Israel

Overview

The Simmons & Simmons Israeli Desk has provided a comprehensive international service since 2008. Through a cohesive team of experienced professionals working together over the past decade, we have advised Israeli companies and financial institutions on all legal aspects of their business needs. Focussed primarily on ground-breaking Corporate and M&A deals in the region and cutting edge Equity Capital Markets and Debt Capital Markets work the Desk also provides assistance on Administrative, Banking, Dispute Resolution, IP, Employment, Regulatory and Tax matters.

From providing services to Israeli-listed companies to advising private companies both in Israel and globally, our team offers valuable insight around the world. The Israeli Desk usually acts for leading Israeli financial institutions, TMT, Life Sciences corporates and industrial companies within the Israeli market and for our firm’s non Israeli clients all across the network, throughout our main international practice groups and sectors.

As a fully integrated international practice we work together with our global teams to offer practical advice and innovative solutions to our clients. We pride ourselves on our understanding of the commercial and legal needs of Israeli clients and service them in all of the languages spoken in our various offices, including Hebrew, English, Mandarin, French, German and Italian.

A key differentiator of the Desk consists in adopting an innovative and adaptable approach. We maintain constant contact with the market to address the needs of existing and potential clients through a “hands-on” approach. Our Israeli Desk includes lawyers with a broad range of experience, a deep understanding of Israeli business and legal culture and long-standing personal and professional relationships. Our clients rely on our ability to align to their requirements and we invest time and effort into their businesses and the worlds in which they operate. They call on Simmons & Simmons for our international reach and our expert legal advice. We are proud to report that the way we operate has been acknowledged as very successful by market leaders and international legal directories as well as benchmark publications.

Expertise in practice

Members of our Israeli practice have been involved in a number of transactions, including among others:

Afimilk
  • advising on the acquisition of Silent Herdsman, a private VC-funded company from Glasgow
Bank Leumi (UK) Plc
  • advising in a hotel financing in Milan
Bank Mizrahi Tefahot
  • advising in relation to regulatory financing and employment matters
Caesarstone
  • advising in relation to corporate matters in Italy
CheckPoint
  • advising on the Italian aspects of its acquisition of Nokia’s security division, as well as on employment matters in Europe
Click Software
  • advising in relation to commercial agreements and employment matters in Europe
CyberArk
  • advising on corporate and employment matters in Europe
Fattal Group
  • advising on the lease of a hotel near Venice, Italy
Frutarom
  • advising on its acquisition of the functional blend business of the CHR Hansen group in Italy
  • advising on its acquisition of Taiga International NV in Belgium
Gan Shmuel Food
  • advising in relation to an M&A deal in Italy
Ginegar Plastic Products
  • advising in the acquisition of a majority stake in the Italian Flextech S.r.l. IC Green Energy
  • advising on the sale of its majority stake in the German biodiesel company Petrotec AG
Leading multinational company
  • advising a leading multinational company headquartered in Israel, specialising in the field of minimally-invasive clinical solutions in the acquisition of an Italian company operating in the medical sector
Matomy
  • advising on the admission of the company’s shares to trading on the High Growth Segment of the London Stock Exchange’s main market
  • advising Matomy’s shareholders on strategic investment by French media conglomerate, Publicis Groupe
  • advising on the UK aspect of a convertible debt fund raising in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
Mellanox Technologies
  • advising on corporate and employment matters in Europe
Microsemi
  • advising on corporate and employment matters in Europe
Mobileye
  • advising on employment matters in Europe
MRV Communications
  • advising on the sale of its Italian subsidiary Edslan S.p.A.
Nova Measuring Instruments
  • advising on the set up of its European employment scheme and on various European corporate matters Radware
  • advising in relation to employment and dispute resolution matters in Europe
Renewable Energy Investors
  • advising several groups of Israeli Investors on the acquisition of renewable energy plants in Italy
SodaStream
  • advising SodaStream International B.V. on the sale of its Italian Subsidiary, SodaStream Professional S.r.l.
  • advising on the acquisition of Eurometalnova in Italy
Teva
  • advising in relation to various commercial and pharmaceutical regulatory matters in France
Telit Communications Plc
  • advising on corporate matters in Germany and Belgium
Zika Group
  • advising on the acquisition of 75% of the corporate capital of Weldcote Metals

Services

Our Israeli practice focuses on the following core areas:

Administrative law
  • advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters, involving all areas of administrative law
Commercial
  • R&D, development, manufacturing, distribution, licensing, agency, outsourcing and sponsorship agreements
Corporate / M&A – Private Equity
  • acquisitions, leveraged buy outs, MBOs, disposals, mergers, demergers, joint ventures and restructurings, setting up companies, private equity funds and SPVs as well as restructuring transactions
Data Protection
  • assistance with regard to processing of customer and employee data, international data transfers and data protection agreements
Dispute Resolution
  • judicial and extra-judicial dispute resolution, national and international arbitrations and proceedings before national courts in corporate and commercial matters
Employment, Incentives & Pensions
  • all employment matters: contentious and noncontentious issues including complex and multijurisdictional transactions
Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure Projects
  • infrastructure and PPP/PFI, water, oil & gas, energy regulation, trading and derivatives, power, renewables and emissions waste
Equity Capital Markets
  • assistance with listings and with other equity instruments issued by listed companies; reporting, corporate governance and compliance obligations
Financial Markets
  • financial services regulation, banking & finance, debt capital markets, project finance, structured finance including securitisations of credits and nonperforming loans, tax advisory, debt restructuring and bankruptcy procedures
Intellectual Property
  • contentious and non-contentious matters concerning industrial and intellectual property rights
Real Estate & Environment
  • all real estate matters, including development projects; Full range of environmental matters
Tax
  • taxation of domestic and cross-border M&A and structured finance transactions for corporates and groups with large experience in private equity and private debt