HFN’s M&A department is widely recognised as the premier M&A department in Israel, with a reputation for providing service at the highest international standards.
The M&A department is consistently acclaimed as an industry leader by Chambers Global, IFLR 1000, Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer?, BDI, Dun & Bradstreet’s Dun’s 100 and other international and domestic publications. Moreover, HFN was named the Israeli M&A law firm of the year by Financial Times and mergermarket.
HFN’s M&A department is one of the most diversified in Israel and is involved in a significant number of cross border transactions, particularly those involving the acquisition and disposition of Israeli companies by major North American, European and Asian investors.
The department’s work spans across all industries, including the banking and financial services sector, healthcare and medical devices, online gaming and e-commerce, Hi-Tech, insurance, real estate and construction, investments and the semiconductor sector. In addition, HFN has been the leading firm in the area of private equity. Recently, two transactions led by HFN (Makhteshim Agan’s reverse triangular merger and GTCR’s acquisition of Fundtech) appeared on the New York Times list "The Top of the Class in Deal-Making", which highlighted the "best deals and deal-makers of 2011" from around the world.
The department represents acquirers, sellers, targets and financial institutions and offers comprehensive legal services including:
Negotiating share and asset purchases; statutory mergers; reverse triangular mergers; exchange and cash tender offers; spin-offs; recapitalisations, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures and court approved arrangements among shareholders
Conducting legal due diligence reviews and assisting selling companies in the preparation of due diligence disclosures
Advising boards of directors on corporate governance issues
Advising on the treatment of management and employee participation and incentive programs in M&A transactions
Securing regulatory approvals and licenses
Assisting in the preparation of registration statements and completing the appropriate filings for the Israeli Securities Authority
Drafting and negotiating documents for financing transactions such as bank and convertible loan agreements
In keeping with HFN’s international outlook, the M&A department includes an impressive number of native English speakers, as well as many lawyers who have been educated in the US, UK and Australia and are licensed to practice in those jurisdictions, or who have worked in leading firms in those jurisdictions. This global experience has made HFN’s lawyers uniquely qualified to understand the needs of international clients and deliver service at the highest level of global standards.
The M&A department is led by Alan Sacks and Ehud Sol.