Infrastructure in Israel

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co. has seen an uptick in work from international companies involved in Israeli infrastructure projects. In addition, the team has leading expertise in project financing and a strong track record advising on all aspects of transport and energy projects, including tenders and construction. Among its recent highlights, the firm advised Construccion y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A. on the Jerusalem Light Rail's Green Line. Simon Jaffa is highly active in the fields of infrastructure and energy. Shai Avnieli is well versed in infrastructure disputes.

Practice head(s):

Simon Jaffa

Other key lawyers:

Shai Avnieli; Hagit Ben Moshe; Uri Hillel

Key clients

Netivei Israel

Israel Natural Gas Lines Ltd.

Danya CebusLTD

GE Wind Energy

Amitim

Psagot

Poran Shrem

GE

Work highlights

  • Advising Netivei Israel  throughout all phases of the government company’s projects, from pre-tender to execution.
  • Advising Israel Natural Gas Lines on various matters, including the negotiation and conclusion of detailed agreement with the Greek oil and gas company Energean.
  • Advising GE on its power station projects in Israel.

FISCHER (FBC & Co.)

FISCHER (FBC & Co.)'s team is instructed in numerous major infrastructure projects across various sectors, including transport, water and defence. In the project financing space, the team is often sought out by lenders and arrangers, bidders, contractors, concessionaires and borrowers, demonstrating its leading expertise in this area. Recent highlights include advising Bank Leumi on all aspects of the BOT tender regarding the financing, construction and operation of Israel Defence Forces' intelligence campus. Gilad Winkler focuses primarily on the regulatory aspects of infrastructure projects in Israel spanning various sectors. Hagit Horowitz is notable for her strong track record advising clients on large-scale construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Gilad Winkler

Other key lawyers:

Hagit Horowitz

Testimonials

‘Gilad Winkler has a very impressive reputation as an expert in the fields of water, energy and infrastructure.’ 

‘The infrastructure and project finance field is a very unique practice with specific characteristics. Hagit Horwitz, Gilad Winkler and their team are very experienced legal advisors in this field, involved in many infrastructure deals in Israel.’

‘Hagit and Gilad are both excellent negotiators, very thorough and well acquainted with the business structure of these deals and with an exceptional ability to separate the wheat from the chaff, thus enabling the closing of the deal. Gilad has more of a strategic perspective. Hagit is very thorough and knowledgeable and together they make an excellent team!’

Key clients

Africa Israel Group

Alpha Water 2 LP

Bank Hapoalim

Bank Leumi Le’Israel

China Railway Construction Corporation (International) Ltd

Clal Insurance Group

CRRC International Co., Ltd.

Dan Public Transportation Ltd.

Danya Cebus Ltd.

EDF Energies Nouvelles Israel Ltd

Egged Holding Ltd.

Harel Insurance Group

Helios Fund

IDE Technologies Ltd.

Israel Discount Bank

Leidos Inc.

Mekorot Israel National Water Co.

Meridiam SAS

Migdal Insurance Group

OPC Energy Ltd.

Phoenix Group

Shikun & Binui Ltd.

Vinci

Zabar Solar Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising IDE Technologies Ltd. on various matters, including in connection with a $800m BOT tender for the design, finance, construction, operation and maintenance of a 200 m3 seawater desalination facility in Sorek B.
  • Advising a consortium (Shikun & Binui Ltd.; Egged Holding Ltd.; CRRC Hong Kong and CRCCI) in relation to $4bn tenders for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Tel-Aviv Metropolitan Light Rail LRT Green Line and Purple Line.
  • Advising Leidos, Inc., as part of a joint venture, on a BOT tender published by the Ministry of Defence for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the  Israel Defence Forces’ United Supply Centres Project.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co. utilises its significant bench strength to provide full-service advice to clients engaged in infrastructure projects, with notable strength in tender proceedings, regulatory matters and contractual arrangements. Recent highlights include advising Netivei Ayalon on several major highway projects currently under construction. Rami Sofer and Dubi Zoltak, who jointly lead the practice, specialise in corporate and commercial law. Ariel Rosenberg is a key name for domestic and cross-border finance.

