During recent years, Israel has witnessed a growing public and regulatory awareness of environmental issues, whose risks challenge companies and organizations on a daily basis. To this end, Yuval Levy & Co. provides professional and comprehensive legal counseling in a wide range of environmental aspects, such as air and water pollution, land contamination, solid and hazardous waste and recycling, hazardous substances, land use planning and development, noise pollution, radiation pollution, energy, business licensing, agro-ecology, etc.
The environmental practice, having been recognized by Practical Law Company (PLC) as a leading firm in the field, and headed by national expert Kobi Bar-Lev, incorporates all members of the firm, in accordance with the specific requirements of each matter. The synergy between the environmental practice, the litigation practice, and the corporate practice of the firm creates an effective solution for its clients, and grants tools by which to provide them with solutions to their multi-faceted concerns. Yuval Levy & Co. advises companies in their everyday activities, assists in the drafting of contracts that have environmental aspects, conduct environmental due diligence in real estate and other transactions, and prepare risk management and EMS programs.
A large portion of the firm’s work includes representation before state and local authorities, and granting litigation services in administrative civil and criminal proceedings relating to environmental disputes. The firm provides officers of corporations - who may face civil and criminal complaints arising from environmental violations – advice in effectively managing their environmental risks; it has an impressive list of successes in such matters. Particularly noteworthy in the firm’s litigation practice is its representation in a series of fifteen massive toxic tort lawsuits (both in number of parties and in amounts of damages) closely followed by the press. Both in regard to nature and scope, the lawsuits are the first of their kind in Israel; therefore, this firm, due to the leading role that it has taken has acquired unique and substantial expertise in this area of environmental law.
Yuval Levy & Co.’s practice includes legal consultation for reporting to the Israel Securities Authority regarding environmental issues, legal aspects of environmental insurance, and consultation to bank institutions regarding lender liability, and to credit rating companies, as well as to projects in the framework of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) per the Kyoto Protocol regarding reduction of greenhouse gases. In addition the firm serves as liaison for investors, looking for opportunities to invest in environmental solutions, as well as for environmental technology groups looking for financing.
The firm is involved in developing environmental management procedures for several leading entities in the Israeli business community; the procedures are considered precedential in Israel, both for their scope and their content.
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