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Tuvia J. Geffen | Partner
Tuvia Geffen heads the firm's international capital markets practice and is a leading member of the firm's M&A practice. Mr. Geffen's practice focuses on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, financial institutions and private equity. He has extensive experience in cross-border M&A and in equity and debt capital markets transactions, where he has acted for issuers, underwriters and selling shareholders. His clients include a wide variety of multinational corporations acquiring or investing in Israeli companies, Israeli companies that are active in international capital markets and global banks and financial institutions.

In addition, Mr. Geffen provides ongoing corporate and securities advice to several Israeli public companies traded on NASDAQ, the New York Stock Exchange, the London Stock Exchange and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, including Check Point, Wix, Gilat Satellite, Taptica International, Plus500 and Magal Security.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Geffen worked as a capital markets and M&A lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York for eight years and completed his LL.M. at the University of Chicago Law School. Mr. Geffen also clerked at the Jerusalem District Court with Justice A. Procccacia.

Mr. Geffen’s practice was recommended by Chambers Global 2013-2019 (Capital Markets and M&A), IFLR1000 2013-2019 (Capital Markets and M&A) and The Legal 500 2013-2019 (Capital Markets, and Corporate and M&A). Mr. Geffen was named on the Who's Who Legal: Capital Markets 2017, 2018 and 2019 lists.

"He is one of the most gifted lawyers I have met - he gives out-of-the-box solutions and is a deal maker." (Chambers Global 2016)

"Tuvia is a hard-working individual with extensive know-how of all legal details relating to Israeli companies traded on NASDAQ and the Israeli stock market." (Chambers Global 2017)

"Head of the firm's international capital markets group Tuvia Geffen is well regarded in the market. He is described by sources as a "great lawyer" and a "deal maker." (Chambers Global 2018)

"Tuvia Geffen is described by market sources as a "really impressive lawyer." He has a varied practice and skill set with notable experience on M&A, capital markets and technology-related mandate." (Chambers Global 2018)

"Tuvia Geffen is a popular figure among international counsel - he is entirely bicultural: completely at home in the US and completely at home in Israel. His approach is very hands-on and commercial. He's very user-friendly." (Chambers Global 2019)
Education
LL.B. (cum laude), Hebrew University Law School (1995)
LL.M., University of Chicago Law School (1997)
Admission
Israel (1996)
New York State (1998)
Languages
Hebrew
English
Representative experience
Mergers & Acquisitions
• Represented LSE-listed Taptica International in its £300 million public merger with LSE-listed and US-based RhythmOne plc.
• Represented NASDAQ-listed Check Point Software Technologies in its acquisitions of Dome9 Security ($175 million), ForceNock, Lacoon Mobile Security and Hyperwise Security
• Represented NASDAQ-listed Wix.com in its acquisitions of U.S.-based DeviantArt and Flok (Loyalblocks)
• Represented China-based Luenmei Quantum Co (listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange) in an investment and joint venture with Mantis Vision
• Represented NASDAQ-listed EZchip Semiconductor in its sale to NASDAQ-listed Mellanox Technologies ($811 million) and in its acquisition of US-based Tilera Corporation ($130 million)
• Represented LSE-listed Taptica International in its acquisitions of NYSE-lisetd Tremor Video's demand side platform ($50 million), Japan-based Adinnovation and AreaOne
• Represented NASDAQ-listed FLIR Systems in its acquisition of DVTEL ($92 million)
• RepresentedTASE-listed Shikun & Binui in its sale of the Operator of the Hadera Water Desalination Facility to IDE Technologies (NIS 80 million) and in the sale of the North Highway Project (NIS 65 million)
• Represented LSE-listed Plus500 Ltd. in its merger with LSE-listed Playtech plc ($750 million)(aborted)
• Represented global private equity firm TPG in acquisition of iMDsoft ($80 million)
• Represented TASE-listed Solbar Industries in sale to NASDAQ-listed CHS Inc. ($150 million)
• Represented Starhome (subsidiary of NASDAQ-listed Comverse) in sale to Fortissimo Capital ($80 million)
• Represented US Quarts Products in sale to NASDAQ-listed CesarStone Sdot Yam ($40 million)
• Represented NASDAQ-listed RR Media in its acquisitions of Satlink Communications, London-based JCA TV, Virginia-based Sm2 Sports & Media, the Emek Ha'ela Teleport and the Hawley Teleport in Pennsylvania
• Represented NASDAQ-listed Waters Corporation in acquisition of distribution unit of TASE-listed Medtechnica
• Represented LSE-listed Marimedia in acquisition of Taptica
• Represented Kardan Technologies in merger of FIS Software and IDIT Technologies with NASDAQ-listed Sapiens Technologies ($80 million)
• Represented NASDAQ-listed EMC in acquisition of nLayers ($50 million) and Kashya ($160 million) \
• Represented TASE-listed Solbar Industries in acquisition of soy plant in Nebraska

