The Israel Practice of Fenwick & West provides corporate, intellectual property and tax advice to Israeli companies and entrepreneurs, as well as international and U.S. companies investing or doing business in Israel, with a focus on the technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors.

Comprehensive and integrated services

Fenwick & West provides Israeli entrepreneurs and Israel-related companies with a broad range of services, through all stages of growth. We represent a wide range of Israeli technology clients from formation and initial funding through IPOs, mergers and acquisitions. We focus on cost-effective service, giving clients a single point of contact for all their legal needs. Our leading venture capital practice and long-standing relationships with the top members of the investment and technology industries in Silicon Valley enable us to provide strategic advice to our clients in connection with their fundraising and business alliances.

We regularly advise clients in the following areas:

  • Corporate counseling for Israeli technology companies
  • Venture and debt financing
  • Cross-border mergers and acquisitions involving Israeli companies, representing acquirers and targets
  • Investment in Israeli companies by international venture capital and strategic investors
  • Initial public offerings of Israeli companies in the U.S.
  • Intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark and copyright counseling
  • Technology transactions, including licensing, distribution, manufacturing and OEM agreements
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Reorganizations
  • Employment and equity compensation
  • Litigation
  • Tax planning

Local Expertise

We are well-versed with Israel's legal structure, political system and social environment. Through many years of advising Israeli clients and facilitating Israel-related transactions, we have gained extensive experience and understanding of the business and legal aspects of the Israeli technology market. We are aware of the similarities and differences between the U.S. and Israeli legal systems and business cultures. We have strong relationships with leading Israeli venture capital funds, law firms and other professionals that allow us to provide comprehensive legal and business solutions for U.S.-Israeli transactions. Our clients range from first-time Israeli entrepreneurs to Israeli public corporations, and include multinational corporations and investors that do business with Israeli companies.

Leading M&A Practice with Expertise in Israel-Related Transactions

MergerMarket has ranked Fenwick among the Top 5 law firms for technology sector M&A in North America. In recent years, we have completed more than $500 billion worth of transactions, including many cross-border transactions involving Israeli companies. We have advised targets and acquirers in Israeli M&A transactions, including Cisco Systems in its numerous acquisitions and investments in Israeli companies, and, Siliquent Technologies, Topio and Cyota in various deals.

Leading Venture Capital Practice

Fenwick & West represents many leading venture capital and strategic investors; some of them are among the largest acquirers and investors in Israeli companies. We have represented Sequoia, Benchmark, Kleiner Perkins, Lightspeed, USVP, BRM Capital and Azure Capital in their investments in Israeli companies. Our Venture Capital Services group serves as a point of contact with our entrepreneur and investors networks, facilitates introductions between companies and appropriate investors, and provides guidance to our emerging company clients on business models, fundraising strategy and development of investor materials. In addition, Fenwick & West produces Trends in Legal Terms in Venture Financings in Israel, a regular survey that analyzes the terms of venture financings for Israeli and Israeli-related technology companies.

Broad Industry Expertise

We advise Israeli companies across a wide range of industries, including software, life sciences, cleantech, semiconductors, telecommunications. Our Israeli clients range from emerging innovators to some of the most prominent technology companies in Israel.