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Major Import Reform: Who Is Set to Benefit? Amichai Cohen Op-Ed in Jerusalem Post

As part of Israel’s economic plan for 2021-2022, a major import reform came into effect in June. This reform aims to encourage competition between Israeli manufacturers by allowing cheaper imports of products from abroad. How will the reform work and who will benefit and lose from it? Read the op-ed by Prof. Amichai Cohen, the firm’s expert advisor on international legal issues, in the Jerusalem Post.

Categories: International Law | Regulation

Bezeq Affair and Implications for Independent Committees – Micky Barnea Interview in Globes

Following Judge Michal Agmon-Gonen’s ruling to drop certain charges from the indictment in the Bezeq securities case, Micky Barnea, the firm’s managing partner, was interviewed by Globes. Micky noted, “This ruling should not diminish the status of independent committees, but rather create order regarding them.”

Categories: Capital Markets

Barnea Representing Shefayim Water Park in Class Action Lawsuit

 Advs. Eran Winner represented Shefayim Water Park in reaching a settlement agreement in the class action filed against it over alleged violations of Israel’s Prevention of Smoking in Public Places and Exposure to Smoking Law.


Categories: Class Actions | Litigation

Representing the NFT GameChain in Its USD 24 Million A Round

We represented the Israeli crypto and NFT startup GameChain (UnCaged Studio) in raising USD 24 million as part of a series A round.

The round was led by Griffin Gaming Partners and was joined by Vgames, Maverick Ventures Israel, MaxStealth, Drive by DraftKings, and 6th Man Ventures.

Zvi Gabbay, Ariella Dreyfuss, Andrey Yanai and Tal Freilich provided representation in the transaction.



Categories: Corporate

Barnea Representing Businessman in NIS 20 Million Lawsuit against Moshe Hogeg

Advs. Zohar Lande, Moran Bickel, Michael and Asaf Glasner are representing an American businessman in a NIS 20 million lawsuit against Moshe Hogeg, Adi Sheleg, Singulariteam, and additional defendants.

The plaintiff claims the defendants prompted him to invest in a cryptocurrency venture called Stox, which did not really exist, and fraudulently pocketed the investment funds.

Categories: Litigation

Proud to Represent Cibus Fund in Biotech Company Investment

Barnea represented Cibus Fund in an investment in Phytolon, a biotech company that develops fermentation-based natural food colors.

Categories: Corporate | High Tech

Israel's New Urban Renewal Plan – When and What?

Last week, the Knesset approved Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked's new urban renewal plan in second and third readings.
The new plan will replace Tama 38, the national outline plan for strengthening existing structures against earthquakes.
What are the main points of the new urban renewal plan? How will it be implemented and until when can projects be promoted within the framework of Tama 38? Read Globe's new article.

Categories: Real Estate

Hadar Israeli and Jacki Silbermann Op-Ed in Calcalist – Should Israel Be Worried about the US Supreme Court Ruling on Abortion?

The Israeli legal system, like many others, often relies on US precedents and views the US constitution and legal system as a model. Will the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade affect abortion in Israel as well?

Barnea Representing Entrepreneur in Conflict over Cannabis Growing Venture in Golan Heights

Eyal Nachshon and Shachar Rothschild represented the entrepreneur and businessman Tomer Solomon against his former partners Uri Amitai, Nir Pelter, and Nadav Segal in a lawsuit over the rights to shares in a cannabis company founded by Solomon. After a hearing on the allegations, the court ruled Solomon was illegally deprived of his holdings, in violation of agreements with him. Therefore, the court ordered the enforcement of the agreements and the return of his holdings in the venture.

Categories: Litigation

Barnea Represents Azrieli in Data Center Acquisition

We represented Azrieli Group in the acquisition of a London data center operator for GBP 52 million. The acquisition is part of Azrieli's expansion in the data center sector. Ariella Dreyfuss, Mayer Winkler, and Tal Freilich provided representation in the transaction.

