Shenkar Lax & Co. Law offices
Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate law, international business law, medical cannabis, real estate
About Shenkar Lax & Co. Law offices
Shenkar-Lax & Co. is an eminent and growing firm specializing in M&As, venture capital, corporate law, international business law, medical cannabis and real estate . First established in 2011 by Adv. Oren Shenkar and Adv. Inon Lax, the firm has been consistently expanding ever since. Shenkar-Lax & Co. has vast experience in a diverse range of transactions in Israel and abroad, and regularly advises leading and renowned companies in the Israel market. The firm provides its clients comprehensive consultation and creative solutions in a wide variety of local and international transactions with an emphasis on the hi-tech industry, traditional industry and real estate. Over the years, the firm has made a name for itself as one that can devise creative solu-tions which simplify transactions and enable their swift execution, without compromising on the principles and limits dictated by the clients and while fully protecting the clients’ interests. The firm is characterized by excellence, professionalism, creativity, availability and close and personal attention to each of its clients.
Adv. Oren Shenkar, Founding Partner: Adv. Shenkar has an LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1995) and an LL.M. (magna cum laude) from Columbia University in New York (1999), where he was awarded the Walter Gellhorn Prize as valedictorian of his graduating class. After two years in the litigation department of Danziger Klagsbald & Co. (DKC) in Israel, Adv. Shenkar moved to the U.S. for his graduate studies and in view of his extraordinary achievements, upon completing his LL.M. he was hired by the NY-based firm Sullivan & Cromwell, which is ranked as one of the top three law firms in the U.S. While working in New York, Adv. Shenkar was involved in facilitating multi-billion dollar M&A transactions and, upon returning to Israel, he continued practicing in this field as a partner in DKC’s commercial department. Following DKC’s dissolution, Adv. Shenkar joined a leading firm where he was a partner for several years, and in 2011, he and Adv. Inon Lax founded Shenkar-Lax & Co.
Adv. Inon Lax, Founding Partner: Adv. Lax obtained an LL.B. and a B.A. in Business Administration from Reichman University (the Interdisci-plinary Center Herzliya) (2008). Adv. Lax has amassed vast experience in M&As, VC investments and international ventures. He advises on high-profile and complex transactions in the Israeli market, including in the finance, traditional industry and hi-tech sectors, among others.
Adv. Kfir Elbaz, Partner: Adv. Elbaz graduated with an LL.B. and a B.A. in Business Administration from Reichman University (the Interdiscipli-nary Center Herzliya) (2012). Adv. Elbaz has extensive experience in commercial law, medical cannabis, M&As and real estate transactions. Adv. Elbaz has worked in the firm since its establishment, first as an intern and later as an associate, and became a partner in early 2018.
Adv. Inbal Banai, Partner: Adv. Banai has an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University (2005). She has extensive international experience in general, and in venture capital investments (mainly in the high-tech industry) in particular, both in and outside Israel. After working in the litigation department of a leading firm in Israel and serving as legal counsel for an international public company abroad, Adv. Banai joined the firm in 2016 and became a partner in early 2021.
Main Practice Areas
Mergers and Acquisitions: The firm represents high-profiled entities in the M&A sphere, in complex transactions for which the firm has gained its reputation as an eminent and highly professional firm. The partners in Shenkar-Lax & Co. have extensive experience in managing and executing diverse and complex transactions, while demonstrating out-of-the-box thinking, overcoming negotiation hurdles and achieving impressive closure rates.
Hi-Tech and VC Investments: The firm has accrued vast experience through handling many dozens of investment transactions in the hi-tech sector (venture capital). The firm represents key VC funds which are greatly active in Israel, mainly in transactions for investment in early-stage startups. The firm also advises and provides ongoing support to a verity of hi-tech companies.
Medical Cannabis: The firm is considered to be one of Israel’s pioneer and leading firms in the medical cannabis sector and represents, among others, Tikun Olam, which was Israel’s first medical cannabis company. The firm has been working with Tikun Olam since 2013, and has signifi-cantly participated in establishing joint ventures in several countries around the world where medical cannabis operations have been authorized (including the establishment of Tikun Olam’s operations in the U.S., Australia and Canada, and supporting Tikun Olam in the IPO of the Canadian company MedReleaf, and the merger of MedReleaf with the Canadian cannabis giant Aurora). The firm provides clients with comprehensive legal services regarding all aspects of medical cannabis both in the local and international markets, and advises on a variety of medical cannabis trans-actions and regulatory aspects in Israel, the U.S., Greece and other countries around the globe.
Real Estate: The firm accompanies diverse and complex real estate transactions in both the commercial and private sectors, and also represents developers and contractors in enterprise, betterment and urban renewal projects as well as their financing.
International Transactions: The firm provides comprehensive counsel and legal support for a variety of international transactions (investments, JVs and M&As) and collaborates with international and local firms around the world. In addition, the firm represents foreign companies seeking to establish operations in Israel and also provides legal services to several European embassies in Israel.
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