Moriel Matalon

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Chairman of the Executive Committee

Moriel Matalon is Chairman of the firm's Executive Committee. While a student at the Hebrew University during the 60's, Mr. Matalon served as Vice-Chairman of the Student Union and as chairman of the Likud Party Students Organization (known at that time as "Gahal").

 

Mr. Matalon served as an assistant to a Minister in the Israeli government from 1969 to 1970. From 1970 to 1975 he served at the Military Advocate-General Unit of the Israel Defense Forces, first as a military prosecutor, and later as the Deputy Head of the International Law department of the Israel Defense Forces. After completing five years of service, he moved to New York where he worked as an associate at the law firm of Amen, Weissman and Butler in New York City from 1975 to 1978.

 

Mr. Matalon returned to Israel and joined Gornitzky & Co. in April 1978, becoming a partner in 1981. Between the years 1991 and 2017, he served as managing partner of the firm.

 

In addition to a commercial and broad general practice, he has had significant experience in large infrastructure projects. In this capacity Mr. Matalon has represented the firm, inter alia, in the following matters:

  • Serving as the leading lawyer on behalf of the government of Israel in the Cross Israel Highway Project;
  • Serving as the leading lawyer on behalf of the government of Israel on the Tel Aviv Light Railway Project;
  • Leading an international consortium for the world’s largest sea-water desalination project in Ashkelon, with an estimated investment value of $300 million.

 

As one of the leading commercial lawyers at Gornitzky & Co., Mr. Matalon represented clients in significant commercial matters, including:

  • Involvement in the launching of Israel’s first satellite TV company, by representing the group awarded the license to establish and broadcast satellite television, including receipt of license from the government and regulatory and legislative aspects up until appeals to the Israeli Supreme Court;
  • Representing the government of Israel in the privatization and IPO of the government owned company, Shekem, from 1990 to 1993;
  • Acting on behalf of the Government of Israel in the privatization and sale of the Paz oil company, from 1984 to 1987.

 

Significant aspects of Mr. Matalon’s general practice have included involvement in:

  • Hotels and Tourism, where he represents leading international and Israeli hotel chains in industry related matters as well as in day to day legal matters;
  • Investments, where he has acted on behalf of leading local and foreign investors.

 

Additionally, Moriel Matalon serves as the Chairman of the Israeli Fund for UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund) and has served as a director of Bank Hapoalim (Switzerland).

 

Education

LL.M., cum laude, The Hebrew University (1974)
LL.B., The Hebrew University (1970)

 

Admission

1975, Israel Bar Association

 

Languages

Hebrew and English

 

The Legal 500 2015
The Legal 500 2015

The Legal 500 2015 recognized Moriel Matalon as a recommended Real Estate lawyer whose "deal-closing skills are in a league of their own."

Chambers Global 2015
Chambers Global 2015

Chambers Global 2015 identified Moriel Matalon as a leading Corporate and M&A lawyer, while noting his expertise in company formation and privatizations in a range of industries. 

The Legal 500 2014
The Legal 500 2014

The Legal 500 2014 recognized Managing Partner, Moriel Matalon, as a recommended Corporate and M&A lawyer with a "superb reputation."

Chambers Global 2014
Chambers Global 2014

Chambers Global 2014 recommended Mr. Matalon as a leading Corporate and M&A lawyer, while describing him as one who "stands out for his 'wide knowledge and wide perspective,' and is an important rainmaker for the firm."

Best Lawyers International 2014
Best Lawyers International 2014

Best Lawyers International listed Moriel Matalon as one of Israel's leading lawyers in multiple practice areas, including Banking, Corporate, Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions.

The Legal 500 2013
The Legal 500 2013

The Legal 500 2013 recognized Moriel Matalon as a recommended Real Estate lawyer whose "deal-closing skills are second to none."

Chambers Global 2013
Chambers Global 2013

Chambers Global 2013 named Mr. Matalon a recommended Corporate and M&A lawyer, noting recent highlights in his representations that include advising both controlling shareholders in the Getter Group on a transaction in which one shareholder bought the entire share capital of the other, giving the buyer an 80% stake in the group.

