Firm Profile > Gornitzky & Co. > Tel Aviv, Israel

Gornitzky & Co.
45 ROTHSCHILD BLVD
TEL AVIV 6578403
Israel

Banking and finance Tier 1

Gornitzky & Co.’s well-rounded group handles a balance of regulatory and transactional work, with robust experience in cross-border matters. The team’s capability in complex financings is evidenced through its recent deal list, which spans mezzanine loans, acquisition finance and factoring transactions. Best known for its lender-side practice, it acts for an impressive roster of financial institutions and alternative lenders, including Bank Hapoalim, TPG and First International Bank. It is also routinely engaged by sophisticated corporate borrowers. Department head Eli Elya and the ‘experienced and smartElite Elkon are noted for their combination of lender-side expertise and regulatory experience. Dubi Gross is noted for his ‘strong expertise for international clients’. Idan Baki and associate Alon Peled are also name.

Practice head(s):

Pinhas Rubin; Eli Elya; Elite Elkon; Dubi Gross

Testimonials

The banking and finance team is experienced in a wide range of transactions. It is professional and responsive.’

Dubi Gross has strong experience in loan transactions and strong expertise for international clients – also very detail-oriented and responsive/hard working.’

I have worked with Dubi Gross and Eli Elya for several years now – they are both leading banking practitioners.’

Elite Elkon is highly experienced and smart. I’ll choose any day to work with her.

Key clients

Bank Hapoalim

First International Bank Of Israel Ltd.

Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot

Yelin Lapidot Holdings Management Ltd.

Migdal Insurance and Financial Holdings Ltd

Meitav Dash Provident and Pension Funds Ltd.

Altshuler Shaham Provident Funds and Pension Funds Ltd.

Warburg Pincus LLC

Kenon Holdings Ltd.

Mediterranean Car Agency Ltd.

Fortissimo Capital

The Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings Ltd.

The Phoenix Holdings Ltd.

Capital markets Tier 1

Gornitzky & Co.'s 'highly professional and devoted' team frequently assists underwriters with major public offerings on Nasdaq, and also regularly advises issuers on IPOs and covered bonds on the Tase and, to a lesser extent, on the LSE and ASX. Other expertise includes follow-on offerings, private placements and separation transactions. Chaim FriedlandAri Fried and Uri Heller recently advised International Flavors & Fragrances on its dual listing of shares on the Tase (in addition to its current listing on the NYSE and the Euronext Paris) with a total value of $7.1bn. The 'very knowledgeableSharon Werker-Sagy assisted Israel Ports Development & Assets Company in its public offering of commercial securities on the Tase, marking the first such IPO by a government company in Israel. Yair Shiloni and managing partner Lior Porat are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Lior Porat; Chaim Friedland; Sharon Werker-Sagy

Key clients

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (“IFF”)

Goldman Sachs

J.P. Morgan

Jefferies

Melisron Ltd.

Shikun & Binui Ltd.

Strauss Group Ltd.

Israel Ports Development & Assets Company Ltd.

Israel Corporation Ltd.

Oppenheimer & Co.

Ladenburg Thalmann

Nomura Securities

ADO Group Ltd.

O.P.C. Energy Ltd.

PetroTex Limited Partnership

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The prolific group at Gornitzky & Co. is consistently engaged on cross-border transactions, with its US experience a prominent feature of the practice — Europe and Asia-based clients are also well represented on its client list. Highly regarded group head Chaim Friedland acted for a string of US-based corporations over the past year, including International Flavors & Fragrances and Solarwinds Corporation. The group also enjoys close relationships with major Israeli companies, which it advises on both domestic and outbound M&A. Private equity is another core strength and Elite Elkon advised Warburg Pincus on its headline purchase of Leumi Card. Transactions in the hi-tech, financial services and infrastructure fields are other areas of strength.

Practice head(s):

Chaim Friedland

Testimonials

An excellent team.’

Key clients

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.

Warburg Pincus

Delek Group

Solarwinds Corporation

Venus Concept Ltd.

CVC Capital Partners

Fortissimo Capital Fund

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

NowForce Ltd.

The Israel Land Development Company Ltd.

B.O.S. Better Online Solutions Ltd.

Morningside International LLC

Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd.

