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 institutions
Shibolet'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.