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Israel Group News
November 2019
Welcome to the November 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.
Augmented reality and virtual reality: IP considerations
The augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) market forecast for 2019 is $16.8 billion and is expected to expand dramatically in the coming years, with market forecasts for 2023 eclipsing $160 billion. As new AR and VR technologies emerge, so do legal questions arising from their use. This article by Tom K. Ara and Katherine Imp examines certain intellectual property considerations for publishers and users venturing into this space in the United States.
We are proud to report that in the third quarter of 2019, we provided service to over 40 Israeli companies on multiple matters in the following 45 jurisdictions: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Below are some representative matters in which we assisted our Israeli clients around the world:
Commercial issues in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States
Corporate and securities issues in Netherlands, Portugal, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States
Employment guidance in Austria, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, and globally
Financing transactions in the United Kingdom and the United States
Litigation guidance in Austria, France, Germany (patent litigation), Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States (commercial, wrongful termination, and patent litigations)
M&A transactions in Argentina, Peru, Romania, Ukraine, 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, China, Colombia, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States
Private equity fund investments in excess of $220 million in the United Kingdom and the United States
Real estate leases in Finland, Spain, and the United States
Regulatory issues in Bahamas, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Ukraine, the United States, Vietnam, Zambia, and globally
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 Brazil, Netherlands, and the United States
Below is a sampling of some recent client alerts which we believe would be of interest to our Israel-connected clients. For a full menu of our daily publications, please click here.

Chris Arnold and Anthony Day discuss key issues related to the investment in, or acquisition of, a fintech business.

The 2019 DLA Piper Annual State of the Market Survey reveals a moderately bullish outlook among real estate executives, as respondents feel challenged to balance evolving market conditions and the anticipated end of the current cycle.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority recently published Regulatory Notice 19-31, responding to questions about how members can comply with FINRA’s public communication rules when communicating with customers using electronic media, while ensuring that presentations are fair and balanced.

Edward Chatterton and Liam Blackford highlight the main issues in brand localization in China.

The third edition of our APA and MAP Country Guide now lists 55 countries and informs taxpayers about the APA and MAP application procedures as they currently exist in those countries.

The chairs of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a joint statement regarding activities involving digital assets.
On September 10, 2019, we co-hosted our third Labor and Employment Global Law Forum in collaboration with Herzog, Fox & Neeman (HFN) and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) in HFN’s conference center in Tel Aviv. We were privileged to host 11 of our senior employment colleagues from around the globe, including Evan Parness from the United States, Vinita Arora from the UK, Kai Bodenstedt from Germany, Bijan Eghbal from France, Fabrizio Morelli and Pasquale Siciliani from Italy, Helen Bogaard and Jasper de Bok from the Netherlands, Johnny Choi from China, Pilar Menor from Spain and Helen Colquhoun from Hong Kong. The program focused on crucial insights in employment and labor law issues in Israel and around the globe. In attendance were over 150 in-house legal counsel from a wide range of Israeli and multinational companies. Learn more.

On September 16, 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 Luxembourg. We were privileged to hear from our colleagues Olivier Reisch, Laurent Massinon, Ambroise Foerster and David Alexandre from our Luxembourg office, Itai Horstock from the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office, and David Foy, from the Digital Economy Luxinnovation. They each shared practical tools and insights for businesses looking to break into the European market via Luxembourg. Learn more.
Brexit – January 15, 2020
Global M&A trends – March 2020
DPO training – Q1 2020
CCPA workshop – Q1 2020
Women’s event featuring Inbal Arieli, author of Chutzpah – Q1 2020
8th Israel Real Estate Summit – May 5, 2020
Cannabis: Canada and Israel – TBD
Country events focusing on Latin America; the Nordics; Ireland; Central Eastern Europe; Africa – TBD
Digital transformation – TBD
Global compliance – TBD
Stay tuned for information on additional events we are planning for 2020! If you would like to receive invitations to DLA Piper Israel Group events, click here.
Canada and Israel revise free trade agreement - analysis,” The Jerusalem Post, September 23, 2019
Canada and Israel revise free trade agreement,” Globes, September 20, 2019
Azrieli invests $135m in North American data centers,” Globes, July 18, 2019
Not just a trade war: How employers deal with labor harassment”, Forbes, September 29, 2019 (in Hebrew)
Azrieli invests $135 million in a company operating a North American server farm”, Calcalist, September 18, 2019 (in Hebrew)
Azrieli expands activity: Investing $135 million in a data center operating in North America”, Globes, July 18, 2019 (in Hebrew)
From attorneys to network brands: Who has learned how to improve their digital presence?”, Globes, June 24, 2019 (in Hebrew)
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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