Yoav Caspi is a founding partner of AYR and heads its Corporate and Commercial department. Yoav's practice focuses on hi-tech, corporate law, mergers & acquisition, venture capital investments and banking and finance. Yoav has a rich and extensive experience in the corporate field, and has executed and accompanied major and known business deals in the Israeli market. Yoav's broad knowledge of the law and profound understanding of business make him widely known and appreciated in his areas of expertise.
Yoav represents foreign companies that invest in Israel, Israeli companies and investors operating overseas, all in collaboration with leading law firms around the world. Yoav has close working relations with various banks and investment houses in Israel and vast in-depth knowledge in the investment management area (mutual funds, pension and provident funds, portfolio management, investment advice and investment marketing, underwriting and stock exchange membership). Yoav is head of the Israel bar associations’ corporate committee.
Yoav played a key and central role in a number of high profiled, complicated (and of large sums) finance deals that took place in Israel. Among others, in recent years, Yoav led the USD 990 million public offering of Caesar Stone, owned by Kibbutz Sdot Yam, on the Nasdaq Capital Market, a financing transaction for the largest residential real estate project in Israel by Gindi Tel Aviv, financed in an aggregated sum of NIS 3 Billion which is one of the largest financing transactions made in Israel, and completed the re-finance of Kavim Public Transportation, Israel's second-largest public transportation, in the amount of over NIS 700 Million to enable the expansion of its operations and activity.
Yoav has been personally recommended for his work and accomplishments in field of Hi-tech, start-ups and venture capital, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, and Banking and Finance in the Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2017 rankings.
Yoav graduated from Tel Aviv University (LL.B.) in 1997, and admitted to the Israeli Bar in 1998.
In 2007 Yoav received a Masters with honors from the Tel Aviv - Berkeley Executive LL.M Program in commercial law (cum laude) in 2007.
Cases & Legal Activities
During recent years, Yoav led the complicated purchasing process of Israel Discount Bank (“IDB”) by the Bronfman-Schron Group, including the negotiation with the Israeli government (which sold its holdings in the bank), and obtaining all necessary regulatory permits in Israel and in several other countries.
Yoav also guided IDB in the implementation of the new regulations in the Israeli capital- market, including the representation of IDB in all the sale transactions of its mutual funds and pension funds (four deals for an aggregate sum of over NIS 1.5 billion), and advised financial institutes in their entrance to the field of pension consulting. Yoav has led equity and bond public offerings for several companies on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. He was responsible for many merger & acquisition transactions, including accompanying the American-French conglomerate Vivendi's entry into Israel through the acquisition of several Israeli companies.
Yoav represented a number of banks and other creditors in several major Israeli bankruptcies in recent years. He also led many real-estate transactions and constructions projects. Yoav represents and advises on an ongoing basis a number of public and private companies active in the capital market, financing, real estate and Hi-tech fields.