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Labor and Employment Law
Labor and Employment Law Shibolet recognizes that human resource legal issues involve the people that are the core of clients’ businesses, and that labor and employment related legal issues are crucial both in the day-to-day activity of corporate clients and in the framework of local and international business reorganizations and transactions.Shibolet’s labor and employment team is highly experienced in applying the necessary delicate integration of compliance with highly regulated law, on the one hand, together with corporate managerial considerations, including retention and incentive aspects; organizational sensitivities in situations of personal life events, reddundancies, disciplinary actions, etc. on the other.Shibolet’s labor and employment attorneys work closely, and are familiar with the unique needs of both human resource departments of multi-national and publicly traded entities, and the management of emerging “start-up” companies.  They provide a wide range of services in order to create productive working environments that are compliant with Israeli Labor and Employment Law. The labor and employment practice includes:  Accompanying labor and employment aspects of complex M&A transactions;Due diligence and disclosures in the framework of transactions and IPO’s;Adapting global employment policies, handbooks, agreements and forms to meet  Israeli labor and employment requirements and environment; Advising on a wide-range of employment related legal issues; Formulating “custom made”agreements, practices and policies regarding hiring, ongoing employment, separation, severance, etc., as well as  specific fields such as sexual harassment prevention and privacy matters, Proper use of company computers, internet and e-mail, and other matters arising from the company-employee relationship;Counselling and drafting regarding sensitive issues such as employees’ confidentiality, Intellectual Property Assignment, Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation;Advising and accompanying legal aspects of executive and expert relocations   to and from Israel;Non-employee human resource arrangements, such as consultants, contractors, outsourcing, etc.; Designing employee and executive options, stocks, RSU or other equity/cash compensation and retention plans, including adaptation of existing international plans for beneficiaries subject to Israeli taxation;Litigation and representation of clients in the Labor Courts and ADR procedures;Shibolet & Co.'s labor and employment team regularly circulates “Client Updates” and gives lectures and presentations on the dynamically changing requirements and trends in Israeli Labor and Employment law.
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 Business Law
- Legal counsel and management to corporations in areas relating to various areas of expertise.- Establishing corporations as well as business strategies and contractual and business relationships.- On-going legal services for everyday issues.- Joint ventures, entrepreneurships, mergers and acquisitions, service agreements, distribution agreements,purchasing agreements, representation in local and internationallegal and business disputes and mediation.
Tax
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TaxAcknowledging that tax rules and regulations affect almost every transactional activity, Shibolet's tax attorneys are involved and advise in all the significant transactions handled by the firm. Their expert opinions are crucial to the effective undertakings of the firm’s clients. With extensive experience in Israeli and international tax planning, tax treaties, offshore jurisdictions and respective corporate structures, as well as close ties with tax advisors worldwide, Shibolet is able to offer comprehensive tax planning and counsel in the following areas: Cross-border transactionsMergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuringInternational taxation of venture capital fundsPublic offeringsEmployee stock option plansTax issues relating to high-tech companies and their employees.UnderwritingsFinancingsExecutive interestsOther financial instrumentsTax opinionsRepresentation vis-a-vis tax authoritiesLitigation in courts of first instance and appellate levelShibolet tax attorneys have filled prominent national positions in the field of taxation. One key attorney is the author of an authoritative treatise on the new tax reform laws. Another is a lecturer at professional tax forums, serves as the editor of a tax newsletter and is a contributing editor of a well-known tax bulletin.
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.  
Intellectual Property
Intellectual PropertyWith the rapid advances in technology, the reputation of Israel’s high-tech and life science industries has come to be recognized as a valuable national resource, supplying a major impetus to the country’s economy. Israel’s tradition of creativity and entrepreneurial drive combined with an individual sense of responsibility for achievement have propelled the relatively small country to a world presence in scientific and technological development. In a recent survey, Israel ranked number six worldwide as a country that was awarded the most patents by the US Patent Office on a per capita basis. Israel is a member state of the Paris Convention, the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), the Berne Convention, the Universal Copyright Convention, international trademark conventions including Madrid, Nice, Lisbon and Strasbourg Agreements, and has effected TRIPS-related legislation to advance harmonization of international protection of intellectual property rights.  Israel’s active and modern Patent and Trademark Office affords protection for patents, trademarks and design registrations to applicants from around the world.  Shibolet understands that intellectual property rights are one of the most valuable assets belonging to a start-up company or a mature enterprise engaging in continued research and development.  Along with a strong focus on the intellectual property rights in the development of hardware and software, the firm’s expertise has successfully expanded to include the burgeoning market of biotech and life sciences. The firm’s attorneys are active and highly knowledgeable in the ever-growing body of laws and regulations pertaining to this industry.  The scope of services offered by the firm’s Intellectual Property team include:Review of patents, trademarks, copyrights and design applications, and evaluation for potential exposure to domestic and foreign infringement claims, including pre-registration searches and patentability opinions; Expert patent drafting and evaluation by patent attorneys and technical experts in the fields of: computers, electronics, communications, power systems, mechanics, optics, physics, semi-conductors, biomedical engineering, biochemistry and biology; Filing and registration of IP rights with all patent offices and administrative bodies, such as the PCT, Israel PTO, USPTO and other patent offices and official registrars worldwide; Formation of joint ventures and other partnership entities; Engagement in a wide range of intellectual property litigation to ensure effective enforcement of IP rights before all judicial and administrative bodies in Israel and worldwide, including infringement actions and opposition proceedings; Support services for operational frameworks in order to enable client flexibility in the global market by way of, inter alia, assignments, sale and acquisition agreements, non-disclosure agreements, licensing, confidentiality, and employment agreements adapted for each individual client; Maintaining contacts with local agents all over the world for successful prosecution and enforcement of IP rights; Negotiatiing and drafting technology-related agreements involving software and product licenses, broadcast and communications agreements, multi-media development and Internet matters; Due diligence evaluations.
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