Slat of the Earth Ltd

Dan Capital Infrastructure and Financial Investments Ltd.

Shikun & Binui Ltd.

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

Gornitzky & Co.'s class actions practice is particularly well known for complex banking and securities claims, and is one of only a couple of go-to firms for high-value class actions in the insurance sector. The team is instructed by all of Israel's top five insurance companies, and also acts for the country's largest bank, a number of institutional investors, and other large domestic corporates in the transport, real estate, utilities and consumer products sectors. Ofer Tzur and Pinhas Rubin jointly lead the litigation team, which also includes Noam Ronen and Maya Sabari. Also recommended is Harel Shaham, who is noted for his 'work ethic' and his 'convincing and well-written court files'.

Practice head(s):

Pinhas Rubin; Ofer Tzur

Testimonials

The Gornitzky team is very professional and loyal.

The team handles class actions with great care and caution, drilling into the details and assessing all risks that can occur.

Key clients

Bank Hapoalim

Osem Investments

Altshuler Shaham Provident Funds and Pensions

Menorah Mivtachim Holdings

The Phoenix Holdings

Migdal Insurance & Financial Holding

Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings

Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services

Shikun & Binui

Dan Public Transportation

Dispute resolution: mediation and international arbitration Tier 1

Gornitzky & Co.'s arbitration and trans-national litigation team is, by more than one client's estimation, 'absolutely unrivalled in Israel'. The team is consistently involved in some of the most complex ICC arbitrations involving Israeli clients, and with a record of leading and winning cases against some of the world's most prestigious law firms, the practice group can rightfully claim to be a team of international calibre. Led by Eli Cohen, the practice group has experience in all of the core industry sectors for international arbitration including infrastructure and energy, construction, and M&A. Nir Keidar is a standout partner on the more junior end, and Nuna Lerner is an 'exceptional' associate in the team. Also of note, of counsel Shai Sharvit joined from Granot Speiser Law Office in September 2019.

Practice head(s):

Eli Cohen

Testimonials

The team is very strong, responsive, flexible and client-focused always aiming at achieving the best outcome.

Not many firms in Israel posses the knowledge and the experience in conducting international litigation processes. In this context, the Gornitzky team is very unique as, not only it is very well acquainted with producers of that kind, but it also familiar with the side issues which relates to such procedures and therefore can both help in representing your case and at the same time, has the capability of giving you the advice you need which can, in its turn, save you both time and money.

The Gornitzky & Co arbitration practice is absolutely unrivaled in Israel. I have worked with them on several complex, high-stakes international cases. Their capabilities, whether it’s case management, advocacy, or the particular skill of taking clients through the sometimes chaotic world of arbitration, are second to none.

This team is exceptional in Israel in its deep knowledge and familiarity with international arbitration.

Eli Cohen is always hands-on and easily understands the client’s commercial needs.

Eli Cohen, the head of the practice, is a highly accomplished, no-nonsense advocate. He is a fearsome opponent and somebody you want to have in your corner if you possibly can.

Very strong and experienced team, adopting a very pragmatic approach to solve problem in a most efficient manner rather than creating additional problems.

Eli Cohen and Nuna Lerner both are very knowledgeable, professional and sophisticated in their support.

I’ve worked with many lawyers in the Gornitzky DR and International Arbitration Department. All of them are extremely professional, hard-working and available for discussion and consultation at practically any time.

The members of the team are not like any other I met here in Israel. Most lawyers I worked with tend to be shy in giving you a strategic and tactic advice which is crucial for an in-house GC in litigation process. In Gornitzky’s case, the team is very much involved, and at times, are the leaders. Their advice is clear, understood and operative at the same time. Moreover, the team is comprised of “people’s people” which helped me to connect to them, work close with them and be on the same page at all times.

We are working closely with Eli Cohen who is demonstrating high availability, creativity in approaching the issues, and most importantly provides a strong feeling of confidence in ability to navigate through the complex issues and have greater certainty on achieving a positive outcome.

Nuna Lerner is a rising star in the litigation team.

