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Michael Barnea

Michael Barnea

Micky is the firm’s Founding and Managing Partner and is recognized as one of Israel’s leading corporate lawyers. His aim to build a commercial firm, truly international in its outlook and at home in any jurisdiction, is reflected in the breadth of his practice, including both foreign clients with local operations and Israeli clients with overseas operations.

Since Barnea & Co. opened its doors Micky has advised privately held and publicly traded companies; local, international and multinational corporations; institutional investors; venture capital and private investment funds; startups; entrepreneurs; and private investors.


Micky has also earned a particular reputation as an advisor to public companies that want to trade in Israel and on foreign exchanges (notably the London Stock Exchange and AIM), and to foreign investors with stakes in publicly traded Israeli companies.


Micky’s knowledge of corporate and securities law is also sought after, most commonly in relation to raising capital, spin-offs, listings, dual listings, mergers, hostile takeovers, asset acquisitions and de-listings, both in Israel and abroad.


Technology companies in sectors including communications, life sciences, internet, financial services and advertising rely on his counsel too. This expertise covers the entire corporate life cycle, covering founder agreements, employee incentive plans, intellectual property strategy, licenses and commercial agreements, strategic partnerships, raising capital, company sales and public issue of securities.


The firm’s international reach owes much to Micky’s experience and his relationships with foreign law firms and other organizations around the world. These connections help our clients wherever they are doing business.


Micky was ranked as a leading lawyer in the prestigious international IFLR1000 2017 rankings for Capital markets: Equity and M&A areas. The ILFR 1000 describes him as: “very practical and incisive and always constructive with his advice”. 


The Chambers describes him as: “really brilliant and very straightforward. Problem solver”.


Micky was also been appointed as the Middle East Liaison Officer of the IBA Law Firm Management Committee.


Tel Aviv University (LL.B.) 1992


Member of Israel Bar Association since 1994

News and updates - Michael Barnea:

May 22, 2017

Networking Event with a Business Delegation from Montana

Barnea & Co. in cooperation with the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce is hosting a business delegation from Montana for a networking event with companies planning to expand overseas.

May 11, 2017

TLV Startup Challenge

Micky Barnea, the Managing Partner at Barnea & Co., judged in the TLV Startup Challenge competition final, held at the Startau Innovation Conference. The start-up "Hargol Foodtech", which specializes in the cultivation of grasshoppers for the food industry, won first place in the competition.

May 7, 2017

Tel Aviv University Innovation Conference

For the second year, Barnea & Co. is taking part in the Tel Aviv University Innovation Conference. In the framework of the conference, Adv. Ariella Dreyfuss, Adv. Yuval Lazi and Dr. Dotan Baruch, Partners in our firm, will judge in the start-up competition in the Fintech, Gaming and IoT sectors. Adv. Micky Barnea, our Managing Partner, is lecturing on the subject of the legal challenges entailed in late staged startups and will judge in the competition final with other mentors from Shazam, Prezi, Capsula, Strauss Group and IAI. Adv. Yuval Lazi is also participating in a panel discussion on funding a start-up, together with a representative of the Office of the Chief Scientist and the CEO of "Cockpit", El-Al's start-up support program.

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