Environment and Climate Change

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Our Practice

HFN's Environment and Climate Change practice offers regulatory, litigation and transactional counseling on a broad range of environmental issues. Consecutively named a top tier Israeli law firm in the field of environmental law by both domestic and international rankings, it is one of the most diversely experienced practices of its kind in Israel.

The practice advises leading domestic and multinational corporations doing business in Israel in a wide variety of sectors, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, plastics, textile, food and beverage, printing, fabricated metals, electronics and semiconductors, desalination, waste treatment, energy production, oil and gas, communications and transportation. The practice also advises some of the largest Israeli and international financial institutions, investment funds, private equity funds, insurance companies and real-estate developers on environmental law-related matters. 

Transactions and Financings

HFN's Environment and Climate Change practice annually advises on numerous M&A transactions, joint ventures, financings and offerings, addressing environmental opportunity and risk management issues. Transactional advice includes environmental due diligence to identify and evaluate liability and financial risk, drafting and negotiation of contracts to allocate environmental risk, and post-closing advice on regulatory and operational matters as well as addressing transaction-triggered requirements for assessment and remediation.

The practice is uniquely experienced in advising financial institutions on lenders' environmental risks and works with some of the largest domestic and international financial institutions on environmentally-related risk management issues. 

Project Development

The practice has been involved over the years in many of Israel's central project developments, advising on environmental law aspects and addressing a multitude of complex risk management issues, including representation before planning committees and regulatory agencies for the purpose of securing development and operational permits, advise on the preparation of environmental and health impact assessments and engagement in stakeholder dialogue.

The team has successfully represented developers, joint-venture partnerships, investors and lenders in a wide-range of complex project developments including real-estate projects, power stations, desalination plants, wastewater treatment plants, oil and gas projects and a variety of renewable energy projects ranging from solar to hydro to wind turbines. The team is also uniquely experienced in the field of environmental finance, having advised on a number of CDM projects under the Kyoto Protocol and on international carbon credit transactions involving leading international financial institutions.

Regulation and Compliance

The Environment and Climate Change practice regularly advises Israel's most notable industrial facilities and energy production plants on environmental regulation, licensing and risk management. The team is highly experienced in representing business sector clients before all related government regulators, including the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Infrastructure, Energy and Water, Ministry of Heath, Water Authority, Ministry of Interior and related parliamentary committees. The practice has also accumulated extensive experience in drafting internal environmental compliance programs and assisting clients across all sectors in self-audit and external-audit procedures.

The practice frequently counsels industrial facilities and corporations doing business in Israel on matters relating to ground and groundwater contamination. The team's work in this area has included representation before regulatory agencies and negotiation of remediation project terms, as well as counseling on contamination risk management issues in M&A transactions and project financings.

Litigation and Crisis Management

HFN's Environment and Climate Change practice represents both corporations and corporate officers in environmentally-related administrative, criminal and civil proceedings. The team is highly experienced in overseeing complex crisis management situations, including representation of industrial facilities and their officers before investigative tribunals following environmental incidents.

The Environment and Climate Change practice has also been involved in many of the major civil environmental cases in Israel, representing large industrial facilities, utilities, developers and corporate officers. In recent years the practice has successfully resolved a series of multi-million dollar class actions and toxic tort claims relating to alleged air pollution, noise and odor nuisances.