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February 8, 2014
Casino in Israel – could the notion materialize
Barnea's partner and head of internet department, Dr. Dotan Baruch, published an article in the InterGaming Law magazine, the specialist international gaming law magazine: Casino in Israel - could the notion materialize.
February 1, 2014
Barnea & Co. is pleased to announce the appointment of new partners
Adv. Maya Zisser - Real estate  and Adv. Shai Sharvit - Litigation have been made partners.
January 16, 2014
Barnea & Co. represented Pilat Media Global Plc.
Pilat Media Plc is a unique UK incorporated public company, as it was the only UK company listed on the Tel  Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) and the only company fully listed on both AIM and TASE – meeting the regulatory requirements of both jurisdictions. The firm has represented Pilat since its inception, through a spin-off (demerger) from an Israeli public company, and has assisted it with compliance with Israeli regulatory requirements through the years. In April 2014 Pilat Media was sold to Sintec Media, one of its major competitors for a cash consideration of more than $100 million. Barnea Co represented Pilat Media and its shareholders in Israeli aspects of the transaction.
January 15, 2014
IAA transcripts from the Strauss - Cadbury investigation has been revealed
Carmit's civil suit is partly based on records and documents collected by the Antitrust Authority in during its investigations.  The following was submitted  by Adv. Zohar Lande, Adv. Shai Sharvit and Adv. Moran Bickel, from Barnea, to the Tel Aviv District Court.
January 9, 2014
Developments in the Carmit Candy Ltd. action against the Strauss Group
Important information is currently being unveiled at the Central District Court regarding the ways in which the Strauss Group was allegedly attempting to block Cadbury from entering the Israeli Market in 2002. To read more, please click here
January 5, 2014
Opinion - Privatization pursuant to Encouragement of Competition and the Reduction of Concentration law
The article below addresses the privatization chapter of the newly enacted law for the encouragement of competition and reduction of concentration in the Israeli market. The chapter inter alia restricts the State from granting rights to and engaging with entities, which already have received rights from the state and thus deemed to be "concentrational". Adv. Lande argues that the chapter is far reaching, leads to uncertainty in the market and may prevent the effective allocation of rights in the future, all of which will have a detrimental effect on the market. To read more, please click here
December 29, 2013
Michael Barnea was participate in a panel of Competition experts - by Calcalist
After the Law for the Encouragement of Competition and the Reduction of Concentration was enacted, Calcalist convened a panel of experts, including Michael Barnea, in order to discuss the powers of the Antitrust Commissioner.
December 25, 2013
Israel Amends Controlled Foreign Corporation Tax Regime
Israel's Knesset on December 23 approved amendment 198, revising section 75B of the Income Tax Ordinance, 1961 (ITO) to further ensure the taxation of controlled foreign corporations. The amendment entered into force on January 1. Since 2006 Israel has taxed qualifying resident shareholders -- both corporate and individual -- on the undistributed profits of foreign companies that qualify as CFCs. Specifically, when an Israeli resident shareholder individually owns at least 10 percent of the means of control of a foreign company and collectively owns, together with other Israeli resident shareholders, at least 50 percent, and the majority of the foreign company's income is (by Israeli definition) considered passive in a specific tax year, the qualifying shareholders must each report their pro rata part in the undistributed profits of that foreign company as a deemed dividend. That regime also applies to foreign companies that are controlled at least 40 percent by close relatives.
December 24, 2013
Tax Changes 2014 relevant for Israeli companies investing in/through In the Netherlands
The firm of Barnea Co, together with the Israel-Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, organize a breakfast workshop "Tax Changes 2014 relevant for Israeli companies investing in/through In the Netherlands" to be held morning of December 25, 2013, at the Offices of Barnea Co, 6 HaChoshlim street, 4th floor, Herzelia.  Invitations only.
December 19, 2013
The former shareholer in Vita will not be sued
The Tel Aviv court has overturned and a court order allowing service of the claim against a former shareholder in a company called "Vita" outside of the Israeli jurisdiction.
December 15, 2013
Offering securities through an online platfor
There is a growing interest in raising funds online. This is owing to the fact that the Internet provides a wide exposure to diverse audiences. This creates an opportunity for small enterprises to be exposed to alternative and new financing options, that in the normal course would not be available to them. This, in turn, allows the enterprise to widen their circle of potential investors. 
December 9, 2013
Israel has won the lottery but does not take advantage of it
The business world is desperate for certainty, especially in the industries where investments of billions of dollars are required in order to build infrastructure such as the gas production - by  Micky Barnea, TheMarker.
December 5, 2013
IFLR 1000 - 2014
IFLR commented as follows: “Barnea Co's focus in transactional work is MA and project finance. Clients say in both areas the firm's partners are highly capable and talented individuals, singling out name and managing partner Michael Barnea and Simon Jaffa, who works across both areas. "Simon is knowledgeable, very skilled and a pleasure to work with," says one international project finance client. "He understands the business well and is very familiar with the market and thus will always seek the most advantageous, cost-effective solution, while at the same time giving you insight on the local-specific issues that you may overlook being from abroad. I cannot recommend him strongly enough." Another who mandates Jaffa on MA says: "[He's a] great business lawyer - decisive, innovative and responsive." Barnea is also appreciated by corporate clients: "He's very practical and incisive and always constructive with his advice." The strong feedback the firm receives and a respectable portfolio of work across both areas sees the firm join the MA and project finance rankings.”
December 3, 2013
Barnea & Co. continues to support MyIsrael
Barnea delighted to be associated with MyIsrael and to support MyIsrael charitable projects in Israel.
November 24, 2013
World Tax - 2014
Barnea was ranked by the World Tax, the International Tax Review's directory to the leading tax advisory firms around the world, as a leading tax firm in Israel.
November 17, 2013
8.5 years in jail to the former treasurer of kibbutz Shefayim
The former treasurer of kibbutz Shefayim and his wife were convicted of stealing 16.5 million NIS from the kibbutz and sentenced to  8.5 years in jail. The kibbutz members are still hoping that Adv. Zohar Lande will recover the money that the family is still hiding.
November 17, 2013
Online Gambling Panel
On November 18th, the Israel Bar will hold a panel in respect of online gambling. Dr. Dotan Baruch, head of Barnea's internet and e-commerce department, will participate in the panel.
November 13, 2013
Barnea & Co. in Rome
Barnea and Co. celebrated its 10 year anniversary by having a  4 day vacation in Rome. Between visiting local clubs and restaurants Barnea's employees had a Segway tour and visited the tourist sites such as the Pantheon, the Colosseum and the Spanish Steps.
November 3, 2013
Barnea & Co.'s team at the Nike night run
Barnea’s team took part in the annual Nike Night run, that took place on 29 October, 2013. Barnea team successfully ran the 10km route around Tel Aviv. The race started at Rabin Square in the center of town, and ended at the back of Park Ha’yarkon.
October 17, 2013
Heading for a settlement? A dispute for over 4 million dollars shall be mediated
The 4 million Dollars dispute between Ori Yogev, a majority shareholder in Whitewater, a water technology group, who is currently the head of Israel's Government Companies Authority, and Beni Tish, a Canadian businessman, is heading for mediation. Attorney Zohar Lande, Mr. Tish representative, stated that: "Mr Tish, who holds more than 15% of Whitewater shares (along with his family) is Whitewater's second largest investor and not a minor one. Mr. Tish invested approximately 4 Million dollars in Whitewater, and is the owner of overriding rights to which he is entitled by virtue of the company's article of association and the agreement (rights that Yogev is trying to withhold from him).
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