Ten years as one of the leading law firms of choice within the Israeli market

12 Oct 2018

The Israeli Desk of law firm Simmons & Simmons celebrates its 10-year anniversary.

This October, the Israeli Desk of international law firm Simmons & Simmons will celebrate its 10-year anniversary. The desk was founded in 2008 when, head of the global Israeli Desk, Ariel Nachman joined the firm with a portfolio of Israeli clients that were predominantly active in the Italian market.

It was established with the intention of supporting, through high-quality advice, commercial insights and acumen, Israeli companies interested in investing across the globe, thanks to the footprint of the firm’s strong international network of offices. Simmons & Simmons also saw vast potential in the Israeli market, especially in the high volume of M&A transactions by global Israeli companies in need of cross border legal advice for their activities in Europe and Asia.

For the past ten years, Ariel Nachman has led the desk which focuses mainly on corporate & commercial and private equity. The desk is also active through a mixture of the firm’s practices including Financial Markets, Equity and Debt Capital Markets, Dispute Resolution, IP and Employment, among others.

Over the years, the desk has acted for leading Israeli Financial Institutions, TMT and Life Sciences corporates and industrial companies within the Israeli market as well as international clients from the firm’s core sectors: Asset Management & Investment Funds, Financial Institutions, Healthcare & Life Sciences and TMT. The desk has seen great success over the past decade through adopting an innovative approach. It has assisted on ground-breaking Corporate and M&A deals in the region and cutting-edge Equity Capital Markets and Debt Capital Markets work. Both the team and Ariel Nachman are ranked amongst the elite group of lawyers with expertise in this market.

While the desk has grown substantially over the past ten years, Simmons & Simmons has ambitious plans for the next ten years. This includes expanding the clients portfolio and enhancing the offering to clients through the full range of products across practices, sectors and markets.

Speaking on the strategy for the desk, Ariel Nachman said: “The last ten years have been an incredibly exciting and rewarding experience. Time and time again businesses across the world bring us their toughest commercial challenges. They call on Simmons & Simmons for its international reach and expert legal advice. Our clients rely on our ability to align to their requirements and we invest time and effort into their businesses and the worlds in which they operate. Over the next ten years, we are seeking to solidify our position as an international firm of choice for Israeli clients within the Israeli market and capture the opportunities of this dynamic and innovative market.”

Commenting on the achievements of the desk, Managing Partner, Jeremy Hoyland said: “This represents a great example of the international alignment of Simmons & Simmons. We are delighted by the progress both Ariel and the desk has made and look forward to further supporting its ambitious outlook and growth.”

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