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Managing Partner: Amir Chen
Senior Partners: Reuven Behar, Avraham Well, Dr Gil Orion
Numbers of lawyers: 220 (including 52 partners)
Languages: Hebrew, English, French, German, Arabic

Firm Overview:
FBC is one of Israel’s premier and largest full service law firms, acting for multinational and Israeli clients, and offering professional excellence and personal attention across the spectrum of multidisciplinary legal services. At the forefront of commercial and legal developments, FBC is recognised for its breadth of advice to an extensive roster of clients in a range of industries, including: automotive; aviation and aerospace; banking; communications; construction; energy; financial institutions; food and beverage; gaming; government; hotels, leisure and tourism; infrastructure; insurance; investment funds; life sciences and healthcare; manufacturing; media, entertainment and sports; professional services; real estate; retail; technology; and transportation. FBC is repeatedly ranked by international and domestic indices among Israel’s leading practitioners.

Main Areas of Practice:
Arbitration & Mediation
Aviation, Maritime & Tourism
Banking & Finance
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
Capital Markets
China Desk
Class Actions & Derivative Suits
Competition & Antitrust
Cyber & Information Technologies
Hi-Tech, Technology & Venture Capital
Infrastructure & Energy
Insolvency & Restructuring
Intellectual Property
Labour & Employment
Life Sciences & Healthcare
Liquidation & Receivership
Mergers & Acquisitions Natural Resources, Oil & Gas
Planning & Zoning
Private Asset Management
Private Equity
Project Finance
Real Estate
Sports Law
Municipal Tax
Telecom & Media
White Collar

Aviation, Maritime & Tourism:
Representing airlines, insurers, importers and exporters, freight forwarders, and online travel service providers in the full range of matters encompassed by aviation, maritime and tourism law.

Banking & Finance:
Advising many of Israel’s largest creditors and borrowers in complex secured and non-secured financing transactions. Providing counsel to foreign banks and financial institutions in their banking and financial regulatory matters. A market leader in the areas of securitisation, secured finance and intercreditor relations, with the largest institutional lending practice in Israel.

Capital Markets:
Representing issuers, banks and underwriters in placements of equity and debt securities on the Israeli and international capital markets, and counsel on international and local public offerings, private placements, controlling shareholder transactions and issues relating to corporate governance, and ongoing reporting and filing requirements.

China Desk:
Considerable experience in commercial transactions involving leading Chinese and Israeli players, and positioned to identify and create business opportunities, assist in bridging cultural differences, and close deals successfully.

Class Actions & Derivative Suits:
Israel’s leading firm in class action defence litigation which over the last years represented defendants in some of the largest and most important class actions and derivative suits in Israel. Helping clients navigate the certification stage and — where necessary — the substantive stage of class action cases, and advise clients in evaluating the complex web of potential risks and rewards that typically characterise class actions and derivative suits.

Competition & Antitrust:
Representing multinational and local companies on the full spectrum of criminal, administrative and civil antitrust matters, including merger control, abusive behaviour, restrictive arrangements and regulation of cartels, monopolies and oligopolies. Ongoing advice on antitrust compliance, and representation in commercial transactions, as well as in class actions and complex litigation.

Dispute Resolution; Arbitration & Mediation; Litigation; White Collar:
FBC’s diverse litigation practice handles some of the most strategically significant cases in Israeli courts and arbitration, and represents clients in disputes involving commercial, corporate, securities, contract, class action, administrative, tender, environment, energy, banking, media, libel, IP, real estate, white collar, and other matters.

Comprehensive advice on environmental matters including administrative and criminal enforcement proceedings, due diligence, and preparation of internal enforcement programs.

Hi-Tech, Technology & Investment Funds:
Advising start-ups, mature companies, strategic investors, venture capital and private equity funds in all their commercial activities, including initial structuring, investment transactions, license agreements, M&As, PIPE transactions, fund formation, operations acquisitions, private placements and public offerings.

Insolvency & Restructuring; Liquidation & Receivership:
Representing debtors, creditors, companies, bondholders’ representatives and controlling shareholders. Focus on the restructuring of debt and equity interests in troubled companies. Involved in nearly all of Israel’s most significant debt arrangements in recent years, including complex reorganisations of multinational enterprises involving Israeli and non-Israeli parties.

Intellectual Property; Cyber & Information Technologies:
Counsel on the entire spectrum of IP issues — including patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights, and trade secrets, as well as on various matters involving television, entertainment media, Internet, hi-tech and life science. Counsel on information technology, information system security, privacy and data protection, and matters involving commercial cyber issues.

Labour & Employment:
Handling the full scope of labour and employment matters, including collective bargaining, labour disputes, strikes and organised actions, employer-employee litigation, labour contracts, employment agreements, separation agreements, due diligence, mediation and arbitration. Handling visa and work permit applications.

Life Sciences & Healthcare:
Representing prominent multinational and local players in a broad range of areas, including biopharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, medical services, genomics, diagnostics, medical IT and health care services, all in various stages of development.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Representing major private and publicly traded companies, and involved in some of the largest and most significant M&A transactions in Israel over recent years. Strong contacts with key regulators, including Securities Authority, Antitrust Authority and Ministry of Communications, with expertise across a wide range of industry sectors.

Project Finance; Infrastructure & Energy:
Expertise spans all sectors, from transportation, infrastructure and natural gas to energy, water and the photovoltaic (PV) energy field, with particular focus on the complex regulatory and real-estate aspects that are integral to this sector. Providing comprehensive solutions to major multinational and domestic clients, including developers, contractors, and financial investors.

Real Estate, Planning & Zoning:
Extensive experience in representing public and private real estate companies, entrepreneurs, developers, property owners and potential purchasers in all principal facets of a sophisticated transaction-based real estate practice: development projects, planning and zoning matters, income-yielding properties, sale and lease of real estate assets, real estate taxation and real estate litigation.

FBC has particular expertise in the interface between the business and public sectors and combines profound knowledge of markets subject to supervision and regulation, together with exceptional legal skills and a deep familiarity with decision-making processes in the public sector.

Innovative and tailor-made counsel on the full spectrum of tax matters in Israel, including income tax, VAT and real estate tax, as well as on cross-border transactions and other complex matters. Expertise in tax litigation proceedings and in obtaining pre-rulings from the Tax Authority.

Telecom & Media:
Unparalleled experience in representing leading players in each principal segment of Israel’s telecom and media industries, from fixed line and mobile telecommunications to print media, commercial and cable television and radio broadcasting.