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The ‘responsive and business-oriented’ corporate department at Goldfarb Seligman & Co. has decades of experience acting for start-ups in fields ranging from autonomous driving to medicinal marijuana. Corporate and securities head Ashok Chandrasekhar acts for Israeli tech companies, foreign multinational acquirers and investment funds. Sharon Gazit heads the tech group and Michael Heller is also recommended.

With a Silicon Valley representative office and an increasingly active China-facing practice, Herzog Fox & Neeman focuses on advising global tech companies and private equity funds on transactions in Israel. Hanan Haviv acts for companies such as Deep Instinct. Yair Geva is a key contact and Gal Eschet joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP’s Silicon Valley office.

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices’ large and ‘vastly experienced team’ is among the most active hi-tech M&A groups in the region and was involved in over half of all Israeli hi-tech financing rounds in 2016. Itay Frishman and Miri Shalit joined the team from GKH – Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co. Alon Sahar and Assaf Naveh are also recommended.

Continuously exceeding client expectations’, Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co. has one of Israel’s most active teams in early- to mid-stage financing and M&A. Sharon Amir, Arnon Samburski, Tal Eliasaf and Gil Brandes are recommended by Israeli entrepreneurs and international tech companies. Daniella Ben Shalom advised MeMed on a development contract with the US Department of Defense.

Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. is ‘one of the best options for venture capital and entrepreneurial hi-tech work in Israel’. Lior Aviram’s team acts for some of China’s most notable tech acquirers and has established multinational development JVs involving promising technologies such as autonomous driving. The ‘invaluableVered Horesh assisted The College of Management Academic Studies with the formation of its first accelerator programme. In 2017, the department was strengthened by the merger with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co., which saw Einat Weidberg join the team.

The lawyers at Yigal Arnon & Co are ‘personally invested in their clients’ needs’ and ‘know no off-hours’. Jointly led by Barry Levenfeld and Barak Platt and acting primarily for international tech companies, the department was involved in the largest Israeli tech M&A in 2017, and the largest Israeli tech M&A in 2016. Start-up clients include Rounds and GreenIQ.

In addition to advising start-ups and VC funds, Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary has one of the leading practices for technology incubators. Yonatan Altman and Ian Rostowsky are key figures in the team. Shlomo Landress and Daniel Marcus joined Gornitzky & Co..

Led by Roy Caner, Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co provides ‘rapid, innovative and sophisticated business solutions’ to a variety of foreign and domestic funds and angel investors. Additionally, Lior Oren assisted Co-Energy, an innovative waste-to-fuel company, with a NIS50m JV agreement with a leading Israeli energy company.

In terms of quality of service’, Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is ‘comparable to the very best in the market’. The department acts for VC investors and early- to late-stage companies, particularly in the healthcare and life sciences sectors. The recommended Eran Yaniv and Raz Tepper typically work with Israeli entrepreneurs.

GKH – Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co’s hi-tech and venture capital practice handles M&A and VC-driven transactions for multinational tech companies and Israeli start-ups. Start-up clients note that the partners are ‘totally involved at every level’, and international clients describe Loni Bahar’s and Etai Shay’s advice as ‘invaluable in acclimating to the Israeli business environment’.

H-F & Co. provides ‘quick responses and intimate attention’ to Israeli start-ups and entrepreneurs, ‘no matter the size of the company or the importance of the issue’. Nitzan Hirsch-Falk’s department advises start-ups such as Airobotics, Argus Cyber Security and Moovit on the full range of corporate and financing transactions and cross-border licensing agreements. Ora Templeman is recommended; Maor Levran made partner.

A truly outstanding full-service firm’, M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries advises foreign and domestic corporates and has an active VC fund practice. Gail Etzion is US qualified; Jacob Sarov specialises in internet, gaming and e-commerce law; Jacob Enoch is recommended. Start-up clients include Varcode, Easy2Give and Equus.

In the eyes of its clients, Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co.’s service is ‘way above industry standard across every metric’. Elie Sprung advises companies involved in biotech, fintech, cybertech and transportation and also acts for accelerators, including Capsula Accelerator. Investor clients include Glilot Capital Partners.

Yoav Caspi’s department at AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co provides corporate, securities and licensing advice to tech companies and R&D centres. Eyal Roy Sage has experience in internet and cyber security law. Nir Oren and Assaf Lapid are key contacts.

