Zvika Zelichov

Zvika Zelichov

Partner Tel Aviv, Israel

Zvika is the managing partner of Kennedys' office in Israel, and he is the head of the Israeli office property division and all non-personal injury related matters. He qualified in 1998 and is fluent in Hebrew and English.

Zvika is highly involved in all broad aspects of insurance legal fields. He acts for local and international insurers and reinsurers in all insurance aspects such as high volume subrogation claims, mechanical breakdown, energy, contractors’ all risks, financial lines, life sciences, casualty, professional liability, business interruption, product liability, fire and flooding damages, embezzlements, break-in and theft damages, jewellers block, coverage, monitoring and more.

Zvika also specialises in contracts law, commercial litigation and was involved in some pharmaceuticals class action litigations representing insurers and their insureds.

Zvika represents insurers and reinsurers in all Israeli courts' instances, in mediation proceedings as well as in local and international arbitrations in the framework of the ICC, LCIA and more.

Zvika’s represents multiple major Israeli insurance companies and leading corporations in the Israeli market, as well as international insurers and reinsurers.

Zvika is currently leading the largest insurance claim that was ever submitted in Israel on behalf of multiple insurance companies and reinsurers worldwide, in the total amount of $116,000,000, following a major fire that occurred at a chemical factory in 2015.

Zvika also represents insurers in major subrogation claim following insurance benefits that were paid to an Israeli power station following damages that occurred to gas turbines. The claim was submitted against the manufacturers of the turbines based upon the allegations of negligent design and latent defects. The scope of the damages that occurred due to the alleged negligent design and latent defects is approximately $80,000,000 out of which $30,000,000 were covered by insurers.

Qualifications/Education

  • Qualified in 1998 and admitted to the Israeli Bar in 1999
  • LL.B from the Sha'arei Mishpat College, 1998

Market recognition

  • Ranked for a number of years as a Leading Individual in the insurance sector in The Legal 500 EMEA.

Work highlights

  • Representing a chemical company and their insurers and reinsurers in a $100 million subrogation claim following fire damages at a chemical plant.
  • Representing two insurance companies and reinsurers in a $30,000,000 subrogation claim against an electrical manufacturer following damages that occurred in gas turbines.
  • Representation of an automotive-parts manufacturing company in a $5,750,000 claim submitted against it by an engine manufacturer, following a recall that was performed by a commercial car manufacturer, allegedly, due to the clients’ manufactured parts.
  • Representation of an insurance company in a subrogation claim against a multinational manufacturing company, in the framework of an ICC arbitration, following damage to a turbine of its insured.
  • Representation of automotive-parts manufacturing company in a $7,000,000 subrogation claim against a manufacturer of one of its parts, following insurance benefits that were paid, as a result of an electric failure that caused severe fire damage.
  • Representation of an Israeli law firm in four professional negligence claims in the total amount of approximately $57,000,000 that were submitted against it following financial damages to investors that alleged that they relied upon the representation of the law firm as a precondition to their investments.
  • Advising London, German, and Swiss insurers on a number of claims in Israel, including on the scope of coverage, relating to various issues such as D&O, product liability matters, cyber, fire and flooding and subrogation rights.
  • Representing Lloyds' underwriters in a subrogation claim against an Israeli and Hong Kong corporation, following insurance benefits in the total amount of $5,000,000 that were paid as a result of a loss of a 10.42 carat pink diamond in Hong Kong.
  • Awarding TPA services and representation in claim to an electronics manufacturer and its subsidiaries.
  • Representation of an electronics manufacturer and its reinsurers in multiple insurance-related matters in Israel including, inter-alia, legal proceedings (property and personal injury claims), examination of coverage, and the submission of recovery claims.

Zvika Zelichov, who is' ‘a towering presence in the market', is representing a chemical and insurance company in a subrogation and recovery claim regarding $116m compensation paid in damages regarding an incident at a chemical plant.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2020