Banking Regulation

Banking Regulation

“A highly sophisticated finance practice”
Chambers and Partners

Meitar’s banking regulation department is one of the most highly regarded in the industry and provides legal services to most of the banking corporations in the country. The department offers unsurpassed experience in Israel in this area. The firm is consistently ranked in the highest tier of Israeli law firms in the field of banking and finance by all major guides, including Chambers & Partners, the Legal 500, IFLR 1000, European Legal Experts Guide, World’s Leading Lawyers, as well as the local BDICode and Duns100. 

The department handles all legal issues related to banking, including licensing, compliance, and representation before relevant regulatory authorities, such as the Bank of Israel, the Supervisor of Banks, the Supervisor of Insurance, the Securities Authority, the Antitrust Authority and others. Our attorneys provide ongoing legal advice and render opinions on a wide range of complex banking and regulatory issues, including corporate governance, regulatory compliance, analysis of the implications of regulatory limitations on banks’ activities, determining guidelines for implementation, formulation of banking agreements and collateral. The firm also advises international banks on their activities in Israel, regularly advising international banks and other lenders on Israeli collateral, including preparation of security and lien agreements and other ancillary documentation, regulatory issues, and tax and withholding implications.

The firm has extensive expertise in the credit card field as well, and represents numerous banks and credit card companies. This expertise encompasses contractual engagements and licensing with international organizations, clearinghouse arrangements and determination of interchange fees, cooperation among credit card companies, and providing legal opinions on a wide range of topics related to credit card activities. Additionally, the firm handles securities offerings, prepares prospectuses, and handles periodic and immediate reporting matters for banking institutions whose shares are traded on public securities exchanges.

Our firm also handles all matters relating to mergers and acquisitions of banking and financial institutions and transactions for the sale and purchase of credit portfolios and was deeply involved in the privatization of Israel’s banking sector. This initiative included representing parties to transactions for the purchase and sale of controlling interests in several major banks. In addition, the firm regularly advises bank clients on international activities, including the establishment of foreign branches and transactions for the acquisition and merger of international banking corporations.

Leveraging the firm’s strong foundation in the banking sphere, we offer expertise in a wide range of litigation services as well, including consumer protection, due disclosure, insurance, collateral foreclosure, charges, credit, taxation, compliance, antitrust, financial instruments, credit cards and more.

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