Meet Our Team

Meet our team

Our People Make our Firm

Our firm was founded in 2015 by Adv. Yair Benjamini, who has approximately 20 years of experience in Israeli tax. Yair was joined by three partners - Doron Elmekiesse, Sagiv Ron and Shahar Strauss, each a leader in their respective tax field. The firm's diverse range of professionals includes Israeli and US qualified lawyers, Israeli CPAs and former tax authority senior officers, which provide our clients with a broad range of experience and perspectives when negotiating intracate tax matters.

Yair Benjamini, Partner

Yair has worked in the field of taxation for the last 20 years and over time has acquired broad legal knowledge and extensive experience in all areas of Israeli taxation, as well as in a wide range of complex international taxation issues.

During his years of experience Yair has handled a broad range of issues, assessments and appeals encompassing virtually every possible taxation law subject in Israel. He has provided his services to individuals, residents of Israel and foreigners, private companies, public companies, multinational corporations, funds, trusts, investment partnerships and nonprofit organizations.
Yair serves as legal advisor to some of the largest accounting firms in Israel, providing advice with regards to the tax issues encountered by their clients, including drafting legal opinions, and provides legal support during tax authority assessment proceedings and representation in the courts. In addition, Yair deals with voluntary disclosure of foreign accounts and non-disclosed trusts, while legally represens clients in audit proceedings, advises families on the changes in trust law and compliance with reporting requirements in Israel with respect to foreign and local trusts. Yair has accumulated a wealth of legal experience, especially in the field of equity-based employee compensation schemes (options, shares, RSUs and additional instruments) and he regularly advises multinational corporations concerning remuneration strategy for workers in Israel.
Yair began his legal career as an associate and subsequently as a partner in the taxation department of Yigal Arnon & Co, where he learned to integrate taxation advice within the spectrum of commercial, business, economic and legal considerations underlying his clients’ decisions. Establishing the firm of Benjamini & Co constituted the natural continuation of this approach, reflecting Yair’s desire to offer his services and those of the partners and assistant attorneys working with him to a broader range of clients.     

Membership of professional bodies (Adv, CPA):
Membership of the Israel Bar Association since 2001.

Education:
Undergraduate degree in law (LL.B magna cum laude).

Hobbies:
Yair is an avid and dedicated (even if not a particularly talented) surfer

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Sagiv Ron, Partner

Sagiv Ron is an attorney who specializes in Real Estate taxation including value added tax issues.

Sagiv has extensive experience and expertise in various areas of taxation, and focuses on all tax aspects of real estate transactions. Sagiv provides tax advice and support to in real estate transactions – planning the tax structure, writing opinions, preparing self-assessments, representing clients before the land taxation authorities in assessment proceedings and before land taxation appeal committees. Sagiv advises on urban renewal, purchase groups, residential apartments, real estate associations and development projects, provides continuous guidance to real estate contractor companies, developers, private individuals and real estate associations and specializes in advising developers in urban renewal projects (NOP 38, vacate and build, etc.). Sagiv’s ongoing work with Israeli and foreign clients includes, inter alia, advising on cross-border tax planning, representation before the Israel Tax Authority is assessment proceedings and in obtaining preliminary approvals, as well as in tax proceedings before the courts, advising on tax benefits pursuant to the encouragement laws, writing opinions on various taxation subjects, etc.
Sagiv is a member of various Israel Chamber of Advocates Tax Committees.
Sagiv previously worked in the tax department of the accountancy firm KPMG Somekh-Chaikin and at the law firms Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co and Erdinast, Ben-Nathan, Toledano & Co.

Membership of professional bodies (Adv, CPA):
Membership of the Israel Bar Association since 2004.

Education:
Sagiv holds undergraduate degrees in law (LL.B) and economics (B.A.)

Hobbies:
Running, hiking

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Doron Elmekiesse, Partner (CPA)

Doron Elmekiesse is a lawyer and Israeli accountant who specializes in Israeli taxation, international taxation and the taxation of domestic and international trusts.

Doron worked for seven years for the Israel Tax Authority as a senior inspector and corporations and trusts coordinator. In his role at the Israel Tax Authority Doron accumulated extensive experience in tax audits of individuals, shareholders, companies and trusts, with an emphasis on numerous large-scope international taxation issues.
Doron sat on various Tax Authority committees which dealt with legislative changes in the realm of the taxation trusts and headed tax assessments for large and complex trusts.
Doron won the prestigious annual quiz of the Israel Tax Authority in 2011.
Doron joined our firm in 2016 and leads the negotiations with the tax authorities, assessment and audit proceedings, provides legal opinions and ongoing advice for all aspects of individual and corporate income tax, assists in designing and implementing multinational structures, Israeli related trusts, etc.
Doron has served for many years as a tutor and lecturer in all areas of income tax at Bar-Ilan University, the College of Management Academic Studies and Sha’arei Mishpat College and has written articles on taxation subjects for economic journals.  

