The firm is a front runner in representing and advising many Israeli cooperative societies, including Kibbutzim, Moshavim, central societies, societies that deal with the distribution of water, agricultural societies that deal with various fields, primarily in the agricultural sector, etc., and focusing on the following subjects:
On-going advice and representation of cooperative societies – in-house accompaniment of the work of the society and its authorities;
On-going legal advice to the directors and officers, accompaniment of procedures and decisions within the society, including advice regarding attribution of assets and capital relationship, while giving consideration to ensuring the rights of the society members; handling the relationship between the society and its members, and providing legal assistance to the Kibbutz and Moshav secretaries.
Arranging cooperative society relationships and local committee; preparation of appropriate by-laws for societies and committees; advice regarding tax considerations and tax planning unique to cooperative societies and to Kibbutzim; representation of Kibbutzim in suits brought by Kibbutz members; representation of Moshav members in disputes with the farmers.
The firm also represents various production societies, whose representation includes on-going advice, including that related to labor law, taxation, representation in various transactions, assistance in collection matters and handling structural changes, etc.
Structural and organizational changes in Kibbutzim – use and development of hidden assets and raising of capital for growth; handling life insurance and pension and retirement matters for Kibbutz members; tax aspects and tax planning in the Kibbutzim in light of the change in longevity; accompanying structural and organizational changes – separation of economic and community activities. Legal accompaniment for the penetration of various models (security net, combined); establishment of cooperative societies and other entities, drafting by-laws, tax planning, and contractual arrangements with governmental entities.
Structural changes and capitalization relationship in central societies and representation and advice to central societies – advice and representation in carrying out structural changes in central cooperative societies, including procedures for attributing capital to society members, representation in various transactions among cooperative societies, including capital raising, mergers and de-acquisitions, accompanying and establishing partnerships and agricultural entities between various Kibbutzim. BGA has undertaken major commercial transactions for the Kibbutzim and cooperative societies, such as the Tnuva – Hardof transaction, as well as reorganization arrangements of regional societies, Moshavim and Kibbutzim.