The relatively young competition practice at Herzog Fox & Neeman is beginning to make its mark on the competition landscape. Talya Solomon has taken over the leadership of the practice at the beginning of the year after former head Boaz Golan left to start his own firm. The firm represented point-of-sale advertising company Heidia after the authority decided new laws prohibited the company’s ability to work with major supermarkets. The authority accepted Heidia’s arguments and allowed it to continue its activities. The team represents Eli Gidor, deputy chief executive of Shufersal against whom the state has filed criminal charges. The charges include four offences of restrictive agreements and two of non-fulfillment of merger terms. Gidor’s punishment was reduced from a partial prison sentence to one of community service following an appeal to the Supreme Court. In the Gas Insulated Switchgear cartel case, the firm is advising Israel Electric Corporation’s German counsel and represents Veolia Environment against a potential ban from participation in public tenders due to concerns over vertical restrictions.
HFN is a full-service commercial law firm. Its domestic presence, combined with its international expertise, has made HFN a leading international law firm in Israel today.
HFN was founded over 40 years ago as a boutique firm aiming to provide high-quality legal services to international clients doing business in Israel. Since then, it has grown to become one of Israel’s largest law firms, with more than 270 lawyers (of whom more than 100 are partners).
The firm has expertise in all aspects of corporate, commercial and administrative law and serves many of Israel’s and the world’s best-known companies. HFN’s clients include private and publicly traded industrial and commercial companies, venture capital and investment funds, financial institutions including local and foreign banks, hi-tech companies, government companies and entities, academic institutions and private individuals.
A major portion of HFN’s work originates outside Israel and is conducted in English. HFN is one of the Israel contacts for major law firms worldwide seeking legal support in Israel. The firm employs over 50 foreign-born and dual-qualified lawyers with experience in major firms in the US, UK and Australia. The international character of HFN’s legal team gives the firm a broad understanding of global business culture. Highly qualified foreign lawyers who relocate to Israel, as well as Israeli lawyers returning from practising overseas, see HFN as a natural port of call. HFN recognised that an opportunity was created during the recent economic downturn in many jurisdictions, and recruited several outstanding partners from top New York and London law firms. HFN is a one-stop shop for international legal services, where clients receive legal services at the highest standards.
Being a large law firm in Israel has its advantages. The size of the firm and the diversity of its practice (comprising over 50 departments, staffed with specialist lawyers) enable HFN to provide clients with a comprehensive and integrated solution for all legal matters relevant to their business.
HFN’s prominence has been recognised by international and domestic guides that have consistently ranked HFN as Israel’s go-to firm and a good choice for international clients conducting business in Israel. In recent years, HFN has consecutively been awarded ‘Israel’s Law Firm of the Year’ by mergermarket and Who’s Who Legal.
HFN is proud to announce the opening of its Silicon Valley office. Since the establishment of the firm, HFN has been a bridge between the business communities in Israel and the USA, accompanying global corporations investing and establishing operations in Israel and, more recently, Israeli entrepreneurs expanding their business operations into the USA and elsewhere.
Antitrust and Competition:
HFN’s Antitrust and Competition department is an important component of the firm's practice. Over the last year the head of the department Talya Solomon has significantly expanded the department: in addition to the Senior Associate Iris Achmon, who joined HFN shortly after Talya, the department has continued to grow adding two more experienced associates. Furthermore, the department has succeeded to bring in new high profile clients and cases over the past 12 months as well as continuing to serve HFN’s existing clients.
The department has considerable experience representing and advising major domestic and international companies on all types of antitrust and competition issues in Israel (including representing clients before the Israeli Antitrust Authority and the Antitrust Tribunal and in antitrust class actions inter alia with respect to international cartels).
The department is particularly known for its international capabilities and for its ongoing cooperation with leading international law firms and other advisors in conducting reviews of antitrust issues, as well as for providing high quality legal services efficiently and quickly.
Departments key clients: Visa Europe, IEC (Israel Electric Corporation), Hewlett Packard, Cisco, Veolia, Apax, Phoenix, First International Bank of Israel, Hot Telecommunication Systems, Chem China, Paypal, HSBC, Ferrero Rochey, Ness AT, GE and GE Healthcare, Mckinsey & Company and many more.
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