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Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz
Azrieli Sarona Tower, 121 Menachem Begin Road
53rd floor
Tel Aviv, 6701203

Intellectual property: disputes Tier 1

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz's IP department is one of the busiest in Israel. Its caseload spans all areas of IP and it acts for clients in proceedings before both the IPTO and the courts. Practice head Yossi Markovich is one of the jurisdiction's most active trade mark litigators, representing a plethora of recognisable brands in opposition proceedings, as well as in criminal cases regarding counterfeit goods. Zeev Pearl one of the firm's founders, focusing on patent disputes in the IT, energy and medical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Yossi Markovich

Other key lawyers:

Zeev Pearl; Dor Cohen Zedek; Haim Ravia

Key clients

Telit Wireless Communication PLC

Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG

Dexcel Pharma Technologies Ltd.



Dimerix Bioscience PTY Ltd.


Speedo Holdings B.V. (“Speedo”)

Klil Industries Ltd.

Moroccan Oil

Orgenesis Inc. (NASDAQ: ORGS)

High Performance Optics (HPO)

Quality by Vision Ltd.

Galimedix Therapeutics Inc

CollPlant LTD

Ayala Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz is well known for handling contentious and non-contentious patent matters. The group also specialises in advising clients across the spectrum of life sciences on corporate transactions and employment issues. Zeev Pearl has over two decades of experience advising clients on IP issues, including portfolio development, licensing and litigation. Mark Cohen is an expert in patent prosecution regarding pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotech. Yael Baratz is often instructed by clients to handle cross-border M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Zeev Pearl; Mark Cohen; Yael Baratz; Hili Rashkovan

Key clients

Bayer AG

Opko Health Ltd.

Pfizer Inc.

Sanofi S.A.

Orgenesis Inc.

Dexcel Pharma

Panaxia Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

Maccabi Health Services

Biondvax Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Ayala Pharmaceuticals

Verliy Life Sciences

SciVac Ltd.

KAHR Medical Ltd.

Ascend Performance Materials

Estar Medical

Amoon Fund

Nobio Ltd

Hi-tech and start-ups Tier 2

One of the few Israeli firms with an international office network, Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz is well placed to advise clients across the hi-tech sector on corporate, M&A and intellectual property matters. Zeev Pearl, whose practice is split between Israel and New York, regularly advises multinational clients on the enforcement and protection of intellectual property rights and scouting for technologies in Israel. Guy Lachmann and Atir Jaffe are both experienced in acting for emerging growth companies and their investors, advising clients from the very early stages of their development through to exit transactions.

Practice head(s):

Guy Lachmann; Atir Jaffe; Zeev Pearl

Other key lawyers:

Yael Baratz; Inbal Perlstein-Mandlebaum


Zeev Pearl stands out for his clear language and advice, and straightforward approach. He gets things done, internally and with clients.’

The team at Pearl Cohen really understand the business needs of their clients. They take strong positions for their clients that safeguard good outcomes.

I find the team working with us at Pearl Cohen to be second to none. They are highly professional, responsive, extremely efficient and well managed. They cover all our corporate, licensing, data privacy and regulatory concerns in Israel and work seamlessly with leading peers in other countries such as the UK and Japan to provide us with global solutions.’

Zeev Pearl is an exceptionally well-rounded technology lawyer with broad legal knowledge in anything tech related and an understanding of how to integrate his legal knowledge with the client’s business needs.’

Key clients

mPharma Data Inc.

Kahr Medical Ltd.

AppsVillage Australia Ltd.

Semperis Ltd.

SOMPO Holdings

Capri Ventures


Swiftt Development Ltd.

Presidio Capital Israel L.P.

KZen Networks (ZenGo)


Singular Labs

Promo Ltd.



Valin Technologies Ltd.

Telit Communications PLC

Orgenesis Inc.

Phinergy Ltd.

Newrow, Inc.

Cannomed Medical Cannabis Industries Ltd.


Intellectual property: commercial/transactions Tier 2

With offices in the US and UK, Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz is able to advise on cross border licensing transactions (most notably in the telecoms and pharmaceutical sectors), as well as the IP elements of M&A transactions. Zeev Pearl, who is one of the firm's founders, works with global companies on the IP aspects of their operations in Israel. Fellow founder Mark Cohen leads the life sciences group and splits his practice between Tel Aviv and New York. Yael Baratz represents the technology transfer companies of academic research institutions.

