Firm Profile > Meitar law offices > Ramat Gan, Israel

Meitar law offices
RAMAT GAN 5250608

Banking and finance Tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices has a formidable financial regulatory practice and is engaged by some of Israel's largest banks and insurance companies in relation to high-value lending transactions. The banking department is jointly led by Adv Assaf Oz and Adv Eyal Dotan, the latter of whom has considerable expertise in banking regulation and acts for The Association of Banks in Israel in various regulatory and legislative negotiations with the Knesset, the Ministry of Justice, the Israeli Securities Authority, and others. Other contacts in the team include Adv Judith Gal-Or and Adv Gal Feingold, who advised Dexia Israel Bank on the execution of a cooperation agreement with Altshuler for the provision of joint loans to local authorities in Israel. Further, the team has handled real estate financing and cross-border general lending transactions for major domestic banks and insurance companies, and also has experience with M&A in the banking sector, where it recently advised the controlling shareholders of Union Bank of Israel on its proposed merger with Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank.

Capital markets Tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is among Israel's most active firms in innovative domestic debt and equity offerings, and is especially strong in public company M&A. The department is jointly headed by Adv Yoav Nahir, who specialises in domestic capital markets matters, and Adv Shachar Hadar, who focuses on international transactions. The team has particular experience with transactions involving contingent convertible bonds. Adv Yael Weiss  advised Bank Hapoalim on its parallel issuance of straight and contingent convertible bonds, which raised NIS3.3bn; Weiss has also handled contingent convertible bond offerings for Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank and First International Issues. Further debt work has included Michael Rimon assisting Curacao-registered Sapiens International Corporation with a bond offering to raise NIS280m. In the equity space, Adv Dan Shamgar and Adv David S Glatt advised MediWound on a follow-on offering of its ordinary shares on Nasdaq. Also of note, the team advised Arcturus Therapeutics on its merger with a subsidiary of Alcobra, which included a post-transaction offering by Alcobra of shares to the shareholders of Arcturus Therapeutics. Adv Clifford M J Felig is also recommended.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is one of the most active M&A firms in the market, and has complementary expertise in international securities, finance, tax and employment. Given its pedigree and market reputation, the firm is regularly involved in deals with multinational participants. Adv Itay Frishman advised Nasdaq-listed KLA - Tencor on its $4.5bn acquisition of Orbotech, and Adv Dan Geva acted for Neuroderm in relation to a $1.1bn reverse triangular merger transaction with Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp. Further, Adv Clifford M J Felig and Adv Tomer Sela advised German multinational SAP on its $350m acquisition of Gigya. Other key figures in the department include Adv Dan Shamgar  and Jonathan Irom, the latter of whom joined the team from Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg, Shenhav & Co. to lead the firm's blockchain practice.

Competition/antitrust Tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is 'consistently excellent' for M&A and complex litigation, which extends to the gamut of contentious and non-contentious antitrust matters. Merger control work included assisting BMW and Daimler with the notification process of a recent joint venture, acting for KLA-Tencor in relation to the Israeli antitrust aspects of its merger with Orbotech, and advising the controlling shareholders of Union Bank of Israel on its proposed merger with Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank. Led by Niva Barg Livnat, the team represents MAN Truck and Bus and Siemens in cartel-related follow-on litigation, and also acted for Yenot Bitan in relation to the imposition of administrative fines following alleged violations in the terms of a merger approval. Other key clients include Energean and Nesher Israeli Cement Industries.

Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is among Israel's best-known firms internationally, and is among the market's top litigation firms. As such, the team represents a host of leading international corporates, including tech and pharmaceutical companies, in complex securities class actions, follow-on antitrust claims, data and privacy class actions, and consumer protection claims.  Adv Israel Leshem and Ali Bursztyn are representing EY in a NIS686m class action filed against it and Perrigo concerning certain items on Perrigo's financial statements. Leshem is also representing Mylan in an Israeli class action filed alongside a class action in the US concerning an alleged breach of US and Israeli securities law. Adv Ron Peleg is singled out for his experience advising pharmaceuticals companies in consumer class actions and does work for, among others, Bayer Israel and Perrigo Israel Agencies. Peleg also handles consumer class actions for Expedia, and Volkswagen Group. Further, Adv Yoav Oestreicher is representing Facebook Ireland and LinkedIn Corporation in privacy class actions, and Adv Nadav Weisman and Adv Adi Fremder represent clients including Siemens in antitrust-related class actions.

Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration Tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is involved in numerous highly publicised and financially consequential cases. For example, a team led by Adv Israel Leshem has represented Siemens in various high-value disputes, including defending the company against a claim submitted by IEC with respect to a $600m tender, and representing the client in a class action and a civil claim regarding its involvement in a declared cartel. In the oil and gas space, Leshem and Edan Laron acted for Energean Israel in relation to a Supreme Court petition filed by a municipality concerning the client's development of gas pipelines connecting the Tanin and Karish gas reservoirs to Israel. The team also advised the Tel Aviv Municipality on a Supreme Court petition to certify an ordinance allowing the operation of supermarkets and mini-markets on the Sabbath within the limits of Tel Aviv. Additionally, Adv Nadav Weisman is representing Alstom in arbitration with the State of Israel in relation to disruptions in the development of the Jerusalem Light Rail, and Eyal Rosovsky and Sivan Ramot are acting for Judge Ronit Poznanski-Katz in special disciplinary proceedings with respect to a highly publicised text message leak as part of a larger investigation into connections between the Prime Minister of Israel and the controlling shareholder of two prominent Israeli telecoms companies.

Employment Tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices provides 'outstanding service' to Israeli start-ups and international corporates, which the team advises on ongoing contentious and non-contentious labour issues. Led by Ram Landa, the team has particular strength in assisting with the employment aspects of large and often cross-border corporate transactions. In one example, Hila Silverstein advised Neuroderm on the employee transfer aspects of a reverse triangular merger with Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma. Further, Landa and Silverstein are engaged by the majority of international pharmaceuticals companies operating in Israel, including Merck, GSK and Eli Lilly, in relation to all of their labour and employment matters, from terminations to HR policies to privacy and data issues to sexual harassment claims. Landa also provides a range of employment advice to Samsung, M+W Group and Medtronic. Hedvat Yanko Wollman is another key contact.

Energy and infrastructure Tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is 'highly respected in the domestic and international project finance community', and by some clients' reckoning, the firm has 'the market-leading practice in the oil and gas sector'. Adv Renelle Joffe, who leads the oil and gas practice, acted for Energean Israel in relation to the acquisition from Delek Group of rights in the Karish and Tanin gas fields. The project finance team is headed by Adv Jonathan Finklestone and includes Guy Kles and Adv Tani Zahavi, all of whom are advising a consortium of financial institutions including Bank Leumi on the provision of financing for the the new IDF Technology Campus. Additionally, the team is advising Megalim Solar Power on the development of a solar power plant in in Ashalim, and is acting for Shapir Engineering Cross Israel North, as BOT concessionaire, in relation to the Cross Israel Northern Highway No 6. Further, Joffee and Finklestone are assisting an independent power producer with the construction of new power plants overseas. Also recommended is associate Elad Sharabani and litigator Adv Israel Leshem, the latter of whom has experience representing energy companies and infrastructure developers in commercial disputes.

Hi-tech and start-ups Tier 1

With 'deep expertise in every legal practice that's relevant to hi-tech', it is perhaps no surprise that the team at Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is 'involved on one side or the other of almost every major transaction' in the sector. Acting for venture capital investors, well-known technology groups, and Israeli start-ups and growth companies, the firm has a range of notable complementary expertise in areas such as international securities, fund formation and management, cross-border taxation, employment, and litigation. In 2017-2018, the team advised over 20 early-stage companies on seed round and A round financing transactions totalling more than $100m; while on the investor side, the department acted in over 200 financing rounds with an aggregate value of more than $1bn. In particular, on the company side, Adv Dan Shamgar and Koevary Simcha advised eToro Group in a $100m equity financing transaction led by China Minsheng Financial Holding Corporation, and Adv Dan Geva advised Amdocs on its acquisition of Ubiquity. The team also has expertise in ICO deals, where Adv Mike Rimon was recently involved in one of the most significant transactions in the industry; Rimon was engaged by Telegram Messenger in relation to its reported $1bn ICO, which drew an impressive $850m at initial offering, after originally being planned for $600m. Also recommended are Adv Alon Sahar, Adv Itay Frishman, and Assaf Naveh.

