Project Finance, Energy, & Infrastructure
The firm is one of the leaders in the field in financing infrastructure and energy projects and has been involved in major Israeli infrastructure projects, including transportation, water, and energy. In the area of desalination, the firm has represented the State of Israel in tenders for the establishment of desalination facilities in Ashkelon, Palmachim, Hadera, Sorek and Ashdod. In transportation, the firm represented the State of Israel in the Carmel Tunnels and Roads 431 and 531 projects and in advising Bank Hapoalim and Israeli and foreign financiers in financing the construction of the northern section of the Trans-Israel Highway (sections 3 and 7).
The firm also represented the Israel Airports Authority regarding tenders for the construction of an airport in Timna. In recent years, the firm has advised the Israel Ports Company in tenders for the construction and operation of new private seaports in Ashdod and Haifa.
In energy, the firm has counseled the developers of the Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Station (the first of its kind in Israel), Bank Leumi in its financing of the Mishor Rotem Power Station, and Bank Hapoalim and other Israeli and foreign financiers in the financing of the Ashalim Thermal Solar Power Station. Additionally, the firm has advised a Chinese company, which serves as the construction contractor for the Kokhav Hayarden Pumped Storage Station. In the field of natural gas, the firm has advised the lenders in the Yam Tethys Project and banks and institutional entities that financed the construction of the natural gas distribution networks in Israel’s central and southern regions.
He has extensive experience in the fields of tenders law, large-scale projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors, antitrust law, and international trade. He provides counsel to the firm’s clients both in specific legal cases and in matters relating to broad-based legislation and regulation processes.
Yossi deals with civil and criminal aspects of antitrust law and represents the firm’s clients before the relevant bodies and courts, such the Antitrust Commissioner, the Antitrust Court, the District Courts and the Supreme Court. For example, he has handled cases of claims of a cartel for the marketing of pipes, a cartel for marketing gas, a cartel for marketing envelopes, a cartel for marketing frozen vegetables, and a cartel for textbooks.
Yossi is considered one of the foremost experts in Israel in the field of antitrust and competition law. He advises the firm’s clients in this field, including manufacturers and suppliers of food and consumer goods, banks, supermarket chains, leading players in the energy industry, tourism service providers, and communications providers, including television and cellular telecommunications and professional associations. Furthermore, in the area of legislation and regulation, Yossi represents significant Israeli and international players, providing counsel for all their legal needs regarding international trade. In particular, Yossi represents our clients before the Industrial Cooperation Authority at the Ministry of Economy and Industry, which oversees government procurement in accordance with Israel's obligations under treaties relating to government procurement as part of the World Trade Organization, as well as proceedings regarding levies and duties, before the relevant authorities and courts.
He provides legal counsel to companies that frequently participate in complex Israeli and international tenders, such as Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, Alstom, Von Roll, Electra Group, Elco Group, Afcon Group, Ya’Acobi Brothers Group, and Partner Communications.
Yossi has many years of experience in providing counsel to government tenders committees, such as those of the Israel Airports Authority, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources, the Ministry of the Environment, and the Ministry of Transport. He also has extensive experience in advising private entities and financing parties which have participated in some of the largest and most significant projects in Israel.
Significant mergers that Yossi has overseen include Electra Consumer Products joint venture with YNET and Electra Consumer Products acquisition of the ACE retail chain. He has also represented Lageen and Caniel, manufacturers of canned goods, in a petition before the Supreme Court regarding the decision of the Antitrust Commissioner and the decision of the Antitrust Tribunal to prevent the merger of the two companies.
Furthermore, Yossi represented Electra Consumer Products before the Antitrust Tribunal concerning the merger request in the field of water bars, between Electra Consumer Products and Eden Springs. He also represented Visa Europe before the Israel Antitrust Authority, the Antitrust Tribunal, and the Supreme Court, in the matter of the cross-clearing arrangement and the cross-commission. He also represented Tnuva, as part of its process in obtaining a declaratory order regarding the dairies in the Golan Heights.
Additionally, he represented one of the largest global conglomerates before the Israel Antitrust Tribunal and the District Court in connection with claims regarding the company's involvement in an international cartel in the field of electricity. This case is the largest restrictive procedure in the history of the State of Israel.
As part of his job providing legal counsel for numerous commercial bodies, Yossi has been involved in legislation of many Knesset committees proceedings, giving him unique insight into Israel's legislative processes, particularly regarding the interplay of these processes with the business world. Yossi was involved in legislating the Mandatory Tenders Law and regulations, the amendments to the Restrictive Trade Practices Law regarding class action suits, the Products and Services Regulation Law, the Toll Roads Law, the Standards Law, the Non-Profit Organizations Law, the Banking Law on Credit Cards, the Concentration Law, and many other regulations and laws.
Between 1981 and 1983, Yossi served as the Deputy pf the Minister of Economy at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC. As part of his work, Yossi regularly took part in negotiations on behalf of the State of Israel vis-à-vis US government agencies and private American companies, including negotiations between the Israeli government and the US government regarding the Free Trade Area Agreement between the two countries, as well as Israel's accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA). He took part in formulating the memorandum of understanding between the US Department of Defense and the Israeli Ministry of Defense regarding security and procurement tenders.