Practice head(s):

Zeev Pearl; Yael Baratz; Mark Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Haim Ravia; Yoav Alkalay; Dotan Hammer


‘A unique law firm for Israel due to its strong IP knowledge combined with an excellent business approach.’

‘All the lawyers I have been in touch with have it in their DNA to be very responsive, to be smart people and approachable. They are positive and look for solutions, not problems’

‘The team has very strong IP and technology knowhow. They also have the ability to consider the customer’s business interests first and not recommend legal activity when not essential. This honesty and transparency are very important for us.’

‘Zeev Pearl is outstanding in providing IP consultation with both legal and business mindsets. His technical expertise and natural curiosity helps in understanding technology issues.’

Key clients

Telit Wireless Communication PLC

Verily Life Sciences aka Google Health


Dexcel Pharma Technologies Ltd.

Rafael Advances Defense Systems Ltd.

Bank Hapoalim


OPKO Health Inc.

Orgenesis Inc. (NASDAQ: ORGS)

NICE InContact

Prilenia Neurotherapeutics Ltd

Galimedix Therapeutics Inc

CollPlant LTD

Ayala Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Capital markets Tier 3

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz's team expanded in 2020 with the recruitment of two senior associates and three associates from various other firms. The practice has notable expertise advising clients in the medical cannabis sector on capital raising, in addition to a strong track record of representing dual-listed companies engaged in IPOs in Israel, the US and Australia. Ilan Gerzi has wide-ranging experience, encompassing securities law, corporate finance and complex transactions in the medical cannabis area.

Practice head(s):

Ilan Gerzi

Other key lawyers:

Maria Berkovits; Anna Moshe; Nir Zohar

Key clients



Panaxia Pharmaceutical Industries Israel Ltd.

Pnina Rosenblum

Together Pharma Ltd.

AppsVillage Australia Ltd.

Medipower Overseas Public Company Limited


Galileo Tech Ltd.

KMN Capital Ltd.

Cannomed Medical Cannabis Industries Ltd.

Citrin Group


Intellicanna Ltd




Oren Investments AAA LTD


Avrot Industries LTD

Infimer LTD



Brand Industries

Employment Tier 3

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz predominantly advises and represents clients in relation to individual contracts and sensitive disputes, spanning such areas as unlawful dismissal and sexual harassment. The team also has a good track record of advising on the employment and due diligence aspects of M&A in Israel, particularly in the hi-tech sector. The 'highly professional' Kalia Klein has over 30 years of experience in employment law.

Practice head(s):

Kalia Klein


‘Kalia Klein is highly competent, available, easy to work with and forward-thinking.’

‘Kalia is highly professional and well regarded, with extremely deep knowledge in her area of practice. She makes efficient use of associates’ time and knows how to allocate and prioritise work. Kalia provides practical advice and enables the client to work through difficult employment matters in a smooth and primarily non-confrontational way. I highly recommend her.’

‘Kalia Klein was very professional, responsive and sharp, and worked with us through this difficult period of time where we had to make layoffs.’

Key clients

Ormat Technologies Inc.

Bait Balev Ltd.

Saips Ltd.

Brand Industries Ltd.

Hilti (Israel) Ltd.


Stratasys Ltd.

Aspect Imaging Ltd.

Align Technology

Babcom Centers

Investment and venture capital funds Tier 3

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz has a demonstrable track record of advising on the formation of innovative and substantial venture capital funds focused on a range of industries, in addition to assisting with ongoing management issues. International tax matters are another area of expertise for the team, particularly with regards to the US, where the firm benefits from its offices in New York, Los Angeles and Boston. Atir Jaffe leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Atir Jaffe

Other key lawyers:

Keren Shmueli

Key clients

COPIA Agro & Food Technologies Fund


Beyond Mobility Ventures

aMoon Velocity

Anna Ventures fund


AP Partners

CERTUS Port Automation

mPharma Data

Keshet Broadcasting

Capri Ventures

SOMPO Holdings

Tax Tier 3

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz specialises in cross-border tax matters, providing its clients with the full range of tax advice in relation to their day-to-day activities and corporate and commercial arrangements. Although the firm's expertise covers numerous sectors, its work in the real estate industry is particularly prominent. Henriette Fuchs leads the practice and often works with certified public accountant Amit Zomer. The team was further strengthened with the arrival of senior associate Roy Grilak, who joined the team in May 2020 from BDO.

