Japan Practice 日本での仕事

Japan Practice 日本での仕事

In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in trade and economic relations between Japan and Israel, which has included a flow of direct investments in Israeli high-tech companies, major Japanese companies establishing a presence and operations in Israel and a substantial growth in the bilateral trade between Israel and Japan.

Meitar, as the largest law firm in Israel and Israel’s leading international law firm, has become an active player in this scene, leveraging our three decades of proven experience in bridging the geographic and cultural divide between Israel and Asia. Our hands-on experience and wide network allows us to assist Japanese entities doing business, or wishing to do business, in Israel and to help them expand their economic and commercial ties in the region.

Our track record of successful transactions includes representing Japanese investors in investments in Israeli technology companies, in listing the first Japanese company on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange and in establishing Israeli investment funds, as well as representing Israeli companies in transactions with Japanese entities, including investments, M&A transactions, joint ventures and other commercial agreements.

To ensure that our clients receive the local professional assistance they need in certain cases, we have established cooperation arrangements with leading law firms in Japan. In addition, we recently hosted a Japanese visiting attorney on secondment from one of the top law firms in Tokyo.

Individuals active in this practice:

Ami Orkaby, is of counsel to the firm and heads the firm’s Immigration, Corporate Global Mobility and Relocation practice. Ami holds vast expertise in crisis management and compliance matters. Ami acts as the sole legal adviser in Israel for the Governments of Japan, covering a wide range of matters on Israeli law and regulations. In the past Ami served as an adviser at the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office. Ami has substantial experience in structuring and negotiating complex cross border transactions primarily in the Asian region.

Dana Yagur, partner in the Corporate and Securities Group, represents Japanese investors in investments and commercial transactions with Israeli companies, and in establishing presence in Israel. Dana is a leading expert on legal aspects of Israeli Innovation Law and the transfer of technologies to jurisdictions outside of Israel (see an article published in Japanese on these issues, here).

David Mirchin, partner, heads Meitar’s Technology Group. David is a leading expert on data protection and privacy issues, as well as on software, open source issues, licensing, trademarks and intellectual property transactions. In the past David worked as a foreign corporate lawyer in Tokyo, with the Japanese firm of Konaka, Toyama and Hosoya and he advises Japanese entities in the areas of his expertise.

Yoav Nahir, partner in the Corporate and Securities Group and the Real Estate Group, represented a Japanese company, Internet Research Institute, in its IPO in Israel, the listing of its shares on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange and ongoing matters.  Yoav also represented IRI (Internet Research Institute Ltd.) in certain investments and commercial transactions with Israeli companies.

Yoav Sade, partner in the Corporate and Securities Group, represents Japanese investors in investment transactions in Israel. Yoav’s work focuses on international projects and cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and commercialization of technologies.

Representative experience

  • Representing Olympus Corporation in investments in several Israeli high-tech companies.
  • Representing Fujifilm in investments in various Israeli high-tech companies.
  • Assisting Stratasys, a world leader in 3D technology, in various commercial agreements in the Japanese market.
  • Representing Neuroderm Ltd., a NASDAQ-traded Israeli clinical-stage pharmaceutical company, in a reverse triangular merger transaction with Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp, a Japanese pharmaceutical company traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • Representing ISUZU Motors in a class action filed in Israel against ISUZU and its Israeli distributor regarding manufacturing defects.
  • Representing Altair Semiconductors in its acquisition by Sony Corporation.
  • Representing SoftBank, a Japanese multinational conglomerate holding company, in a US $15 million financing round in the Israeli start-up Dome9 Security.
  • Representing Mitsui & Cowith respect to an investment in an Israeli company and establishment of a joint venture. This investment was unique as it was performed by Mitsui together with a leading Chinese investment group.
  • Representing Nichia (a large Japanese manufacturer) in licensing technology from the Technion, and in establishing presence in Israel.
  • Advising Recruit Holdings regarding investments in Israeli Robotics, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence companies.
  • Assisting the SBI Group in establishing an investment fund in Israel and in investing in high-tech companies.
  • Representing IRI in listing its shares on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange.
  • Advising Topcona Japanese manufacturer of optical equipment for ophthalmology and surveying traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, in connection with licensing agreements with an Israeli company.
  • Representing Japanese entities, including Tokyo Electron (TEL) in obtaining Israeli visas.

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