• Ophir Kaplan specialises in tax matters, advising and representing multinational and domestic clients before the Israeli tax authorities and courts, obtaining pre-rulings and in assessment proceedings.

     

    He advises on a broad range of tax issues encompassing corporate and individual taxation and tax planning, including corporate structures, tax issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, employee share option schemes and compensation packages, international taxation, indirect taxes (VAT and customs duties), social security dues, the taxation of real-estate transactions and transfer pricing.   

     

    Ophir also provides legal counsel to high-net-worth individuals and families on individual taxation, tax planning, wealth protection, family trusts and investments.

     

    Ophir has published numerous articles on private, national and international corporate, commercial and real estate tax issues. He serves on the Israeli Bar Association’s Taxes Committee and VAT & Customs Committee.

  • Ophir has advised:

     

    • Radiancy in a US$ 250 million reverse acquisition of PhotoMedex, a U.S company dually listed on NASDAQ and the TASE, including by way of provision of tax advice on structuring the transaction, tax opinions to the SEC, and representing Radiancy before the tax authorities in reaching favourable tax agreements and rulings
    • Shufersal Ltd., Israel's largest food chain conglomerate, in an income tax dispute with the tax authorities on a range of income issues
    • Kimberly-Clark Corporation on all the Israeli tax aspects of their US$ 160 million acquisition of the balance of shares of Hogla-Kimberly Ltd.
    • AT&T on all the Israeli tax aspects of their US$ 121 million acquisition of Interwise, a major player in the internet web-conferencing space
    • Turkish Airlines on various tax issues, including a major withholding tax dispute
    • The Weizmann Institute of Science on all of its tax issues, including in the tax planning and reorganisation of all of its real estate ownership, and in particular tax planning and advice in connection with sales and associated notable transactions in certain science parks (Rabin-Tamar Park and Weizmann Science Park), and in connection with a new residential housing project for the Institute’s scientists
    • EADS, a global aeronautic space and defence leader on the tax aspects of its US$ 110 million joint venture with Israel's leading aeronautic and defence company
    • The Israel Electric Company on various issues, including taxation of its natural gas projects, the issue of debentures, employee benefits, and social security disputes with Israel’s National Insurance Institute
    • Dubek Ltd., the major Israeli tobacco corporation, with respect to three major tax litigation disputes with the Israeli tax authorities on questions of purchase tax refunds in bad debt transactions; purchase tax and VAT liability on tobacco exports to eastern Europe; and various issues relating to the payment of income tax by the company
    • Momjian the Jerusalem Jewellery Manufacturing Co. Ltd. in a dispute concerning indirect taxes in connection with the import of jewels
    • Hilton International in connection with a VAT dispute with the Israeli VAT Authority
    • Paz Oil Company Ltd., the leading Israeli energy corporation, in connection with a US$ 8 million complex sale transaction (following a long arbitration proceeding) regarding land and buildings in central Tel Aviv
    • Readymix Industries (Israel) Ltd., the leading Israeli building materials supplier (part of the Cemex global group), in relation to a number of sales of high-value buildings and real estate rights, including in the areas of Haifa and Zichron Yaakov
    • Advising the British Council, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the British Embassy on all of their tax issues, including a tax audit and a tax dispute
    • “impressive” , EMEA Legal 500, 2018

    • A pleasure to work with