Firm profile submitted by Herzog Fox & Neeman
Managing Partner: Meir Linzen
Number of partners: Over 100
Number of lawyers: 270
Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Russian
Herzog Fox & Neeman is Israel’s leading law firm and has earned the reputation of market leader – evident by its recognition as “Israel Law Firm of the Year” by Financial Times and mergermarket, IFLR, Who’s Who Legal and others. As Israel’s most innovative firm, HFN is called upon to lead prominent and influential transactions in every industry – resulting in unrivalled experience in cross border and domestic transactions. HFN is the most diverse law firm in Israel with over 270 lawyers, of whom more than 100 are partners. The firm employs over 50 dual-qualified, foreign-born lawyers who have worked at leading firms in the US, UK and Australia. In keeping with the firm’s global perspective, the majority of HFN’s business is conducted in English and lawyers work closely with leading firms in jurisdictions around the world. HFN departments and lawyers are consistently ranked as market leaders by international and domestic legal directories including Chambers Global, IFLR 1000, The European Legal 500, Mergermarket, BDI Code and Dun & Bradstreet.
HFN’s integrated approach is welcomed by clients seeking specialised legal expertise supported by the substantial resources of a broad-based commercial law firm. In keeping with the global legal trend towards industry-focused practices, HFN continues to lead the way in Israel by structuring its practice areas in line with top international firms. The firm has over 40 departments which are divided into six core practice areas: corporate, banking and finance, tax, sector expertise, regulatory/governmental and litigation and dispute resolution.
HFN’s forward thinking is demonstrated by the firm’s establishment of a number of innovative departments, the first of their kind in Israel, with the objective of providing legal solutions for the changing global landscape. Such niche departments include: environment and climate change, public international law, internet and e-commerce, gaming, defence and homeland security, cyber and industrial manufacturing. Unique to the Israeli market, each department is comprised of its own dedicated team which works in tandem with other professional departments to evaluate every issue from each relevant viewpoint. Clients are assigned a designated partner who serves as the main point of contact and coordinates efforts between departments within the firm.
The M&A department is widely regarded as one of the leading Israeli firms advising companies on all issues of corporate law, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions (private and public), strategic engagements, corporate restructuring and other business activities. HFN advises on public offerings and private placements in Israel, the US and Europe, representing Israeli and multinational companies, investors, issuers and underwriters in placing securities on stock exchanges around the world.
The firm is a leader in the hi-tech sector, active in establishing and representing venture capital and private equity funds, and in successfully accompanying start-up companies from early stage to significant exit. In recognition of the booming Israeli technology community in the Bay Area, HFN is the first Israeli law firm to establish a Silicon Valley representative office. It has increased its active role in that community, allowing HFN to provide a direct, real-time line of communication between its Tel Aviv office, its clients and the wider Silicon Valley community.
Banking & Finance:
The banking and finance practice is one of the largest dedicated finance practices in Israel. The practice is regarded as one of the clear market leaders, representing major global financial institutions, including most of the foreign banks active in Israel. The practice includes corporate finance, derivatives and financial products, regulatory issues, loan transactions, acquisition financing and structured financing.
HFN’s project finance department has been involved in all of Israel’s most significant infrastructure development and project finance transactions, representing bidders, concessionaires and lenders on toll roads, light railways, desalination plants, telecommunications systems, and other transportation facilities.
HFN’s tax practice has had a major influence on Israel’s tax regime. The department has structured many major international transactions, as well as obtaining landmark tax rulings which have shaped Israel’s hi-tech and venture capital industry. HFN provides comprehensive service to individuals with significant assets in Israel, charities, trustees, guardians, heirs, executors, family offices and financial institutions in all areas of tax and estate planning.
HFN is a pioneer in establishing dedicated practice groups in niche areas such as: defence, aerospace and homeland security, energy and natural resources, environmental and climate change, hi-tech, labour and employment law, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, intellectual property, and real estate and construction.
Regulatory & Governmental:
HFN’s lawyers work closely with many government departments. Key areas of practice include: administrative law, telecommunications and media, antitrust and competition, and public international law.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
HFN’s litigation and dispute resolution department specialises in handling disputes in Israel involving an international or multi-jurisdictional element, disputes involving foreign litigants, and high-profile class action suits. Areas of practice include: civil litigation, arbitration, mediation, white-collar crime and corporate corruption.
HFN’s clients are a diverse group operating across a broad spectrum of industries, ranging from small domestic businesses to multinational corporations with operations in Israel. Though professional backgrounds may vary, HFN’s clients have one thing in common: all are seeking competent, highly efficient and client-based solutions. A sampling of clients includes: 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.