Meet Our Team

Meet our team

Our people make our firm

Our firm was founded in 2015 by Adv. Yair Binyamini, who has more than 15 years of tax experience. Our collective expertise includes income tax, real estate tax, value added tax and foreign tax, and our team has substantial experience in transactions with international aspects and representation of foreign clients. We also have significant experience representing corporations and private clients in Israel and around the world with respect to their Israeli taxation

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 accountancy firms in Israel, gives advice with regard to the tax issues encountered by their clients, including through writing 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 proceedings, while legally representing clients against the tax authorities in various states, advising 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 and additional instruments) and he regularly advises multinational corporations concerning remuneration strategy for workers in Israel.
Yair began his legal career as an assistant attorney 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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Amir Cooper, Associate

Amir Cooper is an attorney who specializes in Israeli taxation of companies and individuals and in particular the taxation aspects of international investments relating to both Israel residents who live abroad and foreign residents living in Israel.

Amir advises clients on the establishment of tax efficient business structures, the planning of transactions in an optimal way 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, including the provision of advice and guidance on initial coin offerings (ICO or TGE) and tax advice regarding investments in cryptographic assets. Amir also has extensive experience in tax litigation and representing clients before the tax authorities and in the courts in Israel.
Before joining the firm of Benjamini & Co, Amir worked as an attorney in the tax department of the New York firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and in the tax department of one of Israel’s leading law firms. He 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
Licensed to practice accountancy in Israel since 2012

Education:
Amir holds undergraduate degrees in law (LL.B.) and accounting (B.A.), a postgraduate degree in commercial law (LL.M – magna cum laude) and a postgraduate degree in taxation law from New York (LL.M).

Hobbies:
Spinning

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Doron Elmekiesse, CPA (Jurist)

Doron Elmakayis is an accountant and jurist who specializes in Israeli taxation, international taxation and taxation of trusts.

Doron worked for 7 years at the Israel Tax Authority as an inspector and corporations and trusts coordinator in Tel Aviv Assessment Officer Unit 1. Within the framework of his job with the Tax Authority Doron accumulated extensive experience in handling the files of individuals, shareholders, companies and trusts, with an emphasis on numerous international taxation issues having income tax ramifications in Israel.
Doron sat on various Tax Authority committees which dealt with legislative changes in the area of trusts and was put in charge of tax assessments for large and complex trusts.
Doron won the Tax Authority’s income tax quiz.
Doron joined our firm in December 2016 and has since been engaged in the following areas: arrangements with the tax authorities, income tax and VAT assessment discussions, the giving of legal opinions on income tax subjects, ongoing advice on all aspects of individual and corporate income tax, the establishment of multinational structures, taxation of trusts having a connection to Israel, 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.

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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Shiran Ida, Adv.

Shiran Ida is an attorney who specializes in Israeli and international taxation.

Shiran practices various fields of taxation, primarily the taxation of individuals and companies, taxation of foreign residents and returning residents/new immigrants and VAT. 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:
The ocean.

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Sarah Leevan Maman, Advocate

Sarah Leevan-Maman is an attorney in Israel and in the U.S. who specializes in international taxation.

Sarah began her career with the American IRS and had previously lived in India, Spain and Colombia. Sarah specializes in tax planning for returning residents and new immigrants to Israel, in the tax aspects of option schemes for Israeli workers employed by international corporations, and of foreign companies held by residents of Israel. In addition, Sarah specializes in advising funds and companies on the tax implications of their activities in Israel.

Membership of professional bodies (Adv, CPA):
Membership of the New York Bar Association since 2008.
Membership of the Israel Bar Association since 2013.

Education:
Sarah completed her undergraduate degree (B.A. magna cum laude) from New York University and holds an LL.D from the Cardozo Law School in New York.
Sarah speaks English, Hebrew, Spanish and French.

Hobbies:
Hiking, cooking, languages, entertaining.

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Sagiv Ron, Partner

Sagiv Ron is an attorney who specializes in Israeli taxation with an emphasis on land taxation.

Sagiv has extensive experience and expertise in various areas of taxation, including income tax, value added tax, the encouragement laws and especially real estate taxation. Sagiv has extensive experience in providing taxation services in real estate transactions – planning the tax aspects, writing opinions, preparing self-assessments, representing clients before the land taxation authorities in assessment proceedings and before land taxation appeal committees. Sagiv advises on various real estate transactions, including in the areas of 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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Shahar Strauss, Adv. (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 worked as a senior associate at the Ziv Sharon and Co law firm and as a senior tax manager at KPMG. Shahar began his career as an income tax inspector (senior) at the Assessing Office for Large Enterprises and in his last position at the Income Tax Authorities, he served as an officer at the Capital Market Division of the Professional Practice Department of the ITA, in the framework of which he was tasked with preparing tax rulings and served as a professional referent to assessing officers.

Shahar’s list of clients consists of, among others, leading international companies in the fields of industry, hi-tech and real estate.

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 and outdoors hiking.

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