Chadbourne is one of the leading international law firms involved in Israel. Our clients include leading United States and foreign corporations, financial institutions, foundations and trade associations, as well as partnerships, individuals and small businesses. We counsel US businesses on their Israeli activities, and we advise Israeli clients as to acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, investments and capital raising activities in the US and abroad.
We are particularly proud of our work advising the government of the State of Israel on matters related to independent power projects. We have also worked on the Cross-Israel Highway transaction, Israel’s first build-operate-transfer (BOT) infrastructure project.
We monitor the Israeli legal and business sectors, and receive regular updates on new laws and regulations, governmental changes and important business developments in Israel. Four lawyers in the project finance group, for example, are licensed to practice in Israel. Several others speak and write Hebrew. Our partners have been invited to speak at several conferences in Israel and have published articles on Israeli business and legal matters in leading trade publications. In March 2002, Chadbourne held a conference on project finance in Tel Aviv with IFTRIC (the Israel Foreign Trade Risk Insurance Corporation) and the Israel Export Institute. Chadbourne maintains close working relationships with leading Israeli law firms, and from time to time invites Israeli lawyers to work in our New York office.
Chadbourne’s internationally prominent project finance practice ranks among the handful of leading project practices in the world. Our group offers clients a team of 80 accomplished, business-oriented lawyers experienced in capital markets, domestic and international tax, regulatory, corporate, real estate and environmental issues—virtually all aspects of international project finance—as well as bankruptcy law and litigation.
Our lawyers advise on project structuring, and negotiate and draft licenses, concession agreements, joint venture agreements, offtake agreements, production sharing agreements, construction contracts and other project and financing documents. The firm’s involvement in a number of projects in Israel has given it a deep understanding of the specific circumstances of project finance transactions in Israel, including conducting and participating in Israeli public tenders.
Corporate and Private Equity
Members of the firm’s internationally prominent corporate group regularly act as outside counsel to numerous Fortune 500 companies and comparable non-US companies. The group advises companies on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate matters.
We advise both issuers and underwriters in public and private US and global offerings of securities, including registered offerings of equity and debt, Rule 144A and Regulation D private placements and Regulation S offerings exempt from US Securities Act registration. The corporate group also counsels a number of investment advisors in regard to their advising various entities on merger and acquisition transactions. Mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, private equity, venture capital and joint ventures are a significant part of the group’s work in Israel.
Noam Ayali’s practice focuses on the acquisition, development, financing and operation of energy infrastructure projects. He represents energy companies, project sponsors and developers, as well as multilateral agencies, commercial banks and equity investors, in connection with upstream oil and...