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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.
October 26, 2020
Barnea represented Knorr-Bremse in its acquisition of an additional 19.8% of Rail Vision
Simon Jaffa, Ariella Dreyfuss and Daniel Arbov represented Knorr-Bremse, the German global market leader for braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles in its US$10 million investment in the Israeli railway safety company Rail Vision.
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 16, 2020
COVID-19 Cross-Border Briefing: Updates
Our firm was chosen to provide the Israel section of a briefing on governmental measures taken during COVID-19 in key jurisdictions. The publication offers a general summary of the law and is aimed to assist businesses through these ever changing times.
June 22, 2020
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.
March 4, 2020
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.
December 12, 2019
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.
October 6, 2019
The First to Adapt Are the Most Likely to Survive
Israel is known around the world as the “Start-Up Nation.” Simon Jaffa, our founding partner, explains to PSMG how Israeli law firms must adapt to this changing technological world.
August 13, 2019
Barnea Represented ISS Global in the Disposition of Its Holdings in Israel
Our firm represented the Danish catering and cleaning services company ISS Global in the disposition of all its holdings in Israel. ISS was advised by Advs. Simon Jaffa, Yuval Lazi, Danny Boguslavsky, and Chen Nadir.
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.
June 18, 2019
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.
June 4, 2019
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.
February 21, 2019
Barnea Represented Exclusive Networks in Securewave Acquisition
Our firm represented Exclusive Networks in its acquisition of 70% of the shares of Israeli company Securewave Ltd, one of Israel’s leading independent cybersecurity VADs.
November 20, 2018
Barnea represented Senetas Corporation Ltd.
Our firm represented Senetas Corporation in a USD 8 million investment in the Israeli cyber company Votiro Cybersec Global Limited
June 11, 2018
Barnea Represented Investor in Israeli Cybersecurity Company Claroty
Barnea advised an investor in relation to a $60 million investment in cybersecurity company Claroty. The company specializes in cybersecurity for industrial control networks.
May 9, 2018
Barnea Represented ADM Capital in Investment in Israeli Startup Rootility
Barnea represented ADM Capital, a UK-based investment fund, in an investment round in the Israeli plant-breeding startup Rootility.
April 18, 2018
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.
February 1, 2018
Barnea Advised on the $703 Million Acquisition of Theramex by CVC
Barnea Advised on the $703 Million Acquisition of Theramex by CVC Capital Partners. Theramex is Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' global women’s health portfolio.
December 11, 2017
Barnea & Co. Represented EXO Technologies in Acquisition by Lear
Barnea represented Israeli startup EXO Technologies, a developer of GPS technology for autonomous and connected vehicle applications, in its acquisition by the American corporation Lear.
November 22, 2017
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.
November 8, 2017
Hosting Australian Fund Bio Capital Impact
Barnea 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.
November 1, 2017
Barnea & Co. represents HP in its acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co. Printer Business
HP Inc. completed its acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s printer business in a deal valued at $1.05 billion. HP Inc. was represented by Barnea
June 6, 2017
Legal Business - Israel Report
Simon Jaffa, Founding Partner at Barnea, was interviewed by Legal Business Magazine on the risks Israeli law firms are taking when advising  startups and early-stage growth companies.
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.
February 21, 2017
Innovation Cocktail Event Hosted Together with the Israel-South Africa Chamber of Commerce
Barnea, together with the Israel-South Africa Chamber of Commerce, is hosting today a cocktail event to promote networking between South African businessmen living in Israel and Israeli businessmen.
February 16, 2017
Japan-Israel Relations: Advancing Technology

For many years now, Israel’s emergence and growth on the world’s economic stage has captured the attention of national and private investors all over the globe. It is only in recent years, though, that this has come to include Japan. In the past few years, more and more Japanese corporations have opened R&D and sales centers in Israel, while business delegations are continually streaming into Israel. One of those companies which recently entered Israel is Fujitsu, the largest IT company in Japan and the fifth largest in the world.

January 31, 2017
Barnea & Co. is hosting a delegation from Germany
Barnea is hosting today a delegation from Germany, who will be visiting Israel for the first time in order to look for investment and cooperation opportunities, mainly in the real estate and insurance tech fields.
November 7, 2016
Doing Business in Israel: a Nation Friendly to Business Investment

Companies, countries, and individuals who are interested in doing business abroad are looking more and more towards Israel. This has not occurred by accident. Israel has devised and implemented national policies to make it a world leader in technology and innovation. The result is a nation friendly to business investment. With the right business and legal guidance, investors are discovering tremendous potential in this small but sophisticated country.


