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AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co
BNEI BRAK 5120261

Planning and zoning Tier 2

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co handles the contentious and non-contentious planning aspects of commercial and residential developments, including urban renewals, and also has expertise in disputes concerning municipal taxation. Yacov Cohen, who heads the firm’s planning and construction department, is advising Gindi Tower Tel Aviv on the planning aspects of a high-profile residential development, which is part of a larger mixed-use place-making project at the old wholesale market in Tel Aviv. Further, Cohen is representing Nesher Israeli Cement Factories in an appeal regarding the betterment tax for one of its quarries, and is also acting for PHI Networks, a partnership between Partner Communications and HOT Mobile, in relation to dozens of municipal taxation matters across the country. The municipal tax practice was strengthened in 2018 by the arrivals of Einav Cohen and Alon Eldman, who had previously founded Eldman Cohen & Co Law Office, a boutique municipal tax firm.

Telecoms and media Tier 2

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co is engaged by large domestic telecoms providers, multinational corporates and media content providers in relation to contentious and non-contentious mandates. The team counts Partner Communications Company among its most significant clients and advises the company on licensing matters, internet law, data protection and privacy, and commercial agreements, as well as on a host of litigation. In addition, department head Eyal Roy Sage advises Microsoft Corporation on certain regulatory issues, such as those associated with voice over internet protocol services. The telecoms team also represents Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation in negotiations with the country's six main royalty collection societies, and is representing three private radio stations in a claim brought by the Association of Composers, Authors, and Publishers of Music in Israel, which seeks to increase the royalties paid for content licensed by the organisation.

Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 3

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co has experience with class action suits involving antitrust claims and consumer protection and disability law. Yaron Reiter heads the class actions practice and has represented Partner Communications Company in a number of class actions, including a claim alleging that the company collects customers' data and transfers that data to the Israeli police. Additionally, Reiter is acting for Shufersal in relation to a class action concerning the presence of salmonella in poultry sold by the client. In the antitrust space, the team defended Chi Mei Corporation in a class action regarding a global cartel in the flat screen panel industry. The team has also been increasingly involved in class actions regarding disabled access. The Gindi Group and Kavim Public Transportation are also among the team's clients.

Employment Tier 3

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co has experience acting for employers in collective negotiations, as well as in pensions and employment litigation involving issues such as discrimination and wrongful termination. Department head Helit Simchoni represented 200 lawyers employed by the Israeli Tax Authority in negotiations with the Histadrut and with their employer to update the terms of their employment and transition from personal contracts to collective agreement. Simchoni also assisted a national industry organisation with the approval of employment permits for Palestinian workers in its respective industry. In the contentious space, the team acted for Magam Safety and AA Shidurit Tell Page in various class action disputes, and regularly represents Danya Cebus in administrative proceedings with the Population and Immigration Authority.

Hi-tech and start-ups Tier 3

The team at AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co has experience in M&A and investment transactions in the tech sector, and also advises Israeli IT and communications companies on commercial agreements, regulatory compliance, and ongoing operational issues. A key figure in the team is Nir Oren, who advised two companies on a multimillion-dollar business sale transaction with a US-based software company, and also acted as Israeli counsel to Rosetta Genomics in relation to its reverse triangular merger with Genoptix. Similarly, Assaf Lapid acted for an international corporation in relation to an acquisition in Israel, and also advised an Israeli biomed company on an early-stage investment transaction. Also of note, Eyal Roy Sage provides ongoing advice to Microsoft Azure Accelerator TLV. The team was significantly strengthened in 2019 by the hire of Daniel Chinn, who joined from Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co..

Intellectual property: commercial/transactions Tier 3

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co has particular expertise in royalties negotiations in the media industry and also has experience in commercial transactions in the software and med-tech industries. Of note, department head Eyal Roy Sage acts for The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation in negotiation with Israel's royalty collection societies, and has also assisted the client with a multi-year broadcasting agreement with Union Des Associations Européennes De Football. Further, Roy Sage is advising Israel Credit Cards on the development of certain open source code projects, and has advised Azure PCR on OEM agreements with medical equipment manufacturers. Other key clients include Partner Communications Company, Hot Telecommunications Systems, and El Al Israeli Airlines.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co handles a wide range of real estate matters for real estate companies, construction and engineering contractors, investors and corporate occupiers. In perhaps the group's flagship project, Amir AmarLiat Volanovsky Nueman and department head Omer Gadish are advising Gindi Tower Tel Aviv on its long-running residential tower project in the old wholesale market in Tel Aviv; the development will deliver 770 units in two residential towers and has future plans for an additional two towers. Another key contact is Aharon Barda, who is acting for Yossi Avrahami Civil Engineering Works in relation to a number of projects, including a 370-unit residential development in Haifa. Moreover, the team is particularly active in urban renewal projects, where it has advised entrepreneurs such as Gindi Investments and Aura Israel - Entrepreneurship and Investments.

