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Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary
TEL AVIV 6971915

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Israel > Telecoms and media

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary advises PE and VC funds, media companies and advertising companies on a wide range of corporate transactions, including M&A, demergers, investments and financing rounds. The firm also assists start-ups, technology incubators and digital media platforms with GDPR compliance, privacy and various other regulatory matters. Ian Rostowsky advises clients on a wide range of transactions. Recently, he assisted Reshet Media on its merger with Channel 10. Yoav Etzyon advises private and public entities, including media companies, engaged in equity and debt transactions in Israel and the US. In 2019, Hilla Shribman & Adi El Rom joined from boutique outfit Shribman & El Rom.

Israel > Investment and venture capital funds

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary is perhaps the leading firm in Israel for the formation of venture capital and tech-focused funds; however, the firm also deserves recognition for the broader strength of its funds practice, which is involved in the formation and management of private equity funds, real estate and infrastructure funds, secondary funds, and others. Moreover, the team also has experience advising institutional investors on their fund investments. The fund formation practice is headed by ‘a market leader in the Israeli venture capital industry‘, Maya Issacharov, who has been involved in the formation of many of the largest and most innovative tech-focused funds. Other contacts for fund formation and management in the VC and private equity space include Ian RostowskyYoav Etzyon, and Yonatan Altman.

Israel > Hi-tech and start-ups

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary‘s hi-tech group acts for a wide range of companies, entrepreneurs and investors, though it is perhaps best known for its VC practice and its market-leading tech incubator practice. Jointly headed by Ian Rostowsky and Yoav Etzyon, the practice group acts for ten of Israel’s 25 tech incubators and innovation labs registered with the Israel Innovation Authority. In addition to advising on early-stage financing and commercial agreements and company formation, the team also has experience in exit transactions and capital markets transactions, particularly IPOs on the Australian Securities Exchange. Other standout partners include Yonatan AltmanAriel FrankAyelet Torem and Stephen Barak Rozen. Further, the team recently hired Tal Tirosh, who has experience working in the corporate departments of two leading US firms, and previously headed the hi-tech department at S. Friedman & Co. Advocates & Notaries.

Israel > Healthcare and life sciences

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary draws on the firm’s eminent hi-tech and venture funds practice to specialise in advising funds and start-ups in the life sciences sector. Venture capital is a strong suit and it is also routinely involved in corporate transactions. Ian Rostowsky and Yoav Etzyon, who jointly head the hi-tech and venture capital departments, are the key contacts. The firm recently added a two-partner team from ConsulTech, which included new digital technology and regulations practice head Hilla Shribman.

Israel > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary’s broad M&A practice is particularly prominent in the hi-tech space. A favourite with both Israeli and international clients, the group also handles a significant share of cross-border transactions. Key contact Ian Rostowsky jointly heads the hi-tech and venture capital department and has recently handled deals for StageOne Ventures and Magma Venture Partners. Hi-tech and venture capital co-lead Yoav Etzyon, corporate finance specialist Orit Israeli and firm chair Yonatan Altman are also key figures in the team.

Israel > Capital markets

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary is particularly active advising Israeli corporations on IPOs on Nasdaq, the NYSE and the ASX, however the firm has also acted for clients in public offerings taking place on the Tase recently. The firm’s broader experience includes private placements, corporate disputes, mergers involving publicly traded companies, and advising clients on securities law. Ian Rostowsky‘s experience covers all areas of securities law including regulatory compliance and Amichay Finkelstein leads on domestic work. Omri Flicker joined the practice in 2018 from Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co.

Israel > Intellectual property > Intellectual property: commercial/transactions

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary is a top performer in the Israeli hi-tech space, and handles a range of IP commercialisation matters for start-ups and growth companies, TTOs and research organisations, and larger technology companies. In addition to its transactional work, the team also provides comprehensive advice on privacy and data protection matters. Of particular note in 2018-2019, the team won the tender to provide the Israel Innovation Authority with legal services in all of its English-language dealings. Ian Rostowsky heads the intellectual property and internet law practice, and is a key contact for cross-border licensing transactions and a litany of other commercialisation mandates. Special counsel Gal Omer focuses on privacy, data protection and GDPR, and also advises on various other commercial issues in the IT and software sectors.