Number of partners: 78
Number of lawyers: 211
Languages: Hebrew, English, Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian, Italian, German, Rumanian, Hungarian.
Shibolet & Co. is one of Israel’s prominent, full-service, commercial-corporate law firms. It is highly regarded its extensive international footprint and its handling of complex cross-border matters. The firm is renowned for best serving the legal interests of foreign firms and individuals in Israel. Shibolet & Co. is based in the heart of Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial and financial centre, and was the first Israeli law firm to open an Israeli-Chinese desk in Shanghai.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Financial Institutions
Cybersecurity Energy, Oil & Gas
Environment, Clean Tech & Climate Change
Infrastructure, Project Financing & Government Bids
Labour & Employment
M&A Corporate & Commercial
Securities & Capital Markets
Telecommunications, Media & Internet
M&A, Corporate & Commercial:
Shibolet’s corporate and commercial practice serves clients from all over the world. The majority of the firm’s business is conducted in English, with legal advice provided in the sale and acquisition of businesses and assets. The firm has extensive experience in M&A and private equity, transactional work, counseling and negotiating foreign and local clients, as well as private equity and other investments.
High-Tech & VC:
Shibolet’s high-tech and VC practice is among the top practices in the country. The firm participated in establishing some of Israel’s leading VC Funds and accompanies both domestic and foreign funds in investments and due diligence processes. The firm represents both promising start-ups and many leading high-tech companies as well as multi-nationals doing business in Israel. Shibolet’s high-tech practice group publishes a unique survey for professionals interested in Israel’s VC scene, which is considered cutting edge in the field of venture funding.
Shibolet’s experienced team of litigators represents both foreign and domestic clients before all courts and tribunals, including arbitration and mediation. The firm represents many foreign companies involved in litigation in Israel, both as plaintiffs and defendants. Services include enforcement of judgments against government bodies concerning regulatory and other issues. Shibolet’s experts handle bankruptcies, receiverships and ‘Chapter 11’ like measures, representing leading financial institutions and others.
Infrastructure, Project Financing & Government Bids:
The firm advises clients on infrastructure projects, project financing and bids, both in Israel and abroad. Shibolet is involved in establishing private energy projects, including gas-fired, hydroelectric and renewable energy (photovoltaic, concentrated solar power and wind energy) power plants in Israel and abroad.
Securities & Capital Markets:
Shibolet’s strong securities practice has been involved in many Israeli public offerings on the TASE and on NASDAQ as well as offerings of companies whose shares are dually-listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and on NASDAQ. Shibolet has served as counsel to underwriters and issuers on a variety of offerings in Israel and abroad. Shibolet advises clients on regulatory and other legal matters concerning publicly traded companies.
The firm’s top-level tax department has vast expertise regarding domestic and international tax issues, including tax planning and tax rulings.
Banking & Financial Institutions:
Clients include Israeli and foreign banks and other financial institutions as well as clients seeking financing from the banks and other financial institutions operating in Israel. The firm provides legal services in banking, financing, regulatory issues, formation of banking institutions, branches and representative offices. Shibolet serves as legal advisor to the Association of Foreign Banks in Israel.
Environment, Cleantech & Climate Change:
As a pioneer in this field, Shibolet represents alternative energy projects, both in Israel and abroad. Shibolet has been involved in significant litigation, representing plaintiffs in class actions against entities failing to comply with the environmental codes as well as entities accused of criminal offenses for purportedly infringing upon environmental laws.
A pioneer in the field, Shibolet was involved in establishing Israel’s first private power plant. The firm is involved in many projects worldwide in the areas of renewable and conventional energy, including project financing. The firm specialises in both renewable and conventional energy.
Oil & Gas:
The firm has vast practical experience in all aspects of exploration and production of oil and gas, having represented numerous international groups that explored for hydrocarbons in Israel. The firm has now begun a concentrated effort on behalf of an Israeli group to seek exploration concessions in several jurisdictions worldwide.
The firm’s team advises clients on a complete range of antitrust, competition, regulatory and trade issues, including merger control, licensing and distribution, franchises, and restrictive practices, which permeates all aspects of the firm’s business practice. The team works in conjunction with the firm’s clients to proactively structure transactions in order to align client’s business objectives with legal antitrust constraints.
The firm has a wealth of experience in residential and commercial real estate transactions for Israeli and foreign clients, and represents some of Israel’s largest building companies. The real estate practice group has extensive expertise in town-planning, taxation, accompanying acquisition groups, representing developers and litigation.
The firm represents local authorities, water and sewage corporations and other municipal corporations in various legal Issues, including real estate, infrastructure, large scale public tenders and innovative projects.
Labour & Employment:
The firm’s experienced team provides ongoing legal advice to management on a wide range of employment related issues, including labour and employment aspects of complex M&A transactions, APAs and IPOs, as well as drafting, reviewing and interpreting collective and individual employment agreements and human resources policies. The firm has prepared and implemented many ESOP plans, both for Israeli companies and international companies with Israeli subsidiaries
Telecommunications, Media & Internet:
The practice is among the leaders in this field in Israel, representing global and Israeli companies including major Internet portals, cable and satellite companies and media owners. Transactions have included some of the most complex M&A cases in Israel.
Shibolet advices and guides healthcare and life sciences clients from incorporation through exits and beyond, assisting them as they take their new ideas through the challenges of product development, patent approvals, clinical studies, and regulatory endorsement. The team draws upon dozens of years of cumulative experience and holds a superlative expertise in the life sciences sector. The roster of clients served by Shibolet is deeply entrenched in this sector and includes the most prestige Israeli academics, filed specialised venture capital funds, most promising emerging companies and leading mature biotech companies.
Pro Bono Activities:
The firm places great emphasis on assisting non-profit organisations. Shibolet provides pro bono legal services to The Israel Spirit, A Different Lesson (Shiur Acher), Symphonette Ra’anana Orchestra, the Ramat Hadassah and Kiryat Yearim Youth Villages, Keren Shemesh, as well as other NGOs. Shibolet’s partners serve on the boards of several non-profit organisations, such as Hillel Israel and DocAviv.