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Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co.
98 YIGAL ALON STREET
TEL AVIV 67891
Israel
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Work Department

Planning and Construction \Municipal Law \Environment

Position

Head of the Real Estate, Planning and Construction department Avi Porten is widely recognized as a central figure in Israel in the fields of land, real estate and planning and construction. With a long and successful track record in a range of real estate, planning and construction issues, Avi advises and oversees the whole process for clients seeking approvals from the different planning and construction committees.

He acts for an extensive array of clients including major developers of residential and commercial projects, transportation, energy, hotel companies, private land owners and developers, various government companies’ local planning committees and local municipalities.

These clients draw on Avi’s unparalleled expertise, stemming from numerous roles, including: Head of the Planning and Building department in The Interior Ministry’s Legal department; Legal adviser to the district planning and construction committees; Legal adviser to the Planning Administration’s planning guidelines and regulations department, and many more. 

Avi joined Agmon as a partner in 2006.

Languages

Hebrew and English

Memberships

A member of the Israel Bar Association since 1991

Education

LL.B., 1989, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; LL.M. (cum laude), 1992, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Combined degree with the Institute of Urban and Regional Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Lawyer Rankings

Israel > Planning and zoning

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Avi Porten



Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co.

Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co. runs a ‘knowledgeable and responsive‘ zoning team, which advises corporates, investors, developers, and local authorities and government entities on contentious and non-contentious planning mandates. Jointly led by Eyal Mamo in Tel Aviv and Avi Porten in Jerusalem, the department is involved in projects across a wide range of industries, but is particularly active in luxury residential and hotel projects and urban renewals. Porten and Kira Lerner are representing JTLV Investment in planning procedures concerning the NIS2bn Atarim Square project in Tel Aviv. In Jerusalem, Porten is advising a family investor on the NIS1bn development of a mixed residential and commercial space at the entrance of the city. Moreover, the group is representing Energix Group in a Supreme Court appeal concerning the zoning plan for a wind project in Northern Israel. The team also provides comprehensive planning advice to several municipalities and local authorities, including Holon Municipality, Modi’in Planning and Construction Committee, and Mateh Yehuda Regional Council.

Israel > Real estate and construction

Proving ‘service at the highest level of professionalism‘, Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co. ‘instils in its clients a sense of calm and confidence‘ across each stage of a project. The team is jointly led by Eyal Mamo and Avi Porten, who are based in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, respectively. Mamo is acting for The Caesarea Corporation in relation to the plot sales and contracting tenders for a residential development in Or Akiva, which will bring more than 3,500 new apartments. Further, Porten advised Machane Yehuda Kiah Real Estate on its acquisition of rights in a large complex in Jerusalem, which includes planned residential and commercial developments across 15,000 sqm. Porten is also advising Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts on the promotion of a large hotel and luxury residential project in Jerusalem. Also recommended is Israel Attar, who is advising Vaad Mishtaknei Ahisamach on the development of a 1,500-unit residential development in the city of Lod.

Israel > Real estate: urban renewal

Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co. is ‘one of the most client-friendly teams in Israel‘, according to one source, and its ‘professionalism and dedication have proved invaluable to getting a deal closed‘. Acting for landowners and entrepreneurs, practice head Ishai Itsikovich is singled out for his ‘remarkable attentiveness‘ and his ability to ‘come to grips with the client’s goals‘. On the apartment owner side, Itsikovich is involved in a number of TAMA 38 and evacuate-rebuild projects totalling over 3,000 residential units. Conversely, Itsikovich is advising real estate developer clients on over 30 urban renewal projects for the construction of nearly 4,500 new residential units in cities across Israel. Also of note, the firm has complementary expertise in planning and zoning, which is led by Avi Porten. In one matter, Porten and Itsikovich are advising New Hope Neve Eliyahu on an evacuate-rebuild project for the demolition of 250 residential units and the subsequent construction of 1,400 new residential units. The team has also advised the Israel Builders Association on regulatory changes affecting the urban renewal market, particularly with regards to the promotion of apartment owners’ rights. Other key developer clients include ETOS – Urban Planning & Environmental Services, Amidar, and Cnaan Group.