Overview

Ronen is a commercial litigator with extensive experience acting for clients in a broad array of civil and contractual matters. His practice focuses on representing diverse clients in complex, high value and precedent-setting disputes, including those pertaining to the sectors: energy and real estate (particularly, significant disputes concerning purchasing groups).

Ronen is also an expert on administrative and constitutional law, challenging and seeking review of local and national legislation, as well as on contesting regulatory and ministerial decisions before the full range of Israel’s administrative and civil courts and tribunals, including the High Court of Justice (the Supreme Court) and the Court for Administrative Affairs.

Ronen has considerable experience in the fuel and energy sector as well, particularly representing energy companies before the State Comptroller, the Israeli Government Companies Authority and the Public Utilities Authority (Electricity). In this regard, Ronen has successfully represented energy companies in conducting, defending and settling cases encompassing all types of competition law and contractual disputes related to the energy sector.

Ronen’s clients include, inter alia, public bodies, prominent public officials and institutions of higher education, on whose behalf he provides representation on a broad spectrum of matters.

Languages: EnglishHebrew
Admissions: Israel Bar, 2000
Education: Tel Aviv University, LL.B., cum laude and the Dean’s List, (1999)

Experience

  • Representing the Israel Electric Corporation (“IEC”) in its efforts to obtain price relief under its gas supply contract with the Tamar partners. This contract is the largest transaction (in monetary terms) ever entered into by the IEC and one of the largest transactions ever consummated in the Israeli market.
  • Representing IEC in numerous proceedings against the State Comptroller relating to a broad range of matters, including accompanying the IEC and its Board of Directors in all hearings and proceedings held before the State Comptroller’s office.
  • Representing IEC in a series of disputes, including claims arising from damages caused by the storms of winters 2013 and 2015, and in a high value claim against a major multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate and its former director.
  • Representing the Paz Group in several multi-million dollar commercial and antitrust disputes, including a long-running dispute between Paz and its petrol station operators over the rights to operate 300 Paz fuel stations throughout Israel.
  • Representing Paz before Israel’s Supreme Court in proceedings filed by Paz against the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Energy, and other governmental bodies, challenging and seeking to set aside the Government’s decision to reduce the profit margins generated by fuel companies from the sale of certain price controlled fuel products.
  • Representing the General Organization of Workers in Israel (“the Histadrut”), the largest employee organization in Israel, and its Central Elections Committee, in several constitutional and administrative law matters concerning the organization’s by-laws, including the appointment of a stand-in chairman.
  • Providing ongoing legal advice and consultation to the Histadrut, including on class actions filed against it and, in particular, in relation to fundamental questions concerning the Histadrut’s election system, the third largest in Israel.
  • Representing Delek Power Stations Ltd., a contractor and operator of power stations, in various contractual disputes with desalination plants on whose behalf Delek provides electricity, as well as contractual disputes with the Water Desalination Administration (a Government agency) ().
  • Representing Cim Lustigman Enterprises & Construction Ltd., owned by the Canadian Metrontario Group, in principled disputes, including a claim for USD 30 million filed against it by, among others, the Custodia Terrae Sanctae (the Custody of the Holy Land), the largest religious order in the Catholic Church in the Middle East, concerning the client’s real estate development project in Jerusalem’s French Hill neighbourhood.
  • Representing Minhal Megurim Israel Ltd., a real estate company, specializing in the setting up and development of large scale projects and a leader of purchasing groups in Israel, in numerous high-value civil and administrative proceedings, including various disputes concerning the client’s project in one of the most expensive areas in Israel.
  • Representing Hadassah Medical Organization, in a lawsuit filed against it by Hadassah Employees’ Pension Fund, regarding the rates of Hadassah’s deposits, due to the economic recovery plan initiated by the Israeli Government. The case has very significant financial implications, and the representation of Hadassah requires the management and control of extensive factual and legal material of extreme complexity as well as vast expertise in multiple legal fields, including labour law, tax law and administrative law.
  • Representing Y. Braun & Sons Ltd., which operates, inter alia, an animal food blends factory, in various proceedings, including administrative proceedings. In this context, Ronen’s representation included appearing on the client’s behalf at a hearing before the Ministry of Environmental Protection as well as in a petition before the Court for Administrative Affairs, opposing a decision by the Kfar Saba Municipality’s Business Licensing Authority and the Ministry of Environmental Protection to add conditions to the client’s business licence. Ronen also represents the client in a class action filed against it.
  • Representing The Jewish Agency in claims concerning its rights in agricultural collectives set up prior to the establishment of the State of Israel.
  • Representing the Strauss-Elite Group in a dispute against distributors of unlicensed coffee capsules that can be used in Nestlé’s Nespresso coffee machines.
  • Representing Helicon Records in a series of disputes with a number of Israel’s leading musicians concerning allegations of mismanagement and fraud.
  • Representing the Tel Aviv Municipality in a multi-million dollar claim before the Supreme Court against the Israel Land Administration concerning betterment tax and other levies.
  • Representing El Al Israel Airlines in connection with the adoption by the authorities of the “open skies” policy and the opening of the Tel Aviv-New York route to competition.
  • Representing the Ramat Gan Municipality in a series of administrative and planning proceedings dealing with the fallout from the acceptance of bribes by a senior municipal official.
  • Representing a group of bidders in connection with the submission of a bid in a tender for the establishment of a new commercial television channel in Israel.

Other Activities

Due to his keen interest in constitutional law, Ronen has, for example, provided ongoing consultation to the Central Elections Committee of the General Organization of Workers in Israel (the Histadrut).

Ronen also provides ongoing consultation to clients on issues focusing on unfair competition on the internet, and has extensive experience in advising and guiding his clients in hearing proceedings before the various regulatory bodies, including the State Comptroller and the Government Companies Authority.

During his law studies, Ronen served as assistant editor of Plilim: Israel Journal of Criminal and Public Justice published by the Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University.

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