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July 19, 2021
The Demand for Directors in Publicly Traded Companies
The demand for directors in publicly traded companies is increasing in light of the growing wave of IPOs on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. An expert on the capital market, Micky Barnea was interviewed on the subject by Globes. He explained the significance of the director position in companies, as well as the role's related risks and responsibilities.
July 13, 2021
Webinar: Responsibility of Compliance Officers in Organization
The Compliance Forum of the Association of Corporate Counsel in Israel hosted a webinar this morning on the responsibilities of compliance officers in organizations. As part of the webinar, Dr. Zvi Gabbay discussed new trends and developments, as well as the normative basis for imposing personal responsibility on compliance officers in organizations.
July 13, 2021
Real Estate Transactions Using Digital Currencies – Regulatory Challenges
The volume of real estate transactions incorporating digital currencies is expected to grow in the coming years, especially among young, wealthy, tech-savvy professionals. Zvi Gabbay, the head of our firm's Capital Markets Department and a former head of enforcement at the Israel Securities Authority, was interviewed by Globes on the trend. Zvi noted the regulatory challenges that exist in these types of transactions.
June 28, 2021
Webinar: Contacting Investors – Do's and Don'ts
The Israel Hedge Funds Association (IHFA) is hosting the webinar "Contacting Investors – Do's and Don'ts." As part of the webinar, Dr. Zvi Gabbay, the head of our firm’s Capital Markets Department, will discuss the legal infrastructure required for reaching out to investors.
June 14, 2021
IPO Wave Continues to Flourish – How Should Companies Prepare for an IPO?
The growing wave of IPOs on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange is pushing an overwhelming number of private companies to consider going public.  Zvi Gabbay, head of the firm's Capital Markets Department and a former head of enforcement at the Israel Securities Authorities, was interviewed by the TheMarker for an article on the trend. Zvi explained how companies considering an IPO must behave vis-a-vis the public and the regulatory authorities in order to succeed.
May 23, 2021
Representing Migdal in Investment in Fintech Company Sunbit
The fintech company Sunbit, which has developed an AI-based technology that enables personalized payment options, raised USD 130 million in a series D financing round led by Group 11, Zeev Ventures, and Migdal Insurance.Our firm's Mickey Barnea, Ariella Dreyfuss, and Daniel Arbov represented Migdal in the transaction.
April 11, 2021
Representing a Project Management Startup in a NIS Millions Financing Round
Our firm represented IMGN, a startup in the project management field, in a financing round worth millions of shekels. The client was represented by Daniel Lorber and Dor Marinovksky.
November 26, 2020
What Do Massive Weddings Have to Do with Corporate Compliance?
Our firm organized a webinar for legal advisers and compliance officers, in partnership with ACC. As part of the webinar, firm partner Dr. Zvi Gabbay lectured on the connection between ethics and obedience. Are they in competition or do they complement one another? 
November 17, 2020
Representing Menora Mivtachim in USD 30 Million Investment in Jio
Jio, India's largest telecommunications company, recently completed a major investment round, raising money from leading multinational corporations like Google and Facebook. Israeli insurance company Menora Mivtachim also invested about USD 30 million as part of the round. Firm partner Roy Engel accompanied Menora Mivtachim in the investment.
November 11, 2020
Dr. Zvi Gabbay Lectures on Distribution and Marketing of Hedge Funds
Dr. Zvi Gabbay lectured today on the distribution and marketing of hedge funds as part of a virtual conference held in collaboration with the Israel Hedge Funds Association and the international law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman.
October 19, 2020
Barnea Represented Canomed in Issuing a Series of Options
Hagit Ross, a partner in our Capital Markets Department, represented Canomed, a company engaged in the cultivation, marketing, and direct sale of medical cannabis, in the issuance of two options series. The issuance is expected to reach a value of NIS 6 million. Canomed is one of the first companies to promote the purchase of pharmacies licensed to sell medical cannabis, thus providing the company direct access to the end consumer. Canomed itself already owns several such pharmacies.
October 15, 2020
The Leaked FinCEN Files Harm the Fight against Money Laundering
In mid-September 2020, a series of articles were published by a group of foreign journalists, based on the collection and analysis of over 2,500 leaked documents from FinCEN, the US equivalent of the Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority. The leak of such sensitive information may cause banks and financial institutions to think twice before reporting suspicious financial activity, which would be a mistake. Check out Dr. Zvi Gabbay's op-ed in Calcalist on the subject.
August 19, 2020
Zvi Gabbay Lectures Compliance Officer Training Course
As an expert in the compliance field, Zvi Gabbay was invited for the fourth straight year to lecture a compliance officer training course organized by the BDO Academy of Finance and MITIGATE. This unique practical course is geared to compliance officers in international financial organizations. During the lecture, Zvi discussed administrative enforcement and enforcement plans.
August 10, 2020
Providing Counsel in the Establishment of a New Investment Fund in Asia
Liquidity Fund of Meitav Dash will establish with MUFG Bank, the world’s largest Japanese bank, a new private investment fund in Asia. The new fund will be incorporated in Singapore, and will provide credit to companies in Asia, through securitization transactions of future cash flows. Our firm, led by attorneys Roy Engel and Yuval Lazi, accompanied Liquidity, which as part of the agreement will provide the joint company with management and underwriting services.  
July 12, 2020
Dividend Distribution in Times of Covid-19
The recent dividend distribution by TASE-traded company Fox-Wizel Ltd. after receiving emergency funding from the Israeli government not only raised moral questions but also underscored the complexity facing many companies at this time. Globes published an op-ed by Micky Barnea in response to the backlash following the company's actions. Micky noted that a key challenge faced by companies is how to balance between dealing with the difficulties and uncertainties of the COVID-19 era, on the one hand, and the desire and responsibility to continue operations as commercial enterprises, on the other.
June 14, 2020
Israel and the US: Encouraging Corporations to Investigate Potential Misconduct on Their Own
Columbia Law School's Blue Sky blog published an article co-written by Hadar Israeli and Eran Elharar of Barnea and Joseph Facciponti and James Goldfarb of the New York law firm Murphy McGonigle. The article provides a comparative view of Israel and the US on corporate internal investigations.
May 27, 2020
Every Crisis Is an Opportunity – Webinar
On June 2, we will host a webinar together with the ACC. Dr. Zvi Gabbay will discuss the opportunity to upgrade the role of compliance officer in light of the coronavirus crisis. The webinar is geared for compliance officers and legal counsels.
May 24, 2020
An Opportunity for Regulators
The Israel Securities Authority's current enforcement policy forces officers and companies that have acted in good faith to prove as much in an administrative enforcement proceeding. Check out an opinion article by Dr. Zvi Gabbay and Shir Rozenzweig published in TheMarker about how regulators can adjust this policy.
May 20, 2020
Doing Business in Israel – Practical Law
This year, we were once again responsible for preparing the QA guide on doing business in Israel for the Practical Law website. The guide provides an overview of recent key developments that have affected doing business in Israel, including the legal system, foreign investment, employment, tax, competition, privacy, IP, etc.
May 7, 2020
FIMI Acquires Control of Amiad Water Systems
FIMI Opportunity Funds, a private investment fund, recently completed the acquisition of control of public company Amiad Water Systems Ltd. Micky Barnea and Ron Shuhatovich represented Hachoshlim Fund Cooperative Agricultural Society Ltd., Amiad's largest shareholder, in the deal. As part of the deal, FIMI agreed to invest about USD 19 million in Amiad for a share allocation, thereby acquiring 5% more of the company's shares.
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