Asaf Hahami, Phillips Lytle Special Counsel

Asaf Hahami

Special Counsel
New York City
(212) 508-0432
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Mr. Hahami concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity transactions, securities law matters, corporate finance (including venture lending), strategic alliances and joint venture transactions, technology licensing and development, and related general corporate and intellectual property matters. He provides legal services to both domestic and foreign clients, including institutional investors and funds, high net worth individuals, and public and private companies, as well as many startups, emerging businesses, founders and entrepreneurs. His expertise includes representation of companies in industries such as:

  • High-tech, software, mobile development and mobile commerce;
  • Artificial intelligence;
  • Telecommunications;
  • Healthcare, healthcare technology, digital health, and personal care and wellness;
  • Medical device, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical and life sciences;
  • Insurance and wealth management agencies; and Manufacturing.

Mr. Hahami has significant experience representing numerous foreign-based (including Israeli, European, Canadian and South American) and U.S.-based start-up technology companies and founders with U.S. legal matters, as well as in entering and expanding into the U.S. marketplace. He has most recently assisted in structuring transactions where founders and their companies have had significant strategic exits. Mr. Hahami often acts as outside general counsel to his clients overseeing many aspects of legal work from day-to-day general corporate, to corporate finance and acquisitions.

On the technology front, Mr. Hahami collaborates with the NYC Chapter of Access Silicon Valley hosted at Phillips Lytle. He also assists in hosting the Communitech NYC landing pad for Canadian tech companies that wish to expand operations into the U.S. For the last several years, Mr. Hahami has mentored numerous founders and their companies as part of the 43North Business Plan Competition as they seek to form and structure their startups, raise venture capital and finance operations, hire employees, grow and protect their intellectual property, and otherwise increase valuations.

In addition to his venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities practice in the tech industry, Mr. Hahami has considerable mergers and acquisitions experience representing entrepreneurs and principals of insurance and wealth management agencies in succession planning and capitalizing their businesses.

Admitted to Practice

  • New York


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1995


  • Hebrew


Mergers & Acquisitions – Technology, SaaS Platform, Mobile Commerce, Digital and Social Media, Health Services, Telecom:

  • Sell-side: Represented the founders of a mobile app developer and consumer engagement, analytics and brand loyalty platform company focusing on major U.S. retailers and the company itself in its merger transaction with a large publicly traded, consumer financial services bank.
  • Sell-side: Represented the founders of a social media agency in their $150 million sale to a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest publicly traded conglomerates.
  • Buy-side: Represented a health services and fitness company in a series of purchases of competitors, total in excess of $50 million.
  • Sell-side: Represented a telecommunications company in its $3 million stock purchase of a new market entrant.

Mergers & Acquisitions – Insurance Agency and Wealth Management Businesses:

  • Buy-side: Represented principals of New York-based, West Coast-based and Mid-Atlantic-based agencies in over $37 million equity purchases of competitor insurance agency and wealth management businesses.

Venture Capital/ Private Equity/ Private Placements:

  • Represented a mobile platform company in its multi-million dollar Series B financing round.
  • Represented a technology company in its multi-million dollar Series A investment by a major fund.
  • Represented a healthcare company in its multi-million dollar Series B financing round that included funds and private placements.
  • Represented a technology startup in its $2.3 million private placement of shares and warrants to accredited investors.
  • Represented a NYC-based WiFi service company in its multimillion-dollar investment by telecom investors.

Venture Lending/ Venture Debt:

  • Represented a mobile platform company in its multiple venture debt / venture lending transactions with a major West Coast-based venture lender.
  • Represented a SaaS company in its venture lending deals with Silicon Valley Bank.

Corporate Finance:

  • Represented various special purpose vehicle entities in their lending transactions with the lending arm affiliate of a major institutional insurance provider.


  • Represented a life science company in the preparation of its Form S-1 Registration Statement.
  • Represented an Israeli-based healthcare technology company in its 20-F, F-2, 6-K and proxy statement filings.
  • Represented two NY-based real estate funds in their crowdsourcing and private placement capital raise.

General Corporate and Intellectual Property:

  • Represented a technology company in multiple LLC operating agreements, service agreements, software license agreements, employment agreements and general corporate matters.
  • Represented a mobile company in various general corporate governance issues (e.g., board of directors issues) and in intellectual property matters (licensing and data privacy issues).
  • Represented a technology company in its service agreements with over 30 major U.S. retailers.
  • Represented an Israeli and U.S.-based mobile app company with its joint development and licensing agreements with its U.S. based manufacturer, with two major academic and medical research institutions, and with the U.S.-Israel BIRD Foundation.
  • Represented a Latin American company in entering and expanding its operations into the U.S. marketplace.
  • Represented a gaming company with its service contracts and executive employment agreements.
  • Represented an athletic robotics and artificial intelligence company with its corporate conversion and its agreements with a major research university.

Present Activities

  • Access Silicon Valley NYC, Member and Mentor
  • 43North Mentor