Energy & Natural Resources
Gornitzky & Co. is widely regarded as Israel's largest and most experienced law firm in the field of energy and natural resources. With considerable and unique expertise in this field, we are involved in a majority of the large scope energy and natural resource projects that transpire in Israel.
Our clientele includes Israeli and foreign energy corporations, major IPP's and international consortia, as well as chemical companies, desalination plants, oil companies, private investors and other energy players. We have also represented two of the country's largest private gas consumers in deliberations held by the Economic Committee of the Knesset on the draft bill of the Natural Gas Economy Law.
Over the years, our energy and natural resources team has acquired extensive experience and know-how in all areas of the energy market, such as natural gas, oil and gas explorations, refineries and fuel supply, private power stations, electricity purchase and power generation, solar energy, water desalination, BOT transactions, renewable energy projects and others. We represent our clients in their negotiations with Israel's gas transmission company, local utilities companies and the Natural Gas Authority. Our services include the representation of clients, both in Israel and abroad, in tenders for licenses for the construction and operation of projects in Israel, as well as in their other related ventures.
The firm's expertise in this area, in conjunction with its forerunning status in the infrastructure and project financing sector, enables Gornitzky's legal team to provide comprehensive and professional legal support for all projects in the energy sector.
Acquisition International's 2014 Offshore Excellence Awards identified the firm as Israel's law firm of the year in Energy & Resources.
The Legal 500 2014 identified Gornitzky & Co. as a Top Tier Projects and Energy law firm, noting the firm's expertise in large infrastructure projects, as well as its active energy practice.
Partner Jack Smith was ranked as a Leading Individual in this field and identified by the guide as "sharp and proactive" and "a true expert and authority in the area of energy and infrastructure."
Who's Who Legal 2014 recognized Jack Smith as one of Israel's top 3 Energy lawyers, and one of 644 worldwide Energy Law experts.
Dun & Bradstreet's 2014 Dun's 100, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Project Finance, Energy & Infrastructure law firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.
Chambers Global 2014 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as a Band One Projects & Energy firm, noting the firm's representation of major local players in the infrastructure sector and expertise in all ancillary matters connected to construction and project finance. The guide also noted the firm's "excellent track record in advising companies in the oil and gas sector." Sources were quoted saying, "The lawyers are business-oriented, always providing good advice and a great service," and "The level of service is very high; the lawyers can be approached 24/7."
Partner Ofer Tzur, who leads the firm's Litigation practice, was also recommended and praised for his "business and legal understanding and experience."
Partner Jack Smith was recognized as a Leading lawyer in the field. He was described as "widely recognised as one of the top oil and gas specialists in the country." Partner Itay Geffen was also recommended as a Leading lawyer in the field and singled out for his project finance work, with market observers quoted saying, "He is one of the smartest people I know. He helps solve all our problems and is very creative."
BDI Code 2014, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Energy & Project Finance law firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.
Chambers Global 2013 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as a leading Projects & Energy firm. The guide noted the firm's diverse practice, saying "This full-service offering covers all the bases when it comes to projects and energy expertise, and clients can call on valuable experience in infrastructure developments, power projects and upstream energy transactions." Sources were quoted saying the firm is "Very responsive with very good experience in BOT projects."
Partner Jack Smith was lauded for his "Extensive knowledge and experience in the energy sector. His local and international expertise in oil and gas work is particularly highly prized," with sources quoted saying he is "The dean of the field." Partner Itay Geffen received high praise from clients for his innovative approach and sources were quoted saying "He is very good, creative, and very successful." His experience in the projects arena was also given recognition and he was described as "very familiar with the Israeli framework for project tenders."
BDI Code 2013, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Energy & Project Finance law firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.
Dun & Bradstreet's 2012 Dun's 100, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Project Finance, Energy & Infrastructure law firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.
The Lawyer Monthly Awards 2012 recognized Gornitzky & Co. among a select number of leading firms across the globe, naming the firm a winner in the category of "Energy Law Firm of the Year" in Israel. The firm was given recognition for adding to its depth of expertize and for performing outstandingly over the year.
Corporate INTL 2012 acknowledged Gornitzky & Co. as Israel's leading law firm in the field of Oil & Gas, granting the firm the "Oil & Gas Law Firm of the Year in Israel" award.
Additionally, Gornitzky & Co. was chosen as Israel's leading law firm in 4 other categories.
The Legal 500 2012 ranked Gornitzky & Co. as a Tier 1 Projects and Energy firm, noting some of the firm's major work in the last year.
Itay Geffen was identified as one of Israel's Leading lawyers in this field.
Chambers Global 2012 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as a leading Projects & Energy firm. The guide noted the firm's diverse practice, saying it "handles a diverse array of energy, infrastructure and desalination projects" and is also "heavily involved in renewable energy work". A quoted source said the firm "demonstrated professionalism, flexibility and creativity, which have all deeply contributed to our business operations".
Partner Jack Smith was lauded for his "deep knowledge of power and energy law, and of commercial negotiations", and Partner Itay Geffen was said to receive high praise for the quality of his work ("he is very thorough, extremely intelligent and, most importantly, utterly committed and dedicated to his clients").
BDI Code 2012, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Energy & Project Finance law firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.
Chambers Global 2011 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Projects & Energy law firms, quoting clients saying "The junior and senior lawyers in this team are all very responsive and attentive to their clients, and all have great experience in project work."