June Edition 2023

31 As one of the most impressive names in the Israeli market, Freshfields’ Israel Group emerges once again as an Elite firm in M&A, Banking and Energy. In a 20-strong team, with 3 principals, Adir Waldman is a key figure on the ground in Israel, leading a multijurisdictional team of Freshfields lawyers dedicated to advising Israeli clients and businesses with interests in Israel. In 2022, Waldman advised on the investment by a private equity client into Vivion, the European real estate platform founded by the Dayan family. A core member of the Israel Group is Tel Aviv-based Chaim Seligman – who leads Tel Aviv office’s tech initiative, and, together with Waldman, he provides legal advice on Basel Relief for sales guarantees to Bank Hapoalim and Bank Leumi. During 2022, the team enjoyed an impressive record in the energy sector, advising ZIM on a liquified natural gas (LNG) take-or-pay agreement with Shell, as well as Siccar Point Energy and its sponsors, Blackstone and Bluewater, on the sale of the company to Ithaca Energy, a subsidiary of the Israeli firm NewMed Energy specializing in North Sea energy investments. In IP, the team has been acting for Israel’s SodaStream on a series of actions to enforce the company’s patents and designs against competitors selling knockoffs and falsely labeled products and to defend the company from false advertising claims brought by sellers of other beverages in certain key European jurisdictions, including Germany. The Israel Group also performs extremely well in the Litigation and Arbitration table, with a successful track record in some of the highestcaliber dispute resolution matters in the Israeli market. Among a raft of matters, the team has been advising Israeli businessman Aaron Frenkel on a EUR 500 million claim against the City of Dubrovnik and the Republic of Croatia arising out of property development rights. Attorneys in Goodwin’s Israel Practice have significant experience working with Israeli businesses as well as internationally-based investors in Israeli companies. One of the landmark transactions was advising Singapore Telecommunications Ltd on its USD 239 million sale of AdTech firm Amobee to dual-listed and Israel-headquartered Tremor, with partner Katherine J Baudistel (Santa Monica) advising. The Israel Group also enjoys a successful track record in relation to startups and features prominently in the High-Tech table. In the past year, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Goodwin