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Dr Ayal Shenhav

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Shenhav & Co., Advocates & Notary

Work Department

Hi Tech, Tax.


Managing Partner.


Dr. Shenhav is ranked by Legal 500 and Chambers as one of the leading lawyers in Israel in High Tech and Taxation. Dr. Shenhav represents many of Israel’s leading venture capital and private equity funds, advising them on their formation, tax efficient structuring, and operations. Dr. Shenhav has developed unique tax structuring that accounts for complex Israeli and international tax regimes. Dr. Shenhav has also been involved in dozens of complex financing transactions, representing the investors, companies and founders. Dr. Shenhav has been involved in numerous M&A transactions representing target companies, acquiring companies, investors and more. Dr. Shenhav advises Israeli and international clients, including multinational companies, venture capital funds, private technology companies and high net worth individuals. Dr. Shenhav has obtained dozens of advance tax rulings from the Israeli tax authorities.. Dr. Shenhav practiced law for several years at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, he served as Vice Dean of the Radzyner School of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center Hertzliya. He was a senior partner at Danziger Klagsbald & Co., Law Offices. Dr. Shenhav is an Adjunct Professor at the Tel Aviv University and the IDC Hertzliya. Dr. Shenhav is the Chairman of Israeli Advanced Technology Association (IATI) Law Firm and Accounting Firm Committee. Dr. Shenhav is a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences relating to venture capital and tax.


English, Hebrew.


Israel Bar Association, 1991 New York State Bar Association, 1992.


Tel Aviv University (LL.B., 1990, Magna Cum Laude) New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1992) New York University School of Law (Doctorate of Juridical Science, 1995).


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Shenhav & Co., Advocates & Notary’s flow of high-profile technology-related M&A deals included Amir Raz advising Annapurna Labs during its $350m acquisition by Amazon and Ayal Shenhav acting for several funds, including Sequoia Capital, on Oracle’s $350m acquisition of Ravello Systems.

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Hi-tech, start-ups

Within: Hi-tech, start-ups

Shenhav & Co., Advocates & Notary’s key contacts include ‘out-of-the-box thinkerAmir Raz as well as ‘superb negotiatorAyal Shenhav and Shmulik Atias, who both advised Sequoia Capital and several other investors on the $350m acquisition of investee Ravello Systems by Oracle. The practice is also regularly involved in fundraisings.

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Investment funds

Within: Investment funds

At Shenhav & Co., Advocates & Notary, the ‘smart and creativeAyal Shenhav advises funds on incorporation, closing and tax matters. TLV Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners are recent clients.

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Within: Tax

Shenhav & Co., Advocates & Notary advises corporates and investment funds on tax optimisation of transactions, including international investments. ‘Superb negotiatorAyal Shenhav acts for clients such as YL Ventures and Sequoia Capital.

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Venture capital

Within: Venture capital

Shenhav & Co., Advocates & Notary’s ‘extremely sophisticated’ practice is active across all stages of VC investments. Amir Raz, a ‘shrewd negotiator’ who ‘knows how to create win-win situations’, recently advised Vertex Ventures on Indegy’s $12m fundraising while Ayal Shenhav and Oren Biran assisted State of Mind Ventures with the liquidation of its $75m fund. Sequoia Capital is another client.

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