Practice head(s):

Henriette Fuchs

Other key lawyers:

Amit Zomer; Roy Grilak


‘Henriette Fuchs is smart, funny and a joy to work with. With Henriette on your side, you feel there is no problem that can’t be solved in a satisfactory manner.’

Key clients

Alstom Transport SA

ISS Global A/S



Impresa Pizzarotti SarL

Lely Holdings Sarl

General Electric Digital Inc

Big Shopping Centers Ltd

GigaWatt Global Group Coop

Insense Ltd


Implisit Ltd

Forever 21 Israel Ltd

Plasticon Europe BV

IQP Group

Eydenberg Group

PicaFuel Ltd

Wolverine Asset Management

Greycroft Fund

Pro-Unlimited Inc



OrelTech GmbH

Ocean Data Ltd

NFT Inc & NFT Ltd


Energiya Israel Ltd

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz leverages its international network of offices to advise clients based in the US, Europe, Asia Pacific and the CIS on M&A transactions, spinoffs, buyouts and other equity deals. In a recent highlight, the firm advised Panaxia Pharmaceutical Industries on its merger with Herodium Investments, representing a landmark transaction in the medical cannabis sector. Ilan Gerzi continues to be instructed in a high volume of transactions, including complex M&A, takeovers and corporate finance matters. Yael Baratz and Ilan Gerzi are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Yael Baratz; Guy Lachmann; Ilan Gerzi

Key clients

Lightricks Ltd.

Medi-Tate Ltd.

Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.

Unbotify Ltd.

Keshet Broadcasting Ltd.

Quality by Vision Ltd.

Orgenesis Inc.

BioTime Inc.

aMoon Fund, 83North Fund, EMC Corporation

Cyarx Technologies Ltd. (Siemplify)

Panaxia Pharmaceutical Industries Israel Ltd.

KAHR Medical Ltd.

Healthy Mize


Herodium Investments Ltd.


Intellectual property: filing/prosecution

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz provides a first-class service in all areas of IP, working with recognisable clients from the retail, hi-tech and pharmaceutical industries on the protection of their inventions, designs and branding. Complex prosecution is a particular specialism; the firm files petitions to cancel the allowance of a patent application by client's competitors. Managing partner Zeev Pearl focuses on patents, primarily in the information technology, energy and pharmaceutical sectors. On the trade marks side, Dor Cohen Zedek manages the worldwide portfolios of domestic and international clients. Mark Cohen is recommended for life sciences work.

Practice head(s):

Zeev Pearl; Mark Cohen; Dor Cohen Zedek

Other key lawyers:

Idan Frydman


‘Zeev Pearl is very knowledgeable, business-minded and involved, available, engaged and accommodates. Best I worked with in 20 years. He built a very professional team with high service standards.’

‘First the response time. Second, the capability to separate between material and not. Focusing on what needs to be done.’

‘Dor Cohen Zedek’s availability and knowledge together with the willingness to really help the client and not just bill them is refreshing.’

Key clients

Bayer AG

Sanofi SA


Illumina Inc.


Stratasys Ltd

Nice InContact

Telit Communications PLC

Speedo Holdings B.V. (“Speedo”)

Klil Industries Ltd.

Moroccan Oil

OPKO Health Inc.

Orgenesis Inc.

Vayyar Imaging Ltd.

Ayala Pharma

Prilenia Neurotherapeutics Ltd

Galimedix Therapeutics Inc

CollPlant LTD

Ayala Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


The firm: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz (“Pearl Cohen”) is an international law and patent firm with offices in Israel (Tel-Aviv, Haifa), the United States (New York, Los Angeles, Boston), and the United Kingdom (London).  Due to the firm’s unique global presence, it has an extraordinary reputation dealing with cross-border issues in the areas of commercial law (Hi-tech transactions, capital markets, M&A, taxation), litigation, and intellectual property, a field in which the firm is considered to be the leading and most distinguished in Israel.

