Shai Bakal is the co-head of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition practice group. Shai regularly advises and represents leading corporations in Israel and abroad with respect to all aspects of complicated antitrust matters. He is well versed in the issues facing all of the different sectors of the Israeli economy, particularly the pharmaceutical, food, shipping, energy, retail, and banking sectors. Shai has created and implemented antitrust compliance programs for large Israeli companies and multinational corporations.
Shai represents clients in complex antitrust litigation before the Antitrust Tribunal and civil courts, including class actions, appeals and administrative petitions before the Supreme Court. Shai also represents clients before various Israeli regulators. In the past, Shai practised law in the legal department of the IAA (2002–2007), where he was in charge of, among other areas, the food sector, retailing and intellectual property. He was later appointed as the head of the IAA’s mergers team. During his term at the IAA, Shai drafted several key policy documents, including the ‘Antitrust General Director’s Premerger Filing Guidelines’ and the ‘Antitrust General Director’s Position on Commercial Arrangements among Suppliers and Retail Chains’.