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Greenberg Traurig Continues Expansion of Israel Practice with Addition of Two Attorneys

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has expanded its Israel Practice with the addition of attorneys in Philadelphia and Tel Aviv who are expected to play significant roles in the growth of the firm's Tel Aviv office. The office, opened in January, will be the first international, full-service office of its kind in Israel.

Prominent cross-border M&A attorney David Gitlin joins the Philadelphia office in the Corporate & Securities Practice as a shareholder. He was previously a partner at Blank Rome, LLP. He headed the Israel Practice there as well as at his prior firm. Adam Snukal has joined the Tel Aviv office as an of counsel in the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice. Prior to joining the firm, Snukal practiced at the New York office of Reed Smith LLP.

"Our strong and collaborative platform in the United States, together with our offices in the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and Asia are a good fit for attorneys whose practices increasingly include Israel and the many clients who are taking advantage of the fast-paced climate of growth and opportunity there," said Richard A. Rosenbaum, Greenberg Traurig's Chief Executive Officer.

"David and Adam are highly experienced in cross-border work and in the Tel Aviv M&A and venture capital sectors especially in life sciences, clean energy and high-tech space," said Gary Epstein, chair of Greenberg Traurig's Global Corporate & Securities Practice, co-chair of its Israel Practice, and managing shareholder of its Tel Aviv office. "This experience and first-hand know-how are critical to enhancing the services important to our clients and to the continued expansion of the practice in Israel and beyond."

Prior to moving to Blank Rome in 2009, Gitlin was a partner at WolfBlock LLP, where he served as chair of the Corporate & Securities Group and as a member of the firm's executive committee. For more than 30 years, Gitlin has counseled foreign clients doing business in the United States and U.S. clients doing business abroad. He has structured more than 200 M&A deals, over half of which have been cross-border transactions involving leading businesses in Finland, India, Israel and Sweden, among others. His representation of U.S. clients has included the purchase or sale of businesses in more than 15 countries. Gitlin represents both U.S. and foreign venture capital funds, and has handled numerous technology development transactions, particularly in the life sciences area. These include drug development, licensing and joint venture agreements involving biotech and pharmaceutical companies, as well as collaborations between industry and academia.

Snukal focuses his practice on technology, corporate law, intellectual property and banking law, with an emphasis on IT, technology licensing and privacy in the financial services and health care industries, as well as advertising and promotions, social networking, media, venture capital and M&A. He has published and lectured in the burgeoning area of cloud computing, with an emphasis on security issues.

The firm's Israel Practice attorneys provide a range of legal services to Israeli clients in their global activity, as well as to companies seeking opportunities within Israel. The team has wide-ranging experience advising public and private Israeli companies on U.S. corporate issues, securities laws and corporate governance. The firm advises on in-bound U.S. public offerings by Israeli companies, and counsels all sides of cross-border merger and acquisition transactions involving Israeli companies. Greenberg Traurig attorneys also assist companies with venture capital and private equity transactions, executive compensation matters, intellectual property, tax, dispute resolution, regulatory and compliance issues.

Greenberg Traurig's private equity practice serves the needs of investors and fund managers in many industries and across a wide range of domestic and international private investment funds ranging in value. The team advises on the various stages in the fund life cycle, and provides fund managers with the counsel required for forming, advising and operating private investment funds today.

Comprising more than 350 lawyers in more than 30 offices, Greenberg Traurig's Corporate and Securities/M&A Practice provides advice and services to companies and entrepreneurs throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Greenberg Traurig's practice groups and attorneys have been recognized as No. 1 in their respective geographic regions by The National Law Journal, Chambers & Partners, Corporate Board Member magazine, Latin Lawyer magazine and numerous regional and local professional publications.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from 35 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In the U.S., the firm has more offices than any other among the Top 10 on The National Law Journal's 2012 NLJ 250. For additional information, please visit www.gtlaw.com. Greenberg Traurig's Tel Aviv office is a branch of Greenberg Traurig, P.A., Florida, USA. Attorneys in the office do not practice Israeli law.

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