The Litigation Group at Yigal Arnon & Co. is among the most renowned in Israel. The Litigation Group has extensive experience with large and complex litigations, and has represented clients before tribunals of all instances (courts, appellate committees, planning and building committees, arbitrations, mediations, etc.). The Group also handles cross-border litigations (courts and arbitrations) and works together with leading international firms. Some of our lawyers serve as arbitrators and mediators as well. The firm’s practice handles all civil-commercial matters, such as contracts, corporate, securities, real estate, planning and building, insurance, banking, intellectual property, consumer protection, administrative law, tenders, antitrust, tax, environmental protection, labor law, insolvency, recovery, debt restructuring and liquidation, and more. Our Litigation Group also has vast experience in white-collar litigation. Our experience in class actions is unparalleled in Israel, as we have represented the largest corporations in their defense against class actions in such fields as banking, insurance, securities, aviation, consumer protection and product liability, mass torts, environmental protection, data and privacy protection, and more. We work with our clients in teams representing a full range of skills, tapping into the specific expertise of each of our lawyers and sharing their knowledge and experience. This way, we provide our clients with the widest legal coverage at the shortest timetable, tailored to the client’s specific needs and across all areas of the law. We operate from two geographical centers: in Tel Aviv, we occupy three floors of the Azrieli Towers, and in Jerusalem, our offices are located in historical buildings in the city center. Yigal Arnon & Co. is committed to the tradition of excellence it has led from its inception, and to maintaining its lead role in Israel’s legal and business sphere.
Representation of clients in class actions requires knowledge of substantive law and thorough command of the special class-action procedural platform. Yigal Arnon & Co.’s experience in this special form of litigation is, to our knowledge, unparalleled in Israel. The firm was one of the first large firms in Israel to handle class actions in the 1990s, when this field was still budding and new. With our unequaled experience, we are the natural choice for local and multinational class-action clients. To date, we have represented defendants in hundreds of class actions across multiple business areas, including consumer protection, advertising, insurance, banking, product liability, labor law, antitrust, telecommunication, aviation, environmental protection, education, internet law and more. To our knowledge, we have handled more class actions than any other firm in the country. Thanks to our experience and status, we are the firm of choice for industry leaders from various sectors for their defense in class actions. Our reputation in this field of practice is unquestioned among companies that, because of the nature of their business, are more exposed to class actions, among other firms that handle class actions, and with the Courts. The clients we represent are local and multinational companies in their respective business areas, including banks, insurance companies, telecommunication companies, real estate companies, hi-tech companies, consumer goods companies, food manufacturers, infrastructure companies, local authorities and other public entities, education institutes, etc.
Yigal Arnon & Co.'s administrative law practice has extensive experience in administrative petitions, and petitions and appeals to the Supreme Court, in various fields. In addition, the firm has extensive experience in tenders' law - drafting and negotiating multi-faceted tender documents, as well as experience in advising regarding legislation, and regulation drafting. The firm has gained extensive experience in Administrative Law, including, inter alia, representation before government authorities and administrative bodies, representations in administrative appeal procedures in the Administrative Affairs Court, including representation in the Supreme Court ruling as the High Court of Justice, representation against administrative actions, submitting applications for permits and license required by law, representation before Appeal Committees and representation in tender process' before public bodies and administrative law issues relating to tenders law. The firm has also handled one of Israel's most important administrative law matters - a petition to the High Court of Justice, as a service for the public and on behalf of IDF soldiers who serve compulsory service, demanding the Ministry of Defense to establish clear criteria for determining the basic subsistence allowance they receive and to update the components of the list, which was used to determine the amount of the subsistence allowance. As a result of this petition and after a long battle, the Israeli High Court of Justice obligated the IDF to establish criteria for an update of the basic subsistence allowance of IDF soldiers, and consequently led to an increase of approximately NIS 1 billion to the basic subsistence allowance budget.
Yigal Arnon & Co.'s Intellectual Property – Litigation Practice is one of the most unique practices of Israel given its wide range of experience advising clients in different fields, such as technology clients, government entities and media and entertainment clients. Our firm is one of the very few top tier, large commercial law firms in Israel that practices in this area, allowing us to utilize our other experiences and strengths in order to provide our clients with a comprehensive representation. Our IP Litigation Group has a special practice, of enforcing copyright, patents, trademarks and related proprietary rights and defending against claims in these areas, with extensive expertise in dealing with commercial disputes related to patent license agreements and blanket copyrights license agreements. We also hold a strong practice in the media and entertainment field, handling IP disputes in a wide variety of the media and entertainment industries, including: music, publishing, TV and radio, cinema, multimedia and focusing on "new media", including Internet, e-publishing and copyright. Our firm represents some of the biggest companies in the Israeli entertainment field, and many of Israel's famous artists.
Yigal Arnon & Co. represents Israeli and foreign banks, investment houses and international financial institutions in court, in arbitrations and before other tribunals, in all banking-related matters. Some of the special experience that we have acquired includes representation of banks in complex claims filed against them in various areas, including securities investment consulting; derivative and futures transactions; trading room services; interest and commissions; provision and freezing of loans and credit lines; preparation, management and liquidation of collateral; and more. The firm also represents banking corporations in legal proceedings instigated by various parties, such as clients, guarantors and collateral holders including financial claims, collateral liquidation proceedings, proceedings arising from collection processes, proceedings in case of bad checks, etc. The firm works with the banking corporations in insolvency proceedings of all kinds, including liquidation, protection against creditors and debt restructuring, asset liquidation and receivership, bankruptcies, etc., both where the bank initiates the process and where the bank is involved as a third party. We have represented banking corporations in numerous class actions touching upon all aspects of banking services, including causes of action arising from: bank-client relationship such as commissions, interest and account management; implementation of regulatory instructions; and other consumer-related issues. The firm also represents banks, officers and shareholders in derivative actions pertaining to the management of the banking corporation. We also provide services in litigation pertaining to ancillary facets of the banks’ work, such as claims regarding real and financial assets of the bank; copyrights and intellectual property; embezzlements and other unlawful actions against the bank or by its employees; etc.
