Bio

Yuval Shalheveth’s practice focuses on commercial law, banking and financial services, representing a variety of clients including banks, credit card companies, payment institutions, fintech companies and startups, blockchain and cryptocurrency players, as well as commercial corporations.

Yuval was involved in major transactions in this field, including the establishment and licensing of Israel’s first digital bank ; the acquisition of control in one of Israel’s largest banks; acquisition of control in one of Israel’s largest insurance companies; the implementation of the Basel II frameworks in Israel; financing transactions; issuance of co-branded credit cards; collaboration between banks and fintech companies. Yuval represents banks and fintech companies on various matters. Among other things, Yuval consults on matters relating to licensing and regulatory matters; AML/ CFT; transactions; investments; ISDA agreements and derivatives.

Yuval also represents banks, credit card companies and Fintech companies in a variety of matters. Among other things, this includes matters relating to ISDA agreements and derivatives and regulatory matters. He assisted banks with the implementation of Basel II / Basel III and the review of the relevant legal requirements, represented an Israeli bank in proceedings with various Lehman Brothers companies, and represented the clients in the acquisition of control in one of Israel’s largest banks.  He also represented clients in the acquisition of control in one of Israel largest insurance/ pension company.

Yuval also handles commercial and corporate law including commercial transactions, both local and international, investments, M&A and other matters.

Yuval has been ranked by major international guides (including Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR) as well as local guides as a leading lawyer in Israel in the fields of banking, fintech and blockchain.

Yuval combines broad knowledge inter-disciplinary understanding, including experience in litigation and other legal fields.

Yuval received his LL.B. in 1996 and his LL.M in 2008 from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the latter in a joint program with Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Yuval joined the firm in 1999 and became a partner in 2006.

EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Representation of “one zero”, the first new bank in Israel over the last 40 years, including in its license process.
  • Representation in the acquisition of control in Israel Discount Bank.
  • Representation in the acquisition of control in Migdal Insurnace Company
  • Representation of an Israeli bank in proceedings and arrangements relating to the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
  • Representation of a credit card company on regulatory matters and the implementation of innovative technological-based products and services.
  • Representation of the two largest players in crypto-currency services in Israel, including assistance in their license process.
  • Audit of mortgage portfolio of two large banks, for submission to the Bank of Israel (at Bank of Israel’s approval).
  • Assistance to various fintech startups, active in various fields, in the financial regulations applicable to their activity, including AML/CFT.
  • Representation of key players in co-branding of credit cards and the operation of loyalty and benefit programs.
  • Advise to major multinational corporations with respect to financial regulations applicable to their operations in Israel.
  • Representation in large infrastructure projects and the financing thereof.
  • Representation of an Israeli bank in the implementation of “open banking”, including payment initiation services.
  • Representation of a large multinational corporation in the acquisition of an Israeli blockchain technology company.

Recognition

Global 2024: Banking & Finance: Regulatory
Recommended 2024: Fintech & Blockchain - Fintech
Fintech 2024: Fintech Legal
Banking
FinTech 2023: FinTech Legal
Recommended Lawyer - Banking and Finance

Chambers Global

“Yuval is one of the top lawyers in this region for compliance, banking, anti-money laundering and KYC matters. Overall Yuval is an M&A expert for FinTech. He is a hands-on person and so well educated about this sector.”

“He is a brilliant lawyer, provides creative solutions to problems and highly respected, so when speaking with regulators he is someone you want.”

Education
2008 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Georgetown University (Washington) | LLM
1996 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | LLB
Admission
1997 Israel
Yuval Shalheveth

Yuval Shalheveth

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Yuval Shalheveth