Head of Firm: David Hodak
Managing Partners: Aya Yoffe, David Fohrer
Number of partners worldwide: 60
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 110
Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg, Shenhav & Co. (GKH) is one of the largest and most influential law firms in Israel, particularly in the fields of securities, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), hi-tech, corporate law and cross border activity. Combining profound legal and in-depth academic experience and understanding with an innovative approach, has led to the firm being widely recognised for its local and global transactional experience. It is ranked as one of the top law firms in Israel by Legal 500 and Chambers Global. The firm’s staff consists of about 170 professionals, including more than 60 partners, and a large group of experienced licensed attorneys in Europe, USA, Australia, Brazil and more.
In line with the firm’s aim of providing comprehensive solutions to clients in all areas of their business, GKH offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ with a full range of high quality legal services, based on its extensive expertise, that have been tailored to the full spectrum of clients’ unique needs. GKH represents many international companies in Israel and Israeli companies operating abroad. Its clients include public companies traded in the US, Israel, Hong Kong and Europe, banks, insurance companies and pension funds. The firm also represents start-ups and private companies of all sizes as well as venture capital, private equity, real estate and hedge funds.
Competition & Antitrust
Healthcare & Life Sciences
Hi-Tech, Start-Ups & Venture Capital
Insurance & Pension Funds
Projects & Energy
Main Areas of Practice:
Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A):
GKH specialises in M&A transactions and leads some of the most notable M&A’s, from structuring the deal, negotiating and drafting agreements, obtaining the necessary approvals from government, regulatory and judicial bodies, to closing and realising the deal. GKH provides ongoing professional advice on all issues related to M&A transactions, including tax planning and any related antitrust, labour law, employee compensation, intellectual property and technology matters.
GKH is a leader in the field of capital markets and securities law, both in Israel and abroad. The capital markets team draws from years of experience, including representing issuers and underwriters on stock markets in Israel and worldwide. GKH represents many Israeli companies, whose shares are traded both in Israel and abroad.
Hi-Tech & Venture Capital:
The firm’s hi-tech and venture capital practice is highly acquainted with the distinct needs of companies operating in the technology field. Its clients operate in a variety of technology and innovation fields, including biotechnology and life sciences. The firm advises on corporate law, financing and commercial transactions, in order to enable growth and expansion of technology companies. In addition, GKH represents international and Israeli venture capital funds. Its clients range from seed companies through the growth stages of startups up to maturity, preparing for acquisition or going public. The team has extensive experience working with start-up accelerators, incubators, the Office of The Chief Scientist, the Ministry of Health, etc.
Banking & Insurance:
GKH’s banking and insurance practice offers legal and regulatory advice to domestic and international banks, insurance companies, financial institutions and investment houses, regarding banking matters, capital markets, securities, investment management and consulting, corporate governance, credit and guarantees, as well as many other fields. GKH handles acquisition of control over banks and bank-owned properties, regulatory and legal support of Israeli institutional entities (insurance companies, investment houses, pension funds and provident funds) in the various legal aspects of their operations.
Energy & Infrastructure:
The energy and infrastructure practice at GKH is very well respected. The team offers extensive and comprehensive legal knowledge and accompanies clients on a variety of legal issues pertaining to energy and infrastructure projects. The team provides top legal advice regarding this constantly evolving and highly regulated field, including advising on tender processes, financing, negotiations and constructions of projects, as well as the complex contractual arrangements with infrastructure services, with consumers and suppliers.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The team of skilled lawyers handles all aspects of dispute resolution, often in multi-million dollar transactions and complex cases, representing a variety of clients in a wide range of activities, such as commercial disputes, antitrust, class actions, professional malpractice, intellectual property and arbitration. The firm also represents foreign clients in most Israeli courts.
GKH’s labour law practice provides legal advice on labour issues to many of the firm’s clients. It also counsels many Israeli and international companies on issues involving executive employment, mergers and reorganisation processes, legal and social benefits, vacation and leave without pay, tenure, pension and retirement, termination of employment and other labour issues before the Labour Court.
Expertise in Global Markets (China, Singapore, Brazil, Turkey, Australia & South Korea):
Over the past few decades, GKH has established and cultivated many ties in different parts of the world. The firm advises Israeli companies that are partaking in transactions in China, Singapore, Brazil, Turkey, Australia and South Korea as well as companies operating in those regions that wish to expand their business into the Israeli market. GKH’s global teams are staffed with experienced professionals, who have the knowledge, language proficiency and understanding of business practices and cultural distinctiveness of each of these regions.
Taxation & Tax Planning:
The GKH tax practice advises and provides planning for a variety of issues, to companies and to individuals alike. The team also counsels on international tax planning, financing, structured transactions, foreign investments in Israel, Israeli investments abroad, capital market taxation, investment encouragement law, taxation of incentives for employee or service providers, and more.