Yossi has also dealt with a number of commercial and legal matters relating to American military assistance to Israel. For example, he was involved in negotiations and agreements for the conversion of US military assistance to Israel from loans to grants, as well as in the leasing and sale of Kfir fighter jets to the US Navy. During this period, Yossi dealt with many aspects of the financing and insurance of American exports to Israel via the Export–Import Bank of the United States and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
Between 1983 to 1986, Yossi worked at the New York branch of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where he was involved in large-scale international transactions, including Transmerica-Sedgwick (worth over $3 billion) and in various transactions related to the field of transportation.
Yossi’s achievements in the field of antitrust and competition law, as well as in project finance, energy, and infrastructure have been recognized by Chambers Global and Legal 500 numerous times. [post_title] => Yossi Levy [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => %d7%99%d7%95%d7%a1%d7%99-%d7%9c%d7%95%d7%99 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-05-19 08:47:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-05-19 05:47:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://ljlaw.co.il/team/%d7%99%d7%95%d7%a1%d7%99-%d7%9c%d7%95%d7%99/ [menu_order] => 10 [post_type] => team [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 3318 [post_author] => 7 [post_date] => 2022-03-01 18:58:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-03-01 16:58:04 [post_content] => Hezi heads the Finance, Projects and Infrastructures Department at Yossi Levy & Co. He has extensive experience in infrastructures and large-scale projects. He advises clients from the tender stage through finance and implementation of the projects. Hezi brings to the table an outstanding combination of high-level governmental experience as a major regulator, advisor for many years to the Israeli government, active attorney in Israel and abroad and counsel to major international and Israeli companies on central projects in development of Israeli public works. As Director General of Israel’s Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy & Water, Hezi played a leading role in privatization of Israel’s electricity sector and determination of the rules enabling finance for Independent Power Producers (IPP’s); broad expansion of the natural gas transmission system and transition from a coal-based economy; institution of renewable energy as a major part of Israel’s “fuel basket”; and sharp increase in Israel’s desalination capacity. Hezi served as Chairman / Co-Chairman of governmental tenders committees including the Ashalim Project, Natural Gas Distribution Concessions, and LNG, and as legal advisor to the Ministry of Finance’s PPP unit on BOT / PFI tenders. His governmental experience extends to the defense-industrial sector dating to his former role as Assistant to the General Counsel of the Minister of Defense. Hezi’s practice over the years encompasses numerous M&A transactions, venture capital, and complex commercial deals. He has represented clients in sales of their companies including to Microsoft, Berkshire Hathaway, and international defense companies. He acts as lead counsel to venture capital funds on investments in start-ups that have ultimately gone public on NASDAQ as well as acting as counsel to start-ups in their ongoing operations and raising of capital from the pre-seed stage through institutional investments. Hezi’s clientele includes private equity funds focusing on commercially active companies and major international corporations in their operations in Israel. He has served as legal counsel and company secretary to boards of directors of publicly-traded companies, chairman of privately-held companies, and as a member of various boards. Hezi is grounded in Securities Law and lectured for a number of years in Israel’s College of Management on Securities Law and Ethics of Investments Advisors. Hezi is an international lawyer with vast experience in cross-border transactions. He is admitted to the New York Bar as well as the Israel Bar and worked as international consultant and attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of O’Connor & Hannan. Hezi has broad business expertise borne both from his legal practice and initiatives as a developer of projects in the energy and water sectors in Israel and abroad. Those projects include a number of solar energy facilities interconnected to the grid in Israel, a major natural gas-fired power plant, exploration licenses for natural resources in offshore Israel and West Africa, and desalination plants in Asia and Latin America. Hezi is experienced as a developer in raising equity investments and finance for projects and business ventures and has led closing of a number of transactions towards that end. [post_title] => Hezi Kugler [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => hezi-kugler [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-03-01 18:58:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-03-01 16:58:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://ljlaw.co.il/?post_type=team&p=3318 [menu_order] => 15 [post_type] => team [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2965 [post_author] => 7 [post_date] => 2022-01-18 18:25:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-01-18 16:25:00 [post_content] => [post_title] => Meir Dahan [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => meir-dahan [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-01-19 13:49:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-01-19 11:49:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://ljlaw.co.il/?post_type=team&p=2965 [menu_order] => 20 [post_type] => team [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2505 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2020-03-16 14:46:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-03-16 12:46:18 [post_content] => Arik Dubinsky is a partner at Yossi Levy & Co. Arik specializes in major infrastructure projects, particularly in transportation, conventional and renewable energy and utilities sectors. Arik has domestic as well as international experience in advising clients throughout the development of an infrastructure project, from tendering, main contract drafting and negotiation, procurement structuring, subcontracting, through to strategic advice during construction and on related claims. Arik represents developers, project companies, contractors, consultants and suppliers in BOT, EPC, DB, BOO projects for toll roads, rail and metro, thermosolar power plants, photovoltaic plants, combined cycle power plants, desalination and water treatment facilities and transmission lines. He also has experience in construction of hospitals and technology buildings, such as data center facilities and logistic centers. Prior to joining Yossi Levy & Co, Arik served as a legal counsel for global energy and desalination companies, supporting the entire lifecycle of multiple energy assets, from the initiation process, through to the financing, construction, operation, maintenance and ultimately their transfer or sale. Arik also leads firm’s Spain Practice. He represents Spanish companies executing projects for energy, industrial, oil and gas sectors, suppliers of specialized services for industrial projects and manufacturers of goods. Arik also leads several commercial ventures and investments of Israeli companies in Spain. He is a member of Israel Spain Chamber of Commerce. 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