Dr. Ayal Shenhav

Partner Hi-Tech & Venture Capital
Phone +972-3-6074547

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Dr. Ayal Shenhav

Partner Hi-Tech & Venture Capital

Dr. Shenhav is head of GKH Hi-Tech and Venture Capital Practice and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Dr. Shenhav represents many of Israel’s leading venture capital and private equity funds, advising them on their formation, tax efficient structuring, and operations. Dr. Shenhav has developed unique tax structuring that accounts for complex Israeli and international tax regimes.

Dr. Shenhav has been involved in dozens of complex financing transactions, representing the investors, companies and founders. He has also been involved in numerous M&A transactions, representing target companies, acquiring companies, investors and more.

Dr. Shenhav advises Israeli and international clients, from multinational companies and venture capital funds to private technology companies and high net worth individuals. Dr. Shenhav has obtained dozens of advanced tax rulings from the Israeli tax authorities. He has established international tax strategies for companies and individuals, helping them minimize their tax burden, restructure their companies, and consider the tax implications of a merger or acquisition.

Dr. Shenhav practiced law for several years at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, and has served as Vice Dean of the Radzyner School of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He was a senior partner at Danziger, Klagsbald & Co., Law Offices. GKH Dr. Shenhav founded Shenhav & Co., Law Offices a leading Israeli law firm which merged with GKH in 2018.

Dr. Shenhav is an Adjunct Professor at the Tel Aviv University and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He is head of the Law Firm and Accounting Firm Committee of IATI (Israel’s leading Hi-Tech Organization). He is also a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences relating to innovation, venture capital and tax in Israel and abroad. Dr. Shenhav is a board member of the Alliance High School in Tel Aviv.

Dr. Shenhav is ranked by Legal 500 and Chambers Global as one of the leading lawyers in Israel in High Tech and Taxation

Peers and clients have high praise for Ayal Shenhav, who is singled out as “a highly recommended tax lawyer who knows what is important for his client.” He advises on the tax aspects of numerous international M&A deals.” – Chambers Global

The highly esteemed Ayal Shenhav has significant experience in the hi-tech arena, as well as specialist knowledge of tax law in Israel and abroad. He is a highly recommended and experienced lawyer, who knows what’s important for his client.” – Chambers Global

Peers say Ayal Shenhav is “very practical,” as well as “really co-operative and helpful.” He represents both investors and hi-tech companies.” – Chambers Global



New York University School of Law (Doctorate of Juridical Science, 1995)

New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1992)

Tel Aviv University (LL.B., 1990, Magna Cum Laude)


New York State Bar Association, 1992

Israel Bar Association, 1991