For over 75 years, S. Friedman and Co. has been at the forefront of Israeli law, with diverse fields of experience in many areas and offering a broad range of solutions to a long list of clientele, both in Israel and globally. With offices in Haifa and Tel Aviv, the firm has become an integral part of domestic and international institutions, groups and private clients, considered by many of them as their company's own legal department.
Global Activities: Thanks to the firms' unique, personal collaborations with legislative and accounting firms in Europe, the United States, Africa, and Asia, S. Friedman & Co. has ample international experience in the practice of law. In fact, several of the firm's partners and associates have licenses to practice law in the US. This intricate grasp of international law procedures enables the firm to assist global corporations when entering the Israeli marketplace, offering legal advice and support on their endeavors.
The Department of High-Tech: High-Tech professionals such as Inventors, entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors work with the firm's High-Tech department from the project's initiation all the way to the exit. Providing legal assistance and support in varying topics such as cooperation agreements and licenses, the department works closely with its clientele, as a true collaborator in their efforts. One of the leading universities in Israel works with the department in the transfer of technology, procuring commercialization deals and even setting up an investment fund specializing in pharma projects.
The Field of Maritime, Aviation & Transportation: Working with this sector for over seven decades, S. Friedman is the law firm identified with the Israeli shipping sector the most. The firm has the experience of the biggest international shipping companies, including the shipping operators in Israel. The work done is comprised of partnership agreements, logistics agreements, building and selling of vessels, consortia agreements, international forwarding and maritime insurance. The firm consults aviation clients including manufacturers and firms in the sale, acquisition, and leasing of aircrafts, in the aerospace sector.
Commercial & Corporate Department: The firm’s corporate department has extensive skill in consultation due to decades in advising board members, officers, both private and public corporations and shareholders in corporate governance issues and corporate law, as well as executive remuneration programs. The firm represents clients in domestic and global commercial agreements, including development and distribution agreements, licensing and revenue sharing arrangements, bank proceedings and other financial institutions, and joint ventures. The firm is knowledgeable in consulting on regulatory issues before government authorities, including antitrust authorities, the Israel Tax Authority, and the Israeli Ministry of Economy.
The Department of Securities and Capital Markets: Providing consultation and acting in several areas such as investment funds, public and private corporations, provident funds, investment funds, management and investment companies, mutual funds, with directors, executives and individuals on all subjects related to securities, financing and the capital markets, the department has abundant skill in these fields. Beyond this the department supports securities deals, M&A agreements, purchase offers, and debt settlements, also representing clients before authorities and regulators such as the Israeli Securities Authority and TASE.
Department of Mergers & Acquisitions: The department of M&A of S. Friedman has ample experience in representing purchasers, target companies, and investors in investment deals, as well as mergers and acquisitions of Israeli and global corporations. Working alongside colleagues in Tax, Labor, Antitrust, IP, and other areas to guarantee that the clients receive the most time-efficient commercial solutions, tailored to their needs. Supporting clients from the very start of the deal to its completion including its negotiations, due diligence, the compensation of employees and incentives for senior executives, while also obtaining any relevant regulatory requirements. The lawyers in this department have vast international experience and work with prominent US law firms often.
International and Israeli Taxation Department: With one of the countries' biggest and most prominent Tax departments, known for assisting clients with unique, cutting-edge tax planning methods for projects in Israel and all over the world, the department has multi-layered experience and a deep understanding of the Israeli, Asian and American tax systems. Working alongside the Israeli Tax Authority and with specialists abroad, the firm provides its clients easy access to all inclusive and effective tax advice and planning. The department’s many dealings include providing advice on real estate tax, VAT, Israeli taxes, income tax, municipal tax, and tax litigation. Furthermore, the firm has vast proficiency in investment in deals with international partners, multinational tax planning, including tax planning optimization, international aspects of the VAT and transfer pricing. Representing clients in all the different legal proceedings before the country's Taxes Authority, each and every appeal committees, and courts, the firm also takes part in consulting on M&A deals in Israel and overseas.
