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Meitar Law Offices
RAMAT GAN 5250608

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heads the firm’s Project Finance Group.


Partner heads the firm’s Project Finance Group


Jonathan Finklestone heads the firm’s Project Finance Group.

His practice covers a wide range of project and infrastructure financings in various project structures and delivery systems (BOT, BOO, DB, PPP, 3P, PFI and others) in transportation, water desalination, telecommunications, conventional energy, renewable energy and social infrastructure. He regularly advises project companies, banks, and financial institutions in the development and financing of infrastructure and energy projects.

Jonathan has extensive experience and has been involved in many of the largest project financings in Israel. His transactional work has been recognized by numerous legal publications, including Chambers Global, Legal500, Who’s Who Legal, and IFLR1000 where he is listed as a Band 1 practitioner in Israel Projects & Energy. Clients characterize him as an “amazing lawyer” with “excellent deal-making abilities” and “vast local and international experience” and cite his “commercial attitude” and the fact that he demonstrates “industry knowledge and has excellent connections”.

In the past, Jonathan was a project finance attorney at Chadbourne and Parke LLP in New York


Hebrew and English


University College London, England (LL.B., 1990)

Lawyer Rankings

Israel > Transport

The ‘very experienced team’ at Meitar Law Offices  is particularly active in infrastructure projects, with sources highlighting its familiarity with all project models. It also advises on aviation matters for clients such as AerCap and El-AL Airlines. Alon Gellert leads the regulation group and has a strong track record in transport disputes. Project finance head Jonathan Finklestone is noted for infrastructure development.

Israel > Infrastructure

(Leading individuals)

Jonathan FinklestoneMeitar Law Offices 

Meitar Law Offices  has a well-known project finance group that is particularly active in the energy infrastructure space, though the team has also had strong recent showings in the rail, road and water sectors. In addition to acting for domestic and international project companies and concessionaires, the team also has a strong reputation for advising domestic banks and insurers on the financing of major infrastructure projects, which recently included the financing of the addition of a new line on the Jerusalem LRT. Key figures in the project finance team include practice head Jonathan Finklestone and Tani Zahavi, ‘a problem solver, not a problem maker‘. Also recommended are Guy KlesElad Sharbani, who was recently promoted to partner, and Renelle Joffe, who is a name to note for energy-sector work.

Israel > Energy

Meitar Law Offices  is among the market leaders in project finance and oil and gas law, and is considered by more than one client to be ‘the top energy team in Israel‘. The energy practice is led by Renelle Joffe, who is highly rated for her expertise in upstream energy regulation, cross-border oil and gas transactions, and energy-related government tenders. Joffe is instructed by a number of international oil and gas companies and Israeli subsidiaries, including Energean Israel, which is developing the Tanin and Karish offshore natural gas fields. Key figures in the project finance practice include department head Jonathan FinklestoneTani Zahavi and Guy Kles.