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Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co

The tax department at Barnea Jaffa Lande is recommended for its tax services and has a focus on structuring complex cross-border transactions, both inbound and outbound. The team assists on all other tax matters such as indirect tax, dispute resolution, tax planning and more. Its client portfolio includes MNEs, local firms, non-profit organisations and private clients. Harel Perlmutter is the partner heading the practice.

Perlmutter recently advised Exo Technologies on its acquisition by Lear. The firm commented on the optimal tax structure during the negotiations.

Deloitte

Big Four accounting firm Deloitte is highly recommended for its tax consultancy service. The tax team advises a range of clients from start-ups to MNEs in all tax aspects such as tax planning, indirect tax, restructuring, BEPS compliance and more. It is currently developing its practice in blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Alona Meiron is the leading tax partner in a team consisting of nine partners, four directors and a senior manager. 

The team recently advised a multinational fund with the tax due diligence of its Israeli subsidiary company acquisition. The tax team also advised on the Israeli tax aspects for structuring the transaction and provided GES services to the buyer.  

Eitan Mehulal Sadot

Eitan Mehulal Sadot represents corporate and individual clients on contentious tax matters and with tax compliance matters. Some of the tax areas it advises on include real estate, customs, VAT, M&A and tax benefits. There are four partners advising on tax cases, and the two senior partners leading the team are Yaron Mehulal and Noa Lev Goldstein. 

The team represented Shlomi Reisman before the Tel-Aviv District Court regarding the transaction of an industrial traded company. The tax dispute value was NIS 12 million.

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

The tax team at Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co provides full tax advice for direct tax, indirect tax, transactional tax, dispute resolution and more. It has advised in innovative cases both contentious and non-contentious, specifically indirect tax matters. The practice is experienced in advising on municipal tax, employee benefits, real estate tax, VAT and more. The firm specialises in HNW individuals and government and governmental entities. Anat Shavit heads the practice and is supported by tax partner Ronald Lehmann.

The firm represented Grubhub, a US tech firm, on its acquisition of Tapingo, an Israeli food ordering company, for $150 million. This involved advising on structuring, drafting agreement, employee stock option and more.

Gornitzky & Co

The tax practice at Gornitzky & Co offers full tax legal services including dispute resolution. The tax team has experience advising on complex tax cases and providing innovative solutions. Clients include MNEs, large and small domestic companies, HNW individuals and private clients. The team also assists on filing voluntary disclosures before the Israel Tax Authority, negotiation and obtaining debt settlements. It is led by Daniel Paserman and consists of three partners and a practice chairman.

The team represented Delek Hungary in its appeal before the Supreme Court. The case concerned the proper interpretation of distributable profits. The matter litigated was $807 million.

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s tax team is one of the largest in Israel, with more than 45 professionals and 15 partners. It assists clients on all tax areas including private equity and investment fund formation, HNW individuals, real property tax, outbound international tax planning and more. The private client and individual tax team is led by Meir Linzen and Guy Katz. Other separate departments within tax includes international tax and VAT and customs. Meir Linzen is the managing partner heading the team. 

The firm consulted PepsiCo in its $3.2 billion acquisition of SodaStream. The task involved commenting on the structuring of the transaction, internal reorganisation and more. This is one of the largest transactions in Israel.

Meitar Loquirnik Geva Leshem Tal

The tax department at Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal is highly recommended for its comprehensive tax services. The firm has assisted a mixture of domestic companies and MNEs in complex and innovative cross-border transactions. It has experience advising private equities, hedge funds and senior employees on tax issues. Some key industries include capital markets, real estate, oil and gas and digital currency. Eldar Ben-Ruby is the partner leading the tax practice. Michael Bricker, Omri Davidov and Nathalie Anvar Hammer were promoted to partner in January 2019. 

The tax team consulted SodaStream International in relation to its acquisition by PepsiCo.

S Horowitz & Co

S Horowitz & Co is highly recommended for its tax legal services and experience in private client advice. The team provides comprehensive tax services covering dispute resolution and tax compliance, which it provides on a stand-alone basis and as support to other departments. It has a focus on real estate tax – in which the team has extensive experience representing clients – complex disputes, transactional tax, indirect tax and more. The team’s client portfolio includes a mixture of domestic companies, MNEs and private clients in various industries. Leor Nouman and Ophir Kaplan are the two tax partners.

The team recently represented the Veolia Group in a tax appeal against the tax authority. The value in dispute was estimated at NIS 1 billion.

Shekel & Co

Tax boutique Shekel & Co is known for supporting larger firms on tax issues. Some key industries it specialises in include energy, telecoms, financial services and assisting holding companies. The firm specialises in tax dispute resolution. It has four senior partners including name Yaniv Shekel. 

Shekel led the team advising Noble Energy on various tax issues, including an appeal concerning royalty charges and other tax appeals. The team also assisted a client in selling its holdings in Tamar Field.

Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co

The tax practice at Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co is recommended for its expertise and is experienced in advising on sophisticated transactional cases across jurisdictions. The practice advises on all tax compliance and tax dispute resolution cases. It specialises in high-tech and venture-capital taxation, investments,international transactions and restructuring of companies. Menachem Tulchinsky is the partner heading the practice, which is comprised of four partners. 

The tax team represented Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in numerous tax matters including real estate transactions valued at $93 million, tax counselling and tax disputes.

Yair Benjamini Law Offices

Five-year-old tax boutique Benjamini & Co is recommended for its comprehensive tax legal services. The team has a portfolio of large international clients such Google, Airbnb, Uber, Walmart and more. Some of the industries and tax areas the team specialises in are real estate, voluntary disclosure, employee compensation, M&A and cryptocurrency. It consists of four partners, including the recruitment of partner Shahar Strauss who joined from Ziv Sharon & Co in May 2018. Name partner Yair Benjamini leads the practice. 

The team advised TPG Capital on a number of investments in Israel such as start-ups and tech companies. It advised on the tax aspects relating to tax laws in the US and Luxembourg.

Yigal Arnon & Co

The tax department at Yigal Arnon & Co is highly recommended for its full tax legal services. The firm assists domestic and international clients in tax planning, restructuring, M&A, tax disputes and more. It also focuses on real estate and VAT issues. Some key clients include Intel, Hawlett Packard, Nike Israel, General Electric and many others. Its litigation team has experience working on multimillion-dollar tax cases in all courts up the Supreme Court. Ofir Levy and Eran Lempert are the key partners leading the team, supported by associates.

The firm advised the Nvidia Corporation on its acquisition of Mellanox Technologies for $6.9 billion. The role of the tax team was analysing all Israeli tax aspects, working closely with the US tax counsel in the cross-border transaction. 

ZAG-S&W

The 30-year-old international law firm ZAG-S&W – with offices in US, China and England – provides tax legal support on contentious and compliance issues. The tax team is experienced in assisting clients in domestic and cross-border tax work. Clients range from domestic to international corporations, charities and private clients. 

The team advised an asset manager on tax implications concerning corporate tax and VAT issues relating to a purchase of real estate estimated at $81 million.

Ziv Sharon & Co

The tax practice at Ziv Sharon & Co offers full tax advice in all matters such as tax planning, pre-ruling, appeals, assessments, reaching settlements and more. It advises domestic firms, MNEs, individual clients and other organisations. Ziv Sharon is the found partner leading a team of five partners. 

The firm represented Top-Gum Candy Industries before the Supreme Court regarding corporate tax, among other tax issues. The value of the implications of the result is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of US dollars.