Capital Markets
• Represented NASDAQ-listed Wix.com in its 144A Convertible Notes Offering led by J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and Barclays ($442 million)
• Represented Plus500 in its Listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange ($2.5 billion market cap) and in a series of secondary offerings ($625 million)
• Represented founder stockholder in NASDAQ IPO of LogicBio Therapeutics ($70 million)
• Represented Taptica International in London Stock Exchange primary and secondary offerings ($125 million) and HSBC bank financing ($30 million)
• Represented Gilat Satellite in NASDAQ/TASE Global Rights Offering
• Represented Magal Security in NASDAQ Global Rights Offering
• Represented Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Merrill Lynch and UBS as underwriters in CyberArk Software's NASDAQ IPO ($100 million) and in a series of secondary and follow-on offerings ($600 million)
• Represented Marimedia in London Stock Exchange IPO ($50 million)
• Represented Plus500 in London Stock Exchange IPO ($75 million)
• Represented AudioCodes in NASDAQ follow-on offering ($35 million)
• Represented controlling shareholder in Macrocure's NASDAQ IPO ($55 million)
• Represented Citi and Deutsche Bank as underwriters in NYSE IPO of Gazit-Globe ($90 million)
• Represented Imperva in NYSE IPO ($85 million)
• Represented EZchip Semiconductor in NASDAQ secondary offering ($50 million)
• Represented the underwriters in NASDAQ secondary offering of On Track Innovations
• Represented AudioCodes in NASDAQ debt tender offer ($125 million)
• Represented the selling shareholders in MediaMind NASDAQ IPO ($65 million)
• Represented LanOptics in NASDAQ secondary offering ($30 million)
• Represented Citi, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs as underwriters in NYSE IPO of Cellcom ($400 million)
• Represented RRsat in NASDAQ IPO ($50 million)
• Represented Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in capital markets matters
Publications
The End of the External Director Era for Israeli Companies Publicly Traded on Wall Street (December 2015 (co-author with Prof. Assaf Hamdani))
Waiting for the NASDAQ IPO Window to Open, Globes (November 2010)
Underwater Options, The Marker (November 2008)
Should VC Directors on Public Boards Run for the Exit? Israel Venture Capital & Private Equity Journal (June 2007)
Collarless Mergers, The Marker (July 2001)
Alternatives to Incorporating in Delaware, The Marker (August 2001)
Enforcing Tyson Foods’ Marriage (Merger) Proposal, The Marker (August 2001)
Contact Information:
Tel. +972-3-623-6000
Fax. +972-3-623-6003
Legal500
Recommended Lawyer (2019)
Chambers
Leading Individual (2019)
International Financial Law Review
Leading Lawyer (2019) 
Tuvia J. Geffen | Partner
Tuvia Geffen heads the firm's international capital markets practice and is a leading member of the firm's M&A practice. Mr. Geffen's practice focuses on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, financial institutions and private equity. He has extensive experience in cross-border M&A and in equity and debt capital markets transactions, where he has acted for issuers, underwriters and selling shareholders. His clients include a wide variety of multinational corporations acquiring or investing in Israeli companies, Israeli companies that are active in international capital markets and global banks and financial institutions.

In addition, Mr. Geffen provides ongoing corporate and securities advice to several Israeli public companies traded on NASDAQ, the New York Stock Exchange, the London Stock Exchange and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, including Check Point, Wix, Gilat Satellite, Taptica International, Plus500 and Magal Security.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Geffen worked as a capital markets and M&A lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York for eight years and completed his LL.M. at the University of Chicago Law School. Mr. Geffen also clerked at the Jerusalem District Court with Justice A. Procccacia.

Mr. Geffen’s practice was recommended by Chambers Global 2013-2019 (Capital Markets and M&A), IFLR1000 2013-2019 (Capital Markets and M&A) and The Legal 500 2013-2019 (Capital Markets, and Corporate and M&A). Mr. Geffen was named on the Who's Who Legal: Capital Markets 2017, 2018 and 2019 lists.

"He is one of the most gifted lawyers I have met - he gives out-of-the-box solutions and is a deal maker." (Chambers Global 2016)

"Tuvia is a hard-working individual with extensive know-how of all legal details relating to Israeli companies traded on NASDAQ and the Israeli stock market." (Chambers Global 2017)

"Head of the firm's international capital markets group Tuvia Geffen is well regarded in the market. He is described by sources as a "great lawyer" and a "deal maker." (Chambers Global 2018)

"Tuvia Geffen is described by market sources as a "really impressive lawyer." He has a varied practice and skill set with notable experience on M&A, capital markets and technology-related mandate." (Chambers Global 2018)

