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November 17, 2020
Representing Menora Mivtachim in USD 30 Million Investment in Jio
Jio, India's largest telecommunications company, recently completed a major investment round, raising money from leading multinational corporations like Google and Facebook. Israeli insurance company Menora Mivtachim also invested about USD 30 million as part of the round. Firm partner Roy Engel accompanied Menora Mivtachim in the investment.
October 27, 2020
How Can It Be That a Small Virus Is Threatening the Cornerstones by Which Corporations Operate?
A number of US pharma companies have issued a joint statement promising not to shorten the process for developing a coronavirus vaccine or to prioritize narrow economic considerations over public health. This cooperation between competing companies challenges existing perceptions about the business sector and shows that sometimes public health is no less an important consideration. Is now the time for companies to value the public good and other relevant stakeholders over company shareholders? Dr. Zvi Gabbay's op-ed on the subject was published in Globes.
July 27, 2020
Representing Britannica Knowledge Systems in USD 70 Million Deal with US Army
Advs. Yuval Lazi and Uri Hillel of our firm accompanied Britannica Knowledge Systems, a world-leading provider of advanced solutions for training management and professional competence, in a USD 70 million contract for the supply of the FOX system to the United States Army.
August 5, 2020
Barnea Representing Original Shareholders the Topaz Family in Sale of Holdings in Keystone Group
About a year and a half after the investment fund Accelmed, which is managed by Uri Geiger, announced the merger of the company it controls, American Keystone Group, with the Israeli Paltop company, controlled by Shmuel Topaz, it is now acquiring the entire holdings in Paltop for NIS 100 million. This ends the conflict between the investor groups of Paltop and Accelmed. Advs. Daniel Lorber, Netta Bromberg, Harel Perlmutter and Dor Marinovsky represented the Topaz family and the Paltop investors.
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 MA 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 MA 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.
July 16, 2020
COVID-19 Cross-Border Briefing: Updates
Our firm was chosen to provide the Israel section of a briefing on governmental measures taken during COVID-19 in key jurisdictions. The publication offers a general summary of the law and is aimed to assist businesses through these ever changing times.
July 12, 2020
Dividend Distribution in Times of Covid-19
The recent dividend distribution by TASE-traded company Fox-Wizel Ltd. after receiving emergency funding from the Israeli government not only raised moral questions but also underscored the complexity facing many companies at this time. Globes published an op-ed by Micky Barnea in response to the backlash following the company's actions. Micky noted that a key challenge faced by companies is how to balance between dealing with the difficulties and uncertainties of the COVID-19 era, on the one hand, and the desire and responsibility to continue operations as commercial enterprises, on the other.
June 22, 2020
Barnea Represented Cyberx Shareholder in Microsoft Acquisition
We represented Inven Capital, a Czech-based VC fund and a shareholder in Cyberx Israel, an Israeli IoT ICS cybersecurity startup, in Cyberx's sale to Microsoft for USD 165 million. CyberX has gained tremendous customer growth, with a number of leading companies using its IoT security platform to protect their web facilities. Cyberx has raised about USD 48 million since its inception in 2013. This is Microsoft’s eighth acquisition in Israel in the last decade.
May 20, 2020
Doing Business in Israel – Practical Law
This year, we were once again responsible for preparing the QA guide on doing business in Israel for the Practical Law website. The guide provides an overview of recent key developments that have affected doing business in Israel, including the legal system, foreign investment, employment, tax, competition, privacy, IP, etc.
May 7, 2020
FIMI Acquires Control of Amiad Water Systems
FIMI Opportunity Funds, a private investment fund, recently completed the acquisition of control of public company Amiad Water Systems Ltd. Micky Barnea and Ron Shuhatovich represented Hachoshlim Fund Cooperative Agricultural Society Ltd., Amiad's largest shareholder, in the deal. As part of the deal, FIMI agreed to invest about USD 19 million in Amiad for a share allocation, thereby acquiring 5% more of the company's shares.
May 5, 2020
Barnea Represents Surf in Sale of Video Division to Lytx
Lytx Inc., an American fleet management software developer, has acquired the video division of the Israel-based company Surf Communications, to serve as its Israeli RD center. Surf, founded in 1996, develops multimedia digital signal processing technologies for telecommunication infrastructures. Firm partners Micky Barnea and Ariella Dreyfuss represented Surf in the deal valued at between $20-30 million.
May 3, 2020
Capital Markets in the Age of Coronavirus
An MA expert, Micky Barnea was interviewed by the leading newspaper Globes as part of an extensive analysis on the long list of major deals that are being canceled and the financial uncertainty in this period. The article highlights how huge corporations are able to afford what little companies and the self-employed can only dream of. According to Micky, "Starting in February, we noticed a phenomenon in which time has become elastic. Usually people strive to keep deals at a steady pace, and once the handshake is made, they want to move faster. Now, less people are hurrying to complete a deal. They are taking time to see what will happen next in the market.”
April 22, 2020
Pi-Cardia Ltd. Raises $27 Million in Financing Round Led by Our Client Sofinnova Partners
The Israel-based global leader in the development of non-implant catheter-based solutions for treating heart valve calcification has raised $27 million in funding. The investment round was led by our client, the European life sciences venture capital firm Sofinnova Partners, with the participation of Pi-Cardia chairman Prof. Jacques Séguin and previous investors. Advs. Micky Barnea, Ariella Dreyfuss, and Daniel Arbov represented the client.
March 19, 2020
Coronavirus: Is a Huge Wave of Debt Arrangement on the Way?
Micky Barnea was interviewed by Globes on the coronavirus’ effect on both the corporate and government bond markets.
March 10, 2020
Li Wenliang Was Not a Snitch – an Article by Michael Barnea
Lee Wenliang was the first person to identify the coronavirus. He sought to warn the public about the virus and paid a personal price for doing so. Individuals like Wenliang are referred to in Hebrew as “information leakers,” at best, and snitches, at worst. The apparent distinction between an "information leaker" and a snitch is in many cases a question of the party involved—one person's "information leaker" is another person's snitch. In an article published by TheMarker, Mickey deals with the terminology surrounding the leaking of information and the need for organizations to stress appropriate language so such actions are seen as a positive. Employers should also encourage internal reporting mechanisms.
March 3, 2020
Representing MAT Investment Holdings in Merger between Two Manufacturers of Control Valves from Kibbutz Industry
Our firm represented the Spanish multinational industrial group MAT Investment Holdings in the merger of its Israeli subsidiary Dorot Management Control Valves from Kibbutz Dorot with A.R.I. Flow Control Accessories, a company owned indirectly by Kibbutz Kfar Haruv.
February 10, 2020
Event Invite: New International Standards for Internal Alert Mechanisms
Join us for a seminar on the new international standards for internal alert mechanisms. The EU whistleblower protection directive that came into force in December 2019 and trends in the US signal a new duty—the obligation to formulate an in-house mechanism that allows employees to report improper or unethical conduct. To date, such mechanisms have largely been the responsibility of large companies subject to heavy regulation, but this reality is about to change. To what extent is your organization ready for such a mechanism? Are there any accepted standards for such mechanisms?
February 3, 2020
Event Invite: Whistleblower Protection: Israel, Europe, and the US
The entry into force of the EU Whistleblower Protection Directive in December 2019 and recent US legislative trends require local companies operating in the international arena to begin preparing accordingly. During the seminar, we will discuss the need to protect whistleblowers, existing regulation, and what the next steps should be.
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