Ahikam Shuster – Law Firm
Infrastructures, tenders, local authorities and civil and administrative litigations
Founder and Owner
Ahikam Shuster – Law Firm
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About Ahikam Shuster – Law Firm
Ahikam Shushter – Law Firm specializes in RFTs, Infrastructures and Projects, Local Authorities and litigation. The firm’s staff provides its clients with more than 40 years of experience in its practice areas while implementing professional excellence and facilitating their moves quickly and efficiently, until optimal results are reached. The firm was established by Adv. Ahikam Shuster, following his retirement from a role as a partner in one of the leading planning and zoning, local authorities and infrastructures law firms, and is comprised of a tenured, skilled and professional team of lawyers with extensive experience in their fields. The firm benefits from longstanding familiarity with the relevant regulatory entities, courts and public authorities which are active in its sphere, and therefore offers its clients with the tools and the capability to predict the outcomes of their actions and pragmatically direct them towards the desired results.
The firm provides its clients with top-tier services, specifically tailored to their needs and based on unique work methods that were developed by the firm’s team, on the basis of professional understanding with a macro-level perspective, and prove themselves every time throughout the results that the firm achieves for its clients. These methods are results-oriented and based on a clear strategic plan, which is formulated with the full coordination of the clients with a guarantee to present a complete assesment of the risks and rewards of every legal choice that would be made by the clients. The firm’s clientele includes leading public and private organizations, with whom the firm created long-term relationships. The firm takes pride in its clients’ development and success.
RFTs, Infrastructures and Projects
The firm supports Requests for Tenders proceedings and projects amounting to NIS hundreds of millions annually, throughout all of their stages, and provides comprehensive legal services for all of the tenders’ aspects, including court representation. The firm specializes in preparing and conducting complex and unique RFTs with a particular specialization in water and sewage and waste disposal systems. Some of the RFTs that the firm supported in this practice include BOT and DBOT RFTs for building and operating waste sorting and materials recovery facilities, DBOT RFTs for building rental condominiums, BOT RFTs for water treatment and purification and wastewater reuse, RFTs for the development and supply of IT systems and compute services, RFTs for the privatization of public education and welfare service and concession tenders.
The firm also facilitates RFTs for the development of neighborhoods and the construction of public buildings amounting to NIS hundreds of thousands annually, accompanies private entities in tenders and competition proceedings, also during the stages of exercising the awarded tender and the contract thereof, including representation in the courts and tribunals.
The firm specializes in all aspects of regulations concerning infrastructures and utilities, and in particular water, sewage and drainage infrastructures, waste handling and disposal facilities, and it supports projects from initial planning to completion and operation.
Civil and Administrative Litigation
The firm has extensive experience in administrative and civil litigation, particularly in litigation in its other practice areas. The firm’s team took part in dozens of rulings and precedents in these areas.
Administrative Litigation: the firm provides legal representation and appears before the various courts, on behalf of public entities, municipalities, authorities, governmental companies and private entities in administrative petitions concerning tenders, municipal and regulatory matters.
The firm takes pride in its unique experience in conducting legal proceedings before the Water Court on licensing issues of water supply and production.
Civil Litigation: the firm provides legal representation and appears before various courts on complex contractual disputes, construction and infrastructures contracting disputes, municipal services disputes, recovery of mandatory municipal payments claims and class actions, and takes pride in managing hundreds of civil cases with a total value of NIS hundreds of millions.
Local Authorities and Municipalities
The firm’s team has longstanding experience in advising and supporting local authorities and municipalities, specializing in the mandatory charges that are imposed by local authorities and waste and sewage corporations, including development charges and fees, establishment and ongoing fees, and a unique specialization in charges which are imposed due to polluted sewage discharge. The firm represents private entities vis-à-vis local authorities and municipal corporations.
Adv. Ahikam Shuster has a unique specialization in development and umbrella agreements, which constitute an alternative for the development of urban infrastructures under mandatory payments. Adv. Shuster facilitated the umbrella agreement between the Israeli Land Authorities and the Rishon LeZion Municipality (for the development of about 21,000 apartments and infrastructures valued at around NIS 6 Billion), the umbrella agreement between the Ministry of Housing and the Ashdod Municipality (for the construction of about 36,000 apartments and infrastructures valued at about NIS 6.5 Billion) and the umbrella agreement between the Israeli Land Authorities and the Yahud-Monoson Municipality (for the development of about 7,500 apartments, 650,000 sq.m. of employment areas and infrastructures valued at around NIS 1.5 Billion). Adv. Shuster serves as a development agreements advisor for the Jerusalem Municipality.
The firm supports private and public entities in environmental protection projects, with a unique specialization in various regulatory aspects of water, sewage, drainage and waste. The firm has experience in facilitating projects that relate to the coastal environment and its unique regulatory aspects. The firm supported wastewater treatment and reclamation, surface runoff collection and control, and water treatment and purification projects, commercial operations and transactions concerning waste disposal and sanitation, and waste sorting, recycling and burying, landfill sites rehabilitation, mining and coastal ecosystem preservation projects.
Adv. Ahikam Shuster, Founder and Owner
Adv. Shuster is a renown and leading lawyer in the areas of RFTs, infrastructures, local authorities and related litigation, with a particular specialization in development agreements. Adv. Shuster participated in trailblazing development and local authorities transactions, supported infrastructure development with a cumulative value of NIS billions, and participated in revolutionary local government processes, including on matters of the municipal mandatory charges, the waste and sewage market reform, the incorporation of dedicated and unique corporations, the struggle against the price reform in the water market and various transactions for the privatization of various municipal services and the establishment of joint ventures with the private sector.
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