"Tuvia Geffen is a popular figure among international counsel - he is entirely bicultural: completely at home in the US and completely at home in Israel. His approach is very hands-on and commercial. He's very user-friendly." (Chambers Global 2019)
Education
LL.B. (cum laude), Hebrew University Law School (1995)
LL.M., University of Chicago Law School (1997)
Admission
Israel (1996)
New York State (1998)
Languages
Hebrew
English
Representative experience
Mergers & Acquisitions
• Represented LSE-listed Taptica International in its £300 million public merger with LSE-listed and US-based RhythmOne plc.
• Represented NASDAQ-listed Check Point Software Technologies in its acquisitions of Dome9 Security ($175 million), ForceNock, Lacoon Mobile Security and Hyperwise Security
• Represented NASDAQ-listed Wix.com in its acquisitions of U.S.-based DeviantArt and Flok (Loyalblocks)
• Represented China-based Luenmei Quantum Co (listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange) in an investment and joint venture with Mantis Vision
• Represented NASDAQ-listed EZchip Semiconductor in its sale to NASDAQ-listed Mellanox Technologies ($811 million) and in its acquisition of US-based Tilera Corporation ($130 million)
• Represented LSE-listed Taptica International in its acquisitions of NYSE-lisetd Tremor Video's demand side platform ($50 million), Japan-based Adinnovation and AreaOne
• Represented NASDAQ-listed FLIR Systems in its acquisition of DVTEL ($92 million)
• RepresentedTASE-listed Shikun & Binui in its sale of the Operator of the Hadera Water Desalination Facility to IDE Technologies (NIS 80 million) and in the sale of the North Highway Project (NIS 65 million)
• Represented LSE-listed Plus500 Ltd. in its merger with LSE-listed Playtech plc ($750 million)(aborted)
• Represented global private equity firm TPG in acquisition of iMDsoft ($80 million)
• Represented TASE-listed Solbar Industries in sale to NASDAQ-listed CHS Inc. ($150 million)
• Represented Starhome (subsidiary of NASDAQ-listed Comverse) in sale to Fortissimo Capital ($80 million)
• Represented US Quarts Products in sale to NASDAQ-listed CesarStone Sdot Yam ($40 million)
• Represented NASDAQ-listed RR Media in its acquisitions of Satlink Communications, London-based JCA TV, Virginia-based Sm2 Sports & Media, the Emek Ha'ela Teleport and the Hawley Teleport in Pennsylvania
• Represented NASDAQ-listed Waters Corporation in acquisition of distribution unit of TASE-listed Medtechnica
• Represented LSE-listed Marimedia in acquisition of Taptica
• Represented Kardan Technologies in merger of FIS Software and IDIT Technologies with NASDAQ-listed Sapiens Technologies ($80 million)
• Represented NASDAQ-listed EMC in acquisition of nLayers ($50 million) and Kashya ($160 million) \
• Represented TASE-listed Solbar Industries in acquisition of soy plant in Nebraska

Capital Markets
• Represented NASDAQ-listed Wix.com in its 144A Convertible Notes Offering led by J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and Barclays ($442 million)
• Represented Plus500 in its Listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange ($2.5 billion market cap) and in a series of secondary offerings ($625 million)
• Represented founder stockholder in NASDAQ IPO of LogicBio Therapeutics ($70 million)
• Represented Taptica International in London Stock Exchange primary and secondary offerings ($125 million) and HSBC bank financing ($30 million)
• Represented Gilat Satellite in NASDAQ/TASE Global Rights Offering
• Represented Magal Security in NASDAQ Global Rights Offering
• Represented Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Merrill Lynch and UBS as underwriters in CyberArk Software's NASDAQ IPO ($100 million) and in a series of secondary and follow-on offerings ($600 million)
• Represented Marimedia in London Stock Exchange IPO ($50 million)
• Represented Plus500 in London Stock Exchange IPO ($75 million)
• Represented AudioCodes in NASDAQ follow-on offering ($35 million)
• Represented controlling shareholder in Macrocure's NASDAQ IPO ($55 million)
• Represented Citi and Deutsche Bank as underwriters in NYSE IPO of Gazit-Globe ($90 million)
• Represented Imperva in NYSE IPO ($85 million)
• Represented EZchip Semiconductor in NASDAQ secondary offering ($50 million)
• Represented the underwriters in NASDAQ secondary offering of On Track Innovations
• Represented AudioCodes in NASDAQ debt tender offer ($125 million)
• Represented the selling shareholders in MediaMind NASDAQ IPO ($65 million)
• Represented LanOptics in NASDAQ secondary offering ($30 million)
• Represented Citi, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs as underwriters in NYSE IPO of Cellcom ($400 million)
• Represented RRsat in NASDAQ IPO ($50 million)
• Represented Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in capital markets matters
Publications
The End of the External Director Era for Israeli Companies Publicly Traded on Wall Street (December 2015 (co-author with Prof. Assaf Hamdani))
Waiting for the NASDAQ IPO Window to Open, Globes (November 2010)
Underwater Options, The Marker (November 2008)
Should VC Directors on Public Boards Run for the Exit? Israel Venture Capital & Private Equity Journal (June 2007)
Collarless Mergers, The Marker (July 2001)
Alternatives to Incorporating in Delaware, The Marker (August 2001)
Enforcing Tyson Foods’ Marriage (Merger) Proposal, The Marker (August 2001)