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September 14, 2021
District Court Ruling: Azrieli Foundation Exempt from Paying Taxes on Dividends
An Israeli district court rejected the Israel Tax Authority’s attempt to force the Azrieli Foundation to pay taxes in the amount of tens of millions of shekels for dividends it received and continues to receive due to its holding in Azrieli Group's shares. The court accepted the tax appeal, which was filed by Barnea Jaffa Lande, and ruled that the Azrieli Foundation,  a non-profit organization that works for the public good in Israel, is not the controlling owner of Azrieli Group and is therefore entitled to a tax exemption. The court ruled, among other things, that the ITA’s position could have a chilling effect in relation to business entities’ support of philanthropic associations. Our firm's  Zohar Lande, Eyal Nachshon, and Omer Keydar represented the Azrieli Foundation throughout the proceedings, which lasted about five years. This ruling, a long-awaited achievement, will strengthen and encourage the continued philanthropic activity led by the foundation.
September 14, 2021
Guardianship Struggle over Eitan Biran – Everything You Need to Know about Writing a Will
In recent days, the guardianship struggle over Eitan Biran, the young boy whose parents and little brother were killed in a cable railway disaster in Italy, has made headlines again. This sensitive event has aroused interest around the question of writing a will at a young age. Adv. Liat Keisary addresses this issue of concern for many parents in an interview with Israel Hayom.
August 26, 2021
Adv. Dror Arad-Ayalon Joins Firm as Special of Counsel
Adv. Dror Arad-Ayalon on joined our firm as a special advisor in the field of white-collar, ethics and defamation. Dror has extensive experience and reputation in representing defendants in criminal cases that have received much coverage.
August 17, 2021
Can an Employer Require an Employee to Get Vaccinated?
In the attempt to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, many questions have arisen with regard to proper workplace conduct. Can an employer require an employee to get vaccinated? Can it force an employee to take a COVID test? Who bears the cost of the test? How should the quarantine period be calculated? Netta Bromberg, the head of our Employment Department, addresses all these questions in an interview with Maariv.
August 11, 2021
Webinar with IBM — Growth Tools for Infant Startups
Barnea is hosting today in collaboration with IBM a webinar on the technological and business challenges that startups in their infancy stages should pay attention to. As part of the webinar, firm partner Yuval Lazi will discuss the business and legal aspects that exist along the way. He will provide participants with tools on how to get their startups on the right path to success.
August 11, 2021
Calcalist Interview – Reason for Years-Long Drop in Establishment of New Tech Ventures
According to data from the Israel Innovation Authority, since 2014, when 1,404 new startups were formed, there has been a steady decline in the establishment of new startups. For instance, in 2020, only 520 startups were formed. Firm partner Yuval Lazi, an expert in the high-tech field, addresses the phenomenon and analyzes the data in an interview with Calcalist on the subject.
August 4, 2021
Tax Facts on Renting Out Apartments in Israel and Abroad – Podcast with Firm Partner Harel Perlmutter on Calcalist Website
Are you renting out an apartment? It is important to be aware of the existing rental income tax tracks, if there is a difference between the taxation of short-term rental apartments and long-term rental apartments, and the rules on renting out apartments abroad.Adv. Harel Perlmutter, partner and head of our firm's Tax Department, addresses all these questions in a comprehensive podcast on the taxation of renting out apartments in Israel and abroad.
July 26, 2021
Zvi Gabbay Interviewed by Calcalist as Expert on White-Collar Crime
Zvi Gabbay, the head of our firm's Capital Markets Department, was interviewed by Calcalist along with several other of Israel's leading lawyers in the field of white-collar crime and criminal law.Zvi addressed the core issues of the field and the impact of COVID-19, and provided his forecast for several ongoing major cases.
July 21, 2021
Representing Azrieli Group in NIS 2.8 Billion Acquisition of Norwegian Data Center Company
Our firm represented Azrieli Group, the largest income-producing real estate company in Israel, in a share purchase transaction of the Norwegian company 'Green Mountain' for NIS 2.8 billion. The Norwegian company operates three server farms in Norway and holds contracts with a total volume of 24 megawatts.