I have worked alongside the Gornitzky international arbitration team as special adviser and I can attest that they are by far the best litigation team in Israel. I have seen the team advocate and win a complex high-value ICC case against a well-known international law firm where they provided exceptionally high quality case preparation and management. More recently I have witnessed them successfully litigate another matter though various steps in the arbitration and an international mediation process that concluded in a most favourable result to the client and successfully obtained interim measures in support of international arbitration from the Israeli courts. The key is that Gornitzky has a dedicated and knowledgeable arbitration team fully committed and involved during the whole process. I see the same people from the partnership level to the last intern fully involved from start to finish in every case; they know every detail and they understand all the pressure points.

Extremely well-prepared team, willing to go an extra mile to understand all legal issues and come up with creative solutions.

Eli Cohen is as sharp as a lawyer gets, understands the essence of the legal issue in milliseconds and is also a pleasant person to be with.

Attorney Eli Cohen is the market’s top pick for international disputes, he has the sharp instincts of a court lawyer which make his performance in front of tribunals beyond compare, it is also evident that he understands how to address foreign arbitral tribunals. Attorney Nir Keidar, is a very promising young partner, exceptionally hardworking and determined and notably good at handling client relationships. Attorney Nuna Lerner is particularly diligent and resourceful, her CV is exceptional in the market and she is fully committed to excellence. It is quite evident that this team is experienced in working together and that they enjoy what they do; they are dedicated, efficient and friendly and overall provide top tier service.

Energy Tier 1

Gornitzky & Co. has considerable strengths in every segment of the energy market. Indeed, the team is regularly involved in multibillion-dollar energy transactions and power plant and energy infrastructure developments, and is also 'well versed in the regulatory framework governing energy in Israel'. Jack Smith has an enviable reputation in the country's power and electricity market, and, in addition to his transactional work, he represented multiple gas consumers in legislative deliberations concerning the Natural Gas Economy Law. Itay Geffen is a contact for energy infrastructure development mandates, and Ronit Rozenstein-Barel is taking key roles in several of the team's largest instructions, including a bid for the purchase of the Alon Tavor power station.

Practice head(s):

Jack Smith; Itay Geffen

Testimonials

The level of service is the highest you can find, even in international standards.

The team is well versed in the regulatory framework governing energy and gas and oil exploration in Israel, and consists of talented lawyers, such as Jack Smith.

Ronit Rozenstein-Barel is the partner I recommend in this firm. Extremely professional, hard working partner, with hands-on approach for every deal she’s working on.

Jack Smith is a highly knowledgeable energy and infrastructure lawyer, with smart solutions and practical approach we highly appreciate.

Key clients

Mekorot Water Company

Telemenia

Ratio

PGS (UK)

Palmira Exploration

OPC Energy

Negev Energy

Shneor Ze’elim

Shikun & Binui – Renewable Energy

Navitas Petroleum

Oil Refineries

Zomet Energy

OPC Hadera

Israel Chemicals

I.P.M. Beer Tuvia

Reindeer Energy

Infrastructure Tier 1

Gornitzky & Co.'s infrastructure and project finance team acts for project companies and consortiums in large-scale PPP, BOT and PFI projects in the power, water, mining and transportation space. Practice co-head Itay Geffen is acting for a consortium of domestic and international companies in relation to the project bid for the green line of the Jerusalem LRT project, as well as the project bid for the Tel Aviv LRT's green line and purple line. Another key contact is Ronit Rozenstein-Barel, who has experience acting for lenders and investors, including infrastructure funds such as the Noy Fund. Jack Smith is a name to note for projects in the areas of conventional and renewable energy, electricity and power generation.

Practice head(s):

Itay Geffen; Jack Smith

Key clients

Shefa Yamim

Dan Public Transportation Company

Alstom Israel

Electra Concession

H2ID

Noy Fund

Shikun & Binui

Policity

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Gornitzky & Co. acts for corporations, developers and investors in project disputes with counterparties, disputes with the authorities regarding registration issues and on tax matters, land negotiations, sales and purchases, urban renewal projects and loan and financing agreements. Shlomo Cohen is leading advice to Shikun and Binui Real Estate Group on a wide range of matters, including a joint transaction with another leading real estate group in the Israeli market to launch a demolition and reconstruction project comprising approximately 1,700 residential units. Eyal Marom acts for major construction companies on land acquisition transactions, development transactions, zoning and planning negotiations and commercial and residential real estate projects. Lior Relevy is notable for real estate finance and large-scale urban renewal projects.

