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Yigal Arnon & Co

1 AZRIELI CENTRE, TEL AVIV 67021, ISRAEL
Tel:
Work +972 3 608 7777
Fax:
Fax +972 3 608 7724
Email:
Web:
www.arnon.co.il
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv

Barry Levenfeld

Tel:
Work +972 2 6239200
Email:
Yigal Arnon & Co

Work Department

Commercial Law, Corporate Finance, High-Tech, Life Sciences, Mergers and Acquisitions, Technology and Transactional IP, Telecommunications.

Position

Barry Levenfeld has represented Israeli and international clients for more than 25 years in a diverse and sophisticated cross-border transactional practice. His experience includes mergers & acquisitions, corporate partnering and joint ventures, and public offerings of securities. He has an extensive M&A practice, representing many of the world’s leading technology companies, as well as a venture capital and private equity practice focusing on fund formation and portfolio investment for Israeli and overseas venture capital funds. He also represents clients in complex intellectual property transactional work, including strategic partnering, licensing, distribution, OEM and marketing agreements. Clients range from technology and life science start-up companies to representation in Israel of major international technology companies.

Career

Barry's clients include prominent international corporations such as Medtronic, Sun Microsystems, Deere & Company, eBay, IBM, Boston Scientific, France Telecom, Oracle Software, PMC-Sierra, Symantec and Polycom. His venture clients include many of the leading names on the Israeli venture capital scene, including Gemini and Vintage Ventures. Barry was selected in the years 2000 through 2014 as a leading Israeli lawyer by Chambers Global in the field of Corporate/M&A, citing his “superb focus” and “top-notch understanding of the interplay between US and Israel securities laws”. PLC’s 2008 Which Lawyer? lists Barry as a highly recommended individual in Corporate/M&A, IT and e-commerce and as a recommended individual in Life Sciences: Corporate and Telecommunications. The Legal 500 states that “Yigal Arnon’s Barry Levenfeld is one of the best known corporate lawyers in Israel, especially for his transactions in the technology sector.” Barry is listed in Best Lawyers under Corporate, M&A and Technology. He was also named as a leading lawyer in 2008 through 2013 in Israel by IFLR 1000. He has the reputation of 'getting the deal done' and is quoted in Chambers Global as a lawyer who "is thought to shine in hi-tech related M&A," and "is experienced in a broad array of heavyweight transactions." It further describes Barry as a "well-regarded transactional lawyer who represents his clients aggressively but intelligently." Barry's main practice areas are: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Emerging Growth Companies, Life Sciences, IP Transactional Group and Telecommunications. Barry speaks and writes on issues related to computer contracting, venture capital, life sciences and M&A. He contributed the chapters on Israeli law for the Mathew Bender publication International Agency and Distribution Law and for the Sweet & Maxwell publication Data Protection Laws of the World. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in corporate finance, and a member of the Board of Alyn Hospital. He was recently appointed Chairman of the Board of the Israel Union for Environmental Defense, Israel’s leading environmental advocacy group.

Languages

Barry is fluent in English and Hebrew. He resides with his wife and four children in Jerusalem, Israel.

Member

Barry is a member of the New York and Israeli bars.

Education

Barry graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1976 and from Harvard Law School in 1980.

Leisure

Barry is an avid cyclist and has actively organized and participated in Israel’s largest charity bicycle ride, for the Alyn Pediatric and Adolescent Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Jerusalem.


Israel

Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

The corporate team at Yigal Arnon & Co is ‘personally invested in satisfying its clients’ needs’ and was involved in some of Israel’s highest-profile M&A in 2016-2017. Barak Platt advised Intel Corporation on its $15.3bn acquisition of Mobileye, while Barry Levenfeld acted for Mexichem in its $1.5bn acquisition of a controlling stake in Netafim. Following its merger with Weinstock Zecler & Co., the firm welcomed Micki Shapira and Gidon Weinstock to the team.

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Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Leading individuals

Barry Levenfeld - Yigal Arnon & Co

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

Yigal Arnon & Co is involved in many of the largest cross-border M&A in Israel’s healthcare sector. Daniel Green advises Oramed Pharmaceuticals on commercial licensing transactions and cross-border partnership agreements. Yoheved Novogroder-Shoshan and Barry Levenfeld act for biotech incubators such as FutuRx and MEDX Xelerator.

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Hi-tech, start-ups

Within: Hi-tech, start-ups

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.

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Israel: Intellectual property

Commercial/transactions

Within: Commercial/transactions

The IP group at Yigal Arnon & Co has experience in commercial and corporate IP agreements involving healthcare and medical devices, IT and data, and media and entertainment. Barry Levenfeld and Daniel Green have handled some of Israel’s largest tech-driven M&A and development transactions, and Eli Greenbaum has expertise in open source software licensing.

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  • Perhaps the QuadragaCX Story Will Have a Happy Ending

    While there are the aficionados who will say that cryptocurrencies will free us of the chains of the global financial institutions, on the occasions when the world of cryptocurrencies intersects with the world in which most of us live, the news is generally bleak. While you may not know one side of a Bitcoin from the other, you probably know that its value has crashed over the last 13 months, you may even have heard about some of some of the larger cryptohacks (that is computer heists through which digital currencies belonging to investors are stolen from crypto trading exchanges). And over the last week or so, you may have read on mainstream news sites about the death of Gerald Cotton the CEO of Canada’s largest cryptoexchange QuadragaCX. The death of the CEO of a company that few had previously heard of, was news of course, because in his passing he had taken the passwords to the accounts of his customers with him. The result of this being that about $140 million of their money was stuck somewhere between this world and the celestial ether in which Mr. Cotton now resides. Of course, it wasn’t quite told like that. We were fed terms such as “private keys,” lack of “multi-signature protection,” “cold storage wallets” and more readily understandable – “cryptofraud”. Again!
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