Advisory of Regulatory Matters; Anti-trust and Price Regulation

Cognum provides comprehensive consulting services in all matters relating to regulation, supervision of prices and anti-trust practices, whether in connection with the ongoing needs of business entities or in issues arising in the course of M&A deals, including legal proceedings. Our experience in this area includes consulting for leading companies in the sectors of banking, communication, energy, aviation, retail and holding companies. Selected projects in this area include: Readymix Industries (Israel) Ltd. in the hearings of the Second Sheshinski Committee, concerning the fiscal regime for national natural resources (2014); advisory services to two cellular operators concerning the establishment of a joint network (2014), Manufacturers Association of Israel regarding the Antitrust Authority's intention to regulate over-pricing (2013); advising the Israel Insurance Association regarding the implementation of a policy concerning control of insurers, pension funds and provident fund management companies (2013); advising one of the biggest car importers, while preparing a report for the Zalicha Committee regarding competition in the car industry (2011); advising a cellular company, Partner, in preparation for reducing mobile termination charges (2010); advising  Delek Energy Systems Ltd., while preparing for the Sheshinski Committee concerning gas royalties (2010); advising Zim for initiating the cancellation of the exemption granted to the maritime sector from defining arrangements under "Restrictive Arrangements" pursuant to the Anti-trust Law (2010-2014); advising Bank Leumi in preparation for the recommendations of the inter-ministerial team for increasing competition in the capital markets (the Bechar Committee, 2005); advising Cellcom and Pelephone in preparation for reduction of the call termination fees (2004);  advising Oil Refineries regarding its concession contract with the Government (2003); and advising the cable companies in their efforts to reach an agreement with the state in arranging the ownership of their infrastructures, and their transition from operation as a concession to operation under a license (2004).