Overview

Widely recognized and acknowledged in the market and by all the reputable legal directories as one of Israel’s foremost commercial litigators and practitioners, Senior Partner Alex Hertman co-chairs the firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Alex has led and handled some of the largest cases ever brought before the Israeli courts and is the only lawyer in Israel to be listed as a starred individual in Chambers Global for four consecutive years.

As described in one legal directory, Alex is a “first-class litigator at the peak of his career whose reputation carries a lot of weight, and is also very down-to-earth”.

Alex represents foreign and domestic companies, major international financial institutions, banks and national and international accounting and investment houses in complex, multi-jurisdictional commercial and finance disputes, including high-profile class actions, international arbitration, landmark appellate cases and petitions to the Israel Supreme Court.

Alex’s extensive litigation practice encompasses the full range of commercial and corporate disputes, including those involving hostile takeovers, shareholder disputes, cross-border litigation, breach of contract, unfair competition, creditors’ rights, judicial review and enforcement of foreign judgments. He has defended Israel’s leading insurance companies and banks in major civil cases stemming from insurance coverage disputes, product liability, regulatory and enforcement issues and allegations of suspected cartel activity.

Alex is frequently appointed by the courts or chosen by litigants, as applicable, to serve as arbitrator for resolving complex international commerce disputes.

Alex has been a partner at S. Horowitz & Co. since 1988; he joined the firm in 1983.

Languages: EnglishHebrew
Admissions: Israel Bar, 1982
Education: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, LL.B., cum laude, (1982)

Experience

A selection of Alex’s recent cases includes representation of:

  • Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., in defending several high-profile and high-value cases filed against it and estimated at billions of dollars, including: motions to approve class actions, derivate actions and motions seeking the inspection of documents. Alex successfully represented Teva in defending: a motion seeking an inspect documents related to a distribution of dividends made by it; a motion to certify a claim as a class action related to an alleged bribery affair; and other several motions requesting the inspection of documents
  • IDB Development Ltd. in its successful defence of a petition to certify a claim as a class action in an amount exceeding NIS billion, in which claims were raised concerning the sale of Clal Holdings Insurance Ltd, as well as other claims related to two rights issues
  • Discount Investments Corporation Ltd., one of the largest holding companies in Israel, in its successful defence of both a petition to certify a claim as a class action and a derivative action related to the acquisition of Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd. by a subsidiary of China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina)
  • Israel Insurance Association (RA), whose members comprise most of the insurers operating in Israel, in the successful submission by it of a petition against the Commissioner of Capital Markets, Insurance and Savings Division within the Israeli Ministry of Finance, opposing the large-scale reform in the automobile compulsory insurance branch that was contemplated by the Commissioner
  • one of Israel’s largest law firms (accorded a Tier 1 ranking), in a professional liability suit
  • AIG Europe Ltd and AIG Europe (Services) Ltd in several high-profile class actions relating to misleading details that were allegedly included in the prospectus published by Urbancorp Inc. prior to its issuance of bonds
  • Controlling shareholders of a bank in their successful defence of a lawsuit filed against them by certain shareholders, related to the rights of the minority shareholders
  • Energean Israel Limited and Energean Holdings E&P Limited, in a claim filed against them and other related companies and officers, by Tsabar Group, which is controlled by Mr. Beny Steinmetz, within the ambit of which the Tsabar Group is seeking to obtain a share or an interest in the project related to the Karish and Tanin gas reservoirs
  • Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc. in multi-million dollar arbitration proceedings regarding the unlawful termination of certain management agreements. The client was awarded damages in excess of US $25 million. Alex also successfully defended Hilton, both before the District Court and the Supreme Court, in subsequent applications filed by the appellant (defendant) to have the award set aside
  • International company, Kital Holdings and International Development Ltd. (“Kital”), and Hong Kong businessman, Balram Chainrai, in a claim for damages in excess of NIS 100 million filed against Mr. Arkady Gaydamak in light of the latter’s failure to acquire from Kital and Mr. Chainrai control of Ameris Holdings Ltd., a publicly traded company. The court ruled in favour of the our clients
  • British Airways before the District Court and, on appeal, before the Israel Supreme Court in a class action instituted against British Airways by the Israel Association of Travel Agencies and Consultants and more than 110 travel agents regarding modifications made by British Airways to its agents’ commission payment structure. Both the District Court and the Supreme Court upheld BA’s defence of the claim
  • The Association of Banks in Israel in its successful appeal before the Israeli Supreme Court, asking to set aside a District Court judgment holding that a credit line granted by a bank to its customers constituted an asset that was capable of being attached by third party creditors
  • A syndicate of lenders comprising the seven largest banks in Israel in a claim for repayment of a NIS 3 billion loan granted by the syndicate to Zeevi Management and Financing Ltd. to purchase approximately 20% of the shares in Bezeq, the country’s largest telecommunications company. Alex was subsequently appointed by the court as receiver on behalf of the lenders. During the receivership proceedings, he recovered NIS 4.5 billion (approximately US $1.4 billion), paying off the entire debt of the lenders while still leaving hundreds of millions of NIS for the borrower, post-receivership
  • Club Hotel Group Ltd., Israel’s largest time-share company, in several claims regarding disputed control of property in Europe and Asia
  • A media distribution company marketing sports rights across the globe in a multi-million dollar dispute regarding media rights and monies owed by the Israel Football Association
  • The Israeli affiliate of one of the “big 4” international accounting firms in its successful defence of a professional negligence suit brought by a bank; the claim was dismissed by the court and significant costs were ultimately awarded to our client
  • Group of foreign entities in multi-billion dollar arbitration proceedings regarding, inter alia, material breaches of certain agreements in connection with mining rights and oil production rights in Africa.
  • An Arbitrator in a multi-million NIS arbitration between the State of Israel and the Dead Sea Works concerning a dispute as to the existence and amount of royalties owed by Dead Sea Works’ to the State of Israel for the minerals it produced from the Dead Sea and other cities in the south of Israel.

