Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates > Tel Aviv, Israel > Firm Profile

Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates
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23 YEHUDA HALEVY STREET
TEL AVIV 65136
Israel

Israel > Planning and zoning Tier 2

Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates‘ broad planning and zoning expertise spans the residential, commercial, industrial and hotel spheres. The team counts some of Israel’s major real estate groups among its clients, including Gav-Yam and Africa Israel Residences, and is primarily recognised for its track record in urban renewal-related matters. Transactional real estate specialist, Avi Ben-Yaacov, also possesses significant planning and zoning experience. Newly promoted partner Lotem Azulay provides dedicated practice support.

Practice head(s):

Avi Ben-Yaacov

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Gav-Yam Real Estate Ltd. (part of IDB Group)

Bank Hapoalim B.M.

Gordon Gas & Chemicals Ltd.

AFI Properties Ltd.

Urdan Industries Metal Casting

Aminach Furniture & Mattress Industries Ltd.

The Aharoni Group

IGI Investments (Izaki Group – Renanot Enterprises and Investments Ltd)

Work highlights

  • Represented Gav-Yam in proceedings for adding building rights to erect a new office and commerce tower in an existing seaside complex in Herzliya.
  • Represented Gordon Gas & Chemicals in proceedings before the Tel Aviv Municipality concerning its promotion of a new plan for the Tara Complex.
  • Represented Africa Israel Residences in initiating and managing projects, including various planning processes.

Israel > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Real estate is a key pillar of Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates‘ firm-wide offering, which is reflected in its broad capability that spans planning and zoning procedures, project development and real estate transactions. With experience in representing all key stakeholders across the residential, commercial and hotel sectors, the group counts AFI Properties, Africa Israel Residences and Gav-Yam among its key clients. Department head Avi Ben-Yaacov is a go-to real estate specialist, with strong recent experience in the construction, urban renewal and financing spheres. Revital Reuven has a focus on income-producing properties and real estate transactions, including financings.

Practice head(s):

Avi Ben-Yaacov; Revital Reuevn’ Tomer Tzadok; Orel Bar Dayan; Idan Matlin

Testimonials

‘It is an excellent team.’

‘True professionals: provide work on time; strong local knowledge and up-to-date with all relevant data; lawyers work as one team and are open and transparent and reliable.’

‘We value lawyers for their knowledge, availability and and responsiveness and proper deliverables per expectations per the relevant audience.’

Key clients

Africa Israel Residences Ltd.

AFI Properties Ltd.

Africa Israel Investments Ltd.

Tel Aviv Beach Plaza

Orbit Communications Systems Ltd.

Israel Discount Bank Ltd.

Gav-Yam Property & Building Corp. of IDB Group

IGI Investments (Izaki Group – Renanot Enterprises and Investments Ltd.)

Bank Leumi le-Israel Ltd.

G CITY Ltd. (former name – Gazit Glob)

Matrix It Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Africa Israel Residences and its partners in several real estate projects totalling several billions of shekels.
  • Acting for Aharoni Group in several real estate projects, including on the construction of multiple buildings in Lod, Netivot, Rishon LeZion and Bat Yam.
  • Advising Israel Discount Bank on financing transactions and also on matters regarding its properties, including the construction of its new campus located in the 1000 Complex in Rishon LeZion.

Israel > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

The team at Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates is arguably best known for representing creditors, particularly banks, in restructuring proceedings. It also acts for distressed companies, with its lawyers frequently appointed by the court to act in various roles in bankruptcy and liquidation cases. Litigator Michal Leder Rosen is recommended for her focus on corporate recovery and rehabilitation matters. Doron Dan, who specialises in civil and commercial litigation, has extensive expertise in liquidations, while corporate and finance partner Ofer Yankovich is noted for his experience in debt restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Ofer Yankovich; Doron Dan; Michal Leder Rosen

Key clients

Africa Israel Investments Ltd.

Afdor Ltd.

Africa Israel Residences Ltd. (AFR)

Africa Israel Urban Renewal Ltd. (AFU)

Yarden Hotels M.H.Y. Ltd.

AY Electronics Ltd. (AY)

North America Bank Ltd. (in liquidation)

Trade Bank Ltd. (in liquidation)

Debenture Holders of Maayan Ventures Ltd.

Negev Group

Hermetic Trust Services (1975) Ltd., trustee of the bond holders of Gmul Investment Company Ltd.

A debenture holder of Urbancorp (a Canadian real estate company)

HSBC Bank

Bank Hapoalim

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bank Hapoalim, as creditor, in the debt restructuring proceedings of Delek Group and Yitzhak Teshuva’s group of private companies.
  • Acting for HSBC, as a creditor, in the insolvency proceedings of Eurocom Group.
  • Representing Africa Israel Residences, as creditor, in the liquidation proceedings of U Dori Construction.

