Adv Itay Geffen > Gornitzky & Co. > Tel Aviv, Israel > Lawyer Profile

Gornitzky & Co.
TEL AVIV 6578403
Itay Geffen photo

Work Department

Infrastructure & Project Finance; Energy & Natural Resources; Capital Markets & Securities; Clean-tech




Itay Geffen is a partner at Gornitzky & Co. and leads the Infrastructure & Project Finance team and the Energy & Natural Resources team.

Itay has vast experience of almost two and a half decades in a wide range of more than 30 mega infrastructure projects in Israel, in various sectors, from transportation, industrial and energy (including renewable energy) to non-commercial / accommodation projects.

Itay has negotiated finance agreements, concession agreements, EPC and O&M Agreements, exploration contracts, land acquisition transactions, licensing agreements, PPAs, PFI agreements as well as public procurement transactions. Having deep and broad expertise, positioning him at the top (or, as a matter of fact, at the frontier) of the Project Development practice in Israel, Itay is one of the most renowned projects lawyers in Israel and is the lawyer of choice for many of the leading sponsors in Israel.

Notable projects in which Itay took an active role are:
Transportation – Cross Israel highway, the Carmel tunnels, TLV LTR, Jerusalem LTR, TLV Fast Lane, Road #431, Road #531 and others;
Industrial – Ashkelon Desalination Project, Hadera Desalination Project, Soreq Desalination Project, mechanical and biological municipal solid waste (“MSW”) treatment facility, pneumatic solid urban waste collection system and others;
Energy (including renewable energy) – 110 MW thermo-solar power plant, 120 MW PV plant, two 300+ MV pumped energy plants, 200 MW CHP plant, 25 wind turbines farm and others;
Non-commercial / accommodation projects – Israel national police Academy, IDF training centre; private prison, students’ dormitories, court houses and others.

In addition, Itay represents Shefa Yamim, the only company in Israel holding gem stones exploration permits, in all legal aspects which involve the Israeli exploration regulator in the Ministry of Infrastructure, antitrust law, tender law, zoning, permitting and real estate legal aspects.


Hebrew and English.


1995, Israel Bar Association; Member of the Israel Bar Association Securities Committee (2010-present)


LL.B., Tel Aviv University (1993)

Lawyer Rankings

Israel > Infrastructure

(Leading individuals)

Itay GeffenGornitzky & Co.

Gornitzky & Co.‘s infrastructure and project finance team acts for project companies and consortiums in large-scale PPP, BOT and PFI projects in the power, water, mining and transportation space. Practice co-head Itay Geffen is acting for a consortium of domestic and international companies in relation to the project bid for the green line of the Jerusalem LRT project, as well as the project bid for the Tel Aviv LRT’s green line and purple line. Another key contact is Ronit Rozenstein-Barel, who has experience acting for lenders and investors, including infrastructure funds such as the Noy Fund. Jack Smith is a name to note for projects in the areas of conventional and renewable energy, electricity and power generation.

Israel > Energy

Gornitzky & Co. has considerable strengths in every segment of the energy market. Indeed, the team is regularly involved in multibillion-dollar energy transactions and power plant and energy infrastructure developments, and is also ‘well versed in the regulatory framework governing energy in Israel‘. Jack Smith has an enviable reputation in the country’s power and electricity market, and, in addition to his transactional work, he represented multiple gas consumers in legislative deliberations concerning the Natural Gas Economy Law. Itay Geffen is a contact for energy infrastructure development mandates, and Ronit Rozenstein-Barel is taking key roles in several of the team’s largest instructions, including a bid for the purchase of the Alon Tavor power station.