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TaxAcknowledging that tax rules and regulations affect almost every transactional activity, Shibolet's tax attorneys are involved and advise in all the significant transactions handled by the firm. Their expert opinions are crucial to the effective undertakings of the firm’s clients. With extensive experience in Israeli and international tax planning, tax treaties, offshore jurisdictions and respective corporate structures, as well as close ties with tax advisors worldwide, Shibolet is able to offer comprehensive tax planning and counsel in the following areas: Cross-border transactionsMergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuringInternational taxation of venture capital fundsPublic offeringsEmployee stock option plansTax issues relating to high-tech companies and their employees.UnderwritingsFinancingsExecutive interestsOther financial instrumentsTax opinionsRepresentation vis-a-vis tax authoritiesLitigation in courts of first instance and appellate levelShibolet tax attorneys have filled prominent national positions in the field of taxation. One key attorney is the author of an authoritative treatise on the new tax reform laws. Another is a lecturer at professional tax forums, serves as the editor of a tax newsletter and is a contributing editor of a well-known tax bulletin.
High-Tech and Venture Capital
Shibolet & Co.'s high-tech and venture capital practice is among the largest and most recognized in Israel, as more than half of the firm's entire practice is high-tech related, the high-tech and venture capital practice group includes eight dedicated high-tech partners and overall the firm puts forward more than 50 professionals that are involved on a daily basis in the various aspects of the Israeli high-tech industry. Shibolet 's high-tech practice encompasses all aspects and areas of technology from research and development to technology transfer, commercialization of technologies , high-tech manufacturing, fund formation and  investment activities. For over three decades, the firm has represented entrepreneurs, start-ups, mature technology companies, venture capital funds, multi-nationals, angel investors and corporate investors for all their M&A and other transactional and financing needs. Shibolet provides its technology clients, both start-ups and mature companies, a full range of services, including corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, complex cross border commercial transactions, intellectual property, tax, litigation, labor and employment and environmental law advice. Shibolet has established some of Israel’s leading venture capital funds and represents them and other domestic and foreign funds through their investments and due diligence processes. The firm has special expertise in this practice from the early days of the Israeli venture capital industry and acts extensively on behalf of major Israeli, U.S. and European venture capital funds with respect to their investments in portfolio companies. Shibolet has acted as legal advisor to the Technological Incubator Program of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) since its inception, and has served for many years as special counsel to the OCS. The firm represents a number of privatized technological incubators.Shibolet also boasts extensive expertise in structuring alliances, joint development and joint venture agreements among various high-tech companies, and in the negotiation and drafting of complex technology and IP-related transactions, including licensing, OEM and technology transfer agreements. The firm has also a special expertise in representation both of, and versus, technology transfer or commercialization offices (TTOs) of universities and academic research institutionsShibolet's high-tech practice has special dedicated expertise in most of the high-tech vertical sectors Israel, from semiconductors to communication, enterprise software, mobile applications, gaming, internet & new media, cleantech, medical devices and life sciences. Probably more than any other firm in Israel – Shibolet's high-tech partners have an overwhelming experience in cross-border transactional work, extensively representing clients not only in or from the U.S. and Europe, but also China, Japan, Korea, India and many other countries in Asia and Africa.   The firm has special expertise in representing multinationals and their subsidiaries in their activities in Israel, and acting as legal counsel regarding, among others, their intellectual property structure, R&D and governmental grants, regulatory approvals and tax issues. Shibolet's high-tech group, in cooperation with the U.S. firm Fenwick & West, issues on a regular basis the only survey that covers legal terms of venture capital investments in Israel, and compares them to the practices of the Silicon Valley. For the English version of the Survey (First Half of 2012) click here. For the Hebrew version click here.The partners of the high-tech group are considered to be opinion leaders, and are invited on a regular basis to present and lecture in conferences of the Israeli high-tech industry and frequently publish professional articles in industry and business media.  
