Managing Partner: Michael Barnea
Senior Partners: Simon Jaffa, Zohar Lande
Number of partners: 20
Number of lawyers: 80
Languages: English, French, German, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish
Barnea, Jaffa and Lande is one of Israel’s leading commercial law firms. The firm provides legal counsel in a variety of fields, including corporate law, M&A, infrastructure, litigation, technology, internet, employment, real estate, banking and finance, capital markets, white collar, regulation, tax, and specialised focused sectors.
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm has earned an esteemed reputation for its extensive legal knowledge of international activities. 70% of the legal advisory services Barnea provides have an international dimension, whether through assisting foreign clients engaged in business in Israel or Israeli clients doing business overseas. Through a combination of professionalism, work ethic, vast knowledge, and extensive experience, Barnea is able to provide comprehensive services customised to the needs of each client, regardless of the scope, volume, and complexity of the transaction or legal matter.
Corporations, Mergers & Acquisitions:
Corporate law is at the core of the firm’s advisory services to clients throughout all stages of their activity in Israel and abroad. The firm provides advice on matters of incorporation, capital recruitments, loan and financing agreements, hostile takeovers and control battles, splits, asset acquisitions and regulation.
Infrastructure & Project Financing:
The firm has been involved in numerous high-profile and complex projects in Israel in recent years, including the Light Railway projects in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, the electrification of the Israel Railways network, the construction of the Israel Defence Forces training base in the Negev, the construction of hydroelectric and photovoltaic power plants, road and tunnel projects, water desalination and natural gas projects, and sewage and waste treatment facility projects. The firm has extensive experience in all aspects of complex projects, including with regard to regulatory issues and financing options; the preparation of tender offers, concession agreements (BOO, BOT, etc.), EPC construction agreements, and operation and maintenance agreements; applications for licenses and permits; and the handling of proceedings at local committees and government authorities.
The firm has renowned expertise representing both local and foreign private and public corporations operating in Israel, as well as high-net-worth individuals and families, during commercial-civil disputes. It litigates in disputes involving trade restraint, infrastructure, the capital market, technology, labour law, communications and real estate. The firm provides comprehensive litigation services, from formulating a legal strategy and conducting all preliminary stages to arriving at the conclusion of the legal proceeding.
The firm provides legal advisory services to technology companies throughout their life cycles. It advises on founders’ agreements and investment agreements, fundraising and government incentives, tax structure, mergers and acquisitions, production and distribution, employee remuneration, privacy protection, and database security. Clients include startups and mature high-tech companies, venture capital and private equity funds, and private and angel investors. The firm also represents local, international, and multinational companies.
The capital markets team provides comprehensive legal services on financial regulation and enforcement in Israel and abroad to public companies, boards of directors, and officers. The firm’s clients include public companies traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and on foreign stock exchanges, dual-listed companies, companies seeking to delist, etc. The firm also represents investment houses, provident and mutual funds, hedge funds, investment consultants, marketers and portfolio managers operating or looking to operate in Israel. Additionally, the firm represents numerous companies during initial coin offerings (ICOs).
The firm provides comprehensive legal advisory services to international and local companies during employee recruitments and throughout employment relations. This includes drafting employment and severance agreements, overseeing employee stock option allotments, managing issues pertaining to severance pay and golden parachutes, preparing employee remuneration policies, and handling labour issues arising during M&A or investment transactions. It also specialises in reorganisation processes, in negotiating with employee unions and in advising employers in relation to employee relocations.
The firm provides a wide range of legal services to clients engaged in private and commercial real estate transactions. It advises on property tax, expropriations, real estate valuations, planning and licensing processes with applicable authorities, municipal taxes, and ongoing real estate contracts.
Barnea is one of the leading law firms in Israel providing legal advisory services to companies operating in the fields of internet, e-Commerce,online financial trading and online gambling. The firm specialises in the international aspects of regulation, taxation, licensing, privacy protection, and data security, as well as in the commercial issues applying to internet activities.
The firm provides solutions for corporations contending with diverse regulatory requirements, including in the fields of antitrust, infrastructure and energy, the capital market, communications, privacy, gambling, financial trading, food, health, veterinary services, environmental protection, credit cards and banking. The firm also represent its clients before the various regulatory authorities.
The firm provides comprehensive legal advice to highnet- worth private clients and families in relation to the management of family wealth, trusts, and estates. Services include creating an optimal legal structure for planning and managing trusts and inter-generational wealth transfers, as well as developing and overseeing family real estate, taxes, financial agreements, wills and inheritances.