Itai Yonai

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 Finance & BankingHigh-Tech & Start-ups

  yonai@erm-law.com

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Summary

Itai is a partner in the firm’s finance and banking and high-tech and start-ups practices. Itai has vast experience acting for local and international lenders, borrowers, credit enhancers and sponsors on a full spectrum of financing transactions, including syndicated loans, leveraged finance, asset finance, and debt acquisitions. In particular, Itai has extensive experience in complex derivatives, securities lending and structured finance transactions, and regularly advises banks, corporates and funds on various agreements and regulatory matters pertaining to their trading and securities related activities.

Other Expertise

Itai also regularly advises funds, high-tech and internet companies (especially in the FinTech sector) at various stages of development on investment transactions, loan agreements, joint ventures, development, distribution and licensing agreements and on a wide variety of intellectual property and internet law matters, as well as on the legal and regulatory aspects of their operations.

Clients & Deals

  • A consortium of international banks on Israeli aspects of an up to US$1 billion project financing, in respect of the development of the Leviathan gas field.
  • Monarch Alternative Capital on several distressed debt purchases. 
  • BNP Paribas and Partners Group as senior and mezzanine lenders in the leveraged buy-out of the ATX Networks group by HIG Capital.
  • Unicredit, Bank Hapoalim and CASA on the ~ EUR 1 billion financing of the purchase by the Israeli defence ministry of 30 M-346 Italian made aircrafts.
  • Goldman Sachs on several hundred million dollars of inventory financing transactions. 
  • Tshuva Group, Israel Chemicals and Ashdod Refinery on their derivative agreements.
  • Citibank, JP Morgan, Barclays Bank, Monarch Alternative Capital, Jefferies, AQR, Vodafone, Ormat, UBANK, the Delek Group, and Haifa Chemicals.

Recognition

Legal500 notes Itai as being ‘extremely intelligent’.

Past experience

Prior to joining ERM, Itai worked in another notable law firm in Tel Aviv, where his work was focused on technology, IP and internet law and he gained significant experience advising funds, high-tech and internet companies of different sizes and stages. Prior to that, Itai worked as a manager in several Israeli based software companies.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from Tel-Aviv University
  • BA in economics (cum laude) from Tel-Aviv University
  • Completing MA in History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas from Tel-Aviv University

Qualifications

  • Member of the Israeli Bar (admitted 2000)

Languages

  • Hebrew
  • English

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