of leading high-tech companies in Israel and abroad in a variety of transactions, in all stages of the companies’ lifecycle, from establishment to exit (sale or IPO).

Taxation
Meitar’s Tax department provides a full range of services with respect to client activities, both in Israel and abroad. The firm’s tax department focuses both on international and Israeli taxation issues in an overall tax-efficient manner taking into account client’s home country tax considerations as well as Israeli tax law. The firm provides tax advice and planning in a range of areas, including: international taxation; corporate tax planning; employee compensation plans; real estate; trusts and estates, and personal tax planning.

IP and Technology
Meitar’s IP and Technology Group acts for clients in a variety of intellectual property and technology-related transactions, ranging from licenses, assignments and other agreements involving the development, commercialization and sale of intellectual property assets to strategic alliance and corporate partnering agreements. The firm is intensively involved in structuring and negotiating the international transactions of its clients, for example, OEM; licensing; distribution; VAR; joint development; outsourcing with expertise in complex software transactions. The firm handles all aspects of deals including: negotiations on commercial terms; drafting of agreements; setting up local entities; creating financial arrangements; ensuring protection of intellectual property rights and cooperating with local counsel worldwide.

Regulatory and Antitrust
Meitar attorneys are frequently called upon to advise clients on the various regulatory environments in Israel. Regulatory issues may arise in the course of M&A or investment transactions, financing transactions for regulated companies, energy transactions and other commercial transactions.
The firm regularly advises clients on matters relating to compliance with antitrust and competition law, including with respect to monopolies, restraints of trade and mergers and acquisitions. The firm works with some of the world’s largest international law firms on the Israeli antitrust filings for major multinational merger transactions, and on assessing transactions under the laws of other jurisdictions. The firm regularly represent clients before a wide variety of Israeli Government agencies, including the Bank of Israel, the Antitrust Authority, the Israel Tax Authority, the Ministry of Telecommunications, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor (including the Office of the Chief Scientist and the Investment Center), the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Ministry of National Infrastructures, the Israel Securities Authority, the Government Companies Authority, Ministry of Agriculture, Government Export Institute and the Commissioner of Capital Markets, Insurance and Savings.

Banking & Finance
The firm’s banking department is a leader in this area in Israel and provides legal services to most of the banking corporations and financial institutions in Israel, handling all legal aspects of their activities including licensing, commercial lending, compliance, representation before the relevant regulatory authorities including the Bank of Israel, the Supervisor of Banks, the Supervisor of Insurance, the Israeli Securities Authority, the Antitrust Authority and others.

Real Estate Transactions
Meitar’s real estate department works with some of the largest players in Israel’s commercial and residential real estate markets. The firm advises clients on a wide range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and sales, leasing, land use, secured financing, debt restructuring, investment and ownership structures, and development and construction. The firm renders services in all aspects of real estate, from the initial stage of land purchase, contact with the planners, advisors and project managers, occupation of projects, sale and ownership listings.

Planning and Construction
The firm has a strong practice in providing advice on planning and construction regulation for some of Israel’s largest real-estate ventures and infrastructure projects. The department represents clients in all statutory procedures for the approval of zoning plans, and appears before all planning authorities and courts of law. In addition, the department has vast experience in advising clients on the tax aspects of real property development, including betterment and development levies assessed by Israeli planning authorities. We also have expertise in land expropriation proceedings and representing clients in impairment claims arising out of administrative actions.

Hotels and Leisure
Our firms provides legal services to a wide variety of clients, including international and local hotel chains, real estate developers, hotel owners and hotel accommodation owners.
Meitar’s specialized Hotels and Leisure team has over 30 years of experience representing companies engaged in the industry, and provides its clientele with unrivaled legal services in drafting and negotiating hotel purchase agreements, hotel management agreements, lease and operating agreements, franchise and license agreements, hotel room pooling agreements, leaseback agreements and maintenance agreements for mixed-use buildings combining a hotel with residential or commercial spaces. Our lawyers have extensive experience working with the relevant governmental authorities, including the Ministry of Tourism, local licensing authorities, municipalities, the Israel Land Authority, and the local building and planning authorities. Our services also include related practice areas, such as planning and construction, labor law, intellectual property and licensing, commercial agreements, and marketing and maintenance agreements.

Energy and Infrastructure
Meitar’s energy and infrastructure practice covers a wide range of fields in the energy sector, including electricity, natural gas and renewable energy ventures, and infrastructure projects. The firm’s services include negotiation and drafting of power purchase agreements, natural gas and other fuel purchase agreements and other energy project agreements. The firm also advises on governmental regulation and tenders related to the energy sector, including renewable energy projects, from the inception of the venture through completion of the project.

Homeland Security, Cyber, Defense and Aerospace (Aviation Law)
The firm takes a lead role in the commercial and regulatory aspects of transactions for Israeli and international clients in the Security, Defense and Aerospace (Aviation Law) fields. Also, the firm represents technology companies engaged in the development of offensive or defensive cyber platforms and is fully acquainted with the full technological background of these industries.

Labor Law
Meitar’s Labor Law practice specializes in all matters related to employment and labor law policies and procedures. The firm represents clients in all legal aspects regarding employment related matters and taxation. The firm’s work includes handling the labor law aspects of M&A transactions and privatizations, including employment-related due diligence and employee transfer issues. As a part of the firm’s Labor Law services, the firm represents clients in Immigration, Foreign Expert and Relocation matters. The team offers legal advice and guidance on the complex process of relocating foreign experts to Israel or abroad.

China and East Asia Practice
The firm has unique and extensive experience working on matters related to the Chinese market for over 20 years. The firm represents leading Israeli corporations, institutions, high-tech companies and venture capital funds, in their PRC-related matters.

