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Environment, Cleantech and Climate Change
Environment, Cleantech and Climate Change  During recent years there have been significant developments and changes in the field of environmental law, and particularly with respect to investments in Cleantech, which have impacted on almost all business activities in Israel and worldwide. In addition, the reporting requirements and officers' liability in connection with environmental issues have been significantly enhanced in recent years. These changes and developments necessitate increased legal assistance and counseling.Shibolet established its environmental practice several years ago and provides legal services in this important field to investors in environmental technologies, entrepreneurs, funds, and corporations which encounter or may encounter issues and problems in the environmental field. Adv. Orit Marom-Albeck is head of the Environment, Cleantech and Climate Change (EC&CC) practice at Shibolet & Co. Adv. Marom-Albeck, who holds a degree in Chemistry from Tel Aviv University, has been practicing environmental law for over a decade, handling the scientific and technological issues from a legal perspective. Adv. Marom-Albeck has practiced in both the public and private sectors. She has interacted with governmental authorities, both in litigation cases and as legal counsel in both domestic and international transactions, which has substantially contributed to the already significant experience and expertise Shibolet has acquired over the years in this field. In addition, Adv. Marom-Albeck teaches environmental law courses in academic institutions, has published articles in this field and  together with our firm, co-authored a book which contains the major precedents in criminal, civil and administrative proceedings in the environmental field.Furthermore, Adv. Marom-Albeck has special expertise in the Kyoto Protocol, Cleantech, Climate Change, "green" energy, and trading of emission reduction units. Adv. Marom-Albeck prepared a legal opinion for the Israeli Ministry of Environment regarding the establishment of a national body for the Clean Development Mechanism established under the Kyoto Protocol, and was actively involved in international commercial contracts in this field.The Environment, Cleantech and Climate Change practice group at Shibolet & Co. primarily,provides the following services:  Legal counseling to clients regarding the adoption and implementation of     environmental corporate policy, including counseling vis-a-vis compliance with regulatory requirements and demands, identification of discrepancies and potential  hazards, adopting requisite policies to comply with the regulatory requirements, providing appropriate tools with respect to officers’ liability, preparation of corporate compliance programs, counseling regarding reporting requirements and more;  Legal counseling in transactions involving environmental issues, conduction of due diligence and drafting contracts in this field; Counseling with respect to the Kyoto Protocol, Cleantech, Climate Change, "green" energy, and trading of emission reduction units, including drafting of contracts on these issues. Legal counseling to investors, entrepreneurs, funds, and corporations in this field including in international transactions. Representing clients in disputes and crisis, including before authorities and    judicial tribunals.
Real Estate
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Real Estate Shibolet is active in a variety of real estate transactions in both the commercial and residential sectors. The firm represents developers, construction companies, institutional lenders and corporate clients in all matters relating to the acquisition, development, sales, commercialization, construction and leasing of real estate, including evacuation and construction transactions ('Pinui-Binui') and agreements according to the national outline plan 38 ('TAMA 38' - The national overall plan for reinforcing existing buildings against earthquakes) and the national outline plan 38/2 ('TAMA 38/2'). Shibolet handles issues arising from land use and zoning ordinances, title searches and registrations, syndications, and foreign investments.Shibolet has extensive experience and expertise in the tax issues relating to real estate transactions. To encourage the growth of industry and employment in Israel's outlying or underdeveloped areas, the government offers many incentives and tax concessions for companies interested in relocating to these areas. Shibolet actively assists clients in obtaining all such government grants and incentives, and advises its clients in zoning, tax and regulatory laws concerning real estate transactions in Israel.
Tax
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TaxAcknowledging that tax rules and regulations affect almost every transactional activity, Shibolet's tax attorneys are involved and advise in all the significant transactions handled by the firm. Their expert opinions are crucial to the effective undertakings of the firm’s clients. With extensive experience in Israeli and international tax planning, tax treaties, offshore jurisdictions and respective corporate structures, as well as close ties with tax advisors worldwide, Shibolet is able to offer comprehensive tax planning and counsel in the following areas: Cross-border transactionsMergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuringInternational taxation of venture capital fundsPublic offeringsEmployee stock option plansTax issues relating to high-tech companies and their employees.UnderwritingsFinancingsExecutive interestsOther financial instrumentsTax opinionsRepresentation vis-a-vis tax authoritiesLitigation in courts of first instance and appellate levelShibolet tax attorneys have filled prominent national positions in the field of taxation. One key attorney is the author of an authoritative treatise on the new tax reform laws. Another is a lecturer at professional tax forums, serves as the editor of a tax newsletter and is a contributing editor of a well-known tax bulletin.
