Gal Oren is a partner in the commercial department specialising in the fields of infrastructure, financing and international projects.
Gal has 20 years of experience in providing legal counselling for major international transactions in the fields of energy, water, recycling and real estate.
Gal’s expertise in this field is extensive and end-to-end from providing his insights and guidance during the initial planning and development stages, through the complex stages of negotiations and obtaining financing, throughout all intermediate phases until project completion, and ongoing assistance after routine operations commence.
Gal’s considerable experience in accompanying hundreds of diverse major transactions and projects in Israel and abroad enables him to provide comprehensive legal advice encompassing financial, tax and regulatory aspects, including licenses, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, tenders, EPC agreements, O&M agreements, power purchase agreements and more.
In recent years, Gal has been focusing his practice on projects in the field of renewable energy, such as solar energy, wind farms, pumped storage hydroelectricity, mine wastewater treatment, the construction of water desalination facilities and waste treatment plants.
Gal provides legal assistance to international and local corporations, public companies, partnerships, venture consortiums and leading financial institutions in Israel and abroad.
Gal was ranked as a leading lawyer in the prestigious international IFLR1000 2017 rankings for Project development and Project finance areas.
Currently, Gal is the Israel Bar Association’s Vice Chairman, Energy and Infrastructures, Tel-Aviv and Central District Committee.
Prior to joining Barnea & Co., Gal was a partner in the law firm of Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. for nine years.
University of Oxford, Postgraguate Diploma in Legal Practice, Law, 1995
Coventry University, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Business Law, 1994
Member of Israel Bar Association since 1999
Solicitor of the Supreme Court, Law Society of England and Wales, 1997
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Barnea & Co. represented Belectric Israel in the negotiations leading to the conclusion of an EPC and O&M Agreements in respect of the Ashalim PV solar power plant
Adv. Gal Oren and Adv. Samuel Henri Samuel from Barnea & Co.’s Infrastructure Department represented Belectric Israel, which was selected to construct and operate a new 30Mwp PV solar power plant in Ashalim. Belectric Israel is an affiliate of Belectric GmbH from Germany, engaging in the development and promotion of photovoltaic (PV) solar systems world-wide.
Agtech: Why Israel Makes Sense
If you think about fertile land for agricultural development, Israel probably doesn't immediately come to mind. But perhaps it should. Despite a desert climate and the relative youth of the country, Israel's technological development has created a boom in agricultural innovation, with technology that helps farmers and companies develop healthier, higher-quality foods. With the challenges facing the world's farming and crops markets, this tiny country provides a wealth of opportunity moving into the future of agriculture.
Addressing Agricultural Challenges
Agriculture today needs technology to succeed. Climate change is creating growing uncertainty in how and where plants will continue to grow well, and natural resources are diminishing over time. On the other hand, the world population continues to grow. This means that, absent technological solutions, the farms of the world will struggle to keep up with demand in the decades to come.
To address these concerns, technological developers must lead the way. Irrigation techniques continue to advance, reducing further the dependence on natural water supplies near farms. Bioengineering strategies are also emerging. Farmers today can scientifically approach crops to make them healthier and increase their overall quality in safe, effective ways.
Why Israel Makes Sense
In its sixty-eight years of existence, Israel has had to create and use technologies to grow crops. An arid desert climate requires engineering to help agriculture meet the needs of its population, so as early as the mid-1960s, companies like Netafim were revolutionizing irrigation technology in Israel. The country leads much of the world in agricultural technologies, and continues to push ahead to meet more of the surging world demand for science and farming to intersect.
From its work to feed its own citizens, the agricultural technology market in Israel has expanded. Its companies, like Afamilk, Evogene, and Biobee, have grown in both size and number, and are now capable of managing and running farms all over the world. Hundreds of Israeli agtech startups emerge each year. In 2015, a Harvester Venture fund of $40 to $50 million was established, and a pledge by Bayer of another $10 million was made in 2016.
Israel's agricultural technology prowess represents a growth area well into the future. Investors and nations looking to capitalize on Israel's capabilities need to work within its legal and regulatory system to fully realize the potential there. Contact Barnea & Co. to learn how we can help you develop in this space.
Brexit Effect on Real Estate Market in Britain – Interview with Gal Oren
Gal Oren, Partner at Barnea & Co. accompanying international companies and individuals in real estate transactions in Europe, was interviewed by Ynet on the possible economic implications of the Brexit vote on real estate prices. Gal advised to wait and see how much the prices will drop before buying or selling property in the country.