July 20, 2021
Representing Azrieli Group in Franchise Agreement with AllSaints
Our firm represented Azrieli Group in the acquisition of the franchise for leading British fashion brand AllSaints. Firm partner Ariella Dreyfuss represented the client in the franchise agreement. The first store will be launched in August 2021.
July 19, 2021
The Demand for Directors in Publicly Traded Companies
The demand for directors in publicly traded companies is increasing in light of the growing wave of IPOs on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. An expert on the capital market, Micky Barnea was interviewed on the subject by Globes. He explained the significance of the director position in companies, as well as the role's related risks and responsibilities.
July 18, 2021
Expert Panel: Challenges of Entering the US Market
Firm partner Daniel Lorber, who specializes in high-tech and startups, will participate in an expert panel on the challenges of entering the US market. This subject is particularly relevant for young startups who have found such a move difficult.
July 13, 2021
Real Estate Transactions Using Digital Currencies – Regulatory Challenges
The volume of real estate transactions incorporating digital currencies is expected to grow in the coming years, especially among young, wealthy, tech-savvy professionals. Zvi Gabbay, the head of our firm's Capital Markets Department and a former head of enforcement at the Israel Securities Authority, was interviewed by Globes on the trend. Zvi noted the regulatory challenges that exist in these types of transactions.
July 13, 2021
Webinar: Responsibility of Compliance Officers in Organization
The Compliance Forum of the Association of Corporate Counsel in Israel hosted a webinar this morning on the responsibilities of compliance officers in organizations. As part of the webinar, Dr. Zvi Gabbay discussed new trends and developments, as well as the normative basis for imposing personal responsibility on compliance officers in organizations.
July 5, 2021
Shapir Group Acquires Engineering Company Lipsker for NIS 32 Million
Micky Barnea, Ilan Blumenfeld, and Daniel Kleinman represented Lipsker, an Israeli company that specializes in performing geotechnical work, in its sale to Shapir Engineering and Industry, Israel's leading company in the construction, development, and infrastructure fields. Our legal services include antitrust aspects. The value of the transaction is approximately NIS 32 million.
July 1, 2021
Options to Buy Shares in a Company – Important Things to Know
Offering options to buy a company’s shares has become a legitimate benefit even for companies not in the high-tech field. As an expert in the field, firm partner Daniel Lorber was interviewed by Globes on what it means to receive options in a company.
June 30, 2021
Older Workers' Challenges in Reentering the Employment Market
We are on the cusp of a challenging period, with hundreds of thousands of jobseekers trying to reenter the employment market. For many of them, especially older workers (55 and up), this is a frustrating task. Netta Bromberg, the head of our Employment Department, was interviewed by the "Tzeva Hakesef" radio program about the legal aspects of employing workers aged 55 and up.  
June 28, 2021
Webinar: Contacting Investors – Do's and Don'ts
The Israel Hedge Funds Association (IHFA) is hosting the webinar "Contacting Investors – Do's and Don'ts." As part of the webinar, Dr. Zvi Gabbay, the head of our firm’s Capital Markets Department, will discuss the legal infrastructure required for reaching out to investors.
June 27, 2021
Representation in "Pancake House" Family Business Dispute
A family business dispute between the family members of the founder of the "Pancake House" chain has recently made headlines.  The dispute erupted when one of the founder's sons accused his nephew (the founder's grandson) of violating the chain's trademarks by launching a new Tel Aviv venture called "TLV Pancake House" as a continuation of his grandfather's legacy. Our firm’s Eyal Nachshon and Naama Moshe are representing TLV Pancake House and the founder's grandson in the legal proceedings.
June 24, 2021
Representing Danel Group in an Investment in a Medical Technology Company
Our firm’s Micky Barnea, Itay Gura, and Ido Freund represented Danel, a human resources, nursing, and medical services company, in its acquisition of 22% of Aviv Scientific, a leader in improving brain performance and treating the aging process. The transaction’s value is USD 22 million.
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