Israel



World Tax Reviews

Tax
Amit Pollak Matalon & Co

The Israeli law firm has an experience tax team comprising of three tax partners leading the team. The team has a breadth of experience in all tax domains and is a member of the First Law International global network of independent law firms across 100 jurisdictions. The key point of contacts are firm partners Doron Levy, Racheli Guz-Lavi and Omer Ben Matityahu. 

Case studies show that the tax team is assisting TCL, a large Israeli construction company, in real estate tax matters.

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co

The tax department at Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co is recommended for its tax services and has a focus on structuring complex cross-border transactions, both inbound and outbound. The team assists on all other tax matters such as indirect tax, dispute resolution, tax planning and more. Its client portfolio includes MNEs, local firms, non-profit organisations and private clients. Harel Perlmutter is the partner heading the practice.  

Case studies show the firm advised CryoLife, a NYSE listed company, regarding the tax implications in its potential strategic investment in Israeli startup Endospan. The worked carried out involved tax due diligence and the drafting agreement. 

Client feedback 

Our involvement together was relatively limited but advice was clear, commercial and responsive – in the context of a transaction being executed to an extremely tight deadline.

Benjamini & Co

Five-year-old tax boutique Benjamini & Co is recommended for its comprehensive tax legal services. The team has a portfolio of large international clients such Google, Airbnb, Uber, Walmart and more. Some of the industries and tax areas the team specialises in are real estate, voluntary disclosure, employee compensation, M&A and cryptocurrency. The team consists of four partners; name partner Yair Benjamini leads the practice.

Deloitte

Big Four accounting firm Deloitte is highly recommended for its tax consultancy service. The tax team advises a range of clients from start-ups to MNEs in all tax aspects such as tax planning, indirect tax, restructuring, BEPS compliance and more. It is currently developing its practice in blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Alona Meiron is the leading tax partner in a team consisting of nine partners, four directors and a senior manager. Gabi Waisman is the new additional tax partner to join the team in March 2020.  

During the research period, Deloitte assisted a large venture capital fund with carrying out tax due diligence work for the client’s potential investments in multiple various Israeli companies.

Dr M Druker & Co

The Israeli business law firm specialises in tax legal services. The team has experience handling complex cross-border involving MNEs and large domestic energy and mining companies. The team assists clients in civil and criminal litigation. Founding partner Moshe Druker heads the firm with the support of three partners.

Eitan Mehulal Sadot

Eitan Mehulal Sadot represents corporate and individual clients on contentious tax matters and with tax compliance matters. Some of the tax areas it advises on include real estate, customs, VAT, M&A and tax benefits. There are four partners advising on tax cases, and the two senior partners leading the team are Yaron Mehulal and Noa Lev Goldstein. 

The firm is representing a well know restaurant Sami Bakikar and a number of affiliated companies and their shareholders in a tax appeal before the Supreme Court requesting the cancelation of the district court ruling.

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

The tax team at Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co provides full tax advice for direct tax, indirect tax, transactional tax, dispute resolution and more. It has advised in innovative cases both contentious and non-contentious, specifically indirect tax matters. The practice is experienced in advising on municipal tax, employee benefits, real estate tax, VAT and more. The firm specialises in HNW individuals, governments and governmental entities. Anat Shavit heads the practice comprising three partners. The tax team was strengthened with the promotion of Sagit Avital Assaf to tax partner. 

Case studies show the tax team advised Intel Corporation on tax matters regarding its M&A transaction for the acquisition of Mellanox Technologies. This was valued at $6.5 billion. 

Client feedback 

The team is very strong in matters relating to income tax, VAT, real estate tax, municipal tax, employee incentive plans, corporate taxation, high net worth taxation, as well as tax structuring (domestic and international matters). We work closely with FBC partner Anat Shavit, as well as the associates in the team – Uri Lampert, Yuval Peled, Jonathan Shtang and Ofir Fartuk. Our experience working with them is excellent. Anat Shavit is a very experienced, business-oriented and knowledgeable tax lawyer, among the very best in Israel. Anat Shavit is one of the best and most experiences tax lawyers in Israel. She is very creative in finding tax favourable solutions for clients. The associates are good tax lawyers, handling sophisticated matters, and obtaining favourable results for clients. Some hold CPA credentials which is an asset for tax lawyers.” 

Anat Shavit, head of FBC's tax practice, is our main contact. We find her very knowledgeable on the various tax aspects that we are facing, always looking for creative yet practical solutions. The team is very responsive and client service oriented. The team is very knowledgeable in the various tax aspects that we are facing (income tax, VAT, not-for-profit taxation, domestic and international aspects), very responsive and client-service oriented. It is a pleasure working with the FBC tax team.” 

Our primary lawyer at FBC is Ron Sitton. On tax matters we work with Anat Shavit, Uri Lampert and Yuval Peled. Our experience working with all of them is very good, each is knowledgeable in his/her field, they understand our commercial needs and provide advice to achieve such goals. They look to provide pragmatic solutions and advice. The FBC tax team is familiar with the various tax matters that we are in need of legal advice on, such as cross-border taxation and application for governmental tax benefits, as well as the unique tax ruling application noted above.

Gornitzky & Co

The tax practice at Gornitzky & Co offers full tax legal services including dispute resolution. The tax team has experience advising on complex tax cases and providing innovative solutions. Clients include MNEs, large and small domestic companies, HNW individuals and private clients. The team also assists on filing voluntary disclosures before the Israel Tax Authority, negotiation and obtaining debt settlements. It is led by Daniel Paserman and consists of three partners and a practice chairman. 

