HFN’s Investment Funds/Private Equity group is a leader in the Israeli market, and is the first choice for management teams seeking to establish a private equity fund, venture capital fund or a hedge fund.
From the beginning of the “fund industry” in Israel, HFN has led the way in the growth of the investment fund and private equity industry in Israel.
HFN represents numerous domestic and international investment funds with a variety of different fields of activities. Clients include the most active domestic and foreign private equity funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, and secondary funds (as well as corporate, institutional and private investors) operating in Israel. HFN provides comprehensive advice to the funds, from both structural and transactional aspects. At the other end of the spectrum, the firm advises technology companies through all stages of corporate development: incubation, start-up, emergence and maturity (for more information, see Hi-Tech). With extensive experience representing investors, funds and companies in various stages of development, HFN is able to provide strategic and creative advice and formulate solutions addressing the needs of all of the parties involved.
HFN's Investment Funds/Private Equity group provides a full range of services with respect to private financing in a number of areas: advising on all aspects of fund formation, capitalisation, organisation, and operation, including on the suitability of limited partnerships, corporations, general partnerships, and limited liability companies in the Israeli and global market; domestic and international tax planning; negotiating between investors and governmental authorities, and among fund members, investors, and managers; advising on corporate transactions involved in establishing a company, from the initial stages, including advice on appropriate structures, through joint venture arrangements and founders and shareholders agreements; drafting and negotiating investment agreements through various investment rounds and advice on appropriate terms for each company's circumstances; and preparing exit strategies for venture capital investments.
As head of the Investment Funds and Private Equity group, partner Eldar Ben-Ruby has served as special tax counsel to the Israel Venture Association and often lectures and advises government agencies on the special features and requirements of investment funds. Eldar is joined by a talented team of lawyers with unparalleled experience in establishing and accompanying a broad spectrum of investment funds in a variety of jurisdictions.