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Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.
TEL AVIV 6777016

Work Department

Infrastructure and Project Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private client, Trust, International Transactions, Corporate and Commercial.


Simon is a founding partner and the head of our Corporate Department. Simon has a diverse practice advising foreign companies operating in Israel.

Simon is hugely experienced in multi-jurisdictional transactions and has extensive experience in advising on local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He represents international and Israeli companies, venture capital, hedge and private equity funds and strategic investors in M&A and financing transactions.

In 2019, Simon accompanied significant merger and acquisition deals in the Israeli market, among them representing Sartorius in the acquisition of a majority stake in Biological Industries, representing ISS Global in the disposition of its holdings in Israel, representing Axcel in the acquisition of Phase One, and representing Exclusive Networks in the acquisition of Securewave.

Simon also specializes in advising on infrastructure projects and project financing transactions. His experience extends to a broad range of projects, including transport, electricity, water, solar energy, and gas. Simon is recognized by Legal500 as a Band 1 lawyer in Energy and Infrastructure.

Simon serves as the firm’s international relationships partner. This includes creating, coordinating, and maintaining Barnea’s relationships with leading international law firms and its international clients.


Prior to moving to Israel worked in London for a number of years where he gained experience in UK corporate acquisitions, disposals and venture capital related transactions.


English, Hebrew, French.


Simon is a member of the Israel Bar Association and the Law Society of England and Wales.


London Guildhall University –  Law School, 1991
Manchester University (LL.B),   1990


West Bromwich Albion FC and MCC.

Lawyer Rankings

Israel > Infrastructure

(Leading individuals)

Simon JaffaBarnea Jaffa Lande & Co.

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co. enjoys a prominent reputation for large-scale infrastructure projects in the transport sphere, particularly roads where it maintains a close relationship with the national roads authority, Netivei Israel. Alongside state-owned entities, the group also counts construction, energy and engineering companies among its key clients. Simon Jaffa contributes extensive experience in project finance and infrastructure transactions and heads the department. The group also includes Gal Shani, who is noted for his strong public sector-side practice; Ronit Niederman, who combines strength in administrative law, tenders and infrastructure projects; and Shai Avnieli, who specialises in contentious construction. Associates Maayan Berg and Sarah Benatar provide support.

Israel > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co. notably advises both domestic and international clients on a range of high-value and complex transactions, including a big-ticket reverse triangular merger between Shift4 and Credorax Inc. Alongside its significant expertise in cross-border transactions, the team also represents first-rate Israeli clients in their M&A and corporate domestic operations. Practice head Michael Barnea is highly praised by clients as ‘the smartest and most experienced corporate and securities lawyers in the country’, while Ariella Dreyfuss is another key contact for venture capital and private equity transactions. The team also includes international commercial transaction and venture capital investment specialists Yuval Lazi and Simon Jaffa, Ilan Blumenfeld, who concentrates on domestic M&A transactions, and the ‘highly qualifiedItay Gura.

Israel > Energy

The team at Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co. ‘excels in navigating complex regulatory frameworks’, according to sources. Particularly noted for its activity in cross-border mandates, the group acts for a broad roster of international energy companies doing business in Israel, including multinationals based in the US, Europe and beyond. Transactional specialist Simon Jaffa anchors a team that also includes: Hagit Ben Moshe, who contributes experience in kibbutzim and construction; M&A and project finance partner Samuel Henri Samuel; and associate Hani Shraier, who focuses on kibbutz-related matters.

Israel > Hi-tech and start-ups

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co. maintains a diverse hi-tech practice that impresses with its ‘motivation, commitment, and professionalism’. The group acts for a broad range of start-ups — including companies in the healthcare, cybersecurity and fintech fields — which it advises on investment transactions, M&A, development, and IP issues, among other matters. Corporate and M&A heavyweight Michael Barnea spearheads a team that also includes Simon JaffaYuval Lazi and next-generation partner, Itay Gura. In December 2022, the group added new privacy and data protection head Avishay Klein, who was previously data protection officer at Amdocs.