FUNDS, PRIVATE EQUITY AND VENTURE CAPITAL

We have a broad venture capital and private equity practice. We represent founders and management raising VC and/or PE funding, venture capital funds, private equity houses, business angels and a number of large and institutional investors in a variety of industries including telecommunications, software, information technologies, e-commerce, clean-tech healthcare, hardware, the Internet and life sciences.

Fund Formation

We have vast experience in fund formation and have represented numerous fund managers raising and operating private equity and venture capital funds. We have been engagedin all aspects of fund structuring, including preparing the limited partnership agreement, private placement memorandum, subscription agreement, investor negotiations and cross-border fund raising, as well as day-to-day fund operations. We also represent high-net-worth individuals and large corporations who investin private equity funds and a select group of  “fund-of-funds”.

Fund Investments

We have extensive experience and expertise in every aspect of venture capital transactions and private equity work. Our attorneys advise on the full range of transactions from venture capital investments to the most complex cross-border private equity investments in mature companies, as well as early stage and seed stage companies. Our Corporate department works closely with clients in every stage of the venture capital life cycle, from start-ups to exit or sale to workouts.

Private Equity

We represent private equity funds in connection with their investments, whether in the form of buyouts (leveraged, management-led or otherwise), majority investments, minority investments, joint ventures or other structures. We provide ongoing support to our private equity clients in their management and oversight of portfolio investments.

Fund Succession

Our team has been closely involved in the only successful fund succession in Israel todate, a long and complex process that involves a broad understanding of the fund structure and operations.

CORPORATE

We specialize in all areas of corporate law. Our team’s comprehensive experience practicing law both in Israel and abroad allows us to take an integrated, cross-disciplinary approach which spans practices in the areas of corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, partnership formation, private equity and venture capital transactions, competition law (anti-trust), securities, joint ventures, manufacturing agreements, sales and supply agreements, distributor relationships, organizing foreign subsidiaries, licensing agreements, labour, real estate, environmental, finance and other regulatory fields. The clients we represent in these areas include buyers, sellers, intermediaries and advisors, and include both public and private companies.

Mergers and Acquisitions

We handle a full range of M&A transactions and possesses over 20 years of experience in all aspects of complex business transactions, such as acquisitions and dispositions of privately owned companies, stock-for-stock mergers, cash mergers, leveraged buyouts and “going private” transactions; we have negotiated and contested public company acquisitions (including exchange offers, takeover bids, mergers and schemes of arrangement), joint ventures and strategic alliances, and substantial equity investments. Our clients, who range from mature global businesses to start-ups, rely on us to guide them through every aspect of a complex M&A transaction.

Corporate Finance

We provide legal representation to borrowers and lenders inconnection with acquisitions and sales in all types of commercial lending transactions, including secured and unsecured loans, cash flow, lien and mezzanine, and venture lending.

Corporate Governance

We represent companies and shareholders in shareholder meetings and proxy contests and regularly provide advice regarding issues of corporate governance and control.

Commercial Agreements

We advise clients on the strategic planning, public procurement, drafting and negotiation of many and diverse key commercial contracts. When drafting the agreements we use our extensive knowledge in Intellectual Property, Technology, Data Protection, Finance, Regulatory and Employment, as required. We try to accommodate each client’s industry and specific needs with a focus on providing value for money and on getting the agreement done with a minimum of complications.

Telecom and Media

We have vast experience in representing telecommunication companies, including in regulatory issues, mergers and acquisitions of telecom and media companies, network acquisitions (including tenders published by telecom operators) and commercial agreements.

Joint Ventures and Partnerships

We advise clients in negotiating joint ventures, licences and other contractual arrangements that create strategic relationships. We have extensive experiencein the formation of joint ventureswith shareholders agreements as well as more traditional partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability companies where the nature of the strategic relationship is set out in the partnership or operating agreements.