Intellectual property: commercial/transactions Tier 1

The team at Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is best known for advising Israeli corporates on high-value out-licensing agreements with well-known companies in the cyber, software, pharmaceuticals, fintech and media sectors. Led by Adv David Mirchin, the IP group assisted TVersity with the licensing of media management software to several European telecoms providers, and also advised FST Biometrics on service agreements with large US-based retailers such as Home Depot. Additionally, Mirchin has advised CloudAlly on all privacy matters and commercial agreements, which has included an outsourcing development agreement with a Russia-based counterparty. The team is also engaged by large international corporates in the software, pharmaceuticals, consumer products and e-commerce sectors. On that side of the practice, Mirchin regularly handles in-licensing agreements, but also advises on regulatory issues such as data protection.

Investment and venture capital funds Tier 1

In the venture capital space, Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is among the market's most visible firms. In addition to having an active formation practice, the firm's corporate and securities team acts for a huge variety of venture capital investors in a litany of investment and M&A activity. Key figures in the team include tax specialist Adv Eldar Ben-Ruby and Adv Hodiya Schnider, who advises Israel's largest venture capital group, Pitango, on an array of investment and formation matters, including the formation of TDJ-Pitango, a fund formed in cooperation with the Polish government. Additionally, Schnider is advising clients such as E-Toro, iAngels and Scale-Up on the structuring of funds and platforms dedicated to blockchain assets. The team also has experience with private equity funds, hedge funds and real estate funds. Private equity clients include Vector Capital and Viola Private Equity.

Planning and zoning Tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is involved in several nationally significant projects in the transportation, defense and energy sectors. In one such mandate, Tamar Migdal is advising the administration for Master Plan 47, which covers all support infrastructure for the housing complexes planned in the country's vacated IDF bases; this matter involves contentious and non-contentious planning advice across a litany of transportation and utility projects. Migdal also acts for Cross Israel Highway in relation to the regulatory aspects and expropriation procedures associated with projects including Highway No 6 and Haifa Nazareth Light Rail. In the contentious space, the team is representing the Ramat HaSharon Municipality and the Ramat HaSharon Local Committee in an administrative appeal against the approval of the Taas HaSharon master plan, which proposes the establishment of 23,000 residential units and 1.65 million sqm of commercial space. Other key clients include Azorim Construction Company, Acro Real Estate, and Delek Real Estate.

Tax Tier 1

The tax lawyers at Meitar law offices have 'strong technical tax skills', but perhaps more importantly 'the team also has an excellent of understanding of how the ITA will view a particular issue, which allows for practical solutions to complex problems'. As a complement to the firm's top-tier M&A practice, the tax team has 'a deep familiarity with foreign as well as domestic tax laws' and is thus adept at handling complex cross-border tax structures. In addition to the corporate transactional work, Shaul Grossman and Eldar Ben-Ruby provide comprehensive tax advice to high-net-worth individuals, trusts and estates, including disclosure advice in Israel and the US. Further, the team has experience with the tax aspects of fund formation, spanning venture capital, private equity, hedge and real estate funds. In the contentious space, Ben-Ruby represented a foreign-listed corporate in precedential negotiations with the ITA concerning certain regulations governing foreign corporations. Keren Shitrit and Meir Akunis are also recommended.

Telecoms and media Tier 1

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices services a variety of clients in the media and telecoms industries, ranging from major domestic telecoms operators to international acquirers to domestic media content providers. The department is headed by Adv Yossi Abadi, who acts for Hot Telecommunication Systems in relation to licensing and various government approvals, and advises Walla Communications on internet law, privacy and IP issues. The team is engaged by a host of domestic content providers, including Endemol Israel, The Jewish Heritage Channel, Jasmine TV, and Middle East News. Also of note, the team acted for the Israeli forum of large internet sites, which includes YNET, Globes, The Marker, and Walla!, in relation to proceedings aimed at providing financial relief for access to certain types of media content. The team is also involved in a potential M&A transaction in the telecoms industry, which would have significant market consequences if it were to come to fruition.

Dispute resolution: mediation and international arbitration Tier 2

In the eyes of some clients, Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices fields 'Israel's litigation dream team'. 'Efficient and practical', the team is often involved in high-value cross-border disputes, where it has particular expertise in mediation and also handles ICC arbitration. Adv Israel Leshem and Adv Nadav Weisman are representing Alstom Transportation Israel in mediation proceedings with the Government of Israel in relation to disruptions in the development of the Jerusalem Light Rail, and Adv Or Baron Gil represented Amdocs in mediation involving the misappropriation of trade secrets, which was settled in 2018. The team is also involved in a number of ICC proceedings for clients in the infrastructure and medical devices industries. Also recommended is Eyal Rosovsky, who has experience in a range of litigious proceedings and has experience acting as an arbitrator in international disputes.