Practice head(s):

Rami Sofer; Dubi Zoltak

Other key lawyers:

Ariel Rosenberg

Key clients

The Israel Electric Corporation

Netivei Ayalon Ltd. (Ayalon Highways)

Shikun & Binui – Solel Boneh – Infrastructure Ltd.

Danya Cebus Ltd.

Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering Ltd.

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI)

NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd.

Cross Israel Highway Ltd.

Canada Israel Group

Mekorot Development & Enterprise Ltd.

Lesico Ltd. (Lesico Group)

TEN – Petroleum Company Ltd.

Magen David Adom In Israel (MDA)

BST Group

Negev Natural Gas Ltd.

Darom Natural Gas Ltd.

Gabi Shoef Ltd.

TSK Group

Bayside Land Corporation Ltd.

The First International Bank of Israel

Work highlights

  • Advising local and foreign corporations on some of Israel’s largest energy and transport infrastructure projects, including handling the financing aspects of these projects.
  • Advising Ayalon Highways in relation to numerous large-scale transport and infrastructure projects, including Rapid City, Fast Lanes and Ofnidan.
  • Advising SBges EPC JV, the lead construction contractor for the construction of the Shafdan energy and waste treatment project.

Gornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co.'s 'absolutely excellent' team advises local and international entrepreneurs, consortiums, private and public sector companies on all aspects of major developments, including desalination, transport and utilities projects. Over the last year, the firm's standout mandates include advising concessionaire H2ID on all aspects of a PPP desalination project. Itay Geffen is particularly well known for advising sponsors and developers on the regulatory and commercial side of major developments, including the bidding process and financing arrangements. Yiftah Farber is another key member of the team, and has experience assisting with all stages of infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Itay Geffen

Other key lawyers:

Yiftah Farber; Maya Dvir

Testimonials

‘What is good about Gornitzky, is that their service is more comprehensive than others. They can go into small details, to give accurate points, and also see the big picture.’ 

‘The team I have worked with is very experienced and knowledgeable. You can count on them to answer short questions over the phone but also to provide very comprehensive and complex legal opinions. You really feel you are in good hands.’

Key clients

Shikun & Binui

Dan Public Transportation Company Ltd

Dan Capital Infrastructures and Financial Investments Ltd

Noy Fund

Keystone REIT Ltd.

Mekorot Water Company Ltd., Voith Hydro and Verbund

Alstom Israel Ltd

Electra Concession Ltd.

Hutchison Water Projects Ltd

Brown Hotels Ltd.

H2ID Ltd.

Policity

Shefa Yamim Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium comprising the Noy Fund and Hutchison Water Ltd. on a tender for the purchase of the concessionaire and the operator of a 100m3 seawater desalination facility in Ashdod.
  • Advised Dan Capital Infrastructures and Financial Investments Ltd. on obtaining finance and completing a transaction in which the company acquired the rights in the “Sorek Project”, the largest Desalination Plant in Israel, from IDE Technologies Ltd.
  • Advising Zero Waste Ltd., the winning bidder of the tender for the BOT project initiated by the state of Israel, for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a municipal solid waste treatment plant.

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman's team has particular strength in seawater desalination projects, having been involved in every single one of these developments in Israel. It is also a highly regarded firm for its expertise in BOT, PFI and PPP projects, given the team's strong credentials in project finance and corporate and commercial law. Of particular note is the firm's long-running work for the concessionaire (CityPass) and the operator (Connect) of the Red Line Light Rail Project, which has involved advising on negotiations with the government regarding a settlement and buy-back agreement. Adam Eytan acts for foreign and domestic clients on development and financing matters. Mark Phillips is known for his expertise in project finance.

Practice head(s):

Adam Eytan; Mark Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Eran Wagner; Zara Gold; Limor Shechter

Testimonials

‘Professional team, involved in most of the PPP projects in Israel.’

‘The team is professional in all aspects, highly loyal and fully committed to the client.’ 

