Israel 2023 – GC Powerlist

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Aderet Kozuch

Legal department manager | Partner Israel

Telecommunication services

Alberto Pessah

Head of legal | Nestlé

Food

Alberto studied law at University of Warwick and Tel Aviv University. Prior to that, he graduated in international relations at the University of Geneva. Pessah has been acting as general...

Alon Levy

Associate general counsel, Latin America and Southern Europe countries geography    | Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Commercial and professional services

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Amir Markovits

General counsel | Perception Point

Information technology

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Amir Nachlieli

General counsel | Bezeq

Telecommunication services

Amir Shaked

Chief legal officer and corporate secretary | Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering

Industrials and real estate

Anat Rothschild

Vice president, general legal counsel and company secretary | Infinya

Materials and mining

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Aran Meiri

Vice president, general counsel, director of the legal department and board member | Shufersal

Consumer products

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Ari Z. Lazarus

General counsel | Neopharm Group

Healthcare

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Asael Rosenberg

General counsel | Spinomenal

Commercial and professional services

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Asaf Alkoby

Associate corporate secretary, executive general counsel global corporate affairs team | Teva Pharmaceuticals

Healthcare

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Avi Koren

Legal counsel | Caesarea Development Corporation Edmund Benjamin de Rothschild

Industrials and real estate

Aviram Gavish

Vice president and general counsel | Alon Blue Square Israel

Industrials and real estate

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Avital Rosenberg

General counsel | On Track Innovations

Information technology

Avital Rosenberg

Executive vice president and general counsel | Rafael

Industrials and real estate

Aya Ben David Ashbel

Executive vice president and global general counsel | Fox Group

Consumer products

Aya Ben David Ashbel is the executive vice president and the global general counsel of Fox Group — a publicly traded company and a leading retail group with extensive businesses...

Boaz Tal

Deputy CEO, company secretary and general counsel | Israel Shipyards Industries

Industrials and real estate

Cheli Winshtein

General counsel | United Studios - Herzliya Studios

Sports and media

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Dafna Reznik

Executive vice president legal | Energix Renewable Energies

Energy and utilities

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Dalia Litay

Chief legal officer | ironSource

Information technology

Dalia Litay is the chief legal officer of ironSource, which recently merged with Unity Software. She has been with ironSource for over eight years, overseeing all legal matters and managing...

Dan Fogelman

Vice president, general counsel | Keshet Media Group

Sports and media

Dana Jasovich Gordon

General counsel | Hutchison Water

Financials

Dana Ofer-Nutkevitch

General counsel | Innoviz Technologies

Information technology

Daniel Neiger

Vice president, head of legal | HiBob

Information technology

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Daniella Naveh

Deputy general counsel | Allot Communications

Information technology

Daniella Segal

Deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer | Assured Allies

Insurance

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David Mizrahi

Chief legal officer | IES Holdings

Industrials and real estate

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Dina Back-Frimer

Director, associate general counsel | Tower Semiconductor

Industrials and real estate

Dov Bergwerk

Senior vice president, general counsel corporate | Teva Pharmaceuticals

Healthcare

Dr. Nir Yamin

Head of legal and regulatory affairs division - banking and litigation | Israel Discount Bank

Financials

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Edith Gillor-Rawitz

Head of legal counseling, business development, M&A and securities deputy general counsel | Bank Hapoalim

Financials

Edo Bar-Gil

General counsel and entrepreneur | LawFlex and LawFlex Designed Solutions

Information technology

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Edva Liveanu-Justo

Regional counsel, East Europe, Turkey and Israel | HP

Information technology

Einat Meital

Deputy general counsel | Verint Systems

Information technology

Elazar Stein

General counsel | Medison Pharma

Healthcare

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Gadi Meroz

Corporate vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Radware

Information technology

Ganit Ashkenazi

Senior legal counsel | Marvell Israel

Industrials and real estate

Gideon Rosenberg

Deputy general counsel and head of HR | NVIDIA

Information technology

Gideon Rosenberg is the deputy general counsel at NVIDIA Corporation and the head of HR for Nvidia Israel. He has over 20 years of experience and is qualified in Israel...

Gil Banyas

Vice president global operations and general counsel | Oosto

Information technology

Gil Banyas serves as vice president global operations and general counsel for Oosto, a global AI technology company. Banyas leads Oosto’s global operations and legal affairs and is responsible for...

Gilat Lavian

General counsel and chief compliance officer | iAngels Group

Financials

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Gitit Rosenfeld Berger

Vice president, general counsel | Rapac Energy

Energy and utilities

Gurit Kainnan Vardi

Executive vice president and general counsel | Fiverr

Information technology

Guy Kasher

General counsel | Melisron

Industrials and real estate

Guy Zamir

General counsel | Shenkar - Engineering. Design. Art.

