Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Banking & Cross Border
banking, VC &
Securities and Capital Markets
Our team accompanies its clients through all stages of corporate life, from incorporation to liquidation.
We advise private companies, their founders, board of directors and management on the listing of their securities on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and the main international exchanges.
We also advise and assist in the process of private placements and securitization of cash flow incomes and we advise issuers as well as underwriters/lead book runners/placing agents in a significant number of public offerings of equity and/or debt securities on the TASE and other international stock exchanges.
We specialize in advising public companies on the formation and composition of boards of directors, executive compensation, including of controlling shareholders. In this context, we advise remuneration committees, audit committees and boards of directors on the approval of such agreements. We also advise and represent clients on an ongoing basis with the Israeli Securities Authority.
A major part of our capital market practice includes advising publicly traded companies with their ongoing obligations on the various exchanges and jurisdictions and both private but mostly institutional investors with their legal due diligence and regulatory compliance for investments in publicly listed companies.
The firm assists underwriters in the conduct of the necessary due diligence for public offerings and provides legal services in connection with the distribution and marketing process carried out by underwriters and distribution managers.
Mergers and Acquisitions
We represent private and institutional investors in numerous merger & acquisition transactions.
The firm's expertise has been garnered through the provision of ongoing and daily assistance to various companies in their commercial transactions through the firm's expertise in corporate law, local securities laws (and knowledge of foreign securities laws), and the diverse commercial experience of both the Partners and senior associates of the firm. We draw on our experience accumulated in different and diverse practices in conducting comprehensive due diligence examinations and drafting all transactions documents.
The firm takes a pragmatic and commercial approach aimed at bringing each transaction to its prompt and successful completion – thus allowing our clients to have the benefit of our expertise and multidisciplinary experience.
Located in the centre of the 'start up nation' our office has, and continues to be, involved in the life cycles of incubators and start-ups.
Our specialist hi-tech team represents a wide array of local and international clients investments in Israeli companies engaged in bio-tech, fintech, agritech; cyber security, software companies; and companies engaged in the area of smart certificates and remote identification.
We work with a number of hi-tech incubators and start-ups in a diverse array of fields from their inception, through licensing, investment rounds, distributions, mergers & acquisitions culminating in successful sales (to local or international companies) or exit via IPO.
Our commercial team has significant expertise in the drafting and negotiation of a wide array of commercial agreements, both local and international, including agency and distribution agreements, franchise agreements, development and licensing agreements, services and subcontracting agreements, purchase, supply, manufacturing and sales agreements, IP transfer agreements, EPC agreements, partnerships, collaborations and joint ventures, trust agreements, etc.
Our team works closely with the other departments in the firm giving our clients access to the full range of the firm’s expertise. Our cross border team is particularly involved in assisting the commercial team with international commercial agreements.
Real Estate and Urban Development
Our real estate team represents private and public companies and private entrepreneurs in their real estate operations in Israel and worldwide. We represent clients throughout the full cycles of legal real estate work from development and planning to due diligence, permits/approvals/licensing, use class re-assignment (i.e. Kibbutz/Moshav land plots etc.), construction, lease agreements, infrastructure (including contracts with utilities), and, sale and purchase.
Our real estate team also consists of a team of 'urban development' specialists who are expert on all manner of Tama 38/1 and Tama 38/2 transactions, dealing with all stages of development and operation throughout the development process.
Our office also advises on a wide range of transactions where the underlying assets are related to real estate, including residential, offices, commercial/retail (including shopping centres), as can be seen in more detail below.
Our litigation team is renowned for its professionalism and expertise in commercial and administrative litigation. The team has comprehensive experience in the handling of legal proceedings before all courts and all levels of the civil court system, as well as arbitrations, in the commercial practice in which our firm specializes.
Our litigators have successfully handled cases involving, inter alia, business disputes involving a wide range of disciplines including corporate law, shareholder disputes, corporations, partnerships, director liability, contracts, real estate, securities laws, capital markets, class actions (representation of defendants), and claims in the areas of insolvency (liquidations and bankruptcy proceedings). Additionally, the department specializes in the areas of labor law and administrative law, and offers unique professional litigation services in cases involving tenders, representing the parties as well as the issuer of the tender (drafting and preparation of tenders).
Our litigation department has vast experience in working with international clients and foreign companies in disputes adjudicated in Israel as well as in international disputes.
The labor department of the firm has long standing and diverse experience and expertise as well as vast professional knowledge in the area of labor law.
The department represents clients in diverse legal proceedings and engages, inter alia, in representing clients in disputes and procedures before the Israeli labor courts, various governmental authorities and bodies, arbitration and mediation proceedings.
The department offers extensive and comprehensive services in labor and employment matters, including personal employment and collective bargaining relationships. We have represented both Israeli and foreign workers, as well as both employers and employees.
Banking, Finance & Debt Restructuring
"The firm specializes in advising on banking and finance transactions to domestic and foreign commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, financial institutions, and Israeli and non-Israeli lenders.
The firm offers legal advice and services to pension and insurance companies in the tender of private loans to many commercial companies.
Additionally, recently, the firm has assisted pension and insurance institutions in their investments in non-governmental debentures according to the recommendations and conclusions of the Hodek committee.
Our firm has significant Insolvency and Debt Restructuring practice and has been involved in significant debt arrangements, aggregating billions of NIS in recent years.
Our firm focuses on the restructuring of debt and equity interests in troubled companies, including negotiation with a variety of interest groups. Its experience in this field extends to complex reorganizations of multinational enterprises involving Israeli and non-Israeli parties and legal systems as well as appearance in Israeli and foreign courts.
Private Equity, Venture Capital & Funds
Following the trend of wealth distribution moving from the capital markets to the international private equity and VC arena, our team of PE & VC specialist have significant experience in fund formation and maintenance, providing assistance to our clients in raising hundreds of millions of dollars, both in Israel and abroad, which, for the latter, utilizes our international capabilities and our extensive network of international law firms, ensuring a seamless service to the client.
With our position in the market, we have exposure to almost all of the fund traffic coming to Israel to raise money. As such, we have accumulated significant knowledge, expertise and experience in representing Israel's largest institutional investors (provident and pension funds and insurance companies) on their investments in Israeli and foreign private equity funds (including mezzanine funds, real estate funds, buyout funds, secondary funds, funds of funds and infrastructure funds), and debt funds, enabling us to meet our clients' requirements.
Our cross border team has significant experience managing complex, cross-border transactions in which we instruct lawyers across a large number of foreign jurisdictions.
The team consists of lawyers who are both qualified in Israel and in a number of foreign jurisdictions, who work with all other departments in the firm on a daily basis on all transactions which have cross border element. In addition to being fluent in a number of languages, we add value to the transactions we work on, adding a bridge between cultures making the process smooth and efficient.
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