Next Generation Partners: Real estate and construction

Real estate: urban renewal Tier 3

The team at AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co advises many of Israel's most active real estate developers in large-scale urban renewal projects throughout Israel. The real estate department is led by Omer Gadish, who is acting for Erco Holdings in relation to an urban renewal project by the beach line in Bat Yam; the project is planned for construction of 410 apartments as well as an expansive commercial space. Gadish is also advising Shapir Housing and Building on the development of an urban renewal project in Jerusalem, which will deliver over 700 residential units. Another key contact is Amir Amar, who is advising Gindi Enterprise and Development on a project for the development of 500 residential units in Givatayim, and is also acting for a developer in relation to a 522-unit urban renewal project in Ramat HaSharon. Ohad Duvdevany heads the urban renewal practice group.

Transport Tier 3

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co advises public transportation groups, auto companies and clients in the aviation sector on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work. Of particular note, Yoav Caspi and Assaf Lapid advise the largest public transportation company in Israel, Kavim Public Transportation, on everything from tender participation, bus purchase and financing agreements, to various regulatory issues and litigation. The team also acts for El Al Israeli Airlines in relation to corporate governance, securities, privacy and litigation. Other key clients include auto companies Kesher Rent A Car, Mayer Group, Shlomo Sixt, and Auto Center.

Banking and finance Tier 4

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co has 'a lot of experience' handling borrower-side mandates, which enables 'a deep understanding of all the aspects that may affect a transaction'. Led by Yoav Caspi, the team has considerable experience acting for borrowers in the real estate sector in relation to significant financing transactions. In this context, Gindi Tel Aviv Towers, Nan Bachar Group Real Estate and Dankner 38 Renewing Life Quality are among the team's key clients. As lender's counsel, the group advised an institutional lender on the provision of financing for a real estate development. Additional contacts in the department include Assaf Lapid and Nir Oren.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

The team at AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co has experience in significant transactions across a huge range of industry sectors, including real estate, telecoms, agriculture, retail, transportation and technology. The corporate department is headed by Yoav Caspi, who acted for the largest shareholder of Caesarstone in relation to the $54m acquisition of a 20% stake in Bananot Ha'hof Agricultural Cooperative Association. Caspi also acted for Internet Rimon in a number of purchase transactions, including the $28m acquisition from 013 Netvision of a 51% stake in Internet Rimon Israel 2009. Further, Nir Oren assisted Rosetta Genomics with a reverse triangular merger transaction with Genoptix. In 2019, Daniel Chinn joined the team from Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co..

Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration Tier 5

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co's service is marked by 'a consistently high level of professionalism and legal knowledge', which the firm brings to each case, 'treating every client as though they're the most important one'. The litigation department is headed by Ram Jeanne, who has attracted a tremendous amount of client praise for his 'amazingly energetic approach', which combines 'common sense and creativity' in pursuit of his clients' goals. The team is especially active in the real estate and infrastructure sectors, where it handles disputes ranging from tender litigation and development claims to shareholder and partnership disputes. In one example, Jeanne is acting for Merkavim Transportation Technologies in relation to a dispute with the Ministry of Transportation regarding a mandate that winners of public transportation tenders must require that the assembly of buses take place in Israel. Jeanne has also handled cross-border estate litigation, and represents clients in the media and telecoms industry in cases involving licensing and royalty rights.

In Israel’s competitive legal market, AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co – is not just another firm.

AYR was formed with the clear objective of developing big firm legal services without a big firm attitude. AYR’s founding principles have served the firm well, and it remains committed to them as it continued to grow to become a top-20 firm with the fastest organic growth rate.

The firm is ranked as a leading law firm in all major local and international directories, including Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, IFLR1000, Dun’s 100 and BDi Code. Several firm lawyers are dual-qualified in Israel and the US or England and Wales, enabling the firm to conduct business in English and across legal systems with ease and proficiency.

