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August 8, 2019
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."
July 29, 2019
Barnea Representing Azrieli Group in Sale of Holdings in Supergas
Our firm represented Azrieli Group in the sale of its holdings in Supergas to Elco Group for NIS 1 billion. Azrieli was represented by Advs. Micky Barnea, Yuval Lazi, Ilan Blumenfeld, Sagi Gross and Daniel Kleinman.
March 20, 2019
Barnea Represented Danel Ltd. in the Acquisition of Levinger Group
Our firm represented Danel Ltd. in a deal to acquire 51% of Levinger Group. This marks a strategic move by Danel to expand into the private health field.
February 27, 2019
Event Invite: The Impact on Your Business of New Amendments to the Restrictive Trade Practices Law
Our firm is holding a seminar on March 18 about the ways in which recent amendments to the Restrictive Trade Practices Law meet the daily needs of a corporation and its officers. A representative from the Israel Competition Authority will also take part.
January 13, 2019
Doing Business in Israel – Practical Law
Barnea's QA guide to doing business in Israel was published on the Practical Law website. The guide provides an overview of recent key developments that have affected doing business in Israel, including the legal system, foreign investment, regulation, employment, taxation, and IP.
January 8, 2019
Amendment to the Israeli Restrictive Trade Practices Law
On January 1, 2019, Israel's parliament approved an amendment to the Restrictive Trade Practices Law. This amendment seeks to deepen and focus the Antitrust Authority’s efforts to prevent activities posing potential harm to competition and to the public.
January 1, 2019
Amendment to Hazardous Drugs Ordinance Promotes Regulation in Cannabis Market
On December 25, 2018, the Israeli parliament approved the second and third readings of an amendment to the Hazardous Drugs Ordinance (Delegation of Supervisory and Enforcement Authorities Relating to Cannabis for Medicinal and Research Purposes).
December 20, 2018
Update to Block Exemptions for Joint Ventures and Restraints Ancillary to Mergers
Two important block exemptions have been updated recently: the exemption for joint ventures and the exemption for restraints ancillary to mergers. The amendments transfer the examination of the intensity of the harm to competition deriving from these arrangements from the Israel Antitrust Authority to the business sector.
November 8, 2018
Barnea Represented Sakal Global Duty Free Ltd.
Our firm represented the owner of Sakal Global Duty Free Ltd. in the sale of the company as part of the sale of the entire Sakal Group to businessman Teddy Sagi.
August 27, 2018
Amendment to Block Exemption for Non-Horizontal Arrangements with No Particular Price Restrictions Approved
An amendment to a block exemption for non-horizontal arrangements with no particular price restrictions was recently approved. The purpose of the amendment to the block exemption is to clarify the term “competitors,” which was defined in a general and vague manner in the original block exemption.
May 14, 2018
Ethemba Capital Selling Control in Avgol to Indorama Ventures
Our firm is representing British private equity firm Ethemba Capital in its sale of control in Israeli company Avgol Nonwoven Industries Ltd. to Indorama Ventures Spain S.L., a chemical manufacturer whose shares are traded on the Thai stock exchange. The price of the sale is valued at NIS 1.7 billion.
March 8, 2018
A Reform in Israel's Insolvency Laws
Recently, the Knesset has passed the Law of Insolvency and Economic Rehabilitation – which is aimed at updating the law on insolvency currently in effect in Israel. The Law will take effect in 18 months from now.
January 14, 2018
Ilan Blumenfeld Participated in a Panel Discussion on Antitrust Issues for Haaretz's "Echad Ha'am"
Adv. Ilan Blumenfeld, a partner in Barnea's Antitrust Department, participated in a panel discussion on proposed amendments to the Antitrust Law for Haaretz's "Echad Ha'am" magazine (pages 16–19).
November 14, 2017
The Israel Antitrust Authority is Proposing Comprehensive Amendments to the Restrictive Trade Practices Law
Recently, the Israel Antitrust Authority (IAA) published a memorandum of law entitled “Strengthening Enforcement and Reducing the Regulatory Burden.” At issue is a comprehensive amendment to the Restrictive Trade Practices Law.
November 1, 2017
Hosting a Seminar on Marketing and Distribution Agreements
Barnea Co. is hosting together with TITANBrandWise a seminar today on marketing and distribution agreements. Adv. Ilan Blumenfeld of the Commercial Department will discuss the important aspects of such agreements and how to make them work for you.
July 25, 2017
Barnea & Co. represented Industries Centers EOD in the acquisition of control by US company ADM
The acquisition of control by US company ADM of Israeli company Industries Centers EOD—which imports and markets animal feed, processes seeds, and stores emergency inventory for the state—has been completed. The company was represented by Advs. Micky Barnea, Yuval Lazi, Ilan Blumenfeld, Daniel Lorber, Sagi Gross, and Daniel Kleinman.
July 19, 2017
Adv. Ilan Blumenfeld to mentor at the Heseg Innovators Program (HIP)
Adv. Ilan Blumenfeld, a partner at Barnea Co., will serve on the judges' panel at the upcoming HIP presentation. The program’s entrepreneurs will present Ilan and the other mentors their ventures and receive feedback on how to improve them.
