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.
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 is ranked regularly as a leading lawyer in the banking, project development, M&A, and PPP/PFI fields in the prestigious IFLR1000 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”.
The Chamber’s HNW guide for 2018 also ranked Simon as an expert in the field of Private Wealth Law. The guide describes him as “an excellent lawyer, who blends the highest quality of interpersonal skills with a strong commercial understanding”.
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 Cyberx Shareholder in Microsoft Acquisition
We represented Inven Capital, a Czech-based VC fund and a shareholder in Cyberx Israel, an Israeli IoT & ICS cybersecurity startup, in Cyberx's sale to Microsoft for USD 165 million. CyberX has gained tremendous customer growth, with a number of leading companies using its IoT security platform to protect their web facilities. Cyberx has raised about USD 48 million since its inception in 2013. This is Microsoft’s eighth acquisition in Israel in the last decade.
Article: Snapshot of the Israeli Fintech Scene
Simon Jaffa and Dr. Zvi Gabbay take a look at the challenges and opportunities in the Israeli fintech sector in this short article.
Representing Sartorius in the acquisition of a majority stake in Biological Industries.
Our firm represented Sartorius, a leading multinational corporation in the field of life science, research and development and biopharmaceutical industry, in a transaction to acquire a majority stake in the Israeli cell culture developer Biological Industries. Sartorius acquired the majority of Biological Industries shares by way of secondary purchase of shares from the Development Company of Kibbutz Beit Haemek and private equity fund Fortissimo Capital, in consideration for USD 50 million. In addition, as part of the transaction, Sartorius and the Development Company of Kibbutz Beit Haemek signed an option to purchase/sell additional holdings in the future.