‘I am very impressed by Mark Phillips. He is professional and well versed in many subject matters, which makes it easier and much more efficient to work together. 

‘Mark Phillips  is one of the leading legal advisers in infrastructure project finance in Israel.’ 

‘I met Mark and his team while working on a very complex infrastructure project. They are exactly the team you want on this kind of project.’

Key clients

Bank Hapoalim BM

Bank Leumi Le-Israel BM

Israel Discount Bank Ltd.

First International Bank of Israel Ltd.

Israel Electric Corporation

Deutsche Bank

Mekorot

Enlight Renewable Energy Ltd.

Natixis

CityPass Ltd.

Shikun U’Binui Ltd.

Allied Investments

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium made up of Allied Holdings Ltd., Minrav Holdings Ltd. and Siemens group in connection with the tender for the design, build, operation, maintenance and finance of the Tel Aviv Light Rail Green and Purple lines.
  • Advising Mekorot regarding the sale of its 100 M3/year desalination facility which is facing financial difficulties.
  • Advising CityPass in connection with the buyback of the Red Line of the Jerusalem light rail system – the first such transaction in Israel.

Meitar law offices

Meitar Law Offices's 'very professional' team excels in project finance transactions and deal structuring, having been at the forefront of novel agreements over recent years. It is also a popular choice for major clients in the energy and oil and gas sectors for assistance with the commercial and regulatory aspects of major projects in Israel. Highlights included advising a consortium of lenders on the financing of a PPP project regarding the construction of new logistics centres for the Ministry of Defence. Jonathan Finklestone stands out for his exceptional experience in project financing across numerous industries. 'Very experienced and talented' attorney Tani Zahavi is also noted, as are Guy KlesElad Sharabani and senior associate Tal Bignitz, who stands out as a key member of the firm's project finance department.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Finklestone

Other key lawyers:

Tani Zahavi; Guy Kles; Elad Sharabani; Tal Bignitz

Testimonials

‘The lawyers have been involved in most of the deals in Israel.’ 

‘Jonathan Finklestone – one of the most seasoned lawyers in project finance in Israel, he has been personally involved in most of the deals done in the last 15 years, either as the developers’ or financiers’ lawyer.’ 

‘We have a long term relationship with the team on many deals and tenders. This is the best team for this sector!’

Key clients

Bank Hapoalim

Hutchison Water

Megalim Solar Power Ltd.

Bank Leumi le-Israel B.M.

Shikun & Binui Ltd.

Shapir Construction

Noy Infrastructure Fund

Israel Discount Bank Ltd.

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Bank Hapoalim and other senior lenders on the financing of the first sale of a power plant by the state owned Israel Electric Corporation as part of an overall reform of the state monopoly in Israel.
  • Advising the arranger and senior lenders on the financing of a PPP project for the concession to finance, construct and maintain new logistics centres across Israel for the Ministry of Defence.
  • Advising Hutchison Water on the BAFO bid and financing of a project to design, build, operate and maintain a new 200 million cubic meter sea water desalination facility in the south of Israel.

S. Horowitz & Co

S. Horowitz & Co stands out for its role in major railway and highway projects, which is supplemented by broader expertise in a wide spectrum of energy projects. Of particular note, the team is advising several banks involved in financing and refinancing the Jerusalem Light Railway, and acting for a construction company in a separate matter regarding the construction of the Tel Aviv Light Railway. Benjamin Sheffer provides support to clients, including concessionaires, EPC contractors and bidding vehicles, throughout construction projects, from the tender stages through to operation and maintenance. Michelle Liberman and Aharon Bloch specialise in cross-border and domestic project finance.

Practice head(s):

Aharon Bloch; Michelle Liberman; Benjamin Sheffer; Eran Bezalel

Other key lawyers:

Lior Mimon; Meital Malkiel

Key clients

Israel Electric Corporation

Magnezi Group

Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering Ltd

Israel Infrastructure Fund

Minrav Engineering and Construction Ltd.

Bank Hapoalim Ltd.