Practice head(s):

Shlomo Cohen; Eyal Marom

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very professional, caring and pleasant to work with. Both the degree of professionalism and the quality of the services provided set the firm apart from its competitors.

‘The team understands the real estate market very well and provides a consistently strong service.’ 

Key clients

Melisron Ltd. Group

Shikun and Binui Real Estate Ltd. Group

IDB Group; Property and Building Corp. (PBC), Gav-Yam Land Ltd.

Vitania Ltd.; Vitania ‘s subsidiaries; Vitania’s shareholders SGS Building Company Ltd.

The Zeitouni Group (specifically A. Zeitouni Buildings Ltd.) and Moshe and Yigal Gindi Projects Ltd.;

Tzin Building 2006 Ltd.

Meshulam Levinstein Contracting & Engineering Group Ltd.

Kedar Mivnim Ltd.

Chen Gindi

Shomrei Emunim Ltd

Private individual landowners.

Dan Public Transportation Ltd.  and its subsidiaries; A M D Real Estate Development & Investment Ltd.

Bank Hapoalim

Bank Mizrahi Tefahot

The First International Bank of Israel.

Amdocs (Israel) Ltd.

SGS Building Co. Ltd.

Vitania Ltd.

Urban Land Har Meron 1-3 Ltd.

MNI Ltd.

Manor MNI Ltd.

Schlein Consultation and Entrepreneurship in Real Estate Bat Yam Ltd.

BAR YEHUDA  4  BAT YAM  TAMA 38 LTD.

Vitania Ltd.

Kidmat Ganim Ltd.

Kedar Buildings Ltd.;

BIG-MAG Savyon Ltd.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Gornitzky & Co. has a strong track record of representing financial creditors and insolvent companies through court appointments in leading insolvency cases. Standout practitioner Pinhas Rubin represents debtors, lenders and other creditors throughout the course of complex insolvency cases and restructuring matters. Rubin is acting as special administrator for Eurocom Communications throughout the course of its insolvency proceedings, and, assisted by a large team, as counsel to Bank Hapoalim, one of the Eurocom's main creditors, with the debtors' outstanding payments estimated to be NIS1bn. Yaron Elwahi and litigator Ofer Tzur are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Pinhas Rubin; Yaron Elhawi

Other key lawyers:

Pinhas Rubin; Ofer Tzur; Itay Geffen

Key clients

Bank Hapoalim Ltd.

Nitsba Holdings 1995 Ltd. (TASE: NTBA)

SDS – Star Defence Systems Ltd

Melisron Ltd

Liquidators of Agrexco Agricultural Export Co. Ltd

Shikun & Binui Ltd

Tax Tier 1

Gornitzky & Co. has a core focus on contentious matters before the Israel Tax Authority (ITA) and the Supreme Court, and on advising clients on the tax aspects of high-value M&A and investments. The team handles novel and high-stakes litigation for corporations and high-net-worth individuals, which often pose major ramifications for clients and the industries in which they operate. 'Top-of-the-line professionalDaniel Paserman acted for Broadom Semiconductor in four separate proceedings relating to the ITA's claim that the company's business model restructuring involved the sale of functions assets and risks which should therefore be subject to capital gains tax, a position which, if accepted, could deal a major blow to the start-up and hi-tech industry in Israel. Shlomo Aviad Zider is very active in disputes before the ITA and various civil and criminal proceedings relating to tax law. Pinhas Rubin  and Gil Grady are other key names. Ehud Katzenelson was promoted to the partnership in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Paserman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Gornitzky is considered the leading firm in the field of tax in Israel. I know that when I turn to Gornitzky, I get the best response the market has to offer in all tax areas. They have professional depth, vast experience, courage and creativity.’

‘Daniel Paserman understands the needs of his clients and knows how to analyse the issue brought to him from a broad and profound perspective, and to provide a comprehensive and high-quality solution to the problem.’

‘Paserman’s sharpness and wisdom on the one hand, and being approachable on the other, along with his excellent professionalism makes working with him a very pleasant and positive experience.’

‘Head of the firm Pinhas Rubin, one of the leading and well-known lawyers in the history of Israel, is truly a unique phenomenon in the legal field.’

