GCR 100 - 16th Edition

Agmon & Co Rosenberg Hacohen & Co

Professional notice

Israel

The competition practice at Agmon & Co Rosenberg Hacohen & Co is led by founding partner Zvi Agmon and Mattan Meridor, both widely respected across the country’s competition bar. While Meridor manages the daily running of the practice, Agmon is heavily involved in cases, especially class action disputes.

The firm represents Texas-based Noble Energy, which seeks to exploit the Leviathan gas field in a joint venture with Delek Group. Opposition to the deal has been fierce. The head of Israel’s competition authority resigned in May 2015 after the government ignored his concerns that the venture would create a de facto monopoly. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu subsequently approved the deal in his capacity as head of Israel’s Economy Ministry on the grounds of national security.

Agmon also advises Delek in several antitrust litigations, successfully defending against a civil suit filed by a petrol station operator alleging its contract with Delek required it to exclusively market Delek products. The case is currently under appeal. Cellcom, Israel’s largest mobile telecoms company, is another regular client, which the firm most recently counselled on the approval of a joint maintenance agreement with its closest competitor. Agmon regularly advises major shopping mall operator Melisron on compliance, particularly the issue of exclusivity at the company’s premises. In criminal proceedings, the team represents the chairman of Arad against a charge of bid-rigging of tenders among water meter manufacturers.

As one of Israel’s preeminent law firms, Agmon & Co Rosenberg Hacohen & Co continues to enjoy an enviable and formidable reputation in Israel in the area of competition and antitrust law, which has been at the core of the firm since its very beginnings.

This long track record has paved the way for its vast experience, with the team of dedicated experts thriving under the leadership of Zvi Agmon and Mattan Meridor, both widely respected across the country’s competition bar and recognized by the international and domestic legal guides. "There is nothing that they don't really know about the competition field in Israel. They have an excellent track record in this area," said Chambers Global 2016, which ranks the firm in band 1.  

Our dedication to and immersion in all of the antitrust and regulatory issues ensure that clients benefit from working with a team of the highest rated antitrust and regulatory experts with the necessary legal and commercial insight to successfully represent them in this highly complex area of law.

The firm is selected for the most complex and high profile cases, on behalf of major household names in Israel and around the world, advising on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious antitrust and regulatory matters, including civil and criminal litigation of antitrust violations, requests for merger approvals, proceedings relating to designation as a cartel or monopoly by the Antitrust Authority and in requests for exemptions from restrictive arrangements, as well as appeals to the Antitrust Court.

The excellent reputation and track record of our Competition and Litigation team is enjoyed by many Israeli and international clients. We represent Texas-based Noble Energy on on several proceedings before the Israel Antitrust Authority including a case over cartel allegations concerning the Leviathan gas field. Our team also acted for Cellcom, Israel’s largest mobile telecoms company, in a merger request of its competitor, Golan Telecom. The firm successfully represented Allergan in the approval of its merger with Pfizer. We are instructed in many class actions brought against international alleged cartels, such as the GIS, CRT, LCD, Compressors Cartel, and others. In criminal proceedings, the team has been involved in almost all of the l cases brought to this date in Israel. Currently, we are acting for Arad and its officers, charged with bid-rigging of tenders among water meter manufacturers, as well as Loni Cohen and its officers, charged with bid-rigging and other cartel offences amongst school books distributors.

Our clients make up an extensive roster of numerous household names such as Hitachi, LG, AU Optronics, Noble Energy, Delek Group, Isracard, ICL Group, Jerusalem Post, Novartis, AbbVie, Melisron, Bank Hapoalim, and others, who benefit from this unparalleled expertise in Antitrust and Competition. 

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