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DLA Piper – Israel Group News



Welcome to the September issue of our global newsletter Israel Group News. DLA Piper’s Israel Country Group delivers all the benefits of a global law firm through a team of lawyers committed to the Israel market.

With a dedicated team on the ground in Israel that creates opportunities for Israeli companies by leveraging our global relationships to match up strategic partners, potential joint ventures, and other business-to-business connections, we have become the necessary partner for a growing list of Israeli companies and investors who are active in markets and industries throughout the world. We have represented over 180 Israeli investors and companies in connection with many of their activities requiring legal counsel across the globe, including transactional, commercial, regulatory, intellectual property, employment, litigation and tax issues. We have also assisted more than 170 multinational clients in their Israel-related activities in cooperation with local firms with whom we work closely.

Israel Group News represents the next step in our service offering, aiming to keep you informed about current developments, hot topics for your consideration and DLA Piper activities that focus on bringing this dynamic ecosystem to your doorstep. We hope you enjoy.


In just under eight months, on May 25, 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect. Global companies targeting customers in the EU, and companies based in the EU are currently undertaking diligent efforts to bring themselves into compliance by the deadline. In this guest column, our colleagues Michelle Anderson and Meredith Jankowski explain the territorial scope of the GDPR, provide background and context on the territorial applicability of data protection law in Europe and discuss the unique requirement for companies not established in the EU to designate a representative. Read more.

For additional information on our global Data Protection, Privacy and Security group, or for questions on how we can assist your company with becoming GDPR compliant, please do not hesitate to reach out.


We are proud to report that in the second quarter of 2017, we provided service to our Israeli clients in the following 47 countries: Angola, Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Peru, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

Below are some representative matters in which we assisted our clients around the world:

Commercial issues in 38 countries throughout Europe, Asia, the US and Latin America

Corporate and securities issues in Japan, the Netherlands and the US

Employment guidance in Australia, Cameroon, Canada, France, Latin America, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US

Financing transactions in the UK and the US

Global compliance programs throughout the US, including anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions

Litigation guidance in the US, Hungary, Germany and Japan

M&A transactions in Belarus, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Ukraine and the US

Patent guidance in the US

Post-merger integration project across 8-10 European jurisdictions

Privacy guidance and compliance (including with respect to the GDPR) in China, the EU, Germany, Russia, the UK and the US

Real estate transactions in the UK and the US

Regulatory issues in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the EU, France, Italy, Peru, Russia, Sweden and the UK

Strategic agreements, partnerships, and joint ventures in Brazil, China and the EU

Trademark assistance in Germany, the UK and the US

Private equity fund investments in excess of $200 million in the US


President Donald Trump recently signed an Executive Order on cybersecurity, which escalates critical infrastructure (CI) cybersecurity to a greater priority in federal policy. The EO also addresses particular sectorial cybersecurity risks and capabilities concerning the communications and information technology sectors, the defense industrial base and the electricity subsector. Additionally, it contains an ambitious plan for updating and upgrading federal networks, which will ultimately be subject to Congressional oversight and appropriations. To learn more and for key takeaways, click here.

Much has been written recently on Blockchain, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). To help all of us who are trying to get our heads around these technological developments, our colleague Trent Dykes pulled together the following list of resources that he has found useful. To read more, click here.

The amount of information and analysis published since the UK’s referendum decision to leave the EU is bewildering. Our concise newsletter Boardroom Brexit has been designed to help senior executives cut through to the issues that really matter for your business. In the first issue, we look at the negotiating mandates of the EU and UK and highlight crucial points and action steps. Access Boardroom Brexit here.


Please be on the lookout for more information about our upcoming sponsored events.

September 18, 2017 – Labour & Employment Global Law Forum with DLA Piper colleagues from France, Germany and the UK

October 22, 2017 – WIN Dinner focused on IP compliance with colleagues from the US

October 31, 2017 – Global M&A Intelligence Report launch event

November 1, 2017 – Luncheon for Israeli law firm management with Juan Picón, Global
Co-Chairman, DLA Piper

November 8, 2017 – India and Israel: Investments, Innovations and Opportunities

December 2017 – e-Discovery, Insurance Tech, Social Impact and Pro Bono Engagement events


Léon Korsten, co-chair of DLA Piper’s global Antitrust and Competition group, provided a concise overview of the key differences and similarities in enforcement actions around the globe at our recent Antitrust event, which focused on the main differences in antitrust enforcement priorities within Israeli companies’ core markets. Find out more about the event here.

Over 100 women attended our inaugural Israel Women’s Leadership Series event, which will include events and networking opportunities for female English speaking professionals in Israel. The event featured an exclusive screening of “She Started It,” followed by an interview with one of the filmmakers via Skype. Find out more about this event and our Israel Women’s Leadership Series here.

Joshua Kaye, chair of DLA Piper’s US Healthcare Sector, spoke to a packed room about commercial and regulatory issues that digital health companies face in the US, offering practical comments on the ways such companies can position themselves in the competitive US market. Find out more here.

Naomi Maryles, Israel Business Development at DLA Piper, had a fireside chat with Scott Kurnit, founder of About.com, on the topic “The Future of Media and Technology” at Axis Innovation’s annual roadshow of Israeli tech startups. Shayne Veramallay, Global Head and Senior Executive of DLA Piper’s Accelerate Advisory Group and Venture Pipeline, moderated a panel of investor presentations and startup pitches. Find out more about this exciting annual event here.


Get fresh perspectives and insights from DLA Piper and our Israel Country practice – find us on LinkedIn and Twitter, and visit our blog, Israel Global Gateway.

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