There are few legal practice groups operating in any industry in Israel as highly and universally regarded as Herzog Fox & Neeman’s Telecommunications and Media department. The only dedicated practice of its kind among major commercial law firms in Israel, the Telecommunications and Media department is at the forefront of innovation in the field, and continually sets the standard in telecommunications and media law.
The department is consistently recognised as a distinguished practice in Israel by international and domestic legal directories, including Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer?, BDI Code and Dun’s 100.
The Telecommunications and Media department has unrivalled experience working with all players in the industry, and among the department’s clients are leading domestic and international telecommunications and media companies, including: multi-channel television operators, internet service providers, fixed and mobile telephony operators, commercial radio and television broadcasters, international telephony operators and content service providers.
The department advises in the following areas:
Counselling from the initial stages of tenders to the regulation and operation of telecom providers, including advising on the complex regulations governing the licensing and operation of telecom services and equipment;
Representing clients before regulatory agencies regarding telecoms privatisations, market liberalisation processes, market competition developments and ensuing Ministerial policies;
Representing clients in administrative petitions to the Supreme Court;
Day-to-day compliance and enforcement issues including regulations, cross-ownership rules, licensing, customs, taxation, zoning and environmental issues;
Mergers & acquisitions and transfers of means of control in telecom and media licensees;
Representation of clients in both domestic and international commercial transactions.
The Telecommunications and Media department is intimately involved with legislative and policy proceedings and represents its numerous clients in discussions of parliamentary committees and government ministries and has vast experience in preparing responses to governmental RFI’s on official white papers.
The Telecommunications and Media department is led by the well-respected Esther Sternbach. Esther is recognised by international and domestic publications as an expert in the field and has worked for over two decades in the telecommunications and media industry as both a regulator and as legal counsel.
Prior to joining HFN, department members played key roles in various departments of the Ministry of Communications and as a result possess invaluable knowledge of the regulatory aspects of the industry.