Education

Hadar Brin Weiss

Chief legal counsel, deputy CEO | Clal Insurance

Insurance

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Harel Shoham

General counsel and company secretary | Carasso Real Estate

Industrials and real estate

Harel Shoham’s business and legal experience spans over the past 18 years as a lawyer in various working environments, ranging from real estate, commercial law and litigation, regulation, compliance, online...

Hila Shamir

Chief legal counsel | Israel Railways

Transport and infrastructure

Hila Tirosh

Chief legal counsel | Shikun & Binui

Transport and infrastructure

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Idan Knobel

General counsel | InFin Capital

Financials

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Idit Amir

General counsel | Mivne Group

Industrials and real estate

Idit Froim

Senior legal counsel | Wolt Israel

Information technology

Ido Almog

General counsel | Nuvoton Technology Israel

Industrials and real estate

Ifat Steinman

General counsel | Papaya Gaming

Information technology

Ifat Steinman is currently serving as the general counsel of Papaya Gaming — a global mobile skill gaming leader and one of the industry’s fastest-growing companies. Ifat is a highly...

Ilana Berman-Nir

Senior legal counsel | Varonis Systems

Information technology

Ilana Berman-Nir spent the first decade of her career focusing on employment matters while working primarily in Herzog, one of Israel’s leading law firms. Over the past seven years, Ilana...

Inesa Goldenberg-Levi

Legal adviser | Ashdod Port

Transport and infrastructure

Irit Shadar Tobias

Vice president, corporate legal counsel and company secretary | OPC Energy

Energy and utilities

Isaac Drucker

Chief legal counsel and head of stuff | Clal Insurance

Insurance

Itzhak Tambor

General counsel and vice president operations | Glassbox

Information technology

Itzhak joined Glassbox in 2017, bringing over a decade of legal, compliance and operations experience to Glassbox. Prior to joining Glassbox, Itzhak served as a legal counsel at a leading...

Jonathan Ariel

Executive vice president, legal officer | Elbit Systems

Industrials and real estate

Karen Lapid

Chief legal counsel | Alpha Bio Technology

Healthcare

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Keren Ben-Zvi

Legal consultant and company secretary | Aspen Group

Industrials and real estate

Keren Raplansky Elad

General counsel | Tel Aviv University

Education

Keren Shachar

Legal counsel | Star Pumped Storage

Industrials and real estate

Larisa Cohen

Vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Cellcom Israel

Telecommunication services

Leeat Peleg

Vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Nova

Industrials and real estate

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Leetal Yakir

Head of legal, global corporate affairs | Sapiens

Information technology

Leor Hurwitz

General counsel | AppsFlyer

Information technology

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Leora Pratt Levin

General counsel | Delek Group

Energy and utilities

Liat Alon

General counsel | SodaStream International

Consumer products

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Lilach Erez

Vice president, general counsel | Azorim Group

Industrials and real estate

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Lilach Geva Harel

Executive vice president and global general counsel | ICL Group

Materials and mining

Lirik Meiri Feldstein

General counsel | Electra Consumer Products

Consumer products

Lirik began her legal career at Meitar law firm as a member of the IP and commercial transaction group. Lirik is the general counsel of the rapidly growing Electra Consumer...

Liron Amram

Head of legal | Walnut

Information technology

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Mark Korman

General counsel | Sygnia

Information technology

Mark brings over 15 years of experience in corporate and high tech law. Before joining Sygnia, he led legal affairs at Zerto – a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company- for over...

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Maya Alcheh-Kaplan

Executive vice president, general counsel and company secretary | Israel Corp.

Public sector

Maya Gottdenker Firon

General counsel | Israel Opportunity - Energy Resources

Energy and utilities

Maya Oren

Vice president, legal | Logz.io

Information technology

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Meni Neeman

Deputy CEO and chief legal counsel | Phoenix Holding

Financials

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Michal Mor

General counsel commercial and privacy, international markets | Teva Pharmaceuticals

Healthcare

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Mireet Wolf

General counsel | Goldrock Capital

Commercial and professional services

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Miri Tal

Head of legal department | Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank

Financials

Mor Avisar

Legal counsel | Bright Data

Information technology

Mor Fingerer

First executive vice president, chief legal advisor, head of legal | Bank Leumi

Financials

Moran Erez

General counsel Israel | Energean

Energy and utilities

Moran Erez has been the general counsel Israel for Energean since 2018. In this role, Moran utilises her legal knowledge to provide advice on legal matters and is also the...

Moshe Carmon

General counsel | SolarEdge Technologies

Energy and utilities

Naama Kaenan

General counsel | Wix.com

Information technology

Nati Somekh Gilboa

General counsel and corporate secretary | Tower Semiconductor

Industrials and real estate

Nirit Zeevi

Vice president, general counsel and company secretary | Azrieli Group

Industrials and real estate

As vice president and general counsel of the Azrieli Group, Nirit is engaged in all aspects of the group’s operations. She provides legal guidance on transactions in multiple business sectors,...

