Since its inception in 1979, the firm has enjoyed a great reputation in Israel and around the world, thanks to a combination of in-depth legal understanding, extensive academic knowledge, an innovative approach, creativity, and rich experience in local and international transactions. As a result, the firm has been recognized and appreciated by the international rating guides Legal500, Chambers & Partners, BdiCode and Dun’s100 over the years. Our clients enjoy an extensive professional response, a one-stop-shop, and legal solutions tailored to their particular needs. The firm represents many international companies, as well as Israeli companies operating abroad and traded on US and European stock exchanges. The firm also represents banks, insurance companies, pension funds and venture capital funds, infrastructure companies and state-owned corporations, alongside startups, partnerships and ventures, kibbutzim, real-estate companies, and more. The firm’s clients operate across a wide range of fields, including banking, industry, commerce, energy, transportation, finance and service providers, technology, life sciences, infrastructure, real estate, research and development, venture capital, retail, and communications.
M&A – Our office specializes in M&A transactions and leads some of the most consequential M&As, from structuring the deal, negotiating, and drafting agreements, obtaining the necessary approvals from governmental, regulatory and judicial bodies, to closing and realizing the deal. Our firm provides ongoing professional advice on all M&A related issues, including tax planning and related antitrust, labor law, employee compensation, intellectual property, and technology matters.
Capital Markets – Our office is a leader in the field of capital markets and securities law, both in Israel and internationally. Our team draws from years of experience in the field, including representing issuers and underwriters on stock markets in Israel and worldwide. Our firm represents many Israeli companies, whose shares are traded both in Israel and abroad.
Hi-Tech and Venture Capital – Our Hi-Tech and VC Practice is highly acquainted with the distinct needs of companies operating in the technology field. Our clients operate in a variety of technology and innovation fields, including biotechnology and life sciences. We advise on corporate law, financing, and commercial transactions. Our clients range from seed companies through growth stages and up to maturity. The team has extensive experience working with accelerators, incubators, Israel Innovation Authority, the Ministry of Health, etc. In addition, our firm specializes in fund formation and represents a significant part of all Israeli funds, as well as international funds in their Israel related affairs.
Banking and Insurance – We offer legal and regulatory advice to domestic and international banks, insurance companies, financial institutions, Israeli institutional entities and investment houses, regarding banking matters, capital markets, securities, investment management and consulting, control acquisition of banks and bank-owned properties, corporate governance, credit and guarantees and more.
Energy and Infrastructure – We offer our comprehensive legal knowledge and accompany clients on a variety of legal issues pertaining to energy and infrastructure projects. We provide top legal advice regarding this constantly evolving and highly regulated field, including tenders, financing, negotiations, and constructions of projects, and the complex contractual arrangements with infrastructure services, with consumers and suppliers.
Litigation – Our team of skilled attorneys handles all aspects of dispute resolution, representing a variety of clients in a wide range of activities, such as commercial disputes, antitrust, class actions, professional malpractice, intellectual property, and arbitration.
Labor Law – Our Labor Law Practice provides legal advice on labor issues to many of the firm’s clients. We counsel many Israeli and international companies on issues involving executive employment, mergers and reorganization processes, legal and social benefits, tenure, pension and retirement, termination of employment and other labor issues before the Labor Court. We also advise clients on employee-employer relationships and trade union matters.
Taxation and Tax Planning – Our Tax Practice advises companies and individuals alike on a variety of issues, on which we provide strategic planning. Our team also counsels on international tax planning, financing, structured transactions, foreign investments in Israel, Israeli investments abroad, capital market taxation, encouragement of capital investment laws, taxation of incentives for employees or service providers, and more.
Real Estate – Our Real Estate department has extensive knowledge and experience in accompanying a wide range of real estate activities, such as combination transactions, construction projects – from rights’ acquisition, through planning and execution, to sale and final rights registration – urban renewals (Tama 38), income-producing property transactions and agricultural rentals, industrial and commercial settlements, real estate taxation, financing agreements, infrastructure and development projects, planning and construction, litigation and more. Our clientele includes construction and development companies, entrepreneurs and private investors, property owners, asset departments and investment entities, among others.
Antitrust – We have extensive experience in handling all aspects of Israeli Antitrust and Competition Law, including appearing before the Israeli Antitrust Tribunal and representing clients before the Antitrust Commissioner and the Israeli Antitrust Authority, on matters relating to restrictive arrangements, abusive conduct of monopolies and merger transactions, as well as preparing and implementing Antitrust internal compliance programs for private and public corporations.
Expertise in Global Markets (China, Singapore, Turkey, and Brazil) – We advise Israeli companies on transactions in China, Singapore, Brazil and Turkey, and international companies on expanding their business to the Israeli market. Our global teams are staffed with experienced professionals, who have the knowledge, language proficiency, and understanding of business practices and cultural distinctiveness in these regions.
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