Infrastructure & Smart Transportation

Our firm specializes in infrastructure and smart transportation, and is one of Israel’s leading law firms providing practical legal advice in the field of managing and accompanying the execution of infrastructure projects.

Zeidman & Co. has decades of accumulated and diverse experience in the field of infrastructure – both working as internal legal consultants in large and international engineering companies and projects, while closely accompanying the project at work sites – and legal support as external consultants in these processes for some of the largest companies and projects in Israel, and one of the largest firms in Israel.

Over the years and building on our close involvement in the various projects in the field of infrastructure, we have accumulated unique expertise and in-depth understanding of all issues in the field, including accompanying tenders, conducting negotiations, and drafting the engagement in complex and long-term commercial contracts, local and international in various formats, and accompanying a variety of contracting methods in the field of projects.

Our firm’s unique advantage in the field of infrastructure and transportation is not limited only to negotiations and drafting agreements, but also lies in its ability to provide advanced products tailored to the individual project, both at the planning stage and into and during the execution phase – until the completion and delivery of the project, and beyond, during the ultimate operation stage.

As the world of smart transportation develops, projects in the field today combine technological innovation and sophisticated and groundbreaking technological systems, as an integral layer, such as systems for collecting and processing information in real time, traffic management of all road users, including monitoring, communication and clearing systems, alongside advanced safety systems.

As an outcome, alongside the necessary experience and in-depth understanding of the complex infrastructure field, involvement in the project also require an in-depth understanding of the world of innovation and legal and business understanding of issues related to handling intellectual property, design products, technological procurement, commercial and legal issues, and in particular the integration of the systems into the project, as well as an understanding of the developing world of autonomous vehicles.

Our experience in this developing field combines a uniquely high technical and professional understanding of everything related to the operation and execution of projects, alongside a quick and in-depth legal and commercial understanding of the needs, events and cases that develop in the project.

Our firm regularly accompanies project managers, execution managers and suppliers of technological systems and advanced vehicle systems, and provides an immediate and in-depth response to a variety of issues related to project management – such as accompanying the handling of questions related to schedules, exceptions and change instructions, planning changes, lengthening of execution time, and all commercial issues that arise during the project, and of course a quality response from a strategic perspective to the ongoing project letters.

Since the first BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) project in Israel, the firm’s team has accumulated vast experience in deep involvement in dozens of mega-projects totaling several billion ILS and in-depth knowledge in a particularly wide range of projects in Israel and abroad, including transportation infrastructure projects (roads, tracks, bridges, mass transit centers), technology and systems projects and particularly complex and large construction projects, such as international development centers, academic campuses, commercial centers, etc., including transportation infrastructure, roads, tracks and bridges, with and without the integration of transportation systems.

Our firm has extensive knowledge and experience in tailor-made legal representation, providing our legal and strategic advice to various project stakeholders, each according to its unique characteristics and needs: commissioners, developers, main contractors, financing bodies, design and engineering companies, supervision companies, subcontractors for works and equipment suppliers, electro-mechanics, technology and systems, Israeli and international.

This in-depth familiarity with all legal, commercial, engineering and technological aspects in the worlds of construction, infrastructure and systems, provides Zeidman & Co. with the unique ability to provide our clients with the most effective professional and practical legal advice in each and every case, at each of the planning and execution stages of the project, in a variety of interfaces with its other stakeholders. All the while creating useful legal and commercial solutions that include an integrated response, for the various technical, professional and commercial challenges in the various disciplines in the project and their associated legal and commercial complexity.

Our rich experience enables us to tailor the best accompaniment to any particular client, along the dynamics of the project, after analyzing and evaluating risks and rising commercial and legal opportunities, and according to the context, stage and method of engagement.  

In this framework, the firm advises both the company’s and the project’s management on all matters pertaining to project management:

  • Drafting contracts and engagements during the planning, procurement and construction stages, with a practical view of the execution process and familiarity with the end cases;
  • Identification and management of professional, commercial and legal risks;
  • Management of extension claims and schedules;
  • Formulating methodologies for harm minimization, managing negotiations and drafting ongoing contracts with suppliers and subcontractors during the project, legal control of processes in projects to reduce exposure;
  • Bridging gaps between technical understanding and commercial and legal understanding of current events;
  • Optimal preparation, in real time, for future disclosures and claims;
  • Identifying and locating prospects and opportunities for filing exceptions and claims requirements;
  • Drafting and submitting exception requirements, established change instructions, and handling delaying events;
  • Improving awareness of the contractual aspect among the project team and conscious and optimal decision-making in dealing with the commissioners and contractors;
  • Protection in advance and prevention of agreed compensation demands and exposures on the part of commissioners and contractors;
  • Ongoing and smart legal documentation of the various stakeholders’ actions and knowledge retention;
  • Drawing up periodic commercial arrangements during implementation;
  • Managing account submission and approval processes;
  • Support in dispute resolution processes and prevention of legal proceedings;
  • Control on behalf of management and owners over the implementation of the project;
  • Comprehensive strategic management and accompanying disputes between commissioners, contractors and subcontractors;
  • Assisting project managers in coordinating and controlling project functions: procurement, budget control, advanced aspects of schedules, commercial management;
  • Providing high availability to the project team on an ongoing basis, for legal advice and immediate response from an expert business-commercial orientation;
  • All this, during the planning and construction period – until the commercial operation of the project and during the inspection and maintenance period.

As part of our close accompaniment, the firm’s team is present, aware and handles everything that is done during the project process – and accordingly knows how to provide an immediate response to the project team. At the same time, the accompaniment team also manages all of the aforementioned legal events from a comprehensive strategic perspective, already during the implementation of the project and accompanies their development.

In this high-quality process, legal support streamlines and improves the commercial management of the project, which directly affects the project budget and the project’s profit line.

Our firm’s capabilities in the field of accompanying project execution and construction complement the firm’s capabilities in accompanying its clients even in the preliminary stages: initiation, tender submission and management, project financing and commercial engagements.

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