Israel > Banking and finance Tier 3

Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates‘ banking team routinely teams up with its real estate department to pack a punch in advising real estate companies and entrepreneurs, as well as lenders, on real estate financings. Additionally, the group houses significant regulatory capability, with practice head Ora Dvir noted for her strong in-house experience gained during an early career stint at Bank of Israel. Other key contacts include Ofer Yankovich and Eran Shuster.

Key clients

Mizrahi Tefahot Bank

The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE)

Bank Hapoalim Ltd.

Otsar Hahayal

UBank (part of FIBI Group)

Gottex Group

Israel Discount Bank Ltd. (IDB)

Mercantile Discount Bank Ltd. (Mercantile)

First International Bank of Israel Ltd. (FIBI)

Massad Bank Ltd. (MBL)

Africa Israel Residences Ltd. (AFR)

AFI Properties Ltd. (AIP)

HSBC Bank (Israel)

IGI Investments (Izaki Group – Renanot Enterprises and Investments Ltd.)

Aharoni Group (M.A) development and investment Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank on compliance with proper banking conduct regulations, including those involving ‘related parties’ transactions with controlling shareholders and officers.
  • Advised the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on all regulatory aspects of its operation as a stock exchange and the operations of its two clearing houses, the ‘Bursa’ clearing house and the ‘Maof’ clearing house.
  • Advised Israel Discount Bank on multiple financing transactions in which it provided finance and credit to real estate entrepreneurs and landowners.

Israel > Capital markets Tier 3

Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates‘ capital markets practice is well weighted between transactional and regulatory matters. In relation to the former sphere, the group is particularly well versed in representing real estate issuers on debt and equity offerings. On the regulatory side, the firm notably advises the TASE on its day-to-day legal matters. Ofer Yankovich and Eran Shuster co-head a ‘highly experienced‘ team that also includes Gil Cherchi.

Practice head(s):

Ofer Yankovich; Eran Shuster

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A small boutique securities group. Highly experienced. Senior lawyers are out in front providing the service, not inexperienced juniors. Many years of service to our entity, which gives the team a great advantage and corporate knowledge. Super efficient service. Mix of litigation and securities expertise.’

Ofer Yankovich has led our work for years. Devoted to the client. Familiar with our history and details. Available at any time. Service provider and senior partner at the same time.’

Gil Cherchi provides super service and is available at any time. Professional and experienced in corporate governance, securities and day-to-day matters.

Key clients

Africa Israel Residences Ltd. (AFR)

AFI Properties Ltd (AFP)

Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Ltd (TASE)

Top Ramdor Systems and Computers (1990) Ltd.

Elmor Electricity Installations and Services (1986) Ltd.

Inter Gamma Investment Company Ltd.

Rapac Communication & Infrastructure Ltd. (RCI)

ORT Technologies Ltd.

Matrix IT Ltd.

Almogim Holdings Ltd.

Property and Building Corp. Ltd.

Lapidoth Capital Ltd.

BIG Shopping Centres Ltd.

Ofek Shely Entrepreneurship Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised AFI Properties on its shelf registration statement and NIS317 public equity offering.
  • Represented TASE-listed Rapac Communication and Infrastructure in a share swap transaction involving the sale of its holdings in Data Tech Advanced Solutions, in exchange for issuance of shares in Accel Solutions Group.
  • Represented Almogim Holdings in its shelf registration statement and N100m issuance of debentures.

Dispute resolution > Dispute resolution: class actions (including derivative actions) Tier 3

Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates‘ class actions team had a strong year on the financial services front, handling matters for Israel Discount Bank and HSBC connected to foreign currency trading. It also handled several cases concerning alleged violations of laws granting equal accessibility rights to persons with disabilities. Seasoned litigator Doron Dan is the key contact. Former department co-head Yael Moshkovich was appointed as a judge in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Doron Dan

Other key lawyers:

Oren Pechthold; Dana Shwartz-Ashtar; Hila Goldfeld; Sagi Natan; Dana Maman

Key clients

Amisragas

K.F.C

Matrix Group

Gottex-Zara Israel Group, including subsidiaries Pull & Bear, Bershka, Nike, Gap, Gottex, Massimo Dutt and Stradivarius

Discount Bank Ltd.

Mercantile Bank Ltd.

U-Bank

HSBC Bank PLC

HSBC Holdings

Africa Israel Investments Ltd. including its subsidiaries

Negev Ceramics and its subsidiaries

H&O Israel

Urbancorp Inc. Bondholders

Melisron Ltd.

Danya Cebus Ltd.

SOHO Collection Ltd.

Top Ramdor Systems & Computers Co. (1990) Ltd.

Private Clients against ‘Meitav Dash’

Mizrahi Tefahot Bank Ltd.

Aminach Furniture & Mattresses Industries Ltd.

