Ilana Bar, partner in our Tel Aviv office and Harvard Law School (LL.M) graduate, is a highly experienced lawyer in the fields of corporate law and commercial law, and in particular general insurance and institutional investor matters.

She is a leading legal adviser for pension and insurance (life and non-life) products, distribution, and operations, local and cross-border transactional asset management investment activities, M&A, financial sector regulation and corporate governance.

Ilana has served for more than 20 years as a Deputy Chief Executive Officer, member of the Board of Management and General Legal Counsel at Migdal Insurance and Financial Holdings Ltd, a Tel Aviv Stock Exchange traded company and leading insurance and institutional investor in Israel engaged in all lines of insurance, long-term saving and asset management group in Israel.

As part of her role at Migdal, Ilana advised the Board of Directors and investments committees covering the activities of the group, led the mergers and acquisitions activities and managed the legal teams overseeing the asset management investments in the Israeli, US and European markets (credit, financing, direct equity, funds, venture capital, hybrid, derivatives etc.) across a wide variety of asset classes.

Ilana’s wide-ranging industry expertise allows her to provide comprehensive advice to the traditional insurance industry as well as to new insurtech ventures in all aspects of their business. She is also highly experienced and knowledgeable with regulation, licensing and legal class actions risk management of the insurance industry and institutional investors in Israel.

Ilana has previously practiced law at Seligman & Co, Tel Aviv (1995-1999), and at Midge Rose Guthrie & Ferdon, LLP, New York, NY (1992-1995) on a variety of commercial and corporate matters. She has also taught insolvency, restructuring and reorganisation at Bar Ilan University.


  • Qualified in Israel in 1991
  • Qualified in New York, USA, in 1993