Main Areas of Practice
Corporations; M&A: The firm advises private sector firms managing business in diverse areas. The legal counsel provided within this framework covers a variety of corporate issues, including the establishing of partnerships, companies, hedge funds and joint ventures, providing legal opinions, and handling transactions. The firm handles the drafting of corporate acquisition and investment agreements, M&A, transfer of knowledge, distribution, licensing for transfer of technology, marketing, franchising, employment agreements, etc. It also handles legal matters relating to leading international companies and their Israeli representatives.
Real Estate: The real estate and development practice of the firm is one of the largest and most experienced in Israel, providing a full range of legal services through all the successive steps of a real estate property life-cycle: from acquisition, through zoning & planning, to financing, construction, registration, agreements with contractors and all aspects relating to sale or rent. The firm has been involved in a wide range of projects, ranging from the construction of commercial centers, large residential areas and shopping malls, to hotels, industrial buildings, urban renewal projects and international real estate ventures.
The firm also holds a particular expertise in complex real estate transactions and financing thereof, representing both leading real estate entrepreneurs and banking institutions regarding the financing of large-scale, complex real estate projects in Israel.
Planning & Zoning: The firm has unique expertise in the field of planning & zoning, advising leading entrepreneurs in the initiation of urban building plans for residential, employment and hotelier purposes across Israel, from the initial stages of plan preparation through to issuance of building permits, including representation in front of the different planning committees and municipal authorities and in legal proceedings in court. The firm represents many entrepreneurs and individuals in urban renewal projects, and conducts educational programs and professional enhancement in the field.
Banking & Capital Markets: The firm has vast experience in initial public offerings and private offerings. It has represented issuers, banks and major entities in the Israeli market, with a unique expertise in legal counseling regarding ISE regulations. Within the scope of these services, the firm facilitates transactions that include mergers & acquisitions, private offerings and financing agreements, and handles prospectuses, compensation plans, corporate governance consulting for public companies and representation before regulatory bodies. The firm provides legal services to domestic and foreign banks and to financial institutions in all areas of banking activities. The firm is involved in the field of banking licensing, including the acquisition and sale of controlling stakes in banks, banking regulation (including the representation of clients in front of regulatory authorities) and corporate governance.
Litigation: The firm specializes in complex litigation in the fields of commercial and civil laws, corporate law, banking, securities, real estate, planning & zoning, business licensing and professional negligence (attorneys at law and officers of companies). The firm represents its clients in complex class actions and derivative lawsuits in the fields of banking and securities laws, as well as in administrative petitions and tender laws. The firm’s litigation partners regularly act as mediators and arbitrators in various litigation proceedings, including in the fields of banking, real estate and commercial disputes, and also lecture on such subjects. The litigation department specializes in resolving crises in order to prevent or reduce legal proceedings through comprehensive counseling and representation from the early stage of the crisis. The firm manages worldwide litigation on behalf of clients, and closely supervises such proceedings by engaging domestic legal counsels, as needed.
Liquidation and Receivership: The firm offers broad expertise in all matters relating to liquidation and receivership procedures (including debt arrangements, recovery and special management of companies, etc.). The firm’s lawyers act from time to time as liquidators or receivers of companies, especially on behalf of commercial banks. In recent years, the firm has positioned itself in the first tier of debt arrangements by leading a series of high-profile debt arrangements which include, inter alia, the largest debt arrangement ever conducted in Israel, of approximately 7.5 billion NIS. The firm represents public and private companies who seek to reach a debt arrangement with their creditors, as well as bond holders and trustees who seek to reach such arrangements with insolvent companies.
Labor Laws: The firm represents its clients, which act in almost every existing employment sector, in all ongoing issues regarding their employees, including general employees’ rights, social rights, dismissal and resignation, hearings, employment contracts, retirement contracts, obligation deeds and other legal documents, advising and establishing a clear system for investigating sexual harassment and maltreatment complaints, and implementation of internal regulation compliance bodies.
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