Chambers Editors Reception and Awards - Israel 2019

We were delighted to host the Chambers Editors' Reception and Awards - Israel 2019.

Date: Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach, HaYarkon St 145, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6345313, Israel

The ceremony celebrated the best notable achievements over the past 12 months in this market. As part of the ceremony, we have presented the Chambers GC Influencers list. This is a prestigious list, recognising an influential group of industry-leading professionals. You can view the list here.

You can view the highlights of the event here.


Chambers Editors' Reception and Awards - Israel 2019 - Shortlists & Winners


Goldfarb Seligman
Herzog, Fox Ne’eman
Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal
Naschitz, Brandes, Amir Co.

Winner: Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal

Meitar is home to one of Israel’s largest, most established corporate/M&A practices. The team possesses a wealth of experience advising a range of market-leading clients, including private equity firms, investment banks and government entities on all aspects of corporate transactions. It is frequently sought after by US public companies to advise on their Israeli M&A transactions. The team showcased its skill in its recent representation of SodaStream in its USD3.2 billion acquisition by Pepsico. Clients praise the strength of the group, saying: “They are a true team; there’s always someone to help us 24/7 with any matter and always at the highest professional level.”

Banking and Finance

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co.
Gornitzky & Co.
Herzog, Fox Ne’eman
S. Horowitz & Co

Winner: Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co.

Fischer Behar’s clientele in the banking & finance space include Israel’s leading financial institutions, with an impressive lender’s side practice. The team recently acted for Harel Insurance as the lead lender in the ILS1.1 billion financing for the acquisition of Leumi Card, which was a transformative deal in the Israeli banking market. As a market-leader, the firm offers the full range of services in the banking and finance space and is well-equipped to handle the largest secured and non-secured financing transactions, with sources noting that “they always have somebody that is an expert.”

Dispute Resolution

Agmon & Co., Rosenberg Hacohen & Co.
Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal
S. Horowitz & Co
Yigal Arnon

Winner: S. Horowitz & Co

S Horowitz consistently receives plaudits as a pre-eminent firm in the dispute resolution space. The firm is renowned for skillfully handling high-value litigation and arbitration proceedings on behalf of its high-caliber clients. Its reputation as a go-to extends to its strength in high-stakes class actions, regularly acting for both major domestic and international clients. Interviewees appreciate that they “always feel like they are the first client in line,” when working with the firm, with other sources emphasising: “When you go to a fight you should take them.”

Labour and Employment

Asher Heled & Co.
Herzog Fox Ne’eman
N. Feinberg & Co.
Rubin- Shmuelevich

Winner: Herzog Fox Ne’eman

Herzog Fox Ne’eman maintains an exceptional reputation as a first-class firm in the labour and employment market. The reputed team advises public and private sector clients on the full range of labour and employment matters as well as frequently dealing with related litigation. Its high level of experience includes assisting both Israeli and international clients. Market insiders laud the “outstanding” team for its “combination of very strong knowledge of the law, huge expertise and wonderful service,” as well as the group’s “very creative way of thinking.

Intellectual Property

Gilat Bareket & Co., Reinhold Cohn Group
Liad Whatstein & Co.
Pearl Cohen
S. Horowitz & Co

Winner: Liad Whatstein & Co.

Liad Whatstein & Co is widely acknowledged to be at the forefront of complex patent litigation in Israel. The firm is best known for representing many of the major international pharmaceutical companies, such as Sanofi, Novartis and Pfizer, in some of the most significant cases in this area concerning blockbuster drugs, in addition to displaying strong capabilities in the medical devices space. The highly-reputed team is widely praised for its “excellent customer service” and “ability to work with complex subject matters.”

Real Estate

Gornitzky & Co.
Goldfarb Seligman
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co.
Herzog, Fox Ne’eman

Winner: Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky is highly sought-after throughout the commercial, residential and retail real estate market, with recognised expertise in hotel developments. The group regularly acts for leading players in real estate developments and financings and recently acted on behalf of three major Israeli banks in relation to the financing, purchase of land and construction of the TLV Fashion Mall, valued at ILS1 billion. Interviewees highlight the team’s creativity and flexibility as well as the sheer size of the group, noting it consists of “very good lawyers.”

Lifetime Achievement Award

Head of Gornitzky & Co., Pinhas Rubin is regarded as a pre-eminent figure across the Israeli legal sector with interviewees reporting: “Pinhas is incredibly influential and a powerful force domestically.” He enjoys a particularly impressive reputation as a force to be reckoned with in high-profile disputes.

In addition to leading the firm, he is often sought after on the most complex mandates, as well as for his high-level strategic expertise stemming from his broad practice area knowledge that spans dispute resolution to tax. In 2002 he was appointed to the Rabinovitz Committee as one of thirteen members for his position as a market-leading tax expert.

Commentators are quick to point to him as “truly one of Israel’s best lawyers – a master of all trades.” He is widely respected for his contribution to the legal sector in Israel, with market participants in agreement that “he is certainly one of the most prominent lawyers in Israel.”