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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.  
China Practice
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China Practice Shibolet & Co. was one of the first Israeli law firms to provide legal services for Israeli investors in China, and the first Israeli law firm to establish a presence in China. Over the past decade, Shibolet’s lawyers have provided legal services in various types of business transactions involving both Chinese and Israeli clients, gaining extensive experience in the Chinese legal system and business environment. Our team is comprised of premier lawyers with broad legal experience in China, including International lawyers who were involved in the biggest M&A deal of a Chinese entity in Israel, as well as, Chinese speaking Israeli lawyers, enabling us to offer the most professional, efficient and comprehensive legal services to our clients.  In addition, Shibolet developed a fruitful cooperation with Da Cheng Law Offices, the biggest law firm in Asia with more than 2,600 lawyers in China and Asia, among them our China practice partner, an Israeli lawyer who is based in Shanghai. Among the services that our attorneys provide are:  Handling wide scale and complex M&A, Investment, Joint Venture and other corporate transactions.Incorporation of legal entities in China under different types of structures such as a Sino-Foreign Joint Venture (JV), a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE), a domestic Chinese company and a Hong Kong Ltd company.Drafting commercial agreements for conducting business in China, including manufacturing, distribution and license agreements.Rendering ongoing legal advice to the companies that are operating their business activities in China.Establishment of venture capital with foreign and Chinese investors.Participation in arbitration proceedings in China International Economic Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC).Strategic planning of investment in the Chinese market.   As part of our global vision and international orientation, we consider our China practice as a fundamental practice in our firm. We believe that the cumulative experience of our experts coupled with our extensive and long-term connections in China make our China practice an excellent choice. 
Corporate and M&A
Shibolet provides full service legal counsel backed by years of experience and acquired expertise. The firm’s practice serves a broad spectrum of clients from companies traded on domestic and international stock exchanges, public utilities, institutional investors and large corporations, venture capital funds, major banking and financial institutions to start-ups, closely held companies, private individuals and investors.
Banking and Finance
Banking and Finance Shibolet & Co. has a strong banking practice representing both business clients in their negotiations with banks, and banking institutions. Shibolet has been closely involved with the Bank of Israel, helping to facilitate all the legal preparations affecting the opening of the Tel Aviv branch of a major international bank. With the increased activity in privatization, Shibolet has developed expertise in project finance, representing business entities in obtaining financing for their projects and financing closures.As part of the "one stop shop" concept, in which the firm offers integrated legal services, the banking and finance practice group accompanies financial transactions in the fields of energy, renewable energy, infrastructure and project financing. In addition, the practice offers its expertise in matters related to venture capital investments. As a prominent law firm in the areas of high-tech, project financing and energy, Shibolet & Co.'s banking and finance practice is a significant leader in the market.The firm’s clients include majors Israeli and foreign banks and other financial institutions. The firm represents a leading European bank in Israel and has been closely involved with all the legal aspects affecting the opening of its branch in Tel Aviv.Shibolet serves as the legal counsel for the Association of Foreign Banks in Israel, a non-profit organization which aims to jointly promote the goals of foreign banks in Israel. The members of this association include major foreign banks that are active in Israel.
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.
Regulations and Governmental Relations
Regulations and Governmental Relations Shibolet attorneys work in conjunction with clients to proactively structure transactions that align clients' business objectives with governmental antitrust constraints. Awareness of antitrust issues permeates all aspects of the firm's transactional practice and the firm regularly represents clients in submitting merger applications and requests for exemption from restrictive practices to the Antitrust Authority. At the same time Shibolet's fully integrated litigation team stands ready to intervene should governmental authorities unjustly seek to restrain client transactions. The firm's extensive knowledge of antitrust law along with practical trial experience serve to ensure that clients receive the most comprehensive and effective antitrust guidance and counsel.
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