As regulatory standards around the world become ever more complex and challenging to navigate, companies are increasingly recognising the need to ensure that their business practices conform to all applicable laws and standards of the countries in which they operate.
HFN is the first Israeli law firm to identify the necessity of establishing a dedicated Corporate Compliance, Anti-Corruption & White Collar Crime group to specifically address these diverse issues. The group assists clients from both an Israeli and international perspective, and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive information regarding corporate compliance issues.
The scope of the Corporate Compliance, Anti-Corruption & White Collar Crime group’s work falls into three separate but inter-related fields: export control, trade sanctions and anti-corruption and bribery. The group strives to provide clients with creative and sustainable solutions to facilitate the operation of their international trade business.
In the area of export control, HFN's lawyers specialise in advising Israeli and international clients on the intricacies of Israel's defence and dual-use export control rules; assisting clients in approaching the relevant Governmental Ministries for the purpose of obtaining required permits and authorisations; collaborating with law firms in other jurisdictions to create coordinated international trade control strategies and programs for clients; and supporting the development of clients' internal trade control compliance programs.
In the field of trade sanctions, the Corporate Compliance, Anti-Corruption & White Collar Crime group regularly advises clients on limitations imposed by Israeli law (and, in collaboration with leading international law firms, other jurisdictions) on trade with specific countries, organisations and individuals.
In anti-corruption and bribery, HFN’s practice is a combination of regulatory advice and white collar crime related support. This includes the development of tailored anti-corruption programs for Israeli and multinational companies which are fully compliant with both Israeli and international anti-corruption standards and requirements. The group provides legal support for Israeli and international corruption related activities and investigations. In recognition of HFN’s expertise in this field, the firm has recently been chosen to serve as the only Israeli representative for a 120+ country joint venture of leading law firms, advising a consortium of leading multinationals in the area of anti-corruption laws and practice.
The Corporate Compliance, Anti-Corruption & White Collar Crime group is led by Daniel Reisner, who prior to joining HFN served for 10 years as head of the Israel Defense Force’s International Law department, and Joseph Ashkenazi, who in recent years has defended several leading political figures, law enforcement officers and individuals from the Israeli Revenue Authorities in high-profile cases.