Membership of professional bodies (Adv, CPA):
Licensed to practice accountancy in Israel since 2013 and qualified as a lawyer in 2018.

Education:
Doron holds undergraduate degrees in computer science and accounting (B.Sc.) and law (LL.B.) and a postgraduate degree (M.A.) in legal studies.

Hobbies:
Basketball, diving, international travel.

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Shahar Strauss, Partner (CPA)

Shahar specializes in all aspects of income tax cases, including transaction financing, tax planning, encouragement laws, representation before the tax authorities, obtaining pre-rulings and representation in courts.

Shahar has extensive experience in the management of complex income tax cases, from all their aspects.

Prior to joining Benjamini & Co as a partner, Shahar practiced as a senior associate at the Ziv Sharon and Co law firm and worked as a senior tax manager at KPMG. Shahar began his career at the Assessing Office for Large Enterprises as an income tax inspector (senior) and in his last position at the Income Tax Authorities, served as a tax officer at the Capital Market Department of the Professional Division, where he issued tax rulings and served as a professional contact person for the various local assessing officers.

Shahar specializes in Israeli corporate taxation including tax benefits under the Encouragement of Capital Investments Law, holding company regimes, complex withholding tax issues, and the interface between income tax and land appreciation tax. Shahar has led major litigation cases before the Israeli District and Supreme Courts and is regarded as one of Israel’s most prominent tax litigators.
Shahar lectured in taxation and accounting courses held in various academic institutions.

Membership of professional bodies (Adv, CPA):

Membership of the Israel Bar Association since 2016.
Licensed to practice accountancy in Israel since 2009.

Education:
Shahar holds an bachelor’s degree in law (LL.B.), a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting (cum laude) and a master’s degree in economics (M.Sc.).

Hobbies:
Squash, outdoors hiking.

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Elizabeth Krishmarov, Associate

Elizabeth is an attorney and economist who specializes in equity-based compensation benefit plans, tax aspects of M&A transaction, and Israeli taxation.

Before joining the firm of Benjamini & Co, Elizabeth practiced as an attorney in IBI Capital trust department, specializing in managing employees benefit plans, and prior to that she practiced in a real estate department of a boutique law firm. Elizabeth specializes in equity compensation benefit plans taxation issues, submission of tax rulings to the ITA, Israeli taxation, and tax aspects of M&A transaction.

Membership of professional bodies (Adv, CPA):
Membership of the Israel Bar Association since 2014.

Education:
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) & Bachelor Degree in Economics (B.A.), from The College of Management
MBA in Business Administration, The Academic College of Tel-Aviv, Yaffo

Hobbies:
Cooking, explore the world

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Amir Cooper, Associate (CPA)

Amir Cooper specializes in Israeli taxation of corporations and individuals, and in particular the tax aspects of international investments and acquisitions and in taxation of cryptocurrencies.

Amir advises clients on tax efficient business structures, optimal tax planning of transactions and compliance with the regulatory requirements of the Israel Tax Authority. In addition, Amir specializes in the taxation of corporations and individuals engaged in the Blockchain industry, and he advises on initial coin offerings (ICO or TGE) and investments in cryptographic assets. Amir also has extensive experience in tax litigation and representing clients before the tax authorities and in the courts of the State of Israel.
Amir additionally specializes in tax aspects of M&A transaction and has provided tax advice on the structuring of transactions and negotiation of tax-related provisions of SPAs and merger agreements for foreign and Israeli companies.
Before joining the firm of Benjamini & Co, Amir practiced as an attorney in the tax department of the New York firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and prior to that he practiced in the tax department of one of Israel’s leading law firms. Amir interned in the Chambers of His Honor Judge Magen Altuvia.
Amir has published numerous articles in the field of taxes.

Membership of professional bodies (Adv, CPA):
Membership of the Israel Bar Association since 2013.
Membership of the New York Bar Association since 2016.
Certified Public Accountant in Israel since 2012.

Education:
Undergraduate degrees in law (LL.B.) and accounting (B.A.) from the Hebrew University.
Postgraduate degree in commercial law (LL.M. – magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University.
Postgraduate degree in tax law (LL.M.) from New York University.

Hobbies:
Spinning

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Shiran Ida, Associate

Shiran Ida is an attorney who specializes in Israeli and international taxation, as well as value added tax issues.

Shiran practices various fields of taxation, primarily the taxation of individuals and companies, taxation of foreign residents and returning residents/new immigrants and VAT. Shiran specializes in negotiating and obtaining approvals and pre-rulings from the ITA for a wide variety of situations.

Prior to joining our firm, Shiran worked as an intern in the Israeli Tax Authority.

Membership of professional bodies (Adv, CPA):
Membership of the Israel Bar Association since 2018.

Education:
Shiran holds an undergraduate degree in law (LL.B) and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Tel Aviv University.

Hobbies:
Books, outdoors hiking.

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