Ofir Levy provides tax advisory services for Israeli and foreign clients, specializing in developing tax efficient transaction structures. Ofir also renders legal opinions and assists his clients in obtaining tax rulings and other tax arrangements with the Israeli Tax Authority (ITA). Ofir assists his clients from the planning and negotiating stage through the post-transaction tax planning stage including tax assessments, appeals and representation before the ITA and the Israeli courts.
Prior to joining Yigal Arnon & Co., Ofir was a partner and Head of the Tax Department at M. Seligman & Co. Law Firm.
In 2003-2010 Ofir worked with the Israeli State Revenue Administration in the Israeli Ministry of Finance and served as the Head of the International Taxation Department and as a Senior Professional Advisor to the State Revenue Director.
Ofir was consulted on pre-ruling matters and was involved in tax legislation regarding income tax, trusts, tax incentives for foreign residents, tax incentives for new immigrants, participation exemption, real estate taxation law, REITS, VAT, encouragement of capital investments and R&D, capital market, hedge funds and securitization.
Ofir managed the Israeli tax treaty team in international negotiations with tax authorities of various countries such as United States, UK, Germany and many others.
Ofir chaired the Israeli working group which was responsible for the tax aspects associated with the Israel accession to the OECD and was the first Israeli participant in the OECD working party on international taxation. He was also the first Israeli participant in the United Nations ECOSOC working group on business profits.
In 2000-2002 Ofir worked at the tax department of PWC Israel.
Ofir lectures in tax courses at the Law school and at the Business school of the College of Management and he is a member of the Advanced Study Committee in the Israeli CPA Institute.
Ofir joined the firm as a partner in 2011.
Ofir received his LLB (cum laude) at the College of Management in 2000 and B.A. in Accounting at the College of Management in 1999. Ofir received his M.A. in Business Administration (Finance) at Tel-Aviv University in 2007. Ofir has graduated the Tax Inspectors Course of the Israel Tax Authority and International Taxation Seminars (Tax Avoidance and Evasion, Tax Treaties, Tax Negotiations) at the OECD training Centers in Vienna and Budapest.
Ofir was admitted to the Israel Bar in 2003 and was admitted to the Israeli Certified Public Accountants Institute in 2002.