• Hagai, who chairs the firm’s Antitrust & Competition Law Practice Group, is widely acknowledged as being one of Israel's leading antitrust lawyers.

     

    Hagai's extensive experience includes advising on civil and criminal investigations by the Israel Antitrust Authority (including market, oligopoly, monopoly and cartel investigations), challenging monopoly declarations, merger control, collaborative joint ventures, distribution strategy, cartels, dominance, licensing, and class actions involving breaches of Israel’s antitrust laws, in particular acting for clients on damages and class action claims which seek substantial damages following a finding, whether from the US, the Europe Union 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 courts. Hagai's clients are from a wide range of industry sectors, including the pharmaceuticals, banking and financial services, technology, consumer healthcare, energy, retail, defence, telecommunications, insurance, aviation, media and automotive manufacturing industries.

     

    Hagai also has specific regulatory and industry expertise concerning the telecommunications and media industry. Hagai 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 regulatory and legal aspects of operating their business in Israel. He has a wealth of experience representing clients on 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.

  • Hagai’s extensive experience includes:

     

    • Represented Medtronic Inc on its merger filing with the Israeli antitrust authorities for the approval of its acquisition of Covidien Plc for US$ 42.9 billion
    • Representing General Electric on its merger filing with the Israeli antitrust authorities for the approval of its acquisition of the energy business of Alstom for US$ 17 billion
    • Advising British Airways on its competition law requirements in Israel, including in connection with its merger with Iberia to form the International Air Group, the third-largest airline group in the world
    • Advising Procter & Gamble and Teva on their competition law requirements in Israel, including in connection with their $1.3 billion joint venture to form PGT Healthcare, a company focussing on best-in-class development and state-of-the-art commercialisation of branded OTC medicines
    • Representing Cisco Systems, Inc. in its $5.5 billion acquisition of NDS Group Ltd., a leading provider of video software and content security solutions
    • Advising GE Healthcare and Microsoft on the formation and regulatory approvals required with regard to their 50-50 joint venture healthcare analytics and population health company, Caradigm
    • Advising Anglo American on antitrust issues in its $5.1 billion acquisition of the Oppenheimer family’s holding in De Beers, the diamond giant
    • Representing Bank Leumi in an appeal to the Restrictive Trade Practices Tribunal against a decision of the Antitrust Authority to the effect that all major Israeli banks had unlawfully exchanged information regarding fees
    • Advising Fuji Electric following a class action proceeding in Israel based on the EU decision to impose fines on what it considered to be a GIS switchgear cartel
    • Representing Sharp Corporation in the defence of a class action that was instituted against Sharp, Samsung Electronics Co., AU Optronic, Chi Mei and LG Display, claiming that the parties had infringed antitrust law by conspiring to fix prices for LCD panels
    • Representing British Airways in connection with a class action instituted against British Airways, El Al, Lufthansa and Swiss for alleged price-fixing relating to cargo surcharges, seeking to deny class action certification for the proceedings in Israel
    • Represented IATA (the International Air Transport Association) in proceedings before the Controller of Israeli Restrictive Trade Practices to extend IATA's exemption for the operation of its centralised settling program for airlines and travel agents (BSP), as well as the application for an exemption to set up a similar settling program for cargo (CASS)
    • Also representing IATA in the appeal to the Restrictive Trade Practices Court commenced by the Israel Travel Agents Association which sought to challenge the decision of the Controller to grant the BSP exemption
    • Representing the Israel Electric Corporation (the IEC) in connection with proceedings alleging that the refusal of IEC employees to connect certain private manufacturers of electricity to the national grid supply was an abuse of a dominant position and a request to issue a mandamus order against IEC requiring it to connect such manufacturers to the national grid
    • Representing Lime & Stone Limited (Israel’s largest producer of aggregates for the Israeli building and construction industry) which had been declared as being a monopoly by the Israeli antitrust authority. We successfully acted for the client in front of the antitrust authorities to have this declaration cancelled
    • Advising U.S.-based Koch Industries with regard to its acquisition of a 44% share in Guardian Industries, a manufacturer of architectural glass, automotive components and specialised coatings for plastics
    • Chambers Global 2018: Draws praise for his specialism in competition and antitrust matters, handling domestic and international clients from various sectors. One source observed: "He always knows exactly what to do. He is a highly experienced and respected lawyer in his field."

    • Who's Who Legal: competition 2017 recognized Hagai Doron, chair the firm’s Antitrust & Competition Law Practice Group, as a leading expert in this field.

    • Chambers Global 2016: Clients describe him as a "very kind, dedicated and highly professional lawyer who takes a business approach on top of his legal perspective."

    • Who's Who Legal: Competition 2016 describe Hagai Doron: "premier choice for dealing with complex and challenging antitrust matters in Israel".

    • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa recommends Hagai in the field of Competition and Antitrust, saying: “The ‘extremely intelligent’ Hagai Doron impresses with his ‘creative thinking and legal strategy’”.

    • Hagai is listed as an expert in Competition Law in 'The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers'.

    • Which Lawyer ranks Hagai as a leading lawyer and expert in competition law and antitrust.

    • European Legal Expert recommends Hagai in the fields of Competition, IT and telecommunications.

    • Chambers and Partners ranks Hagai highly in its Competition/Antitrust in Israel category.

    • Chambers Global Client’s Guide singles Hagai out as a key individual at the firm, with clients recommending him as being "very talented, very dedicated"; as "someone I would always recommend" who "responds quickly”, and “clients praise his pioneering approach to finding new solutions”. In years past, Chambers described Hagai as “an excellent antitrust lawyer, and an extremely good litigator”; “very responsive, accurate, succinct and practical - he provides the quality of service that multinational clients expect”.

    • Who’s Who Legal features Hagai in the Competition practice area and European Legal Expert recommends him in the field of Competition and in IT and Telecommunications.

  • Hagai is a member of the Lex Mundi Antitrust Committee.