Corporate Law

  • Our corporate team has been consistently ranked as one of the leading firms for corporate work by the Legal 500 and other major international directories. Our clients include a wide range of international companies establishing a presence in Israel, public companies, private companies, government companies, international and domestic private equity and venture capital funds, founders, family owned businesses and private individuals.

     

    We have extensive experience and knowledge in advising on corporate transactions over a broad spectrum of financial, industrial and marketing sectors, including banking, technology, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, telecommunications, insurance, financial services, aviation, construction, energy, infrastructure, hospitality, food and consumer products.

     

    Our corporate lawyers have extensive international knowledge and experience.  A substantial number of our corporate partners were educated and trained in both Israel and the U.S., the U.K. or South Africa and have worked as corporate lawyers in prominent New York or City of London law firms.  The quality of our service has been recognised by the international directories, with the Legal 500 describing our team as "simply outstanding" with "a first class practice". Chambers Global has described our corporate department as "an institution in Israel with quality and speed of service".

     

    Drawing on the breadth and depth of our specialist teams, we advise our clients on the whole range of corporate matters, including:

     

    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Joint ventures, including strategic alliances and partnerships
    • Corporate, venture capital and angel financing
    • Corporate reorganizations
    • General corporate advisory, including company formation, advising on the most appropriate choice of vehicle to do business in Israel, corporate governance and general company administration
    • Directors’ duties, including conflicts of interest and transactions in respect of which an officer or controlling shareholder has a personal interest and directors indemnification, insurance and exemption
    • Shareholder rights and duties
    • Declaration or making of dividends and other distributions
    • Regulatory and compliance issues, including advising on industry-specific regulatory matters and handling negotiations to obtain the required clearances and consents for restructurings or changes in control from the Controller of Restrictive Trade Practices, the Investment Centre, the Office of the Chief Scientist, the Securities Authority and the Income Tax Authorities
    • All other matters relating to the operation, management and development of business, commercial and trading activities in Israel

     

     

    • Representing General Electric Co. on the Israeli law aspects with respect to the US $17 billion acquisition of the energy assets of Alstom SA and other certain Israeli corporates.  The work includes all corporate and regulatory aspects connected with the acquisition of control of the Megalim thermal power station
    • Representing HP on its successful tender offer to acquire Indigo NV, the holding company of Israel's leading printing systems company, for a consideration of up to US$ 882 million
    • Representing BellSouth on its sale, together with its co-venture partner, of their joint controlling shareholding in Cellcom, one of Israel's leading cellular telephone companies, for US$ 1.35 billion
    • Representing Veolia Environnement S.A. on the NIS 1.2 billion (approximately US$ 340 million) sale of its entire operations in Israel to Oaktree Capital Group (a private equity fund) and the current management of Veolia's Israeli operations, the largest management buy-out in Israel's history
    • Representing Kimberly-Clark Corporation on its acquisition of from Hadera Paper Ltd  of a 49.99% interest in Hogla-Kimberly Ltd for, approximately, NIS 650 million (approximately $162 million)
    • Represented Radiancy, Inc. in its acquisition, by way of reverse triangular merger, of PhotoMedex, for a consideration of approximately US$ 250 million
    • Representing AT&T in its acquisition, by way of reverse triangular merger, of Interwise Inc., a web conferencing company, for a consideration of US$ 121 million
    • Representing American International Group, Inc. on its acquisition from Aurec Gold Investments Limited of a 49.99% interest in AIG Israel Insurance Company Ltd.
    • Representing General Motors in connection with the sale of its entire shareholding in Universal Motors Israel – the acquisition was structured as a buy back with an enterprise value of NIS 685 million (approximately US$ 170 million)
    • Representing Spectranetics Corporation on its acquisition of Upstream Peripheral Technologies, Ltd., for up-front consideration of US$ 50.5 million with additional milestone payments
    • Representing Paz on the sale of its entire shareholding in Pi-Glilot Oil Terminals and Pipes Ltd. to a group of investors led by Israel Canada Group for a total consideration of NIS 106 million (approximately $26 million)
    • Representing EADS on its joint venture with one of Israel's leading aeronautic and defence companies
    • Representing HJ Heinz on two earn outs relating to the manufacture, distribution and sale of its ambient food products in Israel and the sale, via an auction process, of the business and assets of Heinz's entire Israeli operations
    • Representing Yedioth Aharonot on its acquisition from DST (a Russian media conglomerate) of the control (approximately 78%) of Alljobs.co.il Ltd – the largest Israeli internet job search engine and portal
    • Representing Ladbrokes plc in the Israeli aspects of its partnership deal with Israel software developer Playtech Ltd. as part of a major multi-jurisdictional agreement enabling Ladbrokes to add hundreds of casino games to its online offering and to make use of Playtech’s digital marketing services
    • Advising Ericsson on the Israeli law aspects of its acquisition of Nortel's stake in the Nortel-LG joint venture
    • Representing Schneider Electric, the France-based global specialist in energy management, in its acquisition of Somet Technologies Ltd.
    • Representing Neusoft Group Ltd. (China’s largest IT and software company) on the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Aerotel Medical Systems Ltd.
    • Representing Elocap AS on the sale of its entire shareholding in Elopak Ltd. to Plastic 2000 Ltd.  Elocap is owned by the Ferd Group, one of Norway's largest privately owned industrial groups
    • Representing Spectra Systems Corporation on its acquisition of the brand protection and tax stamp authentication assets of Inksure Technologies Inc. Spectra Systems is a leading provider of machine-readable banknote authentication technology and transaction security software whose shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange
    • Representing American Industrial Partners LLP, a private American investment fund, and its subsidiary, Presstek Inc., in connection with the acquisition of Vim Technologies Ltd., which is engaged in the field of products for the digital printers industry