GCR 100 - 17th Edition

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal

10 January 2017

Israel

MEITAR LIQUORNIK GEVA LESHEM TAL has undergone significant changes at the top of its competition practice after former practice leader Michal Halperin left to take over as head of Israel’s Antitrust Authority. Meitar partner Niva Barg Livnat took over as head of the practice; two other partners round out the competition team. The firm prides itself on its experience working with high-tech and innovative companies, especially on matters such as the definition of markets in emerging industries and technological industries still in the research and development stage. The firm sees itself as the market leader on the interface between intellectual property and competition law.

Pfizer remains a major client for which the firm has acted on two recent complex deals: its merger with Allergan, and its acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s meningitis vaccines business. The antitrust authority approved both deals. The firm is also working for Yenot Bitan in its bid for rival retailer Mega, which is now on appeal to the tribunal after a disagreement on divestments. In behavioural matters, the firm counsels payment clearance company Shva on compliance issues, a joint ownership question and other matters; and El Al on an abuse of dominance investigation before the IAA. It is also guiding Philip Morris International in defending against a class action lawsuit filed in Tel Aviv District Court alleging abuse of the company’s monopoly power through excessive pricing.

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