The firm represents businesses, technology-oriented companies, and investors from both local and international markets, including Fortune 500 and small-cap emerging companies, startups and entrepreneurs, companies traded on Israeli and worldwide stock markets, academic research institutions, and government-related entities. Our international team strive to remain at the cutting edge of our specialist areas of expertise by providing our clients with innovative resolutions to legal problems. Our knowledge and experience across a broad range of legal issues uniquely positions us to offer tailor-made legal and professional solutions to clients that combine numerous practice areas and industries across multiple jurisdictions.

The Pearl Cohen Advantage: full service global firm: Our professionals constitute one global team. We collaborate seamlessly to bring the highest level of service and experience to our clients, who benefit from our professionals’ diverse backgrounds and intimate knowledge of cutting-edge technologies. We are dedicated to helping our clients thrive in today’s business environment.

Department Name Email Telephone
Intellectual Property and Patents Mark S. Cohen
Patents Yoav Alkalay
Employment and Labor Group Kalia Klein
Capital Markets Maria Berkovits
Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Benjamin Baratz
Corporate and M&A, Licensing Yael Baratz
IP Litigation Nathaniel Agou
Patents, Designs and Intellectual Property Litigation Yosi Barkai
Corporate Lior Baruch
Corporate and Commercial Litigation Galit Bonet
Corporate and Licensing Adar Altman
Trademarks and Designs Todd Braverman
Russia and CIS, Ibero-America Meny Broid
Corporate and Licensing Yitzchak Chamudot
Trademarks and Designs Dor Cohen Zedek
US Business Immigration Ari Farkas
Patents Brenda Flockhart-Shanks
Tax Henriette Fuchs
Corporate Finance and Securities Ilan Gerzi
Infrastructure and Project Finance Ittai Gross
Tax Dr. Oz Halabi
Internet, Cyber & Copyright Dotan Hammer
Corporate, M&A, Capital Markets and Securities, and Commercial Litigation Yohai Hurvitz
Hi-Tech, Venture Capital and Private Equity Atir Jaffe
Hi-Tech Oded Kadosh
Internet, Cyber & Copyright Tal Kaplan
Life Sciences Richard Korn
Hi-Tech Guy Lachmann
Corporate and M&A, Venture Capital and Private Equity Doron Latzer
Patent Litigation David Loewenstein
Trademarks, Litigation and Designs Anat Mandel
IP Litigation Yossi Markovich
Patents Brendan Mee
Patent Litigation and Post Grant Proceedings Daniel J Melman
Corporate and Commercial Guy Milhalter
Russia and CIS, Ibero-America Anna Moshe
Copyrights Veronica Munoz
Patent Netta Nashilevich
Corporate and Licensing Michael B Nussbaum
Life Sciences Jonathan Passner
Intellectual Property and Patents Zeev Pearl
Corporate and Licensing Inbal Perlstein-Mandelbaum
Patents, Designs, Patent Litigation and Post Grant Proceedings Caleb Pollack
U.S. Employment and Benefits, US Business Immigration Francine Alfandary
Life Sciences Craig Puckett
Licensing Hili Rashkovan
Copyrights Haim Ravia
Patent, Patent Litigation, and U.S. Patent Office Litigation Nathan D Renov
Commercial Litigation Tal Rotman
Commercial Amir Sadeh
Corporate and Employment Sagit Sazgar
Real Estate Sagit Shahmoon
Hi-Tech Yael Shimon-Many
Patent Litigation and Post Grant Proceedings Clyde Shuman
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Designs Groups Doron Sieradzki
Hi-Tech, Corporate, Securities and Commercial Hadar Solomon
Corporate and Licensing Joel Stein
Corporate Finance & Securities Benjamin Waltuch
Patent and Intellectual Property Assaf Weiler
Corporate and Licensing Yossi Weinstock
Intellectual Property Morey B Wildes
Antitrust and Competition Tzahi I Yagur
IP Litigation Guy Yonay
Capital Markets and Securities Nir Zohar
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nathaniel Agou  photo Nathaniel Agou Nathaniel has extensive experience in dispute resolution, with an emphasis on intellectual…
 Francine Alfandary  photo Francine Alfandary Francine has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, financing rounds, joint ventures,…
 Yoav Alkaly  photo Yoav Alkaly For more than 15 years Yoav has been advising clients on various…
 Adar Altman  photo Adar Altman She joined the Corporate Group as an associate upon completing her internship…
 Israel Bachar  photo Israel Bachar Partner
 Benjamin Baratz  photo Benjamin Baratz Benjamin Baratz is a Senior Partner and Chair of the Israel Business…
 Yael Baratz  photo Yael Baratz Yael Baratz is a Senior Partner and Chair of the Corporate &…