The Legal Experts EMEA 2013 Directory
The Legal Experts EMEA 2013 Directory

Legal Experts EMEA 2013 recommended Moriel Matalon as a leading lawyer in the fields of practice of Corporate and M&A, Banking & Finance, Project Finance/ Energy, Real Estate and Tax.

 

The directory has consistently chosen Mr. Matalon as a recommended lawyer since 2004.

Chambers Global 2012
Chambers Global 2012

Chambers Global 2012 named Mr. Matalon a recommended Banking & Finance and Corporate/M&A lawyer, while saying he is "well known for his experience in investment matters". A source was quoted saying that Mr. Matalon "knows how to close each and every deal, and it's amazing to see".

The Legal Experts EMEA 2012 Directory
The Legal Experts EMEA 2012 Directory

Legal Experts EMEA 2012 recommended Moriel Matalon as a leading lawyer in the fields of practice of Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Financing, Project Finance/ Energy, Real Estate and Tax.

 

The directory has consistently chosen Mr. Matalon as a recommended lawyer since 2004.

Best Lawyers International 2011
Best Lawyers International 2011

Best Lawyers International listed Moriel Matalon as one of Israel's leading lawyers in the fields of Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Chambers Global 2011
Chambers Global 2011

Chambers Global 2011 named Moriel Matalon a leading and recommended lawyer in the fields of Banking & Finance ("Recommended for his talents in financing work") and Corporate/M&A ("Praised for his deal-making skills.")

The Legal Experts EMEA 2011 Directory
The Legal Experts EMEA 2011 Directory

Legal Experts EMEA 2011 recommended Moriel Matalon as a leading lawyer in the fields of practice of Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Financing, Project Finance/ Energy, Real Estate and Tax.

 

The directory has consistently chosen Mr. Matalon as a recommended lawyer since 2004.

The Legal 500 2011
The Legal 500 2011

The Legal 500 2011 recognized Mr. Matalon as a recommended lawyer in the areas of Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A and Projects & Energy, naming him a "project finance expert".

Expert Guides 2011
Expert Guides 2011

Expert Guides of 2008-2011 identified Moriel Matalon as one of Israel's leading lawyers in the field of Project Finance.

Global Water Intelligence
Global Water Intelligence

Global Water Intelligence chose Moriel Matalon as one of the world's leading lawyers in the water industry.

PLC- Which Lawyer 2009
PLC- Which Lawyer 2009

PLC Which Lawyer 2009 identified Moriel Matalon as a highly recommended Banking & Finance lawyer, in addition to recommending him in the field of Real Estate. In Banking & Finance- "Managing partner at the firm, in addition to a commercial and broad general practice, he has had significant experience in large infrastructure projects", Real Estate- "A general real estate specialist with a track record on international project financings".

Chambers Global 2009
Chambers Global 2009

Chambers Global 2009 chose Moriel as a leading lawyer at Banking & Finance ("Moriel Matalon led the way on the projects team’s impressive list of deals in the past year, earning himself a highly esteemed reputation among market observers"), and Corporate/M&A ("Managing partner Moriel Matalon is a further feather in Gornitzky’s cap, and is described as a seasoned lawyer, a charming man and a tough negotiator").

The Legal 500 2009
The Legal 500 2009

The Legal 500 2009 identified Moriel as a leading lawyer in the fields of practice of Project & Energy, Banking & Finance, and Corporate & M&A.

Who's Who Legal 2009
Who's Who Legal 2009

Who's Who Legal 2009 identified Moriel Matalon as one of Israel's leading lawyers in the field of practice of Public Procurement for 2009.

The Legal Experts EMEA 2008 Directory
The Legal Experts EMEA 2008 Directory

Legal Experts EMEA 2008 recommended Moriel Matalon as a leading lawyer in the fields of practice of Corporate and Commercial, M&A, Banking & Financing, Project Finance/ Energy and Tax.

 

The directory has consistently chosen Mr. Matalon as a recommended lawyer in thes fields since 2004.

The IFLR 1000 2008
The IFLR 1000 2008

The IFLR 1000 2008 - Finance and Corporate mentioned Adv. Moriel Matalon as one of Israel's leading lawyers in the Project Finance field of practice.