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices has 'a highly skilled team' with 'tremendous experience in successful corporate deals in the healthcare industry'. Additionally, the firm's top-tier litigation department represents pharmaceutical companies in a wide range of disputes, including high-profile product liability claims. For instance, Adv Ron Peleg is representing GSK Israel in a multimillion-dollar product liability claim filed by 40 individual plaintiffs. Acting alongside Adv Israel Leshem, Peleg is also representing Bayer Israel, Bayer Schering Pharma and Perrigo Israel Agencies in a matter concerning the companies' duty to provide patients with certain scientific information regarding possible side-effects. Also recommended are Adv Boaz Mizrahi and Adv Haim Gueta, who handle a range of financing transactions and commercial agreements for companies such as Gamida Cell and Ayala Pharmaceuticals; the duo also assist financiers such as Clal Biotechnologies Industries with investments into germinal healthcare-sector innovation companies.

Intellectual property: disputes Tier 2

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices has a highly regarded litigation group, which acts for a number of multinational tech companies and pharmaceuticals groups in copyright, trade mark and patent disputes, and has also been especially active in data and privacy claims. The firm's IP practice is led by Adv Yoav Oestreicher, who is defending in a copyright and trade mark claim brought by two Israeli companies, and is acting for clients such as LinkedIn Corporation in relation to alleged breaches of privacy laws. Oestreicher and Ariel Rakover are defending Verint in a patent infringement claim concerning a patent related to security breaches in cellular communication networks. Also of note, the team achieved recent success in a long-running dispute regarding alleged misuse of patent laws in a way that monopolises the market for a particular psychiatric drug; in this matter, the team acted for GSK. Oestreicher is also representing Philip Morris in proceedings initiated by Major League Baseball regarding Philip Morris' request to register the 'MLB' trademark in Israel.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

The all-around service and depth of legal knowledge at Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is 'exceptional'. The real estate team is instructed by real estate companies and corporate occupiers in relation to large development projects. One example of the team's active developer clients is Elad Israel Residences, which Adv Hanni Avinery and Ofer Freilich have advised on a number of projects, including the sale of 550 residential units in the Park TLV project in Tel Aviv. Additionally, Adv Alon Yoeli is acting for a development partnership, which includes one of the country's largest real estate companies and a major institutional investor, in relation to a project that will deliver over 100,000 sqm of office, commercial and residential space. Also recommended are Adv Yoseph Cohen and Einat Izhak, who assisted Amdocs with its acquisition of a development site, and are continuing to advise the client on land leases for the site's future development. Adv Dana Peleg Slobodkin is another key contact.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices' restructuring and insolvency department is best known for advising creditors in the midst of major insolvency proceedings. Practice head Adv Pinni Yaniv acted for First International Bank of Israel in relation to the creditors' arrangement with Negev Ceramics regarding its high-value debts. Similarly, Yaniv serves as court-appointed receiver on behalf of Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot for four projects being constructed by companies in the Heftziba Construction Group. The department head is often appointed by the court to manage complex debt arrangements and insolvency procedures. In this capacity, Yaniv is acting as trustee for Gmul Investments and Honigman & Sons. Also of note, Eyal Rosovsky is helping to represent Bank Leumi in claims filed by the liquidators of TAO TSUOT alleging liability for the collapse of the company. The team also has expertise in M&A involving distressed companies. In a standout matter, Adv Amir Dolev advised Elco in its acquisition of Globus Max out of insolvency.

Transport Tier 3

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices has a wealth of experience in transport infrastructure mandates, which has brought the team work from potential concessionaires such as Dan Bus Company. Moreover, the team has handled complex litigation for an international auto producer, and advises Hainan Airlines and Korean Air on ongoing commercial and regulatory issues associated with its Israel-facing operations. Additionally, Adv Alon Gellert acted for Or Yarok, a nonprofit traffic safety lobbyist, in relation to certain legislative and regulatory initiatives regarding traffic safety. In the contentious space, Adv Israel Leshem and Adv Ron Peleg are representing Volkswagen Group in a number of class action claims concerning issues such as airbag safety and discrepancies in the company's fuel emissions reporting.

