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January 1, 2024

Operation Swords of Iron: What Is Expected for Evacuated Communities from the Gaza Envelope and the North?

An expert in the kibbutz sector, Hagit Ben Moshe was asked to address the temporary and permanent solutions the government had offered to evacuated communities from Israel’s north and south, as well as to explain why some kibbutzim and moshavim oppose them.

July 12, 2023

Barnea: Representing Phoenix Mortgages (Gold) Ltd. in Framework Agreement for Older Kibbutz Members

Our firm represented Phoenix Mortgages (Gold) Ltd. in signing a framework agreement with the Kama Fund (from the Kibbutz Movement). As part of the agreement, Kama will provide a guarantee to Phoenix for the “gold loans” it grants to kibbutz members over the age of 60 for purchasing housing in kibbutzim. A gold loan can be repaid even after the borrower’s life expectancy and is secured by encumbering the borrower's rights in the residential property attributed to it. Hagit Ben Moshe, the head of our firm’s kibbutz sector practice, and Hani Shraier represented Phoenix.

March 27, 2023

Hagit Ben Moshe Lectures at Conference on Electricity Distribution in Kibbutzim

Hagit Ben Moshe, a partner and the head of our firm’s Kibbutz Sector Department, lectured at a conference on managing electricity distribution in kibbutzim and discussed various business models for electricity distribution

March 21, 2023

Hagit Ben Moshe Lectures to Land Management Forum

Hagit Ben Moshe, a partner and the head of our firm’s Kibbutz Sector Department, lectured today to the Land Management Forum on informed and proper management of transactions on kibbutz land.

January 9, 2023

Kibbutz Sector: No More Benefits for Agricultural Land Converted for Commercial Purposes

Hagit Ben Moshe, a partner and the head of the firm’s Kibbutz Sector Department, was interviewed by several media outlets in connection with the decision to put an end to the financial benefits kibbutzim and moshavim receive for converting agricultural land for commercial or industrial purposes.

December 5, 2022

Hagit Ben Moshe Interview with TheMarker on Purchasing Agricultural Land

Israel’s housing crisis has increased the attractiveness of purchasing unimproved agricultural land. Hagit Ben Moshe, head of the firm’s Kibbutz Sector Department, was interviewed by TheMarker on the complexities of purchasing such land for investment. She shed light on the many risks that can accompany these types of deals.

May 23, 2022

Hagit Ben Moshe Speaks at Water Economy and Renewable Energy Conference

Adv. Hagit Ben Moshe, a partner and the head of our firm's cooperative societies practice, was a featured speaker at the annual Water Economy and Renewable Energies Conference. Hagit discussed the challenges of contracting between rural settlements and entrepreneurs in renewable energy projects.

October 17, 2021

Interview with Micky Barnea: Kibbutz Industry Closes Two Years of Successful Exits

In the last six months, the kibbutz industry has signed ten significant deals for hundreds of millions of dollars. How and when did the kibbutz industry become so attractive? What happened in the last decade that caused this explosion in the kibbutz industry and is this a temporary phenomenon? A Globes article on the subject features interviews with several experts in the field, including Micky Barnea.

June 20, 2021

Purchase of Agricultural Land – Appraisal Standard No. 22

The purchase of agricultural land has become a common investment channel with high chances of success. Alongside this, there are a few risks potential buyers must prepare for. Hagit Ben Moshe, who leads the kibbutz and agricultural sector at our firm, was interviewed by Ynet for an article on the risks of purchasing agricultural land. She explains what appraisal standard no. 22 is and its importance in such purchases.

December 8, 2020

Agriculture Law – Hagit Ben Moshe Op-Ed

Last October, the Knesset proposed a draft of the Agriculture Law. Yevul Si, a leading agriculture magazine, published an op-ed by our firm's Hagit Ben Moshe, an expert in the field. She provided commentary on the law, and on the importance of properly compensating the agriculture industry.

May 7, 2020

FIMI Acquires Control of Amiad Water Systems

FIMI Opportunity Funds, a private investment fund, recently completed the acquisition of control of public company Amiad Water Systems Ltd. Micky Barnea represented Hachoshlim Fund Cooperative Agricultural Society Ltd., Amiad's largest shareholder, in the deal. As part of the deal, FIMI agreed to invest about USD 19 million in Amiad for a share allocation, thereby acquiring 5% more of the company's shares.

March 22, 2020

Israel Land Authority Says Appeals Committee Decision Only to Be Considered Recommendation

Adv. Hagit Ben Moshe was interviewed by TheMarker following the Israel Land Authority’s declaration that the Appeals Committee’s decision will only be considered a  recommendation and not an obligation. Hagit commented that “this decision could have far-reaching impact.”

March 3, 2020

Representing MAT Investment Holdings in Merger between Two Manufacturers of Control Valves from Kibbutz Industry

Our firm represented the Spanish multinational industrial group MAT Investment Holdings in the merger of its Israeli subsidiary Dorot Management Control Valves from Kibbutz Dorot with A.R.I. Flow Control Accessories, a company owned indirectly by Kibbutz Kfar Haruv.

February 24, 2020

Article: Israel Land Authority Policy – Negative Incentive for Agricultural Settlements

Hagit Ben Moshe published an op-ed in Globes on the proposal to amend the rules for restoring agricultural land to the Israel Lands Authority, which will reduce the incentives offered to farmers. Hagit noted that since the decision has been postponed until after next week's election, it is worth taking the time to prepare accordingly.

January 20, 2020

Hagit Ben Moshe Op-Ed on Betterment Levy Exemption

Adv. Hagit Ben Moshe published an op-ed in Globes on the Supreme Court's precedential ruling granting a betterment levy exemption for lands under lease by agricultural settlements, even if the lands' planning purpose is not only agricultural.

January 19, 2020

Hagit Ben Moshe Invited to Speak at Kibbutz Industries Association’s Annual Conference

As an expert in the kibbutz sector, Adv. Hagit Ben Moshe was invited to participate in the Kibbutz Industries Association's annual conference.  The conference is intended for managers and chairmen of kibbutz factories and companies and will discuss expected trends in the economy and the kibbutz industry in the coming decades. Hagit’s lecture will address the expected legal challenges in light of future trends in the kibbutz industry.

December 30, 2019

Hagit Ben Moshe Featured in Globes' Real Estate Supplement on Regulation of Land Use

Hagit Ben Moshe published an op-ed in Globes' Real Estate Supplement on a district court ruling about the regulation of agricultural land use. According to Hagit, the ruling indicates a trend of harsher enforcement and signals that all agricultural communities must act without delay to regulate land use.

December 10, 2019

Lecture on the Historical Real Estate Rights of Kibbutzim

Hagit Ben Moshe lectured today at the Land Management Forum for kibbutz officers. Hagit provided an overview of recent rulings on the historical real estate rights of kibbutzim.

October 2, 2019

What to Do When the Israel Lands Authority Wants to Sign a Renewed Lease

Adv. Hagit Ben Moshe's latest article describes the recent court rulings in favor of agricultural settlements as part of their dispute with the Israel Lands Authority.

August 20, 2019

National Committee as an Aggressive Means to Obtain Agricultural Land Rights

Adv. Hagit Ben Moshe, a partner and our firm's kibbutz sector expert, published an opinion article in Dun's Calcalist on the Law for the Advancement of Construction in Preferred Housing Complexes.