Bank Leumi Le Israel BM

Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot

Israel Discount Bank Ltd.

Minrav Holdings Ltd.

Impresa Pizzarotti & C. S.p.A.

SC Western Segment’s Construction L.P

Electra Ltd.

CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicle. Ltd.

Aram Engineers Ltd.

Oron Group Holdings & Investments Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising SC Western Segment’s Construction L.P (SC Western) on the construction of the Red Line of the Tel Aviv Light Railway.
  • Advising Israel Infrastructure Fund on a series of financing transactions for the sale and purchase of shares and rights in Dalia Power Energies Ltd.
  • Advising a syndicate of lenders led by Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank Ltd. in relaton a complex refinancing transaction to replace loans and credit lines granted in connection with the construction of two private power plants – Ramat Negev Energy and Ashdod Energy.

Shibolet & Co.

Shibolet & Co. has notable experience of projects spanning transport, utilities, oil and gas, power and defence. The is frequently involved in headline work where it is able to leverage its strong track record in project financing, development, construction, operation, and maintenance. Highlights included advising a consortium (Shapir Civil & Marine Engineering and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles) on all stages of the Green and Purple line projects in Tel Aviv. Alon Ziv handles the majority of the firm’s work in this field. David Magriso and Revital Ben-Artzi are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Alon Ziv Shibolet; David Magriso Shibolet; Orit Marom-Albeck Shibolet; Revital (Tali) Ben-Artzi

Other key lawyers:

Ariel Sheffer

Key clients

Israel Railways

Shapir Civil & Marine Engineering Ltd.

Paz Ashdod Refinery Ltd.

NBT AS

Meitav Dash Investment Ltd.

Menora Mivtachim Insurance Ltd.

Delek Group

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited

(CSCEC)

Clal Insurance Ltd.

Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd.

Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Limited

Netafim Limited

Siemens AG

Haifa Chemicals Ltd.

Ashtrom Group Ltd.

Shikun & Binui

Ellomay Pumped Storage (2014) Ltd.

Tamares Telecom Ltd.

Rotem Energy Mineral (REM) – Limited Partnership

Bank Leumi

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles s.a. (CAF)

Helios Energy Investments

Amitim – Senior Pension Funds

Blue Sphere Corporation

Israel Ports Developments & Assets Company Ltd.

Solegreen Ltd.

Global Sun Israel, L.P (Arava Power Company Ltd.)

Poalim Capital Markets – Investment House Ltd

Halman Aldubi Pension and Provident Funds Ltd.

Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Ltd.

Yevuley Shemesh Ltd.

F.K. Generators and Equipment Ltd.

Harel Insurance Ltd.

Capital Nature Ltd.

Altshuler Sacham Ltd.

Telemenia Ltd.

Effisolar Enterprises Ltd.

Ralco Energy

Work highlights

  • Acting for TransJerusalem J-Net Ltd as the winning bidder on Israel’s largest-ever infrastructure project to date, the NIS 11 billion development of the Jerusalem Light Rail Transit Network.
  • Advising Shapir Civil & Marine Engineering Ltd. (Israel) and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles s.a. (Spain) on a bid for the Tel-Aviv Metropolitan LRT “Green Line” and “Purple Line” light rail tenders, one of Israel’s largest transportation projects, valued at billions of NIS.
  • Advising China State Construction Corporation Limited (“CSCEC”) on its winning bid and engagement with NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd. for the development of Green Line Light Railway Design Build Tender published by NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd. having a value of approximately NIS 1.5 billion.

Tadmor Levy & Co

Tadmor Levy & Co.'s team has a superb track record advising clients on the financing of infrastructure projects in the private and public sector, including transport and water projects. Highlights included advising NTA on the PPP tenders regarding the construction of Tel Aviv Green Line and Purple Line, and serving as counsel to lead arranger Bank Hapoalim on a senior debt arrangement facilitating the expansion of the Cross Israel Highway. Noa Meidan is known for assisting government bodies and large corporates with leading developments in Israel, including light rail projects. Associate Yossi Daniel is also very active.

