Litigation – The Firm has been practicing civil-commercial litigation for more than 40 years, and it specializes in civil and commercial disputes, including disputes between business partners, shareholders, banks and their clients, real estate developers, contractors and sub-contractors, entrepreneurs, and various authorities, as well as disputes concerning tenders, and other financial disputes. The Firm’s clientele includes private and public entities and leading companies, including large commercial banks, moshavim, governmental companies, public companies, contracting companies, and private real estate developers.
Real Estate – The Firm specializes in urban renewal projects and represents both initiators and property owners in evacuation-reconstruction, TAMA 38/1 and TAMA 38/2 projects, and handles evacuation-reconstruction projects with hundreds of apartments in Haifa, Givat Shmuel and Tel Aviv, and TAMA 38/2 projects in Herzliya, Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Ra’anana, and more. The Firm services developers in residential, offices and commercial construction projects and real-estate companies that hold shopping malls, commercial centers, and industrial parks and is one of the first firms in Israel to have acquired proficiency in this field and create the nowadays-customary contractual framework. The Firm handles the contracting of private and commercial entities vis-à-vis the Israel Land Authority (“ILA”), preparing the set of standards agreements that currently exist with the ILA, and represents the ILA in precedential legal proceedings.
The Firm works with governmental and municipal companies in the development and construction of residential projects and tourism infrastructures.
Receiverships and Liquidations – The Firm specializes in receivership proceedings for real estate projects, and its team has been appointed by the courts, at the request of Israel’s larger banks, to serve as receivers and managers of complex commercial projects, which it successfully handled, while appreciating, fully utilizing and maximizing the economic potential of each project.
Adv. Bruria Lekner, Firm Head
Adv. Bruria Lekner, one of Israel’s top litigators, specializes in complex litigation of disputes between partners and owners of controlling interests and managing real-estate and banking disputes, in extensive financial conflicts between partners in business ventures.
Her clientele includes Israel’s major banks and large public entities, including leading financial institutes, government companies, public companies, municipal companies, Moshavim, shopping malls, construction companies, and real estate initiators.
Adv. Lekner counsels the executive management and boards of government companies on the initiation of transactions and commercial contracting, and corporate governance issues, and has been serving as a professional director in governmental and public companies for more than 25 years. In some of the companies, she served as Chairperson of the Audit Committee.
In the framework of her public offices, she served as the ombudswoman of the Israel Bar Association (2008-2014), as a member of the Administrative Courts Council under an appointment by the Ministry of Justice, and as a member of the Communication and Law Center of Bar Ilan University. She served as a director on behalf of the State in the boards of the IEC, Israel National Roads Company, and the Energy Reserves Development Company, and as an external director of BVR Systems Ltd., Leader and Leader Holdings and Investments, Tau Returns, and Benz Hotels Ltd., and as a director on behalf of the State on the board of the Israeli Diamond Institute Ltd. (active service). She is a member of the Governmental Companies Authority’s “Team of Directors” and KPMG Directors Forum.
Adv. Lekner lectures in the academy and numerous professional forums on corporate governance and the responsibilities of officers and directors in companies in financial crises.
Adv. Rafi Shaham, Managing Partner
Adv. Shaham specializes in real estate, facilitating large-scope commercial projects and managing receiverships for troubled real estate projects. He has extensive knowledge of the legal-commercial aspects of real estate projects in the framework of receiverships.
Adv. Shaham was appointed by the courts to serve as the receiver of troubled real estate projects and managed numerous commercial projects, industrial facilities, hotels and real estate projects. He specializes in counseling companies that own shopping malls and commercial centers and their management companies and advises shopping malls in lawsuits against tenants and legal proceedings against municipalities on matters of city tax and betterment charges.
Adv. Shaham was selected by the ILA to prepare the standard agreements between purchasers of lots and the development and management companies on behalf of the ILA and for selecting the ILA’s supervision company.
Adv. Lekner founded the Jurists’ Forum of the Israel Women Lobby and has served as chairperson of the forum since its inception. The forum was founded to serve as a home for women in the legal professions in Israel. Young and senior legal practitioners from various legal fields work together to promote women from the legal professions to positions of power and leadership, implement proper legal gender discourse, and create a network of mutual support based on synergy and continuity of knowledge, experience, and strength.
Adv. Lekner currently serves as a member of the National Council of the Israel Bar Association.
As Head of the Firm and senior litigator in the commercial-economic fields, Adv. Lekner also works in other social arenas for spreading proper gender thinking and promoting equality to turn the Israeli society into a more egalitarian and just society, which sees the removal of barriers for promoting women to positions of influence and leadership as a significant social interest.
For example, as part of the Corona crisis that befell Israel, Adv. Lekner voluntarily submitted, on behalf of the Israel Bar Association, a petition to the High Court for equal representation of women in the “Corona Cabinet” – a petition that led to the appointment of two women to the Government of Israel’s Cabinet.
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