Aharoni Group

AY Electronics Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Israel Discount Bank in a class action filed against it, and other banks, based on a claim relating to foreign currency trading.
  • Representing several private clients in a class action filed against Meitav Dash regarding pension rights.
  • Representing HSBC in a class action filed against it, and other foreign banks, in relation to allegations concerning foreign currency exchange rates.

Israel > Employment Tier 3

Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates‘s team has experience across a wide scope of advisory and contentious employment law, with notable expertise in matters relating to the retail, tourism and technology sectors. Litigation and labour law partner, Limor Argov-Shenhav, co-heads the group alongside commercial law specialist, Igal Kolof; together, they recently advised Africa Israel Hotels on a string of employment issues.

Practice head(s):

Limor Argov-Shenhav; Igal Kolof

Testimonials

‘The team is exceptionally knowledgeable In legal matters. The contracts they create provide a full-proof guarantee from any unexpected liabilities.’

‘They are always available regardless of the hour or the day.’

Key clients

Negev Ceramics Ltd. and its subsidiaries

Africa Israel Hotels ltd. – Crowne Plaza Israel

Gottex-Zara Israel Group

Denya Cebus Ltd.

Microsoft

Shira Tech LTD.

AFI PROPERTIES

Africa Israel Residential

Safra Bank Ltd.

Top Ramdor Systems and Computers (1990) Ltd

H&O

PM – Partner Manufacturing Ltd

Rapac and Intergamma Groups

Krause Industries

JICA – Japan-Israel Commercial Association

Delta Digital Ltd.

Health Direct Medical Services Ltd.

Rom Geves Ltd.

Certus Ltd.

YCD ATMOSPHERE LTD

Aminach Furniture & Mattresses Industries Ltd.

Delta Elkon

AUTO ROYAL LTD

Cohen (M.m.s.) Construction and Investments Ltd.

Arrow Rapac

Private Clients

ADM Industries Centers Ltd.

Midsha Food Industries Ltd.

AY Electronics Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Gottex-Zara Israel Group on negotiations for a second collective agreement with the Histadrut.
  • Acting for Africa Israel Hotels on the purchase of several additional hotels, including advising on hiring employees, transfer of provident funds and other social rights.
  • Advising Safra Bank on the establishment of its activity in Israel, including employment aspects.

Israel > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

In August 2022, Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates boosted its commercial offering through the hire of a four-partner team from M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries, including senior partner David Abadi. The team handles a range of joint ventures, M&A and investment matters, with notable experience in the technology, real estate and retail spheres. Dror Toren fronts the practice, while Igal Kolof and Sagee Feldman are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Dror Toren; Igal Kolof

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A comprehensive answer to all legal needs, provides efficient and immediate responses, not too big to get lost , very professional, great representation in courts.’

‘I work fluently with Igal Kolof. Some, definitely not all, qualities I learned to admire in Igal are: sharpness, vast knowledge, availability and his magic way of explaining the most difficult legal questions in a simple and familiar way.

Key clients

Gottex-Zara Israel Group

Trimera Group

AFI Hotels (Crown Plaza and Vert Hotels Israel)

Kiteworks / Accellion USA, LLC

Pillar Tech Ltd.

Alexander Schneider Ltd

Robins Ltd

Midsha Food Industries Ltd

BeFresh Ltd

AY Electronics Ltd.

Aminach Group

Shiratech Solutions Ltd.

P.M Partner Manufacturing Ltd.

Rapac Energy Ltd.

Top Ramdor Systems & Computers (1990) Ltd.

Danya Cebus Ltd.

ORT Technologies Ltd.

Krausz Industries ltd.

Aharoni Group

A foreign banking institution

Africa Israel Europe (AFI Europe)

Cargal Group

Kenlov Capital Ltd. \ Kenlov Renewable Energy Ltd.

Africa Urban Renewal Ltd.

El-Mor

Work highlights

  • Represented Kiteworks on the NIS100m acquisition of Switzerland-based Totemo.
  • Acted for Top Ramdor Computer Systems (1990) on the NIS7.5m acquisition of full control of a software company.

Israel > Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration Tier 5

Among its recent matters, Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates represented several Israeli financial institutions in banking disputes brought by private clients, including UBank, Discount Bank and Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot. Department head Doron Dan is noted for his experience across a range of civil and commercial disputes, including arbitrations and class actions.

Practice head(s):

Doron Dan

Key clients

Amisragas

K.f.C

Deloitte Economic Consulting Services (1986) Ltd

AFI Residences

Begro NV

Africa Israel Hotels ltd.

AFI Properties Ltd.

AFI Development Ltd

Mercantile Bank & Discount Bank

U-Bank

Bank Hapoalim B.M.

Israel Trade Bank

HSBC Bank PLC

HSBC Holdings

Orpak Systems Ltd.

