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Barnea & Co

The Barnea & Co tax practice specialises in advising on tax legal matters for international restructuring, M&A, restructuring, refinancing and capital market transactions. Other tax services provided by the practice include real estate taxation and employee tax benefits. Harel Perlmutter leads the tax practice; he focuses on international tax, corporate tax, TP, private clients, real estate tax and indirect tax. He represents clients in tax litigation matters and advises them during voluntary disclosure proceedings. Perlmutter also helps clients with the interpretation and implementation of tax treaties.

The firm advised Hewlett-Packard on its acquisition of Samsung’s printer business valued at $1.05 billion. The acquisition included the Samsung’s business in Israel, for which the firm advised the buyer on Israeli legal issues.

Dr M Druker & Co

Dr M Druker & Co offers a wide range of tax legal advice (civil and criminal matters) and, in recent years, has assisted in tax arrangements for trusts and voluntary disclosure procedures for financial institutions. The practice focuses on income tax, international tax, VAT, real estate, municipal taxation, high-tech taxation, voluntary disclosure and more. 

The firm is providing tax legal advice to Rasso (part of the Isras Group) in its real estate transactions and urban renewal projects. The tax amount for the transactions is valued at $3 million. The firm’s role involved calculating the tax exposure to the client and handling tax reporting to the authorities.

Eitan Mehulal & Sadot

Eitan Mehulal & Sadot’s tax practice assists businesses, organisations and high net worth individuals in various tax matters. These include consulting in tax planning, corporate tax, international taxation, TP disputes, M&A, property tax, private client (foreign and domestic residents) and tax controversy. Partner Yaron Mehulal and partner Noa Lev Goldstein, co-heads of tax, have a combined 50 years’ experience in tax legal. Mehulal focuses on tax planning for multinationals and cross-border transactions. Goldstein focuses in corporate tax, M&A, international tax, tax planning and structuring.

EY

The EMEIA Tax Center at EY is organised as a supranational entity covering the entire Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) region, with its Intercompany Effectiveness and operational transfer pricing practice serving clients’ needs across all jurisdictions.

Led by Oslo-based partner Sveinung Baumann-Larsen, it brings together multi-disciplinary experience and resources focused on IT, accounting, and tax from the entire region in its work. This work covers some of the leading global companies in their respective fields and includes those involved in retail and consumer products, energy and pharmaceuticals, to name but a few.

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co law firm offers full tax legal advice. Anat Shavit is the head of the tax practice; she has more than 20 years’ experience as a tax attorney. Some of the tax legal services offered by the firm include income tax, VAT, real estate, cross-border transactions and more. The practice is comprised of two partners and four other fee earners. It has experience advising in structuring real-estate and M&A transactions and negotiating tax arrangements with the Israeli tax authorities.

The team is advising Ybox Real Estate in its restructuring valued at NIS55 million. FBC’s role was in structuring the transaction and negotiating a tax ruling to get approval of the transaction as tax-free from the tax authorities.

Idan Lange joined the practice in January 2017.

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Meir Linzen is the head of the tax practice at Herzog Fox & Neeman. The practice includes 40 fee earners and 15 partners and has 10 specialised teams focusing on specific tax areas such as real property taxation, indirect taxes (VAT), litigation, TP and more. It provides tax structuring advice for the full range of inbound and outbound cross-border transactions. Another team within the practice is the indirect taxes and international trade, customs and purchase taxes team. Weinberger joined this team, having previously worked as the head of the legal department of the Israeli VAT and customs authority. Other teams include private equity and investment fund formation, outbound international tax planning and tax litigation and disputes.

The firm advised a multiple variety of banks, particularly global banks such as Barclays Bank, Citigroup Global Markets and more as a counsel to a consortium of underwriters engaged in the Teva Pharmaceutical bond issuance, valued at $4.5 billion.

Meitar Loquirnik Geva Leshem Tal

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal advises clients on M&A, private equity and hedge funds, cross-border commercial transactions, capital markets, real estate and dispute resolution.

Partner Eldar Ben-Ruby leads the tax practice at the firm. The other tax partners include Meir Akunis, Shaul Grossman and Keren Shitrit. Ben-Ruby has worked on corporate transactions, tax planning and structuring for inbound and outbound transactions. He represents clients in the areas of venture capital, private equity, real estate and hedge funds. Akunis handles tax matters concerning civil and criminal issues. He offers tax advice to clients on M&A, corporate restructurings and fund formation. Akunis also represents clients in litigation cases before tribunals and the courts. Grossman specialises in international taxation. His clients include multinationals and high net worth individuals. Shitrit assists clients with international and domestic transactions. These include corporate restructurings and intercompany agreements.