Practice head(s):

Noa Meidan

Other key lawyers:

Yossi Daniel; Asher Bichoonski; Yotam Leshem

Key clients

Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Transport

Jerusalem Transport Management Team )

Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd.

Rapac Energy Ltd.

State of Israel

Cross Israel Highway Ltd.

Accountant General of the State of Israel and Netivei Israel

Shanghai International Port Group Limited

Israel Discount Bank Ltd.

Bank Hapoalim Ltd.

GES Global Environmental Solutions

Israel Ports Development and Assets Company Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising the Inter-Ministerial Committee in relation to the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the J-Net Project, one of the largest and most complicated infrastructure projects to be undertaken in Israel.
  • Advising the Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd. in relation to the construction of the Tel Aviv Red Line, Green Line and Purple Line.
  • Advising the State of Israel on the preparation of a standard PPP agreement to be used as the template for all PPP infrastructure and other projects to be undertaken in Israel.

Yigal Arnon & Co

The team at Yigal Arnon & Co  has a wealth of experience advising developers, financiers, government bodies and tender committees on various types of large-scale transport, electricity, water and waste management projects. However, the team's expertise in the transport sector is particularly entrenched, reflected by its in ongoing involvement in major railway and highway projects across the country. In one such matter, the firm is advising Trans-Israel Highway Corporation on Highway 6, the very first BOT road under construction in Israel. David Schapiro, who is qualified in Israel and New York, specialises in project finance. Doron Tamir frequently advises all parties involved in tenders for major projects.

Practice head(s):

David Schapiro; Doron Tamir

Other key lawyers:

Oren Roth; Amos Oseasohn

Testimonials

‘Comprehensive approach, very professional on the one hand, business oriented on the other.’

Key clients

Siemens Israel Ltd.

NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd.

Netivei Israel

Trans-Israel Highway Corporation Ltd.

Shapir – Pizzarotti Highway 16 Ltd.

Shapir Orian Logistics Ltd.

Yefe Nof Transport Infrastructures & Construction Ltd.

Ministry of Energy & Water Resources

Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Internal Security

Ministry of Transportation

The Jerusalem Municipality

Shapir Civil & Marine Engineering Ltd.

Barclays Capital

Citibank

HSBC Bank PLC

BNP Paribas

Inbal Insurance Company Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising Shapir – Pizzarotti Highway 16 Ltd. throughout the tender process and regarding its election as the successful bidder in the tender issued by the Inter-Ministerial Tender Committee for the design, finance, construction, operation and maintenance and transfer of Highway 16.
  • Advised Shapir Orian Logistics Ltd. on the tender process for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the “Marhas” project.
  • Advising Trans-Israel on its operations as the first Israeli Build-Operate-Transfer road project developers.

Gross Law Firm – GKH

Gross Law Firm – GKH is a popular choice for assistance with the complex regulatory facets of projects and obtaining approvals from the relevant authorities. It is also well placed to guide developers and construction companies through all stages of infrastructure projects, including significant PPP projects in the transport sector. Tal Danon Shenhav advises the state of Israel, government bodies, municipalities and corporations in connection with procurement processes and project financing. Anat Klein's expertise resides in energy and infrastructure projects of all kinds.

Practice head(s):

Tal Danon Shenhav; Anat Klein

Key clients

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Amiad Water Systems Ltd.

BlueBird Aero Systems Ltd

Changchun Railway Vehicles CO. Ltd

China Railway Construction Corporation (International) Ltd.

Cargal Ltd.

Dalia Power Energies Ltd.

Derech Hayam Ltd.

Efacec Engenharia e Sistemas, S.AEFACEC Power Solutions

Enlight Renewable Energy

Gala’am

Generation Capital Ltd

Herbert Smith Freehills (China)

Hutchison Water Ltd

Jerusalem District Electricity Company

Merlion Desalination Ltd.

MRC Operation Ltd.

NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd.

Orian Ltd.

