The Legal 500
"The efficiency and dedication with which Gornitzky & Co. approaches ICC arbitration makes it a match for any international law firm."
The Legal 500
"Eli Cohen is always hands-on and easily understands the client’s commercial needs."
The Legal 500
"Eli Cohen, the head of the practice, is a highly accomplished, no-nonsense advocate. He is a fearsome opponent and somebody you want to have in your corner if you possibly can."
The Legal 500
"Eli Cohen and Nuna Lerner both are very knowledgeable, professional and sophisticated in their support."
The Legal 500
"We are working closely with Eli Cohen who is demonstrating high availability, creativity in approaching the issues, and most importantly provides a strong feeling of confidence in ability to navigate through the complex issues and have greater certainty on achieving a positive outcome."
The Legal 500
"Eli Cohen is as sharp as a lawyer gets, understands the essence of the legal issue in milliseconds and is also a pleasant person to be with."
The Legal 500
"Attorney Eli Cohen is the market’s top pick for international disputes, he has the sharp instincts of a court lawyer which make his performance in front of tribunals beyond compare, and it is also evident that he understands how to address foreign arbitral tribunals."


Eli Cohen is a partner at Gornitzky & Co.

Eli specializes in litigation and complex commercial legal proceedings, including arbitration, mediation and other ADR procedures.

Eli Leads an International Litigation and Arbitration practice, a field in which we are proud to be ranked Tier 1 by Legal 500 as “an excellent Israeli law firm with good international connections’ and ‘experience going up against some of the world’s top-tier firms“.
Eli, has also been recognized by Legal 500 as a “Leading individual“, inter alia, due to its “recent success in a high-value ICC arbitration where the team acted as lead counsel in a dispute involving the construction of the largest private power plant in Israel.”

The International Litigation team is particularly active in litigating energy, construction and infrastructure international disputes as well as M&A related disputed under the rules of all major arbitration institutions and particularly under the rules of the ICC, UNCITRAL and the LCIA, as well as in all Israeli instances, including the Israeli Supreme Court, and before Israel’s prominent arbitrators and mediators.

In its local practice, Eli represents some of the largest public and private commercial corporations operating in Israel, governmental entities and municipalities, as well as senior officers, private investors and leading businessmen.

Eli is well experienced in a wide range of legal matters and specializes in construction, renewable energy, gas & oil, infrastructure, securities, privet equity, venture funds, telecoms, BOT/PPP tenders, real estate and shareholders disputes and he is well regarded by local and global clients and counterparties.

According to Legal 500, sources say that the “efficiency and dedication’ with which the firm approaches ICC arbitration makes it ‘a match for any international law firm’.

Eli acts as the Vice Chairman of the Litigation Committee Bar Association.

Eli acts as a member of the International Arbitration Rules committee of the Israeli Institution for Commercial Arbitration.

Notable recent representations include:

  • Successfully acted for shareholders of an international cosmetics company in a shareholder dispute involving ICC arbitration process in which clients ultimately were awarded with over US$50 million compensation;
  • Successfully acted for a major construction company at an ICC arbitration and mediation pertaining to the construction of the largest private power plant in Israel in which clients ultimately were awarded with a US$20 million award;
  • Acting for an Israeli construction company in obtaining temporary measures in support of an ICC arbitration as well as in ICC arbitration and mediation relating to a the construction of a renewable power plan in Israel;
  • Acting for one of Israel’s largest renewable energy companies on a multiparty, multijurisdictional dispute where complex local and international LCIA arbitration agreements are in force;
  • Acting for one of the world’s largest mineral mining companies in a EURO 80 million dispute with a Geneva seat under the UNCITRAL rules pertaining to a power plant construction agreement;
  • Successfully dismissing an application to approve an approximately NIS 4 billion derivative action against a major satellite communication company;
  • Successfully acted for a NIS 10 billion tender participant for the construction and operation of IDF training camps;
  • Acted for a leading European corporations in a NIS 4 billion tender regarding the light rail systems in Tel-Aviv;
  • Successfully representing foreign corporations in winning bids for the construction and operation of the light rail tunnels tender, totaling in approximately NIS 3 billion; construction and operation of the Israeli Police national training center, totaling in approximately NIS 2 billion, amongst others.
  • Representation of a kibbutzs in an estimated several billions NIS with Keren the Jewish National Fund and the Israel Land Administration over the ownership of approximately 1,500 acres of land.
  • Representation in an approximately NIS 200 million legal dispute regarding a transaction relating to land on which the IKEA Israeli branch is located.

LL.B., magna cum laude, Tel Aviv University (2002)
B.A., Accounting, Tel Aviv University (2002)

Israel Bar Association, 2002

Mr. Cohen published articles in a wide range of legal topics in legal and economic newspapers.

Vice Chairman of the Litigation Committee Bar Association.

Hebrew and English


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