Labor and Employment Law
Labor and Employment Law Shibolet recognizes that human resource legal issues involve the people that are the core of clients’ businesses, and that labor and employment related legal issues are crucial both in the day-to-day activity of corporate clients and in the framework of local and international business reorganizations and transactions.Shibolet’s labor and employment team is highly experienced in applying the necessary delicate integration of compliance with highly regulated law, on the one hand, together with corporate managerial considerations, including retention and incentive aspects; organizational sensitivities in situations of personal life events, reddundancies, disciplinary actions, etc. on the other.Shibolet’s labor and employment attorneys work closely, and are familiar with the unique needs of both human resource departments of multi-national and publicly traded entities, and the management of emerging “start-up” companies.  They provide a wide range of services in order to create productive working environments that are compliant with Israeli Labor and Employment Law. The labor and employment practice includes:  Accompanying labor and employment aspects of complex M&A transactions;Due diligence and disclosures in the framework of transactions and IPO’s;Adapting global employment policies, handbooks, agreements and forms to meet  Israeli labor and employment requirements and environment; Advising on a wide-range of employment related legal issues; Formulating “custom made”agreements, practices and policies regarding hiring, ongoing employment, separation, severance, etc., as well as  specific fields such as sexual harassment prevention and privacy matters, Proper use of company computers, internet and e-mail, and other matters arising from the company-employee relationship;Counselling and drafting regarding sensitive issues such as employees’ confidentiality, Intellectual Property Assignment, Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation;Advising and accompanying legal aspects of executive and expert relocations   to and from Israel;Non-employee human resource arrangements, such as consultants, contractors, outsourcing, etc.; Designing employee and executive options, stocks, RSU or other equity/cash compensation and retention plans, including adaptation of existing international plans for beneficiaries subject to Israeli taxation;Litigation and representation of clients in the Labor Courts and ADR procedures;Shibolet & Co.'s labor and employment team regularly circulates “Client Updates” and gives lectures and presentations on the dynamically changing requirements and trends in Israeli Labor and Employment law.
Banking and Finance
Banking and Finance Shibolet & Co. has a strong banking practice representing both business clients in their negotiations with banks, and banking institutions. Shibolet has been closely involved with the Bank of Israel, helping to facilitate all the legal preparations affecting the opening of the Tel Aviv branch of a major international bank. With the increased activity in privatization, Shibolet has developed expertise in project finance, representing business entities in obtaining financing for their projects and financing closures.As part of the "one stop shop" concept, in which the firm offers integrated legal services, the banking and finance practice group accompanies financial transactions in the fields of energy, renewable energy, infrastructure and project financing. In addition, the practice offers its expertise in matters related to venture capital investments. As a prominent law firm in the areas of high-tech, project financing and energy, Shibolet & Co.'s banking and finance practice is a significant leader in the market.The firm’s clients include majors Israeli and foreign banks and other financial institutions. The firm represents a leading European bank in Israel and has been closely involved with all the legal aspects affecting the opening of its branch in Tel Aviv.Shibolet serves as the legal counsel for the Association of Foreign Banks in Israel, a non-profit organization which aims to jointly promote the goals of foreign banks in Israel. The members of this association include major foreign banks that are active in Israel.
Litigation
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Shibolet's litigation department has broad experience in all types of commercial and civil litigation, arbitration, mediation and alternate dispute resolution mechanisms.  The firm’s litigation team represents the firm’s clients from both the prosecutorial and defense sides of the courtroom. In addition, the firm handles multi-million dollar proceedings and complex lawsuits for a wide range of clients in various fields. Shibolet's litigation clients consist of leading companies from a variety of sectors, such as government companies, public corporations, Israeli and foreign banks, domestic and foreign insurance companies, private entities and corporations involved in industrial and commercial transactions and venture capital funds. Shibolet’s litigation team has vast experience in monetary claims and other actions to obtain varied measures of relief, such as injunctions, declaratory judgments, debt claims, mandatory injunctions, actions against administrative bodies as well as other types of interim measures. Shibolet's litigation team has experience in representation before all courts and tribunals including all levels of the civil court system, the Supreme Court in its capacity as an Appellate Court, the Supreme Court in its capacity as the High Court of Justice, Administrative Courts and Labor Courts. The firm represents its clients not only in the judicial and administrative forums, but also in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, such as arbitration and mediation proceedings.  The firm’s diverse litigation expertise and team skill extend to legal proceedings involving business contracts from a broad range of disciplines such as: corporations, substantive and procedural international law, commercial law, banking, insurance, communications, computers, environmental law, tenders, antitrust issues, mergers and acquisitions, torts, administrative law, professional responsibility, intellectual property, defamation, real estate, taxes and class actions. Shibolet's litigation team also handles dissolution proceedings, liquidations, receiverships and stays of proceedings, and represents a variety of clients in these areas, such as creditors, directors, shareholders, companies and debtors. Shibolet's litigation team also serves as liquidators and receivers.
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