Benjamin (Benny)  Sheffer

Benjamin (Benny) ShefferPartner

  • Benjamin (Benny) Sheffer specialises in dispute resolution with a strong focus on construction, infrastructure, company law, contractual and real estate-related disputes. Benny has extensive experience assisting global and local clients on a wide range of government procurement contracts, infrastructure projects, tenders and building and civil engineering matters.

     

    He advises clients from tender stage through project advisory (including strategic contract advice during the course of a project) to dispute management. Benny has substantial experience resolving complex disputes arising out of the construction of infrastructure and power projects. His experience includes dispute resolution through negotiation, mediation, expert determination, arbitration and court proceedings on a wide range of matters including tenders, construction disputes, cost overruns, disputes over the termination of EPC contracts, disputes over functional performance of project facilities, disputes relating to building and design defects, shareholder disputes and general contractual issues.

     

    Benny's clients include a broad range of international and domestic contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, property owners, developers, investors, landlords, tenants and joint venture partners. 

  • Benny’s experience in major construction and national infrastructure projects and tenders, and in trustee and shareholder disputes and transactions, includes representation of:

     

    • Ashtrom Group, one of Israel's largest construction companies, and its European joint venture partner, Dragados, in a NIS 1 billion (US$ 285 million) claim against the Port Company for additional compensation arising from the Ports Company mismanagement of the HaYovel port in Ashdod. Benny acted for the clients in a successful settlement of the claim through mediation
    • Minrav Engineering and Construction in their successful application against the outcome of a tender issued by Israel Railways. Benny successfully proved to the court that the successful bidder had misrepresented its capabilities to perform the tender in its bid submission. This resulted in the Court disqualifying the winner from the tender and the eventual award of the tender, valued at NIS 170 million, to the client
    • Minrav Engineering and Construction Ltd. and Sacyr Vallehermoso, S.A in a joint venture BOT agreement in connection with the NIS 1.5 billion construction of a water desalination plant in Ashdod for Mekorot, Israel’s National Water Company, accompanying them throughout the project and obtaining professional opinions in the preparation of claims against Mekorot
    • Minrav Engineering & Construction Ltd., in its claims against Israel Railways with regard to disputes arising in the NIS 600 million construction of the tunnels for the new high-speed Tel Aviv to Jerusalem rail line
    • E.S.P.Y. Ltd., an environmental projects company, in administrative and civil matters relating to the construction of Israel’s largest waste landfill site, with regard to permits to operate, zoning and construction, and in civil proceedings against the Israel Lands Administration concerning the client’s rights to operate and use the landfill site
    • Magnezi Concrete Ltd., in a class action complaint filed against it in which it was alleged that it had supplied concrete that did not meet the relevant Israel Standard
    • Magnezi Infrastructure Ltd. in a successful petition to the Supreme Court to set aside the award of a tender, issued by Arim, a government-owned company, for the construction of waste management and recycling facilities in Dimona, a project whose estimated value was NIS 60 million. This case has now become the leading case regarding the priority between the Accountant General's guidelines for assessing bids on government procurement contracts and the regulations promulgated under the Tenders Law
    • IFLR1000: Competition 2017 recognized, Benjamin Sheffer, as a Highly regarded lawyer in the Project development field.

    • The Legal 500 EMEA 2013 recommends Benny for his expertise in Projects and Energy and describes him as “well regarded for advising operations and maintenance (O&M) managers and EPC contractors”.

  • Teaches a course at the Hebrew University in "The Art of Litigation".

     

    Benny is responsible for the S. Horowitz & Co. interns program. The firm attracts the cream of graduate students, who wish to join this leading Israeli law firm and also to experience its unique mentorship system of training.