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Israel Group News
February 2019
Welcome to the February 2019 issue of our global newsletter, Israel Group News. DLA Piper’s Israel Group delivers all the benefits of a global law firm through a team of lawyers committed to the Israel market.

Israel Group News aims 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 the last few weeks alone, we hosted two privacy-related interactive training seminars, one focused on the role and responsibilities of a company’s Data Protection Officer (DPO), and the other dedicated to preparing for and dealing with data breaches. In addition, Andrew Dyson, (Partner and Co-Chair of the UK Data Protection, Privacy and Security practice) and Robyn Palmer – who presented the DPO training – co-authored an article for the Israeli business daily Calcalist on “The Rise of the DPO,” and Patrick Van Eecke (Partner and Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper’s Data Protection, Privacy and Security practice) – who presented the data breach seminar – was interviewed by the Israeli business daily TheMarker, following the recent announcement that France fined Google �50 million for breach of EU privacy regulations.

To learn more about our Data Protection, Privacy and Security practice, click here. For more data privacy updates, click here.
GUEST ARTICLE
The rise of the DPO
Many are aware of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)’s application to businesses established in the EU. What is less well known is that, in some circumstances, the GDPR can apply to businesses located outside of the EU as well. These organizations may find that, in addition to the requirement to fully comply with the GDPR in relation to the collection and use of personal data, they will need to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) as well. The DPO is intended to act as an independent function within the organization, to help guide and assure compliance with the GDPR. Click here to read more.
GLOBAL ACTIVITIES
We are proud to report that in the fourth quarter of 2018, we provided service to over 45 Israeli clients in the following 35 jurisdictions: Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Dubai, European Union, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Below are some representative matters in which we assisted our Israeli clients around the world:
Commercial issues in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Dubai, Germany, India, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States
Corporate and securities issues in Austria, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan and the United States
Employment guidance in Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States
Financing transactions in the United Kingdom and the United States
Litigation guidance in France, Germany (patent litigation), Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States (commercial and patent litigations)
M&A transactions in Germany, Romania, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States
Patent guidance in China and the United States
Privacy guidance and compliance (including with respect to the GDPR) in Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States
Private equity fund investments in excess of $250 million in the United Kingdom and the United States
Real estate leases in China and Ukraine
Regulatory issues in Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Spain, the European Union, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States
Strategic agreements, partnerships and joint ventures in China, Japan and the United Kingdom
Trademark assistance in Russia and the United States
Tax issues in France and the United States
 
MORE NEWS FROM DLA PIPER
Below is a sampling of some recent client alerts that we believe would be of interest to our Israel-connected clients. For a full menu of our daily publications, please click here.

Over 59,000 data breach notifications have been reported across the European Economic Area by public and private organizations since the GDPR came into force on May 25, 2018, according to DLA Piper’s GDPR Data Breach survey. This DLA Piper report takes a closer look at the number of breaches notified to regulators and the first fines issued under the new GDPR regime for the period from May 25, 2018 to International Data Protection Day on January 28, 2019.

As the #MeToo movement gains momentum, many jurisdictions around the world have adopted anti-sexual harassment laws. In our blog post #MeToo and Its Impact on Global Investigations, we offer best practice tips for creating a harassment-free workplace culture outside the US and examine how to conduct a thorough investigation if a global employer finds itself facing a sexual harassment claim, especially in light of onerous data privacy laws and limited attorney-client privilege outside the US.

Last year was a landmark period for state consumer privacy legislation. The year began with states updating – or in two cases passing their first – data breach notification statutes. But the June passage of California’s omnibus privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), was a first at the state or federal level. This law raises the prospect of other omnibus privacy laws passing in other states and has driven consensus in the business community on the need to enact some sort of comprehensive federal privacy law.

Legal professional privilege has recently been the subject of numerous important English court judgments which have sought to restrict the applicability of legal advice privilege and litigation privilege. Our latest publication provides a brief summary of legal professional privilege, an analysis of recent cases and practical steps for in-house lawyers to avoid losing or waiving privilege.

Amid a period of strong economic growth, most compliance professionals say their resources and access to their organization’s governing board are sufficient. So why has their concern over their own and their CEO’s liability increased over the past year? DLA Piper’s 2018 Compliance & Risk Report points to two potential, complementary explanations.