Key clients

IFF

Warburg Pincus Fund

Delek Group

Pepsico

Deutsche Bank

PayPal

Broadcom

Pictet

Roche

Barclays

Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration Tier 2

Gornitzky & Co. handles high-value commercial litigation in a number of industry sectors, though administrative litigation is a particular area of expertise. In addition, the practice group is a top choice for derivative claims, and with a focus on highly regulated sectors such as banking and financial services, the team regularly manages high-value and high-profile derivative claims for clients including Israel's largest bank, a leading communications company, and a large holding company in the energy and chemicals sectors. Practice head Ofer Tzur is involved in several high-value tender disputes, while firm chairman Pinhas Rubin is responsible for much of the team's derivative litigation. Other key figures in the team include Ofer FleischerHarel Shaham and managing partner Kfir Yadgar.

Practice head(s):

Pinhas Rubin; Ofer Tzur

Testimonials

Smart people that are available 24/7 to get the job done and have been able to find creative solutions to complex problems.

We started working with them after we saw their work when they were working against us – and liked their capabilities so much that we decided to hire them on our next engagement. And we have been using them since.

Kfir Yadgar and Ofer Fleischer specifically have worked very closely with us and have been very valuable to our engagements. Smart, professional, creative and have our interests in mind.

I think their total dedication and the fact that we can trust them to look after our interests make their capabilities very unique and essential to us.

I worked with Ofer Tzur in some cases, whereas in other cases I represented the opposite side. In all cases he represented his client to the best extent possible, very knowledgeable in all legal sides, without missing out the possibility to find an amicable solution.’

‘Itzchak Lazar impressed me with his ability and acquaintance with the details of the case, deep and thorough understanding and ability to provide useful support to the leading advocate in the case.

Gornitzky’s team headed by Ofer Tzur has very strong litigation capabilities deriving from their long and extensive experience in all kinds of litigation procedures. Their team always appears with well prepared high quality arguments.

Their team is amazing, very talented, focused, and very efficient in solving problems. They are enthusiastic and available for you 24/7 always caring for your needs.

Ofer Tzur is probably the best litigator in Israel. He is a fearsome litigator, and if you want to win your case you better have him at your side. Judges pay him the utmost respect. His track record in winning challenging cases won him a comparison with the magician David Copperfield.

I recommend Advocated Kfir Yadgar and Harel Shaham. They are highly intelligent and experienced.

They have it all: Gornitzky & Co litigation team are winners. They will never fail you. They are brilliant professionals who comes up with incredible ideas and they never cease to amaze.

Working with their litigation team puts a lot of confidence that you are in good hands and that every angle and every legal aspect is addressed. While the strategy is articulated by the partners, the extended team provides great expertise. The team consults with us at every decision point and is always open to feedback and discussions.

Ofer Tzur and Ofer Fleischer with whom we worked on a major case, both display very high level of professionalism, experience and the strategy they laid down proved to be a winning strategy.

Key clients

Bank Hapoalim

Shufersal

Shikun and Binui

The Phoenix Holdings

Menorah Mivtachim Holdings

Israel Corporation

Elco Group

Mekorot Water Co.

D.B.S. SATELLITE SERVICES (1998) (“yes”)

CRTG- China Railway Tunnel Group

Shikun & Binui – Solel Bone (Building and Infrastructure)

Hi-tech and start-ups Tier 2

Since its establishment in 2017 by a well-reputed team of tech specialists, Gornitzky & Co.'s hi-tech department has developed a strong reputation for cross-border M&A and investment deals in some of Israel's most lucrative industry sectors, including cyber, IT, fintech and e-commerce, AI and medical devices. Jointly headed by Daniel Marcus and Shlomo Landress, the practice group acts for start-ups as well as international tech companies and corporate investors, and has also continued to attract venture capital clients and other tech-focused funds. Another contact in the team is Oded Uni, who has experience acting for start-ups from inception to exit, and is particularly active in the areas of technology and fintech. In 2019, the firm hired IP specialist Ziv Rotenberg , and is therefore in a better position to handle complex IP-driven transactions.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Marcus; Shlomo Landress

Key clients

Rezilion

Petpace

Vala Remit

Gamma Seeds

GNX

Aperio

Cobwebs Technologies

Eviation Aircraft

G Medical Innovations

Morningside International

Perimeter 81

Rapyd Financial Networks (2016)

