Commercial Disputes

Our firm has vast experience in complex commercial litigation, which includes, amongst others, commercial disputes regarding breach of contracts, damages claims, misrepresentation and fraud, and commercial disputes regarding intellectual property rights. We represent our clients before all courts and tribunals in Israel, including the Israeli Supreme Court, as well as in various Mediation and Arbitration procedures held both before Israeli and international tribunals.

 

Our litigators take special care in each and every case, exploring new ways to provide our clients the required solution. Attention to details, innovation and creativity are our firm's guidelines, providing our clients with an in depth unique service.

 

Our firm was involved in some of the major disputes in Israel during the past few years, representing some of the most prominent local and international corporations of the Israeli market. Our clients include private companies and corporations, locally and internationally traded entities, governmental authorities as well as social entities and associations.
 

Highlights:

  • RMB represented the Israel Ports Developments & Assets Company Ltd. ("IPC"), a governmental corporation- (the landlord of all existing and future Israel ports), in a NIS 200 million lawsuit brought against it by A. Arenson Ltd. ("Arenson"), the operating contractor of Haifa Port, regarding the constructions of the Haifa Port Project. RMB recently managed to settle this dispute in a Settlement Agreement.
  • In addition, RMB represented IPC, in another lawsuit brought against it and against IRM Offshore and Marine (the manufacturer of the Fndrim systems installed in the Carmel port), by Arenson to the District Court in Haifa, in the amount of NIS 10M regarding defects found in the manufacture of the Fndrim.

    In a recent decision, the Haifa District Court dismissed the claim against IPC, accepting in their entirety all arguments raised on behalf of IPC and ordered court costs of over NIS 100K in favor of IPC.

  • RMB represents the State of Israel, by the Accountant General of the Ministry of Finance in a successful dismissal of a NIS 2.5 billion lawsuit brought by Metropolitan Transportation Solutions -MTS (a consortium comprised of leading Israeli and international construction corporations) within arbitration proceedings regarding the largest infrastructure project in the history of Israel – the “Red Line” project of the Tel Aviv Light Rail. After a prolonged arbitration process which lasted over 5 years, the Dispute Resolution Panel denied MTS’s claim in its entirety  and decided to fully accept the Stat's cross action for damages, exact amount of which was yet to be determined.
  • RMB represents Ashtrom Group -Vered Quarries Ltd. (a joint venture comprised of two of Israel's leading private construction companies), in the Israel National Roads Company’s tender for the planning and construction of the southbound section of Road 20 (the Ayalon Freeway) on Route 531 in one of the largest road projects in Israel in the recent years at an estimated cost of 750 million NIS.
    RMB’s role includes provision of consultation and legal advice on a regular basis on various matters relating to this infrastructure project; representation of the Contractor against the Israel National Roads Company Ltd. both before court and within Arbitration proceedings on disputes which arose between the parties in connection with the project
  • RMB represents Haifa Chemicals Ltd. (an Israel-based multinational corporation and a global leading supplier of potassium nitrate) for the past 8 years in an extremely complex commercial dispute held within over dozens of legal proceedings both in courts and before various other tribunals regarding the purchase of potassium by Haifa Chemicals (the largest potassium consumer in Israel) from the supplier Dead Sea Works Ltd. (a subsidiary of Israel Chemicals Ltd.).
    A precedential judgment in which Haifa Chemicals was awarded with benefits estimated in over $1 billion with respect of the potassium acquisitions was successfully achieved recently.
  • RMB represents H2ID Ltd., a consortium owned by IDE Technologies and Shikun & Binui (Housing and Construction) which operates the water desalination plant in Hadera, in a dispute regarding the State of Israel's breaches of its contractual obligations under the B.O.T. agreement amounting to hundreds of millions of Shekels.
    Recently, the Supreme Court dismissed the State of Israel’s leave to appeal and ruled against the State’s dissenting stance that the dispute between the parties shall be resolved within arbitration proceedings. The Supreme Court ordered court fees of over NIS 10K in favor of H2ID

  • RMB represents Sorek Desalination Partnership (a consortium owned by IDE Technologies Ltd. and Hutchison Water Israel EPC LTD. (a subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.), which operates the largest sea water reverse osmosis desalination plant in Israel  - in an international arbitration held in London before Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, retired President of the Supreme Court of England, regarding a EURO 9 million dispute with the Swiss Supplier of the Energy Recovery System installed in the plant.
  • RMB represents Cellcom Ltd. (Israel's largest cellular company), in a NIS 50 million claim, brought against it by Annana, a company that represents the owner of copyrights of melodies and lyrics regarding alleged infringement of IP rights by Cellcom by making unauthorized use of copyrighted material oh high ranking Israeli artists and performers while operating its internet website and mobile portal.
  • RMB represents Kibbutz Maabarot, in a shareholders control dispute regarding the ownership and control in Trima Israeli medical products Maabarot Ltd., an experienced International player in the field of Pharmaceutical generics.
  • RMB represents Amidar Ltd., the Israel national housing company, providing legal consultation on a regular basis in various matters relating to Amidar's current activity and, inter alia, representing Amidar in several litigation proceedings on various relevant aspects of administrative law.
  • RMB represents Mr Peretz Winkler (“Winkler”), in a case concerns the estate of the late Israeli businessman, Sami Shamoon (who owned and controlled the Yakhin Hakal Group of Israeli companies and was known in his lifetime as one of the wealthiest men in Israel).  The claim was brought in London by Winkler, formerly the CFO and manager of Yakhin Hakal, against Mrs Angela Shamoon and Ms Alexandra Shamoon, the widow and daughter respectively of Mr Shamoon and the residuary legatees under his will and against Mr. Philippe Grumbach - concerning Winkler’s entitlement to Yakhin’ shares shares worth tens of millions of dollars. The English Court (Justice Carr) determined that it does not have jurisdiction over the case. Consequently RMB filed a lawsuit to the Israeli District Court, for the recognition of Winkler’s entitlement against those defendants.