We are a go-to firm for Israeli companies and those seeking to do business in Israel because of our lawyers’ intimate knowledge of the region’s economic, political, and social environment.
For more than four decades, Morrison & Foerster has been at the forefront of the Israeli market, representing numerous Israeli companies globally, at every stage of their evolution, as well as the foreign investors and investment banks that finance those companies.
Our Israel practice takes advantage of the firm’s global platform to fit the needs of virtually any client. We are one of a handful of law firms that combine comprehensive legal advice, covering current market practices and trends relating to capital-raising, with leading intellectual property analysis and advice. We provide securities and capital markets advice that is sharply focused on technology-centric companies. We believe that this deep insight, as well as our historic commitment to Israel, has contributed to our long and successful track record with Israeli clients. We also are consistently recognized by Chambers Global for Corporate/M&A in Israel.
Morrison & Foerster’s Israel practice offering includes:
Our work with Israeli companies is concentrated in the following areas:
Emerging Companies + Venture Capital. Morrison & Foerster maintains a globally recognized Emerging Companies + Venture Capital practice, representing a full range of startup and growth-stage companies, as well as venture capital investors throughout various industries. In the last five years, we have assisted our clients in raising or deploying more than $100 billion of venture capital, and in closing over 40 initial public offerings, in addition to hundreds of mergers and acquisitions with an aggregate transactional value in excess of $600 billion. Our global presence facilitates venture capital investment in our Israeli clients and positions us to advise startup companies based in key markets.
Late Stage-and Pre-IPO Private Placements. Our lawyers regularly advise issuers, placement agents, and investors in connection with private placements of equity, debt, and hybrid securities. Private placements may be the first step for a venture capital or entrepreneurial client, or an alternative for a well-established issuer needing to raise capital when the public equity markets are unavailable. We are among the market leaders in private placements and late-stage private placements.
Corporate and Securities Transactions. In the last decade, we have been a leading international firm for public offerings by Israeli companies. We help Israeli companies undertake cost-effective IPOs, follow-on public offerings, and other capital markets transactions, leveraging our broad practice in both technology and cross-border public offerings. For example, we advised Mobileye NV, the maker of software for driverless cars, on its $890 million IPO, the largest U.S. IPO ever by an Israeli company. We also have significant experience in PIPE transactions.
Mergers, Acquisitions, and Strategic Alliances. We advise Israeli companies, investors, and venture and private equity funds in negotiating and structuring cross-border transactions. We have advised on some of the most significant cross-border acquisitions involving Israeli companies, including the landmark $15.3 billion acquisition of Mobileye by Intel.
Intellectual Property Protection and Licensing. Morrison & Foerster is an IP powerhouse, offering extensive experience in the strategic planning of patent portfolios, including writing successful patent applications in complex and novel situations, in anticipation of possible future litigation. When litigation threatens, clients call us to protect their most valuable IP assets, with our distinguishing ability to handle issues of any complexity in nearly any venue, involving any technology. Our IP team works closely with clients from the earliest stages of their technical development, offering valuable advice about how to protect their inventions and ideas in view of business strategies.
Chambers Global 2020