Strategically Grows Firm's Leading Israeli Practice and Strengthens Link Between Israeli Business and Its Clients Worldwide
Mark S. Selinger and Eyal Peled join as shareholders in New York and Gary Emmanuel and David Huberman join as shareholders in Tel Aviv, along with their collective team of associates. The addition continues the strategic expansion of the firm’s excellence in its Corporate Practice, adding further depth in capital markets and expanding the historic link between Israeli business and the firm's clients worldwide.
“Greenberg Traurig entered the Israeli market 20 years ago as a natural extension of its business, political, and charitable interests, supporting Israeli clients during a difficult time, and with an eye towards Israel becoming one of the world’s leaders in global tech innovation. In 2012, we formally opened an Israel office and today we are consistently considered one of the premier global firms with an office in the country. The addition of Mark, Gary, David, and Eyal also further grows our Global Capital Markets Practice. Our unmatched U.S. platform coupled with our presence across Europe, Latin America, and Asia, and now with expanded capabilities and market knowledge in Israel, further distinguish us from our competitors,” said Greenberg Traurig Executive Chairman Richard A. Rosenbaum, who has been closely involved in the development of the firm and its Israeli Practice for decades.
“We are excited to join a firm with Greenberg Traurig’s strong brand recognition in Israel and longstanding commitment to its Israeli practice overall. The firm has the first and most prominent international office in Israel. Its unique culture of unity, entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility, and the empowerment of its lawyers on the ground, along with its vast global platform and reputation for excellence and value, will provide enormous opportunities to grow our business,” Selinger and Emmanuel said in a joint statement. “We also look forward to collaborating with the firm’s distinguished professionals across Tel Aviv, New York, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Building strength upon strength, we will together create an unmatched practice and connection between Israeli clients and the world.”
Selinger has been active in the Israeli market since 1994. He represents public and private U.S., Israeli, and other international technology and life sciences companies in public offering, private placement, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions. His experience in the public sector includes handling complex cross-border transactions, including several “going-private” transactions involving Nasdaq-listed Israeli companies, and multiple special purpose acquisition companies initial public offering (SPAC IPO) and deSPAC cross-border transactions. Selinger also advises on disclosure and compliance issues arising under U.S. securities laws, including NYSE and NASDAQ regulations.
In addition, Selinger has vast experience representing companies in the emerging blockchain industry, including the first SEC-registered initial coin offering, and has extensive experience representing family offices and family office-backed investment funds in all aspects of their business.
From his New York City base, the global finance capital, Selinger will also take full advantage of his new firm by spending several months each year in Tel Aviv, the headquarters of Israeli business, as well as in the firm's growing Bridgehampton, Long Island location, where fund, tech, real estate, and banking leadership icons and others spend a meaningful part of their time in today's world, and where Greenberg Traurig is the only global firm simultaneously and materially penetrating these locations plus others which are practice-relevant, including South Florida and Texas--once again, ahead of the pack.
Emmanuel, with market leading experience in corporate securities matters, represents both domestic and foreign companies in a full range of general corporate and securities matters, including IPOs, follow-on offerings, shelf takedowns, private investment in public equities (PIPEs), reverse mergers, and deSPACs, as well as SEC reporting and compliance, and corporate governance matters. He works extensively with life sciences companies and other companies in growth technology verticals, both as company counsel and as underwriter’s counsel.
Emmanuel, fluent in Hebrew, previously served in the Military Court of Appeals of the Israel Defense Forces during his army service and holds the military rank of legal officer.
Huberman’s practice focuses on representing issuers and underwriters in capital raising transactions, including private and public offerings. He represents many Israeli companies in their initial public offerings on U.S. stock exchanges and their ongoing compliance with U.S. securities laws, while regularly representing technology and pharmaceutical companies currently traded, or on their way to the Nasdaq.
Peled began his legal career at elite Israeli firm Goldfarb and practiced at U.S. law firms in London and New York before joining Greenberg Traurig. He represents domestic and international clients in a broad range of corporate debt and equity securities, capital raising, finance, compliance, and transactional matters. In addition, Peled helps cryptocurrency, blockchain, and other FinTech companies address their day-to-day and strategic legal needs.
