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Adir Waldman

Managing Director of the Israel Focus Group

Commercial litigation | International arbitration | Mergers and acquisitions |

I find him over and over again to be the best partner to work with. I can always trust Adir to have my back.

Client testimony, Chambers Global

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About Adir Waldman

Based in Tel Aviv, Adir is the Managing Director of our Israel Focus Group. He leads a multijurisdictional team of Freshfields lawyers dedicated to advising Israeli clients and businesses with interests in Israel.

Adir's local presence brings to the doorstep of Israeli businesses Freshfields' expertise on cross-border corporate transactions, financings, dispute resolution and regulatory concerns. Before moving to Israel, Adir was a senior litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York. He is qualified as a New York lawyer.

Adir is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Adir speaks English and Hebrew.

Recent work

  • Advising the portfolio company of a private equity fund on the acquisition of a telecoms startup from the founding entrepreneurs and their backer.
  • Advising a middle eastern sovereign wealth fund in relation to the acquisition of a significant stake in an Israeli gas field for $1 billion.
  • Advising Warburg Pincus on its acquisition of the Leumi Card business from Bank Leumi, the first private equity transaction in this sector in Israel.
  • Advising an Israeli technology company on a joint venture for its sport-tech app.
  • Advising Sotheby's on a complex, multi-party transaction involving the loan of items from Jerusalem's L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art to the Al Thani Collection Foundation.
  • Advising East Mediterranean Gas and its foreign shareholders in multi-billion dollar arbitrations against Egypt and Egyptian state entities involving termination of gas supply from Egypt to Israel.
  • An Israeli growth company on pre-IPO corporate governance considerations.


B.A., Political Science and International Studies, Yale College

J.D., Yale Law School