Avner joined the firm as an associate in 2011 and was promoted to partner in 2013.
Avner's main practice areas are Competition & Antitrust and White Collar Crime. In this capacity, he advises our domestic clients on a wide variety of competition law matters, such as mergers and acquisitions, criminal cartel investigations, joint ventures, abuse of dominance, distribution and pricing practices and other legislations governing foreign investments in Israel. In this respect, Avner has acted as counsel on several leading cases before the Israel Antitrust Authority.
Prior to joining the firm and over the course of ten years, Avner held a variety of positions at the Israel Antitrust Authority:
- Deputy Director and legal counsel of the Investigations Department.
- Team leader in the Legal Department in the areas of banking, insurance and capital markets;
- Director of the Health Division of the Legal Department;
- Legal counsel to the Tenders Committee of the Israel Antitrust Authority;
- Head of the computer-related offenses division;
- Investigator and Senior Investigator of anti-competition related offenses in the Investigations Department;
In serving in these positions, Avner was responsible for many cartel investigations conducted by the IAA over the past decade, including the bread cartel investigation, and represented the IAA's general director before the District Court of Jerusalem and the Competition Tribunal on several leading cases, including criminal cartels and merger cases.
Throughout his legal studies, Avner served as a member of a legal clinic, providing free legal counsel to underprivileged individuals.
In addition, Avner served as the Law School Representative in Bar-Ilan University's Student Union and as a director of Issta Lines Ltd.
LL.M., Commercial Law, Bar-Ilan University (2005)
LL.B., Bar-Ilan University (2000)
2001, Israel Bar Association
2015 - chairman of the Antitrust committee, Tel-aviv District, Israel Bar Association
Hebrew and English
Chambers Global 2017 identified Avner Finkelshtein as Up and Coming in the field of Competition/Antitrust, saying, "Market observers acknowledge Avner Finkelshtein of Gornitzky & Co for the time he spent working at the IAA."
Chambers Global 2015 identified Avner Finkelshtein as an Up and Coming competition & Antitrust lawyer, noting Avner "advises domestic clients on corporate matters and antitrust investigations. He advised Salt of the Earth on both restrictive trade practices arising out of the company's designation as a monopoly and compliance program planning."
The Legal 500 2016 recognized Avner Finkelshtein as a skilled Competition lawyer who "has ‘excellent relationships with regulators’ and is ‘very dedicated to his clients’
Chambers Global 2015 identified Avner Finkelshtein as an Up and Coming competition lawyer, noting his expertise in M&A, joint ventures, pricing practices and abuse of dominance, and as one who "fully understands the whole situation."
The Legal 500 2014 recognized Avner Finkelshtein as a skilled Competition lawyer who has "extensive knowledge" in the field.
Chambers Global 2014 identified Avner Finkelshtein as an Associate to Watch, noting his experience, "professional knowledge and attention to detail."
The Legal 500 2013 recommended Avner FInkelshtein as a Competition lawyer, noting the enhancement of the firm's practice since his joining the firm.