June 26, 2016
Opportunities for Israeli Investors in The Wake of The Brexit Referendum Results
Simon Jaffa, Founding Partner at Barnea, was interviewed by Calcalist on the opportunities for Israeli investors, created by falling real estate prices in the UK, in the wake of the Brexit referendum results
June 23, 2016
Fear of extended uncertainty underlies Israeli Brexit concerns
A moment before casting the Brexit votes, Simon Jaffa Founding Partner at Barnea was interview for the Jerusalem Post on the possible implications of the vote on Israeli companies having presence in the U.K.
June 20, 2016
Interview with Simon Jaffa regarding “Brexit” vote in Britain
Simon Jaffa, Founding Partner, was interviewed by i24, the Israeli online news channel, on possible implications for Israel of the impending “Brexit” vote in Britain. (Simon's interview commences at minute 16 of the link)
May 18, 2016
Tel Aviv University nabs $50m donation
Simon Jaffa Adv. and Ariella Dreyfuss Adv. represented The Jeremy Coller Foundation in its donation of up to USD 50 million to the Tel Aviv University for its School of Management.
April 12, 2016
Legal Business: Israel 2016
The Legal Business magazine has dedicated its April edition to Israel, with a focus on current topics and trends in the country. Simon Jaffa was interviewed regarding Israel's high- tech industry.
April 5, 2016
Must-Have Legal Checklist for Startups

Building a startup company takes vision and great ideas. But before you can get up and running, it also requires legal understanding and planning. Startups need to go through steps to protect the owners and the organization. Before you start doing business, make sure you have worked through these preliminary steps.

