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December 5, 2023

Gal Rozent Ranked as Leading Competition Lawyer

Who’s Who Legal has ranked Gal Rozent in its exclusive list of leading lawyers in Israel in the Competition Antitrust field for the year 2024.

October 16, 2023

Competition Law in Times of War: Globes Interview with Irit Brodsky

Michal Cohen, the Director General of the Israel Competition Authority, issued a special statement, emphasizing the prohibition on companies exploiting their monopolistic position to cause consumers harm during the Israel-Hamas war. As an expert in the competition and antitrust field, Irit Brodsky was interviewed by Globes on the issue. Irit noted, “In addition to the various reliefs, during this difficult period, businesses must take care not to harm consumers as part of their survival efforts, and certainly not to exploit the situation. The Director General intends to be vigilant, especially regarding practices that exploit a company’s monopolistic position and harm consumers, and will use the enforcement measures in her power against such entities.”

June 19, 2023

Barnea: Hosting Conference on Tenders in Collaboration with ACC Israel

We hosted a conference on tenders at our office. Several firm partners lectured, including Ronit Niederman, a partner in the Tenders and Projects Department, who discussed tender negotiation strategies, and Gal Rozent, head of the Competition and Antitrust Department, who spoke about the role of competition in tenders. Among the guest speakers at the conference was Joy Sturm, a partner from international firm Hogan Lovells, who participated in a panel with Shai Avnieli, one of our firm’s partners. Another featured guest was Gal Somech, legal advisor to the Haifa Port, who addressed the port’s privatization process.

May 9, 2023

Gal Rozent Lectures at Annual Competition Law Conference

Gal Rozent, the head of our firm’s Competition and Antitrust Department, was invited to lecture at Haifa University’s annual competition law conference. Senior officials from the competition field and attorneys from Israel’s leading law firms attended.

May 3, 2023

Ministry of Economy and Industry v. Coca-Cola: Gal Rozent Interview

Last March, Coca-Cola alerted retailers of a 7% price increase for its sugary drink products. Yesterday, the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry informed Coca-Cola of its intention to examine the need for supervision of the company's products in Israel. The ministry suspects Coca-Cola’s significant product price increase may affect the beverage sector in Israel as a whole. As an expert in the competition field, Gal Rozent was interviewed by TheMarker on the subject.

January 25, 2023

Barnea: Hosting Conference on Labor Law and Competition Law

Firm partners Gal Rozent and Neta Bromberg lectured at a conference we hosted for the CEOs of Israel’s leading cleaning companies, part of Israel’s cleaners’ union.

January 15, 2023

Is AI-Based Pricing a Detriment to Competitiveness?

The increasing commercial use of AI-based pricing engines will place new challenges before Israel’s competition authorities, both due to concerns about the creation of new means of price coordination between competitors, and, perhaps primarily, because such pricing engines intensify the competition failures that already exist, especially in low-competition markets. Gal Rozent and Ran Karmi elaborate on these challenges in an op-ed for Calcalist.

December 20, 2022

Competition and Antitrust: Gal Rozent and Ran Karmi Article in Calcalist

Money laundering allegations against bid competitors convicted of coordinating a tender (coupled with charges of competition law offenses and fraud) may lead to aggravated penalties compares to those imposed on “regular” antitrust offenders. The Competition Authority’s decision to freeze and confiscate assets by virtue of Israel’s Anti-Money Laundering Law will exert heavy pressure, both financial and mental, on those under investigation and indictment. Read Gal Rozent and Ran Karmi’s article on the issue in Calcalist.

December 4, 2022

Closing a Deal – Transaction Closing in the World of Malls and Chain Stores

Terry Almozlino-Arnon, Alon Wolner, and Irit Brodsky are participating in a panel on how to successfully complete mall real estate transactions and commercial tenders. The panel is being held as part of the Israel Mall Chain Store Conference held in Eilat.

