Address: 16 Abba Hillel Silver St., Ramat Gan 52506
Gili Naor Elias
Dr. Sarah Presenti
Dr. Elad Kerner of counsel
Doron Cohen of counsel
Ezra Abadi of counsel
Line of business:
Firon & Co., founded in 1950 by Michael Firon together with former Israeli Minister of Justice Yaakov Shimshon Shapira, is one of Israel’s longest established law firms. For many years, the firm, under the leadership of Advocate Zvi Firon, has been reckoned amongst Israel’s elite law firms and has consistently been ranked by both Israeli and international rating companies – including Dun & Bradstreet, European Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and BDI Code – as one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in Israel.
M. Firon & Co. currently employs over 120 lawyers of whom 43 are partners. M. Firon’s professional staff comprises lawyers who are well known in their respective areas of practice, have proven expertise, come from a variety of outstanding backgrounds and are of the very highest personal and professional caliber.
The firm’s size, the diversity of expertise possessed by its partners and the experience which it has accrued during its almost 60 years of operation, enable M. Firon & Co. to extend to its clients – all under one roof – an exceptionally wide range of legal services and a complete response in all aspects of civil-commercial law, with particular emphasis on providing quality personalized service for each and every client.
M. Firon & Co. is the leading Israeli law firm when it comes to the representation of Israeli investors in Eastern Europe where it cooperates in the operation of the offices of Firon Bar-Nir & Co. (Europe) in Bucharest (Romania), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Belgrade (Serbia).
M. Firon & Co.’s impressive client base includes many who are well-known leaders in their fields. Such clients include the largest hotel chain in Israel, the largest real estate companies in Israe, the largest construction corporations in Israel, the largest health-maintenance organization in Israel, private hospitals, the largest private company in the Israeli defense industry, multinational companies in the renewable energy field, the largest insurance companies in Israel, the Insurance Association, the Israel Trust Fund Association, investment companies operating in Israel, the largest communications companies in Israel, industrial and high-tech companies, start-ups, retail and wholesale companies in various market segments, pharmaceutical companies, companies in the satellite communications field, local authorities, and public and government companies.
Arising out of the importance that it places on promoting business away from the main areas of the country, in 2006 the firm opened M. Firon & Co. – Negev Branch in Be’er Sheva enabling it to provide services to companies and individuals operating in the south of the country and in the Negev, in all areas of civil-commercial law.
With the objective of promoting public service and encouraging its attorneys to make a contribution to the community, M. Firon & Co. provides pro bono assistance to clients of limited means who require legal representation as well as being a member of Judge Haim Cohen’s Human Rights Center. In addition, many lawyers in the firm are active in various non-profit organizations either as volunteers or as members of the organizations’ boards of directors – amongst such organizations are the Israel Bar Association, Tel-Aviv Museum, Israel Air Line Pilots Association, Women’s Circle, Israeli Opera, Friends of the Rabin Medical Center & Helsinki Committees.
M. Firon & Co. is the only Israeli firm represented in Interlaw – an organization of some 70 leading law firms from around the world, thus providing its clients with a global network support of outstanding legal and commercial services.
Main Areas Of Practice
Mergers and Acquisitions: M. Firon & Co. represents Israeli and international clients in the planning and implementation of complex mergers, acquisitions and changes in corporate structure, including the handling of organizational restructuring and tax settlements arising from these transactions, as well as securing approval for such transactions from the various authorities (the Securities and Exchange Authority, Restrictive Practices Authority and other relevant bodies). As part of this activity, the firm provides representation and legal support to local and foreign corporations in joint ventures and the acquisition of assets and shares, as well as providing legal consultation to insurance companies, venture capital funds, high-tech clients and to telecommunication and communications companies.
Commercial Litigation and Public and Administrative Law: M. Firon & Co. represents commercial and private clients in Israel and overseas, before various legal instances – including arbitration and mediation proceedings, in a variety of civil-commercial legal fields and complex business disputes. The firm has conducted some of the most significant and fundamental appeals brought for judgment before the Administrative Courts of Law in Israel and the Israeli Supreme Court, and has substantial experience in providing representation in class actions as well as a successful track record in the enforcement of intellectual property rights and copyrights.
Real Estate and Construction: M. Firon & Co. has handled some of the largest and most complex real estate projects in the Israeli construction industry for leading residential and commercial real estate companies in Israel and overseas and for private entities promoting real estate projects. The firm is rated by PLC as being among the three best-known leading law firms operating in this field in Israel. The firm provides comprehensive legal services from the initial stages of a project through its planning and construction, and ultimately, the marketing, rental and sales. At the same time, the firm’s clients receive ongoing legal advice on all matters related to property tax, financing, and all other legal aspects related to the management, commercialization and promotion of real estate.
