Head of the Regulation, Energy and Infrastructure Department
Adv. Orit Farkash - Hacohen is the Head of the Regulation, Energy and Infrastructure Department. She previously served as Chairperson and General Director of the Israeli Public Utilities Authority (Electricity), a position she held for five years (2011-2016).
The department led by Adv. Farkash - Hacohen provides legal counsel and ongoing strategic-business advice in various fields, including regulation, communications, energy and more. Among Adv. Farkash - Hacohen's clients are leading local and international companies, joint ventures, entrepreneurs, and more. These clients benefit from her extensive professional knowledge in the economic and infrastructure fields, as well as her diverse practical experience and close working relations with policy makers and key entities in Israel and abroad. With her unique experience, accumulated over her long years of public service, Adv. Farkash - Hacohen provides ongoing counsel to her clients in complex business decisions and in advancing their initiatives and projects.
Adv. Farkash - Hacohen possesses unparalleled expertise regarding the energy and infrastructure fields in Israel and abroad, as well as unique experience in administrative law and economic law, based on her deep understanding of the government system. She possesses significant experience in economic policy and competition, and extensive experience in litigation and legal-professional deliberation.
As the Chairperson and General Director of the Israeli Public Utilities Authority (Electricity), a government agency which regulates the electricity market in Israel, she was a key figure in a time of historic economic change in the Israel electricity market. After decades of an Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) monopoly, Adv. Farkash - Hacohen oversaw the significant introduction of private producers to the Israeli electricity market. She was a full partner in the development and consolidation of the large scale private electricity production industry, and the 'birth' of the renewable energy industry.
In addition, Adv. Farkash - Hacohen oversaw the publication of hundreds of authority rulings and guidelines on various economic issues, including setting tariffs, trade rules, licensing various commercial activity, creating investment-supportive regulation, publishing trade models, participating in the formation of government policy in the energy sector, and more. Adv. Farkash - Hacohen regulated various aspects of the IEC's activity, including finance, economy, service, accounting, and rates; reviewed natural gas agreements and their commercial aspects; worked with developers, financing entities (both local and international) and institutional investors; and settled numerous commercial disputes between various market players.
Alongside her professional activity, Adv. Farkash - Hacohen is a visiting fellow at the Center for Business and Government, Consortium for Energy Policy Research, The Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG) at Harvard University (The Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, USA). She is a member of this prestigious group of experts (The Harvard Electricity Policy Group), which gathers on several occasions every year.
Adv. Farkash - Hacohen previously served as the General Counsel of the Israeli Public Utilities Authority (Electricity) for nine years (2002-2011), as well as Litigation Section Chief of the Legal Department at the Israeli Antitrust Authority for almost five years (1998-2002), where she led complex legal proceedings in the competition and white collar fields held before various courts and tribunals (including District Courts and the Supreme Court). Adv. Farkash - Hacohen possesses significant expertise regarding administrative law and economic law, and appeared (in the context of numerous, diverse matters) before all government entities, including the Prime Minister’s Office; the Ministry of Finance; the Ministry of Economy and Industry; the Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy, and Water Resources; the Director of Capital Market, Insurance and Savings Department; the Director of Wages Department; the Ministry of Justice; the Civil Service Commission; the Tax Authority; the Israel Securities Authority; the Antitrust Authority; the Governmental Companies Authority; the Office of the State Comptroller and Ombudsman; the Israel Land Authority; various municipalities; the Knesset (Parliament); and Knesset Committees; as well as credit ranking companies, financial entities, and various forums, both local and international.
Adv. Farkash - Hacohen has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Harvard University, and a LL.B. degree from the Hebrew University. Adv. Farkash - Hacohen spent part of her internship in the Supreme Court, with Supreme Court Justice (Emerita) Dalia Dorner.
In 2008, Adv. Farkash - Hacohen published a legal article pertaining to the communications law field, "Technological Innovation Considerations in the Review of Mergers Under Antitrust Laws in Israel - the Bezek D.B.S. Case", which was later quoted in a Supreme Court ruling. In addition, she was a lecturer (2012-2013) in the Energy Law and Regulation course at the Faculty of Law, The College of Law and Business, Israel.
MPA (Public Administration), Harvard University, John F. Kennedy school of Government, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2007
LL.B., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1994
Israel Bar Association, 1995