Our firm hosted a delegation of Australian businessmen led by Mr Cameron Clyne, CEO of the National Australia Bank and with the participation of executives from top-tier Australian companies. The group's visit was organized by the Israel-Australia Chamber of Commerce and Adv. Micha Tollman of our firm who specializes on the Australian market and worked for several years in Sidney, Australia, in leading global law firms. The event focused on collaboration in the fields of cyber-security, bigdata, fintech and biotech and included a lecture by Adv. Barry Levenfeld of our firm concerning investment and business opportunities in Israel.
Advs. Doron Tamir and Ariel Oseason acted for the public sector in the 3 billion NIS financial closing of the Ashalim thermal solar project between the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources and Megalim Solar Power Ltd. (a company formed by BrightSource, Alstom and NOY Fund). The power plant will feature Brightsource's concentrating solar power (CSP) tower technology and will generate around 320 gigawatt-hours annually. Yigal Arnon & Co. has accompanied the project as well as two other big BOT thermal solar projects from earliest stages.
For the second meetup, Adv. Guy Lachmann will be moderating a panel discussing some of the hot topics related to compliance, identity and security. The event will take place at Patrick's Irish Pub, Rothschild Blvd 39, Tel Aviv, on Sunday August 3rd, at 6:30pm.
Yigal Arnon & Co., JVP and Deloitte Brightman Almagor Zohar are pleased to invite you to join us and get the toolbox you need to build a company out of a concept. Enjoy great food, drinks and networking with entrepreneurs and industry leaders, share insights, and grow your business.
Adv. Ronit Amir-Yaniv lectured on the 'Innovations in the various legal fields in 2014" and guest lecturer Arik Ze'evi lectured on 'Winning the everyday battles'. CEO's and in-house counsels of leading Israeli companies.
Adv. Nimrod Vromen will lecture in the 'SOSA Academy program' about the Capitalization tables in the life of a startup.
The lecture will take place at SOSA on June 30, 2014 at 16:30.
Adv. Barak Tal spoke at the International Commercial Arbitration – The UNCITRAL Model Law and Beyond at the Bar Ilan University.
Advocates David Schapiro and Eliran Furman represented the Azrieli Group and Granite Hacarmel in a transaction for the sale of Tambour Ltd. (Granite’s wholly owned subsidiary) to the Kusto Group, which is based in Singapore, for an amount of half a billion NIS.
The transaction was made on an "AS IS" basis and the purchaser deposited a down payment of approximately NIS 70 million upon siging of the share purchase agreement. Upon closing the remainder of the full consideration shall be paid.
Advs. Barry Levenfeld and Zohar Nevo represented Enlivex Therapeutix Ltd. (the “Company”) in a Securities Purchase Transaction for the issuance of notes to investors in an amount of $7M. The consummation of the transaction gives effect to a change of control of the Company. Prior to the transaction, the Company was controlled by HBL – Hadasit Bio Holdings Ltd., a publicly traded holding company of Hadassah hospital. Following the transaction, the Company is controlled by a group of investors lead by Shai Novik and Avri Havron, two Biotech entrepreneurs who successfully led a previous company, Prolor Ltd., to being publicly traded on NASDAQ.
Advs. Shiri Shaham, Simon Weintraub and Noam Meir represented the Joint Book-Running Managers JP Morgan, CitiGroup and HSBC as the lead underwriters of a private placement to Israeli and foreign institutional investors of senior secured notes in the aggregate amount of $2 billion issued by Delek & Avner (Tamar Bond) Ltd., a private company jointly owned by the sponsors, Delek Drilling Limited Partnership and Avner Oil Exploration Limited Partnership (each partnership is publicly traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange). This was the largest ever debut USD project bond issuance to be rated investment grade. Proceeds will be used, among other sources, to fund the Tamar and Leviathan offshore natural gas projects in Israel.
BDI 2014 Quality Ranking top ranks Yigal Arnon & Co. in 23 practice areas, the highest number of practice areas ranked; recognizing the firm as one of the top quality firms in Israel.
Yigal Arnon & Co. is ranked 'Tier 1 – Leading/Dominant' in 19 practices: Corporate/M&A, Hi-tech, Capital Markets, International Commercial Law, Class Actions, Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance, Real Estate, Construction, Project Finance, Tax, Restructuring & Insolvency, Debt Arrangements, Administrative Law, Local Authorities, Family Wealth Management, Telecommunications, Enforcement & Collection and Antitrust; ranked 'Tier 2 - Leading' in 3 practices: Insurance, Intellectual Property and Environmental Law and ranked 'Tier 3' in Labor Law.
The event took place on May 13, and is one of the biggest start-up conferences in Israel. Spoke in the event, among others: Uri Levine Co-Founder at Waze and Founder and Chairman at Feex, Avishai Abrahami, Co Founder at Wix, Shahar Waiser, Founder at GetTaxi, Jonathan Medved, Founder & CEO at OurCrowd, Dr. Yossi Vardi, Aaron Harris, Partner at Y Combinator and Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Founder at The Next Web. The event also included a start-up competition, the TLV Startup Challenge, in which Adv. Zachi Zach from the firm was one of the judges.
Our firm sponsored the kickoff event of the new FinTech Aviv initiative, Israel's new forum for financial technologies innovators, investors, entrepreneurs and professional experts. The event took place on Sunday, May 11, 2014 and included a key-note speech by Yoni Assia, CEO eToro and presentation by 5 new fintech star startups.
