Tel Aviv Branch
Shirel Guttman – Amira
Osnat Sarusi Firstater
Gilli Brooks Varon
Areas of specialization
Litigation: The Firm’s litigation department is one of the largest and most experienced in Israel, and has contributed significantly to this specialty, counselling the most complex and sensitive cases discussed in Israel. The department was founded 35 years ago by Zvika Agmon, one of Israel’s most respected litigators. The department handles many proceedings, including motions for approving class actions, derivative claims, administrative proceedings, regulatory and legislative proceedings, shareholder disputes and commercial-contractual disputes, counselling clients from a wide range of sectors, such as communications, energy, banking, insurance, aviation and more.
Securities and Capital Markets: The Securities and Capital Markets Department is among the most diversified and active in Israel. The Firm has extensive experience in advising on securities and capital market issues to the most significant public companies in Israel, taking part in hundreds of issues and complex transactions, including precedent-setting and breakthrough transactions.
Planning and Construction: The Department is recognized by the business community as one of Israel’s leading and most professional departments. The Firm counsels clients at every stage of their real estate project, from the purchase of the land, through planning and rezoning of the land, on to construction, development and marketing of the project, and any appearance required before the planning and building committees, the appeals committees, and before the Court for Administrative Affairs and the Supreme Court.
Energy: The Firm is Israel’s leading law firm in the energy field and has been involved in almost all major oil and gas projects in Israel. The Firm’s services include, inter alia, the establishment of joint ventures for exploration and production projects, financing and securitization of oil and gas assets, agreements for the sale and purchase of natural gas, and more. In addition, the Firm represents its clients in this field before the regulatory authorities and in civil and administrative litigation.
Competition Law: The Competition Department represents its clients before the Competition Authority in hearings and petitions on various matters relating to all aspects of competition law, including merger approvals, procedures relating to the classification of a company as a monopoly, as part of a concentration group, and more. In addition, the legal team advises its clients in the framework of criminal investigations and represents parties charged with antitrust offenses before the tribunal for competition and before other courts. The department counsels various companies in the framework of significant legislative processes in competition law, including the Concentration Law, the Food Law and the Law for the Promotion of Competition in Banking.
Real Estate: In addition to aspects of planning and construction, the Firm provides a full range of legal services required in the field of real estate (projects, transactions, and urban renewal), both in the residential and income-producing real estate sectors, public institutions, organizations, public bodies, government corporations, banks, theaters, cultural centers, hospitals, schools, and colleges.
Finance and Banking: The department has extensive and exceptional experience with Israeli and foreign banks, credit card companies, insurance and communications companies, oil and gas corporations, real estate developers, investors, and many others. In addition, the department has unique expertise in the area of project finance, mainly in the oil and gas sector, and with the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”), and other international bodies.
Class Actions: The Firm bears special status as Israel’s leading law firm in class actions and offers a leading team of lawyers in this field, supported by the Firm’s vast experience and impressive record of success in representing respondents in requests to approve claims as class actions. To date, the Firm has represented over 1,000 requests to approve claims as class actions.
Administrative Law: The Firm’s extensive experience is reflected in its extraordinary achievements, in filing petitions with the Supreme Court and in appearances before administrative courts, appeals committees, and planning committees, and representing clients in disputes with various government ministries and local authorities.
Mergers and Acquisitions: The Firm plays a prominent role in advising the most significant transactions in the Israeli economy. The nature of its local and international clients, many of whom hold a variety of subsidiaries or deal with a wide range of activities, is fertile ground for large-scale transactions involving significant acquisitions or mergers.
Commercial Law: The Commercial Division advises the Firm’s clients in all aspects of their ongoing business activities, including complex investment transactions, local and international mergers and acquisitions, public and private placements, in Israel and abroad, forming investment funds, corporate governance and controls, due diligence, financing agreements, enforcement plans, structural changes and reorganizations, compensation of officers and enforcement programs for employees, representation vis-a-vis regulators and more.
Hi-Tech and Technology: The department specializes in representing and supporting private and public hi-tech companies, established and start-ups throughout their life cycle, from initial operations through complex rounds of financing, to the exit stage. The department also specializes in providing support to clients and suppliers in acquiring and assimilating computer and information systems projects, and consulting in databases, “Big Data”, business intelligence, and protection The department’s lawyers offer a vibrant and profound technological background, which adds significant added value to clients, because of their ability to integrate their technological and legal know-how.
Regulation and Enforcement Plans: The Department assists the Firm’s clients in increasing the level of corporate compliance and regulation, to improve the ability to comply with all regulatory directives and requirements applicable to its areas of business activity. The Department also assists international corporations in ensuring that their business activity in Israel complies with local regulatory requirements.
Insolvency: The Department represents companies, creditors and debtors in all aspects relating to recovery and liquidation proceedings and insolvency proceedings. The practice requires a combination of proficiency in a precise legal discipline and control of a variety of civil-commercial law fields, alongside economic understanding. The department works in close cooperation with the various other departments of the Firm, such as the commercial law, banking, hi-tech, real estate, labor departments.
Labor Law: The Firm has over 15 years of experience in the field, in which it advises many companies in the Israeli economy, in times of crisis, legislative changes, strikes, collective bargaining processes, layoffs and more, also representing clients in labor courts, and during arbitrations and mediation efforts.
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