The GT Israel Law Blog covers a range of non-Israeli legal issues relevant to Israeli companies. Our team focuses on topics important to Israeli companies seeking to develop and grow their businesses abroad, as well as information relevant to individuals and companies around the world contemplating business opportunities in Israel.

With Israeli businesses attracting capital from all over the world and operating in countless jurisdictions, the range of relevant issues is truly global. Greenberg Traurig, with its presence in so many business hubs and experience in numerous legal practice areas, brings a multi-faceted perspective to business and legal issues through this blog.

Resident in Israel

Joey Shabot Joey T. Shabot is the Managing Shareholder of the Tel-Aviv office and focuses his practice on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, investments, securities law and financing. His experience includes advising on complex matters involving companies across a variety of industries throughout the world, including the United States, Israel, Asia, Europe, MENA Region and Latin America.

Gary Emmanuel has market leading experience in corporate securities matters, representing both domestic and foreign companies in a full range of general corporate and securities matters, with a focus on navigating the process of capital raising, including initial public offerings (IPOs), follow-on offerings, shelf takedowns, private placements in public equities (PIPEs), reverse mergers, and de-SPACs, as well as SEC reporting and compliance, and corporate governance matters. Gary works closely with life science companies and other companies in growth technology verticals, both as company counsel and as underwriter’s counsel. In addition, Gary counsels companies in a wide variety of corporate transactions including licensing, reverse mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Meira Ferziger focuses on the individual needs of particular companies, preventative strategies and litigation avoidance. She guides clients through the development and implementation of employment policies and practices in light of applicable local, state, and federal laws, and advises clients as to minimizing the risk associated with terminating employees, including potential discrimination, unjust dismissal, and/or breach of contract claims. Meira also plays a central role in advising clients with respect to the employment aspects of corporate transactions, including the preparation and negotiation of employment and retention agreements for key employees pursuant to such transactions.

 David Huberman works closely with Israeli and domestic clients, representing issuers and underwriters on capital raising transactions, including private and public offerings. He regularly represents Israeli companies in their initial public offerings on U.S. stock exchanges and advises on ongoing compliance with U.S. securities laws. David’s clients include pharmaceutical and technology companies currently traded, or on their way to the Nasdaq.

Dean A. Isaacs focuses his practice on a broad spectrum of issues related to U.S. and international real estate, including construction, acquisition and mezzanine loans. He also focuses on intercreditor agreements, joint ventures, land assemblage, acquisition and disposition, and his real estate development experience extends to office buildings, shops and retail establishments, hotels, entertainment venues, resorts, residences, condominiums and condominium-hotels. Dean also counsels clients on remedial loan matters such as workouts, restructurings and foreclosures.

Mark Selinger represents public and private U.S., Israeli and other international technology and life sciences companies in public offering, private placement, and merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions. His experience includes handling complex cross-border transactions, including several “going-private” transactions involving Nasdaq-listed Israeli companies, and multiple SPAC IPO and cross-border deSPAC transactions. Mark also advises on disclosure and compliance issues arising under U.S. securities laws, including NYSE and NASDAQ regulations.

Adam Snukal’s practice is primarily focused around the centrality of technology across many verticals and industries, with an emphasis on health care, FinTech, privacy, cyber-security, Ad-Tech, entertainment, IT/cloud infrastructure, outsourcing and Aerospace/ New Space. Mr. Snukal also regularly counsels clients on their global privacy and data security compliance obligations, such as GDPR, HIPAA, CCPA, PCI, and more. Mr. Snukal’s clients range from large multi-nationals to emerging growth companies.

Lawrence Sternthal focuses his practice on representing insurance companies, pension funds, public and private real estate companies, and family offices in cross-border real estate transactions in the United States and Europe. Lawrence advises clients in real estate acquisitions, joint ventures, and mezzanine and preferred equity financings and is experienced in handling distressed real estate situations such as loan foreclosures, restructurings and workouts. Lawrence also advises multinational companies in sophisticated office, data center and hospitality transactions in Israel.

Wayne A. Yaffee focuses his practice on commercial real estate finance matters, and in this capacity, assists clients in all aspects of construction and permanent financing of multifamily projects, retail centers, office buildings, and build-to-suit projects. His clients include many money market and regional financing institutions, in addition to international financial institutions.

Ephraim Schmeidler focuses his practice on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and securities offerings. Ephraim has experience in working with clients in Israel, the U.S., Europe and Asia, and has represented both foreign and domestic entities, including Israeli VC’s, startups and companies with stock traded in U.S. stock exchanges, U.S., European, Chinese and Indian VC’s and private equity funds.

Aaron R. Katz represents companies and private equity firms in connection with various corporate transactions as well as general corporate counseling and governance. He focuses his practice on representing strategic and financial buyers and sellers in transactions, including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, divestitures and financings involving companies across a variety of industries based throughout the world. Aaron’s global experience is emphasized by having worked with clients from around the globe, including Israel, the U.S., Asia and Europe. Moreover, he has broad experience in working both in Israeli and American environments, having spent more than two years at the GT Chicago office prior to his move to the GT Tel Aviv office in 2014.

Deborah Lotstein focuses her practice on representing Israeli insurance companies, pension funds, public and private companies, funds sponsors and private individuals in cross-border real estate transactions. Deborah advises clients with respect to investments in private equity funds, joint venture transactions, real estate acquisitions, commercial real estate loans, fund formation, and office and retail leasing.

Devora Snyder-Shefer focuses her practice on domestic and international multicurrency lending and financial transactions, including secured and unsecured commercial loans, structured financings, acquisition financing, asset-based lending, and loan syndications.

Eran Levy focuses his practice on advising clients on both domestic and international U.S. federal income tax matters. He is experienced in advising public and private companies, private equity funds, financial institutions, and various other clients on the tax aspects of M&A transactions, real estate investments, securities offerings, financing transactions, reorganizations, and general tax matters. Before joining Greenberg Traurig, Eran practiced in the New York office of a prestigious international law firm.

Michael Soumas focuses his practice on corporate securities matters, including private and public offerings and ongoing compliance with the U.S. securities laws. He draws on his deep industry experience as an in-house counsel at a global investment bank to also advise clients on equity derivatives, margin loans and structured finance, with special emphasis on working with Israeli tech companies with capital markets-focused needs.

Joshua Bernstein is a trial lawyer who focuses on labor and employment law, including OSHA safety and health regulatory compliance. He is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Josh has wide-ranging experience providing counsel and pre-litigation advice regarding government investigations and enforcing regulatory compliance in critical employer/employee areas, including safety & health, wage & hour, retaliation, wrongful termination, discrimination, classification as employees/independent contractors, work performance issues, and accommodations.

Global Israel Practice Team

Bob Grossman, a co-chair of the firm’s Israel Practice, began practicing securities, M&A and corporate law at Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office in 1982. With wide-ranging experience taking companies public, acquiring and selling companies and as a business advisor, Bob brings a practical business-oriented approach to his clients’ problems. He has represented a diverse collection of public and private companies, including companies in the medical device, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare, energy and natural resources, technology and software, and communications industries.

Barry Schindler is co-chair of the firm’s Patent Prosecution Practice and a shareholder in the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. Barry has more than 20 years of legal experience in intellectual property law, including multidisciplinary litigation experience. He has helped companies of all sizes build and manage significant patent portfolios, develop in-house procedures and formulate intellectual property strategies. He positions clients to gain a competitive advantage by identifying patentable subject matter and drafting claims in such a way that infringement becomes possible to prove.