HFN’s Real Estate and Construction department has earned a reputation in Israel and abroad for superior, results-oriented service and close working relationship with international and domestic clients. The department uses a sophisticated approach in all areas of real estate, from the design, development and construction to the marketing of a wide range of projects, including some of Israel’s largest and most influential construction projects to date.
The Real Estate and Construction department is consistently recognised as a leading practice in Israel by international and domestic legal directories including Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer?, Dun & Bradstreet and BDI.
The Real Estate and Construction department has significant experience working with all of the key players in the industry, advising real estate entrepreneurs, developers, industrial and governmental companies, franchisees of national infrastructure projects, bodies in the agricultural and Hi-Tech sectors, and domestic and international private clients and companies.
The department specialises in:
Legal support for all types of transactions– including those relating to: “combination” and joint venture-based transactions, sales, purchase and leasing transactions, purchasing groups and evacuations and demolitions
Planning issues – advising clients in issues such as: the acquisition of land, conducting legal due diligence, advice regarding the expropriation of land and consequences of rezoning, town planning and urban development, municipal taxes and fees, registration and approvals
Regulatory issues – providing legal advice, representation and mediation services concerning environmental issues related to the Israel Lands Administration and assisting in the establishment of compliance programs
International real estate transactions –identifying appropriate foreign legal advisors on behalf of clients and coordinating with these advisors in purchasing overseas real estate rights, establishing projects and subsequent sales
Financial aspects of transactions– including the obtaining or restructuring of loans, and other techniques for financing the acquisition of real estate and construction projects.
Construction Litigation– representing clients in arbitration and litigation relating to tenders and construction disputes
Additionally, clients benefit from the integration of HFN’s core practice areas and more than 30 departments, which consult on various legal aspects of real estate and construction, such as environmental concerns, tax issues arising from complex transactions and litigation.
The Real Estate and Construction department is led by senior partner Yaakov Brandt, who has over 30 years of experience in all areas of real estate and has consulted on some of Israel’s largest commercial development projects. Yaakov and department co-head Moshe Hardi lead a dedicated team of partners and associates possessing a variety of specialisations.