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Gornitzky & Co.
Vitania Tel-Aviv Tower
20 Haharash St. TLV Israel 6761310
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Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate, Commercial, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Real Estate & Construction, Administrative Law.




Eli Cohen is a partner at Gornitzky & Co.

Eli specializes in litigation and complex commercial legal proceedings, including arbitration, mediation and other ADR procedures.

Eli Leads an International Litigation and Arbitration practice, a field in which we are proud to be ranked Tier 1 by Legal 500 as “an excellent Israeli law firm with good international connections’ and ‘experience going up against some of the world’s top-tier firms“.
Eli, has also been recognized by Legal 500 as a “Leading individual“, inter alia, due to its “recent success in a high-value ICC arbitration where the team acted as lead counsel in a dispute involving the construction of the largest private power plant in Israel.”

The International Litigation team is particularly active in litigating energy, construction and infrastructure international disputes as well as M&A related disputed under the rules of all major arbitration institutions and particularly under the rules of the ICC, UNCITRAL and the LCIA, as well as in all Israeli instances, including the Israeli Supreme Court, and before Israel’s prominent arbitrators and mediators.

In its local practice, Eli represents some of the largest public and private commercial corporations operating in Israel, governmental entities and municipalities, as well as senior officers, private investors and leading businessmen.

Eli is well experienced in a wide range of legal matters and specializes in construction, renewable energy, gas & oil, infrastructure, securities, privet equity, venture funds, telecoms, BOT/PPP tenders, real estate and shareholders disputes and he is well regarded by local and global clients and counterparties.

According to Legal 500, sources say that the “efficiency and dedication’ with which the firm approaches ICC arbitration makes it ‘a match for any international law firm’.

Eli acts as the Vice Chairman of the Litigation Committee Bar Association.

Eli acts as a member of the International Arbitration Rules committee of the Israeli Institution for Commercial Arbitration.

Notable recent representations include:
• Successfully acted for shareholders of an international cosmetics company in a shareholder dispute involving ICC arbitration process in which clients ultimately were awarded with over US$50 million compensation;
• Successfully acted for a major construction company at an ICC arbitration and mediation pertaining to the construction of the largest private power plant in Israel in which clients ultimately were awarded with a US$20 million award;
• Acting for an Israeli construction company in obtaining temporary measures in support of an ICC arbitration as well as in ICC arbitration and mediation relating to a the construction of a renewable power plan in Israel.
• Acting for one of Israel’s largest renewable energy companies on a multiparty, multijurisdictional dispute where complex local and international LCIA arbitration agreements are in force;
• Acting for one of the world’s largest mineral mining companies in a EURO 80 million dispute with a Geneva seat under the UNCITRAL rules pertaining to a power plant construction agreement.
• Successfully dismissing an application to approve an approximately NIS 4 billion derivative action against a major satellite communication company.
• Successfully acted for a NIS 10 billion tender participant for the construction and operation of IDF training camps;
• Acted for a leading European corporations in a NIS 4 billion tender regarding the light rail systems in Tel-Aviv;
• Successfully representing foreign corporations in winning bids for the construction and operation of the light rail tunnels tender, totaling in approximately NIS 3 billion; construction and operation of the Israeli Police national training center, totaling in approximately NIS 2 billion, amongst others.
• Representation of a kibbutzs in an estimated several billions NIS with Keren the Jewish National Fund and the Israel Land Administration over the ownership of approximately 1,500 acres of land.
• Representation in an approximately NIS 200 million legal dispute regarding a transaction relating to land on which the IKEA Israeli branch is located.


Hebrew and English.


2002, Israel Bar Association


LL.B., cum laude, Tel Aviv University (2002); B.A., Accounting, Tel Aviv University (2002).

Lawyer Rankings

Israel > Dispute resolution > Dispute resolution: mediation and international arbitration

(Hall of Fame)

Eli CohenGornitzky & Co.

The ‘top-notch international arbitration team’ at Gornitzky & Co. is regularly engaged by international clients on arbitration cases, including interim applications to the Israeli courts, with additional experience in enforcement cases of both arbitration awards and court judgements. Practice leader Eli Cohen is an ‘experienced and sharp litigator’, who handles high-stakes energy, construction and infrastructure disputes, while Nuna Lerner is praised as an ‘an outstanding lawyer with excellent technical skills’. Nir Keidar represents clients in proceedings under the rules of various arbitral bodies, as well as in ad-hoc proceedings, and Shai Sharvit is commended as ‘a star in international arbitration’. ‘Calm and collected’ associate Myriam Feinberg is another key contact in the group.

Israel > Dispute resolution > Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration

Commended as being ‘highly respected by the judicial system and its judges’, Gornitzky & Co.’s dispute resolution group is equipped to handle high-stakes cases in the commercial, civil and administrative law fields. Considered by some as a ‘strategic genius’, group head Ofer Tzur continues to raise his profile in the market and was at the helm for several key matters over the past year, including representing Property and Building Corp and Hadarim Properties in a multimillion-dollar dispute with Mega Or Holdings and Big Shopping Centers. Other experienced partners include firm chairman Pinhas Rubin; Kfir Yadgar, who possesses niche expertise in hospitality and transport-related matters; and commercial litigator Ofer Fleischer. The team also draws on Shirin Gabbay-Metzger, Eli Cohen and ‘creative’ senior associate Inbal Ronel.