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 a corporate finance (M&A) expert. He 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.
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 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”.
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:
Energean Firms up Agreement with Israel Natural Gas Lines
Our firm represented Israel Natural Gas Lines (INGL) in the conclusion of a detailed agreement with Greek company Energean for the transfer of the near shore and onshore part of the pipeline that will deliver gas from the Karish and Tanin FPSO into the Israeli national gas transmission grid. As consideration, INGL will pay Energean 369 million NIS.
Barnea Represented Axcel in the Acquisition of Phase One
Our firm represented Axcel in the acquisition of Phase One from Silverfleet Capital. Axcel is a leading Nordic private equity firm focusing on mid-market companies. It has a broad base of both Nordic and international investors.
Innovation in Israel – Legal Aspects: Interview with Simon Jaffa
The Lawyer magazine focused this month on the innovation scene in Israel and interviewed leading lawyers, including Simon Jaffa, to better understand the local legal environment. During the interview, Simon discussed how legislation can often lag behind technological developments. He noted that the most important job for tech lawyers is to help startup clients take calculated risks. This means not just telling clients what they can't do, but also understanding risks, evaluating potential exposure, and helping management make decisions that are right for the company.