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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co. is 'a solution-oriented firm' that pairs 'a good commercial understanding with highly tuned legal skills'. The team has considerable strength in cross-border project financing, and is among the most sought-after Israeli firms for foreign banks seeking regulatory advice on their operations in Israel. Zvi Gabbay advises a variety of foreign financial services companies, including banks such as Deutsche Bank and Julius Baer Group, on operational issues within Israel. Additionally, Gabbay serves as CCO and general counsel to BHI Global Investment Advisory (Israel), where he advises on Israeli financial regulation. The team has also assisted foreign banks with the establishment of Israeli operations. Another key figure is Inon Yogev, who acts for project companies and borrowers in major cross-border project finance transactions, often with cross-border aspects. Also recommended are Simon Jaffa, who acts for a number of international banks, and Anat Even-Chen, who specialises in fintech and financial regulation and was promoted to partner in 2019.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.

The lawyers in Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.'s corporate department have unique international experience, which makes it an attractive firm for international corporates involved in Israel-facing M&A and investment transactions. In a standout matter, managing partner Michael Barnea acted for HFH International, as controlling shareholder of Avgol Nonwoven Industries, in relation to the $465m sale of the company to Thai public company Indorama Ventures, which was one of the largest non-tech sector M&A transactions in Israel in 2018. Another key figure in the team is Simon Jaffa, who advised HP on its $1.1bn acquisition of Samsung Electronics' printer business. Jaffa also advised a major private capital investor on a high-value acquisition in the healthcare sector. Other key clients include Azrieli Group and Cellebrite, as well as a number of well-known international investors. Daniel Lorber and Itay Gura were made partners in 2019.

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Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration
Dispute resolution: local litigation and arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.

The litigation team at Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co. is made up of 'knowledgeable and responsive litigators' with 'vast experience in complex commercial disputes'. In particular, the team is engaged by clients in the oil and gas, real estate and construction, and telecoms sectors, and is regularly involved in tender and contractor disputes in relation to commercial service agreements and project development. Department head Zohar Lande is acting for Hot Telecommunication Systems in relation to a High Court appeal concerning the Ministry of Communication's decision to allow Hot to transmit certain broadcasts in areas where it had not deployed independent infrastructure. Further, Lande is representing Supergas Natural in an administrative appeal regarding a municipal tender in Haifa, and is also acting for a major domestic real estate company in multiple contractor disputes relating to a prominent commercial space in Tel Aviv. Gal Livshits and Eyal Nachshon were made partners in 2019.

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Employment - ranked: tier 2

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.

The team at Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co. has 'a lot of experience advising international corporates on Israeli labour law'. Led by Marie Tsion, the team advises a roster of major multinationals on domestic compliance, terminations and employment litigation, and also provides a full range of labour and employment advice to prominent domestic employers. Tsion provides ongoing employment advice on issues such as HR policies, regulatory compliance and immigration law to the likes of Avgol Industries, GE Renewable Energy, Taboola and CBRE GWS International Israel, as well as a number of major engineering companies. In the domestic market, the team provides contentious and non-contentious labour and employment advice to Netafim, Azrieli Group and Amiad Water Systems, the last of which Tsion assisted with amendments to dozens of employment contracts concerning the provision of severance pay.

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.

Given its international pedigree, the team at Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co. is an attractive firm for multinational contractors and project companies seeking development contracts in Israel. Moreover, the projects team also has experience in advising contractors and project companies on their activities abroad. In this context, Simon Jaffa is acting for a client in relation to various infrastructure developments in Africa, and Inon Yogev is assisting a project company with the pre-qualification process for a major bridge project in Western Asia. In the domestic market, Jaffa is instructed by multinationals such as GE, which he is representing in EPC and O&M negotiations for multiple energy production and supply projects. The team is also acting for a host of major international project companies and contractors throughout the bidding process for high-profile transport, port, energy and defence infrastructure projects in Israel. Also in the domestic market, Yogev is acting for Mabat Lanegev, the successful bidder for the development of the new IDF training facility in the Negev Desert. The team is also active in the renewable energy space.

Leading individuals

Simon Jaffa - Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.

Next Generation Partners: Energy and infrastructure

Inon Yogev - Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.

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Hi-tech and start-ups
Hi-tech and start-ups - ranked: tier 4

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co. advises Israeli start-ups, venture capital and corporate investors, and mature technology companies on a wide range of issues affecting the tech sector, including investment and acquisition activity, privacy and data protection, and commercial agreements. The key figure in the hi-tech practice is Michael Barnea, who provides ongoing advice to TAU Ventures; Barnea recently assisted the client with the establishment of a new Israeli start-up accelerator in conjunction with the Israel Security Authority. Barnea also acts for the development arm of a major multinational corporate in relation to its R&D and investment activity in Israel. Also of note, Yuval Lazi advises Cellebrite on ongoing commercial issues with regards to its international activity, and also advised the client on the sale of its Mobile Life Cycle assets to a US-based private equity fund.

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