REAL ESTATE

We represent developers, lenders, and worldwide investors in various real-estate transactions. Our activities include representation in the purchase, sale, construction, financing and operation of commercial, industrial, residential and retail projects in Israel including leasing on behalf of landlords and major tenants; real estate-secured lending; land use and other regulatory matters; real estate litigation; and restructurings on behalf of lenders, borrowers and joint ventures.We possess fully integrated skills and a proven track record in key real estate areas such as environment and project finance, We have broad experience in real estate transactions and, as needed, leverage a worldwide network of relationships with lenders, developers, investors, corporations, and other professional advisers.
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HIGH TECH

We have extensive experience addressing the legal and business issues of the High-Tech industry. Our experience includes working with companies from all over the High-Tech sectors, including developing mobile applications, educational software, enterprise software, resource planning, translation application, cyber, security software, cloud computing software, internet software, medical devices, life science, augmented reality, and much more.
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LITIGATION

Our Litigation Department specializes in all aspects of corporate disputes. Holding a strong belief that disputes are almost always better resolved outside the courts, our litigation lawyers seek to understand the incentives behind every dispute, in order to assess if there is a way to resolve the dispute in an amicable fashion, or whether circumstances dictate otherwise. We have a solid track record of reaching fast, effective, practical and long lasting resolutions through negotiation, mediation or arbitration. Where circumstances justify litigation, our lawyers will present and defend the interests of our client professionally, with precision, and diligence throughout the litigation and until a final decision.
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REGULATION

We have built a specific practice tailored to handling and negotiating with regulatory requirements of the Israeli authorities, a procatice that has proven invaluable in all types of transactions, from real-estate to mergers and acquisitions and more. The scope of our regulatory practice includes representing our clients before the Israeli Parliament – the ‘Knesset’ – and its committees, before planning and construction councils and committees and assorted government ministries. We have broad experience in anti-trust law, and have a 100% success rate in proceedings for the approval of the Anti-Trust Commissioner on numerous transactions.

We specialize in the regulation of the import and marketing of motor-vehicles, including related antitrust laws and standard contracts laws,. As part of this practice, we represent some of the largest motor vehicle importers in Israel.

MOTOR-VEHICLE LAW

We specialize in the regulation of the import and marketing of motor-vehicles, including related Antitrust Laws and Standard Contracts Laws. As part of this practice, we represent the Israeli Vehicle Importers Association and some of the largest motorvehicle importers in Israel.Our broad accumulated knowledge in the proceedings and the laws of the motor-vehicle industry has proven invaluable to our clients. We accompany our clients from obtaining an import license, through the daily operation of marketing motorvehicles and all related commercial transactions. We have recentlyrepresented the Israeli Vehicle Importers Association before the Economic Affairs Committee of the Knesset in the matter of a governmental bill of law known as Services and Profession’s
Licensing of the Vehicle Industry Law, 5776-2016.

ANTITRUST AND COMPETITION LAW

We regularly advise, including through the provision of legal opinions, clients of a variety of fields on day-to- day antitrust compliance issues. We provide advice on antitrust and competition law relating to transactions, and to merger control, abusive behavior, restrictive arrangements and regulation of cartels, monopolies and oligopolies. We also maintain contact with officials in the Antitrust Authority and represent our clients on matters before the Antitrust Commissioner, including procedures involving the approvals of mergers and acquisitions, pre-ruling opinions, exemptions for restrictive arrangements and administrative inquiries, and also in private Antitrust litigation.

Tax

We advise our clients on all fields of taxation, including corporate taxation, individual taxation, domestic and cross-border taxation, direct taxation, real estate taxation and VAT. The Firm’s services are provided during all phases, including consultation on the business set-up and legal structure of transactions, providing opinions on tax issues, representation in tax ruling applications and representation of tax-payer before various tax authorities, courts and other tribunals. Our tax advice is provided with a view of the entire legal framework of the transaction and of the business considerations of our clients (and in the case of individual taxation-also family needs). This is accomplished, due in large to the vast prior experience of the lawyers in the Firm’s tax department in various fields of law, beyond taxation. The vast majority of the lawyers in the tax department are also Certified Public Accountants. The services on tax matters are provided, as necessary, in conjunction with the services of other departments in the Firm.
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