Simon is a founding partner and heads our Corporate Department. The focus of his practice includes advising foreign companies operating in Israel, technology companies and companies that operate in all major areas of infrastructure, including transport, electricity, water, solar energy and gas.
An outstanding feature is his expertise in cross-border transactions and representing clients in their dealings with Israeli authorities.
Simon is both a corporate finance and M&A expert, hugely experienced in multi-jurisdictional transactions and a project finance specialist.
Simon serves as the international relationships partner. This includes creating, coordinating and maintaining Barnea & Co.’s relationships with leading international law firms as well as international clients.
Simon qualified as a Solicitor in the UK and then worked in London where he specialized in UK corporate acquisitions, disposals and venture capital related transactions. Simon writes regularly in international legal and business media about infrastructure, and he is consistently ranked in the top tier in professional ratings directories.
Simon was ranked as a leading lawyer in the prestigious international IFLR1000 2017 rankings for the 3rd year in the Banking, M&A, PPP/PFI, Project development
and Project finance areas. The ILFR 1000 describes him as: “very practical and incisive and always constructive with his advice” and “knowledgeable, very skilled and a pleasure to work with”. For foreign investors in Israel the ILFR 1000 highlights his “insight on the local specific issues that you may overlook being from abroad.” WWL says: “Simon Jaffa is the ‘go-to lawyer’ when it comes to project finance matters in Israel, and is admired for his “professional” and “practical” approach”.
Simon is an avid supporter of West Bromwich Albion FC and a member of the MCC.
Manchester University (LL.B), 1990
London Guildhall University – Law School, 1991
Solicitor of the Supreme Court, Law Society of England and Wales, 1994
Israel Bar Association, 1999
News and updates - Simon Jaffa:
Legal Business - Israel Report
Simon Jaffa, Founding Partner at Barnea & Co., was interviewed by Legal Business Magazine on the risks Israeli law firms are taking when advising startups and early-stage growth companies.
Event at Barnea with the UK Israel Tech Hub
Barnea & Co. together with the UK Israel Tech Hub are hosting today a delegation from the UK, who will be visiting Israel for the first time in order to look for investment and cooperation opportunities, mainly in the Mobility field.
Innovation Cocktail Event Hosted Together with the Israel-South Africa Chamber of Commerce
Barnea & Co., together with the Israel-South Africa Chamber of Commerce, is hosting today a cocktail event to promote networking between South African businessmen living in Israel and Israeli businessmen.