Peter Kirshen is Of Counsel for the Goldsobel & Kirshen law firm,
which he joined in the summer of 2002, after leaving his position
of Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at
Elbit Ltd., a company whose shares were traded on Nasdaq and
the Tel Aviv stock exchange until it was taken private in May
2002. Peter practices corporate and commercial law, focusing
on international business, IP and corporate investments and
During his time at Elbit, Peter played a key role in forming
the consortium that won the Israel Ministry of Communications
license for the first GSM cellular operator and he handled many
major M&A transactions in the electronics and telecommunications
sectors, including two major acquisitions by Microsoft and Cisco,
respectively. He also led many major defense electronics deals
overseas and commercial medical imaging transactions, developing
particular expertise in international finance. Among the international
transactions that he handled are the sale of electronic systems
and products to governments and transnational companies primarily
in North America, Europe and Asia. Many of these deals were
accomplished by first forming joint venture and cooperation
arrangements with local industrial enterprises, before progressing
to the stage of competing in public tenders. He has formed close
working relationships with law firms worldwide.
Before joining Elbit, Peter worked with a law firm in Haifa,
practicing commercial international trade and maritime law.
He was born in the UK, where he obtained his law degree and
then qualified and worked as a barrister-at-law in London before
emigrating to Israel in 1976. He joined the Israel bar in 1978.
He also holds an M.Sc. in management from London Business School.