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Michael Barnea

Michael Barnea

Micky, the firm’s Managing Partner, is recognized as one of Israel’s leading corporate lawyers. His diverse practice encompasses corporate, securities, technology, and cross-border matters.

Micky is one of the strongest M&A transaction partners in the country, combining exceptional legal knowledge with deep industry knowledge.


With over 30 years’ experience in both corporate and securities law, Micky plays a lead role acting for some of Israel’s largest public and private companies, as well as for prominent international corporations, on their most significant transactions, including strategic alliances, joint ventures, partnerships, and reorganizations.


He also counsels clients, both foreign and domestic, on their day-to-day legal matters, and accompanies foreign corporations in establishing and structuring their Israeli operations.


Micky offers his clients leading market knowledge, built up over years of working with clients from across all industries.


In 2019, Micky accompanied significant merger and acquisition deals in the Israeli market, among them representing Azrieli Group in the sale of its holdings in Supergas, representing Cryolife in a strategic transaction with the Israeli medtech startup Endospan, representing the private equity group Bridgepoint in its acquisition of control in the Israeli company Qualitest, representing Danel Group in its strategic acquisition of 51% of Levinger Group, and advising Johnson and Johnson on its various investments in Israeli companies.


Micky is greatly respected as a legal advisor to public companies traded on both Israeli and foreign stock exchanges, as well as to foreign investors with stakes in Israeli publicly-traded companies.


In the technology sphere, Micky counsels a variety of early and later-stage companies, as well as leading venture capital, corporate venture, and private-equity investors. He also oversees prominent cross-border technology-related transactions.


Micky is 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 has consistently been 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 guide also ranks him as a leading lawyer in the field of Private Wealth Law. 


The Chamber’s HNW guide for 2019 ranked Micky as an expert in the field of Private Wealth Law, as well. The guide describes him as someone who “takes nothing for granted and [is] very thorough.”


Legal 500 describes him as “one of the top lawyers in commercial and corporate in Israel. He is a proactive and high-quality lawyer, always available.


The IFLR1000 directory steadily ranks Micky for his work in the Capital Markets: Equity and M&A sector. It pronounced him as “a professional, a deal maker and a doer. He focuses on the right topics and is very experienced.” 


In addition to his work with the firm, Micky was 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 1993

News and updates - Michael Barnea:

July 30, 2020

Expanding to International Markets – Is Your Business Ready?

Micky Barnea was invited to be a guest speaker in a webinar held on July 30 presented together with CoWrks Foundry (an India-based accelerator), RIHub (US-based innovation hub), and Brown University. Micky discussed the legal aspects of introducing a startup to the international market.

July 27, 2020

COVID-19's Effect on Completing Transactions

Many steps go into completing M&A transactions. Now, with the COVID-19 outbreak, companies are taking this time to modify and sometimes even cancel transactions. What is behind the delay in completing transactions, and on whom to take the risk? Globes interviewed M&A expert Micky Barnea on the subject.

July 22, 2020

Webinar: How to Make a Difference

The Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship Center begins today its series of summer lectures. "Summer Entrepreneurship" is a weekly program that invites four experts to talk about various topics related to entrepreneurship. The opening webinar today will host four experts in the high-tech field in Israel, including Micky Barnea. Micky will discuss the entrepreneurial relationship and why it is critical to a venture's success.

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