VP Legal Affairs & General Counsel at Viola Group
Michal joined Viola Ventures in 2007 and has over 15 years of experience in practicing law. She is responsible for all legal aspects of Viola Ventures’ activities, investments and exit processes, as well fund formation procedures, corporate governance, fundraising and all other fund-related legal issues. With extensive experience in venture capital investments, Michal works closely with Viola Ventures’ portfolio companies from the early stages of initial investment through mergers, acquisitions and IPOs.
Before joining Viola, Michal was an Associate at the New York law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, specializing in securities and M&A transactions. She represented U.S. corporations in various types of securities offerings, including initial public offerings on the New York Stock Exchange, and M&A transactions.
Prior to this she practiced commercial law with Melecr & Co., Tel-Aviv, Israel, representing leading corporations and other major clients in commercial transactions, acquisitions, international tenders, utilities projects and litigation.
Michal holds a B.A. in Law from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an Executive MBA from Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
Michal is licensed by both the Israeli and New York Bars.
THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT MICHAL
She’s a true adventurer at heart and loves traveling (“I’ve conquered almost all continents!”), dogs (and animals in general) and discovering new places and cultures.
She loves dancing and used to dance modern ballet for many years.
She hails from a family (originally from Spain) with very deep roots in Jerusalem (seven generations!). She grew up in Jerusalem, lived in big cities like Tel-Aviv & New York, and today she lives in a kibbutz (a bit of everything 🙂 )
One of her biggest inspirations is her mother: “She is the model of optimism, strength, determination, and a unconditional love generosity that knows no bounds.”
She was accepted (twice!) to acting school: “In the end I chose a career in Law, but my performance skills still came in handy during my time as a litigator, and to this day in many aspects of my life 🙂 “
One of her favorite mantras to live by: “Anything is possible even if the journey is long and not ordinary.”