Pinhas Rubin

Firm Chairman

Chambers HNW Guide
"He has worked with the richest and most affluent clients in Israel, and still does."
Chambers HNW Guide
"He is a figure who deals with the more high-level strategic issues. He is good at strategising on tax issues."
Legal 500
"Head of the firm Pinhas Rubin, one of the leading and well-known lawyers in the history of Israel, is truly a unique phenomenon in the legal field."
Chambers Global
"an excellent tax lawyer… a brand in the tax world, especially as a litigator."
Chambers Global
"He is a very prominent lawyer in Israel… people respect his knowledge and expertise."
Chambers Global
"probably considered the number one attorney in Israel."
Chambers Global
"truly one of Israel's best lawyers."
Chambers Global
"very, very well respected and a very smart person."
Chambers Global
Pinhas Rubin "enjoys a considerable reputation in Israel and represents some real heavyweights in class action litigation."
Chambers Global
Pinhas Rubin is "certainly one of the best litigators" in the market.
Chambers Global
Pinhas Rubin is highlighted as a "powerful force" in Israel.
Chambers Global
Pinhas Rubin is praised by clients for his knowledge of precedential cases and for bringing "different perspectives and multidisciplinary knowledge to the table."
Chambers Global
Pinhas Rubin is a highly regarded figure in Israel who sits as chair of the firm. He is characterised by market sources as "sharp, smart, multidisciplinary." He has a broad-ranging skill set and continues to advise the firm's biggest banking clients on regulatory matters and tax.
Chambers HNW Guide
Pinhas Rubin "is client-oriented and highly focused. If you need connections with other advisers he is the guy. His network is amazing, he is highly connected. He is very knowledgeable and he is a true professional fighting for his clients. I would love to be his client."
Chambers Global
Pinhas Rubin is head of the firm and maintains a "phenomenal reputation" in the market. He is seen as "one of the doyens of Israeli law" and has extensive corporate, M&A and tax experience.
Chambers HNW Guide
He is "extremely widely respected for his judgement. Pinhas Rubin is a good lawyer, generally speaking. He is a tax expert, he understands the law and is a very smart fellow."
Chambers Global
Pinhas Rubin is a prominent figure in the market and highly regarded by sources. "One of the most respected and serious lawyers in Israel." He is known for assisting commercial groups and institutions in a variety of disputes including class actions and derivative suits.
The Legal 500
The Legal 500 ranked Pinhas Rubin as a Leading Individual in the fields of Commercial, Corporate and M&A and Tax, while also recognizing him as a recommended and "exceptional" lawyer in all the fields of Dispute resolution: Arbitration and mediation; Class Actions and Litigation
Chambers Global
Pinhas Rubin has an excellent reputation in the market for his extensive tax practice. Commentators term him "outstanding" and "in a class of his own." He is noted for his work with international companies and high net worth individuals.
Chambers HNW Guide
"His strength is that in the most complex situations he can identify the core issues in a split-second and immediately identify the desirable solutions. He can focus sharply on the issues at hand and deal with it as if it was his sole concern. He also has a very amiable disposition and is very likeable."
Chambers HNW Guide
"He has an unbelievable amount of experience, and the way clients speak about him is extraordinary."
Chambers HNW Guide
"He is the most experienced lawyer in Israel in this area of the law. He is an excellent lawyer and he is very creative in finding solutions."
Chambers HNW Guide
"very connected, he is a guru for families."
Pinhas Rubin was ranked as 'Market Leader' in the fields of Capital Markets, Restructuring & Insolvency, Banking, and M&A by the international ranking guide IFLR
Who's Who Legal
Pinhas Rubin was recognized as a Thought Leader - Corporate Tax for 2020 by Who's Who Legal.
Who's Who Legal
Pinhas Rubin was recognized as a Global Leader on 'Corporate Tax - Advisory & Controversy' for 2020 by Who's Who Legal.


Pinhas Rubin is the Chairman and the Head of the firm at Gornitzky & Co.

He is considered by the Israeli financial press to be a “key position” holder and was listed therein as one of the people who will “open any door for you”. Since 2002, The Marker Magazine has repeatedly identified him as one of the 100 most influential people in the Israeli economy, and leading international legal guides named him “a super lawyer” and “the best lawyer in Israel”. In 2019 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chambers Global guide.

Mr. Rubin sets himself apart from other legal practitioners, who specialize in one specific field, with his unique interdisciplinary approach: He is regarded as a reputable expert in the numerous fields in which he regularly practices, especially in the areas of corporate law, tax, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, trusts and estates, litigation and dispute resolution, white collar crime, class actions and derivative suits. In addition, Mr. Rubin lectures on a variety of legal topics at Israel’s finest academic institutions.

