Adv. Melcer joined the firm in 1985, after having served as a law clerk for former Supreme Court Justice Aharon Barak. Prior to that, during his studies, Adv. Melcer served as co-editor of the faculty’s Law Review, Mishpatim.
Adv. Melcer practices in a wide range of civil and commercial law areas. He serves as counsel for some of the largest corporate clients of the firm and has considerable experience in large-scale contracts and transactions (including tenders, real estate and infrastructure transactions, mergers and acquisitions, financing, and liquidation proceedings arrangements), as well as in all aspects of insolvency law. Adv. Melcer is also widely experienced in commercial litigation (including arbitration and mediation).
Adv. Melcer, together with Adv. Isaac Molho, successfully litigated the “Dead Sea Scrolls Case” before the District Court and the Supreme Court, which recognized copyright protection in a reconstruction of one of the Dead Sea Scrolls and which is considered one of the most influential decisions in the field of copyright [for an unofficial translation of the Supreme Court judgment, see
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Currently, Adv. Melcer, together with Adv. Isaac Molho, has headed the team working on the Heftsiba Group’s insolvency proceedings, where Adv. Molho serves as court-appointed Special Manager/Trustee. The Heftsiba Group was of one of Israel’s largest real estate and construction groups and comprised of dozens of companies. The group collapsed in August 2007 with debts in excess of one billion shekels while in the process of building thousands of housing units as part of numerous projects, and financed by many different banks.
Adv. Melcer, amongst other things, strategized a plan according to which arrangements were made with the banking system that subsequently provided a proper solution to thousands of homeowners, and has consolidated, approved and actualized these arrangements, which have been successful so that most of the purchasers have already received their apartments. Adv. Melcer has and continues to work to gain access to assets in Israel and abroad on behalf of the creditors, by attaining settlements with bondholders, administering inquests, commencing proceedings relating to civil and commercial law, insolvency and pledges law, and other areas of law such as tax law and labor law. Hundreds of proceedings have been commenced in the District Court and tens of proceedings in the Supreme Court involving the Heftsiba Group. Currently, a number of complex cases are pending in the courts, each relating to tens of millions of New Israeli Shekels. One such case involves claims that have been filed in the name of a public company and a reporting company, both part of the group of related companies, against various individuals whom these companies claim should be held liable for the huge sums of money that Boaz Yona withdrew from these companies illegally and funneled into private companies, a portion of the group of related companies, and/or to his own pocket.
Adv. Melcer has appeared in hundreds of court proceedings in the Heftsiba case alone, covering a wide range of issues (including law of insolvency, securities law, pledge and mortgage law, civil law, commercial law, tax law, etc.).
For more than a decade, Adv. Melcer lectured at the Hebrew University Law School on the law of insolvency and company liquidation. He is invited from time to time to lecture at various forums on insolvency.
Recent Significant Activities, in addition to the Heftsiba case: