Barak Platt is a partner in the firm's commercial department and specializes in Mergers and Acquisitions, High-tech and Venture Capital and Private Equity. His clients range from large multinational corporations to early-stage start-ups as well as venture capital funds and private equity funds. Barak has been recognized repeatedly by leading international legal guides as an expert in his practice areas and as a recommended lawyer.
For over 25 years practicing law both in Israel and the United States, Barak has served as lead counsel in numerous merger and acquisition transactions, addressing all aspects of those transactions, including intellectual property issues, tax aspects and regulatory matters.
In addition, over the years many of the leading players both in the Israeli and the global venture capital scene have turned to Barak to assist them in hundreds of investments in portfolio companies.
Before moving to Israel, Barak spent numerous years practicing law in Los Angeles at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and in San Francisco at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen (now Bingham McCutchen LLP).
Barak graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Magna Cum Laude in 1984 and received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1987. After graduating, Barak served as a legal clerk to United States District Judge Earl B. Gilliam in the Southern District of California.
Barak was admitted to the California Bar in 1987 and to the Israel Bar in 1993.
Barak has been a partner at Yigal Arnon & Co. since 2001.