OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE

To read about our specific areas of practice, click on the links below:

Banking and Finance
Commercial
Corporate and Securities
Emerging Companies
Energy and Gas
Hotels and Assisted-Living Residences
Labor and Employment
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Mergers and Acquisitions
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Real Estate and Construction
Wills and Estates

 

 

 

Banking and Finance

M. Porath & Co. has represented foreign and domestic banks and financial institutions, as well as companies and individuals working opposite such institutions. From complex project financings, to investment agreements, to litigation issues, M. Porath & Co.'s financial practice is premised on the fact that our lawyers understand the financing issues underlying such deals or disputes, and can quickly and efficiently move the parties toward the most cost-effective resolution to such issues. One of our partners has served for 29 years, as a member of the Israeli Board of Directors of Barclays Bank and Barclays-Discount Bank.

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Commercial

M. Porath & Co. is integrally involved in its clients' businesses, advising on day-to-day management and commercial affairs, drafting and helping to negotiate strategic, framework and other commercial agreements - in English and in Hebrew - and representing companies in commercial litigation, arbitration and other forums of dispute resolution.

At M. Porath & Co., we are proud of our years of experience negotiating agreements for marketing, sales, distribution, licensing, franchising, joint venture agreements and all other commercial ventures. We have extensive experience working with commercial lenders and we advise on all aspects of regulatory matters, including employment, securities, antitrust, and matters involving the Scientist's Office and Authority.

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Corporate and Securities

M. Porath & Co. represents domestic and foreign private and public companies. We provide ongoing legal advice on issues of corporate governance, shareholder agreements, company control, directors' status and corporate reorganizations. We represent strategic, active and passive investors, as well as target companies in business acquisitions (including management buyout) and advise on related Israeli legal and regulatory issues, including governmental restrictions, antitrust and local employment laws.

M. Porath & Co. also has experience in the area of Israeli securities law. We advise Israeli public companies whose securities are traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, some of which we have represented through their public offerings. Our firm is familiar with the intricacies of the Israeli Securities Authority and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, including issues of flotation, immediate and periodic reports, as well as other filings and related rules and regulations.

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Emerging Companies

M. Porath & Co. has amassed a wealth of expertise in representing companies at initial and development phases, including a host of start-ups, from their inception and nascent seed-fund stages, to advanced investment rounds. We provide emerging companies close assistance in their negotiations and dealings surrounding the raising of capital, including representing them opposite venture capital funds strategic investors, and others. Likewise, we represent strategic and other private equity investors seeking investment opportunities in such companies. Being acutely aware of the roadblocks emerging companies are liable to encounter in their growth stages, we offer them advice, legal support and assistance in the course of their dealings with public authorities and regulators such as the Chief Scientist's Office, the Investment Center, etc.


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Energy and Gas

Over the years, M. Porath & Co. has provided ongoing legal advice to gasoline distributors and gas station owners. Through our representation of, and dealings with gasoline companies, we have developed an expertise in negotiating and drafting agreements as well as in the regulatory aspects of that industry. Furthermore, one of our partners has served for 27 years as Chairman of the Executive Board of Israel's largest gasoline company.

 

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Hotels and Assisted-Living Residences

M. Porath & Co. has been involved in the planning, structuring and implementation of residential institutions, including hotels as well as senior citizen assisted living residences.

We have represented clients in creating, launching and operating residential institutions throughout Israel, working together with entrepreneurs from the planning stages, assisting with real estate sales and leases, advising on labor concerns, drafting and negotiating agreements with contractors, suppliers, subcontractors, management companies restaurateurs and others.

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Labor and Employment

At M. Porath & Co. we are familiar with the intricacies of the complex local Labor and Employment laws, and we are at home in the Labor Courts. We act for companies and for management as well as for key employees.

Our Labor Law practice group has been actively involved in advising local and foreign entities on the technicalities of setting up offices and hiring practices within Israel. In addition, we have assisted Israeli companies wishing to relocate employees abroad, working in tandem with local lawyers abroad.

Our team has vast experience drafting employment agreements, Employee Stock Options Plans, and other employment related documents, and we have experience litigating employment-related issues including non-competition issues, representing both companies and key employees.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

M. Porath & Co. excels in handling civil and commercial litigation at every level of the Israeli court system, from the trial courts, appeals courts, labor courts and administrative tribunals, through to the Supreme Court of Justice. Our lawyers, however, also seek ways to resolve clients' problems faster and more economically, through methods of alternative dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation, when appropriate. The firm has a long track record of involvement in local and international arbitrations and mediations, with one of our partners included on the list of recommended arbitrators by the Israeli Institute of Commercial Arbitration. Other partners are frequently called upon to act as arbitrators or mediators.

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution matters include:

  • Corporate matters, including shareholders' disputes
  • Commercial contract breaches, enforcement and collections
  • Contract interpretation, including breach of contracts, contract enforcement
  • Administrative petitions in administrative, labor, antitrust and tax tribunals
  • Employment law
  • Real estate law, including: developer-contractor, contractor-subcontractor, landlord-tenant and zoning disputes

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Mergers and Acquisitions

M. Porath & Co.'s experience with Israel's Company's Law and its expertise in navigating through Israeli governmental regulatory issues make it a top choice for foreign and domestic companies wishing to undertake mergers or acquisitions.

Our firm has advised on M&A transactions between domestic Israeli companies as well as transnational acquisitions of domestic companies, representing both acquirer and target companies. We offer solutions for structuring transactions, prepare and negotiate term sheets and memorandums, purchase agreements and merger documents. Likewise, we undertake due diligence inquiries, prepare government filings and oversee shareholder communications. In addition, we advise on the effects of the merger transaction on local employees, preparing requisite documentation, instructing on possible labor issues and litigating in court when necessary.

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Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

M. Porath & Co. has broad experience in the field of pharmaceutical and biotechnology law. Our clients include some well-known foreign and local drug and pharmaceutical manufacturers, as well as local Israeli importers and distributors in the field. Our lawyers are familiar, and have a proven record, with all aspects of regulatory concerns involving the practice fields in question, including direct contact with the relevant regulatory authorities. One of the firm's partners served for 12 years as Chairman of the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science, one of the top-ranking multidisciplinary research institution in the world, and remains a member of its Board of Governors and of its Executive Council.

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Real Estate and Construction

Since its establishment in 1952, M. Porath & Co. has been active in representing companies and individuals in every type of real estate-related transaction, including commercial purchases, sales and leasing of private land and land owned by the State of Israel. We have also represented numerous service providers to the real estate industry, including building contractors and subcontractors, appraisers, architects, engineers and building management companies.

Representing developers, real estate entrepreneurs, contractors, individual purchasers as well as landlords and tenants, we advise on all issues relating to land purchase, development and sales, including issues pertaining to the Israel Land Authority, the Land Tax Authority, zoning authorities and municipal authorities. We have been involved in complex financing of land development transactions, representing, in turn, sponsors, contractors and buyers in extended financing negotiations. We also represent such clients when litigating or arbitrating commercial real estate matters.

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Wills and Estates

M. Porath's lawyers have broad experience in drafting wills and providing our clients with advice and services relating to all aspects of inheritance, including estate and wealth planning.

The wills our lawyers are called upon to draft range from the fairly simple to highly complex wills requiring sophisticated planning and execution.

Our lawyers represent and counsel our clients on all facets of inheritance, including the probate of wills and representation before all relevant authorities.

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