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Shibolet & Co., Advocates & Notaries 
Tel Aviv, Israel

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About this office:

Shibolet & Co. is one of Israel's most prominent, full-service, commercial-corporate law firms. The firm employs over 90 legal staff in its Tel Aviv office, maintains an affiliated office in New York and an Israeli desk at the Shanghai offices of Da Cheng, Asia's largest law firm. Shibolet & Co. is the only major Israeli commercial law firm to be ISO 9001:2000 certified in the field of legal services.

Corporate & Commercial - Shibolet's corporate and commercial practice serves clients from all over the world. The majority of the firm's business is from foreign clients and is conducted in English. The firm has extensive experience in M&A, transactional work, counseling and negotiating on behalf of foreign and local clients, providing legal assistance in sales and acquisitions of businesses and assets. The firm is also recognized for its expertise in the field of competition and anti-trust law and is active in the preparation of corporate compliance programs and assisting clients in obtaining regulatory approvals and other government incentives.

International - In addition to having the largest Israeli affiliate office in NYC since 1976, Shibolet is the only Israeli law firm having an Israeli- Chinese desk in Shanghai in cooperation with Da Cheng, Asia's largest law firm. The firm specializes in cross-border legal work and many of its lawyers are native English speakers with foreign legal qualifications.

VC & High-Tech - Shibolet's VC and high-tech practice is among the most dynamic in the country. The firm participated in establishing some of Israel's leading VC Funds and accompanies those and other domestic and foreign funds through their investments and due diligence processes. The firm represents several of the most promising "start-ups", many of Israel's leading high-tech companies as well as many of the large multi-national companies doing business in Israel.

Telecommunications & Media (T&M) - The firm's T&M department is one of the leaders in this field in Israel. The firm orchestrated one of the largest T&M mergers, has handled regulatory applications for telecommunication licenses and represents major internet portals and telecom and media owners.

Litigation - Shibolet's experienced team of litigators represents clients before all courts and tribunals, including arbitration and mediation. The firm represents many foreign companies involved in legal actions in Israel as both plaintiffs and defendants. The firm's services include enforcement of judgments and actions taken against government bodies concerning regulatory and other issues. Shibolet's experts handle bankruptcies, receiverships and "Chapter 11" like measures representing banks, financial institutions and other creditors as well as debtors.

Infrastructure, Project Financing & Government Bids - The firm advises clients on BOT & PFI infrastructure projects, including desalinization projects and private energy producers, project financing and government and municipal bids, both in Israel and abroad. The firm maintains excellent relations with government and municipal authorities.

Securities - Shibolet has a very strong securities department that has been involved in many of the debt and equity public and private offerings in Israel in recent years and continues to represent those companies thereafter. Shibolet has served as counsel both to underwriters and issuers on a variety of offerings in Israel and abroad, including representing the underwriters and the foreign arrangers with respect to the $5 billion underwriting of Oil Refineries. The firm advises clients on regulatory and other legal matters concerning IPOs and secondary public offerings. The firm has been involved in NASDAQ offerings as well as offerings of companies whose shares are traded both on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and on NASDAQ.

Banking & Financial Institutions - Clients include major Israeli and foreign banks and other financial institutions. The firm provides legal services in banking, financing, regulatory issues, M&A, spin-offs, formation of banking institutions, branches and representative offices. Shibolet represents the association of foreign banks in Israel.

Tax - The firm's tax department has a wealth of experience and expertise in dealing with domestic and international tax issues, including tax planning and tax rulings and is intimately involved in all of the transactions that the firm handles.

Intellectual Property - Shibolet's IP team's lawyers are experts in transactional IP as well as negotiations, due diligence and protection of IP rights. Shibolet has an active internet and e-commerce practice group as well as a unique practice aimed at designing and implementing social media policy.

Real Estate - 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 firm has been particularly active in the field of "purchase groups" acquiring and developing residential real estate.

Cleantech - Shibolet has placed great emphasis on all aspects of cleantech by expanding its' environmental practice, devoting significant time and effort representing alternative energy projects, both in Israel and abroad, and increasing its' involvement in water technology projects, including forming a new fund to invest in this rapidly developing arena. The firm represents many clients developing solar energy and wind energy power plants. Shibolet practices what it preaches and maintains a "green office" environment. Shibolet, together with Ernst & Young, organize an annual "Green Economy" conference in Tel Aviv.

Life Science - This field has been developing significantly over the past years as a result of the Office of the Chief Scientist allocating a greater part of its' budget to fund life science projects. Shibolet initiated a forum, together with Ernst & Young and the ILSI, which has in the past years held numerous sessions for managers of life science companies. This forum has now become a staple of the industry.

Agritech and Water - The firm has recently established a practice group dealing with water treatment and agricultural technologies. This is an offshoot of the Cleantech practice and is expected to develop along similar lines to the Cleantech practice.

Pro bono - The firm contributes to organizations and projects that assist the underprivileged. The firm provides legal services to the following organizations: Shiur Acher (A Different Lesson); The Youth Villages of Ramat Hadassah and Kiryat Yearim; The Israel Spirit - United Israel Appeal; and the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra. Several of the partners are active on the boards and executive committees of those and other organizations.


Statement of Practice Summary:
Agricultural Law; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Antitrust and Trade Regulation; Appellate Practice; Bankruptcy; Banks and Banking; Business Law; Biotechnology; Class Actions; Commercial Law; Communications and Media; Contracts; Corporate Law; Employee Benefits; Energy Law; Environmental Law; Finance; Government Contracts; Intellectual Property; International Law; International Trade; Internet Law; Investments; Labor (Labour) and Employment; Litigation; Mergers and Acquisitions; Natural Resources; Real Estate; Securities; Taxation; Technology and Science; Trusts and Estates; Wills.

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