Labor and Employment Law
Labor and Employment Law Shibolet recognizes that human resource legal issues involve the people that are the core of clients’ businesses, and that labor and employment related legal issues are crucial both in the day-to-day activity of corporate clients and in the framework of local and international business reorganizations and transactions.Shibolet’s labor and employment team is highly experienced in applying the necessary delicate integration of compliance with highly regulated law, on the one hand, together with corporate managerial considerations, including retention and incentive aspects; organizational sensitivities in situations of personal life events, reddundancies, disciplinary actions, etc. on the other.Shibolet’s labor and employment attorneys work closely, and are familiar with the unique needs of both human resource departments of multi-national and publicly traded entities, and the management of emerging “start-up” companies.  They provide a wide range of services in order to create productive working environments that are compliant with Israeli Labor and Employment Law. The labor and employment practice includes:  Accompanying labor and employment aspects of complex M&A transactions;Due diligence and disclosures in the framework of transactions and IPO’s;Adapting global employment policies, handbooks, agreements and forms to meet  Israeli labor and employment requirements and environment; Advising on a wide-range of employment related legal issues; Formulating “custom made”agreements, practices and policies regarding hiring, ongoing employment, separation, severance, etc., as well as  specific fields such as sexual harassment prevention and privacy matters, Proper use of company computers, internet and e-mail, and other matters arising from the company-employee relationship;Counselling and drafting regarding sensitive issues such as employees’ confidentiality, Intellectual Property Assignment, Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation;Advising and accompanying legal aspects of executive and expert relocations   to and from Israel;Non-employee human resource arrangements, such as consultants, contractors, outsourcing, etc.; Designing employee and executive options, stocks, RSU or other equity/cash compensation and retention plans, including adaptation of existing international plans for beneficiaries subject to Israeli taxation;Litigation and representation of clients in the Labor Courts and ADR procedures;Shibolet & Co.'s labor and employment team regularly circulates “Client Updates” and gives lectures and presentations on the dynamically changing requirements and trends in Israeli Labor and Employment law.
Commercial Law: High-Tech
- International projects, distribution agreements, representation, agents, direct sales, T&C- Handling RFPs and RFIs – proposal submission and representation in international and local tenders.- Joint ventures and cooperation agreements.- Complex service agreements.- VAR and OEM agreements.- Handling purchase issues, ERP agreements, contracts with service providers and receivers, outsourcing contracts.- Leasing contracts for structures (offices, warehouses, manufacturing plants, etc.), insurance contracts, credit and loans.- Intellectual property, use of technology: transfer, sharing and selling of technology, hardware, software, royalties, etc.- Mergers and acquisitions, purchasing of stocks, assets and activities, including propriety assessment.- Representation and mediation in local and international legal and business disputes.- Business entrepreneurships, establishing the legal formation of the company’s business entity, and the relationship between founding partners.- Representation during fund raising, financing and receiving of government and other grants.- Handling all labor law issues.
Commercial Business Law
- Legal counsel and management to corporations in areas relating to various areas of expertise.- Establishing corporations as well as business strategies and contractual and business relationships.- On-going legal services for everyday issues.- Joint ventures, entrepreneurships, mergers and acquisitions, service agreements, distribution agreements,purchasing agreements, representation in local and internationallegal and business disputes and mediation.
Telecommunications Media & Internet
Telecommunications Media & Internet Whether serving as a leading legal force behind the construction of the major Israeli- international underwater telecommunications cable system or negotiating on behalf of Israel's largest communications carrier, Shibolet provides experienced, highly skilled, innovative and effective counsel to all the firm's domestic and foreign based clients in this field.  Shibolet's extensive transactional experience has enhanced its successful representation of key global and local cable, satellite, broadcasting, internet service providers, international calling companies and other telecommunications concerns in their bids, contractual activities and negotiations for major projects in both government and private enterprises, including public and private debt and equity offerings and other project financing programs in Israel and the USA.  Aside from representing major foreign telecom companies in all their business interests in Israel, Shibolet represents Israel’s leading national communications carrier in a range of litigation concerning their core business, including a major class action regarding pricing practices. Transactions include the negotiation of a $500 million deal on behalf of a world leading telecommunications company with several Israeli and foreign major players in the telecom and cable fields, and the successful representation of Israel's largest national communications carrier in multi-million dollar complex negotiations concerning its future billing system.
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