Hagai, who chairs the firm’s Antitrust & Competition Law Practice Group, is widely recognized as one of Israel’s leading antitrust lawyers.
Hagai’s extensive experience includes: advising on civil and criminal investigations by the Israel Competition Authority (including abuse of monopoly and market power, oligopoly markets, and cartel and restrictive trade practices investigations), challenging monopoly declarations, merger control, collaborative joint ventures, distribution strategy, cartels, dominance, licensing, and class actions involving breaches of Israeli antitrust law. In particular, Hagai acts for clients in damages and class action claims which seek substantial compensation following a finding, whether in the US, the EU or Israel, of a contravention of competition law. Hagai also has substantial experience co-coordinating with foreign counsel on Israeli antitrust and merger clearances for global and cross-border mergers, joint ventures, strategic alliances and other collaborative arrangements.
He advises on both non-contentious and contentious issues and has extensive experience resolving and litigating competition disputes before the Restrictive Trade Practices Tribunal and at all levels of Israel’s civil court system. Hagai’s clients are from a wide range of industry sectors, including: pharmaceuticals, banking and financial services, technology, consumer healthcare, energy, retail, defence, telecommunications, insurance, aviation, media and automotive manufacturing.
Hagai also has specific regulatory and industry expertise concerning the telecommunications and media industry. He acts for television and radio broadcasters, cable franchisees, internet content and service providers, production companies, internet service providers, newspapers and mobile phone manufacturers and network operators on all the regulatory and legal aspects of conducting business in Israel. He has a wealth of experience representing clients in tenders issued by the Ministry of Communications for the operation and broadcasting in Israel of television, radio and cable channels as well as for mobile telephone spectrum and internet services.