Homeland Security and Defense
Meitar has one of Israel’s most experienced practices in the sensitive area of homeland security and national defense. Our team is well-versed in the unique legal and commercial issues related to these areas of activity, from both the private and governmental perspectives. With hands-on experience working with the Israel Defense Forces and the Ministry of Defense, Meitar counts among its clients many of the world’s leading global manufacturing concerns, defense contractors, aviation companies and government agencies from across the globe.
Our firm’s experience spans all commercial aspects of this area, including structuring, drafting and negotiating defense contracts, civil and military aerospace issues and homeland security. We offer expertise in negotiating joint ventures, drafting R&D agreements, executing sale lease-back and buy-back program transactions, compliance with foreign military financing (FMF) regulations, building consortiums, government-industry alliances, transfer and establishment of production facilities, government tenders, and managing transactions as part of complex government aid packages. Moreover, our expertise includes in-depth knowledge and expertise in export control permits and licenses, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regulations, brokering, anti-corruption and bribery programs, encryption permits, Wassenaar Arrangement compliance, trade issues under Israel’s Trading with the Enemy Ordinance, export bans and legal advisory services on matters related to global humanitarian treaties, such as the Geneva and Hague Conventions.
On the regulatory side, we offer specialized services advising and supporting clients on export control permits and licenses, and agency and brokering permits.
The Group also represents technology companies engaged in the development of offensive or defensive cyber platforms and is fully acquainted with the technological background of these industries.
Yuval Sasson heads the firm’s Homeland Security, Defense and Aerospace practice. He is a well-known lecturer and commentator on the legal and commercial issues relating to defense, homeland security, aerospace and military operations. As a former Deputy to Israel’s State Prosecutor, Yuval has extensive experience handling high profile cases involving sensitive security matters.