Real Estate and Planning

  • S. Horowitz & Co. has one of the largest real estate practices in Israel.  The firm undertakes all types of projects, from construction of major infrastructure projects to the acquisition of flagship properties and retail developments, and from project tenders to property finance.  We also have a strong real estate and construction dispute practice that has extensive experience handling high value and complex real estate and construction related disputes.

     

    Our clients include public and private developers, construction companies, contractors, civil engineers, government-owned power and energy companies, lenders and borrowers, landlords and tenants, as well as municipalities, public institutions, kibbutzim and moshavim.  In addition to domestic and multinational companies, many of the firm’s clients are foreign corporations intending to acquire or invest in Israeli real estate or to lease premises as a base for their operations in Israel. 

     

    Being a full-service commercial law firm enables us to assemble, on short notice, a highly-qualified team with the appropriate skills (in real estate, tax planning, environment and corporate) necessary to handle the full range of property transactions. Our areas of expertise include all aspects of real estate acquisition and financing, tenders, PFI and BOT projects, commercial and construction agreements, zoning and land use, property taxation, leasing of business premises for both local and foreign clients, handling negotiations with the Israel Lands Authority and assistance with compliance programs relating to land use, health and safety regulations and environmental laws.

    • Representing the Municipality of Tel Aviv in one of the largest disputes in the history of Israel, concerning claims by the Tel Aviv Municipality (and other municipalities in Israel) against the Israel Lands Administration for monies due to the municipalities. The claim is valued at approximately USD 560 million
    • Representing Sharbiv Ltd., a privately held company specialising in construction of housing and large scale infrastructure, in proceedings instituted against the Israel Land Administration and the Municipality of Haifa for compensation for loss suffered as a result of delay in transferring ownership in certain prime real estate to the client
    • Representing the Municipality of Tel Aviv in injunctive proceedings brought against it by a major building contractor who sought to prevent the construction of the new Habima, Israel’s National Theatre
    • Representing the Jewish Agency on proceedings commenced by it for compensation against numerous moshavim and kibbutzim for disposing of agricultural land for non-permitted commercial purposes (one of the cases included the sale of agricultural land intended for the construction of Ben Gurion Airport's Israel’s third terminal)
    • Representing Teva Pharmaceuticals in proceedings commenced against the local authority planning and building committee with respect to the committee’s refusal to issue a building permit to Teva in order for it to build diesel containers at its logistics centre
    • Representing Ramat Gan Local Committee for Planning, before the Supreme Court and the District Committee for Planning, in a zoning dispute relating to the construction of a building for a law college
    • Representing the municipality of Ramat Gan in proceedings against land owners, with respect to compensation arising from zoning changes on land
    • Representing the Tamar Regional Authority in its proposed new plans and regulations that would regulate the protection from flooding of low-lying hotels on the shores of the Dead Sea
    • Representing Alonei Abba, an agricultural collective, in an appeal before the Supreme Court relating to a major land use dispute against Jezreel Valley Regional Council
    • Obtaining a court ruling permitting a kibbutz to construct a new housing project for its members near to the sea. In these proceedings the client succeeded in its defence of judicial review proceedings commenced by certain environmental organisations that had sought to prevent the issue of building permits for the project
    • Representing an agricultural collective against the City of Eilat in a claim for substantial damages arising from the supply of water with a high saline content, which caused severe damage to the plaintiff's agricultural produce