Acting across a broad range of legal practices, Mr. Rubin is extensively involved in Israel’s most significant transactions and legal disputes.

Mr. Rubin has the utmost respect for his clients’ privacy and therefore clients remain anonymous in notable representations that include:

  • Assisting Israel’s largest commercial groups and banks in their tax issues and tax disputes;
  • Involvement in tax matters on behalf of leading international telecommunications companies, financial service providers, and banking institutions in Israel;
  • Representation and counsel to foreign trusts and their beneficiaries regarding trust laws and related tax matters;
  • Representation of affluent Israeli families in their legal matters, as well as legal and tax advice to high net worth individuals who qualify for a tax holiday upon their immigration to Israel;
  • Mergers, acquisitions and re-organizations of leading Israeli companies, including Israel’s largest energy companies;
  • Structuring a three-way merger of three publicly-traded Israeli insurance companies;
  • Structuring a merger between Israel’s two largest food manufacturers;
  • Acting on behalf of Israel’s largest banks in mergers and acquisitions;
  • Representation of Israel’s largest bank, in its share offering by prospectus (“GDR”) to accredited foreign investors;
  • Representation of Israel’s largest companies in IPOs on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange;
  • Representation of high profile corporate leaders in defense of white collar crimes;
  • Litigation in class actions and derivative suits on behalf of leading industrial and commercial companies in the Israeli economy, such as banks, insurance companies and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange;
  • Acting on behalf of US and Israeli investors in the acquisition of a controlling interest in Israel’s largest bank;
  • Ongoing representation of Israel’s largest banks in their various corporate and tax issues;
  • Advising and litigating on behalf of Israel’s leading insurance companies on various corporate, tax and commercial matters;
  • Advising Israel’s largest business groups with regard to the recommendations of the Committee on Increasing Competitiveness in the Economy (the “Concentration Committee”);
  • Representation of the CEO of a leading international public company, traded both in the US and Israel, in an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court regarding an alleged criminal tax violation, in which the decision of the district court was overturned;
  • Representation of Israel’s Ministry of Finance and three former finance ministers in the governmental investigation committee regarding the collapse of bank securities on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange;
  • Representation of a significant private shareholder in the sale of his interest in one of Israel’s largest insurance companies;
  • Serving as the liquidator of a large international insurance company, including devising a liquidation plan and negotiating an arrangement with international creditors;
  • Representation of Israel’s leading gas companies before the Committee to Examine the Fiscal Policy on Oil and Gas Resources in Israel (the “Sheshinski Committee”);
  • Representation of one of Israel’s leading commercial families in their personal and commercial affairs, including their purchase of significant interests in banking and insurance companies.
  • Representation of the Israeli Ambassador to a significant foreign country, formerly the president of one of Israel’s leading universities, in certain settlements with the authorities and his defense before the High Court of Justice in his appeal on the preclusion of his appointment as Israel’s ambassador.
  • Representation of a controlling shareholder in a public company suspected of committing several inside trading offenses, in which he was acquitted of all charges.

LL.B., Tel Aviv University (1972)

Israel Bar Association, 1974

Throughout the years, Mr. Rubin has lectured on tax, business and commercial law in Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Law and School of Business Administration and in the Israel Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education for Judges and State’s Attorneys, as well as at annual law, accounting and business conferences.

Mr. Rubin is a columnist in ‘Globes’, one of Israel’s leading financial newspapers. Among the numerous articles published by him:
Many Households are Headed Down the Drain
Disruption of Corporate Democracy
Pyramids Under Attack
Between the Tents protest and the Bonds Protest
The Three Year Trap for Controlling Shareholders
Dividend for a Leveraged Buyout
Public Humiliation
A Judge’s Rhetoric
The Fashion of Class Action
My Backyard is My Fortress
The Regulator Caprice
Ignorance of the Law Excuses No One
Extortion In the Law
Every Regulator is a King
Preemptive Action
The Redemption of Bonds

Member of the Tel Aviv University Board of Governors
Member of the National Advisory Committee on Reform of the Israeli Court System that was established by the Minister of Justice and the Chief Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court
Chairman of the Israel Bar Association’s Taxation Committee (1985-1999)
Member of the National Committee on Reform of Taxation, a committee appointed by the Minister of Finance, and that applied principles of international taxation on the Israeli taxation system (known as the “Rabinovitz Committee”) (2002)

Hebrew and English


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