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Michael Barnea

Michael Barnea

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

Since Barnea law firm opened its doors, Micky has served as counsel to 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 an esteemed reputation as an advisor to public companies trading on both Israeli and foreign stock exchanges, as well as to foreign investors with stakes in Israeli publicly-traded companies.


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


Technology companies in the communications, life sciences, internet, financial services, and advertising sectors rely on his counsel as well. 


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


In addition to his work with the firm, Micky was recently appointed as the Middle East Liaison Officer of the IBA Law Firm Management Committee.


Micky is also a well-known figure in the Israeli hi-tech ecosystem. He lectures on a regular basis to various Israeli accelerators and incubators, in addition to serving as a mentor for young entrepreneurs.


Micky was ranked in the prestigious Chambers and Partners directory as a leading lawyer in the Corporate/M&A and TMT practice area. The guide describes him as “really brilliant and very straightforward. Problem solver.”


The international IFLR1000 2017 directory also ranks Micky on regular basis for his work in the Capital Markets: Equity and M&A areas. The ILFR 1000 pronounced him as “very practical and incisive and always constructive with his advice.” 



Tel Aviv University (LL.B.) 1992


Member of Israel Bar Association since 1994

News and updates - Michael Barnea:

January 24, 2018

Hosting a Delegation on Behalf of the Japanese Embassy

Our firm is hosting today, on behalf of the Japanese Embassy, a delegation of large-company CEOs who came to Israel as part of an innovation tour.

January 23, 2018

Seminar on Data Protection and Privacy for the Israeli Directors' Union

Our firm is hosting the Israeli Directors' Union today for a seminar on data protection and privacy. Dr. Dotan Baruch will lecture on the new European privacy regulation (GDPR) and on directors' exposure in the age of privacy. Adv. Asaf Shalev will discuss new data security regulations.

January 17, 2018

Barnea & ACC Seminar – Blockchain, Bitcoin, and ICOs

We are hosting today together with the Association of Corporate Counsel a seminar on blockchain and digital currencies. Dr. Zvi Gabbay will discuss new regulatory challenges, while Micky Barnea will address blockchain and smart contracts. Tal Cohen, Compass Blockchain Solutions's CEO, will give a special introductory lecture on bitcoin and digital currencies.

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