 Yosi Barkai  photo Yosi Barkai Yosi’s practice focuses on patent drafting and prosecution in various fields of…
 Lior Baruch  photo Lior Baruch Lior Baruch is a Partner in the Corporate Group of Pearl Cohen’s…
 Maria Berkovits  photo Maria Berkovits Maria Berkovits is a Partner in the Capital Markets and Securities Group…
 Barak Bing  photo Barak Bing Partner
 Galit Bonet  photo Galit Bonet Galit has 30 years of experience in corporate and commercial law, intellectual…
 Todd Braveman  photo Todd Braveman Todd’s practice primarily focuses on achieving client business objectives in connection with…
 Meny Broid  photo Meny Broid Meny’s main areas of expertise consist of commercial and corporate law, agency…
 Yitzchak Chamudot  photo Yitzchak Chamudot Yitzhak Chamudot is a Partner of the Corporate and Licensing Group in…
 Mark S. Cohen  photo Mark S. Cohen Mark’s practice focuses on patent prosecution in the pharmaceutical, chemical, biological, and…
 Nachman Cohen Zedek photo Nachman Cohen Zedek Nachman is the son of the late S. Cohen Zedek who established…
 Dor Cohen Zedek  photo Dor Cohen Zedek Dor’s clients include a variety of multinational companies, as well as Israeli…
 Michal Dagan  photo Michal Dagan Michal’s practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation and corporate and commercial…
 Ari Farkas  photo Ari Farkas Ari advises clients on business immigration matters as well as employment authorization…
 Brenda Flockhart-Shanks  photo Brenda Flockhart-Shanks Her areas of concentration include patent prosecution, licensing, patent validity and infringement…
 Idan Frydman  photo Idan Frydman Idan advises multinational clients, alongside local companies, in various fields of technologies,…
 Henriette Fuchs  photo Henriette Fuchs Henriette Fuchs is Senior Partner at Pearl Cohen’s Tel Aviv office and…
 Aliza Gabizon Gilboa  photo Aliza Gabizon Gilboa Partner
 Ilan Gerzi  photo Ilan Gerzi Ilan Gerzi is a Senior Partner at Pearl Cohen’s Tel Aviv Office…
 Ittai Gross  photo Ittai Gross Ittai’s practice focuses on infrastructure projects (PPP, BOT, PFI projects etc.), in…
Dr Oz Halabi  photo Dr Oz Halabi Oz is a highly experienced tax attorney engaging primarily in US domestic…
 Dotan Hammer  photo Dotan Hammer Dotan’s practices include software and website licenses and user agreements, digital (electronic)…
 Yohai Hurvitz  photo Yohai Hurvitz Yohai is highly experienced in M&A and commercial transactions and his main…
 Atir Jaffe  photo Atir Jaffe With almost 20 years’ experience, Atir’s practice focuses on hi-tech, media, communication…
 Oded Kadosh  photo Oded Kadosh Oded has a diverse transactional, corporate and commercial counseling practice with an…
 Tal Kaplan photo Tal Kaplan Tal’s practice includes commercial litigation specifically in copyright infringement issues, domain names and…
 Omer Kelner  photo Omer Kelner Partner
 Kalia Klein photo Kalia Klein Relying on her 20 years of legal experience, Kalia and her group…
 Richard Korn  photo Richard Korn With over twenty years of patent practice, Richard has acquired expertise in…
 Guy Lachmann  photo Guy Lachmann Guy’s practice focuses on hi-tech, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and…
 Maya Lakstein  photo Maya Lakstein Maya has extensive experience of more than seventeen years in M&A and…
 Doron Latzer  photo Doron Latzer Doron has over 24 years of commercial and corporate law experience working…
 Abishag Levy  photo Abishag Levy Abishag represents Israeli and international clients in Trademark prosecution and enforcement proceedings in…
 Dr. Hao Li   photo Dr. Hao Li  Dr. Hao’s practice focuses on U.S. and foreign patent preparation and prosecution…
 David Loewenstein  photo David Loewenstein He has over 25 years of patent and intellectual property litigation experience…
 Anat Mandel  photo Anat Mandel Anat represents Israeli and international clients in litigation and enforcement proceedings in…
 Yossi Markovich  photo Yossi Markovich Yossi specializes in dispute resolution, with an emphasis on intellectual property litigation.…
 Brendan Mee  photo Brendan Mee A Chemical Engineer, and former Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and…
 Daniel J. Melman  photo Daniel J. Melman He is an experienced intellectual property litigation and trial attorney, with a…
 Guy Mihalter  photo Guy Mihalter Prior to joining Pearl Cohen, Guy ran a solo practice in Washington,…