The group at Barath, Pappo, Betser, Floom, Schrieber & Co. (BFP & Co.) has ‘superb knowledge and understanding of the market’. Led by Haleli Barath, the team is highly respected by investors and advises start-ups on early-stage financing, cross-border licensing and partnership agreements, and exit transactions.

FWMK (Furth, Wilensky, Mizrachi, Knaani) has extensive experience acting for Israeli tech companies in venture rounds, M&A and commercial agreements. Erez Mizrachi and Orly Samuelov advised HexaTier and its shareholders on its acquisition by Huawei.

Gornitzky & Co.’s tech capabilities have grown with the arrivals of Daniel Marcus and Shlomo Landress from Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary. The ‘responsive and client-oriented’ team advises international investors and Yoram Arad advises start-up clients. Ari Fried is also noted.

Horn & Co is one of the best-known names in Israel’s biotech and pharmaceuticals sector. Led by Yuval Horn, the team advises VC investors and Israeli start-ups on cross-border financing, M&A and licensing agreements. Notable clients include Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, IOPtima and Pontifax.

The service at Katzenell Dimant is ‘unique in the field and exceeds that of many of its competitors’. Einat Katzenell, a ‘real dealmaker’, heads the team and provides comprehensive advice to start-ups at every stage of development.

Acting primarily for early- to mid-stage start-ups, Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz has ‘elite industry knowledge’ of the biotech, life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. Guy Lachmann is highly recommended; Yael Baratz and Atir Jaffe advise clients such as SAIPS and CytoReason.

Raz, Dlugin & Co. Law Offices is among ‘the top boutique firms operating in Israel’s hi-tech space’. Led by Ran Dlugin and Rafi Raz, the firm has assisted Playtika with all of its legal needs since its foundation.

S. Horowitz & Co is ‘highly recommended’ by tech companies and investors and is especially active in the medical and defence sectors. Led by Mordehay Malca, the team advises iAngels Crowd, a crowdfunding platform that connects investors to Israeli start-ups. Associate Miriam Zaltsman is also recommended.

The ‘extremely responsive and sophisticated’ team at Shenhav & Co., Advocates & Notary advises Israeli companies and foreign investors on financing rounds. Amir Raz is known for devising ‘creative solutions for deadlock situations’. Ayal Shenhav and Shmulik Atias are key contacts.

Although Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co. specialises in acting for start-ups in the biotech and life sciences sectors, the team provides corporate and licensing advice to early-stage companies in a variety of industries. ‘Calm, commercial and creative’, Daniel Chinn handles venture rounds for Nexar and Lemonade.

Zysman, Aharoni, Gayer & Co (ZAG-S&W)’s hi-tech department advises Israeli start-ups on venture rounds with domestic and international investors. The team includes founding partner Shmulik Zysman, tech and internet specialist Mor Limanovich and securities practitioner Eran Ben-Dor.

Working in conjunction with major international firms, Barnea is involved in cross-border corporate matters for mid- to late-stage start-ups and also advises investors and early-stage Israeli companies. Michael Barnea is the primary contact.

Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM) primarily acts for European and Asian investors in financing, JV and M&A transactions with Israeli start-ups. Natalie Noy advised the founders of Fireglass on its $250m acquisition by Symantec.

The team at Glusman & Co. has assisted numerous fintech, medical device and online gaming start-ups in venture rounds and M&A transactions. Noam Gavish heads the group, which has capabilities in corporate securities and IP.

Sharir, Shiv & Co.’s ‘responsive and efficient’ corporate group advises entrepreneurs, start-ups and foreign VCs on equity financing transactions. The ‘business-minded’ Alex Berman is ‘always available for his clients’, one of which is Aternity.

Led by Yossi Ben-Dror, Y. Ben-Dror’s ‘responsive, knowledgeable and concise’ corporate group assists global tech companies with their Israel-facing operations and also has experience advising start-ups on cross-border transactions.

Yaacov Salomon, Lipschütz & Co.’s hi-tech department was strengthened by the arrival of Narda Ben Zvi and much of her team from Confino Luchtenstein Levy – CLL & Co.. The group has experience in financing rounds and commercial agreements.

Yingke Israel - Eyal Khayat, Zolty, Neiger & Co., Law Offices runs a unique China-Israel offering. Eyal Khayat and Amir Zolty have extensive experience advising Chinese tech investors and Israeli tech companies operating in China.

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