Razor Labs

Toyota AI Ventures

Viber Media

B.O.S Better On-Line Solutions

Real estate: urban renewal Tier 2

Gornitzky & Co.'s urban renewal group advises clients, including well-known investors and developers, on large-scale Tama 38 and evacuation-construction projects across Israel, in addition to mixed use developments comprising commercial and residential units. Shlomo Cohen, who heads up the firm's large real estate and construction team, is well versed in all aspects of construction projects, including planning permissions, land acquisitions and financing transactions. Eyal Marom has standout expertise in large infrastructure projects and considerable experience handling large-scale commercial and residential projects in Israel.

Practice head(s):

Shlomo Cohen; Eyal Marom

Key clients

Melisron Ltd. Group

Shikun and Binui Real Estate Ltd. Group

IDB Group;

Vitania Ltd.

The Zeitouni Group

Dan Public Transportation Ltd.

Bank Hapoalim

Bank Mizrahi Tefahot

The First International Bank of Israel

Bank Massad

Amdocs (Israel) Ltd.

SGS Building Co. Ltd.

BIG-MAG Savyon Ltd.

Telecoms and media Tier 2

Gornitzky & Co.'s team advises clients on a variety of regulatory and corporate matters, including obtaining approvals prior to M&A and executing commercial agreements between broadcasters and contracting parties, including distribution agreements, lease agreements and licensing agreements. Lior Porat represents major media companies and shareholders investing in the telecoms and media sectors in Israel. She is advising D.B.S. Satellite Services ('Yes') throughout its negotiations with the Ministry of Communications regarding a potential transfer of all of the company's assets to Bezeq group. Ziv Rotenberg is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Lior Porat

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

D.B.S. Satellite Services (1998) Ltd.

Strauss Investments (1993) Ltd.

Bezeq, The Israel Telecommunications Corp. Ltd. (TASE: BEZQ)

The Tshuva Family

Bloomberg L.P.

Golan Telecom Ltd.

Competition/antitrust Tier 3

Gornitzky & Co.'s practice handles civil and criminal antitrust cases spanning a range of sectors, including food, banking, energy, travel and tourism, with particular strength representing clients before the Israeli Antitrust Tribunal. The firm's wider expertise encompasses seeking and opposing merger approvals; defending companies in class actions, predominantly in relation to excessive pricing; defending clients subject to monopoly orders; and implementing enforcement plans concerning competition law for large corporates. Avner Finkelshtein, who previously worked in several senior legal and investigative positions for the ISA, has experience handling M&A approvals, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Avner Finkelshstein

Other key lawyers:

Avner Finkelshstein

Testimonials

‘Gornitzky & Co is a highly respected law firm in Israel. The antitrust team is quick to respond and highly skilled.’ 

‘I work with Kfir Yadgar and Avner Finkelstein. They are both excellent and very service oriented.’ 

Key clients

Siemens Healthcare Ltd.

Reindeer Energy Ltd.

OPC Energy Ltd.

Israel’s Hotels Association

Fattal Hotels Ltd.

Inter Industries Ltd.

Materna Industries

Rimonim Hotels

Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing Ltd.

Osem-Nestle

Edison S.p.A

Darot Ltd.

Shlomo Holdings Ltd.

Employment Tier 3

Gornitzky & Co.’s employment group recently added several clients to its growing practice portfolio, including Israel Hotel Association and luxury hotel, The Jaffa. The new engagements are testament to the group’s strong brand in the hotel sector, where it benefits from its ability to draw on the wider firm’s specialist hotels, travel and leisure practice. The team is well versed across the full spread of labour and employment issues, with contentious matters standing out as a strong suit under the leadership of ‘brilliant litigatorMichael Ayalon.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ayalon

Testimonials

The team at Gornitzky & Co. are super professional and understand the practice and the relevant law very well.’

‘Gornitzky & Co. were always quick to respond to inquiries and very clear with their guidance.’

The team always makes themselves available, even on short notice. They are clear and thorough in their legal advice, and provide answers in a quick and efficient manner.

They are professional, pleasant and not arrogant the way some law offices tend to be.’

‘Michael Ayalon represented us in employment litigation cases and always guided us in the right way.

We found Michael Ayalon and Roni Aviram both to be very knowledgeable in their field.’

