• Widely acknowledged in the market and by all the legal directories as being one of Israel's foremost commercial litigators and advocates, Senior Partner Alex Hertman co-chairs the firm's Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Alex has conducted some of the largest cases to come before the Israeli courts and is the only lawyer in Israel to be listed as a starred individual in Chambers Global for four consecutive years.

     

    He has been described by one legal directory as being a "first-class litigator at the peak of his career whose reputation carries a lot of weight, and is also very down-to-earth".

     

    Alex represents foreign and domestic companies, major international financial institutions, banks and national and international accounting and investment houses in complex, multi-jurisdictional commercial and finance disputes, including high-profile class actions, international arbitration, landmark appellate cases and petitions to the Israel Supreme Court.

     

    Alex's extensive litigation practice encompasses the full range of commercial and corporate disputes, including hostile takeovers, shareholder disputes, cross-border litigation, breach of contract, unfair competition, creditors’ rights, judicial review and enforcement of foreign judgments. He has defended Israel’s leading insurance companies and banks in major civil cases arising out of insurance coverage disputes, product liability, regulatory and enforcement issues and allegations of cartel activity. 

     

    Alex is frequently appointed as an arbitrator by the courts – or chosen by parties in dispute – to resolve complex commercial international conflicts in all matters pertaining to international commerce.

     

    Alex has been a partner at S. Horowitz & Co. since 1988; he joined the firm in 1983.

  • A selection of Alex’s recent cases includes representation of:

     

    • Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc. in multi-million dollar arbitration proceedings regarding the unlawful termination of certain management agreements. The client was awarded in excess of US$25 million by way of damages. Alex also acted for Hilton in Hilton's successful defence, in both the District and the Supreme Court, against the defendant's subsequent applications to have the award set aside
    • International company, Kital Holdings and International Development Ltd., and Hong Kong businessman, Balram Chainrai, in a claim for damages in excess of NIS 100 million against Arkady Gaydamak in connection with his failure to acquire from the clients control of Ameris Holdings Ltd., a publicly traded company. The court ruled in favour of the claimant
    • British Airways before the District Court and, on appeal, before the Israel Supreme Court in a class action instituted against British Airways by the Israeli travel agents association and more than 110 travel agents regarding the alteration made by British Airways to its agents' commission payment structure. Both the District Court and the Supreme Court upheld BA’s defence of the claim
    • The Israeli Association of Banks in its successful appeal before the Israeli Supreme Court to set aside a District Court judgment that had held a credit line granted by a bank to its customers was an asset capable of being attached by third party creditors
    • A syndicate of lenders comprising of the seven largest banks in Israel in a claim for repayment of NIS 3 billion loan granted by the syndicate to Zeevi Management and Financing Ltd. to purchase approximately 20% of the shares of Bezeq, the country’s largest telecommunications company. Alex was subsequently appointed by the court as receiver on behalf of the lenders.  During the receivership, he recovered NIS 4.5 billion (approximately US $1.4 billion), paying off the entire debt of the lenders while still leaving hundreds of millions of NIS for the borrower post-receivership
    • Club Hotel Group Ltd., Israel’s largest time-share company, in a number of claims regarding disputed control of property in Europe and Asia
    • A media distribution company marketing sports rights across the world in a multi-million dollar dispute regarding media rights and monies owed by the Israel Football Association
    • The Israeli affiliate of one of the "big 4" international accounting firms in a professional negligence suit brought by a bank; the claim was dismissed by the court in favour of the accounting firm accompanied by a significant award of costs in the client's favour

     

     

    • Chambers Global 2018: Alex Hertman is held in high regard by market sources, who consider him a "very fine and excellent litigator."

    • Alex is widely acknowledged as one of Israel’s top litigators by the leading legal directories. A selection includes:

    • Chambers Global 2016: Alex advises industry-leading clients on complex commercial litigation and arbitration. He is described by impressed commentators as "a great fellow, a good litigator and a very good person to go to for advice."

    • Chambers and Partners, in its 1st tier ranking of S. Horowitz & Co. in the dispute resolution practice area lists Alex as a key individual, saying: “Practice head Alex Hertman has a towering reputation for his litigation prowess, and is consistently singled out by market sources as a leading figure".

    • Chambers Global Client’s Guide lists Alex as a star individual in dispute resolution, and has been fervent in its praise of Alex’s capabilities over the years, most recently: “There is no doubt that he’s among the five best litigation lawyers in Israel”; and “First-class litigator at the peak of his career”; “his reputation carries a lot of weight, and he’s also very down to earth".

  • Alex has served as:

     

    • Chair of the National Ethics Committee of the Israel Bar Association (1999-2003)
    • Chair of the Committee for the Revision of the Ethics Rules (1999-2003)
    • Member of the Central Committee of the Israel Bar (1999-2003)
    • Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Tel Aviv and Central District (1995-1999)
    • Member of the District Committee (1995-1999)

     

    Alex’s other organizational affiliations in the legal community include terms as:

     

    • President of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (2003-2011)
    • Member of the Attorney General’s Appointments Committee (2002-2006)
    • Member of the Board of Directors of LEX MUNDI (1996-2000)

     

    Alex is frequently invited to lecture on a range of topics, including the "Art of Litigation" course, which he has been teaching at Tel Aviv University since 2006.

     

    Previously Alex lectured on The Professional Ethics of Lawyers in the Faculties of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2000-2003) and at the College of Management (2002-2004).