Environmental Law
Representation of leading entities in this field, large industrial companies, companies in the areas of fuel and transportation, water and sewage companies, local sewage authorities. The firm assists in preparing surveys of hazards and preparing companies for extreme scenarios in the environment area.

Telecoms & Media
The firm acts for one of Israel’s largest telecom conglomerates, represents one of Israel’s international telecom operators, and has represented clients in tenders for cellular service, as well as in many regulatory, telecom and anti-trust issues.

Insolvency, Creditors’ Rights and Work-Outs
Our firm has extensive and varied experience in handling companies in crisis, and has been involved in numerous cases of insolvency, receivership and stays of proceedings of importance in the Israeli economy. Attorneys in the firm have and currently serve as appointees (liquidators, receivers or trustees in stays of proceedings) in complex cases of insolvency.

Involvement in the Community
Meitar has a long tradition of community involvement and of using legal expertise to serve disadvantaged members of society. The firm grants each year stipends for law students of Ethiopian heritage in honor of its founding partner, Zvi Meitar Dec. The firm provides pro bono legal services to Or Yarok, the Association for Safer Driving in Israel. In addition, volunteers from our office provide educational tutoring for kids in Jaffa as a part of “Psagot” organization.

Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions are one of our firm’s core strengths. We have consistently represented either purchasers or targets in Israel’s largest M&A transactions, and we have been ranked as Israel’s leading M&A practice in all international and domestic publications. We have acted as lead counsel for some of the world’s largest multinational corporations and private equity funds in their Israeli acquisitions, as well as local counsel for leading international law firms in their Israeli transactions. We also act as lead counsel for Israeli and other clients in their cross-border acquisitions in the US, Europe, and the Far East.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative Alon Gellert along@meitar.com
Antitrust & Competition Niva Barg Livnat nival@meitar.com
Banking and Finance Assaf Oz aoz@meitar.com
Banking and Finance Eyal Dotan eyald@meitar.com
Capital markets and securities Dan Geva dan@meitar.com
Capital markets and securities Dan Shamgar dshamgar@meitar.com
Capital markets and securities Clifford M J Felig cfelig@meitar.com
Capital markets and securities Alon Gellert along@meitar.com
Capital markets and securities David Glatt dglatt@meitar.com
Capital markets and securities Dr. Shachar Hadar shacharh@meitar.com
Capital markets and securities Yoav Nahir yoavn@meitar.com
Capital markets and securities Ronen Bezalel rbezalel@meitar.com
China Yoav Sade yoavs@meitar.com
Class Action Dr. Israel (Reli) Leshem Leshem@meitar.com
Corporate and commercial Alon Gellert along@meitar.com
Corporate and commercial Dan Geva dan@meitar.com
Corporate and commercial Dan Shamgar dshamgar@meitar.com
Corporate and commercial Clifford M J Felig cfelig@meitar.com
Corporate and commercial Yoram Movshovitz yoramm@meitar.com
Credit and finance agreements Gal Feingold galf@meitar.com
Credit and finance agreements Judith Gal-Or judithg@meitar.com
Defence, cyber and homeland security Yuval Z. Sasson ysasson@meitar.com
Employment and labour Rami Landa ramil@meitar.com
Energy and Infrastructure Jonathan Finklestone jonathanf@meitar.com
Energy and Infrastructure Renelle Joffe renj@meitar.com
Environmental Gidi Frishtik gidif@meitar.com
Healthcare & Life Sciences Haim Gueta haimg@meitar.com
High-Tech and Startups Dan Geva dan@meitar.com
High-Tech and Startups Dan Shamgar dshamgar@meitar.com
High-Tech and Startups Raanan Lerner raanan@meitar.com
High-Tech and Startups Alon Sahar alons@meitar.com
High-Tech and Startups Michael Rimon mrimon@meitar.com
Infrastructure Alon Gellert along@meitar.com
Infrastructure Jonathan Finklestone jonathanf@meitar.com
Insolvency & Restructuring Pinni Yaniv pinniy@meitar.com
Insolvency & Restructuring Amir Dolev amird@meitar.com
Intellectual Property Dispute Dr. Yoav Oestreicher yoavo@meitar.com
Investment Eldar Ben-Ruby eldarb@meitar.com
Investment Hodiya Schnider hodiyas@meitar.com
Litigation Yoram Movshovitz yoramm@meitar.com
Local Litigation & Arbitration Dr. Israel (Reli) Leshem Leshem@meitar.com
Local Litigation & Arbitration Eyal Rosovsky eyalr@meitar.com
Local Litigation & Arbitration Nadav Weissman nadavw@meitar.com
Mergers and Acquisitions Dan Geva dan@meitar.com
Mediation & International Arbitration Dr. Israel (Reli) Leshem Leshem@meitar.com
Mergers and Acquisitions Dan Shamgar dshamgar@meitar.com
Mergers and Acquisitions Clifford M J Felig cfelig@meitar.com
Mergers and Acquisitions Ronen Bezalel rbezalel@meitar.com
Planning and construction Tamar Migdal tamarm@meitar.com
Real Estate Hanni Avinery hanni@meitar.com
Real Estate Yoram Movshovitz yoramm@meitar.com
Technology and intellectual property David Mirchin dmirchin@meitar.com
Tax Eldar Ben-Ruby eldarb@meitar.com
Tax Dr. Michael Bricker michaelb@meitar.com
Tax Meir Akunis makunis@meitar.com
Tax Shaul Grossman sgrossman@meitar.com
Telecoms and media Yossi Abadi yossia@meitar.com
Tenders Giora Ungar giorau@meitar.com
Venture capital David Chertok dchertok@meitar.com
Venture capital Eldar Ben-Ruby eldarb@meitar.com
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