Michael Ayalon is very professional, highly respected and appreciated among his colleagues and also the judges in the labour courts. I work only with him when it comes to employment law.’

Michael Ayalon is a brilliant litigator. Very professional.’

Michael Ayalon is very knowledgeable and very creative in terms of managing legal processes and procedures. He is always available and very service-oriented.

Michael Ayalon is an exceptional professional in labour law. He was totally dedicated to our case, agreed to meet us immediately and spent the whole day with us, recruiting some of his partners to join him and provide us with the best advice.’

Key clients

Venus Concept Ltd.

Saips AC Ltd.

Israel Hotel Association

Morningside International LLC

Pictet

Deloitte Belastingconulenten

Pension Fund For Dan members Ltd.

The Jaffa

International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.

Deutsche Bank

Dan Public Transportation Group

Abbott

Fattal Hotels Ltd.

Melisron Ltd.

Intellectual property: commercial/transactions Tier 3

Gornitzky & Co.'s IP practice is headed by Ziv Rotenberg, who joined the firm in 2018 having previously founded and served as managing director of a Hong Kong-based IP consulting firm. Leveraging Rotenberg's background working in East Asia, the IP team has recently advised a number of Israeli start-ups and domestic brands on IP licensing transactions and franchising deals involving Chinese parties. The team is also becoming increasingly active in patent licensing transactions involving academic institutions in Israel and the US.

Practice head(s):

Ziv Rotenberg

Testimonials

The team excel with handling complex transactions. Ziv Rotenberg is a professional that provides both legal and business aspects.

Key clients

Priority Software

Transport Tier 3

Gornitzky & Co. handles a range of transport matters, with an emphasis on road-related work. The firm’s close relationship with major public transport operator Dan Public Transportation paid dividends over the past year and the firm advised the client on several matters. Most notably, it advised Dan on its collaboration with VIA Mobility Israel to establish Bubble, a new on-demand shuttle van service — managing partner Kfir Yadgar led that work. Infrastructure partner Yiftah Farber is also noted for his record in bus-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Kfir Yadgar; Yiftah Farber

Key clients

Dan Public Transportation Company Ltd.

Pandan Advanced Transportation Ltd.

Ford Motor Company

Gauzy Ltd.

Electra Ltd

ALSTOM Transport SA

Dan South Transportation (2015) Ltd.

Dan Beer Sheva Transportation (2016) Ltd.

Toyota Research Institute

Israel Railways Corporation Ltd.

Nahor Netivey Tahbura Ltd.

The firm: Founded in 1938, Gornitzky & Co. has been involved in many of the largest and most complex transactions to transpire in Israel and has played a key role in the development of Israel’s economy and legal practice.

The firm is well-known for its reputation and extensive experience in all legal fields. The unique, multi-disciplinary approach that characterises Gornitzky & Co. enables the firm to provide its clients with the full gamut of legal services, serving as a legal ‘premium one-stop-shop’ for all of their business activities. The firm provides its clients with service of the highest quality, integrated with legal creativity and originality, allowing the firm to successfully cope with complex business and legal challenges.

The firm and its partners are consistently recognised as leaders and are recommended in various commercial areas of law by leading legal directories and publications, such as The Legal 500, Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and others.

The firm’s clientele includes a significant number of Israel’s key players, including governmental entities and Israel’s leading business groups and multinational corporations, operating in Israel and abroad. The firm provides legal services to the majority of Israel’s 18 most influential businesses and advises seven out of Israel’s top ten billionaires, according to Forbes magazine.

Gornitzky & Co.’s legal staff numbers more than 162 attorneys and 30 legal trainees, and includes some of the most highly regarded commercial attorneys in Israel. The firm’s attorneys possess extensive experience in a broad range of practice areas, due in part to their involvement in some of the largest and most complex projects undertaken in Israel in recent years. Some of the firm’s lawyers are licensed to practise law in other jurisdictions, while others are certified public accountants or have additional degrees (eg, in accounting and economics).

Values of community action and social involvement are the cornerstones of Gornitzky & Co.’s organisational culture and manifest themselves in various activities, including pro bono representation, volunteer work and donations to social organisations. As part of its corporate social responsibility policy, the firm invests a great deal in its employees’ well-being, leisure activities and special events. Gornitzky & Co. is considered one of the most sought-after workplaces in the Israeli legal world.

