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Avram Kelman

Avram Kelman


I am a multi-national corporate lawyer with over 35 years’ experience helping dynamic and innovative Israeli clients navigate corporate and commercial activities in the UK. I specialise in managing complex transactions across capital markets and lower-mid market M&A with deals ranging from £5-100m. I am qualified to practise in England and Wales, Israel, New York, New Zealand and Victoria Australia.


My client base is a blend of corporates, family offices and high net worth individuals. I pride myself on collaborating closely with my clients, putting myself in their shoes and supporting them from deal inception to completion. My approach is relationship-centric, building strong and long-lasting relationships with my clients. I have many clients for whom I have been acting for over 30 years and in some circumstances, in relation to some of these families, I am now acting for the third generation.

Born in the United States, I was raised and educated in Israel where prior to attending university I completed three years national service. Upon my discharge I attended the Hebrew University where I firstly graduated in politics and international relations and subsequently, in 1985, I graduated in law. Following graduation I then trained under two Supreme Court judges (Justices Bejski and Barak) which included working on a commission of enquiry known as the Bejski Commission into the collapse of the banking system in Israel.

My journey then took me briefly to New York where I passed the bar, and then for family reasons I moved to the United Kingdom where I was employed at a small multi-national law firm based in London with branches in New York and Auckland. Shortly thereafter I moved to Fladgate on 1 May 1989 and I have been happily practising here ever since. When I joined Fladgate it was a small practice of some 20 partners and over the years I have made an integral contribution to its growth into the large and successful practise it is today.


We act across a broad swathe of corporate matters in the UK and internationally on both public and private deals.


A full-service capital markets offering from lawyers who are experts in assisting domestic and international clients in raising new equity, either through admission to the London Stock Exchange’s (LSE) Main Market, the AIM Market (AIM) or through a dual quotation if the company is already listed overseas.


Advising on venture capital and growth capital investments, the team offers extensive experience of market practice enabling the delivery of VC fundraisings in a timely and efficient manner. Clients trust the team to work on unusual and complex matters and guide them through difficult investments which are frequently first-of-a-kind.


The leisure sector is experiencing a period of accelerated change and expansion in response to new technologies and changing consumer behaviours. Drawing on the expertise of our diverse firm, our team provides advice on a wide range of legal and business challenges.



  • Refinance, sale and purchase of Camden Market.
  • Acting for a family office in a multi-national purchase and funding of property companies in eight jurisdictions with a value of £2 billion.
  • Advising Bosch on the UK aspects of its global reconstruction.
  • Sale of GÜ (a chilled dessert company) to Noble Foods.
  • Dual listing of BATM on the London Stock Exchange (premium listing) and on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.


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