GCR 100 - 15th Edition

Meitar Liquornik Geva & Leshem Brandwein

Professional notice

Israel

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal has gone from strength to strength in recent years, as the antitrust practice grows in number and takes on increasingly important cases. The team is led by the highly regarded Michal Halperin, a Who’s Who Legal: Competition entrant and former general counsel at the IAA.

The practice takes on a mix of merger and behavioural work. The team has acted for dairy company Tnuva in its controversial US$2.4 billion purchase by China’s Bright Food; represented 3G and Berkshire Hathaway in their purchase of Heinz; and acted for Objet in its US$3 billion merger with Stratasys. On the behavioural side, the firm is acting for Tnuva in connection with a first-of-its-kind administrative fine proceeding brought by the IAA and in an investigation regarding the violation of a consent decree. The firm acted for Bank Leumi in an information exchange case that ended in a favourable settlement with the IAA and it continues to represent the bank in the class actions that have followed. In other follow-on cases, the firm is defending LG in the LCD panels investigation and Siemens in the gas insulated switchgear investigation. Halperin is acting for national carrier El Al in several matters, including an appeal against the declaration of a monopoly in the airline security market and in hearing proceedings in relation to its request to operate domestic flights.

Website: www.meitar.com

Tel: +972 3 6103100      Fax: +972 3 6103111

Number of partners: 70

Number of lawyers: 250

Languages: English, Hebrew, French, Russian, German

OFFICES

ISRAEL

RAMAT GAN: 16 Abba Hillel Silver Road 5250608

Tel: +972 3 610 3100 Fax: +972 3 610 3111

Email: [email protected]

Firm Overview:

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal is the largest law firm in Israel. The firm has a strong reputation for excellence in domestic and international matters. The firm represents some of the world's largest multinational corporations in corporate, commercial and litigation matters, in Israel and abroad.

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal is a full-service firm, representing clients in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, international and domestic capital markets, banking, finance and derivatives, corporate and commercial litigation, licensing, hi-tech, energy and infrastructure, real estate, antitrust and taxation and other regulatory matters.

The firm has represented clients in Israel’s largest M&A transactions and international public offerings, and has represented some of the world’s largest multinational corporations in class-action and corporate litigation. Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal is unique among Israel's largest law firms in the number of partners who have worked for major international law firms in the US and elsewhere. The firm has a strong team of over 280 legal professionals, all of whom are committed to maintaining the same high standards of excellence and service,that clients are accustomed to receiving from law firms in the US, UK and Europe. Meitar consistently receives the highest rankings from independent guides, such as Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR1000.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate and Securities- advising  public and private companies, private equity firms and financial sponsors, investment banks, government entities, and individuals in almost every sphere of corporate transactions and litigation.
Mergers and Acquisitions - We have consistently represented either purchasers or targets in Israel's largest M&A transactions.
Dispute Resolution- Meitar's litigation department has extensive experience in representing leading multinational companies in complex corporate, commercial and civil litigation in Israel, as well as in major local and international arbitrations.
Taxation - Meitar’s Tax Department provides a full range of services with respect to client activities, both in Israel and abroad.
Capital Market - The firm represent issuers, underwriters and investors in all stages of initial and secondary public offerings of equity, debt and hybrid securities in the US, Europe and Israel.
Real Estate - The firm advises clients on a wide range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and sales, leasing, land use, secured financing, debt restructuring, investment and ownership structures, and development and construction.

Antitrust and competition law:

Number of partners: 3
Number of lawyers: 10
Meitar regularly advises clients from a variety of industries on matters relating to compliance with antitrust and competition law, including with respect to monopolies, restraints of trade, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. We also work with some of the world's largest international law firms on the Israeli antitrust filings for major multinational merger transactions, and on assessing transactions under the Israeli antitrust law.

Key Clients of the department:

Siemens AG, El Al – Israel's national air carrier, Bank Leumi, Tnuva- Israel's Biggest dairy and major food producer, Endemol, Facebook, Philip Morris, Pfizer,  Rolls Royce, Covidien, Adidas, Bayer, Eli Lilly, Cisco, Stratasys, Clal Insurance Company

Other Main Areas of practice:

Technology & Intellectual Property
Banking & finance
Energy & Natural Resources
China & Asia Practice
Telecommunications & Media
Regulatory
Defense & Homeland Security
Labor\employment
Regional

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