C.A.R.E Medical Services

The new REIT fund

Mivtach-Simon/ MVS Insurance Agents

H&O Israel

Aminach

Mizrahi Tefahot Bank Ltd.

Hadera Ocean Village

Orbit Communication Systems Ltd.

A prominent advertising company in a dispute with a competitor

P.R.S. Mediterranean Ltd.

Mobility Ltd.

Shareholders of Family Line Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Israel Discount Bank in a series of lawsuits filed by private investors who invested money with a client of the bank that eventually went into liquidation.
  • Representing Africa Israel Hotels in a lawsuit filed against it by a competitor, involving several legal issues.
  • Representing Africa Israel Residences in a series of lawsuits filed against it, and other parties, by the Tel Aviv Municipality concerning claimed ownership rights in the ‘Summayl Compound’.

The firm: Established in 1936, the firm of Weksler, Bregman & Co is one of the most prominent corporate and commercial law firms in Israel. The firm, with over 60 attorneys, has a general, full-service business practice, with specialisation in real estate, securities, banking and commercial transactions. Weksler, Bregman & Co’s clientele encompasses both international and local large-scale corporations and public bodies in these sectors.

Areas of practice: The firm provides services to its corporate clients in a broad and diversified range of legal matters. These include: the establishment and ongoing representation of corporations, partnerships, branches of foreign corporations in Israel and joint venture entities; negotiation, counseling and other services relating to assets/shares purchase transactions, and mergers and acquisitions; the drafting of R&D, technology and licensing agreements, franchise, marketing, agency and distributorship agreements, stock option schemes, and a variety of other types of commercial agreements and documents. The firm has vast experience in representing some of Israel’s top retail fashion corporations. In recent years, the firm also handled the merger of two of the largest accounting firms in Israel.

Weksler, Bregman & Co is consistently ranked as one of the leading firms in Israel in the field of real estate. The firm has vast experience in commercial, residential and industrial real estate development and infrastructure projects, ranging from the construction of commercial centres, large residential areas, shopping malls and hotels and infrastructure projects. The firm represents a leading Israeli investment company, engaged in land development, construction, trade, hotels and tourism, including the regional franchise for a major international hotel chain.

The firm offers broad expertise in the securities field and has extensive experience in public offerings and private placements, representing both issuers and underwriters. It serves as legal counsel to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and has handled the public offerings of leading Israeli banks and investment and holding companies. The firm also provides corporate planning in the selection and design of business structures, and in the financing of corporate reorganisations and other transactions. The firm’s work also includes the preparation of documentation, the conducting of due diligence reviews, and complex negotiations with regulatory and securities and exchange authorities.

The firm provides services for a number of Israeli and international entrepreneurs, companies and venture funds in hi-tech, providing counselling in the areas of corporate structure, funding, securities, intellectual property and employment law.

The firm renders legal services to banking institutions in Israel, including several leading banks. Work performed includes counselling, negotiations, legal opinions, issuance of various types of governmental licenses and other related services.

The firm deals with governmental bodies and agencies and advises its clients on the establishment of incentive-based investments in industry and tourism.

In the field of commercial litigation, arbitration and labour disputes, the firm supervises foreign litigation on behalf of its Israeli clientele and represents foreign clients in Israeli courts.

The firm offers broad expertise in matters relating to liquidation and receivership procedures of corporations, and the firm’s lawyers act as liquidators or receivers of companies, especially on behalf of banks. Uri Bregman, the firm’s senior partner, serves as the special administrator of a bank which is in liquidation.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate and commercial Ofer Yankovich
Corporate and commercial Dror Toren
Corporate and commercial David Abadi
Real estate and BOT projects Avi Ben-Yaacov
Banking and finance Ofer Yankovich
Banking and finance Eran Shuster
Commercial property Avi Ben-Yaacov
Securities and capital markets Ofer Yankovich
Securities and capital markets Eran Shuster
Planning and zoning Avi Ben-Yaacov
International transactions Dror Toren
International transactions David Abadi
International transactions Avi Ben-Yaacov
Mergers and acquisitions Dror Toren
Mergers and acquisitions David Abadi
Mergers and acquisitions Ofer Yankovich
Litigation and arbitration Doron Dan
Litigation and arbitration Michael Oiknine
Liquidation and receivership Doron Dan
Liquidation and receivership Michael Oiknine
Employment and labour Limor Argov
Hi-tech investments Dror Toren
Antitrust; tender law Ofer Yankovich
Antitrust; tender law Eran Shuster
Number of lawyers : 65
English
Hebrew
Senior Patner : Ofer Yankovich
Senior Patner : Doron Dan
Senior Patner : Avi Ben-Yaacov
Senior Patner : Dror Toren
Senior Patner : David Abadi
Senior Patner : Michael Oiknine
Senior Patner : Eran Shuster