June Edition 2023

28 based sponsors and investors on their fundraising and global investment activities. David Metzger, global head of Clifford Chance's Construction Group, has been advising bidders and lenders on light rail projects in recent years. With strong relationships with the world's banks and financial institutions, the team is renowned for M&A, banking and finance work, energy and infrastructure. CMS is one of the few major European-focused law firms with senior equity partners on the ground in Israel, and has been instrumental for Israeli clients looking to invest or grow abroad, as well as those businesses and investors looking to enhance their business in Israel. Having served Israeli clients and international businesses with operations or investments in the country for over 25 years, CMS formalized its Israeli offering by opening a Tel Aviv office in 2021. Within the Israel group, Louis Glass is a key figure, alongside the recommended Andrew Besser, members of a 70-strong team, which enjoys an Elite position in the Energy and IP categories of the Israel Desks rankings. CMS is actively involved in employment, commercial, IP and real estate work, as well as shareholder litigation advice for flagship clients. There was also a recognized forte in the regulatory advice given to gaming clients and legal advice given to Israeli energy companies. Highlights include the advice given to Equinor Ventures in its investment in Israeli carbon removal startup, RepAir. Clients also benefit from the firm’s fluent Hebrew speakers and key relationships with Israeli banks and corporates, prominent start-ups, and key lawyers and accountants for more than two decades. Israel is an important region for DAC Beachcroft, with the Israel Group advising clients across practice areas and sectors from AIM listings to major arbitrations to advising London Market insurers on claims in Israel. The firm is particularly prominent in class action, litigation, product liability and contract disputes. The compact team features the experience of Londonbased trio Clarissa Coleman, Chris Wilkes and Duncan Strachan, especially active throughout 2022. CMS DAC Beachcroft