Categories: Corporate

Barnea Representing Meir Arbiv in Dispute with Nochi Dankner

Advs. Zohar Lande, Moran Bickel, and Asaf Glazner are representing the agricultural entrepreneur Meir Arbiv, who claims Israeli businessman Nochi Dankner's new foodtech venture is based on his trade secrets. Arbiv alleges he passed on such information to Dankner after being convinced to enter into a partnership with him.

Categories: Litigation

The Technologies Encouraging Consumers to Return to Malls

"The day we walk around with robots in stores, or when a shopping cart walks through the supermarket for us and tell us we are passing by a product we have purchased in the past and that is now on sale, is not far away." Adv. Yuval Lazi, head of our firm's International Corporate Department, was interviewed by Globes about retail-tech technologies.

Categories: High Tech | Start Ups

Regulation: Internal Enforcement and Compliance

Yesterday, Dr. Zvi Gabbay, the head of our firm’s Capital Market Department, lectured for compliance officers at BDO’s financial academy. Zvi’s lecture focused on internal enforcement, which can significantly mitigate corporations’ exposure to enforcement proceedings being instituted by regulatory authorities, significantly reduce the pecuniary sanctions that might be imposed in respect of violations, and contribute to a corporation’s good reputation for maintaining a culture of compliance and integrity.


Categories: Capital Markets | Compliance | Enforcement

Elections 2022: The Industry Entering a Huge Crisis

The decision to hold elections in October 2022 looks likely to have a significantly negative effect on Israel’s urban renewal industry. Our firm commented to The Marker, . “If we hoped for a slowdown or a halt to rising real estate prices, it’s not going to happen. Especially in the urban renewal field, there is a real fear of massive delays.”



Categories: Real Estate

The Average Citizen Forced to Pay: Israeli Election’s Impact on Regulation and Labor Relations

Firm partners Netta Bromberg, the head of our Employment Department, and Anat Even-Chen, the coordinator of our regulation practice, were interviewed by Maariv on the election’s negative effects on the State budget and individuals’ pockets.  

Categories: Employment | Regulation

Doral Renewable Energy Signs USD 390 Million Financing Agreement for Mammoth North Energy Project

Funding for the project in Indiana, which is expected to produce about 1,600 megawatts of clean energy, is being put forward by a consortium led by Deutsche Bank. Advs. Roy Engel and Samuel Henry Samuel represented Doral in the transaction, alongside McDermott Will & Emery.

Categories: Banking & Finance | Energy | Infrastructure | Project Finance

The End of Working from Home? Interview with Netta Bromberg

Many companies have started to inform their employees of a total return to in-person work. Adv. Netta Bromberg, the head of our firm’s Employment Department, was interviewed on the subject by Globes, clarifying, "Not every change constitutes a deterioration of working conditions.”


Categories: Employment

The Rules of the ESG Game Have Changed- Zvi Gabbay Column in TheMarker

USD 1.5 million fines, preliminary administrative proceedings, dramatic resignations—growing enforcement on ESG issues is becoming a bigger trend. Who should be preparing for this change and how will it affect Israeli companies?

Categories: Capital Markets | Corporate Governance and ESG | Enforcement | Regulation

Sagi Gross Lectures to Bar-Ilan University’s Law and Environment Club

As part of our ongoing collaboration with Bar-Ilan University’s Law and Environment Club, Adv. Sagi Gross lectured to students of  on the environmental aspects of M&A transactions. He discussed due diligence processes, indemnity mechanisms, ESG investments, and more.

Categories: Corporate | Environmental Law | Mergers and Acquisitions | Regulation

Pitch Day: IBM Alpha Zone

As part of our firm's collaboration with the IBM Alpha Zone accelerator, Advs. from our firm took part in the judging panel that examined the eleven startup companies participating in the venture. They also talked to the entrepreneurs about technological ideas, business plans, and innovation.

Categories: High Tech | Start Ups