Advs. Barry Levenfeld, Ben Sandler, Ofir Levy, Avigail Frisch and Noam Enk represented Hyperion Therapeutics in its acquisition of Andromeda Biotech for up to US$570 million. At closing, Hyperion will pay approximately US$12.5 million in cash and US$7.85 in Hyperion stock. The remaining consideration will be contingent upon further development of Andromeda's flagship drug and various regulatory and commercial milestones.
Yigal Arnon & Co., in collaboration with the Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI), held a seminar on bitcoin on May 13, 2014. The seminar included lectures by Adv. Yuval Shalhevet of our firm concerning "Bitcoin and the law – can they go hand in hand?" and by executives in the Bitcoin EmBassy and Byte – Crypto-currency Innovation Lab, Israel's leading hub for bitcoin ventures and technologies, concerning their activities.
Legal 500 2014 edition top ranks Yigal Arnon & Co. in 12 practice areas, recognizing the firm as one of the leading firms in Israel. The firm is ranked 'Tier 1' in Corporate/M&A, Hi-tech, Start-ups & Venture Capital, Dispute Resolution and Real estate; and ' Tier 2' in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Projects & Energy, Insurance, Competition/Antitrust, Telecoms & Media, Tax and Intellectual Property.
Yigal Arnon & Co. and The Hebrew University hosted a roundtable forum on accessibility. Advocates Asaf Eylon and Aner Hefetz participated in the forum.
Yigal Arnon & Co. welcomes Zachi Zach, a new partner in the high-tech department, who specializes in the internet field.
In recent years, prior to joining the firm, Zachi was partner and co-founder in a boutique law firm specializing in advising internet related businesses and international mergers and acquisitions.
Zachi specializes mainly in representing internet companies and startups in various fields such as real money and social gaming, Forex and binary options, algorithmic trading, e-commerce, payments solutions, mobile, online advertising and marketing, affiliate networks and monetization strategies. Zachi's expertise in the internet business was acquired, among others, while consulting to one of the largest global groups of e-commerce and gaming companies operating in the internet, social networks and mobile arenas.
Advocates David Schapiro and Eliran Furman represented TowerJazz in a transaction with Panasonic Corporation to create a joint venture to manufacture semiconductor products. As part of the transaction, Panasonic transferred assets and technology including three semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Japan to the joint venture and will purchase semiconductor products from the joint venture in the next 5 years. Tower received 51% of the JV's equity in exchange for a portion of Tower’s shares. The transaction included negotiating many complicated cross-border commercial agreements (Japan, Israel, US) including manufacturing, licensing and services agreements between the joint venture, Tower and Panasonic.
Chambers and Partners 2014 edition top ranks Yigal Arnon & Co. in 8 practice areas, placing the firm as one of the top leading firms in Israel. The firm is ranked 'Band 1' in Dispute Resolution, High-tech and Real estate; and 'Band 2' in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Projects & Energy and Tax. In addition, 11 Yigal Arnon partners have been ranked as top lawyers in their field.
Advs. Daniel Marcovici, David Schapiro, Amir Kolton and Eric Spindel acted for JP Morgan as the lead underwriter of a private placement to Israeli and foreign institutional investors of senior secured notes in the aggregate amount of $800,000,000, issued by B Communications Ltd. (the controlling shareholder of Bezeq (TASE: BZEQ), Israel’s largest telecommunications provider). The notes are secured through placement of a lien on certain assets of the issuer, including its controlling shareholding in Bezeq. The notes will be registered for trading on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange's platform for trading by institutional investors known as "TACT-Institutional". This offering was unique and unprecedented in Israel, both in terms of size and complexity, it having required various regulatory approvals, including from the Israel Securities Authority, the Ministry of Communications and the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, the Israeli Tax Authority and the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange.
According to Dun & Bradstreet's 2014 Israeli law firm quality rankings by practice, Yigal Arnon & Co. is ranked in 20 practice areas and is one of Israel’s leading law firms.
Dun & Bradstreet ranked Yigal Arnon & Co. as a "leading law firm" (Tier 1) in 13 of the most important practice areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, High-Tech, Real Estate, Planning & Construction, Project Finance & Infrastructure, International Commercial, Banking and Financing, Capital Markets & Public Offerings, Commercial Litigation, Class Actions, Venture Capital, Private Client & Family Wealth Management and Administrative Law. In addition, the firm was ranked as a "prominent law firm" (Tier 2) in: Tax, Restructuring & Insolvency and Debt Arrangements; and as "recognized" (Tier 3) in Antitrust, Telecommunications, Intellectual Property and Labor Law. Unlike other D&B rankings, which are based merely on size or number of lawyers, this survey is based on quality.
Yigal Arnon & Co. co-sponsored the first Bitcoin conference in Israel that took place on February 27, 2014 at Avenue, AirportCity. Adv. Yuval Shalheveth lectured at the conference on "Bitcoin and money laundering – is there a cause for concern?"
Advs. Simon Weintraub, Shiri Shaham and Noam Meir represented Barclays Bank Plc, as arranger, Bank Mizrahi Tefahot, as facility agent and a number of Israeli institutional lenders in a $225 million credit facility to Alon D.A. Gas Explorations Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dor Gas Explorations Limited Partnership, which among other things will re-finance the credit facility entered into by Alon D.A. Gas Explorations Ltd. in April of 2012 to finance the Tamar offshore gas exploration project.
Yigal Arnon & Co., in cooperation with City TLV and FIMI Funds, hosted a 'Mezzanine Funding' professional seminar, which took place at the Yigal Arnon offices in Tel Aviv.
Adv. Simon Weintraub lectured at the 6th Plenary Meeting of the European Technology Transfer Offices (TTO) Circle co-organised by the Weizmann Institute of Science and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC).