Curriculum Vitae

Joseph Z. Hellerstein

Areas of Concentration

  • Corporate Finance and M&A
  • International Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Hedge Funds and Private Equity
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
  • Commercial Law

Past Positions

  • Amit, Pollak Matalon & Co. (Tel Aviv, 2006 – 2012)
  • Yigal Arnon & Co. (Tel Aviv, 2001 – 2006)
  • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP ( New York 1997 – 2001)
  • Davis Weber & Edwards PC (now Hogan Lovells) (New York 1995 – 1997)

Bar Admissions

  • Israel, 2003
  • New York, 1996


  • Fordham University School of Law (JD, 1995)
  • Cornell University (BA, 1992)

Highlighted Matters

Corporate Transactions and Public Offerings

  • Acquisition of Unilever’s industrial product division by Johnson Professional Holdings for $345,000,000;
  • Acquisition of Octalica by Broadcom for $35,000,000;
  • Acquisition by the Wertheim Family of control in United Mizrahi Bank and the Central Bottling Company (“Coca-Cola”) for over $170,000,000;
  • Investment by US hedge fund in KCPS Group and placement of $500,000,000 under management;
  • Acquisition of Advanced Answers on Demand, a subsidiary of Magic, by Fortissimo Capital for $20 million;
  • Acquisition by ITL Optronics, an Israeli defense technology company of Fraser-Volpe LLC, a US night-vision system manufacturer for $6 million;
  • Acquisition by the Royal Bank of Canada of 30% of Tamir Fishman & Co.;
  • Acquisition by Landesk Software, a subsidiary of Avocent, of portfolio of technology assets from Dodata and Tegam International;
  • Rights Offering on the TASE and NASDAQ for B.O.S Better Online Solutions Ltd.;
  • Hutchison Whampoa Limited spin-off of its 2G telecommunications holdings, which include the Israeli company, Partner Communications, and a share offering of the new company in the United States and Hong Kong;
  • IPO of Orion Power Holdings (a GS Capital Partners company) and follow-up convertible note offering;

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

  • Israeli counsel to US diamond trading company in RICO claim against KBC Bank N.V. and Antwerp Diamond Bank for $500,000,000 in New York Federal Court;
  • Representation of Triton Container International re retrieval of assets from receiver of Agrexco, Israel’s largest agriculture exporter, in bankruptcy;
  • Representation of a US hedge fund, and US committee members of Actrade Liquidation Trust re contingent claims;
  • Representation of Signature Bank in action to recover assets of defaulting debtor in Israel;
  • Representation of Milacron, an Ohio plastics manufacturer in defending a law suit for $3M brought in Israel by an Israeli plastics manufacturer based on non-performance of a contract;
  • Representation of Intergraph, a Delaware software solutions company, in a London ICC arbitration based on a contract governed by Israeli law;
  • Representation of a subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes in a $5M dispute with an Israeli film manufacturing company for breach of contract.