Adv. Yair Benjamini
Benjamini & Co.
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Benjamini & Co.
Benjamini & Co.
Benjamini & Co.
Amir Cooper (CPA)
About Benjamini & Co.
Benjamini & Co. is a leading boutique law firm with proven reputation in the tax practice, providing a full, thorough and professional package of solutions for all tax issues including tax litigation, tax planning, taxation of equity-based compensation, and routine advice on income tax, VAT and real estate tax law. Among the firm costumers are startup companies, Israeli blue-chip companies, individuals and leading multinational corporations. The firm was founded in 2015 by Adv. Yair Benjamini. who has approximately 20 years of experience in the field of Israeli taxation and is one of Israel’s best-known tax lawyers with extensive knowhow, skill and rich experience in his practice. Each of the other partners in the firm, Adv. (CPA) Doron Elmekiesse, Adv. Sagiv Ron and Adv. (CPA) Shahar Strauss, is also each a leader in his respective tax field.
Benjamini & Co is well-known in its field, chosen as the local professional partner by leading law and accounting firms worldwide. The firm routinely presents its expertise on the tax issues on the agenda at conferences and in the media.
The firm specialize in providing solutions for Israelis with activities abroad and for foreign resident investors in Israel, advising international ventures on tax-efficient structures, interna-tional transactions, and transferring activities. The firm also advises individuals regarding changes in residency status and relocation, including the optimal utilization of tax benefits granted to new immigrants and returning residents.
Advising on merger and acquisition transactions
The firm has a wealth of experience in advising shareholders and companies on the taxation aspects of merger and acquisition transactions, from the perspective of both the purchasing party and the acquired party. The firm’s attorneys plan the transaction in a way that minimizes tax liability, including by obtain-ing pre-rulings from the tax authorities. The firm is involved in all stages of the transaction, from the preliminary planning stage, recommendation of tax strategy, due diligence, assis-tance with filing the necessary reports to the tax authorities, overseeing deals closings and, in so far as necessary, management of the post-transaction assessment proceedings with the tax authorities.
Options Taxation and Employees Grants
The firm is advises leading international companies regarding equity-based remuneration plans for employees in Israel. The firm special-izes in advising on equity compensation. Yair Benjamini is a member of Global Equity Organization for capital remuneration and is experienced in lecturing before the organization’s members at international professional conferences.
Real Estate Taxation
The firm’s Real Estate Taxation Department is managed by Adv. Sagiv Ron. The Department’s services include planning the deal structure, filing applications and receiving prior approval from the tax authorities, managing assessment proceedings with the real estate tax authorities and real estate tax litigation, combination deals, purchasing groups, real estate trusts, urban renewal projects, luxury projects, etc.
The firm offers tax advice with respect to personal wealth planning, mainly to high net worth individuals and family offices.
The firm assists trusts in formation and complying with their reporting and tax liabilities. The firm also provides ongoing tax consultation for existing trusts.
The firm is currently one of the market’s leading practices for providing solutions concerning the taxation of individual and corporate blockchain activity, with proven experience in guiding, advising, and writing legal opinions, etc.
The firm has extensive experience in conducting voluntary disclosure proceedings, including those involving substantial amounts of tax.
The Firm’s Team
Yair Benjamini, Founding Partner
Yair serves as legal advisor to some of the largest accounting firms in Israel, providing advice with respect to the tax issues encountered by their clients, including drafting legal opin-ions, and providing legal support during tax assessment proceedings and representation in court. Yair deals with voluntary disclosure of foreign accounts and non-disclosed trusts, represents clients in audit proceedings and advises families on the changes in trust law and compliance with reporting requirements in Israel with respect to foreign and local trusts. Yair has accumulated a wealth of legal experience, especially in the field of equity-based employee compensation schemes and he regularly advises multinational corporations concerning remuneration strategy for workers in Israel.
Sagiv Ron, Partner and Head of Real Estate Taxation
Sagiv has extensive experience and expertise in various areas of taxation and focuses on all tax aspects of real estate transactions. Sagiv provides tax advice to clients with respect to real estate transactions – planning the tax structure, writing opinions, preparing self-assessments, representing clients in assessment proceedings with real estate tax authorities and in appeal committees. Sagiv advises on urban renewal, purchase groups, residential apartments, real estate associations and development projects, provides continuous guidance to real estate contractor companies, developers, private individuals and real estate associations and specializes in advising developers in urban renewal projects.
Doron Elmekiesse, Partner
Doron is a lawyer and Israeli accountant who specializes in Israeli taxation, international taxation and the taxation of domestic and international trusts. Doron worked for seven years at the Israel Tax Authority as a senior inspector and corporations and trusts coordinator. In his role at the Israel Tax Authority Doron accumulated extensive experience in tax audits of individuals, shareholders, companies and trusts, with an emphasis on numerous large-scope international tax issues. Doron was a member in various Tax Authority committees on legislative changes in the realm of the taxation of trusts and headed tax assessments for large and complex trusts.
Shahar Strauss, Partner
Shahar has extensive experience in the management of complex income tax cases, from all their aspects, specializes in Israeli corporate taxation including tax benefits under the Encouragement of Capital Investments Law, holding company regimes, complex withholding tax issues, and the interface between income tax and land appreciation tax. Prior to joining Benjamini & Co as a partner, Shahar practiced as a senior associate at the Ziv Sharon and Co law firm and worked as a senior tax manager at KPMG. Prior to that, Shahar worked at the Israeli Tax Authorities as a tax officer at the Capital Market Department of the Professional Division.