Kosteliz & Co. Law Office
Legal Services in the White Collar Offences and Civil Litigation
Kosteliz & Co. Law Office
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Kosteliz & Co. Law Office
About Kosteliz & Co. Law Office
Kosteliz & Co. Law Office is a cutting-edge, flourishing, highly professional firm. Since its establishment, the firm’s team and leader have succeeded in achieving exceptional results while the firm has grown swiftly. This is reflected in the clients that choose the firm, Israel’s key figures and prominent businesses, and the unprecedented legal results that the firm obtains for its clients.
The Firm’s Clients
The firm’s clients include the Minister of Finance Avigdor Liberman, the former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sarah Netanyahu, global accounting firm Ernst & Young (Kost Forer Gabbay & Kasierer), Delek Drilling Partnership, Shikun & Binui, businessmen Michael Cherney and Jacky Ben-Zaken, the former Chairman of Bank HaPoalim Mr. Shlomo Nehama, former Bat Yam Mayor Shlomi Lahiani, Director of the trading room of Psagot, Israel’s Chief Rabbi Bakshi-Doron (z”l), Former director of the Israel Land Ad-ministration, Mr. Yaakov Efrati, Former Mayor of Yehud, Mr. Yossi Ben David, For-mer Consul of Israel in the Netherlands, Mr. Uriel Yitzhaki, Vice President of the National Insurance Institute, Mr. Ilan Moreno; Mayor of Beit Shemesh, Mr. Daniel Vaknin; Dubek Company Ltd., Mr. Amos Luzon, Israel Land Development, Ayalim Association and its founders, Berman Bakery, Angel Bakery, Municipality of Givaat Shmuel, the Jewish National Fund, the Zevulun Local Planning and Building Committee; The former Israeli consul in Ethiopia, Mr. Eli Yitzhaki; Deputy Mayor of Raanana and former Director General of “Kadisha” of Raanana, Gush Etzion Regional Council, Beit El Yeshiva, Ofra and many others.
About the Firm
Kosteliz & Co. is one of Israel’s leading law firms in the field of legal representation. The firm specializes in “white-collar” crimes, civil-commercial and administrative litigation, planning and construction law, real-estate transactions and the provision of ongoing advice to commercial companies regarding various subject-matters, including employment law, commercial agreements, regulation, and municipal issues, as well as representing clients before authorities.
Adv. Yaron Kosteliz - Founder and Senior Partner has considerable and widespread experience and expertise in the field of criminal law (“white collar” crimes), complex civil-commercial litigation, administrative law, employment law, construction and planning law and military law. Adv. Kosteliz is “thought to be one of the stars in the white collar sector in Israel” (Globes, 9.3.2014). By the time he was 29 years old, Adv. Kosteliz was rated in the first list of “40 by 40” in G magazine, belonging to Globes newspaper (2006), and was included in the lists of exceptional lawyers in “The Marker” newspaper (2008), “Ma’ariv” (2011 and 2013), and on the website “Nana10” (2014).
Milestones - Between 1999-2005, Adv. Kosteliz was the senior assistant to the Chief Military Prosecutor Col. Einat Ron (today President of the Central District Magistrates Court). Adv. Kosteliz was military prosecutor in the trial of five political conscientious objectors, in the trial of conscientious objector Yonatan Ben Artzi, and the request of Prisoner X Mordechai Kedar for a retrial. Adv. Kosteliz was a key participant in the drafting of the opinion of the Israeli Defense Forces Advocate General at the time, Lieutenant Dr. Menachem Finkelstein (today Judge of the District Court, central district), both in relation to the death of three Israeli soldiers of the undercover Duvdevan unit, which occurred in August 2000, while carrying out an operation to capture Hamas military leader, Mahmoud Abu Hanoud (to avoid ordering the commencement of a police investigation), and in relation to the petitions made to the Supreme Court by persons refusing military service (such as David Zonsheine, among others). Adv. Kosteliz represented the Chief Military Prosecutor, before the Supreme Court, concerning fundamental questions in criminal law and appeared several times before the Israeli Military Court of Appeals concerning various legal questions in the criminal field. In 2005, Adv. Kosteliz joined Dr. J. Weinroth & Co. Law Office as a partner until 2014, at which time he founded Kosteliz & Co. Adv. Kosteliz has an LL.B. and LL.M. (summa cum laude) and MBA (Hons), all from Bar-Ilan University. He lectures in professional training courses for judges.
Adv. Yoav Segal - Specializes in litigation and dispute resolution, commercial transactions, real-estate transactions and providing ongoing legal advice to companies. Adv. Segal’s practice consisted of representing in large-scale litigation cases, including representing his clients in civil suits, administrative petitions (such as the petition regarding the canteens in the Israeli Defense Force bases, the petition regarding the Em HaMoshavot Bridge, and the petition concerning the vacation homes at the Herzliya marina), class actions and more. Adv. Segal was part of the defense team of the businessman, Michael Chernoy, in the “Eilat” and “Bezeq” trials. Simultaneously, Adv. Segal handled a variety of real-estate transactions amounting to hundreds of millions of New Israeli Shekels, including commercial real-estate transactions (purchase, sale and lease of real-estate investments) and private real-estate transactions (luxury homes). In 2002, Adv. Segal joined Dr. J. Weinroth & Co. Law Office and was made a partner in 2008. In 2014, Adv. Segal founded Kosteliz & Co.
Outstanding and Renowned Legal Achievements
Representing Michael Cherney, who was criminally charged with the businessman Gad Ze’evi, claiming that in 1999 they bought Bezeq’s stocks while hiding his involvement from the Ministry of Communications. Kostelitz and Segal represent Mr. Cherney since 2005 and after 10 years, the District Court acquitted Chernoy.
Representing Yaakov Efrati, former Israel Land Authority (ILA) head in the Holyland case (Salt Indus-tries) who was then accused of receiving a bribe from the Bank Hapoalim Chairman Dani Dankner. Efrati was acquitted by the district court.
Representing Avigdor (Yvette) Liberman, the Minister of Finance and leader of the Yisrael Beitenu party. Adv. Kosteliz represented Liberman in the “straw companies” affair (the case close without charges) and appointment of Ambassador Zeev Ben Arieh (Liberman was acquitted), and represented him in a range of areas including High Court of Justice proceedings, lawyer-client immunity proceedings, a hearing before the Attorney General, and more.
Representing Jacky Ben-Zaken in the Manofim affair (on appeal to the Supreme Court) and the Ben-Eliezer affair. The court accepted Ben Zaken appeal on the severity of his punishment.
Representation of the Israel’s Chief Rabbi the late Bakshi-Doron, in the “Rabbinical Case” case. The Supreme Court accepted the appeal of the district court’s ruling and dismissed the criminal proceedings against the rabbi.
Representing Berman Bakery and its former CEO in the bread cartel affair. The court accepted the appeal on the punishment.
Representing Ernst & Young Israel, in the “Scailex” case, in the amount of NIS 250,000,000, in which it was claimed that the company and its creditors were harmed as a result of valuations made by the CPA for the company. The lawsuit was dismissed in its entirety when the district court ruled that there was no flaw in the valuations made by the CPA firm.
Representing Eli Abugani CPA, Kost, Forer, Gabbay & Kasierer, Ernst & Young Israel in the fiscal affair. Eli Abugani was an auditing partner at the accounting firm and was accused of alleged fraud on NIS 50 million in taxes for clients. The court accepted Adv. Kosteliz’s arguments of “abuse of process” and cancelled two of the three charges. In 2015 the third indictment was also retracted and the charges were cancelled.