Osem

Palestinian Energy & Natural Resources Ministry

Palestinian Power Generation Company

Paz Refinery Ashdod Refinery Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium formed by China Railway Construction Corporation (International) Limited,  CRRC International Corp. Ltd, and Shikun & Binui – Solel Boneh – Infrastructure Ltd., that will perform all the EPC works of a project for the finance, design, construction, maintenance and transfer of the Tel Aviv Metropolitan light rail transit Green Line and Purple Line.
  • Advising Generation Capital on a transaction for the purchase of the controlling shareholdings in a mega desalination facility.
  • Advised the State of Israel and Cross Israel on the refinancing of senior debt and its restructuring in a total value of approx. ILS1.7bn.

Lipa Meir & Co

Besides its work for construction companies, Lipa Meir & Co is often sought out by government bodies to advise on tender processes and development. Testament to this is the firm's advice to the Ministry of Defence on the financing of three large projects. Zuriel Lavie is noted for his expertise in large-scale project finance transactions; Michal Schwartz stands out for her significant public sector practice; and Uzi Mor is a specialist in conventional and renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Zuriel Lavie; Michal Schwartz; David Weinstein; Uzi Mor

Key clients

The Israeli Ministry of Defense

The Israeli Water Desalination Administration

The Ministry of Finance

NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit Systems Ltd.

The Ministry of Internal Security

Via Mobility Israel

The Tel Aviv – Jaffa Economic Development Authority Ltd.

Harel Group

Tel Hashomer Hospital

Netafim

A.V. Infrastructure and Mobility, Limited Partnership

Bituach Haklai

Work highlights

  • Advising The Israeli Desalination Administration and the Ministry of Finance in relation to the concessionaires in all five strategic desalination plants in Israel.
  • Advising  the Ministry of Defense in connection with a number of projects including the new Ofek Rahav project, as well as the City of Training Bases project.
  • Advising the Ministry of Finance – the Inter-ministerial Tender Committee on a tender for the construction of a desalination plant in the Western Gallilee, which will be the first plant in Northern Israel.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries' group predominantly acts for construction companies engaged in various types of infrastructure projects, including PPP and BOT developments. In recent work, it assisted Carmelton Group with all aspects of the BOT 'Carmel Tunnels Project', one of Israel's largest ongoing infrastructure projects. Tamar Firon-Smorodinsky frequently advises private clients submitting bids for major projects. Timor Pesso and Sivan Atias provide additional support.

Practice head(s):

Tamar Firon-Smorodinsky

Other key lawyers:

Timor Pesso; Sivan Atias

Testimonials

‘Firon’s performance as a whole is simply the best! We benefit from their full understanding of the Israeli market and their commercial and business acumen. The leading partners are on top of everything and never drop the ball. 

‘Tamar Firon and Timor Pesso are both exceptional lawyers. Tami is my favorite lawyer to work with. She is involved in every aspect of our work and is a true partner and confidante. Her legal perspective is combined with commercial and financial experience thus giving us holistic advice. Timor is a real asset to the team. He is extremely sharp and an original thinker. He grasps the big picture very quickly yet does not neglect dealing with small details as well. We can rest assured that everything will be accurate and on time. He has valuable project finance and BOT experience. ’

‘Tamar Firon is a dream lawyer. Working closely with her I have come to know and appreciate her outstanding experience in project finance and infrastructure.’

‘Timor Pesso is one of the most talented lawyers I have ever met.’

Key clients

Ashtrom Group

EDF EN (Israel) Ltd

Israel Railways Company Ltd.

Bombardier

Noy Fund

Apartment for Rent – Government Housing Rent Company Ltd.

CREC (China Railway Group Limited)

CRTG (China Railway Tunnel Group Co.)

EEB (China Railway Electrification Bureau (Group) Co., Ltd,)

Harel Insurance Company

The Phoenix Insurance Company

Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering Ltd

Haifa Port Company Ltd.

Ashdod Port Company Ltd.