However, at the start of the year 2020, the firm strengthened its tax team with the promotion of three new tax partners: Yoad Cohavy, Shirin Gabay-Metzger and Inbar Barak-Bilu. 

During the research period, the firm advised a client probing a potential a tax pre-ruling from the tax authority to permit a unique structure that will circumvent an existing tax restriction. 

Client feedback 

Excellent planning and strategy view. Keeping ahead of the curve and handling the long ongoing process in the most professional way.” 

I was very impressed by the depth of the knowledge.

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s tax team is one of the largest in Israel, with more than 45 professionals and 15 partners. It assists clients on all tax areas including private equity and investment fund formation, HNW individuals, real property tax, outbound international tax planning and more. The private client and individual tax team is led by Meir Linzen and Guy Katz. Other separate departments within tax includes international tax and VAT and customs. Meir Linzen is the managing partner heading the team. 

The tax team is assisting Israel Electric Company corresponding with the tax authority regarding VAT issues with the Israeli tax authority concerning lost debts. The team prepared a procedure and a letter to private electricity producers and sellers in for the legislation relief. 

Client feedback 

I have experience with the Israeli M&A market given MSFT is a serial buyer in Israel, and I have no doubt that HFN tax department generally and Yuval Navot specifically are in a league of their own when it comes to Israeli tax work. Some of Yuval strengths are his innovative structuring solutions, out of the box thinking and good understanding of the business. In addition, Yuval has very good judgment when it comes to advice and decision making. When compared to other firms in Israel there is a huge gap in the quality and client service that Yuval provides to us.” 

Strength - Professional, accurate and responsive. Weaknesses - Price.” 

The company has been very professional overall. They service is very comprehensive and can often take advantage of the other departments in the firm. I don't really see any weaknesses.” 

The firm is highly professional. Understand the company activities and the company needs. provide the works on time and taking the lead when required.

Meitar | Law Offices

The tax department at Meitar | Law Offices is highly recommended for its comprehensive tax services. The firm has assisted a mixture of domestic companies and MNEs in complex and innovative cross-border transactions. It has experience advising private equities, hedge funds and senior employees on tax issues. Some key industries include capital markets, real estate, oil and gas and digital currency. Eldar Ben-Ruby is the partner leading the tax practice. Michael Bricker, Omri Davidov and Nathalie Anvar Hammer were promoted to partner in January 2019. 

The tax team represented Prosol, a Luxemburg company, in a tax dispute regarding exemption from capital gains taxation before the District Court of Tel Aviv and the Supreme Court. 

Client feedback 

Provided quick turnaround for the project, significant relevant experience, meticulousness.

S Horowitz & Co

S Horowitz & Co is highly recommended for its tax legal services and experience in private client advice. The team provides comprehensive tax services covering dispute resolution and tax compliance, which it provides on a stand-alone basis and as support to other departments. It has a focus on real estate tax – in which the team has extensive experience representing clients – complex disputes, transactional tax, indirect tax and more. The team’s client portfolio includes a mixture of domestic companies, MNEs and private clients in various industries. Leor Nouman and Ophir Kaplan are the two tax partners.

Shekel & Co

Tax boutique Shekel & Co is known for supporting larger firms on tax issues. Some key industries it specialises in include energy, telecoms, financial services and assisting holding companies. The firm specialises in tax dispute resolution. It has four senior partners including name Yaniv Shekel.

Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co

The tax practice at Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co is recommended for its expertise and is experienced in advising on sophisticated transactional cases across jurisdictions. The practice advises on all tax compliance and tax dispute resolution cases. It specialises in high-tech and venture-capital taxation, investments, international transactions and restructuring of companies. Menachem Tulchinsky is the partner heading the practice, which is comprised of four partners.

Yigal Arnon & Co

The tax department at Yigal Arnon & Co is highly recommended for its full tax legal services. The firm assists domestic and international clients in tax planning, restructuring, M&A, tax disputes and more. It also focuses on real estate and VAT issues. Some key clients include Intel, Hawlett Packard, Nike Israel, General Electric and many others. Its litigation team has experience working on multimillion-dollar tax cases in all courts up the Supreme Court. Ofir Levy and Eran Lempert are the key partners leading the team, supported by associates.  

The firm advised Salesforce.com on tax implications in its acquisition of Israeli software company Clicksoftware Technologies for $1.35 billion. 

Client feedback 

Eran was both timely and exact in responding to questions, helpful in addressing Israeli Taxing Authority rulings, and seamlessly part of the team in regard to this acquisition. Despite the time differences, Eran was always available when needed to address Israeli tax questions.” 

High response time. Wide knowledge and experience. Good relations with the authority

ZAG-S&W

The 30-year-old international law firm ZAG-S&W – with offices in US, China and England – provides tax legal support on contentious and compliance issues. The tax team is experienced in assisting clients in domestic and cross-border tax work. Clients range from domestic to international corporations, charities and private clients.

Ziv Sharon & Co

The tax practice at Ziv Sharon & Co offers full tax advice in all matters such as tax planning, pre-ruling, appeals, assessments, reaching settlements and more. It advises domestic firms, MNEs, individual clients and other organisations. Ziv Sharon is the found partner leading a team of five partners.