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Benny Kalifi

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Work +972-3-777 8333 and Mobile +972 54-211 3
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Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co.

Work Department

Tax

Position

Partner - Head of the Tax Department. A dual-qualified accountant and lawyer, Benny is co-head of Shibolet & Co.’s Tax practice, with particular expertise in international tax planning and international tax consulting.

Languages

Hebrew and English

Member

Vice Chairman, Israel Bar Association Tax Committee; Israel Bar Association.

Education

Tel Aviv University (B.A. Accounting 1998; LL.B. cum laude 1998; LL.M. cum laude, 2000)


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Within: Tax

Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. fields 'a hardworking, resourceful tax team' recognised for its 'out-of-the-box thinking that enables solutions to international and Israeli tax issues'. Jointly headed by Miri Bickel and Benny Kalifi, the team has particular experience with taxation in the blockchain industry. Indeed, Bickel and Vered Meller, who recently joined the team from tax boutique U. Barzily Law Offices, have assisted a number of clients, including Bancor, with ICOs, the establishment of crypto-infrastructure and other blockchain commercial activities. Contentious work includes the team representing Malca Amit in an ITA assessment procedure. The group also provides disclosure advice to individuals and corporates. Poalim Capital Market, EY and Fahn Kanne Grant Thornton are among the tax department's key clients.

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