 Anna Moshe  photo Anna Moshe Anna Moshe is a Senior Partner and Chair of the Russian and…
 Veronica M. Munoz  photo Veronica M. Munoz
 Netta Nashilevich  photo Netta Nashilevich Netta has more than 15 years of extensive experience representing international clients…
 Inbal Navot-Eisenthal  photo Inbal Navot-Eisenthal  Inbal has over 10 years of experience in handling various intellectual property…
 Michael B. Nussbaum  photo Michael B. Nussbaum Michael Nussbaum is a Partner in the Corporate and Licensing Group in…
 Darie Ofek  photo Darie Ofek Darie has expertise in a multitude of domestic and international transactions. He…
 Michel Ohayon  photo Michel Ohayon Michel is Senior Counsel in the Corporate and Capital Markets Group at…
 Jonathan M. Passner  photo Jonathan M. Passner His practice focuses on patent matters in the areas of biotechnology, medical…
 Zeev Pearl  photo Zeev Pearl Zeev’s multifaceted practice includes the representation of global companies protecting and enforcing…
 Inbal Perlstein-Mandelbaum  photo Inbal Perlstein-Mandelbaum Inbal Perlstein-Mandelbaum is a Partner in the Corporate and Licensing Groups of…
 Caleb Pollak  photo Caleb Pollak He manages and prosecutes utility and design patent matters for large and…
 Craig Puckett  photo Craig Puckett He has substantial experience counseling clients on developing their worldwide patent portfolio…
 Hili Rashkovan  photo Hili Rashkovan Hili Rashkovan is a Partner in the Corporate and Licensing Group of…
 Haim Ravia  photo Haim Ravia As such, he deals extensively with cyber and Internet law, privacy and…
 Nathan D. Renov  photo Nathan D. Renov Nathan advises clients in all aspects of intellectual property (IP) protection, and…
 Michal Rom  photo Michal Rom Michal specializes mainly in the clinical trial and licensing fields and handles…
 Tal Ron  photo Tal Ron Partner
 Tal Rotman  photo Tal Rotman Tal is a highly seasoned and uniquely diversified attorney with extensive experience…
 Amir Sadeh  photo Amir Sadeh Amir counsels corporate clients on a variety of commercial, corporate and strategic…
 Sagit Sazgar  photo Sagit Sazgar Sagit Sazgar is a Partner in the Employment Group in Pearl Cohen’s…
 Sagit Shahmoon  photo Sagit Shahmoon Sagit Shahmoon is a Partner at Pearl Cohen’s Real Estate Group. Sagit’s…
 Yael Shimon-Many  photo Yael Shimon-Many Yael’s practice focuses on private equity investments, M&A transactions and intellectual property…
 Keren Shmueli  photo Keren Shmueli Keren engages in a diverse corporate practice encompassing a broad range of…
 Clyde Shuman  photo Clyde Shuman Clyde has been litigating intellectual property disputes for over 20 years. He…
 Doron Sieradzki  photo Doron Sieradzki Doron Sieradzki is a Partner in the Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Designs, and…
 Neil Smollet  photo Neil Smollet Partner
 Ilana Soloducho Kashmir  photo Ilana Soloducho Kashmir Partner
 Hadar Solomon photo Hadar Solomon Hadar Solomon is a Partner in the Hi-Tech, Corporate, Securities and Commercial…
 Joel Stein  photo Joel Stein Joel (Jody) Stein is a Partner in the Corporate and Licensing Group…
 Micha Tollman  photo Micha Tollman Partner
 Tamar Van Der Boom, Ph.D.  photo Tamar Van Der Boom, Ph.D. Senior Patent Agent/Attorney
 Kelly Virdee-Crofts  photo Kelly Virdee-Crofts Kelly Virdee-Crofts is a Senior Patent Attorney at Pearl Cohen’s London office…
 Karin Vishinsky  photo Karin Vishinsky Karin Vishinsky is a Partner in the Corporate Litigation Group in Pearl…
 Benjamin Waltuch  photo Benjamin Waltuch His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border transactions including each of the…
 Assaf Weiler  photo Assaf Weiler He is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales…
 Yossi Weinstock  photo Yossi Weinstock Yossi Weinstock is a Partner in the Corporate and Licensing Group of…
 Morey B. Wildes  photo Morey B. Wildes orey’s focus is counseling clients seeking patent, trademark and trade secret rights.…
 Tzahi I. Yagur  photo Tzahi I. Yagur Tzahi represents leading Israeli and international groups in issues related to monopolies,…
 Guy Yonay  photo Guy Yonay Guy focuses his practice on patent litigation and adversarial proceedings before the…
 Nir Zohar  photo Nir Zohar Nir represents private and public companies in a wide array of aspects…
 Amit Zomer  photo Amit Zomer Partner
Number of lawyers : 200
Other offices : Boston
Other offices : Haifa
Other offices : London
Other offices : Los Angeles
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Tel Aviv

