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’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:
Barnea & Co. Represented EXO Technologies in Acquisition by Lear
Barnea & Co. represented Israeli startup EXO Technologies, a developer of GPS technology for autonomous and connected vehicle applications, in its acquisition by the American corporation Lear.
Hosting a Delegation of British Executives in Israel
UK Israel Business is a bilateral chamber of commerce that connects British and Israeli businesses across all sectors. As part of its activity, it invited a delegation of British executives to Israel. The delegation came to explore possible investment avenues in technological projects, and visited entities in the technology scene. A final event for the delegation was held in our offices.
Hosting Australian Fund Bio Capital Impact
Barnea & Co. is hosting today Bio Capital Impact Fund, an Australian fund with vast experience in the BioTech, MedTech, and AgriTech industries. The representatives of the fund came to Israel to explore the possible investment in startups operating in those fields.