Overview

Keith Shaw is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group of the firm. Keith specialises in corporate and commercial transactions, funds and securities regulatory advice and intellectual property licensing agreements.

Described by the Legal 500 as “a highly talented lawyer… exceptionally responsive, creative and highly pragmatic”, anda strong advocate of his clients’ objectives and needs”, he advises multinational and domestic companies, investors and private individuals on a wide range of international corporate and financial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, joint ventures and technology transfer. He also advises on all matters relating to the operation, management and development of clients’ business and trading activities in Israel.

In his funds and securities regulatory advisory practice, Keith advises global financial institutions on the regulatory framework of the marketing and offering for sale of financial products, securities and other offerings in Israel. In this regard he has advised many leading global financial and investment management institutions, including Bank of America, Bank of Boston, Barclays Bank, Lloyds TSB Bank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, UBS, Natixis and Morgan Stanley.

Keith advises a number of technology transfer organisations (TTOs) of academic institutions, including Yeda Research and Development Company Ltd., the TTO of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Prior to joining S. Horowitz & Co. in 2005, Keith was a partner (2004–2005) and senior associate (1999–2004) at Zell, Goldberg & Co., and an associate in the international department of Balter, Guth, Aloni & Co. (1997-1999), in Israel. Between 1993 and 1995, he was a solicitor in the commercial property department of the City of London law firm S. J. Berwin & Co., where he also interned (1991-1993).

Keith is an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Centre for International Legal Studies.

Languages: EnglishHebrew
Admissions: Israel Bar, 1997Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, 1993
Education: Cambridge University, Downing College, M.A. (Hons.) (Law), (1992)Cambridge University, Downing College, B.A. (Hons.) (Law), (1990)College of Law, Chancery Lane, London, Solicitor’s Finals (1991)

Experience

Keith’s corporate and commercial experience includes:

  • Representing AT&T, in a US$ 121 million acquisition (by way of a reverse triangular merger) of Interwise, a leader in the field of virtual conferencing.
  • Representing HJ Heinz on two joint ventures relating to the manufacture, distribution and sale of its ambient food products in Israel and the sale, via an auction process, of the business and assets of Heinz’s entire Israeli operations.
  • Representing Kimberly-Clark Corporation on its acquisition of a 49.9% interest in Hogla-Kimberly from Hadera Paper Ltd. for NIS 648 million (approximately US$162.5 million).
  • Representing Schneider Electric, the France-based global specialist in energy management, in its acquisition of Somet Technologies Ltd.
  • Representing Chengdu Kanghong Pharmaceutical Industry Group Co., Ltd., trading on the Shenzhen stock exchange with a market cap of US$ 6 billion, in the acquisition of Israel’s IOPtima Ltd., a leader in the optical medical device field, in a multi-stage acquisition.
  • Representing Veolia on the sale of its water, waste and energy activities in Israel to funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management LP in Israel’s largest management buy-out, value of transaction $341 million.
  • Representing Ladbrokes plc in the Israeli aspects of its partnership deal with Israel software developer Playtech Ltd. as part of a major multi-jurisdictional agreement enabling Ladbrokes to add hundreds of casino games to its online offering and make use of Playtech’s digital marketing services.
  • Acting for a syndicate of investors, including Robert Bosch VC GmbH, in a multi- million dollar round of funding in Utilight, an Israeli early-stage developer of new methods of wafer-metallization for solar photovoltaic (PV) cells.
  • Representing Yeda Research and Development Company Ltd. in the preparation of all types of intellectual property licensing agreements, in a wide range of fields including biotech, cleantech, computer software and medical devices.
  • Representing Koito, a Japanese public company and one of the largest manufacturers of mechanical components in the world, in its acquisition of a majority stake in, and entry into complex commercial arrangements (including licensing and manufacturing) with, Brightway Vision Limited, an Israeli based company that develops advanced technology for car safety.
  • Representing Neusoft Group Ltd. (China’s largest IT and software company) on the acquisition of Aerotel Medical Systems Ltd.
  • Representing Viacom in its investment in the Israel-based TV and media company, Ananey Communications.
  • Representing Beiersdorf Aktiengesellschaft, manufacturer of NIVEA, on its joint venture with Alpa Cosmetics, an Israeli cosmetics distribution company, for the commercialisation and distribution of all products under the Nivea brand, including a series of agreements between Beiersdorf and the joint venture entity.
  • Representing Orbbec 3D Technology International Inc., a Chinese-based developer and supplier of 3D cameras and motion sensing technology, in its Round A investment in Newsight Ltd., an Israeli company which develops advanced CMOS image sensor chips for automotive, robotics, barcode scanners and AR/VR industries.
  • Representing Luxembourg-Pamol, a producer of generic crop. protection products and specialty chemicals, in a licence agreement with the University of Florida.
  • Acting as Israeli counsel for Barclays Bank Plc on a US$ 28 million financing of the purchase of an aircraft.

Recognition

  • The Legal 500, 2020 – Commercial, Corporate and M&A –

Keith Shaw is a highly talented lawyer. He is exceptionally responsive, creative and has brought a highly pragmatic approach to the work that he did for us.’

Mr Clifford Davis and and his colleague Mr Keith Shaw are both professional and helpful. They always provide helpful and timely responses. Given the complexity of our deal, they worked to a perfect standard and the outcome was beyond our expectations.

Other Activities

Keith’s pro bono work includes representation of not-for-profit organisations in setting up their operations in Israel, including:

  • Kids Kicking Cancer, which is devoted to helping children overcome cancer through martial arts and spiritual training.
  • The Starlight Children’s Foundation, whose programs and services are designed to improve the life and health of children and families around the world.
  • Ashoka, the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with operations on every continent.

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