Peled also advises companies and underwriters on SEC filings, public company reporting and other compliance/disclosure requirements, and provides counsel on private placements, IPOs, registered direct offerings and follow-on offerings, as well as at-the-market programs, shelf takedowns, PIPEs, and related securities issues.
“We are thrilled to add a team of attorneys that has, for the past several years, held the number one spot in volume of capital markets transactions for Israeli companies and who bring extensive expertise in numerous industries at the forefront of the Israeli innovation ecosystem. They will further increase Greenberg Traurig’s impressive lead in Israeli M&A and high tech and bolster our already robust office,” Managing Shareholder of the Tel Aviv Office Joey T. Shabot said.
Robert L. Grossman, co-founder and current head of the firm’s Israel Practice, added, “The addition of this group to Greenberg Traurig's Global Israel Practice and Tel Aviv office is a testament to the firm’s continuing commitment to Israel, our Israeli clients, and the other Israeli companies we have assisted strategically and legally throughout the 20 years we have been actively supporting the Israeli business community.”
Greenberg Traurig is the only major international law firm with a multidisciplinary registered office in Israel. The 16 lawyers based in Tel Aviv along with the 100 lawyers in the firm’s Israel Practice focus on M&A, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Capital Markets Financing, Real Estate, Technology, Compliance, Employment, Tax, Life Sciences, Licensing, Cyber, and other areas. Greenberg Traurig does not practice local Israeli law; the firm collaborates with local firms rather than compete with them.
The Israel Desk 2022 – a legal directory showcasing law firms involved in Israeli deals and with Israeli clients, and who demonstrate a deep understanding of market trends, their clients’ opportunities, and challenges to overcome – recognized both Greenberg Traurig and the incoming group as leaders in the market. Greenberg Traurig was recognized as number one in High Tech and Employment and the incoming group was recognized as number one in Capital Markets. Greenberg Traurig was also recognized by the Israel Desk 2022 in practice areas including M&A, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Patents, Litigation, and Banking & Finance. Additionally, the firm’s Israel M&A capabilities have been consistently ranked by Chambers and Partners since 2011 and Greenberg Traurig is the only international law firm to be ranked by both Israeli legal directories Dun’s 100 and BdiCode (2016-2022).
About Greenberg Traurig’s Tel Aviv Office and Israel Practice: Greenberg Traurig’s Tel Aviv office is the only major international law firm with a multidisciplinary, registered office in Tel Aviv and serves as a gateway for Israeli businesses and entrepreneurs seeking opportunities around the world, as well as for clients exploring opportunities within Israel. The office provides Israeli and foreign clients access to legal services in the U.S., London, Amsterdam, Germany, Poland, China, Japan, Latin America, MENA region and other international jurisdictions and also represents non-Israeli companies seeking opportunities within Israel. The firm’s Israel Practice continuously provides clients a global network of professionals with the legal experience, business alliances, technical knowledge, political experience, language capabilities, and cultural understanding needed in Israel, to deliver strategic advice to our clients. The Greenberg Traurig Tel Aviv office and Israel Practice attorneys offer a unique multi-disciplinary, integrated team of professionals to assist clients with a range of corporate and commercial law issues in numerous industries.
About Greenberg Traurig: Greenberg Traurig, LLP has more than 2500 attorneys in 43 locations in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm reported gross revenue of over $2 Billion for FY 2021 and is consistently among the top firms on the Am Law 100, Am Law Global 100, and NLJ 250. On the debut 2022 Law360 Pulse Leaderboard, it is a Top 15 firm. Greenberg Traurig is Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certified Plus by The Diversity Lab and the Center for Resource Solutions Green-e® Energy program certifies that the firm’s U.S. offices are 100% powered by renewable energy. The firm is often recognized for its focus on philanthropic giving, innovation, diversity, and pro bono. Web: www.gtlaw.com.