Banking & Finance

Gornitzky & Co. is one of Israel's leading banking and finance law firms and has been instrumental to lenders and borrowers in some of the largest and most complex international financing transactions, providing a sophisticated understanding of the global financial markets.


Throughout the years, Gornitzky has represented some of Israel’s largest commercial banks, insurance companies, provident funds and other institutional lenders, as well as foreign financial institutions operating in Israel. Other key clients of the firm’s global banking and finance practice include leveraged buyout sponsors, private equity funds, hedge funds, strategic buyers, issuers of securities and financial institutions, and as the private sector.

With the uncertainty and struggle the international financial markets have seen in the past few years, our clientele rely on our banking and finance team for the depth and breadth of their expertise in complex local and cross-border transactions across every industry and sector. Gornitzky's lawyers have vast experience in a variety of regulatory matters concerning banks and their key or controlling stakeholders, as well as in the acquisition, and their representation in lending transactions.

Since its inception, Gornitzky has amassed extensive experience in a variety of financings techniques, involving leveraged, asset-backed, mezzanine, investment, senior, subordinated, as well as lease and real estate financings.

Gornitzky's reputation as a leader in banking and finance is further enhanced through the positions held by our partners at different banks. Moriel Matalon, our managing partner, serves as a Director of Bank Hapoalim (Switzerland) and senior partner Zvi Ephrat serves as a director of Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot.

Our banking and finance advice, together with our transactional expertise in a full range offields such as tax, restructuring and insolvency, project finance and M&A enables us to provide our clients with seamless and integrated representation.

Chambers Global 2016
Chambers Global 2016

Chambers Global 2016 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as a leading Banking & Finance firm, while describing the firm's reputation in acting for lenders on various financing transactions, including mezzanine loans, refinancings and acquisition financings.  The firm's team was praised by clients, saying "The team performed well in every aspect. They're conscientious, understand what the client wants and put that extra effort in." and  "They have that international aspect. That is especially important when it comes to banking and finance as we need lawyers that know how to deal with US and UK law, as well as Israeli law."



Firm Chairman, Pinhas Rubin ("a phenomenon in the way that he is expert in so many fields"),  Eli Elya ("has very many standout qualities. He has excellent people skills and a lot of knowledge, listens, works very hard and doesn't give up"), Dubi Gross ("extensive knowledge when it comes to international financing and capital markets") and Elite Elkon ("She is very personable and makes you feel very comfortable when working on a deal") were personally recommended as notable banking and finance practitioners.

The Legal 500 2015
The Legal 500 2015

The Legal 500 2015 ranked Gornitzky & Co. as a Tier 1 Banking and Finance law firm, with a team that "brings peace of mind to clients."  

 

Practice Head, Eli Elya, was described as "sophisticated at corporate finance deals" and Elite Elkon May-Tal as "one of the most effective attorneys in Israel in dealing with regulatory issues." "Innovative," Dubi Gross was also recommended.

Dun's 100 2015
Dun's 100 2015

Dun & Bradstreet's Dun's 100 2015, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Banking & Finance law firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.

Chambers Global 2015
Chambers Global 2015

Chambers Global 2015 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as a leading Banking & Finance firm, while describing the firm's reputation in acting for lenders on various financing transactions, including mezzanine loans, refinancings and acquisition financings.  The firm's team was praised by clients, saying "They were very responsive - their turnaround times were excellent and they didn't take their eyes off the ball" and "They did a very good job negotiating, were accessible to our legal team and provided 24/7 service."


Firm Chairman, Pinhas Rubin ("known for his experience and knowledge"  and "smart and knows how to negotiate"), Senior Partner, Zvi Ephrat ("highlighted by peers for his experience in the banking sector"), and Elite Elkon May-Tal ("young talented lawyer" who "receives praise for her banking regulatory work") were personally recommended as notable banking and finance practitioners.

BDI Code 2015
BDI Code 2015

BDi Code 2015, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Banking & Finance firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.

IFLR1000 2015
IFLR1000 2015

IFLR1000 2015 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Banking law firms. Pinhas Rubin, Itay Geffen and Dubi Gross  were named Leading Lawyers in this field.

Global Legal Experts 2014
Global Legal Experts 2014

Global Law Experts magazine named Gornitzky & Co. the winner of the "Corporate Finance Law Firm of the Year " award. 

The Legal 500 2014
The Legal 500 2014

The Legal 500 2014 ranked Gornitzky & Co. as a Tier 1 Banking and Finance law firm, with a team whose, "turnaround times are quick and responses invaluable."  