February 16, 2016
Start-up nation- Israel and its tech sector
The British magazine "the Lawyer" published an extensive article about Israel's high- tech industry. Several partners at leading law firms, including Simon Jaffa, were interviewed by the magazine and discussed the reasons which made Israel "the start-up nation" and about recent changes in the industry (P. 42-48).
February 14, 2016
Barnea & Co represented Covercy
Adv. Simon Jaffa, Adv. Ariella Dreyfuss, Adv. Itay Gura and Adv. Karin Kashi represented Covercy, a Fintech start up in the foreign exchange and remittance industry, in raising financing in a round led by SGVC
February 9, 2016
Barnea & Co. represents Edison Investment Research in an agreement with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
In order to assist investors in Israel and abroad make prudent and informed investment decisions, the TASE concluded an agreement with Edison Investment Research to promote a unique model that has not yet been tried in the Israeli capital market. The new model involves Edison doing independent analysis for high-tech and biomedical companies traded on the TASE. This venture will be partially sponsored by the Israeli Stock Exchange.
December 24, 2015
Challenges in financing projects in the renewable-energy economy in Israel
As part of the global trend towards finding energy alternatives and towards encouraging the establishment of renewable-energy projects, the State of Israel has issued several significant tenders in recent years with the aim of securing cleaner and more sustainable energy sources. Such tenders include two separate tenders for the construction and operation of two solar-thermal power plants (Plot A and Plot B) in the vicinity of Kibbutz Ashalim in southern Israel and the Gilboa hydroelectric pumped storage power station.
October 6, 2015
Barnea & Co. represented Bruker Nano
Barnea represented Bruker Nano, an American company, traded on Nasdaq, in its acquisition of Jordan Valley Semiconductors for $53m. The acquisition uniquely positions Bruker to offer unmatched solutions for advanced problems in nanotechnology research and semiconductor metrology. Adv. Simon Jaffa and Adv. Daniel Lorber represented the client.
September 2, 2015
New business in ancient lands
As an MA expert who is highly experienced in multi-jurisdictional transactions, Simon Jaffa was interviewed for the August edition of the China Business Law Journal. The article deals with China’s interests in the Middle East. Simon was selected by the Journal to represent Israel in its section on the Middle East on the strength of his prominence in Israel as an expert in the above field. To read the full article, please click here (p.109)
July 12, 2015
Barnea & Co represented Blender
Israeli startup Blender announced today that it had raised $5 million from Blumberg Capital. The company has raised $3.5 million since it was founded, not including the current round. 
July 5, 2015
Banking & Finance 2015
Corporate Live Wire held a Banking Finance Roundtable with experts from around the world, including Simon Jaffa. The international experts examined the recent regulatory changes and developments in each expert's respective jurisdiction.
May 28, 2015
Exclusive Q&A On Banking & Finance With Simon Jaffa
As an Israeli expert in Banking Finance, Adv. Simon Jaffa participated in a QA by the leading CorporateLivewire website.  Simon reviewed the recent regulatory changes in the area, key trends expected to be seen over the coming year.
April 22, 2015
Legal Business: Israel 2015
The Legal Business magazine has dedicated its April edition to Israel, with a focus on current topics and trends in the country. Michael Barnea and Simon Jaffa were interviewed regarding Chinese interest in doing business in Israel. "In some respects because of the geopolitical  limitation, there is less competition for certain deals. Investors may not face as much competition as businesses in the US and UK," says Barnea.  
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'.
February 17, 2015
A hi tech attraction/ Israel special report
Despite the conflict in  Gaza, 2014 was an extremely busy year for Israeli Hitech MA transactions. Several partners at leading law firms, including Simon Jaffa, were interviewed by "The Lawyer" to review last year’s results and discuss the technology market.
January 29, 2015
Mergers & Acquisition 2015 - Virtual Round Table
Corporate Live Wire held a Mergers Acquisition Roundtable  with five experts from around the world, including Simon Jaffa. The international Mergers Acquisition experts examined the latest changes and developments in each expert's respective jurisdiction. The mergers acquisition roundtable  provides in depth analysis of the latest trends in the MA arena. This included topics such as the main risks and challenges facing cross-border activity, tax implications and the strength of technology-based investment in Israel.
August 24, 2014
Special report: Israel – Law in a war zone
Israel’s conflict with Hamas-controlled Gaza is escalating. The conflict broke out on July 8, when Israel launched "Operation Protective Edge" in response to Hamas launching rockets toward Israel. Is this still a place where lawyers can do international business?
February 10, 2014
Israel: Break up shake-up
Legislation intended to loosen the stranglehold of a few conglomerates on the economy is set to trigger a surge in sell-offs and overseas interest.
August 12, 2013
The Lawyer's special report: Tel Avision
The attractiveness of Israel's technology and energy sectors is beginning to draw more foreign lawyers into the country. Leading lawyers, such as  Adv. Simon Jaffa, discuss the entry of these foreign law firms into Israel and also the activities that these firms engage in once they are operating within Israel.
April 18, 2013
New Heights
The recent liberalisation of Israel’s legal market may lead to an influx of foreign advisers as well as the expansion of the domestic elite, excited by the prospect of heightened deal activity.
March 11, 2013
"Having a say on pay"
While the UK press has widely reported on ‘fat cat’ salaries and exorbitant bonuses of some of the most senior employees of public companies in the UK, in Israel new legislation on salary levels has been introduced to curb such excesses and limit and control the monies that have been pouring into the pockets of senior executives.
February 26, 2013
Seeking balance in the Israeli gas market
The Israeli natural gas market is moving in a direction whereby it is obliged to take nationwide decisions  in order to find a balance between the public's interest and the investors interests, the local demand and the export opportunities and between the needs of the current generation and those of the future. See full article by Adv. Simon Jaffa (founding partner of Barnea Co and head of Infrastructure and Project Finance Department) in Haaretz.
November 12, 2012
Israeli work - coming your way
Israel, only 64 years old and home to just 7.9 million people, has produced a staggering number of start-ups, earning Tel Aviv a reputation as a center of technological innovation. For the full article, by Adv. Simon Jaffa, please click here.
June 30, 2012
Tips for participating in a BOT Tender in Israel
Tips for participating in a BOT Tender in Israel. by Simon Jaffa. Themarker Infrastructure Magazine, June 2012.
March 20, 2011
Barnea & Co. represented a leading European energy company
Barnea represented a leading European energy company regarding the establishment with Rotem Industries Ltd and Gefen Biomed Investments - two Israeli firms specialising in cutting-edge technology - in creating a joint venture to finance and support the growth of innovative start-ups in the field of renewable and alternative energy and energy-saving technologies.
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