Intellectual property: filing/prosecution

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices stands out for its strong international client base, which the team advises on the management and protection of large trade mark portfolios. Further, the IP department has assisted large Israeli corporates with the coordination of worldwide trade mark filings. The department is jointly headed by Adv David Mirchin and Adv Yoav Oestreicher, the latter of whom manages the Israeli trade mark portfolio of clients such as Philip Morris, Cadence Design Systems, and Cell Design Labs. Acting for domestic clients, Mirchin advises Gazit Globe and Start-Up Nation Central on the coordination of trade mark filings in the US, Canada and Europe. Also of note, Ariel Rakover assisted Qatar Airways with the filing and prosecution of a series of design applications concerning the client's design of aeroplane seats.

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.

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).

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
Antitrust & Competition Niva Barg Livnat
Banking and Finance Assaf Oz
Banking and Finance Eyal Dotan
Capital markets and securities Dan Geva
Capital markets and securities Dan Shamgar
Capital markets and securities Clifford M J Felig
Capital markets and securities Alon Gellert
Capital markets and securities David Glatt
Capital markets and securities Dr. Shachar Hadar
Capital markets and securities Yoav Nahir
China Yoav Sade
Class Action Dr. Israel (Reli) Leshem
Corporate and commercial Alon Gellert
Corporate and commercial Dan Geva
Corporate and commercial Dan Shamgar
Corporate and commercial Clifford M J Felig
Credit and finance agreements Gal Feingold
Credit and finance agreements Judith Gal-Or
Defence, cyber and homeland security Yuval Z. Sasson
Employment and labour Rami Landa
Energy and Infrastructure Jonathan Finklestone
Energy and Infrastructure Renelle Joffe
Environmental Gidi Frishtik
Healthcare & Life Sciences Haim Gueta
High-Tech and Startups Dan Geva
High-Tech and Startups Dan Shamgar
High-Tech and Startups Raanan Lerner
High-Tech and Startups Alon Sahar
High-Tech and Startups Michael Rimon
Infrastructure Alon Gellert
Infrastructure Jonathan Finklestone
Insolvency & Restructuring Pinni Yaniv
Insolvency & Restructuring Amir Dolev
Intellectual Property Dispute Dr. Yoav Oestreicher
Investment Eldar Ben-Ruby
Investment Hodiya Schnider
Local Litigation & Arbitration Dr. Israel (Reli) Leshem
Local Litigation & Arbitration Eyal Rosovsky
Local Litigation & Arbitration Nadav Weissman
Mergers and Acquisitions Dan Geva
Mediation & International Arbitration Dr. Israel (Reli) Leshem
Mergers and Acquisitions Dan Shamgar
Mergers and Acquisitions Clifford M J Felig
Planning and construction Tamar Migdal
Real Estate Hanni Avinery
Technology and intellectual property David Mirchin
Tax Eldar Ben-Ruby
Tax Dr. Michael Bricker
Tax Meir Akunis
Tax Shaul Grossman
Telecoms and media Yossi Abadi
Tenders Giora Ungar
Venture capital David Chertok
Venture capital Eldar Ben-Ruby
Photo Name Position Profile
Adv Yossi Abadi  photo Adv Yossi Abadi
Mr Jonathan Atha  photo Mr Jonathan Atha
Adv Amir Dolev  photo Adv Amir Dolev
Adv Gal Feingold  photo Adv Gal Feingold
Adv Jonathan Finklestone  photo Adv Jonathan Finklestone
Mr Ofer Freilich  photo Mr Ofer Freilich
Adv Itay Frishman  photo Adv Itay Frishman
Mrs Judith Gal-Or  photo Mrs Judith Gal-Or
Adv Shachar Hadar  photo Adv Shachar Hadar
Mr Nathan Jonathan M  photo Mr Nathan Jonathan M
Adv Dror Kedem  photo Adv Dror Kedem
Adv Guy Kles  photo Adv Guy Kles
Adv Yoav Nahir  photo Adv Yoav Nahir
Adv Assaf Naveh  photo Adv Assaf Naveh
Adv Yoav Oestreicher  photo Adv Yoav Oestreicher
Adv Alon Sahar  photo Adv Alon Sahar
Adv Miri Shalit  photo Adv Miri Shalit
Miss Keren Shitrit  photo Miss Keren Shitrit
Miss Hila Silverstein  photo Miss Hila Silverstein
Mr Koevary Simcha  photo Mr Koevary Simcha
Adv Tani Zahavi  photo Adv Tani Zahavi
Number of lawyers : 380
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