September 12, 2022

Public Statements: Hagit Ross and Gal Rozent Participate in Webinar Hosted by Israeli Association of Public Companies

Hagit Ross, a partner in our Capital Markets Department, and Gal Rozent, a partner in our Competition Department, participated today in a forum hosted by the Israel Association of Public Companies. They gave a joint lecture entitled, "Public Statements by Officers in Public Companies – Do's and Don'ts."  

April 4, 2022

Irit Brodsky Featured in Globes Article on Dramatic Changes to Merger Announcements

New Israel Competition Authority regulations impose a heavier reporting obligation on companies seeking to merge. These new regulations have many possible consequences, for better or worse. Firm partner Irit Brodsky discusses the changes in an in-depth article by Globes on the subject.

April 13, 2021

Barnea Represented Gnrgy in Sale to O.P.C. Energy

Firm partner Yuval Lazi and associate Mayer Winkler advised Gnrgy, a company operating in the field of electric vehicle charging, in its sale to public company O.P.C. Energy, part of the Idan Ofer Group. The transaction amount was NIS 67 million. Our legal services consisted of advising on all aspects of the transaction, including antitrust issues.

February 27, 2019

Event Invite: The Impact on Your Business of New Amendments to the Restrictive Trade Practices Law

Our firm is holding a seminar on March 18 about the ways in which recent amendments to the Restrictive Trade Practices Law meet the daily needs of a corporation and its officers. A representative from the Israel Competition Authority will also take part.

November 8, 2018

Barnea Represented Sakal Global Duty Free Ltd.

Our firm represented the owner of Sakal Global Duty Free Ltd. in the sale of the company as part of the sale of the entire Sakal Group to businessman Teddy Sagi.

January 14, 2018

Ilan Blumenfeld Participated in a Panel Discussion on Antitrust Issues for Haaretz's "Echad Ha'am"

Adv. Ilan Blumenfeld, a partner in Barnea's Antitrust Department, participated in a panel discussion on proposed amendments to the Antitrust Law for Haaretz's "Echad Ha'am" magazine (pages 16–19).

March 26, 2017

Coca Cola Israel Antitrust Fine: "Halperin Seems to Want to Raise the Bar of Punishment"

Adv . Zohar Lande, Head of the Litigation Department at Barnea was interviewed by Globes on the Antitrust Authority's decision to impose an unprecedented monetary sanction on the Central Bottling Company Group (Coca Cola Israel). Zohar commented that it is not enough to set the monetary sanctions, submitting that the Antitrust Authority must make use of all the tools at its disposal, including the civilian tools.

March 15, 2017

Whether and How to Enforce on a Monopoly the Prohibition of Charging Excessive and Unfair Prices

Adv. Ilan Blumenfeld, Partner in the Antitrust Department at Barnea, wrote an opinion article in The Marker, dealing with the question of whether and how to enforce on a monopoly the prohibition of charging excessive and unfair prices.

February 12, 2017

Shufersal Sets its Sights on Drug Store Chain New-Pharm

Adv. Ilan Blumenfeld, Partner in the Antitrust department at Barnea was interviewed by The Marker following Shufersal, Israel's largest supermarket chain’s announcement that  it is in the early stages of examining the possibility of acquiring local drugstore chain, New-Pharm Drugstores. Ilan commented that in the event that Shufersal acquires New Pharm, the Antitrust Authority will have to approve the deal by examining the market power of the merged entity.

February 5, 2017

Doing Business in Israel – Practical Law

Doing Business in Israel? A QA guide to doing business in Israel written by Barnea was published in the Practical Law website. The guide gives an overview of the legal system, foreign investment, regulation, and other issues pertaining to Israel.

February 9, 2016

TheMarker magazine interviewed Zohar Lande for his comments on Israel's next antitrust chief

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, has appointed Adv. Michal Halperin to be Israel's next antitrust chief. TheMarker magazine interviewed leading legal experts on antitrust Law, and asked them for their comments on this appointment. Zohar Lande commented: "One of the most significant challenges Adv. Halperin will face is maintaining the delicate balance between the continued encouragement of foreign companies that seek to enter and invest in the Israeli economy and the Israeli consumer who is grappling with the day-to-day cost of living".
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