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November 9, 2020
Our Firm Represented CAF in Funding for Jerusalem Light Rail Project
After a year of negotiations, Jerusalem Light Rail concessionaire Shapir Engineering and its Spanish partner CAF announced the closure of a financial agreement for the construction and operation of a network of light rail lines in Jerusalem. The project's initial financing, amounting to nearly NIS 4 billion, will be led by Bank Hapoalim, with the participation of First International Bank of Israel, investment house Altshuler Shaham, and insurance company Migdal. Our firm's Simon Jaffa and Samuel Henry Samuel represented CAF in the transaction. This is CAF's first project in Israel.
July 19, 2020
NIS 600 Million Financial Closure at Etgal Power Plant
We represented a group of institutional lenders, including Psagot and Amitim, in a deal to finance Shikun Binui Group's construction and operation of a power plant in Ashdod, for approx. NIS 600 million. Amitim and Psagot were represented by Advs. Simon Jaffa, Samuel Henri Samuel, and Rotem Orbach.  
July 5, 2020
A Solution for Infrastructure Project Delays Is Also Needed
At the end of June, the Ministry of Construction and Housing announced that due to the coronavirus crisis the time in which a contractor can delay delivering an apartment without being sanctioned will increase to 100 days. Shai Avnieli, a partner in our Infrastructure Department, published an opinion article in Globes on the subject. He commented: "This decision, which stems from a desire to solve this complex issue, is indeed welcome. However, although this decision has a significant impact on the construction market in Israel, it does not fix the issues of the construction market as a whole, particularly not the infrastructure sector."
June 3, 2020
Israel's Infrastructure Boom
Israel is undertaking a massive transformation to modernize its infrastructure, with a series of projects in transport, energy, and defense. British magazine The Lawyer interviewed Shai Avnieli, an expert in the infrastructure area, on the subject. In his comments, Shai noted that providing legal advice for complex projects is not something just any lawyer can do. "This practice area is not some buzzword that lawyers can quickly adapt to and it is certainly impossible to quickly become adept in this field," he stressed.
January 20, 2020
Event Invite: Networking with Airbus, Starburst, and a French Aerospace Delegation
We are hosting, together with Business France Israel, a networking cocktail in honor of the visit of a technological business delegation from the top aerospace clusters in France. Also participating in the event are representatives from Airbus DS and Starburst Israel.
January 15, 2020
Shai Avnieli Lectures to Israeli Association of Construction & Infrastructure Engineers
Shai Avnieli served as a guest lecturer as part of an arbitration course held by the Israeli Association of Construction Infrastructure Engineers.
November 13, 2019
Representing License Holders of the Ishai Gas Reservoir
Advs. Zohar Lande and Anat Even-Chen are representing the license holders of the Ishai gas reservoir. This reservoir shares its gas with the Aphrodite field in Cyprus. Our firm is accompanying the license holders in their appeal to the Ministers of Energy, Foreign Affairs, Justice, and Finance to secure their rights further to the agreement signed by the Aphrodite license holders with the Cypriot government.
July 3, 2019
Ministry of Defense Seminar on P.F.I Projects
Inon Yogev, a partner in our Infrastructure and Project Finance Department, lectured today as part of a seminar on the establishment of P.F.I projects in the defense sector. In attendance were senior officials from the Ministry of Defense and the IDF.
June 25, 2019
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.
May 7, 2019
Administrative Petition Filed Against Our Client Following Tender Win
Our firm is representing the Tel Aviv Taxi Organization in an administrative petition filed against after its win in the Tel Aviv cluster of a two-stage competitive process conducted by the Ministry of Transport. The organization is represented by Advs. Zohar Lande, Eyal Nachshon, and Adi Shoham of the Litigation Department.
December 19, 2018
INGL to Pay NIS 370 Million for the Construction of an Offshore Dry Gas Pipeline
Our firm represented INGL during the negotiation and conclusion of an MoU for the construction by Energean of an offshore dry gas pipeline from the Karish and Tanin fields to the Israeli shore. The pipeline is expected to be transferred to INGL in the beginning of 2021.
November 28, 2018
Barnea Represented a Chinese Company in Litigation Related to the Highway 16 Tender
Barnea is representing the Chinese infrastructure company PMEC in its request to disqualify the winning bid in the tender for Highway 16. The company is being represented by Advs. Zohar Lande, Eyal Nachshon, and Shachar Rothschild from the Litigation Department.
May 31, 2018
Yuval Lazi Lectures at Hutchison Kinrot
Adv. Yuval Lazi is lecturing today for entrepreneurs at Hutchison Kinrot, a global leader seed investor in water and cleantech-related technologies.
November 13, 2017
Seminar with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and the Israel Builders Association
Barnea is hosting today with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and the Israel Builders Association a seminar for real estate and infrastructure companies exploring a potential IPO. Dr. Zvi Gabbay, Head of the Capital Markets Department, will discuss IPO from the eyes of a regulator.
June 18, 2017
Barnea & Co. Represents Africa Israel Europe in a Commercial and Residential Project in Serbia
Barneais representing Africa Israel Europe in the establishment of a new commercial and residential project in Serbia called "Skyline Belgrade" at an estimated cost of Euro 200 million.
March 27, 2017
Event at Barnea with the UK Israel Tech Hub
Barnea 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.
December 28, 2016
Barnea represented Belectric Israel in the negotiations leading to the conclusion of an EPC and O&M Agreements in respect of the Ashalim PV solar power plant
Our Infrastructure Department represented Belectric Israel, which was selected to construct and operate a new 30Mwp PV solar power plant in Ashalim. Belectric Israel is an affiliate of Belectric GmbH from Germany, engaging in the development and promotion of photovoltaic (PV) solar systems world-wide.
October 13, 2016
Hackathon for Sustainable Urban Mobility
Adv. Asaf Shalev will serve as a mentor and participate at the Herzliya sustainable urban mobility Hackathon, which takes place on October 27th , in cooperation with the European Union.
September 7, 2016
Construction Site Collapse in Tel Aviv
Adv. Inon Yogev, Partner at Barnea was interviewed by Ynet following the collapsed parking structure in the Ramat Hahayal neighborhood in northern Tel Aviv. Inon commented that the function of the project manager is not defined in the Planning and Building Law. There are many responsibilities and it is not clear who is responsible for what.
April 21, 2015
Legal Business: Israel
As an expert in the Infrastructure and Gas industries, Simon Jaffa was interviewed by the Legal Business magazine, concerning the current uncertainty arising from the anti-trust commissioner’s intervention in the ownership structure of Israel’s gas fields, saying: 'all this uncertainty puts off foreign companies coming into Israel and investing'.
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