The College of Management Academic Studies

Generation Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Ashtrom on the project for the design, finance, construction and operation of the new courthouse in Bat Yam.
  • Advising CREC,  Bombardier, Noy Fund and Phoenix Insurance company in connection with a PFI tender for the design, build and operation of the green and purple lines of the light rail project in Tel Aviv.
  • Advising Ashtrom in relation to the tender issued by the Israel Ministry of defence for a PPP project for the financing, planning, construction and operation of new army bases.

Simon-Vekslar, Spierer, Maoz Law Offices

Simon-Vekslar, Spierer, Maoz Law Offices specialises in advising tender commitees and sub-commitees on large-scale infrastructure projects, including PPP, PFI and BOT projects. It is also a go-to firm for clients involved in administrative litigation. Recently, the team successfully defended Cross Israel Highway in 17 administrative actions. Ayelet Simon-Vekslar specialises in project procurement, financing and deal structuring.

Practice head(s):

Ayelet Simon-Vekslar

Testimonials

‘Ayelet Veksler is a very talented litigator and is also very familiar with administrative law issues and in particular tender law.’

Key clients

Israel Railways Ltd.

Netivei Israel – National Transport Infrastructure Company Ltd.

Cross Israel Highway Ltd.

NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd.

Ministry of Transport

Mekorot Water Ltd.

The Government  Water and Sewage Authority

Israel Ports Development & Assets Company

Tel Aviv Municipality

Mei Ashkelon – Ashkelon & Netivio Cities’ Water Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Cross Israel Highway Ltd on a BOT Project for the design, finance, construction, operation and maintenance of Haifa to Nazareth LRT Project.
  • Advising the Ministry of Transport in connection with a PFI tender for the design, finance, construction, operation and maintenance of fast lanes at the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area.
  • Advising Metropolitan Mass Transit System on a project for the design, development, manufacture, procurement, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and warranty of the systems of the Red Line Project.

Yehuda Raveh & Co.

Yehuda Raveh & Co. primarily serves as lead counsel to lenders and concessionaires in infrastructure projects, utilising its expertise in financing and corporate structuring. While the work covers various sectors, the firm is particularly active in construction projects in the energy sector, including power plants. Ron Vered's expansive practice covers all aspects of infrastructure projects, including corporate transactions and financing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Ron Vered

Key clients

Minrav Group and Mabat Lanegev Ltd

Electra Group

Bank Leumi Le-Israel BM

Enlight Renewable Energy Ltd.

Shikun & Binui – Solel Boneh – Infrastructures Ltd.

Dalia Power Energies Ltd.

Denham Capital

Dan Capital

Naturgy

Bank Hapoalim B.M.

Israel Discount Bank

Leidos Inc.

Dor Alon

Israel Infrastructure Fund

Nextcom Group

European Investment Bank

KfW

Peninsula Fund

Amitim

Harel Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium arranged by Bank Leumi and comprised of Israeli and international lenders in relation to the financial closing of the Sorek 2 Project.
  • Advising Enlight Renewable Energy on the financial closing of numerous Solar PV Projects.
  • Advising Dalia Power Energies on the financial closing of four Peaker power plants with capacity of MW210.

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary is well regarded for its experience in PPP projects, where it primarily represent international consortiums. In addition, the team is often involved in BOT, PFI and EPC projects, handling tender processes, project finance and commercial agreements. Nadia Davidzon leads the practice, working closely with associate Or Baruch on numerous mandates.

Practice head(s):

Nadia Davidzon

Other key lawyers:

Or Baruch

Key clients

Mashav Energy

Hangzhou Jinjiang Group Co Ltd.

Nayax Ltd.

Tamar Petroleum Ltd.

Ford Municipal Systems Ltd.

Enel Group

IBI Group; IBIB Consultants (Israel) Ltd.

Bombardier Group

Macquarie Corporate Holdings Pty.

Metropoline Public Transportation Ltd

Seldat Distribution Inc. and Israel Land Development Company Ltd.