 

Recognition

Alex is widely acknowledged as one of Israel’s top litigators by the leading legal directories. A selection of tributes accorded to Alex in those directories include:

  • Chambers Global 2020: “Excellent lawyer”. Alex Hertman is highly reputed in dispute resolution. Market sources praise him as “very, very strong” and “a leading litigation lawyer.”
  • Chambers Global 2019: revered as an “outstanding lawyer” who regularly features on some of the market’s biggest cases
  • Chambers Global 2018: Alex Hertman is held in high regard by market sources, who consider him a “very fine and excellent litigator”
  • Chambers Global 2016: Alex advises industry-leading clients on complex commercial litigation and arbitration. He is described by impressed commentators as “a great fellow, a good litigator and a very good person to go to for advice”
  • Chambers and Partners, in its 1st tier ranking of S. Horowitz & Co. in the dispute resolution practice area lists Alex as a key individual, saying: “Practice head Alex Hertman has a towering reputation for his litigation prowess, and is consistently singled out by market sources as a leading figure”
  • Chambers Global Client’s Guide lists Alex as a star individual in dispute resolution, and has been fervent in its praise of Alex’s capabilities over the years, most recently: “There is no doubt that he’s among the five best litigation lawyers in Israel”; and a “First-class litigator at the peak of his career”; “his reputation carries a lot of weight, and he’s also very down to earth”

Other Activities

Alex has served as:

  • Chair of the National Ethics Committee of the Israel Bar Association (1999-2003)
  • Chair of the Committee for the Revision of the Ethics Rules (1999-2003)
  • Member of the Central Committee of the Israel Bar (1999-2003)
  • Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Tel Aviv and Central District (1995-1999)
  • Member of the District Committee (1995-1999)

Alex’s other organizational affiliations in the legal community include terms as:

  • President of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (2003-2011)
  • Member of the Attorney General’s Appointments Committee (2002-2006)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Lex Mundi (1996-2000)

Alex is frequently invited to lecture on a range of topics, including the “Art of Litigation” course, which he has been teaching at Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law, since 2006.

Alex previously lecturer on “The Professional Ethics of Lawyers” at the respective Faculties of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2000-2003) and the College of Management (2002-2004).

 

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