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The Director General’s position is that the Economic Competition Law also applies to a merger between an Israeli entity and a foreign entity that has not been registered as such in Israel if: (a) the foreign entity holds more than 25% of an Israeli company, or (b) more than 25% of the foreign entity’s shares are held by an Israeli company, or (c) the foreign entity has a “place of business” in Israel.
2022 saw significant regulatory developments in the field of privacy protection in Israel and throughout the world. These developments directly affect companies whose business activities in Israel and internationally involve the collection and processing of personal information.
This article summarizes the regulatory developments imposed on financial service providers, including of non-bank credit and financial asset services, and the key measures companies engaging in this sector should take in preparation for 2023.
2022 was characterized by many trends relating to competition law in Israel. Ramped up handling of monopolies, unfair pricing and restrictive trade practices, and enhanced collaboration between Israeli government ministries and the Competition Authority are just some of the trends we witnessed during 2022 in this field.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to decelerate climate change processes is an important goal of many countries. The two main mechanisms that countries use to reduce GHG emissions are carbon taxation and carbon emissions trading.
Every foreign company considering a merger with an Israeli company (or with an international company connected to an Israeli company) must pay great attention to various elements characterizing Israeli merger control.
While the Israeli Securities Law obligates public companies to report their activities fully and transparently, the Israeli Competition Authority may prosecute them precisely for doing so.
In its “Euro-Trade” ruling, the Israeli Supreme Court essentially allows regulatory and public authorities to act as they deem fit and to receive the court’s protection even when their actions result in substantive damages.
The issue of whether a party is or is not a custodian may have far-reaching implications. Institutional investors, corporations, exchanges, individuals, and crypto miners all have strong demand for crypto custody services, as provided by special market participants.
Everyone agrees ESG principles are important aspects of companies’ activities, but these principles have also received considerable criticism. This criticism is not of the principles themselves, but rather is directed against companies that exploit these principles for the purposes of public relations and image-building. Such criticism also spotlights the considerable difficulties in implementing fundamental changes in business activities.
International companies and individuals seeking to expand into a new area of business or expand their international business into Israel must understand the relevant legal landscape and how it may shape their operations. In this article, we will focus on international companies in the fintech sector considering offering services in Israel or to Israeli clients.
Currently, most regulators and governments are on the fence with regards to NFTs, waiting to see what other jurisdictions do or how the market develops. In some instances, governments and regulators are trying to address this issue more actively, but with very different outcomes.
The legislation of privacy protection laws in Israel has shifted into high gear and is beginning to close the gap with legislation in Europe. A major step in this direction occurred about a month ago when the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a series of legislative amendments designed to adapt the Privacy Protection Law to the consumers, technologies, and trends of 2022.
An assessment of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors has become an integral part of the due diligence review of companies. Such assessment may provide a potential acquirer with a detailed analysis of a company’s ability to operate successfully in a corporate world with growing environmental awareness. This is especially important for companies looking at merger and acquisition targets and seeking new investments. It is also important for any company for its future planning.
2020 was a particularly challenging year due to the coronavirus pandemic. For corporate risk managers and compliance officers, the year posed additional challenges. Organizations had to contend with an alarming rise in cyberattacks, supply chain constraints, employee health and safety, corporate governance and compliance, and diverse risks relating to or deriving from various content worlds. Nevertheless, if 2020 has taught us anything, it is that risks to a corporation, regardless of their source, are intertwined.
In the last decade, impact investments have become an international trend to address global challenges in the areas of environment, welfare, health, employment, and education. In light of the development of the impact investments’ field, we recommend familiarizing yourself with several terms that may help when examining investments in general and impact investments in particular.
Employers collect data about their employees. It starts with employees’ salary data, resumes, and work hours. It continues with fingerprints and images from security cameras, followed by employee meals and business trip information. Employers also collect medical information, personal messages on company phones, and location data of the company car for private trips. It goes on and on and on.
Crises test our resilience. They prevent us from deceiving ourselves about things that are unpleasant to face. Therefore, the COVID-19 crisis is a real opportunity to upgrade an organization’s compliance mechanisms and the status of its compliance officer. This includes not only improving compliance capabilities, but also integrating and deepening connections to the organization’s management.
When a company is looking to start operating on-line via a website or an app, it must ensure its relationship with its users is defined not only from a marketing point of view but also from a legal perspective. Watch the video to learn more.
On June, two seemingly unrelated events took place: the SEC filed suit in federal court against the company Kik Interactive and Facebook announced the expected launch of a new digital currency – the Libra. What’s the connections ?
For Fintech companies looking or hoping to work in Israel, the regulatory developments could either serve as an opportunity or as a barrier, and should be carefully considered. Click to read an overview of the Israeli Fintech regulatory situation.
Israel’s new Privacy Protection (Information Security) Regulations came into effect this past May. These regulations constitute a significant reform and turning point in the field of personal information security in Israel and in protecting the privacy of Israeli citizens.
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation is designed to help individuals better control their personal data. As this regulation applies also to those that offer products or services in the EU, major websites have begun updating their privacy policies to comply. Doing so is important for a number of reasons.
On June 1, 2018, another central part of the regulatory reforms under the Control of Financial Services Law (Regulated Financial Services) will come in effect. This part addresses the activities of financial asset service providers.
Distributors, agents, resellers and OEM partners all share the same commercial function of selling goods to end users. Thus, although there are significant differences between the legal statuses of each of these players, this article below treats all of them collectively as “distributors”. Appointing a distributor involves significant inherent risks. The drafting of the distribution agreement may help in mitigating these risks and realizing the potential benefit of your relationship. While formulating distribution agreements you should pay special attention to the following key issues:
A restrictive arrangement organized between an Israeli corporation and a foreign corporation, which results in significant harm to the competition in the Israeli market, is subject to the Israeli Restrictive Trade Practices Law.
Companies, countries, and individuals who are interested in doing business abroad are looking more and more towards Israel. This has not occurred by accident. Israel has devised and implemented national policies to make it a world leader in technology and innovation. The result is a nation friendly to business investment. With the right business and legal guidance, investors are discovering tremendous potential in this small but sophisticated country.
The European Union (EU) has driven environmental policy across Europe since its inception in 1992. With the United Kingdom’s (UK) referendum of withdrawal from the EU, though, how it responds in its energy and environmental legal and regulatory structure could affect not only the UK, but the European and even the global marketplace.