Overview

Eyal is a commercial litigator with extensive experience acting for international and domestic clients on a broad range of civil, contractual and commercial matters before the entire range of Israeli courts. He also appears before national and international arbitration tribunals.  Eyal has represented clients in both Israel and the United States on a wide array of complex commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, corporate and shareholder disputes, complicated tort actions (including professional negligence claims), global product liability claims and class actions.

Eyal’s expertise includes representing global companies on cross-border high value and multi-party claims, ranging from banking and finance related litigation to disputed inheritance claims involving aspects of private international law.  He acts on behalf of international and local agents and distributors in connection with breakdowns in commercial relationships and, where necessary, advises clients on the enforcement and termination of distribution, agency and other commercial agreements. Eyal also advises and acts on the enforcement of foreign judgments in Israel.

Eyal is licensed to practise law in Israel and New York.

Eyal was the recipient of the prestigious Pegasus Scholarship of 1999, a full board scholarship awarded to outstanding law students worldwide for master degree studies at Oxford University and practical training with a City of London law firm, and a barrister.  He gained his Bachelor of Civil Law degree from Worcester College, Oxford University.

Publications

  • Israel Chapter, The Lex Mundi Global Attorney – Client Privilege Guide, 2020.
  • Israel Chapter, The Aviation Law Review 7th Edition (November, 2019).
  • “Foreign Defendants’ Ability to Deny the Jurisdiction of the Israeli Courts following Amendment No. 2 (2013) to the Israeli Civil Procedure Regulations” (S. Horowitz & Co.; May 2014).
  • “Opinion Which Does Not Disqualify” (Judge’s off-the-record remarks, in the framework of an attempt to settle the case) (NEWS1, May 2014).
  • The Israel Chapter on Arbitration Agreements under Israel’s Arbitration Law for the International Comparative Legal Guides to International Arbitration (2007), co-authored with Alex Hertman.

 

Languages: EnglishHebrew
Admissions: New York Bar, 2003Israel Bar, 1998
Education: Certified International Law for Lawyers and Legal Professionals IATA training, (October 2017)Oxford University, Bachelor of Civil Law, Law, (2000)Tel Aviv University, LL.M. Law, magna cum laude, (1999)Tel Aviv University, LL.B. Law, magna cum laude, (1997)

Experience

  • Representing the Weizmann Institute of Science and Yeda Research and Development Company Ltd. in a multi-million USD claim filed by Irvin Picard, the trustee for Bernard L. Madoff and Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, against 30 defendants comprised mainly of public institutions, for restitution of donations amounting to approximately USD100 million that were allegedly received by them, and apparently originated at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
  • Representing British Airways PLC in a precedent-setting claim filed against it (together with three other defendants) by four travel agencies, which were allegedly denied access to information about British Airways flights on the Global Distribution Systems (GDS), following the termination of their appointment as authorized British Airways agents. The claim raises issues concerning the alleged right of a travel agent, who is no longer an authorized agent, to receive the proprietary information of an airline. In the interlocutory stage of the proceedings, British Airways was successful in overturning an interim injunction granted ex parte. All of British Airways’ arguments were accepted and it was awarded costs.
  • Representing Ryanair DAC in three separate motions to certify class actions against it, claiming, inter alia, infringements of the Israeli Consumer Protection Law -1981, and the Israeli Aviation Services Law (Compensation and Assistance for Flight Cancellation or Change of Conditions), 2012. These proceedings involve issues of principle relating to the operations of foreign airlines in Israel.
  • Representing Bank Hapoalim in an NIS 240 million claim filed by the Municipality of Tel Aviv regarding the enforcement of a real estate transaction dated over 50 years back, that had not ended in registration of ownership. The plaintiff was forced to amend its statement of claim twice, and its appeal in this regard was dismissed with costs awarded to the defendant.
  • Acting on behalf of the Angel Group liquidators in legal proceedings against former director and sole shareholder in Israel, obtaining freezing orders securing the net proceeds of sale of various assets of the Angel Group in Israel, with the monies ultimately ordered to be repatriated on judgment.
  • Successfully representing a hi-tech company, which developed a blockchain platform, in enforcing a contract with a strategic business partner and customer who unilaterally breached the contract while causing substantial damages to the hi-tech company. After initiating legal proceedings and obtaining an injunction against the defendant, the case ended in a settlement.
  • Representing Wix (a leading technology company that operates a cloud-based web development platform that enables users to create websites and mobile sites through the use of their online drag and drop tools) in two interrelated court proceedings commenced by it against former senior employees of Wix.
  • Advising various multinational companies in contractual disputes including with respect to termination of distribution, agency and representation agreements, inside and outside of court.
  • Obtaining a multi-million EUR judgement in favor of a former agent of a multinational conglomerate,  in commissions due to him in respect of projects and transactions brokered for the conglomerate , even though a written contract had never been signed.
  • Successfully representing one of the world’s top three manufacturers of aluminium in a series of proceedings against a customer, for payment of debts of millions of NIS, in respect of goods sold to the defendant.
  • Successfully representing Israeli academic institutions in a disputed multi-million USD cross-border bequest made to the clients.
  • Representing an international media distribution company in a multi-million USD dispute regarding media rights and non-payment of fees. The dispute was settled in a confidential compromise agreement under which the company received broadcast rights and substantial damages.
  • Negotiating and successfully collecting a multi-million USD debt from a debtor, on behalf of a publicly traded global financial advisory and asset management firm.
  • Successfully representing an international – sports rights marketing agency in a dispute with a commercial media channel regarding breach of contract, evasion, and non-payment of license fees, owed to the marketing agency.
  • Successfully representing one of the world’s largest pump manufacturers in a multi-million NIS professional negligence claim, which was filed against it. The claim was settled for a negligible sum.

 

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