July 18, 2017
Israel Antitrust Authority Published Statement regarding Vertical Price Arrangements – Resale Price Maintenance (RPM)
Recently, the Israeli Antitrust Authority (IAA) published a final version of its statement regarding Resale Price Maintenance (RPM) arrangements. In this statement, the IAA presents its position with regard to the circumstances under which a supplier is able to dictate the resale price of its products to its distributor (either retail or wholesale) for the next link in the supply chain, without such an arrangement being considered an illegal restrictive arrangement.
April 4, 2017
Barnea & Co. Represented Viola Credit in the Acquisition of Negev Ceramic
Barnea Co. represented a group of investors, led by Viola Credit, in the acquisition of Negev Ceramics from creditor banks. Viola was represented by Adv. Michael Barnea, Adv. Inon Yogev and Adv. Ilan Blumenfeld, Partners at Barnea Co.
April 3, 2017
A Victory for Barnea & Co. in the Supreme Court Regarding the Cancellation of an Arbitration Ruling
Adv. Zohar Lande, Adv. Jacques Gershoni and Adv. Yatir Madar from the Litigation Department at Barnea Co., succeeded in cancelling an arbitration ruling in the Tel Aviv District Court, a cancellation which was then upheld by the Supreme Court. The parties had appointed an arbitrator to hear and rule on a specific dispute between them. After the arbitrator had issued an arbitration award which had been fully carried out by both parties, the arbitrator joined forces with one of the parties, while attempting to ignore the arbitration award, which had already been carried out, with the aim of unilaterally issuing a new arbitration ruling. In fact, the new arbitration ruling overturned the original award, which, as noted, had been fully carried out by the parties. The party with whom the arbitrator had cooperated (the “other party’’), relying on the new arbitration ruling, filed a dual application to the Tel Aviv District Court - one for the approval of the new arbitration award and the second for the temporary imposition of liens on the property of Barnea’s client. Barnea Co.'s litigation team succeeded in obtaining an order for cancellation of the new arbitration award (in a judgment by the Honorable Justice Y. Shevach, District Court, December 28, 2016). The Court clarified that the new arbitration award was given without authority, because it exceeded the limits of the authorization defined by the parties and because it contradicted a previous ruling of the arbitrator. The other party did not accept the ruling of the District Court and chose to submit a motion for leave to appeal the ruling of the Tel Aviv District Court to the Supreme Court, as well as a request for temporary remedies in the appeal. Barnea Co. filed a firm response to the other party’s request for temporary relief, in which it was made clear that the need to impose temporary liens was never examined on its merits in the District Court, and elaborated on the fact that the request for leave to appeal the judgment of the District Court lacked any basis both in law and in fact. The Supreme Court denied the motion for leave to appeal and instructed the other party to pay Barnea's client's legal fees and expenses (decision by the Honorable Justice Y. Danziger of March 26, 2017). "It is known that the annulment of an arbitration award is a rare occurrence, and that it does not happen routinely," commented Adv. Zohar Lande, Head of the Litigation Department at Barnea Co.. "This rejection by the Supreme Court actually means the upholding of the District Court’s  ruling,  the cancellation of the new arbitration award and, accordingly, the cancellation of the temporary remedies imposed on the assets of our client”.
March 15, 2017
Whether and How to Enforce on a Monopoly the Prohibition of Charging Excessive and Unfair Prices
Adv. Ilan Blumenfeld, Partner in the Antitrust Department at Barnea Co., wrote an opinion article in The Marker, dealing with the question of whether and how to enforce on a monopoly the prohibition of charging excessive and unfair prices.
March 2, 2017
Antitrust Authority Continues its Trend of Stricter Punishment
The Israel Antitrust Authority (‘’IAA’’) has announced its intention to impose a financial sanction in the sum of NIS 25,640,000 on Bitan Wines, due to its violation of the terms of the merger between Bitan Wines and the Mega supermarket chain.
February 14, 2017
Draft Guide to Cyber Threat Information Sharing
The Antitrust Authority published for public comments a new guidelines draft on the subject of information-sharing between competitors for the purpose of contending with cyber threats.
February 12, 2017
Foreign Companies are Immune to Private Antitrust Enforcement in Israel
Despite the growing sensitivity to violations of the competition laws and the uptrend in the imposition of stricter penalties by the authorities in respect thereof, business managers and consumers who have fallen victims to competition-law offenses in Israel hesitant in instituting civil proceedings against offenders.
February 12, 2017
Shufersal Sets its Sights on Drug Store Chain New-Pharm
Adv. Ilan Blumenfeld, Partner in the Antitrust department at Barnea Co. was interviewed by The Marker following Shufersal, Israel's largest supermarket chain’s announcement that  it is in the early stages of examining the possibility of acquiring local drugstore chain, New-Pharm Drugstores. Ilan commented that in the event that Shufersal acquires New Pharm, the Antitrust Authority will have to approve the deal by examining the market power of the merged entity.