Practice Head, Eli Elya, was noted for his "superb reputation" and Dubi Gross was named "one of the best."

Chambers Global 2014
Chambers Global 2014

Chambers Global 2014 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as a leading Banking & Finance firm, while describing the firm's experience in acting for borrowers and lenders in major financing transactions. The firm's lawyers were praised being highly-responsive and efficient and "Very thorough lawyers who do the work seriously and are always prepared."

 

Firm Chairman, Pinhas Rubin (labeled a"eminent lawyer of outstanding qualities in his work in banking and finance" and "considered among the best professionals in the country"), and Senior Partner, Zvi Ephrat ("a widely recognised name" with a prestigious client roster), were both personally recommended as leading banking and finance lawyers.

Dun's 100 2014
Dun's 100 2014

Dun & Bradstreet's Dun's 100, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Banking & Finance law firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.

IFLR1000 2014
IFLR1000 2014

IFLR1000 2014 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Banking law firms, noting some of the firm's recent representations of both borrowers and lenders, and Zvi Ephrat's leadership of the team in high-profile financing transactions. The guide quoted clients describing Shlomo Cohen and the team as: "Professional and sharp."


Pinhas Rubin was named a Leading lawyer in this field and Dubi Gross was identified as a Rising Star.

BDi Code 2014
BDi Code 2014

BDi Code 2014, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Banking & Finance firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.

Dun's 100 2013
Dun's 100 2013

Dun & Bradstreet's Dun's 100, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Banking & Finance law firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.

The Legal 500 2013
The Legal 500 2013

The Legal 500 2013 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Banking and Finance law firms, describing the firm as "first rate," with a "very knowledgeable and experienced" team that represents both borrowers and lenders.

 

The guide also recommended Eli Elya and Elite Elkon May-Tal as "extremely effective dealmakers, who are excellent models of efficiency, creativity and devotion to the client," as well as Dubi Gross.

Chambers Global 2013
Chambers Global 2013

Chambers Global 2013 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as a leading Banking & Finance firm, while describing the firm's experience in a range of high-profile transactions on behalf of major borrowers and lenders.


Firm Chairman, Pinhas Rubin (coined a "market icon" and "praised for his wide variety of legal experience, and his significant banking and finance expertise."), and Senior Partner, Zvi Ephrat ("an experienced practitioner"), were both personally recommended.

IFLR1000 2013
IFLR1000 2013

IFLR1000 2013 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Banking law firms, noting some of the firm's recent representations in high-profile financing transactions. The guide also quoted peers as saying, "They are the leading firm in structured finance."

BDI Code 2013
BDI Code 2013

BDI Code 2013, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Banking & Finance firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.

The Legal 500 2012
The Legal 500 2012

The Legal 500 2012 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Banking and Finance law firms, describing the firm as, "Highly responsive and involved in all aspects," and recognized Pinhas Rubin, Moriel Matalon and Zvi Ephrat as key figures in this field. 

 

The guide made mention of the firm's recent and notable respresentations, saying, "Gornitzky & Co. recently acted for Isramco Negev as the borrower in a $3bn financing deal to exploit a major offshore gas field. On the lender side, the firm represented Bank Hapoalim in the ILS2bn cross-border security transaction and refinancing of the Memorand and Leviev Group."

Chambers Global 2012
Chambers Global 2012

Chambers Global 2012 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as a leading Banking & Finance firm, while describing it as "popular with both borrowers and lenders". The guide made specific mention of the firm's experience in acquisition finance ("a major strength") and its cross-border capabilities in this sector.


Firm Chairman, Pinhas Rubin ("has a truly heavyweight reputation for his finance and tax expertise"), Managing Partner, Moriel Matalon ("well known for his experience in investment matters"), and Senior Partner, Zvi Ephrat were all personally recommended.

Dun's 100 2012
Dun's 100 2012

Dun & Bradstreet's Dun's 100, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Banking & Finance Law firms.

IFLR1000 2012
IFLR1000 2012

IFLR100 2012 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Banking law firms, noting  some of the firm's recent representations in high-profile financing and re-financing transactions.

BDI Code 2012
BDI Code 2012

BDI Code 2012, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Banking & Finance firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.

Chambers Global 2011
Chambers Global 2011

Chambers Global 2011 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Banking and Finance law firms, describing the firm as having a strong reputation within the field.

IFLR1000 2011
IFLR1000 2011

IFLR100 2011 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Banking law firms, noting  some of the firm's recent representations in financing and re-financing transactions.

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