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- Employers: Coronavirus Restrictions Have Expired
On June 1, 2021, the regulations that guided the conduct of workplaces during the coronavirus crisis expired. Accordingly, from this day forward, there is no longer a requirement to operate in accordance with the green tag or purple tag directives in the workplace. At this stage, holding gatherings, professional trainings, and group meals at the…
- Rules and Conditions for SPAC Issuances in Israel
Over the past year, raising capital through SPACs (special purpose acquisition companies) has become a hot trend on Wall Street. A SPAC is a company with no business operations formed solely to raise capital through an IPO for the purpose of acquiring an existing business. While only one SPAC launched an IPO in 2009, a…
- How Much Is Your Invention Worth or How Much Should You Pay to License Inventions?
Licensing agreements are the cornerstones of technology companies based on intellectual property. A licensing agreement is a legal contract between two parties, known as the licensor and the licensee. The licensor provides the licensee a right to use and a limited license, while the licensee accepts a series of conditions related to use of…
- Five Key Points on Capital Raising for Hedge Funds
The cornerstone of a successful hedge fund is a successful investment strategy. That is self-evident. However, if the managers of the potential hedge fund are not successful in raising capital, this potential will never be tested or realized. We list below the five key points we believe hedge fund managers should take into account when…
- International Commercial Arbitration Bill
The commercial business world is a global one, and so are the disputes that arise within it. Such disputes are adjudicated in courts in various countries or in arbitration proceedings, with each procedure regulated under relevant domestic legislation. (For example, the Israeli Arbitration Law regulates Israeli arbitration proceedings.)
- Prenuptial Agreements - New Israeli Supreme Court Ruling
Up until now, the Israel Tax Authority interpreted the Real Estate Taxation Law so that spouses who signed a prenuptial agreement and maintained separate property were considered a single family unit for the purposes of real estate tax. Furthermore, it imposed on such a couple the burden of proving it was maintaining separate property. The Israeli Supreme Court’s latest ruling in this regard attempts to adapt the law to reality and is not sparing in its criticism of the ITA’s…
- Public Companies without a Controlling Shareholder: A new amendment
In recent weeks, the Israeli Ministry of Justice published a memorandum proposing an amendment to the Companies Law, focusing on the corporate governance regime in public companies without a controlling shareholder.
- 2021: Trends in Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management
2020 was a particularly challenging year due to the coronavirus pandemic. For corporate risk managers and compliance officers, the year posed additional challenges. Organizations had to contend with an alarming rise in cyberattacks, supply chain constraints, employee health and safety, corporate governance and compliance, and diverse risks relating to or deriving from various content worlds.…
- Five Things You Didn’t Know about Impact Investing
In the last decade, impact investments have become an international trend to address global challenges in the areas of environment, welfare, health, employment, and education. In light of the development of the impact investments’ field, we recommend familiarizing yourself with several terms that may help when examining investments in general and impact investments in…
- Retail and Tech in a Post-COVID World
2020 marked a monumental shift in consumer behavior, with the retail industry particularly affected by the global spread of COVID-19. Between nationwide quarantines and the looming threat of disease, retailers had to adapt quickly to survive the forced seclusion and distancing. While some have been building their e-commerce brands and marketplaces for years, others were…
- Bank Leumi Enters Into DPA with U.S. Department of Justice
A major Israeli international bank admitted that it conspired to aid and assist U.S. taxpayers to prepare and present false tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by hiding income and assets in offshore bank accounts in Israel and elsewhere around the world....
- Holland & Knight's Inaugural Israel Practice Newsletter - July 2017
...We invite you to read our inaugural Israel Practice newsletter, in which our authors discuss pertinent American-Israeli topics. As Israel has been a crossroads and a prolific source of new ideas for more than 3,000 years, a natural tradition of inventiveness finds its most recent expression in...
- Establishing A Business Entity In Israel
The influence of British rule immediately prior to the establishment of the State of Israel has left a lasting mark on Israeli corporate law. Even though Israel is commercially much closer to the U.S., the links to the English legal system remain strong. Therefore, Israel has companies rather than...
- The French Paradox
In 2018, 70% of the funds raised by Israeli companies came from foreign investors. Israeli tech companies’ ability to attract such foreign investment attests to these investors’ wish to become part of the Israeli tech success story....
- Entities with Relatively Small Market Shares May Also Be Deemed Monopolies
Six months after the amendment to the Economic Competition Law took effect, the Competition Authority published its position regarding the circumstances in which even an entity with less than a 50% market share may be deemed a “monopoly holder.”...
- Israel-Australia Double Taxation Treaty Enters into Force on January 1, 2020
Further to our April 2019 update on the signing of a double taxation treaty between Israel and Australia, the Minister of Finance signed in December 2019 the order bringing the treaty into effect on January 1, 2020....
- Israel Innovation Authority Updates for Companies and New Benefit Tracks
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Israel Innovation Authority, has issued a major easement for the companies it supports, in the manner in which payroll expenses for companies in the midst of carrying out approved plans will be recognized....
- Banks Required to Share Information about Clients with Other Financial Bodies
As part of a broad change led by the Ministry of Finance to increase competition in the banking and financial services market, a memorandum for the Provision of Financial Information Services was recently published for public comments....
- Updates Regarding the Upcoming Lockdown in Israel
A nationwide lockdown in Israel is to take effect on Friday, September 18, 2020, from 2 p.m., to last for at least 14 days, (the restrictions may be extended, in full or in part, as determined by the Israeli government). While the regulations are currently pending final approval by the Knesset’s...
- New Investment Products: Hedged Mutual Funds and Hedged Mutual Funds of Funds
With the goal of expanding the public’s investment options, the Israel Securities Authority published in February 2020 a first draft of a document for public comments. The document details the core characteristics of two new financial products: a hedged mutual fund and a hedged mutual fund of funds....