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Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.
ELECTRA CITY TOWER
58 HARAKEVET ST
TEL AVIV 6777016
Israel

Work Department

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

Position

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.

Career

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.

Languages

English, Hebrew, French.

Memberships

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

Education

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

Leisure

West Bromwich Albion FC and MCC.

Lawyer Rankings

Israel > Hi-tech and start-ups

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co. fields ‘a highly qualified team with experience acting for international technology companies and corporate investors, venture capital and private equity funds, and Israeli start-ups. The practice group is led by Michael Barnea, ‘a top of the league Israeli lawyer for cross-border hi-tech activity‘. Leveraging their years of international experience, Barnea and Simon Jaffa have secured a number of multinational clients (such as Nintendo) on referral from international firms, and is also an attractive choice for international companies seeking to enter the Israeli market (such as Deliveroo). In addition, the team routinely advises domestic start-ups on fundraising rounds, corporate transactions and commercial agreements. Other key figures include Ariella DreyfussYuval Lazi and Daniel Lorber.

Israel > Infrastructure

(Leading individuals)

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Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co.‘s infrastructure and project finance team has strong international experience, acting for international development companies, engineers, and other contractors in project development mandates in Israel and abroad. Domestically, the team has acted for two major Chinese companies participating in a number of significant tenders spanning the rail and road, water desalination, and energy sectors. In addition, the team is advising China Harbour Engineering Company on its bid for a $6bn PPP project in Turkey. The practice group is headed by Simon Jaffa, who acts for General Electric in all of its energy projects in Israel, and also includes Inon Yogev. Also of note, litigator Shai Avnieli joined the team from S. Horowitz & Co, bringing to the team significant experience in construction, infrastructure and real estate litigation.

Israel > Energy

Leveraging a wealth of international experience, Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co. advises a number of domestic companies and high-profile multinationals on the development of energy production and transmission infrastructure, and corporate transactions in the energy sector. Headed by Simon Jaffa, the practice group has had several standout years in the oil and gas and conventional power sectors, and has also developed a strong track record in the renewables space, where it acts for project companies and kibbutzim. Of particular note, the team acted for China Harbour Engineering Company as a member of the winning bidding consortium for the purchase of the Alon-Tavor power station. Inon Yogev is another contact in the team.

Israel > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co. acts for a wide range of Israeli and multinational corporate clients, from early-stage start-ups through to global companies, and impressed clients assert it is a ‘serious challenger’ to the established firms. The group had a particularly good run on the investment front over the past year, with Temasek, Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation and Bridgepoint all turning to the firm for assistance. Michael Barnea heads the group and has a strong track record in cross-border transactions. Corporate finance partner Simon Jaffa is also a key contact.

Israel > Banking and finance

Barnea Jaffa Lande & Co. is recognised for its focus on project finance, particularly in the energy and infrastructure spheres, where it is consistently engaged by lenders and borrowers. The firm’s robust regulatory practice is another significant differentiator and the team is a popular choice for foreign banks looking for local regulatory counsel. Zvi Gabbay is sought after for his international experience and enjoys strong relationships with Switzerland-based clients, including Julius Baer Group. Simon Jaffa is also noted for his strong cross-border practice.