Ireland Israel Business
Investments, Business & Innovation in Ireland
We are dedicated to promoting trade between Ireland and Israel
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BREXIT: A new era for Israeli companies in Europe
Brexit has far-reaching implications for Israeli companies and entrepreneurs doing business throughout Europe. Britain’s departure from the European Union is disrupting the magnetic pull that the UK’s commercial ecosystem has had on a generation of Israeli businesses.
Israeli companies, both large and small, wishing to continue trading without difficulty throughout the world’s largest consumer market, must make a decision: where now?
Ireland now provides the best solution for Israeli companies in the EU
I’ve always been fascinated with the breadth of opportunity Ireland has for doing business. While working with one of Dublin’s leading corporate law firms, I was able to experience the full potential Ireland has for Israeli businesses first-hand and decided I would dedicate myself fully to helping Israeli businesses thrive in Ireland.
We build bridges between Irish and Israeli companies
Adv. Mattan Lass is a dual-qualified lawyer, licensed in both Ireland and Israel. He advises many of the best-known Israeli companies with operations in Ireland
Promoting trade links between Ireland and Israel
We successfully led the industry campaign for nonstop flights between Dublin and Tel Aviv. We also work to strengthen the commercial relationship between the two countries – and frequently make media appearances to promote our cause
We are dedicated to supporting the expat business communities in both countries. We run regular business networking and community-based social activities in both Ireland and Israel
“The support provided by Mattan and Ireland Israel Business was key in convincing Wix to choose Dublin for our newest European office location. Mattan’s extensive network of senior contacts in Irish business and government were invaluable in launching a successful Irish operation. I wholeheartedly recommend his services”
“Mattan and Ireland Israel Business formed a crucial part of our team soon after Pango decided on establishing an operation in Ireland. Mattan has plenty of experience in advising Israeli companies in Ireland and it was a pleasure to finally work with an Irish-based lawyer who understands how Israeli businesses operate and what they are looking for. He was knowledgeable, trustworthy, friendly and very passionate about promoting our European business. We were delighted that he joined us as director of our Irish company”.
“Mattan has been our company’s senior consultant in Ireland for around 3 years. His interpersonal and communication skills together with his knowledge & experience have created a productive working relationship not only with me and my team but also with our counter partners, regardless of the issue involved, legal, finance, customer relationship and also finance. His analytical skills & ability to diagnose issues and devise viable solutions without allowing pressure to influence his method and work is really very rare. He is a real-valued asset for us and I believe this will be the case with every client or person engaging with Mattan”
“Mattan Lass brings a 10X multiplier to our business in terms of networking and connecting us with the most effective professionals in Dublin, advising us on the business atmosphere and regulations within Ireland and also joining and representing us in business meetings. Not only does Mattan know everything and everyone in the Irish market but also the fact that he is an Israeli who speaks and thinks the same way we do makes this relationship much more successful and efficient. Mattan brings so much value to our business and we are super grateful for that. Highly recommended!”
Brexit will have widespread effects on the activities of Israeli companies and entrepreneurs in Europe. Israeli businesses in general, and high-tech companies in particular, have always been drawn to the UK: Today, more than 350 Israeli companies operate in the UK, employing thousands of employees in various sectors including high-tech, pharmaceuticals, medical products and financial services. In 2018, the value of trade between the UK and Israel reached a record $ 10 billion and the UK is the largest export destination of Israeli goods to European countries. More than 25 Israeli companies, with a combined market capitalization of over $ 8 billion, are traded on the London Stock Exchange.
Upon the UK’s departure from the European Union, and in the absence of a finalised free trade agreement between the UK and the EU, UK-based companies and entrepreneurs will find it harder to use Britain as a base for their Europe-wide operations. Many expect Brexit to, among other things, make it more difficult for Israeli companies in London to recruit foreign workers (including EU citizens), transfer digital data between the UK and the EU and, perhaps most significantly, trade across Europe free of new customs and taxes.
Ireland and the other leading European tech hubs are now looking to capitalise from the Brexit fallout by positioning themselves as attractive alternative destinations for Israeli companies wishing to maintain their European HQ operations.
Yes. Ireland is currently the only English-speaking country in the Eurozone and, following Brexit, it will remain the only English-speaking country in the EU.
Registering a company in Ireland is a simple, quick and a relatively easy process.
Establishing a new company takes about a week once the appropriate documentation has been sent to the Companies Registration Office
Each company must appoint at least one director who is ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area (EEA)
Companies in Ireland must also appoint a company secretary
Irish limited companies benefit from some of the lowest corporate tax rates in the European Union.
For more information on registering a company in Ireland – see our special guide on this topic (link) or contact our experts
The bad news for those Israeli companies that have already invested significant time and money in complying with the strict requirements on the GDPR is that the UK’s exit from the EU is likely to add a further layer of complication to their European operations.
Firstly, Brexit might make it more difficult to transfer personal data between the UK and the remaining EU countries. In addition, businesses operating in Israel must prepare for a scenario whereby the Information Commissioner’s Office (the British data protection regulator) ceases to exist as a lead supervisory authority for the purposes of the GDPR – as a result, in order to avail of the ‘one stop shop’ mechanism, Israeli companies should consider registering with a new European regulator in another country, a move that could later require the transfer of activity, infrastructure, workers or opening a subsidiary in the new country.
In this context, Ireland is emerging as the natural GDPR regulatory hub for foreign companies. The Irish Data Protection Commissioner stands out as particularly convenient for global businesses, given the use of the English language, experience in regulating tech multinationals such as Google and Facebook and the relatively low business costs in Ireland compared with other European destinations.
Yes. Ireland encourages immigration and relocation of foreign entrepreneurs and business owners. There are several immigration and relocation options available to self-employed persons to move their start ups to Ireland and establish their business in the country.
Why do clients choose us?
10 years’ experience
The only lawyer dual-qualified in Ireland and Israel
Legal services in Ireland
Assistance with establishing a business in Ireland
Recent business development in Ireland:
We successfully led the tech community’s campaign for an El Al Airlines nonstop air link between Dublin and Tel Aviv
IN THE MEDIA
NEW DIRECT FLIGHT DUBLIN -TEL AVIV WITH EL AL, STARTING MAY 2020
IRELAND AND ISRAEL HAVE GREAT SYNERGIES AND OVERLAP
Israel through my eyes – Perspective from Ireland
In Irish folklore, the leprechauns love playing practical jokes and are responsible for all manner of mischief making on the island. From reading various news articles over the past couple of months (see, for example, this one from Bloomberg), it appears that the leprechauns have struck once again. These articles