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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.
December 12, 2019
Representing Sartorius in the acquisition of a majority stake in Biological Industries.
Our firm represented Sartorius, a leading multinational corporation in the field of life science, research and development  and biopharmaceutical industry, in a transaction to acquire a majority stake in the Israeli cell culture developer Biological Industries. Sartorius acquired the majority of Biological Industries shares by way of secondary purchase of shares from the Development Company of Kibbutz Beit Haemek and private equity fund Fortissimo Capital, in consideration for USD 50 million. In addition, as part of the transaction, Sartorius and the Development Company of Kibbutz Beit Haemek signed an option to purchase/sell additional holdings in the future.
November 19, 2019
Event: The Future of Money Transfers
Our firm hosted today ACC members for a seminar on money transfers. Dr. Zvi Gabbay reviewed the regulations and guidelines that exist today in Israel and around the world on the handling of money transfers. In addition, we conducted a panel discussion addressing the challenges and opportunities facing businesses who need to know how to solve problems that may arise. Participating in the panel were Anat Even-Chen, our regulation expert; Doron Cohen, CEO of Covercy; Idit Froim, General Counsel of Colu; Yitz Raab, Managing Partner of Tzur Management; Rami Sasson, Chief Compliance Officer of Discount Bank; and Ronen Siman-Tov, CTO of IBM Blockchain World Wire.
November 6, 2019
Barnea Representing Azrieli Group in Sale of Supergas Holdings
Our firm represented Azrieli Group in the sale of its holdings in Supergas to Elco Group for NIS 820 million. Azrieli was represented by Advs. Micky Barnea, Ilan Blumenfeld, Sagi Gross and Daniel Kleinman.
October 30, 2019
Micky Barnea Interview with Legal Business Magazine
Micky Barnea was interviewed by the British magazine Legal Business about whether the political situation in Israel has affected its economy. Micky noted that investments, from both overseas companies into Israel and in the local market, remain extremely strong, and expressed future confidence in the Israeli economy.
September 19, 2019
Hosting a Delegation of Senior Executives from Daiwa House Group
Our firm hosted today a delegation of senior executives from the Fortune 500 Japanese construction company Daiwa House Group. The executives visited Israel to promote business relationships with Israeli companies.
September 15, 2019
Barnea Represented CryoLife in a Strategic Transaction with the Israeli Medtech Startup Endospan
Our firm represented CryoLife in a strategic transaction with Israel-based endovascular stent graft system developer Endospan. The transaction involved an option to purchase Endospan for up to USD 450 million in the future, together with an exclusive distribution arrangement and USD 15 million in secured debt financing.  
August 14, 2019
Barnea Representing Motive Partners and LPA in Acquisition of Modelity Ltd.
Barnea represented Motive Partners, a US-based private equity fund, and LPA, its German daughter company, in the acquisition of Israeli fintech company Modelity Ltd. Advs. Yuval Lazi, Uri Hillel, and Mayer Winkler represented the buyer.
August 13, 2019
Barnea Represented ISS Global in the Disposition of Its Holdings in Israel
Our firm represented the Danish catering and cleaning services company ISS Global in the disposition of all its holdings in Israel. ISS was advised by Advs. Simon Jaffa, Yuval Lazi, Danny Boguslavsky, and Chen Nadir.
July 29, 2019
Barnea Representing Azrieli Group in Sale of Holdings in Supergas
Our firm represented Azrieli Group in the sale of its holdings in Supergas to Elco Group for NIS 1 billion. Azrieli was represented by Advs. Micky Barnea, Yuval Lazi, Ilan Blumenfeld, Sagi Gross and Daniel Kleinman.
July 21, 2019
Barnea Representing Neng Yang in Acquisition of ADT
Our firm is representing the Chinese investment fund Neng Yang in its acquisition of Advanced Dicing Technologies Ltd. (ADT). ADT is an Israel-based electronics dicing equipment company. The acquisition amount is USD 35 million.
July 18, 2019
Barnea Representing Azrieli Group in Equity Investment in Compass Datacenters LLC.
Our firm is representing Azrieli Group in its equity investment in Compass Datacenters LLC., a company engaged in the commercialization of hyperscale data centers in North America. This acquisition is part of Azrieli Group's overall expansion into real estate in the international arena.  
July 14, 2019
Barnea Represented Bridgepoint in the Acquisition of Qualitest
Our firm represented the private equity group Bridgepoint in the acquisition of control in the Israeli software testing company Qualitest from Marlin Equity Partners for approx. USD 420 million.
June 25, 2019
Event on Investor Relations and Corporate Responsibility
Our firm hosted today an event in cooperation with the Israeli Investor Relations Forum on investor relations and corporate responsibility. Dr. Zvi Gabbay lectured on how corporate responsibility is perceived by regulators.
June 18, 2019
Barnea Represented Axcel in the Acquisition of Phase One
Our firm represented Axcel in the acquisition of Phase One from Silverfleet Capital. Axcel is a leading Nordic private equity firm focusing on mid-market companies. It has a broad base of both Nordic and international investors.
June 11, 2019
The Annual Conference of the Association of Corporate Counsel in Israel
Dr. Zvi Gabbay led a panel on the subject of the legal advisor as a legal crisis facilitator at the annual conference of the Association of Corporate Counsel in Israel. Present at the conference were outgoing Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and other senior legal officials.
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