Israel opens to foreign firms

June 10, 2013 Israel has recently opened the way for foreign lawyers to advise Israeli clients on foreign legal matters, and a number of New York firms have applied for regulatory approval.

The 52-lawyer firm Zeichner Ellman & Krause was among the first to be certified under the new system, and has launched an office in Ramat Gan, outside Tel Aviv, to advise clients on US law. The new office is led by Daniel Rubel, formerly a New York associate.

All foreign lawyers must undertake an ethics exam in order to operate in the country, along with criminal and other background checks, and the firm must show proof that it has Israeli malpractice insurance.

Lawyers at DLA Piper and Greenberg Traurig have also begun the certification process.

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