Yehoshua (Shuki)  Horesh

Yehoshua (Shuki) HoreshPartner

  • Described as "formidable in court" by Chambers Global and "unbeatable" by the Legal 500, Yehoshua (Shuki) Horesh is widely acknowledged as being one of the leading litigators in Israel. Co-chairs the Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Shuki's practice encompasses the full range of commercial and corporate disputes with a particular emphasis on real estate disputes, construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes, energy related disputes, tenders, hostile takeovers, contracts, shareholder disputes, competition law and administrative law.


    Shuki has acted on many of the largest construction, town planning, infrastructure development and energy projects that have gone to tender in Israel in recent years, including the transfer of military and police schools and barracks to the Negev, the Fast Lane BOT project on Highway 1, the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway, the high-speed train service between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and Highway 431.


    Shuki acts for many of the Israeli economy’s key players, including Paz Oil, Israel’s largest fuel company, the Israel Electric Corporation, Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering, the Minrav Group, Electra, a major electromechanical and construction company and a large number of quarry operators.


    He has instituted and defended challenges to tenders, regulatory approvals, zoning and land use regulations, environmental ordinances, health and safety compliance, project development agreements and construction and maintenance contracts.  Shuki has also argued precedent-setting cases regarding public and private land use rights, including the conversion of agricultural land into residential land.

  • Shuki’s extensive experience includes representation of:


    • The Municipality of Tel Aviv in one of the largest disputes in the history of Israel, concerning claims by the Tel Aviv Municipality (and other municipalities in Israel) against the Israel Lands Administration for monies due to the municipalities. The claim is valued at approximately US$560 million
    • Ashtrom Group, one of Israel's largest construction companies, and its European joint venture partner, Dragados, in a NIS 1 billion (US$ 285 million) claim against the Ashdod Ports Authority for additional compensation arising from the Ports Authority's mismanagement of the HaYovel port in Ashdod. Shuki acted for the clients in a successful settlement of the claim through mediation
    • The Paz Group in several multi-million dollar commercial and antitrust disputes, including a long-running dispute between Paz and its petrol station operators
    • Paz before Israel’s Supreme Court in proceedings filed by Paz against the Finance Minister, the Minister of Energy, and other public entities challenging and seeking to set aside the Government's decision to reduce the profit margins of fuel companies on the sale of certain fuel products that fall under the controlled prices regime
    • Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering in a NIS 680 million lawsuit against Israel’s Parliament (Knesset) for payment of overdue bills relating to its refurbishment and construction of a new wing to the  Knesset
    • The Israel Electric Company in all aspects of its activities, including defending class actions, regulatory proceedings concerning licences, tariffs, antitrust matters and development plans, in connection with tenders (the IEC publishes the most and the highest contract value tenders in Israel) and environmental matters
    • Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering in a NIS 500 million lawsuit against the State of Israel regarding its construction of a BOT project for a Fast Lane on Highway 1 between Ben Gurion Airport and Tel Aviv
    • E.S.P.Y. Ltd, an environmental projects company, in administrative and civil law matters relating to Israel’s largest construction waste landfill site, with regard to permits to operate, zoning and construction, and in civil proceedings against the Israel Lands Administration relating to the client’s rights to operate and use the landfill
    • Granite Hacarmel, one of Israel’s major infrastructure companies and a subsidiary of the Azrieli Group, Israel’s largest real estate company, in proceedings against the Water Desalination Administration concerning the client’s licence for the operation of a desalination plant, following a sharp reduction in the quantity of water for desalination granted via the licence.  As a result of the proceedings, the reduction was significantly smaller
    • Chambers Global 2018: Yehoshua Horesh is widely recognised for his experience and ability... Sources appreciate him as "a very experienced litigator" with a "very sharp mind."

    • Chambers Global 2016: Yehoshua garners the respect of market observers as a dedicated and talented litigator. Sources say: "I have a lot of respect for him - he is excellent, and would be my first choice for litigation in Israel."

    • Chambers and Partners names Shuki as a key individual in dispute resolution, saying: “Yehoshua Horesh's wide-ranging caseload includes disputes relating to real estate, antitrust and administrative law”;

    • Chambers Global Guide ranks Shuki among the leading litigators in Israel in the field of dispute resolution, describing him as "exceptional", the “core part of a fantastically professional team,” and states, "once you’ve seen him in court you’ll understand why he’s a top litigator";

    • Chambers Global Client’s Guide has repeatedly lauded Yehoshua for his work and eloquent presentation in Dispute Resolution, based on client recommendations such as an “experienced individual, whose expertise and talents we rely upon and trust implicitly” (2012); and as “an excellent, practical, thorough and bright lawyer, one of the leading litigators in Israel” (2010);

    • The Legal 500 EMEA TOP TIER 2013 lists Shuki as a leading litigator in Israel. The Legal 500 has listed Yehoshua as a leading individual and recommends his strengths in Dispute Resolution, saying he is “formidable in court and knows exactly when and how to negotiate a settlement”;

    • European Legal Experts recommends Shuki as a leading lawyer in Israel and as an expert in the fields of Competition, Dispute Resolution, Project Finance/Energy, and Real Estate.