Yigal Arnon & Co. has extensive experience with privatization of and public-private partnership in transportation projects. We have also represented public-sector clients in national and international projects and tenders that they commissioned, and in joint ventures with foreign companies. In order to provide the best representation, we deploy lawyers from our various Groups, including experts in tender and contract law, litigation experts and more. The firm represents tendering committees of government and other public-sector entities in the largest transportation projects in Israel, including the light rail projects in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and the Metronit project in Haifa, and in public bus line tenders. Our lawyers have a successful track record of working with foreign clients seeking to get involved in commercial and other activity in Israel, and have are renowned for their representation of and work with public-sector entities. The firm also has vast experience in working vis-à-vis the public sector, including for the purpose of obtaining licenses and permits, filing various applications for corporate activity, and in the context of various regulatory matters, including participation in the legislative process by drafting of bills for principal acts and subordinate legislation. We are leaders in the tender sector and have gained diverse experience in a range of transportation projects, usually carried out through public tenders. In recent years, we were involved in several large transportation tenders (and of course transportation infrastructure – railways and roads), including in BOT/PFI methods. Our capabilities build on the vast experience we have gained representing all parties in projects of this kind. In large public contracts we usually represent the government ministry issuing the tender (Ministry of Finance or Transportation, NTA - Public Transport Routes company) and in other kinds of tenders with different teams, we represent private companies and groups on the bidding side. 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) 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 project in Haifa, many bus-line (“privatization”) tenders, automated electronic enforcement, and other public transport projects.
In addition to the experience we have gained in infrastructure tenders as detailed above, the firm also consults public-sector clients in many other kinds of tenders. We represent the Ministry of Transportation and the local authorities in tenders for works that have direct bearing on public transportation, and work with government ministries on tenders in various spheres.
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 we represent, or, where the attorney general’s office takes the lead, assist in the representation of, 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.
Yigal Arnon & Co. is at the forefront of project finance in Israel. Our understanding of the economic and legal interests of the key players in the project finance game, enables us to formulate the most effective ways to help the client obtain his goals. We have vast experience counseling in the project finance of road, transportation infrastructure and light rail projects. Our practice groups are proficient in the private and public financing structures, 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.
Yigal Arnon & Co.’s practice in the areas of automotive and smart mobility has been developing side by side with the dynamic Israeli innovation ecosystem. In the last few years the Israeli industry has seen dramatic growth in technological solutions related to smart mobility, including autonomous vehicles, shared transportation, mass transit, development of infrastructure solutions, cyber protection related to vehicles, sensors, battery technologies and web-based transportation platforms. Yigal Arnon & Co. has developed its practice in these areas including legal counsel and services on issues such as regulation, standards, investments, Israeli Innovation Authority (OCS), joint ventures, Intellectual property, and M&A.
Traditionally, drones were considered the domain of the Israeli defense industry and, as such, were dominated by the major Israeli defense companies. In the last few years however, the Israeli market has witnessed a surge in technological innovation related to civilian uses of drones: from the hardware underpinning drones, new algorithms for controlling their flight, to modifications allowing for new drone applications in agriculture, housing, forest preservation, surveillance, law enforcement and more. Hundreds of Israeli startups as well as established companies are gaining market share in this new field. Yigal Arnon and Co. has honed its capability to assist and support drone technology companies with the unique legal expertise needed to grow their business. Such expertise encompasses a broad range of aspects, including export control regulation, civil aviation authority requirements, frequencies, liability as well as traditional legal services related to growing companies.