After most of the lawyers in his previous office jumped ship, and even his legendary partner Adv. Miki Zellermayer left for a rival firm, the last of the Zellermayer-Pelossof top partners has landed at a prestigious new home. Adv. Avi Pelossof, at the age of 70, is joining Gornitzky & Co.
Zellermayer-Pelossof, until recently one of the most respected law firms in Israel, has now closed its doors at last.
Pelossof’s career was not restricted to practicing law. After finishing his studies, he began his career in industrial management; he served in several capacities at Elite until being promoted to CEO. When he retired from Elite, he founded Zellermayer-Pelossof with Miki. He also served as a director of Israel Aerospace Industries, chairman of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and chairman and later CEO of Haifa Chemicals.
Pelossof helped establish the Yitzhak Rabin Center, founded by his second wife, Adv. Dalia Rabin daughter of the late prime minister.
Like the other partners from his previous firm, Pelossof is not coming to Gornitzky empty-handed. He brings with him the Michael Levi group owners of Fiat and Subaru importer Mediterranean Car Agency and Nilit Trans Resources, Lumenis, and Haifa Chemicals (Aryeh Ganger).
Zellermayer-Pelossof began its dissolution in January with an announcement that one of the named partners of the firm (at the time called Zellermayer-Pelossof-Rosovsky-Tsafrir-Toledano), Adv. Doni Toledano, would be leaving the firm and taking the entire Mergers & Acquisitions department.
Two weeks later, Adv. Eyal Rosovsky, the head of the litigation department, said he and his department as well as a few other lawyers found a new home at Meitar-Liquornik-Geva-Leshem-Tal. The announcement left the two founding partners nearly alone at their abandoned office at Beit Rubinstein. But it wasn’t long before Zellermayer found shelter at Fischer-Behar-Chen-Well-Orion.
Now Pelossof will join Gornitzky & Co, one of the most veteran firms in Israel celebrating its 78th anniversary this year. The firm’s clientele include Yitzhak Tshuva and Delek Group, the Ofer family, Benny Steinmetz, Shari Arison, Hapoalim Bank, Shikun & Binui, and Fattal Hotels.
The final dissolution of the Zellermayer Pelossof law firm also saw four lawyers from the Tax Department headed by Adv. Achu Frank join Zemah Schneider & Partners.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on March 16, 2016
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