The firm represented KLA-Tencor in its acquisition of Orbotech, a teconology company used in the manufacturing of electronics. The deal was valued at $4.5 million.

S Horowitz & Co

Leor Nouman is the head of the tax practice at S Horowitz & Co. The practice includes three partners and six other fee earners. The tax services provided by the practice include corporate taxation, VAT, tax disputes and investigations. The practice has experience in assisting clients finding tax-efficient structures and developing tax strategies. This helps clients to prevent or mitigate tax liabilities in Israel. The firm is also experienced in negotiating and resolving tax investigations. The practice has advised more than 100 families in tax dispute matters. It has a breadth of experience advising in real estate matters.

Nouman is leading the tax team representing the Veolia Group in discussion with the tax authorities regarding the sale of the client’s entire business activity to a Luxembourg-resident company. The deal is valued at $1 billion. One of the major disputes was on the interpretation of the internal tax law and the Israel-France tax treaty.

Shekel & Co

Shekel & Co, a boutique law firm, is comprised of eight partners and 18 other fee earners. Moshe Shekel leads the tax practice, which provides its clients with a range of tax services. These services include income taxation, indirect taxation, corporate taxation, capital gains tax, real estate taxes and international taxation. The firm is also experienced in tax litigation and representing clients in tax disputes in court. The firm’s strengths are in advising holding companies, energy, telecom and financial sectors. 

The team represents clients in such as Nobel Energy and the Delek Group in ongoing taxation assessments discussions and court appeals. These cases are related to the new oil taxation law introduced mainly for the taxation on the usage of the gas reserves in Israel.

Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co

The Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co tax practice offers various tax legal services for tax planning advisory, structuring and tax controversy. Menachem Tulchinsky heads the office in Tel Aviv. The tax practice usually advises large domestic firms and international corporations such as the Credit Suisse Group and Orbotech (involved in the largest acquisition in the Israeli market). The tax practice specialises in investments, high-tech and venture capital taxation, international transactions and restructuring.

Tulchinsky is assisting Jerusalem Venture Partners, an Israel-based venture capital firm, with ongoing tax counselling and tax opinions on different structures and transactions. Tulchinsky is also assisting the client with its seventh investment fund in tax matters.

Yair Benjamini Law Offices

Yair Benjamini Law offices is a tax legal boutique offering comprehensive tax advice. Yair Benjamini leads the firm and has more than 15 years’ experience advising in tax legal. He specialises in international tax matters. Benjamini’s tax practice covers investment planning for domestic and international companies, representation of foreign firms in their activities in Israel, taxation of equity-based compensation and options to employees, conducting tax assessment proceedings with the tax authorities, litigation, voluntary disclosure, and more. The tax practice’s key strength are in real estate, voluntary disclosure and taxation of employee equity-based awards (options, shares, RSU, etc).

Sagiv Ron and Benjamini represent a shareholder of a real estate group in an appeal to the District Court regarding a tax assessment issued to the client in related to the Green Ramat Hasharon project.

Yigal Arnon & Co

Yigal Arnon & Co’s tax legal practice offers international and Israeli client advice in various tax areas. It has a focus in the M&A, trust taxation, financial instruments, international tax treaty implementation, technology transfer, venture capital fund formation, employee stock option plans and family wealth management. Ofir Levy and Eran Lempert co-head the tax department. Levy is experienced in international tax and private sector, while Lempert has experience in the private sector, including in the United States.

The firm advised Intel Corp in its acquisition of Mobileye, a developer of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, etc., for an estimated $15.3 billion. Most of Mobileye’s employees are based in Israel and are Israeli tax residents. The nature of the deal, and because Mobileye is a Dutch company and the IP was held by an Israeli subsidiary, meant it required various tax rulings to be issued by the authority.

Ziv Sharon & Co

Ziv Sharon & Co has extensive experience in advising in civil-commercial tax law matters, providing comprehensive legal consultancy, support and a tax dispute resolution service. Partner Ziv Sharon is the founder and specialises in legal discussions and tax litigation before all courts including the Supreme Court. The team advises various clients such as private companies, large public companies, sports clubs, non-profit organisations, banks and more. Partner Orit Koch leads the real estate area, Partner Guy Bar leads the income tax area and partner Amit Glick leads the indirect taxation area. The firm specialises in international taxation, income tax, VAT, real estate tax, tax planning and tax litigation.

The team has advised various real estate companies such as Africa Israel Investments, the Melisron Group and the Ashtrom Group with legal guidance and counsel in complex projects, providing opinions on various tax issues in the real estate arena.