Yigal Arnon & Co

Jerusalem Office

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Founding Partner: Yigal Arnon
Number of partners worldwide: 74
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 203
Languages: English, Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish, French

Firm Overview:
Yigal Arnon & Co is one of Israel’s leading law firms with offices in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. For more than 60 years the firm has provided a full range of legal services to companies of all sizes, investors, entrepreneurs and individuals. With its focused practice groups, the firm has combined the expertise of a speciality boutique practice with the advantages of a well resourced multidisciplinary law firm. In addition to its established practice groups in corporate, mergers and acquisitions, litigation (civil and criminal), real estate, banking and finance, the firm has one of the most developed technology practices in Israel, representing some of the largest technology companies (and their venture capital and other investors) in Israel and abroad. Many lawyers at the firm have years of experience working at leading law firms in the United States, Canada and England, enabling the firm to cooperate seamlessly with overseas businesses and their lawyers. Yigal Arnon & Co is committed to providing superior services to its clients. The firm takes pride in the quality of its lawyers — from senior partners to junior associates — and in staffing each matter with lawyers who can assist the client in resolving complex and challenging legal problems, and achieving the client’s business goals.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & M&A:

Yigal Arnon & Co. has an outstanding M&A practice that has been involved in some of the largest and most significant M&A transactions in Israel over recent years. These transactions include acquisitions of Israeli companies by some of the world’s leading global companies, where the firm ran the entire transaction on behalf of the global client. In addition, the firm has considerable expertise in obtaining approvals for transactions from government agencies such as the Israel Securities Authority, Controller of Restrictive Trade Practices, the Innovation Authority, the Investment Center and, when needed, the Israeli courts.

Technology & Venture Capital:
Yigal Arnon & Co. is a leader in this field, representing many leading Israeli venture capital funds and numerous US and European funds as well as a whole gamut of hi-tech and life science start-up companies in their varying stages of development, from inception through public flotation and beyond. Healthcare & Life Sciences: Yigal Arnon & Co. has developed a specialised healthcare and life sciences practice to provide customised and professional services to both emerging and more established companies that are transforming life science industries. The firm works with companies from a broad cross-section of the industry including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, bio-informatics, medical device and healthcare service companies. Additionally, the firm services leading universities and academic centres as well as the banking and investment firms that are active in the life sciences.

Transactional Intellectual Property:
Yigal Arnon & Co.’s intellectual property and corporate partnering practice has extensive experience in assisting Israeli and foreign businesses, at all stages of development, in protecting and commercialising their intellectual property and proprietary technology.

Yigal Arnon & Co. has developed a widely recognised tax practice representing a wide range of clients from individuals to multinational and international corporations. Its extensive expertise covers corporate and real estate taxation, international tax treaty implementation and also specialist areas such as trust taxation, financial instruments, transfer pricing for international groups, technology transfer, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, fund formation and employee stock option plans. The department has wide experience in advising overseas investors regarding investments in or acquisitions of Israeli companies.

Yigal Arnon & Co. is a recognised leader in securities law. While it has a strong record in assisting clients in listings on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, the firm has also participated in more than 100 public offerings of equity or debt securities in the United States and Europe on behalf of the issuer, underwriter or key selling shareholders. The assistance to these clients extends far beyond the public offering to encompass ongoing guidance on compliance with securities reporting requirements and corporate governance rules. The firm has specific expertise in dual listings and simultaneous public offerings in Tel Aviv and abroad.

Yigal Arnon & Co. represents Israeli, US and European banks and financial institutions in all manner of services including the provision of legal opinions to foreign counsel. The firm has been engaged in some of the most complex banking and financial services transactions over recent years and has expertise in complex financial instruments, including derivatives.

Project Finance:
Yigal Arnon & Co. has represented major international consortia tendering for banks as well as national infrastructure and complex project finance undertakings based on BOT, BOO and other project finance techniques. The firm also often represents the government in major transportation and other tenders.

Real Estate & Construction:
Yigal Arnon & Co. represents some of the leading real estate companies in Israel and abroad and is involved in a large number of major property development projects (both commercial and residential) and acquisitions, in Israel, Eastern Europe and India.

Dispute Resolution:
Yigal Arnon & Co. represents domestic and international clients in awide range of cases, including arbitration, commercial litigation and high profile civil and criminal matters and has an active appeals practice before the Supreme Court. The firm’s litigation group is one of Israel’s leading litigation departments and it has a particularly strong class action defence practice.

Antitrust & Competition:
Yigal Arnon & Co. provides antitrust counseling together, when needed with litigation services, in connection with monopolies, strategic alliances, exclusive commercial relationships and other competition law matters, and has a proven track record in obtaining merger approvals for global, as well as local, M&A transactions.

Telecoms, Media & Internet:
Yigal Arnon & Co. represents a wide range of clients, including fixed line telecommunications companies, television companies, internet service and content providers, telecoms equipment manufacturers and internet telephony companies. The firm has frequent dealings with the Ministry of Communications and assists in securing broadcast licenses, establishing program distribution, determining rate regulations and preparing fixed line and wireless access permit applications.

Labour & Employee Benefits:
Yigal Arnon & Co. advises companies at all stages, from emerging growth companies to established international companies, assisting them in arranging and implementing employment packages appropriate for their needs. The firm is involved in all facets of setting up and implementing employee incentive plans, including equity and equity-based award plans. Its attorneys are instrumental in integrating Israeli and foreign corporate, securities, tax and accounting concerns in order to structure multinational benefit plans, often in close co-operation with leading international firms.

Yigal Arnon & Co. provides a full range of legal services to a wide ranging client base, including major international (Fortune 500) and other global companies, local and foreign banks, financial institutions, venture capital and private equity funds, emerging growth companies, investor groups, government entities, and individuals. The firm represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including information technology, energy, banking, software, electronics, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, internet, medical devices, real estate, telecommunications, Fintech, insurance, automotive and consumer products.