Epstein, Chomsky, Osnat & Co. are pleased to announce that Kobi Zakai, Advocate & C.P.A (Isr.), has joined the firm as a partner and the head of the firm's Regulation and Telecommunications Department.
Kobi has served as a member of the executive board and as the director of regulation and government relations of Partner Communications Company Ltd. ("Partner")- a leading Israeli provider of Telecommunication services (cellular, fixed line telephony and internet services) which operates under the orange™ brand.
Kobi has also served as a Deputy Legal Advisor and Acting Legal Adviser to several leading Israeli corporations such as Partner, Bezeq-the Israel Telecommunication Corp.,Ltd. (Israel’s largest and leading telecommunications group). Kobi was also a Legal Advisor to Clal (Israel) Ltd., one of Israel's leading corporate conglomerates at that time.
In his previous positions, Kobi gained extensive experience in leading complex regulatory issues vis-a-vis senior government officials, the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) and other government and public authorities.
Kobi has also handled, inter alia, matters relating to governmental intervention in pricing, the introduction of new competition in various markets, new legislation, telecommunications regulation, consumer protection, privacy and data protection, and intellectual property.
Kobi has also handled major litigation cases (including petitions to the High Court of Justice and class action applications). He was also involved in complex commercial activities and transactions, and dealt with issues in the areas of corporate law and securities (including the preparation of company prospectuses).
During the years 1980 to 1989, prior to his internship in Law, Kobi was acting as a C.P.A (Isr.) and gained wide experience in auditing, preparation of financial reports, income tax matters and economic advising.
Kobi obtained a degree in Law at Tel-Aviv University in 1989 and he completed his studies in Accountancy and Economics in 1978.
ECO Senior Partner Eytan Epstein congratulated Kobi Zakai on joining the firm and said: "The past few years have witnessed major regulatory intervention in many sectors of the Israeli economy. I have no doubt that in all aspects relating to regulation in general, and communications and telecoms in particular, the addition of a senior and experienced advocate such as Kobi to the firm will significantly increase the capabilities of the firm in providing our clients with an all-round professional legal services."