Derivative actions are a tool with which shareholders or directors, and in some cases creditors, can enforce the company’s rights against a third party, where the company’s management fails to do so. More often than not, derivative actions are filed by minority shareholders who feel that the controlling shareholder or someone on his behalf has a conflict of interest and does not have the company’s best interest in mind. In such circumstances, shareholders, directors or creditors can instruct the board to enforce the company’s rights, and if the board does not comply, they may petition the court to for leave to file a derivative action in the name of the company. In some cases, before a petition to the court to approve a derivative action, a motion for discovery is filed so that the petitioners can collect the information they need to prepare the action. Our firm represents leading companies in Israel in various derivative actions, including in the context of some of the largest and most high-profile transactions. Over the years, we have handled numerous petitions for leave to file derivative action and motions for discovery in this context.
The firm has extensive experience representing clients all aspects of real estate litigation, starting from pre-litigation negotiations, through court proceedings, including the Supreme Court and Administrative Court, and various juridical forums such as appellant committees, Supervisor of Batim Meshutafim (condominiums), arbitral tribunals, Execution Offices, etc. We represent clients in contractual and title-related disputes in real estate, client-contractor conflicts, client-contractor disputes, collateral liquidation processes, insolvencies, dissolution of real estate partnerships, claims against minority parties blocking urban renewal (pinui binui and Tama 38), construction defect claims, landlord-tenant conflicts, disputes between rights holders in residential buildings, disputes regarding realtor services, administrative planning and building disputes, real-estate related torts, improvement levy (hetel hashbaha) processes, levy procedures, proceedings vis-à-vis the Israel Land Authority, proceedings before the Supervisor of Batim Meshutafim (condominiums), land tax disputes, and more. The firm has represented both local authorities and land owners in many eminent domain procedures (also known as expropriation or compulsory purchase), both in the courts and before land assessors appointed to decide such conflicts, including all related negotiations. Our Litigation Group has acquired its special real-estate expertise over many years of representation in disputes and complex litigation in which our lawyers represented developers, contractors, public and private companies, banks, owners and tenants of large operational assets, and local and central government authorities.
Yigal Arnon & Co. represents both Israeli and foreign clients in cross-border disputes and attracts major players in nearly all domestic and international markets: banks and other financial institutions; insurance companies; telecommunications; real estate developers; high tech (software, IT, semi-conductors, internet and e-commerce); venture capital and private equity funds; consumer products; aviation and transportation; life sciences (pharmaceuticals, bio tech, medical devices, digital health); media and more. The firm has developed an expertise with regard to the distinctive aspects of international litigation, both in substance and in procedure, including the international jurisdiction of Israeli courts, conflict of law rules, enforcement of foreign judgments in Israel, and international arbitrations and legal cooperation between states in civil and commercial matters. Some of the cases that we handle are the "Israeli front" of larger and more complex matters, such as disputes regarding product liability, mass torts, M&A transactions, securities and more, that may involve litigation and/or administrative matters in additional jurisdictions. Thus, we have the experience and understanding of foreign clients' interests and needs with respect to litigating in Israel as part of their overall international legal interests and strategy. We are often appointed by the leading Israeli insurers as well as foreign insurers to represent their clients in Israeli litigation and work closely with the Israeli representatives or aggregators of the leading foreign insurers that are active in the Israeli markets.
Insurance is a dynamic and multidisciplinary field that covers many quite different sectors (life insurance, property insurance, collective insurance) and has a special bearing on the capital market, because insurance companies are financial institutions that provide long-term savings and sell their clients various saving and investment instruments such as “managers’ insurance”, pension insurance and provident funds. Consequently, this is a regulation-intensive sector and is closely regulated by the Supervisor of Insurance through circulars, directives and proliferating regulation. The firm has a special expertise in the various branches of insurance, and has been working for many years with Israel’s largest, leading insurance companies, providing them with comprehensive legal services. We provide monitoring services for insurers and underwriters in insurance-related legal proceedings. The firm also represents various clients such as actuarial firms, which seek our help with legal opinions and contracts, and provides legal services to insurance agencies, starting with the licensing stage and across all of their other legal needs.
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Yigal Arnon & Co. represents a large array of clients in torts actions, including some of the largest commercial organizations in Israel, corporations, leading local and foreign insurers, and individuals. The firm has vast experience representing local and foreign insurers, both as plaintiffs and as defendants, in the courts and in arbitration, with regard to various torts issues. The firm has acquired a special expertise with regard to electricity-related damages, including significant property damages and physical injuries, and resulting insurance claims. We have also gained much experience with damages arising from fire and water damages, and claims pursuant to the Compensation of Road Accident Victims Law. Thanks to our vast experience in torts, we were selected to represent some of the largest corporations in largescale environmental actions that are at the heart of the public debate, such as the Kishon River, Ramat Hovav and Mount Carmel fire disaster claims.
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