Clients include international and domestic companies in technology, telecommunications, real-estate, retail, media, transportation, high-tech and venture capital, finance and insurance, many of which are leaders of their respective fields.

Our clients are entrepreneurial and sophisticated, and we build our practice with excellence, drive, creativity, resourcefulness, flexibility, diversity and informality to best serve their needs, match their energy, and keep them as clients over the long term. We achieve this by being that rare thing: lawyers who enjoy their work.

Departments and Practice Areas

Litigation and Dispute Resolution : Our firm’s Litigation department represents our clients in complex litigation and arbitration, mediation and administrative proceedings. Our litigation team is the leaders in Israel and has demonstrated legal creativity in the strategy management of each case leading to the achievement of the desired results for our clients.

The department has vast experience in complex disputes, including shareholder disputes and derivative law suits, contractual and real estate disputes, and administrative petitions, including to the High Court of Justice. Our international litigation team has considerable experience in representing foreign clients before the various courts in Israel and in coordinating their litigation activities in multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Class Actions : Our Class Action department is placed at the top of professional rankings in Israel and abroad. Quite uniquely, the practice undertakes only class-action defense cases, giving the team an unusually extensive experience in this field. Clients are naturally high-profile domestic and international corporations.

In the last few years, the team has led the defense of some of the largest class action proceedings in Israel, and has taken a significant part in the establishment of precedential rulings.

Real Estate : Our Real Estate department has established itself as one of the most significant in Israel, representing leading companies in the Israeli market. The Real Estate department deals with some of the largest and most complex transactions in Israel, including residential projects of thousands of housing units, large commercial projects and complex project financing transactions.

Team lawyers have thorough knowledge of the law and practice of real-estate transactions. Lawyers handle all aspects of transactions, including financing, taxation, and registration at local and national governmental levels.

Commercial and Corporate Law : The Commercial and Corporate department of our firm represents a wide range of clients, including domestic and international companies, private and public corporations, and entrepreneurs, in all aspects of their ongoing business and commercial activities, including in matters of corporate governance, corporate law, company formation , tenders and other procurement procedures, multinational transactions such as share purchase and asset purchase agreements, distribution and franchise agreements, various services agreements, licensing and JV agreements and many more.

Project and Corporate Financing : Our fast-growing Project and Corporate Financing practice is a significant player which has been noted and recommended by professional ranking institutions in Israel and around the world. The firm’s Financing team represents both borrowers and lenders in project and corporate financing transactions, mainly in real-estate, infrastructure and transportation.

Hi-Tech, Technological Incubators, Accelerators and Venture Capital: Our Hi-Tech team has vast experience and thorough knowledge in the structuring and handling of complex hi-tech transactions. The team represents Israeli and international clients, including early stage technology companies, institutional and private investors, and start-up incubators and accelerators active in communications, media, mobility, cyber-security and bio-tech. The team advises clients throughout all stages of development, from the early phases of inception, through the establishment and protection of intellectual property rights, investment rounds (starting from the “seed” investment), the ongoing operation of the business and the various engagements with customers, suppliers, agents, service providers etc., until the final sale or IPO of the company.

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A): The M&A team has extensive experience and advises a wide range of purchasers and sellers in local and international M&A transactions. The team provides comprehensive assistance regarding all aspects of the M&A transaction, including taxation and antitrust.

Capital Market and Securities: The Capital Market and Securities team provides legal guidance to issuing companies, underwriters and investors, both in Israel and abroad, regarding all aspects of the Securities Law and Corporate Law, and in a wide range of transactions. The team provides a full service in connection with issuances of debt and equity securities, in Israel and abroad.

Privacy, Data Security and Cyber: Our firm’s Privacy, Data Security and Cyber team is one of Israel’s strongest and most active, advising on Israeli and EU privacy laws including on such matters as cross-border data transfers, cloud computing, use of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in the telecoms, media, insurance, financial, transportation and other industries, data ethics, and general and sectoral data security and cyber defense compliance requirements.

Technical understanding and many years of working with clients the technology sector and in highly-regulated industries and their service providers underpins the work of the practice, which has a strong working relationship with the various regulators.

