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Jointly led by Anat Tenne and Amichai Pery, Alter Attorneys at Law is among Israel’s most prominent tax boutiques and specialises in international taxation. The firm has an active tax advisory and transactional practice and counts Siemens Group, Baker McKenzie and Bank Hapoalim among its clients.

Gornitzky & Co. is engaged in some of the most complex cross-border transactions and strategic planning mandates and is recognised by its peers as a leading firm in the contentious tax space. Pinhas Rubin and Daniel Paserman head the tax group and are representing the Israel Diamond Exchange and the Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association before the ITA (Israel Tax Authority) regarding taxation of the Israeli diamond industry. Gil Grady is also recommended.

Fielding one of the largest tax teams in Israel, Herzog Fox & Neeman has a non-contentious offering with extensive experience in global M&A and capital markets transactions. It also maintains an active tax advisory practice and is involved in tax disputes at every level of court. Meir Linzen, Guy Katz and Yuval Navot are key contacts. Iris Weinberger joined the team from the ITA.

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices’ tax group is adept at handling the tax aspects of large multijurisdictional corporate transactions, but also has strengths in funds taxation and private wealth planning. On the contentious side, Eldar Ben-Ruby acted for Melisron Group in a Supreme Court case regarding the tax consideration of shopping malls. Special consultant Michael Bricker joined the team from Amdocs.

Shekel & Co. is considered a ‘one-stop shop’ for all tax-related matters, from planning and structuring to complex litigation. In addition to strengths in the telecoms and financial services sectors, the firm is particularly noted for advising all of the gas fields operating in Israel at the time of publication. Names to note include Yaniv Shekel, Ofer Elboim, Ayelet Hillel-Birenzwig and Binyamin Tovi, who was promoted to senior partner in 2017.

Ziv Sharon & Co. Law Office has experienced partners specialising in real estate tax, VAT and excise, international taxation and civil tax and regulation. Headed by Ziv Sharon, the team has been involved in a number of Supreme Court cases and is increasingly active for private funds, high-net-worth individuals and cross-border enterprises. Orit Koch, Amit Glick and Yoad Frenkel are key contacts in the practice.

Doron Levy’s tax team at Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary handles the tax aspects of M&A for public and private companies and has experience in ITA negotiations. The team also acts for individuals and was instructed by the founders of Mobileye regarding their personal taxes following Intel’s acquisition of Mobileye.

Eitan, Mehulal & Sadot and Co., Advocates, Patent Attorneys is acting for corporates and individuals in a number of sensitive ITA rulings and Israeli court proceedings. In 2016, Alice Abramovich and Ehud Kronfeld achieved a precedential Supreme Court ruling regarding the taxation of royalties on imported goods for customs purposes. Yaron Mehulal and Noa Lev Goldstein are key contacts.

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co has a broad tax practice that covers VAT, real estate tax, corporate transactions and a variety of tax litigation. Anat Shavit heads the team and is involved in a precedential case considering the limitations of a tax benefit granted for residential apartments. Additional clients include Israel Ports Development & Assets Company and 3i Group.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. runs an extremely active tax team, which has experience in global M&A and restructurings, tax assessments, executive compensation and capital markets transactions. Elisha Kesner advised Menivim on the establishment and IPO of The New REIT, while Tal Atsmon and Yaron Sever have extensive experience in voluntary disclosures. The firm recently strengthened its customs practice.

With strengths in complex contentious and non-contentious tax issues, Moshe Mizrachi, Noach, Kriegel & Co acts for leading domestic banks and insurance companies, energy and infrastructure groups, and high-net-worth individuals. The firm achieved a precedential ITA ruling for the Israel Medical Association regarding government grants received by doctors. Moshe Mizrachi is the primary contact.

The tax group at S. Horowitz & Co is noted for its ‘professionalism, integrity and out-of-the-box thinking’. Practice head Leor Nouman is ‘invaluable’ in disputes with the ITA and handles transactional and advisory mandates for the Weizmann Institute of Science, Veolia Group and Shikun & Binui Solel Boneh Infrastructure. Ophir Kaplan is also ‘impressive’.

Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co.’s ‘creative and responsive’ tax team has experience in domestic and international tax issues and is involved in a variety of high-value, multi-jurisdictional transactions. Jointly led by Benny Kalifi and the ‘commercially mindedMiri Bickel, the team handles ITA negotiations for individuals as well as corporate clients such as Malca-Amit. In 2017, the legacy Shibolet firm merged with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co.

The highly experienced group at Yaron-Eldar, Paller, Schwartz & Co. Law Offices has expertise in every area of taxation, including oil and gas, wealth planning, VAT and customs, and corporate transactions. Tali Yaron-Eldar and Rany Schwartz are representing several Israeli businesses and industry associations in a Supreme Court tax appeal. Gilad Ben-Ami and Roy Paller are additional contacts.

Yigal Arnon & Co has handled the cross-border tax aspects of many of Israel’s largest corporate transactions and serves as Israeli tax counsel to major US-listed companies and financial institutions. The team also has expertise in trust taxation, employee incentive schemes and tech transfers. Ofir Levy and Eran Lempert are key contacts.

Acting for many of Israel’s most prominent domestic companies, Prof. Bein & Co. Law Office has recently been involved in several unique tax disputes and negotiations. The team is advising a litany of domestic and international clients on the property tax considerations in connection with new war damages compensation legislation. Dan Bein, Yoav Bein and Liora Bein-Alon are key contacts.

GKH – Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co provides its corporate clients with a range of tax services, from advice on high-value M&A deals to domestic tax strategy. The team serves as Israeli tax counsel to Amazon, B-Max Group and Innovation Endeavors. Yaniv Erlich and Elad Brauner are key contacts.

Dr. M. Druker & Co. - Advocates & Notaries handles criminal and civil tax claims and has expertise in VAT, real estate tax, trust structuring, withholding tax and international taxation. The team successfully negotiated a novel ITA assessment regarding the taxation of income connected with cryptocurrency. Moshe Druker, Ori Druker and Yehoshua Sherman are key contacts.

Headed by Gil Raveh, Raveh Haber & Co.’s tax team specialises in investment funds and private equity taxation as well as international tax and estate planning for high-net-worth individuals. The team has expertise in partnership taxation and its clients include private equity firms, institutional investors and asset managers such as Hamilton Lane.

S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries is especially strong in areas of taxation pertaining to import/export clients and the shipping industry. Headed by Doron Schweppe, the department also acts for educational institutions such as the Weizmann Institute of Science and the University of Haifa regarding VAT as well as donation and scholarship taxation.

Shenhav & Co., Advocates & Notary provides a ‘professional and results-driven’ service to an array of venture capital funds and handles complex M&A and restructurings for corporates in the tech sector. The team is jointly led by Ayal Shenhav and Oren Biran and counts Sequoia Capital, YL Ventures and Deutsche Telekom among its notable clients.

Yair Benjamini Law Offices is a boutique tax group with particular specialism in cross-border transactions involving Israeli and US corporates, funds, and individuals. Name partner Yair Benjamini assisted Hewlett Packard Enterprise with the Israeli tax aspects of its spin-off with Hewlett Packard and also advised the client on two additional spin-off transactions. The team also represented a prominent Israeli real estate developer in the Supreme Court, regarding a dispute with the ITA. Sagiv Ron specialises in land taxation.

Yossi Elisha Calderon & Co. was recently co-founded by Yossi Elisha, who had previously headed the tax group at Lipa Meir & Co. Elisha is especially active for real estate companies and investment trusts and has niche expertise in naval taxation. The firm also handles tax disputes.

Bracha & Co has a particular specialism advising high-net-worth Israelis and foreign individuals with assets in Israel on matters of international tax. Itay Bracha also has expertise in criminal tax claims, fintech and real estate taxation.

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz advises corporate clients on international tax structuring and has experience in tax litigation. Practice head Henriette Fuchs specialises in international taxation. Yom-Tov Abadi left the firm in 2018.

Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co. assists corporate clients with a range of tax issues, including employee incentive schemes, and also handles tax disputes. Isaac Marciano heads the group, which has recently handled significant tax issues for Teva and the Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation.

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