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Due to the country’s high number of lawyers per capita, legal fees in Israel are decreasing, particularly in the real estate and capital markets sectors. Consequently, there is some volatility among law firms, with associates being unusually mobile due to low salaries. This in turn has led to an increase in boutique start-ups by younger lawyers – for example, in 2014, competition expert Boaz Golan left Herzog Fox & Neeman in order to set up his own firm – and the boutique model is proving attractive to the market.
In terms of practice areas, greater regulation of the market has led to an increase in the prestige of antitrust departments. The hi-tech dominated corporate sector remains robust both domestically and internationally, with data protection and cyber security being growing areas of work for many hi-tech lawyers. There has also been a spate of new housing developments built in a bid to meet demand and counter rising property prices; related real estate tax reforms designed to help first-time buyers took full effect in January 2014. Meanwhile, the Tama 38 city plan projects which aim to strengthen Israeli properties against the possibility of earthquake are providing much work for planning lawyers.
The possibility of an influx of foreign law firms remains after legislation was passed in 2012 allowing foreign firms to operate in Israel. For now, though, the only notable firms are Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Greenberg Traurig LLP, which have M&A practices, and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, which is present in the jurisdiction to pick up and facilitate IP work. Yingke Israel – Eyal Khayat, Zolty, Neiger & Co., Law Offices is noteworthy as the first full merger between a foreign firm and a local firm. Two well-respected firms merged in early 2015 to form Tadmor & Co. & Yuval Levy & Co., an 85-lawyer firm that is expected to be a major player in the market.
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On December 23, 2013, the Israeli Knesset approved Amendment No. 23 to the Israeli Companies Law, 1999 (the " Amendment ", and the " Companies Law ", respectively). The Amendment is primarily concerning the establishment and governance of "Charitable Company Fund" (the " Fund "), which are companies established in order to finance and fund non-profit entities. Below is an overview of the main provisions of the Amendment:
A New Governmental Proposal to Significantly Narrow the Tax Benefits for New Immigrants and Returning Residents in Israel
On November 5, 2012 the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) adopted a proposal of the Israeli Ministry of Finance and passed legislation providing for a temporary tax relief with respect to the recapture tax applicable to certain Israeli companies holding undistributed earnings that were previously exempt from Israeli corporate income tax under tax incentive programs.
Environmental policy and regulation in Israel have developed significantly over the course of the past several years. After decades of what may be considered as regulatory standstill, Israeli environmental regulation has taken a tremendous leap forward. Numerous environmental matters, some of which were not previously regulated and others which were subject to outdated standards, have been revised and updated through new comprehensive statutes, innovative regulations and professional guidelines.
Welcome to the 4 th edition of Unfolding, which looks at some important developments in Israel in recent months. Much has happened in Israel since the last edition of Unfolding. The Israeli economy may be small in scale, but never in the level of its business activity.
Following on from the Government's decision to adopt the recommendations of the Committee for Increasing Competition in the Marketplace, the Government published last week a Memorandum on the Law for Promotion of Competition and Reduction in Concentration, 5772-2012. The Memorandum aims at providing a statutory framework for implementing the recommendations of the Committee.
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On February 27, 2012, the Agency Contract Law (Commercial Agent and Supplier), 5772-2012 (hereinafter: the “Law”) was published. The Law shall enter into force 60 days from the date of publication.
Is your business involved in international trade? If the answer to this question is a resounding “YES”, then it might well be time for your business to prepare and adopt a code of conduct that includes procedures to detect and prevent bribery of foreign government officials. The day is coming when not having such a code will be a bar to entering many different lucrative markets and will place you and your business in danger of breaking the law.
Danos & Associates will participate as a sponsor at the China Offshore Summit in Shenzhen, China. The conference will take place May 27-28th at the Grand Hyatt. Our firm will be represented by our Managing Partner, Alexios Danos, and Thomas Cheung who is one of our representatives in Beijing.
At the IFLR European Awards on 16 April 2015 in London, Bär & Karrer repeated last year's success by again winning the title "Swiss Law Firm of the Year".
B&P authored an article for the Italian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce newsletter about subsidizing new investors in Serbia.
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In the middle of April, 2015, a consortium with the leading participation of Popov & Partners Law Office signed an agreement with the Supreme Judicial Council of Bulgaria for assignation of:
In its current Special Edition FOCUS Magazine has published a list of the leading tax law firms in Germany. GSK Stockmann + Kollegen was again honored as a “Leading Tax Law Firm 2015" in the areas of “Reorganisation, Corporate Restructuring and M&A” and received the FOCUS-Award “Leading Tax Law Firm 2015”.
GSK Stockmann + Kollegen freut sich, Herrn Dr. Philipp M. Kuhn mit Wirkung zum Jahresbeginn 2015 in den Kreis der Equity Partner aufzunehmen.
GSK ernennt Local Partner aus den eigenen Reihen in den Bereichen Gesellschaftsrecht und Real EstateGSK Stockmann + Kollegen ernennt auch 2015 Local Partner aus den eigenen Reihen: Andreas Dimmling, im Bereich Gesellschaftsrecht in München, und Oliver Koos, im Bereich Real Estate in Frankfurt, wurden zum 1. Januar 2015 in den Kreis der Local Partner aufgenommen.
Pepeliaev Group’s tax practice (Band 1) has once again been hailed as the best on the Russian market according to the Chambers Europe 2015 international legal ratings. Clients surveyed by the experts of Chambers Europe consider that “the lawyers dig deep to find issues that play a role in the mandate," while the team stands out because it “is flexible and understands clients' needs."
Kyiv, Moscow, Almaty, 18 May 2015 - CLACIS , a competition law advisory which focuses on matters concerning competition law and compliance in Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan announces its opening.