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Environment, Cleantech and Climate Change
Environment, Cleantech and Climate Change  During recent years there have been significant developments and changes in the field of environmental law, and particularly with respect to investments in Cleantech, which have impacted on almost all business activities in Israel and worldwide. In addition, the reporting requirements and officers' liability in connection with environmental issues have been significantly enhanced in recent years. These changes and developments necessitate increased legal assistance and counseling.Shibolet established its environmental practice several years ago and provides legal services in this important field to investors in environmental technologies, entrepreneurs, funds, and corporations which encounter or may encounter issues and problems in the environmental field. Adv. Orit Marom-Albeck is head of the Environment, Cleantech and Climate Change (EC&CC) practice at Shibolet & Co. Adv. Marom-Albeck, who holds a degree in Chemistry from Tel Aviv University, has been practicing environmental law for over a decade, handling the scientific and technological issues from a legal perspective. Adv. Marom-Albeck has practiced in both the public and private sectors. She has interacted with governmental authorities, both in litigation cases and as legal counsel in both domestic and international transactions, which has substantially contributed to the already significant experience and expertise Shibolet has acquired over the years in this field. In addition, Adv. Marom-Albeck teaches environmental law courses in academic institutions, has published articles in this field and  together with our firm, co-authored a book which contains the major precedents in criminal, civil and administrative proceedings in the environmental field.Furthermore, Adv. Marom-Albeck has special expertise in the Kyoto Protocol, Cleantech, Climate Change, "green" energy, and trading of emission reduction units. Adv. Marom-Albeck prepared a legal opinion for the Israeli Ministry of Environment regarding the establishment of a national body for the Clean Development Mechanism established under the Kyoto Protocol, and was actively involved in international commercial contracts in this field.The Environment, Cleantech and Climate Change practice group at Shibolet & Co. primarily,provides the following services:  Legal counseling to clients regarding the adoption and implementation of     environmental corporate policy, including counseling vis-a-vis compliance with regulatory requirements and demands, identification of discrepancies and potential  hazards, adopting requisite policies to comply with the regulatory requirements, providing appropriate tools with respect to officers’ liability, preparation of corporate compliance programs, counseling regarding reporting requirements and more;  Legal counseling in transactions involving environmental issues, conduction of due diligence and drafting contracts in this field; Counseling with respect to the Kyoto Protocol, Cleantech, Climate Change, "green" energy, and trading of emission reduction units, including drafting of contracts on these issues. Legal counseling to investors, entrepreneurs, funds, and corporations in this field including in international transactions. Representing clients in disputes and crisis, including before authorities and    judicial tribunals.
Commercial Law: Security & Defense High-Tech
- International projects, direct sales to governments and via integrators.- Agent and distribution agreements and representation.- Handling RFPs and RFIs – response and representation in international and local tenders.- Purchase agreements with sub-contractors in complex projects, SOWs.- Joint ventures and cooperation agreements.- Complex service agreements.- Handling guaranties.- Transferring, sharing and selling of technology, hardware and software, royalties, etc.- Representation and mediation in local and international legal and business disputes. 
Telecommunications Media & Internet
Telecommunications Media & Internet Whether serving as a leading legal force behind the construction of the major Israeli- international underwater telecommunications cable system or negotiating on behalf of Israel's largest communications carrier, Shibolet provides experienced, highly skilled, innovative and effective counsel to all the firm's domestic and foreign based clients in this field.  Shibolet's extensive transactional experience has enhanced its successful representation of key global and local cable, satellite, broadcasting, internet service providers, international calling companies and other telecommunications concerns in their bids, contractual activities and negotiations for major projects in both government and private enterprises, including public and private debt and equity offerings and other project financing programs in Israel and the USA.  Aside from representing major foreign telecom companies in all their business interests in Israel, Shibolet represents Israel’s leading national communications carrier in a range of litigation concerning their core business, including a major class action regarding pricing practices. Transactions include the negotiation of a $500 million deal on behalf of a world leading telecommunications company with several Israeli and foreign major players in the telecom and cable fields, and the successful representation of Israel's largest national communications carrier in multi-million dollar complex negotiations concerning its future billing system.
