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Israel Group News
August 2019
Welcome to the August 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.
China passes Foreign Investment Law
In the face of a grueling trade and technology war with the US, China is trying to find new ways to galvanize its own economy. One strategy is to attract more foreign investment and give foreign investors the so-called “national treatment.” The newly promulgated Foreign Investment Law is a major step in that direction. Israeli companies that are exploring “Made in China for China (maybe as financed by China)” should take note of the new legal framework for foreign investment that will take shape as of January 1, 2020. Click here to read more.
We are proud to report that in the second quarter of 2019, we provided service to Israeli clients on over 65 matters in the following 34 jurisdictions: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Dubai, EMEA, the European Union, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, 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 Belgium, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States
Corporate and securities issues in Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States
Employment guidance in Australia, Brazil, China, Dubai, EMEA, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States
Financing transactions in the United Kingdom and the United States
Litigation guidance in Austria, France, Germany (patent litigation), Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States (commercial, wrongful termination, and patent litigations)
M&A transactions in Luxembourg, Peru, Romania, Ukraine, and the United States
Patent guidance in China and the United States
Privacy guidance and compliance (including with respect to the GDPR) in Brazil, China, the European Union, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States
Private equity fund investments in excess of $200 million in Denmark, the United Kingdom, and the United States
Real estate leases in Australia and the United States
Regulatory issues in Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, the European Union, Germany, UAE, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States
Strategic agreements, partnerships and joint ventures in Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States
Trademark assistance in the European Union, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States
Tax issues in Italy, Netherlands, and the United States
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.

Edward McAndrew shares his insights on complying with the CCPA with Corporate Counsel: “We’re past the time where companies should have started preparing for the CCPA.”

DLA Piper’s Legal Professional Privilege Global Guide contains up-to-date details of the concept and scope of legal professional privilege in 38 jurisdictions.

Makiko Kawamura, Partner in DLA Piper’s Tokyo office, is quoted in an article on Israel’s growing business relationship with Japan. “In many cases, I still see outbound and inbound investments in technology, including Fintech, Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare. We also see that Japanese companies go to Israel to establish an R&D center, and hire local talent with expertise in these areas.”

While apps are incredibly popular in China, in recent months some have been disappearing from app stores in the country because they do not comply with recent apps regulations. Indeed, many companies are not even aware of the comprehensive new privacy compliance obligations for apps in China.

Luxembourg is the largest investment fund center in Europe and the second largest in the world after the United States. Luxembourg’s investment funds have a dominant position in Europe both for retail and institutional investors and are also recognized in Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East.

Our third monthly bulletin on blockchain and digital assets aims to help companies identify important and significant legal developments governing the use and acceptance of blockchain technology, smart contracts and digital assets.

To help meet the opportunities and challenges of going global, we created a handy set of guides that cover business-relevant corporate, employment, intellectual property and technology, executive compensation, and tax laws in key jurisdictions around the world.

We take a look at the ongoing impact of digital transformation on business operations, the use of AI and the partnering of incumbent players with insurtech startups in our latest Insurance Horizons publication.
June: On June 19, 2019, we hosted our seventh WIN Israel GC Confidential Dinner in Tel Aviv, entitled “Your Personal Brand In-House.” Guests included General Counsel and other senior in-house legal counsel from Amdocs, CheckMarx, Noble Energy, SimilarWeb, Stratasys and Wix, among other amazing companies. Digital Marketing Consultant Shari Wright Pilo discussed “Personal Brands” – why in-house counsel should care about the connection between them and the reputation of their companies and different approaches towards building them. Learn more.

June: Lewis J. Greenwald (Partner) and Naftali Z. Dembitzer (Of Counsel) from DLA Piper’s New York office, presented at a tax conference held on June 12, 2019 at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Tel Aviv. Lewis and Naftali spoke about “Transfer Pricing Challenges of the Digital Economy,” focusing on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) recent proposals regarding taxation in the digital economy and its implications, as well as US federal, state and local taxes affecting the digital economy. Learn more.

June: On June 3, 2019, we co-hosted a breakfast event with leading Israeli law firm Yigal Arnon on Current Issues in Competition. Léon Korsten, Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper’s Antitrust and Competition group and Head of the Dutch Litigation and Regulatory practice, analyzed the recent German antitrust decision against Facebook and how it affects local tech companies in his presentation entitled “The German Facebook Decision: Convergence of Competition Law, Data Protection and Consumer Protection – Should that be the Law?” Learn more.

May: On May 13, 2019, our Israel Country Group co-hosted a breakfast event focused on investment arbitration in collaboration with leading Israeli law firm Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM). We were privileged to be joined by our colleagues Michael Ostrove (Global Co-Chair of the firm’s International Arbitration practice) and Ben Sanderson (Practice Manager of the International Arbitration practice), who provided an overview on how investments can be protected and how Israeli investors can use international law mechanisms to seek redress when an investment turns sour. Learn more.

May: On May 1, 2019, we hosted the eighth 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 Russia. Leo Batalov, Global Co-Head of DLA Piper’s Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice and Partner in the firm’s Moscow office, spoke about Russia-Israeli business ties generally and provided an overview of the Russian high-tech sector, with a focus on information technologies, transport and infrastructure, medicine and healthcare, and clean technologies and alternative energy sources. Learn more.
September 10: Global employment
September 16: Doing business in Luxembourg – click here to register.
September: CCPA workshop
October: Global M&A trends
November: Doing business in Latin America
Stay tuned for information on additional events we are planning for 2019! If you would like to receive invitations to DLA Piper Israel Group events, click here.
From Legal Advisers To Brand Network: Who Learned To Improve Their Digital Impression, Globes, June 23, 2019 (Hebrew)
Technology Will Produce a New Type of Lawyer, Globes, June 13, 2019 featuring Simon Levine
Fifth Avenue Will Only Continue to Deteriorate, Calcalist, May 16, 2019 (Hebrew)
Of 2,500 Investment Treaties in the World, Israel is Only Part of 40, Globes, May 13, 2019 (Hebrew), featuring Michael Ostrove and Ben Sanderson
DLA Piper Advises Perion Network on Acquisition of AI Marketing Start-Up, CEE Legal Matters, May 6, 2019
Get fresh perspectives and insights from DLA Piper and our Israel Country practice – find us on LinkedIn and Twitter, and subscribe to Israel Global Gateway, a blog about business and legal issues important to Israeli companies, investors and entrepreneurs in support of their global activities. If you would like to receive invitations to DLA Piper Israel Group events, click here and to join the Israel Group mailing list, click here.

We actively represent Israeli investors and companies (well over 200 since we started the practice over nine years ago) on 65+ matters every month 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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