Dr Ayal Shenhav > Gross Law Firm – GKH > Tel Aviv 670, Israel > Lawyer Profile

Gross Law Firm – GKH
TEL AVIV 670 1101
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Work Department

Hi Tech, Tax.


Partner, Hi-Tech and Venture Capital


Dr. Shenhav is head of Gross & Co.’s Hi-Tech and Venture Capital Practice and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

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 been involved in dozens of complex financing transactions, representing the investors, companies and founders. He has also been involved in numerous M&A transactions, representing target companies, acquiring companies, investors and more.

Dr. Shenhav advises Israeli and international clients, from multinational companies and venture capital funds to private technology companies and high net worth individuals. Dr. Shenhav has obtained dozens of advanced tax rulings from the Israeli tax authorities. He has established international tax strategies for companies and individuals, helping them minimize their tax burden, restructure their companies, and consider the tax implications of a merger or acquisition.

Dr. Shenhav practiced law for several years at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, and has served as Vice Dean of the Radzyner School of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He was a senior partner at Danziger, Klagsbald & Co., Law Offices. Dr. Shenhav founded Shenhav & Co. Law Offices, a leading Israeli law firm which merged with GKH in 2018.

Dr. Shenhav is an Adjunct Professor at the Tel Aviv University and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He is head of the Law Firm and Accounting Firm Committee of IATI (Israel’s leading Hi-Tech Organization). He is also a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences relating to innovation, venture capital and tax in Israel and abroad. Dr. Shenhav is a board member of the Alliance High School in Tel Aviv.


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).

Lawyer Rankings

Israel > Investment and venture capital funds

(Leading individuals)

Ayal Shenhav 

Gross Law Firm – GKH

With a strong focus on the hi-tech and real estate sectors, the team at Gross Law Firm – GKH also advises on venture capital fund formations and assists sponsors with the creation of new private investment vehicles. The group also leverages the firm’s wider department’s expertise when advising on securities, compliance and regulatory matters. Practice head Ayal Shenhav is an expert in tax matters and M&A transactions, regularly representing clients from the hi-tech sector. The team also fields the highly active Layla Chertow , who is a specialist in M&A mandates.

Israel > Hi-tech and start-ups

With expertise in venture capital financing rounds, Gross Law Firm – GKH is a go-to firm for a long client list of financial companies and start-ups and, alongside the firm’s knowledge of SPAC and PIPE transactions, clients additionally benefit from the team’s IP, privacy, taxation, labour and litigation experience. Practice co-head Ayal Shenhav has notable experience practising in the US and specialises in formation, tax structuring, operational and M&A matters for venture and private equity funds. Fellow co-head Richard J. Mann  assists both domestic and international companies with complex cross-border transactions in Israel, the US and the UK, and advises on stock exchange regulatory issues. Amir Raz handles transactions for prominent start-ups and venture capital funds, while associate Oren Kedmi  has established himself as a key contact for several start-ups and financial companies.