IVM Minrav Sadyt

Israel Builders Association

Lesico Group

Work highlights

  • Advising IBI Group in connection with its participation in one of the largest national projects in Israel – the design and implementation of mass transit systems in Tel Aviv.
  • Advised an international consortium as bidder in connection with the tender for the execution of highly complex BOT project for the finance, design, construction and operation and maintenance of the J-Net LRV line in Jerusalem.
  • Advised Seldat and ILDC in connection with a PFI for a high value project, regarding all aspects of the project and tender process.

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) has a core focus advising sponsors, government departments and financiers involved in a wide variety of desalination, waste, and transport projects, including those with a cross-border angle. The team is also known for its significant expertise in the oil and gas, and power markets. Amnon Epstein, a highly regarded expert in infrastructure and energy projects, often works with fellow partners Lior Aharon and Asaf Rimon.

Practice head(s):

Amnon Epstein

Other key lawyers:

Lior Aharon; Asaf Rimon

Key clients

Abengoa

Afcon

Bank Leumi

BNP Paribas

Bombardier

Credit Agricole

Downer Group

Enlight Energy

Evoqua Water Technologies

Generation Fund

Global Power

Goldman Sachs

Hutchison Water International

Israel infrastructure Fund

Israel Opportunity Energy Resources

K.N. Solar

Kibbutz Economies Group (Mishkei Hakibbutzim)

Macquarie

Mivtach Shamir

Mekorot Water Company

Netixis

Noy Fund

Oshrad Group

The Phoenix insurance company

PMEC

Ratio Oil Exploration

Shikun & Binui

Société Générale

Solaer

Solegreen

Tahal Group

Turbo Gen

Veridis

Work highlights

  • Advising Shikun & Binui on the large-scale Western Galilee desalination BOT tender.
  • Advising Veridis on the first waste-to-energy plant BOT tender.
  • Advising Downer in respect to the Tel Aviv light rail BOT tender.

Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co.

Erdinast Ben Nathan Toledano & Co. with Hamburger Evron specialises in advising corporations engaged in government tenders for infrastructure projects across Israel, with a particular emphasis on municipal waste, natural gas ,and electric vehicle matters. Highlights included advising Electra Group on matters connected to the NTA's tender for the large-scale Green Line and Purple Line projects in Tel Aviv. Uri Noy 's experience spans tender proceedings, financing and complex regulatory matters related to energy and infrastructure projects. Nadav Olgan specialises in energy regulation. Uri Mandel was a new arrival in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Uri Noy; Nadav Olgan

Other key lawyers:

Uri Mandel

Key clients

Tidhar Construction Ltd.

Israel Natural Gas Lines Ltd.

Electra Group

Afcon Holdings

Acciona Agua

Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd.

Flying Cargo Ltd.

Mega Or Holdings Ltd.

Metropoline public transport Ltd.

Egged Taavura

Work highlights

  • Advising a joint venture comprising Tidhar and Afcon in relation to a BOT tender for the funding, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Ofek Rahav project.
  • Advising Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd. in relation to two tenders issued by the Ministry of Transportation for the operation and maintenance of public transportation lines in Bet Shemesh and Jerusalem.
  • Advising Electra Group as part of a consortium participating in NTA’s tender for the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Light Rail Train Green Line and Purple Line.

Yossi Levy & Co

Yossi Levy & Co's team stands out for its consistent role in project finance transactions, where it acts for borrowers, lenders and insurers. The group is particularly active in desalination, railway and pumped storage projects. Uri Mandel left the firm in March 2021.

Key clients

PSP Investments

Bank Hapoalim

Bank Leumi

The Israel Airport Authority (IAA)

Harel Insurance Company

Migdal Insurance Company

Electra

Afcon Holdings

Clalit Health Services

Israel National Road Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Harel Insurance on granting a $550m loan facility to Ashtrom, one of the leading construction companies in Israel, for the purpose of financing four residential projects designated for long term lease using the project finance scheme.
  • Advising a consortium consisting of Acciona Agua, Allied and Afcon, on its participation in three desalination tenders.
  • Advising Netivey Israel with respect to the construction of Section A of the Eastern Railway Project, the cost of which is estimated at $1.2bn.