Zell & Co. attorneys have played a leading role in helping shape policy in the burgeoning field of competition law in Israel. Our practice in this area has included the representation of numerous United States and other foreign-based companies in a wide variety of antitrust issues derived from corporate transactions including: asset and stock purchases and sales, mergers, tender offers, joint ventures, and management buyouts. We regularly advise our clients on domestic and international antitrust ramifications of commercial and corporate transactions.
Zell attorneys have been required to utilize their extensive knowledge in the areas of antitrust law in Israel as well as the United States and the European Union in conducting various filings with the Antitrust Authority in Israel and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in the United States. We have acted for a number of large foreign and Israeli companies both in connection with the Israel Restrictive Business Practices Law and as local counsel to U.S. and European firms in connection with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and European Competition Law.
Our attorneys have played an important role in influencing Israeli antitrust policy. Our attorneys acted on behalf of a consortium of foreign pharmaceutical manufacturers in persuading the then Controller of Restrictive Business Practices to adopt by administrative fiat a policy similar to that recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court under the so-called Noerr-Pennington Doctrine.
Zell acted for a major international electronics manufacturer in connection with a multi-year outsourcing supply agreement and successfully obtained the endorsement of the Controller of Restrictive Business Practices as to our position that there was no basis to file a pre-merger notification for the purposes of obtaining the Controllers approve under the pre-merger notification provisions or the restraint of trade provisions of the Israel Restrictive Business Practices Law.
As an extension of this area, the antitrust group consults and advises several large international companies with regards to compliance issues and antitrust planning both in the pre-merger and restrictive business arrangements areas.