Yigal Arnon & Co. has extensive experience with projects, infrastructure and energy, in all matters relating to privatization and private-sector involvement in public projects. We also have comprehensive and hands-on know-how of municipal, national and international projects, and have vast experience with tenders, both as representatives of the issuing government agency, and as lawyers for foreign companies bidding in such tenders. These assignments bring into play the full range of skills available at this leading law firm, including tender law, litigation, tax and real estate, as needed in order to deliver the best result for our client. We represent tendering committees of government and other public agencies in the largest transportation projects in the country, including the light rail projects in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv, public bus transport tenders across the country including Metronit in Haifa; and in high profile energy and infrastructure projects including the three solar projects at Ashalim. The firm also represents multinational companies that join forces and bid with Israeli counterparts in key tenders and projects in Israel. We represent Israeli banks (Hapoalim, Leumi, Discount, Union) in complex financing transactions with concessionaires. We have many years of experience with foreign clients who are looking to get involved in commercial and other activities in Israel, and have gained first-rate reputation in the representation of entities in the public sector. The firm also has much know-how and experience working with public agencies and the public sector, including permit and license processes, various applications as necessary for corporate activity, and various regulatory matters, including participation in the legislative process by drafting of bills for principal acts and subordinate legislation.

Project Finance

Yigal Arnon & Co. is at the forefront of project finance in Israel. Our acquaintance and familiarity with the economic and legal interests of the key players, puts us in a position to pave the practical and effective way for the client to meet his needs. We have extensive project finance in infrastructure, electricity production, roads, light rails, water and sewage treatment and waste treatment. We have extensive experience working with government entities and agencies in the framework of tenders, international projects, project finance and privatization. Our practice groups are proficient in private and public financing arrangements, including BOT (build-operate-transfer), PFI (public finance initiative) and BOO (build-own-operate). We have also represented the banking sector in several projects of this kind. The firm has also worked often with public authorities and the public sector, including permit processes, various applications as required to enable commercial activity, and involvement in the legislative process by drafting of bills for principal acts and subordinate legislation. We represent Israeli banks in claims and complex finance transactions and financial engagements with concessionaires. The firm has also frequently worked with foreign clients seeking to participate in commercial and other activity in Israel, and has gained stellar reputation for its work vis-à-vis the public sector.

Infrastructure

Yigal Arnon & Co. is recognized as a leading adviser on tender and infrastructure projects, Yigal Arnon & Co. has played a role in various large infrastructure and transportation projects in the last few years, including light rail (some in BOT/PFI method), clean energy, energy, roads and water. Our skills and capabilities have been enriched by representing all parties in these projects, which are mostly performed through public tenders of all kinds. In large public tenders, we can represent the tender-issuing government office (Finance Ministry, Transportation Ministry, NTA (Public Transport Routes) company, Ministry of National Infrastructure, Ministry of Public Security, etc.) or the private companies and groups on the bidding side. Obviously, there is a firewall between the teams that work on these different areas. In other tenders, we represent the financing banks. The firm has the necessary know-how for all tender stages, starting with the drafting stage and prequalification, and through to performance on the ground. Our public-sector lawyers have both the legal and project-related capabilities, and can therefore offer the appropriate professional coverage to the tendering committees and task teams charged with managing the projects and their scope. Our lawyers who consult the private sector have the specific skills needed to draft tender bids in accordance with the required criteria, while emphasizing the bidding client’s strengths. The tenders in which our firm participated include the various light rail sections in Jerusalem (the Red and Green Lines) and in Tel Aviv (the operational tender for the Red Line, and planning and construction tenders for the Red, Green and Purple Lines), the Metronit public transportation project in Haifa, many bus-line (“privatization”) tenders, construction of thermos-solar and photovoltaic plants, automated electronic enforcement, natural gas, hospital construction, prison construction, sewage treatment, water treatment, desalination and other utilities projects.

Energy

The firm partners with its clients to provide top-of-the-line advice across the energy spectrum. Our firm has handled power plant construction, cogeneration plants and solar roofing, and consulted the Electricity Authority and Ministry of Energy in several international thermos-solar and photovoltaic tenders. Our handling of solar energy projects for the government, required our full engagement in all legal and regulatory aspects of the planning, building and operation of these plans, and through this work, we also gained deep acquaintance with all third parties in the business. We have also handled bio-gas facilities, contracts for the purchase of electricity from private producers, and contracts for the purchase of natural gas. Our lawyers have represented large plants in contracts intended to discontinue use of environmentally unfriendly fuels and to transition to natural gas, including liquefied gas. The firm handles transportation projects that use clean and sustainable energy to meet the environmental standards. Our lawyers provide tailored, cutting-edge solutions for complex tender law challenges in the energy sector. In this activity, we interface with different regulators and have gained invaluable experience for project progress, vis-à-vis the planning committees, regulators, government companies, the Electricity Authority and others.

Tenders

In addition to the experience we have gained “on the ground” in infrastructure tenders, Yigal Arnon & Co. also supports public-sector clients in many other tenders for performance of work and services, and sometimes also represents private entities bidding in such tenders. In addition to the projects described under Infrastructure our firm also consults a large municipal company in tenders for works in that city, and advises government offices and other public-sector entities in tender proceedings.

Tender Litigation

The firm handles tender-related litigation, which is very common in Israel after the winning bid is announced. This kind of litigation involves complex factual foundation and intricate legal knowledge, and requires special legal skills and the ability to handle a large volume and scope of material and tasks in a very short time. In most cases, we represent tender bidders challenging the tender results or defending their selection, as applicable, and in some cases the tendering committee in its defense of its selection. In other cases, we represent bidders challenging the tender terms, ahead of the bidding stage. Thanks to our multifaceted experience with challenges of the tender results and with subsequent court appeals, we have the unique know-how to easily help our clients avoid pitfalls when drafting the tender documents and managing the tender process (in cases where we represent the government or other public-sector issuers), or when putting together the bid and communicating with the tender issuer (in cases where we represent bidders). Our unparalleled knowledge and experience in tender processes can save our clients precious time and money and help them bring their full competitive skills to the fore.

Oil and Gas

Yigal Arnon & Co. advises private and public sector clients in various oil and gas projects, onshore and offshore, on matters such as financing, compliance, tender procedures, transactions, litigation and environmental issues. The firm is a key player in the booming natural gas exploration industry, and was among the first in Israel to enter into this sector. Our work includes representation of some of the major financing entities, including some of the largest banks in the world. We were also involved in the sale of several oil assets and in largescale finance projects, both project finance and the financing of preparatory and complementary transactions. Our clients include local and multinational oil and gas companies and international banks. Our Oil and Gas practice includes a large team of regulation experts who performed regulatory due diligence inspections at several of the largest banks in the world, ahead of their investments in some of the projects mentioned above. The firm also represents several natural gas players, including large consumers in their natural gas purchase agreements and in the process of converting their plants to natural gas. Our Litigation Group has already participated in several cases in which it helped oil and gas companies collect their debts, and even served as the court-appointed receiver in the sale of an important oil asset.

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