For many years, the firm has been involved in projects dealing with the construction of hospitals, hotels, industrial plants, roads, bridges, ports, tunnels, gas pipelines (marine and terrestrial), purification plants, residential developments and offices and commercial centers across the country and worldwide.
International Activity: M. Firon & Co. conducts extensive intra-national activity for its clients in Israel and in all parts of the world. The firm provides close support and a comprehensive range of legal services to both Israeli and foreign companies, in investing, funds and high-tech. The range of support provided by the firm incorporates deal structuring, conducting negotiations and all stages of client activity, including investment transactions, mergers, acquisitions and financing, the licensing or sale of intellectual property, and a wide variety of joint venture transactions. The firm’s activity is widespread, particularly in Eastern Europe, but also operates extensively in the United States, the Far East, South America and in certain African and Asian countries. M. Firon & Co. is partner in the firm Firon Bar Nir Europe, with offices operating in Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria.
Capital Markets: M. Firon & Co. provides close support, counsel and legal representation on the legal aspects of different matters associated with capital markets to public companies, corporations, concerns, trust funds, companies listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and other organizations in the financial sector. The firm has extensive experience in the field of public and private offerings, and represents companies in share floatation on the stock exchange, in the on-going activity of public companies, trust funds, pension funds, index-linked notes, and investment funds, including hedge funds.
Energy and Natural Resources: M. Firon & Co. represents large corporations – both local and foreign – in activities and tenders in the energy sector and is ranked by European Legal 500 among the three leading law firms in Israel involved in this field. The firm represents Israel’s main supplier of natural gas in its multi-billion dollar sales ventures in Israel.
Infrastructure: M. Firon & Co. represents various clients in a wide range of construction and enterprise projects in the field of infrastructure. The firm has earned a high reputation for providing close support to large corporations and conglomerates, as well as to major contractor groups, in BOT, PFI and PPP tenders, and in large projects in which the public and private sectors join forces and share the risks between them.
Insurance: M. Firon & Co. provides a wide range of legal services in the insurance sector to insurance companies and to the major insurance organizations in Israel. The legal services that are provided include ongoing advisory services concerning insurance laws and regulations relating to the corporate operation of insurance companies, the insurance reserves, required capital, and the manner in which the insurance companies make their investments. In addition, the firm represents its clients before the Insurance Commissioner and governmental bodies in cases of fundamental importance to the insurance industry, and also represents the insurance sector before the Knesset in matters relating to legislative proceedings.
Commercial Law: M. Firon & Co. aspires to provide its clients with a global response to all their commercial legal requirements. The firm matches up a professional team with experience that is relevant to each client’s area of business to provide close support for their day-to-day business activity and specialist back-up support from the office (for example: taxation, intellectual property, antitrust, etc.).
Competition Law: M. Firon & Co. provides advice to its clients on all matters relating to the laws of competition in Israel. The firm specializes in representing its clients in obtaining the required approvals from the Antitrust Authority, for complex merger and acquisition transactions and for different commercial joint enterprises.
Bankruptcy & Insolvency: M. Firon & Co.’s Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Department possesses broad experience in handling stays of proceedings, recovery of companies encountering financial difficulties, and realization of assets pledged in favour of banks. In addition, the invaluable experience of the department’s partners as officers appointed on behalf of the court (as liquidators, special directors, official receivers, and trustees), together with their activities in the capital market and various commercial markets, gives the department team unique expertise and experience in representing institutions in arrangements for realizing debentures.
Protection of privacy, personal information, and databases: our firm has a team of experts, with unique knowledge and understanding of this developing field, who are able to advise clients in all facets of this topic regarding the different legal considerations of collecting, storing, using, processing, and transferring personal information. Our team guides the clients on the evolving regulations that apply to databases, and it has extensive experience in representing clients before the Law, Information and Technology Authority.
Private Law: M. Firon & Co. specializes in providing general legal advice and comprehensive legal solutions to family businesses and individuals, including advice in the field of taxation, inheritance laws, wills, domestic settlements and more.
Lev Hacity (Entrance B),
2 Hatikva St., Be’er Sheva 84893
|Firon Bar-Nir & Co. (Europe) Ltd.:
Union Building, 11 Campineanu,
Bucharest 010031, Romania
|Firon Bar-Nir & Co. (Europe) Ltd.:
6 Nikolay V. Gogol St.,
Sofia 1124, Bulgaria
|Firon Bar-Nir & Co. (Europe) Ltd.:
Bul. Despota Stefana 1/a
Belgrade 11000, Serbia