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Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary is ‘the best firm in Israel for fund formation and representation’, according to one client. In fiscal year 2017, Yonatan Altman’s team was lead counsel in nearly 30 fund formation projects covering infrastructure, secondary and venture capital funds. Maya Issacharov has a ‘masterful knowledge of private equity’.

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.’s overall service is ‘impeccable’. The cross-disciplinary team has extensive experience advising every type of investment fund across the entirety of its life cycle. With deep involvement in Israel’s hi-tech sector, the department advises stand-alone VCs and corporate investment arms on major hi-tech transactions. Ashok Chandrasekhar is instructed by Israel Secondary Fund and Marlin Equity Partners. Michael Heller and Neil Stowe are also recommended.

Herzog Fox & Neeman’s sizeable and ‘highly experienced’ team handles fund formation and very large transactions for commodity and hedge funds, venture capital and private equity funds, and infrastructure and real estate funds. Tal Dror Schwimmer assisted Halman-Aldubi in the formation of a P2P investment fund. Hanan Haviv and Yair Geva advise VCs, including Merck Ventures and Battery Ventures.

The team at Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is among the most active in Israel’s venture capital space, and advises domestic and foreign private equity, real estate, hedge and secondary funds. Eldar Ben-Ruby and Hodiya Schnider handle Pitango’s Israel-related investment work and new fund formation. Alon Sahar has experience in sensitive cross-border VC investments.

Under the leadership of Sharon Amir, Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co.’s funds practice has, in the past, been involved in numerous market firsts, including Israel’s first leveraged buyout fund and first venture lending fund. Amir’s team advises FIMI Private Equity Funds on all of its activity and recently formed FIMI Opportunity 6 – the largest-ever private equity fund in Israel.

Raveh Haber & Co. is a boutique funds firm noted for its international pedigree. In addition to providing ongoing assistance to Noy Fund and advising private equity firms such as Gatewood Capital, the team has particular strength in acting for institutional investors in the US real estate market. Miriam Haber has extensive experience establishing feeder funds, while Gil Raveh specialises in the tax aspects of investment funds.

Schwell Wimpfheimer & Associates is highly regarded in the Israeli market for fund formation and portfolio investing and is instructed by venture capital, private equity, real estate, secondary and hedge funds, and funds of funds. Jan Wimpfheimer is dual qualified (US and Israel) and has experience in fund structures in a variety of foreign jurisdictions.

Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co has developed a strong reputation acting for venture capital and private equity funds in hi-tech transactions, and is increasingly active in VC fund formation. Roy Caner advised a consortium of venture funds, including Magma Venture Partners and Horizons Ventures, on a $200m divestiture of Hola Networks to UK-based private equity fund EMK Capital Partners.

Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co demonstrates ‘impressive knowledge of the hi-tech sector’ and gives ‘great overall service’ to venture capital and private equity funds involved in financing and M&A transactions. Raz Tepper assisted SKY with the establishment and first close of its SKY III private equity fund. Eran Yaniv is a noted ‘dealmaker’.

GKH – Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co regularly acts for Israeli and international funds and individual and institutional investors. The venture capital team has experience in venture investments in areas such as fintech, IT and digital development, driving technology and life sciences. Amir Halevy, Eli Barasch and Richard Mann are key contacts in the practice.

S. Horowitz & Co provides a ‘highly professional’ service to a variety of private equity and venture capital funds in domestic and cross-border financing and acquisition transactions. The ‘timely and professionalAmit Steinman advised Israel Infrastructure Fund on a series of transactions with Dalia Energies Power. Mordehay Malca acts for hedge fund managers including Coral Reef Technologies.

Shenhav & Co., Advocates & Notary is instructed by many of Israel’s most prominent venture capital funds, and handles fund formation, structuring and ongoing activity for domestic and international private equity and hedge funds. Firm head Ayal Shenhav advises venture capital investors such as Sequoia Capital and private equity funds including Fortissimo Capital.

Vinograd & Co’s clients consider its ‘service and business solutions’ to be ‘unparalleled’ in the Israeli market. Ronen Vinograd has ‘impressive knowledge of the investment funds industry’ and acted alongside Sharon Friedman in the structuring of a first-of-its-kind insurance-linked securities hedge fund on behalf of IBI Investment House.

Yigal Arnon & Co produces ‘high-quality work’ covering fund formation and portfolio investments for a litany of venture capital funds and private equity houses. The team is also among the market leaders in crowdfunding and venture lending. Yarom Romem advised Leumi Partners on a $30m investment in Israel Infrastructure Fund III and is also instructed by prominent VC funds.

Arnon Segev & Co.’s name partner Arnon Segev is ‘renowned’ in the Israeli market as an ‘expert in institutional investment’. Segev’s practice covers the full range of fund formation, structuring and investment activity for hedge funds, provident and pension funds, real estate and infrastructure funds, and investment managers.

Working primarily for venture capital funds, Barath, Pappo, Betser, Floom, Schrieber & Co. (BFP & Co.) provides ‘great coverage for domestic and international investment work’, particularly in the hi-tech space. Noma Floom and Haleli Barath act for CreditEase Israel Innovation Fund, Capri and Retech Ventures.

Responsive and practical’, the team at Gornitzky & Co. has particular strength in acting for venture capital funds. Chaim Friedland handles transactions for private equity investors including Apax Partners (Israel). Shlomo Landress and Daniel Marcus joined from Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary.

Gottlieb, Gera, Engel & Co. Advocates is a ‘very good boutique firm focusing on investment house work’ and fund structuring. Roy Engel is ‘experienced domestically and globally’ and ‘available 24/7’ for his clients.

H-F & Co. is highly regarded in Israel’s hi-tech sector and, in that space, acts for prominent foreign and domestic venture capital funds in equity transactions. Nitzan Hirsch-Falk handled Polaris Partners’ first investment in Israel. Maor Levran is an active member of the practice group.

Katzenell Dimant has ‘outstanding knowledge and connections’ regarding Israel’s hi-tech and venture capital market. Jointly led by Einat Katzenell and Ran Dimant, the team advises VC funds, angel investors and Israeli secondary funds. Clients include Citrine Biotech Fund.

Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. is ‘impressive, even by international standards’, according to one client. The team is most active in advising domestic and international venture capital and private equity funds on hi-tech-related transactions, but it also has experience acting for real estate and infrastructure funds. Practice head Lior Aviram is recommended. In 2017, the legacy Shibolet firm merged with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co.

Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co. is instructed by foreign and major Israeli venture capital funds and also advises corporate investment arms. Daniel Chinn advises American VC firm Benchmark on its Israeli funds’ portfolio investments. Doron Stern acts for Jerusalem Venture Partners.

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