Nitzan Hadad

General counsel Israel, MEA and global IT | Teva Pharmaceuticals

Healthcare

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Noa Beit Dagan

General counsel | Enlight Renewable Energy

Energy and utilities

Noa Farkas Gluck

General counsel | Tufin

Commercial and professional services

Noa Rosenberg-Segalovitz

General counsel | Lightricks

Information technology

Noa grew up in Ramat Gan and served in an elite unit in the IDF. After her service, she received her LLB and Ba in economics from Tel Aviv University...

Noa Uri-Burla

General counsel | Ratio Oil

Energy and utilities

Please note that Noa has moved on to a new role since the research took place.

Noam Nativ

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | ZIM Integrated Shipping Services

Transport and infrastructure

Noam Nativ has joined ZIM Integrated shipping 2018 in the role of executive vice president, general counsel and company secretary. Noam is an outstanding lawyer widely known in the legal...

Ofir Rotschild

Deputy CEO and general counsel | Harel Insurance & Finance

Financials

Ori Levanon

General counsel | Aurec Capital

Financials

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Orit Manor Kaspersky

Vice president legal | EDF Renewables Israel

Energy and utilities

Orit Manor Kaspersky is a seasoned and accomplished general counsel with robust business and legal expertise. Orit is a leading general counsel in the renewable energy field, managing a global...

Orly Alster

Vice president, general counsel - international markets , IP and corporate litigations | Teva Pharmaceuticals

Healthcare

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Rachel Prishkolnik

Vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, G&A | SolarEdge Technologies

Energy and utilities

Rael Kolevsohn

Vice president, legal affairs and general counsel | Allot Communications

Information technology

Ran Aran

Senior legal counsel, South Europe legal team | FedEx Express Israel

Transport and infrastructure

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Ravit Bitan-Haver

Senior legal advisor | CEMEX

Industrials and real estate

Reut Hirschhorn

Head of legal | Israel Land Authority

Public sector

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Rinat Shiran-Rasky

Head of legal, international markets | Teva Pharmaceuticals

Healthcare

Rinat Shiran-Rasky is the head of legal, international markets at Teva Pharmaceuticals, leading a diverse team of more than thirty in-house lawyers and developing them to become legal guardians, strategic...

Ron Belkine

General counsel and corporate secretary | Leadcom

Information technology

Ron Halfon

Legal adviser | Israel Airports Authority

Administrative bodies

Ronen Hirsch

Chief legal officer | Amitim - Senior Pension Funds

Financials

Ronit Barzilai

Vice president legal | Electra

Industrials and real estate

Ronit Bernstein-Avrahams

Senior vice president, deputy general counsel, regulation, privacy and compliance | Playtika

Information technology

Ruthy Caspi

Chief legal officer | One1 Technologies Group

Information technology

Ruthy Caspi is the chief legal officer at One1 Technologies Group — a USD$1bn company traded on the Tel- Aviv stock exchange. The company employs more than 6,000 employees around...

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Saar Egozi

General counsel | Paz Ashdod Refinery

Energy and utilities

Sally Basson

Legal adviser | The Open University of Israel

Education

Sarit Hecht

Vice president and general counsel | Partner Communications

Telecommunication services

Sarit Steinberg

General counsel | Israel Biotech Fund

Healthcare

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Sarit Weistuch

Chief legal counsel | Bank of Jerusalem

Financials

Shany Shalev

General counsel and corporate secretary | Windward

Information technology

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Sharon Berlin

Legal director Israel and EMEA alliances and channels legal leader | Oracle Israel

Information technology

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Sharon Brownstone

General counsel | EL AL Israel Airlines

Transport and infrastructure

Sharon Katzurin-Sivan

Vice president, chief legal counsel and regulation | Danya Cebus

Industrials and real estate

Sheli Hachnoki

In-house lawyer | Maccabi Healthcare

Transport and infrastructure

Shir Kodner

General counsel | Cloudinary

Information technology

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Shira Frenkel

General counsel | Cato Networks

Information technology

Shira is the general counsel at Cato Networks. She is an experienced legal counsel within the tech industry. Prior to Cato Networks, Shira served as vice president of legal at...

Shmuel Sunray

General counsel | NSO Group

Information technology

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Tali Mirsky

Corporate vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | NICE

Information technology

Tamar Arad-Maoz

General counsel | Minute Media

Information technology

Tamar Dolev-Green

Legal and compliance lead | MSD

Healthcare

Tomer Naor

Head of legal department | The movement for quality government in Israel

Public sector

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Vered Ben Jacob

Executive vice president, chief legal officer and head of IP | Stratasys

Industrials and real estate

William Weisel

General counsel | Sarine Technologies

Industrials and real estate

Yael Almog

General counsel | Bank Hapoalim

Financials

Yael Shofar

Vice president, general counsel | Perion Network

Sports and media

Yael Ben-Yosef

General counsel | MEC

Industrials and real estate

Yael Langer

General counsel | RAD

Information technology

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Yael Nevo

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Strauss Group

Food, beverages and tobacco

Yael Wagner Toby

Chief legal counsel and insurance manager | Dalia Power Energies

Energy and utilities

Yafit Porat

Vice president legal and compliance affairs, general counsel | Natural Intelligence

Commercial and professional services

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Yaniv Baram

Vice president and general counsel | Elbit Systems

Information technology

Yaron Meyer

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | MediWound

Healthcare

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Yehonatan Birenboym

Legal counsel | Spacecom

Telecommunication services

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Yifat Givol

Head of legal department and company secretary | Matrix

Information technology

Yuval Bornstein

Vice president, associate general counsel | WalkMe™

Information technology

Zafrir Neuman

Chief legal officer and head of the legal department | Israel Innovation Authority

Public sector

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Zehavit Shahaf

Legal counsel | Zim Urban

Industrials and real estate

Ziv Glickman

Senior director, assistant general counsel | Western Digital

Information technology

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Zvi Maayan

Executive vice president, general counsel | Kaltura

Information technology

It has been a delight to lead the research for this year’s inaugural The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Israel. It was an immense privilege to speak with the most outstanding in-house counsel in the country, getting to know them and their world of work during the course of putting together this publication, especially after our 2020 edition was unfortunately postponed due to the pandemic. Our interviews have touched upon a variety of topics, in particular, the introduction of legal tech, skills required to succeed in the in-house legal industry, and relationships with external law firms.

Undoubtedly one of the features that make this list unique is the variety of the content. Some lawyers shared insights into their career paths and studies; others decided to discuss business-related topics they are passionate about — startups, M&A transactions, the generational shift, the entry of Millenials in the work market and many more. Indeed, what emerges is that Israel-based lawyers are very committed, knowledgeable, and passionate about driving the success of their companies and the country at large.

The in-house counsel I had the pleasure to speak with have all been involved in significant transactions, re-innovating their companies’ legal departments, and driving the implementation of technology in their organisations. Those featured are the top internal lawyers in the country — they combine the best qualities, talents, and legal and business knowledge.

Israel-based in-house counsel have shared their tips on becoming as successful in the legal industry. Shmuel Sunray, general counsel at NSO Group, suggests — “I firmly believe that unique aspirations for innovation will fuel a general counsel’s success. My ultimate goal as general counsel for NSO Group is not just to transform our inner workings but to provide an inspirational guidepost for other players in this business, no matter who or where they are, to follow our example. Such unique qualities must include a sharp, educated ability to assess risk, no matter where that risk may materialise” – stressing how it is crucial in today’s unstable scenario to develop skills for mitigating and managing risk that can disrupt operations. Precious guidance is provided by David Mizrahi, chief legal officer at IES Holdings: “Aside from having comprehensive knowledge of the law across multiple industries, one of the essential qualities required to be successful is the ability to stay curious and continuously learn as industries evolve”.

Another key finding that emerges from this research is the positive attitude that general counsel in Israel have towards the implementation of legal tech. Yehonatan Birenboym, legal counsel at Space-Communication, sums up the view of his peers: “In the future, advancements in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing are likely to have the most significant impact on the role of in-house legal teams. These technologies can automate repetitive tasks, improve contract review and analysis, and assist with legal research, among other things. This can allow legal teams to focus on higher-value work, such as providing strategic advice to their organisations.”

I want to extend the most profound gratitude to every in-house lawyer who participated in this first-of-its-kind edition of the GC Powerlist Israel 2023. I am incredibly proud to be able to introduce this list of Israel’s most outstanding, agile and acclaimed in-house lawyers.

 

Sara Maggi| Lead researcher: GC Powerlist Israel 2023

 

 

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GC Powerlist: Israel 2023

The Legal 500 was delighted to be in Tel Aviv on 22nd March, to celebrate the launch of the first-ever and most awaited GC Powerlist Israel. Our research editor Allan Cohen and senior manager Shehab Khurshid were joined by leading GCs from the country for a magnificent reception at the Herzog Tower.

A huge thank you to Andersen Legal, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Elias Neocleous & Co, and Herzog, Fox & Neeman for sponsoring the publication and partnering with us to celebrate the most influential in-house legal lawyers in Israel. A special thanks to Leeat Peleg, Nir Dash, Jonathan Morris, Elias Neocleous, and Theodore Pistiolis, for speaking at the event and sharing their insights on the future of legal teams, and to Herzog, Fox & Neeman for hosting us.