Simon is a founding partner and the head of our Corporate Department. The focus of his practice is advising foreign companies operating in Israel. Clients primarily consist of technology companies active in all major areas of infrastructure – transport, electricity, water, solar energy, and gas.
An authority in cross-border transactions, Simon regularly represents clients in their dealings with Israeli authorities.
Simon is both a corporate finance and M&A expert. He is hugely experienced in multi-jurisdictional transactions and is a project finance specialist.
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.
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 both local and international legal directories.
Simon was ranked as a leading lawyer in the banking, project development, M&A, and PPP/PFI fields in the prestigious IFLR1000 2018 rankings.
In Chambers and Partners‘ global guide for 2018, Simon was ranked as an expert in the Project & Energy and TMT/Corporate areas. The guide describes him as “well known for his involvement in a number of significant infrastructure projects. Frequently selected for his skill in project financing.” The Chamber’s HNW guide for 2017 also ranked Simon as an expert in the field of Private Wealth Law.
Simon is an avid supporter of West Bromwich Albion FC and a member of the MCC.
London Guildhall University – Law School, 1991
Manchester University (LL.B), 1990
Israel Bar Association, 1999
Solicitor of the Supreme Court, Law Society of England and Wales, 1994
News and updates - Simon Jaffa:
Barnea Represented Greenyard Fresh in Acquisition of Mor International
Our firm represented Greenyard Fresh, a global market leader of fresh, frozen, and prepared fruits and vegetables, in the acquisition of 49% of Mor International.
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.