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Avi Porten

Avi Porten

Partner

Described as an “excellent lawyer”, Avi Porten is ranked as a leading lawyer in both Chambers Global 2015 and Legal 500 EMEA 2015.

Managing Partner and Head of the Real Estate, Planning and Construction Department Avi Porten is widely recognized as a central figure in Israel in the fields of land, real estate and planning and construction.

With a long and successful track record in a range of real estate, planning and construction issues, Avi advises and oversees the whole process for clients seeking approvals from the different planning and construction committees.

Avi's clients have an unparalleled area of expertise on which to draw; he has served in numerous roles, including:

• Head of the Planning and Building Department in The Interior Ministry's legal department; 
• Legal adviser to the district planning and construction committees; 
• Legal adviser to the Planning Administration’s Planning Guidelines and Regulations Department; 
• Legal adviser to the National Planning and Construction Committee for National Infrastructure and to the National Planning and Building Committee; 
• Legal adviser to the state commission of inquiry into the safety of buildings and public venues (the Zeiler Commission); 
• Legal adviser to the government steering committee for the implementation of the Zeiler Commission report; 
• Legal adviser to the inter-ministerial committee to review changes in the Planning and Construction Law; 
• Member of government steering committees; 
• Chairman and a member of appeals committees of the Land Assessors Council.

He acts for an extensive array of clients including major developers of residential and commercial projects, transportation, energy, and hotel companies, private land owners and developers, various government companies' local planning committees, and local municipalities.

Avi joined Agmon as a partner in 2006.