Henriette Fuchs, Senior Partner, manages the Tax Department in Tel Aviv

Henriette Fuchs of Pearl Cohen explains the 2021 tax challenges for international groups with a presence in Israel

What do you see as the main tax challenges in 2021 for international taxpayers with a presence in Israel?

After a few years without major changes in tax legislation the acceptance of a number of amendment proposals of various important tax laws are expected which are of particular interest to multinational groups active in Israel. Among these are the tightening of transfer pricing rules, placing the burden of proof on the taxpayer under various chapters of tax law and regulations, and the

Which segments of your tax practice do you see growing in the next 12 months?

As the tightening of Israel’s transfer pricing regulations and the proposed CbC reporting rules may kick in shortly, the work and manpower involved with matters of intercompany business modelling to develop sharp multi-year transfer pricing strategies will take up even more of our attention.

International groups approach the senior functions in the Israeli tax authorities more often to obtain to certainty or even an advance pricing, bilateral, agreements to securing manageable Israeli tax positions and exclude uncontrollable tax risks. The tax authorities, during the last couple of years, have won a number of significant decisions in the international arena- this has resulted in a growing desire for the securing of certainty in advance. There is a will with the tax authorities to develop quicker and efficient responses to such requests, and that is where we fit in.

Another very important growth sector is that of indirect taxation and in particular value added tax – especially in the context of international – related party – transactions. The Israeli VAT system offers little bilateral reciprocity for cross border transactions, while at least 60% of the income of the Israeli treasury stems from customs, VAT and other indirect taxes. It is no surprise that the discussion about taxation of the digital economy by the OECD, and other global efforts against tax minimalization, have also captured the attention of the VAT authorities in Israel. The risk of VAT inefficiency can actually have a more significant economic impact on a business than any double income tax and we are therefore expanding our indirect tax capabilities.

How can clients help you limit the tax risks they need to manage?

The effect of the changed international tax perceptions and the translation of the Israeli tax authorities and policy makers specifically of these developments, bestow a very specific responsibility on the finance management of international groups who are looking to exclude quite present tax risks in relation to their activities in Israel. Our approach – when developing a long-term solid cross border tax strategy – entails full dialogue and we actually relies thereto on creative input of the finance and tax management of our clients.

Clients should make an inventory of the goal of their cross-border tax considerations, with a multi-year vision and include all intercompany business elements and relations, including the naming of existing tax risks, including – especially in relation to Israel – where is the IP in the group, where are the risks, how are employee equity awards charged to the Israeli group entity and what agreements are there and which are missing.

Where do you see the tax department of your firm in three years’ time when taking into account that clients are looking for stability and strategic direction?

The tax legislation in Israel offers many benefits and investment encouragement, whilst the tax system and tax authorities can be quite challenging in relation to foreign investors in a cross-border constellation. Our tax department has secured the best outcome through high day-to-day involvement with the international business modelling of its foreign and domestic clients.