High-Tech and Venture Capital
Shibolet & Co.'s high-tech and venture capital practice is among the largest and most recognized in Israel, as more than half of the firm's entire practice is high-tech related, the high-tech and venture capital practice group includes eight dedicated high-tech partners and overall the firm puts forward more than 50 professionals that are involved on a daily basis in the various aspects of the Israeli high-tech industry. Shibolet 's high-tech practice encompasses all aspects and areas of technology from research and development to technology transfer, commercialization of technologies , high-tech manufacturing, fund formation and  investment activities. For over three decades, the firm has represented entrepreneurs, start-ups, mature technology companies, venture capital funds, multi-nationals, angel investors and corporate investors for all their M&A and other transactional and financing needs. Shibolet provides its technology clients, both start-ups and mature companies, a full range of services, including corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, complex cross border commercial transactions, intellectual property, tax, litigation, labor and employment and environmental law advice. Shibolet has established some of Israel’s leading venture capital funds and represents them and other domestic and foreign funds through their investments and due diligence processes. The firm has special expertise in this practice from the early days of the Israeli venture capital industry and acts extensively on behalf of major Israeli, U.S. and European venture capital funds with respect to their investments in portfolio companies. Shibolet has acted as legal advisor to the Technological Incubator Program of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) since its inception, and has served for many years as special counsel to the OCS. The firm represents a number of privatized technological incubators.Shibolet also boasts extensive expertise in structuring alliances, joint development and joint venture agreements among various high-tech companies, and in the negotiation and drafting of complex technology and IP-related transactions, including licensing, OEM and technology transfer agreements. The firm has also a special expertise in representation both of, and versus, technology transfer or commercialization offices (TTOs) of universities and academic research institutionsShibolet's high-tech practice has special dedicated expertise in most of the high-tech vertical sectors Israel, from semiconductors to communication, enterprise software, mobile applications, gaming, internet & new media, cleantech, medical devices and life sciences. Probably more than any other firm in Israel – Shibolet's high-tech partners have an overwhelming experience in cross-border transactional work, extensively representing clients not only in or from the U.S. and Europe, but also China, Japan, Korea, India and many other countries in Asia and Africa.   The firm has special expertise in representing multinationals and their subsidiaries in their activities in Israel, and acting as legal counsel regarding, among others, their intellectual property structure, R&D and governmental grants, regulatory approvals and tax issues. Shibolet's high-tech group, in cooperation with the U.S. firm Fenwick & West, issues on a regular basis the only survey that covers legal terms of venture capital investments in Israel, and compares them to the practices of the Silicon Valley. For the English version of the Survey (First Half of 2012) click here. For the Hebrew version click here.The partners of the high-tech group are considered to be opinion leaders, and are invited on a regular basis to present and lecture in conferences of the Israeli high-tech industry and frequently publish professional articles in industry and business media.  
Litigation
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Shibolet's litigation department has broad experience in all types of commercial and civil litigation, arbitration, mediation and alternate dispute resolution mechanisms.  The firm’s litigation team represents the firm’s clients from both the prosecutorial and defense sides of the courtroom. In addition, the firm handles multi-million dollar proceedings and complex lawsuits for a wide range of clients in various fields. Shibolet's litigation clients consist of leading companies from a variety of sectors, such as government companies, public corporations, Israeli and foreign banks, domestic and foreign insurance companies, private entities and corporations involved in industrial and commercial transactions and venture capital funds. Shibolet’s litigation team has vast experience in monetary claims and other actions to obtain varied measures of relief, such as injunctions, declaratory judgments, debt claims, mandatory injunctions, actions against administrative bodies as well as other types of interim measures. Shibolet's litigation team has experience in representation before all courts and tribunals including all levels of the civil court system, the Supreme Court in its capacity as an Appellate Court, the Supreme Court in its capacity as the High Court of Justice, Administrative Courts and Labor Courts. The firm represents its clients not only in the judicial and administrative forums, but also in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, such as arbitration and mediation proceedings.  The firm’s diverse litigation expertise and team skill extend to legal proceedings involving business contracts from a broad range of disciplines such as: corporations, substantive and procedural international law, commercial law, banking, insurance, communications, computers, environmental law, tenders, antitrust issues, mergers and acquisitions, torts, administrative law, professional responsibility, intellectual property, defamation, real estate, taxes and class actions. Shibolet's litigation team also handles dissolution proceedings, liquidations, receiverships and stays of proceedings, and represents a variety of clients in these areas, such as creditors, directors, shareholders, companies and debtors. Shibolet's litigation team also serves as liquidators and receivers.
China Practice
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China Practice Shibolet & Co. was one of the first Israeli law firms to provide legal services for Israeli investors in China, and the first Israeli law firm to establish a presence in China. Over the past decade, Shibolet’s lawyers have provided legal services in various types of business transactions involving both Chinese and Israeli clients, gaining extensive experience in the Chinese legal system and business environment. Our team is comprised of premier lawyers with broad legal experience in China, including International lawyers who were involved in the biggest M&A deal of a Chinese entity in Israel, as well as, Chinese speaking Israeli lawyers, enabling us to offer the most professional, efficient and comprehensive legal services to our clients.  In addition, Shibolet developed a fruitful cooperation with Da Cheng Law Offices, the biggest law firm in Asia with more than 2,600 lawyers in China and Asia, among them our China practice partner, an Israeli lawyer who is based in Shanghai. Among the services that our attorneys provide are:  Handling wide scale and complex M&A, Investment, Joint Venture and other corporate transactions.Incorporation of legal entities in China under different types of structures such as a Sino-Foreign Joint Venture (JV), a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE), a domestic Chinese company and a Hong Kong Ltd company.Drafting commercial agreements for conducting business in China, including manufacturing, distribution and license agreements.Rendering ongoing legal advice to the companies that are operating their business activities in China.Establishment of venture capital with foreign and Chinese investors.Participation in arbitration proceedings in China International Economic Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC).Strategic planning of investment in the Chinese market.   As part of our global vision and international orientation, we consider our China practice as a fundamental practice in our firm. We believe that the cumulative experience of our experts coupled with our extensive and long-term connections in China make our China practice an excellent choice. 
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