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Yigal Arnon & Co

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Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

Barak S. Platt

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Yigal Arnon & Co

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Commercial Law, Corporate Finance, High-Tech, Mergers and Acquisitions, Venture Capital and Private Equity.


Barak Platt is a partner in the firm's commercial department and specializes in Mergers and Acquisitions, High-tech and Venture Capital and Private Equity. His clients range from large multinational corporations to early-stage start-ups as well as venture capital funds and private equity funds. Barak has been recognized repeatedly by leading international legal guides as an expert in his practice areas and as a recommended lawyer.

For over 25 years practicing law both in Israel and the United States, Barak has served as lead counsel in numerous merger and acquisition transactions, addressing all aspects of those transactions, including intellectual property issues, tax aspects and regulatory matters.

In addition, over the years many of the leading players both in the Israeli and the global venture capital scene have turned to Barak to assist them in hundreds of investments in portfolio companies.


Before moving to Israel, Barak spent numerous years practicing law in Los Angeles at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and in San Francisco at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen (now Bingham McCutchen LLP).

After graduating law school at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), Barak served as a legal clerk to United States District Judge Earl B. Gilliam in the Southern District of California.

Barak has been a partner at Yigal Arnon & Co. since 2001.


Barak is fluent in English and Hebrew.


Barak was admitted to the California Bar in 1987 and to the Israel Bar in 1993.


Barak graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Magna Cum Laude in 1984 and received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1987.


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.

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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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Legal Developments by:
Yigal Arnon & Co

  • Israel Chapter in The Virtual Currency Regulation Review

    Earlier this year, the Israel Tax Authority (ITA) issued two circulars, one on the taxation of digital tokens and the second addressing the taxation of utility tokens in initial coin offerings (ICOs). Additionally, in March, the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) released a detailed interim report by the Committee for the Regulation of Public Offerings of Decentralized Cryptocurrency Coins (Report) (with a follow-up report due to come out around October 2018). Moreover, it is expected that before the end of 2018, legislation will come into force that for the first time will see Israeli primary legislation define virtual currencies as financial assets and mandate licensing for related services, as is later discussed in detail.
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