And our global compliance survey of initial coin offerings and securities token offerings examines how governments and agencies in more than 70 jurisdictions define, regulate and tax tokens and associated transactions. Regulatory concerns, the survey shows, can range from an outright ban on ICOs and STOs (or any token generation event) to whether such offerings will be permitted, and if safeguards and regulatory compliance issues are properly addressed.
RECENT EVENTS
October: DLA Piper Canada and Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal co-hosted a seminar focusing on the regulatory and legal landscape in Canada. Speakers included Noam Goodman (Global Co-Chair of our Retail Industry sector), Itai Melchoir (Israeli Foreign Trade Administration), Saul Kaye (iCAN | Israeli Cannabis) and Mike Rimon (Partner at Meitar). Among topics covered were approaches to going public in Canada, relevant regulatory processes, Israeli cannabis transactions and related Israeli innovations. Learn more.

October: More than 20 in-house counsel took part in our sixth WIN Israel GC Confidential Dinner, with the theme “Confidence is Key: Becoming a Stronger In-House Leader.” Erin Abrams, General Counsel at Via, led an interactive discussion on the essential psychological, physical and verbal skills required to demonstrate confidence in the in-house role, as well as personality and persuasion styles and the need for authenticity. Learn more.

November: We co-hosted a breakfast together with Yigal Arnon and iCapital.io on the topic of blockchain. Martin Bartlam (Head of DLA Piper’s International Finance and Projects group and Global Co-Chair of the FinTech group) discussed ICOs and other industry-related trends in the UK market. Among other speakers were Adrian Daniels, Partner at Yigal Arnon, and Agada Nameri, General Manager of iCapital.io, each of whom focused on the regulatory changes and market developments in the Israeli blockchain ecosystem. Learn more.

November: We hosted the sixth installment of our roundtable series in collaboration with PwC Israel, “Doing Business Globally,” with a breakfast discussion on the legal and tax issues that arise when investing in the Netherlands. This exclusive event featured Joris Willems, Sander Wiggers and Michiel Coenraads, Partners in our Amsterdam office. Learn more.

December: Andrew Dyson, Co-Chair of the UK Data Protection, Privacy and Security practice, and Robyn Palmer led an interactive training session for Data Protection Officers. The half-day session provided attendees the opportunity to learn more about the practicalities of establishing an effective privacy office under the GDPR and dealing with the practical realities of an organization’s on-going GDPR compliance. Learn more.

January: We hosted the seventh installment of our roundtable series in collaboration with PwC Israel, “Doing Business Globally,” with a breakfast discussion focused on doing business in Poland. Speakers included Ambassador Marek Magierowski, Polish Ambassador to Israel; Elroy Knebel, President of the Council of the Polish-Israeli Chamber of Commerce; our colleagues Jacek Giziński, Krzysztof Kycia and Marta Frąckowiak, and Rafi Ganz of PwC Israel. Learn more.
COMING SOON
February 14: Sponsor of Axis Tel Aviv
March 6: Sponsor of OurCrowd Global Investor Summit
March 26-27: Sponsor of Israel Dealmakers Summit
April 1: Managing Partners Lunch with Simon Levine
April 3: Israel Real Estate Summit – more information here.
 
STAY TUNED FOR MORE EVENTS
International Arbitration
Doing Business in Russia
Global Employment
Transfer Tax and State and Local Tax
M&A Trends
 
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RECENT PRESS
Israel Gives Green Light To Medical Cannabis Exports,” The Jerusalem Post, January 27, 2019, featuring Noam Goodman
France fined Google €50 million euros for breach of EU privacy regulations,” TheMarker, January 21, 2019, featuring Patrick Van Eecke
Britain will find a way to reach an agreement, even at the last minute,” Calcalist, January 17, 2019, featuring Andrew Darwin, Global Co-Chairman of DLA Piper
DLA Piper held a workshop for data protection officers (DPOs) of leading Israeli companies,” Walla News, 26 December 2018
As Canada Legalizes Recreational Cannabis, Israel Considers Lifting Export Ban,” The Jerusalem Post, October 17, 2018, featuring Noam Goodman
 
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We actively represent 60+ Israeli investors and companies every month (well over 200 since we started the practice over nine years ago) 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 also routinely assist a growing number of our multinational clients (over 200 to date) with respect to their Israel activities (in cooperation with local firms with whom we work closely). In addition, we are always looking to create opportunities for our Israeli clients by leveraging the global relationships we manage to match up strategic partners, potential joint ventures and other business-to-business connections around the world.
 
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