Department of Banking, Finance & International Deals: The firm has profound experience in managing international deals, including obtaining financings, responsible banking, and multi-national trade. S. Friedman has formed collaborations in many countries and consults clients on how to utilize their local understanding. In this way assisting clients to grasp, handle and reduce all potential commercial risks.
Department of Real Estate & Infrastructure: Consulting and managing consortia on projects being planned and in process(such as BOT and PFI) and also advising on tender consortia and turnkey projects, the forming of joint ventures, and in financing and implementing of numerous projects, S. Friedman’s department of Real Estate and Infrastructure assists clients on large endeavors in Israel and overseas. The firm is involved in financial procedures, strategizing and in the actual acquisitions. Managing real estate and infrastructure deals such as project management, combination deals, purchases and sales, support on development and financing deals, and infrastructure agreements.
Department of Antitrust: This department represents corporations on a variety of antitrust law issues, such as offering advice on antitrust matters, representation of clients needing the antitrust regulator (among them, creating cartels, monopolies, mergers, financial sanctions and more) and any antitrust-associated legal actions.
Department of Class Action & Litigation: The firm's Litigation department has significant expertise in representing clients before the Israeli courts, in domestic and international arbitration and mediation cases. Handling complex litigation in different areas including real estate, administrative petitions, maritime, commercial, corporations, tenders, antitrust, higher education, torts, insurance and other fields is done with extreme care. Representing defendants in class actions and involvement in many important rulings on matters of principle are part of the department's work, including rulings by the Supreme Court.
Department of Higher Education: As the only large law firm in Israel experienced in this field, S. Friedman is unique in representing a large number of higher education facilities. Its' work consists of providing legal services in higher education, including scholarships and higher learning taxation, acting in legal and tender proceedings, bestowing advice on labor laws and staff pensions, tax law consultancy, and promoting legislation. The firms' accolades in this area have assisted in making it the legal consultant of one of the country's top universities.
Department of Intellectual Property: S. Friedman's team manages copyrights, developers’ rights, designs, and commercial injustice among other issues. Furthermore, the department works alongside colleagues in the field of civil law on licensing, litigation, M&A, technology and other issues, maintaining a complete legal package for clients, designed to their specific needs.
Department of Labor Law: The firm's Labor Law department is skilled in advising large corporations and employers on workplace relations and labor disputes with individuals and groups of employees. Representing both employers dealing with collective agreements, and employees with individual agreements, including startups, the firm puts the client's needs first, and the firm's long-lasting connections with its clients are evidence of a job well done.
Department of Tenders: Obtaining many successful rulings, this department represents many cases in court. Not only does this department have ample experience in many tenders- related cases, but it has also taken a pivotal role in introducing obligatory tenders at different universities.
Department of Torts & Insurance: No strangers to handling maritime legislation cases, S. Friedman has years of experience in this field. Whether obtaining rights for clients suffering injuries onboard (port workers, contract workers, sailors) or representing insurance companies and employees and collective insurance. The department also manages various tort claims.
The Firm’s Clients: S. Friedman’s list of clients includes prestigious institutions, private and public companies and global corporations including higher learning exemplars such as the Tel Aviv University, the Bar Ilan University, the Haifa University, and the Weizmann Institute of Science. Companies like Chromagen, Zim, Matam Haifa, the Israeli Railways, Qualcomm, Carmel Innovations, and Rom Geves Casings & Coverings (1997) Ltd. are some of the firm's esteemed clientele. Successful corporations such as the Luzon Group Milouot, Tnuva, Arco Holdings, Gav-Yam, the Chinese Xinwei Group, Maccabi Haifa Basketball Club all rely on S. Friedman's legal services. Others like Paz, Matomy Group, Plasson, Ralco Agencies Ltd., Pal-Ram, Klil, Hamashbir Lezarchan, Eldan, Petroleum & Energy Infrastructures Ltd, Almogim Ltd., A.M. Papushado, Aspen Group, Liberty Properties, RADA Electronic Industries Ltd., Bayer, Maersk Line, Plastopil Hazorea Ltd., and Rokach &Co are all distinguished clients of this firm.