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December 25, 2023

Finance Magnates Conducts Two-Part Interview with Dr. Zvi Gabbay

In a two-part interview, regulatory expert Dr. Zvi Gabbay discusses the SEC’s approach to crypto regulation from a legal point voice of view.

December 5, 2023

Dr. Zvi Gabbay Recognized as Leading Blockchain Lawyer

Zvi is among an exclusive list of lawyers nominated for the Lexology 2024 Client Choice Awards. Zvi is the only Israeli lawyer recognized in the Blockchain field.

June 29, 2023

Bitcoin Rises: Dr. Zvi Gabbay Responds to BlackRock’s Extraordinary Move

BlackRock, the world's biggest asset management company, has announced the launch of a bitcoin exchange-traded fund. This has led to Bitcoin hitting a more than one-year high. Dr. Zvi Gabbay, head of the firm’s Capital Markets Department, explains the rationale behind BlackRock's move in an interview with Globes.

May 8, 2023

Regulating the Israeli Crypto Market – Dr. Zvi Gabbay Article in Calcalist

The Arrangements Law for 2023-2024 makes extensive reference to expanding and creating a regulatory infrastructure in the digital assets field. Specifically, the Israeli government refers to regulation in a number of different areas, including the cryptocurrencies market. Dr. Zvi Gabbay, head of our firm’s Capital Markets Department, elaborates on the subject in an article for Calcalist.

December 14, 2022

FTX’s Collapse and the Golden State Warriors – Dr. Zvi Gabbay Interviewed by Finance Magnates

Following the collapse of FTX, several lawsuits were filed against the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, which had entered into cooperation agreements with the now-defunct crypto company. According to Dr. Zvi Gabbay, the plaintiffs must provide at least preliminary indications that the basketball team was aware of or should have been aware of FTX’s wrongdoing. According to Zvi, he saw no hint of any such indications.

March 2, 2022

Globes Op-ed by Zvi Gabbay – Crypto and the Regulators

Dr. Zvi Gabbay writes in a Globes op-ed about rising up to the blockchain challenge and who needs to make the next move.

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.

April 17, 2021

Blockchain and Real Estate

Globes has dedicated its Real Estate Supplement for Israel's Independence Day to real estate innovation. Dr. Zvi Gabbay was asked to publish a guest column discussing the implementation of blockchain technology that enables the registration and performance of digital operations through a distributed network of computers in the real estate field. According to Zvi, once land registration is also based on blockchain, buyers will be able to purchase real estate property and take out a mortgage in exactly the same way online purchases are made today.

February 23, 2020

Chambers TMT Guide 2020: Law in Practice

As experts in the TMT field, our firm was asked to contribute the Israeli law and practice overview for the Chambers Israel TMT guide. In their overview, Micky Barnea, Daniel Lorber, and Anat Even-Chen discuss legal considerations for big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. They also address key data protection principles, the challenges with IT service agreements, privacy matters, and more. As a whole, the TMT guide offers insights for each jurisdiction.

February 12, 2020

Zvi Gabbay Served as Panelist in Meetup of Israeli Blockchain Community

Dr. Zvi Gabbay participated today in a panel entitled "Regulations and Securities, Where Are We?" The panel was part of an event focused on 2020 predictions for the blockchain industry in Israel. Dozens of entrepreneurs and leading players from the local blockchain community attended.

January 8, 2020

Dr. Zvi Gabbay and Andrey Yanai Op-ed: Israel Missing out on Digital Assets Revolution

Dr. Zvi Gabbay and Andrey Yanai from our Capital Markets Department published an opinion piece in Globes on the regulatory barriers Israel is imposing on the blockchain and digital assets revolution.

September 13, 2018

SEC Takes First Action against Crypto Hedge Fund

Adv. Daniel Israeli was interviewed by Calcalist following the SEC's decision to fine an unregistered crypto broker-dealers and its owners.

September 5, 2018

A Small Step for the Regulator, a Big Step for Blockchain Technology

Dr. Zvi Gabbay has published an article in Globes about the changing financial regulation in the US around crypto coins.

September 4, 2018

Bitcoin Makes Up 1% of World Electricity Consumption

Dr. Zvi Gabbay was interviewed by TheMarker on Bitcoin's energy consumption. Zvi believes this is a meeting point between the real economy and the new economy that Bitcoin represents.

May 24, 2018

Dr. Zvi Gabbay Attends iFX Expo International Conference

Dr. Zvi Gabbay is attending today the iFX Expo International Conference. Zvi will participate in the panel on regulation, discussing MIFID II, ESMA restrictions, and the blockchain and cryptocurrency revolution.

February 23, 2018

2018: A Turning Point in the Virtual Currencies Market

Dr. Zvi Gabbay, Head of our Capital Markets Department, published an op-ed in Calcalist on the role of the regulator in the virtual currencies market and why 2018 will be a turning point.

January 25, 2018

Israeli Tax Proposals for Blockchain, First Steps to Approval

Adv. Harel Perlmutter, the head of our Tax Department, was interviewed by Bloomberg BNA following the release of the Israel Tax Authority's new draft plan for taxing ICOs.

January 29, 2018

TheMarker Op-Ed: How to Enjoy Blockchain Innovation

Adv. Daniel Israeli, a member of Barnea's Capital Markets Department, wrote an op-ed piece for TheMarker on the need to create an appropriate regulatory framework for the issuance of digital currencies.

January 28, 2018

Zvi Gabbay Featured in Israeli Blockchain Association Legal Survey

Dr. Zvi Gabbay, the head of our Capital Markets Department, was featured in a legal survey conducted by the Israeli Blockchain Association on current trends in blockchain in Israel.

January 17, 2018

Barnea & ACC Seminar – Blockchain, Bitcoin, and ICOs

We are hosting today together with the Association of Corporate Counsel a seminar on blockchain and digital currencies. Dr. Zvi Gabbay will discuss new regulatory challenges, while Micky Barnea will address blockchain and smart contracts. Tal Cohen, Compass Blockchain Solutions's CEO, will give a special introductory lecture on bitcoin and digital currencies.