Communications: The Communications practice serves a remarkable roster of telecoms and media clients. The wide range of media and telecoms clients gives the practice an edge in negotiating royalty agreements and an in-depth knowledge of regulatory and commercial matters, including production, transmission and licensing agreements. We advise on such complex matters as ISP liability for content piracy, filtering and classification of content, libel and freedom of expression, network neutrality, compliance with environmental radiation standards, infrastructure sharing, VoIP, privacy and data security, and lawful intercept.

Intellectual Property: Our Intellectual Property expertise is backed by a solid technical understanding of software and telecoms, which underpins the IP services which we provide to clients such as large software multinationals, telecommunications operators, television and radio broadcasters, new media providers, start-ups, and retail giants.

The practice relies on substantial competition law experience to counsel clients on the antitrust implications of various provisions in copyright, trademark, trade secret and know-how licensing arrangements. The team also has unique collective rights licensing expertise.

Competition and Antitrust: The Competition and Antitrust practice is characterized not only by deep familiarity with Israeli and international law, but also by the deep understand of client activities and the business environment in which clients operate. The team is uniquely experienced in advising technology-related markets involving antitrust and intellectual property.

Insolvency and Corporate Recovery: The firm’s Insolvency team has many years of experience of liquidation and receivership of companies, as well as rehabilitation of distressed companies. The team acts administrator of corporations in liquidation and receivership, formulates rehabilitation plans and creditor arrangements for the companies and also represents creditors and officers of the companies as well as investors in insolvency proceedings and realization of assets.

Labor Law: The firm’s Labor Law department specializes in representing local and international employers in private and public sectors, including educational institutions, hi-tech companies, communication companies, industrial companies and employee committees in all fields of labor law – private and collective. The department has extensive experience in managing complex cases and disputes as well as collective disputes.

Urban Renewal : Our Urban Renewal team is known for its availability and personal attention to our clients, along with a broad understanding of the complexities of all aspects of urban renewal projects. The team represents some of the largest and best-known urban renewal actors as well as residents. We advise on all stages of projects, from initial offers through choosing contractors, developers, and advisers, to obtaining construction permits, financing, and mitigating tax exposure, to delivery and registration of title.

Planning and Construction : The Planning and Construction department handles planning and licensing procedures for infrastructure, residential and commercial projects. The team has extensive experience in accompanying licensing processes throughout the country, as well as handling Land Betterment Tax aspects and consequences. The team represents clients a variety of public and private clients, including the National Planning and Construction Council, District Committees, Local Committees and Appeal Committees. It also handles litigation cases in Administrative Courts and in the High Court of Justice. Team lawyers take an active part in the legislative processes in the field of planning and construction.

Municipal Taxation : The Municipal Taxation team of our firm accompanies dozens of taxpayers in procedures meant to reduce municipal tax rates and development levies. The team represents large-scale companies and other entities in complex disputes regarding charges issued by municipal authorities, as well as other compulsory payments charged at the local government level.

White-Collar Crime: The White-Collar Crime department deals with a range of White-Collar offenses, mainly relating to government corruption, tax, securities, antitrust, and money laundering. The department provides clients with cross-border legal services, combining civil, criminal and administrative aspects. The team is well experienced in working with the enforcement and prosecution agencies and in managing complex criminal financial cases including the representation of the clients in the courts and in seizure and forfeiture of property procedures.

Sports Law: Our Sports law department is unique among Israel’s major law firms. The department accompanies major sport teams in Israel and throughout the world. The team has extensive experience in providing legal counsel to athletes, football clubs and agents, both in local and international large-scale transactions, as well as in the representation of its clients in various legal proceedings, including local and international arbitrations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Class actions Yaron Reitar
Commercial litigation Ram Jeanne
Competition/antitrust Eyal Roy Sage
Construction and planning Amir Amar
Construction and planning Yacov Cohen
Corporate and finance Yoav Caspi
M&A Yoav Caspi
IP, IT and privacy Eyal Roy Sage
Infrastructure Yacov Cohen
Labour and employment Helit Simchoni
Real estate Amir Amar
Real estate Omer Gadish
Sports law Ehud Shochatovitch
Telecom and media Eyal Roy Sage
White Collar Crime Sharon Kohane
Insolvency and Restructuring Amit Lederman
Hi-Tech, Accelerators and Venture Capital Daniel Chinn
Number of lawyers : 115
Number of Partners : 32
Number of Practice Areas : 21
Year of Establishement : 2010