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  • Construction & Real Estate Sector

    In 2015-2016, several regulatory steps were taken by the government and the banks in order to affect the industry’s supply and demand. For example, demand-curtailing steps were taken aimed both at young couples (an increase of the mortgages interest rates by the banks) and at investors (governmental increase of investment apartments purchasing tax and taxation of third apartments). From the supply aspect – the “Mehir La’Mishtaken” (government price-capped) program was expanded, and the marketing of tens of thousands of reduced-price apartments for eligible candidates has begun.

    Construction & Real Estate Sector

  • Humans at the Center of Things

    Humans at the Center of Things

  • The Skyline and the New Towers

    The Skyline and the New Towers

  • Service & Trade Sector

    In 2016, Israel’s Real GDP increased by 4%, following increases of 2.5% in 2015 and 3.2% in 2014 (the Gross Domestic Product is the net value of all of the products and services that were produced in Israel). The 4% increase that Israel recorded in 2016 was relatively high in comparison to the 1.7% average rate of growth in OECD countries in 2016. However, due to Israel’s relatively fast population growth, this gap diminished on a per capita basis, with 2% in Israel compared to an average of 1.1% with the OECD(1).

    Service & Trade Sector

  • Industrial Sector

    The industrial production increased by 1.7% in 2016, compared to 2015, and showed a 3.9% increase in January-April 2017 (1).

    Industrial Sector

  • A Shot in the Arm for the Hotels Industry

    The global tourism industry is considered to be the fastest-growing industry, with an annual growth rate of about 5%, but despite the truth in the quote by the Late President Shimon Peres: “There are many oily lands but there is only one holy land”, Israel’s tourism industry is far from living up to its potential.

    A Shot in the Arm for the Hotels Industry

  • Big Data, Big legal minefield

    Underlying the rise of Artificial Intelligence is Big Data and Machine Learning

    Big Data, Big legal minefield

  • The New Path for Promoting Long Term Rent Projects

    Last week the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a Bill submitted by Knesset Member Roy Folkman (Kulanu), which aims to authorize the Local Planning and Building Committees to approve building additions of up to 15% for residential construction projects, provided that at least a quarter of the apartments constructed are allocated for subsidized long term rent (20% below the market price, during a period of 20 years). The apartments designated for long term rent will be allocated to eligible tenants who meet certain thresholds to be determined by the Government

    The New Path for Promoting Long Term Rent Projects

  • 2016 Trends in the Israeli Venture Capital Industry

    The year 2016 is turning out to be one of the most prosperous years of the Israeli High-tech industry in the last couple of decades. This prosperity, reflected by the enormous sums invested in local technology firms, brought about a change in local VC transactions, which is reshaping the traditional mindset. It has also enhanced the effects U.S. VC trends have on the Israeli market.

    2016 Trends in the Israeli Venture Capital Industry

  • Israel can lead in the discovery of advanced solutions for the challenges posed by aging populations

    In the third millennium, humankind is facing many challenges related to the aging of the global population.

    Israel can lead in the discovery of advanced solutions for the challenges posed by aging populations

  • Workforce Diversity: The Next Challenge of the HighTech Industry

    In last June, the Chief Scientist dropped a bomb: The Innovation Report to the Prime Minister stated that during the next decade, the local hightech industry would suffer from a shortage of more than 10,000 engineers, and signs of the crisis are already apparent today.

    Workforce Diversity: The Next Challenge of the HighTech Industry

  • The Office of the Future: the "Smart Building"

    A 2010 study found that people who work in 25°C are more than twice as productive as those who work in 21 °C (1)

    The Office of the Future: the "Smart Building"

  • International Patent Prosecution through the Israeli Channel

    Professionals are always in pursuit of quick, reliable, and cost efficient patent prosecution, while taking into account global implications. Global patents as such are not yet available, but small steps toward global prosecution have been gradually introduced in leading jurisdictions.

    International Patent Prosecution through the Israeli Channel

  • Exit strategies – Top 5 tips to look out for in the fine print

    O.K, so a heavy hitter, whether a private equity fund, a conglomerate or just somebody’s rich uncle, has agreed to pay a hefty price tag for purchasing your start-up. Wait just one moment before signing the “no-shop” agreement preventing you from accepting competing offers

    Exit strategies – Top 5 tips to look out for in the fine print

  • Cyber Wisdom

    As we enter the second decade of the Cyber Era, we can state that the challenges we face are beyond any imagination.

    Cyber Wisdom

  • Officers Remuneration: Are New York and London following TASEs lead?

    Nearly every discussion on the status of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) questions whether Israel’s corporate governance rules have contributed to the downtrend in the number of companies listing on it

    Officers Remuneration: Are New York and London following TASEs lead?

  • Construction of new plants – EPC versus EPCM

    The approach which had previously dominated the construction of new factories was to have complete separation between design and execution. This is known as EPCM – Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management.

    Construction of new plants – EPC versus EPCM