February 5, 2017
Doing Business in Israel – Practical Law
Doing Business in Israel? A QA guide to doing business in Israel written by Barnea Co. was published in the Practical Law website. The guide gives an overview of the legal system, foreign investment, regulation, and other issues pertaining to Israel.
January 16, 2017
Israel Antitrust Authority Publishes Draft Statement regarding Vertical Price Arrangements – Resale Price Maintenance (RPM)
A few days ago, the Israeli Antitrust Authority published a draft statement presenting its position with regard to the circumstances under which a supplier will be able to dictate the resale price of its products to its distributor for the next link in the supply chain (Resale Price Maintenance arrangements – RPM), without such an arrangement being considered an illegal restrictive arrangement.
January 12, 2017
The Center for Academic Studies in Or Yehuda Young Entrepreneurs Skills Day
Adv. Ilan Blumenfeld, Partner at Barnea Co., gave a lecture on the Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship at the Center for Academic Studies in Or Yehuda  Young Entrepreneurs Skills Day.
December 21, 2016
Foreign Corporations Also Have No Immunity – Organizing a Restrictive Arrangement is Liable to Lead to Criminal Sanctions

A restrictive arrangement organized between an Israeli corporation and a foreign corporation, which results in significant harm to the competition in the Israeli market, is subject to the Israeli Restrictive Trade Practices Law.

December 13, 2016
Restrictive Arrangement in an Agreement May Possibly Lead to Nullification of the Entire Agreement
District Court rules that an unlawful restrictive provision can lead to cancellation of a 40 years agreement.
November 16, 2016
Performing a Legal Due Diligence – Think before You Act
September 28, 2016
Bond Terms – Negative Pledge Relating to Floating Charges
A customary practice in the credit market makes the provision of financing for a corporation contingent upon the creation of a floating charge on all of its assets in favor of the financier. In most instances, the bond terms relating to the lien also include a ”negative pledge” – a restrictive stipulation that prohibits a corporation from creating additional liens without receiving the financier’s prior written approval.
July 28, 2016
Barnea & Co. represents Maurice Haliwa
Adv. Zohar Lande, Adv. Noa Havdala and Adv. Yaacov Gershoni from the Litigation Department at Barnea Co. are representing Maurice Haliwa, a shareholder in Manor A.D. Construction Investments Ltd. Mr. Haliwa filed a lawsuit against Jacky Ben-Zaken and Avraam Nanikashvili in the amount of NIS 18 million.
June 19, 2016
Antitrust – New Amendments to Nine Block Exemptions
The Antitrust Commissioner intends to renew the validity and to amend nine block exemptions.
April 25, 2016
Barnea & Co. represented East and West Stores Ltd
Barnea Co. represented East and West Stores Ltd, a leading importer of foods into Israel from the Far East,  in a dispute concerning the use of the trade name "East and West" and its trademarks. Following an appeal to the Supreme Court filed by our litigation department,  the ruling made against the Company by the District Court ,which prohibited the Company from using the trade name "East and West" in some markets, was reversed (our firm was not involved in the District Court action). The Supreme Court  also reversed the contempt of court ruling issued against the Company. East and West Stores Ltd. was represented by Adv. Zohar Lande and Adv. Itai Wigoda. Adv. Ilan Blumenfeld assisted on the commercial aspects.
March 10, 2016
Antitrust Update
Recently the Israeli Antitrust Authority has stepped up its enforcement measures, and the local Courts began imposing stricter penalties on violations of the Antitrust Law.
January 1, 2016
Barnea & Co. appoints new partners
Effective as of January 1, 2016, Barnea Co. appointed 3 new partners: Ilan Blumenfeld who specializes in Antitrust laws, the Kibbutz sector and advising on corporate matters; Liat Keisary who specializes in advising private clients and on real estate law; and Ariella Dreyfuss who specializes in advising technology companies and on MA transactions.
November 13, 2015
Reform of Regulations Relating to Vetinary Supervision is important news for consumers in Israel
Recently the Economic Plan Bill, 2015 was enacted in Israel, which, inter alia, deals with regulations pertaining to veterinary supervision over meat products being marketed in Israel and introduces certain reforms in this regard. These reforms are important news for consumers in Israel, both in terms of protecting public health and considering the reform’s significant potential for reducing the cost of living. To read the full article, by Ilan Blumenfeld, please click here
June 2, 2015
Tadiran to acquire Supergas
Tadiran Holdings Ltd., controlled by Moshe Mamrod, is acquiring the gas distributor, Supergas, from Granite Hacarmel, a unit of Azrieli Group Ltd., for NIS 250 million. Micky Barnea and Ilan Blumenfeld represent Granite Hacarmel. 
September 3, 2013
Barnea & Co. is growing
Barnea Co. continues its expansion. The firm has recruited three new attorneys that will work in the firm’s commercial department – Adv.  Ilan Blumenfeld, Adv.  Anat Even Chen and Adv. Karin Kashi. The firm now comprises of a team of 35 lawyers.
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