In a constantly evolving practice area such as the Securities and Capital Markets, which is shaped by global impact and adherence to strict and complex regulatory oversight, one cannot overstate the importance of excellent legal advice, which combines innovative and creative thinking, extensive experience and a deep knowledge and understanding of all of the relevant players in the local and global markets.
The Capital Markets & Securities Department at SF & Co. is among the most prominent and active securities law practices in Israel and is recognized as a leader in its field. The department is consistently ranked among the leading practices in Israel in both local and international ranking guides. The department’s clients benefit from the the attorneys’ unparalleled expertise and vast experience in representing clients in complex transactions and intricate regulatory matters, based on decades of accumulated experience both in Israel and abroad.
The department partners’ and attorneys’ expertise in the securities and commercial law sectors, as well as their experience in consulting clients on a multitude of regulatory issues faced by public companies (vis-a-vis the Israeli Securities Authority, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, the Capital Market, the Insurance and Savings Authority, and stock exchanges in the US and Europe) as well as our knowledge and understanding of the applicable regulatory aspects of public companies listed in the US and Europe, enable us to provide our clients with the highest level of professionalism, innovation and creative solutions as adjusted to their needs.
Among the department clients are public companies, dual-listed companies, governmental companies, investment houses, investment funds, underwriters, mutual funds, provident funds, pension funds and intuitional investors, who come to us for advice on securities and capital markets (domestic and international), regulatory matters as well as for representation on financing and M&A transactions. Our clients operate in various sectors, including industrial companies, governmental companies, holding companies, real estate, technology, communications, infrastructure and energy companies. The department is proud of the trust and professional appreciation shown by the department’s existing customers over many years.
The department’s partners work closely with our clients’ controlling shareholders, board of directors and their committees, directors, management and officers, in order to help them coordinate, manage and lead the commercial and company secretary’s functions and reporting obligations of these public companies. Over the years, the department has been involved in numerous equity and debt issuances on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, as well as issuances of shares and bonds on foreign stock exchanges in the US and Europe (e.g., NASDAQ, NYSE, LSE), including dual-listed companies.
The firm’s Securities and Capital Markets Department offers its clients comprehensive legal advice with respect to all of their capital markets’ activities, including mergers and acquisitions, tenders offers, going private transactions, controlling shareholder transactions, corporate governance counselling, ongoing reporting obligations, reorganization, compensation policies, incentive and option plans, compliance programs, etc.
The department benefits from a significant advantage in all matters relating to global capital market activities, thanks to a long-standing practice in the field and familiarity with the regulatory aspects in the various countries. Moreover, the firm has cultivated strong and well-established relationships with business communities around the world, as well as with local law firms, underwriters, investment banks, financial advisors, investment houses, accountants, and institutional investors, etc.
The firm in general and our Capital Market’s team in particular specializes in advising public companies’ managements, boards of directors and their committees as well as controlling shareholders and other group of shareholders in connection with class and derivatives actions, shareholders disputes and crisis management. Our clients can trust our partners’ considerable expertise in regulatory and corporate governance matters, and their multidisciplinary approach to problem solving with the help of highly experienced teams of experts from other departments within the firm. This approach allows us to devise tailor-made solutions for each client that most accurately address its particular legal needs. In rendering our services we aspire to provide each client with the most practical, most valued yet practical and economic service, while paying attention to the overall picture without losing the focus on its details.
In addition, the department is one of the prominent legal departments in Israel in the area of in advising public companies owned by the Israeli Kibbutim, based on the many years of practical experience representing such companies, advising their controlling shareholders, formulating complex shareholders agreements and assisting them in advocating their unique positions before the Israeli Securities Authority.
The professional standards and high level of expertise, along with significant transactions and issues led by the department in recent years, have contributed to its favorable position in the leading ranking guides in Israel and abroad, including Partners & Chambers, the Legal 500, IFLR, Dun’s 100, BDi CODE and more.