As an integral part of its legal practice, the firm’s goal is to foster an internal culture that emphasises values, comradery and friendship. Each member of the firm’s legal team has signed the ‘Gornitzky Code’, which expresses the norms and values based on which the legal service is provided, and by virtue of which the social environment at Gornitzky & Co. is shaped.

Areas of practice: The firm’s practice areas include: administrative law; antitrust and competition; banking and finance; capital markets and securities; class actions and derivative suits; clean-tech; commercial; corporate; cybersecurity; fintech; energy and natural resources; environment; hi-tech; hotels, travel and leisure; infrastructure and project finance; litigation and dispute resolution; mergers and acquisitions; non-profit organisations; private equity and venture capital; public international law; real estate and construction; restructuring and insolvency; tax; telecoms and media; trusts, estates, and private wealth management; white-collar crime and more.

For further information, please visit www.gornitzky.com.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Pinhas Rubin
Banking and finance Eli Elya
Capital markets and securities Chaim Friedland
Capital markets and securities Sharon Werker-Sagy
Corporate/M&A Pinhas Rubin
Corporate/M&A Chaim Friedland
Corporate/M&A Lior Porat
Infrastructure and project finance Jack Smith
Infrastructure and project finance Itay Geffen
Private equity and investment funds Chaim Friedland
Private equity and investment funds Ari Fried
Real estate, construction and hotels Eyal Marom
Real estate, construction and hotels Shlomo Cohen
Restructuring and insolvency Pinhas Rubin
Restructuring and insolvency Ofer Tzur
Restructuring and insolvency Yaron Elhawi
Dispute resolution Pinhas Rubin
Dispute resolution Ofer Tzur
Financial technology (fintech) Elite Elkon
Financial technology (fintech) Shlomo Landress
Tax Pinhas Rubin
Tax Daniel Paserman
Hitech and technology Eyal Raz
Hitech and technology Daniel Marcus
Hitech and technology Shlomo Landress
Energy and natural resources Jack Smith
Energy and natural resources Itay Geffen
Telecoms and media Lior Porat
Estates, trusts and private clients Pinhas Rubin
Estates, trusts and private clients Daniel Paserman
Estates, trusts and private clients Aviram Handel
White-collar crime Pinhas Rubin
White-collar crime Erez Harel
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Number of lawyers : 220 (59 partners)
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Contacts : Pinhas Rubin (chairman)
Contacts : Moriel Matalon (chairman of the executive committee)
Contacts : Lior Porat (managing partner)
Contacts : Kfir Yagdar (managing partner)
Other offices : Herzliya Pituach

Giving Back To the Society

Gornitzky & Co. has been named one of Israel’s leading Pro-Bono firms by the Israel Bar Association and Dun & Bradstreet. 

As a firm, we provide pro bono legal counsel to a long list of non-profit organizations; members of our team dedicate hundreds of hours every month to pro bono work for clients who are unable to pay for legal services.

Gornitzky incorporates social responsibility activities via the many voluntary and fundraising programs initiated by members of our team, which include: food drives and aiding Holocaust survivors, assisting the elderly, and providing gift certificates to IDF soldiers from financially challenged backgrounds. Last but not least, we give back as a firm and as individuals, in monetary donations to various organizations.

Environment Friendly

Sustainability is at the core of our corporate responsibility strategy.

Gornitzky & Co. is committed to reducing its environmental impact through our decision-making and operational processes, helping to shape the future that provides economic, ecological and social benefits for all. We seek to maximize efficiency and minimize consumption, including energy conservation, paper usage and waste reduction and we ensure that environmental considerations weigh into our purchasing policy.

Diversity at the Core

We believe that a diverse workforce is essential to maintaining our competitive advantage, by expanding and developing the pool of talent from which we draw. Gornitzky & Co. is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and a workplace, which fosters development and where all are treated with dignity and respect.

Our growth and success depends not only on the ability to attract the best workforce, but also to encourage and retain those employees. Therefore, as part of our CSR policy, we invest a great deal in our employees’ well-being, leisure activities and special events.

Gornitzky & Co. has been repeatedly named one of the most sought-after law firms in Israel.