Mr. Geffen has been a partner at Gornitzky & Co. since 2000.
Mr. Geffen heads the Project Finance team at Gornitzky & Co.
Gornitzky's Project Finance team is the only Israeli legal working group within this field that has experience in all three kinds of clients of a project finance transaction, representing the State of Israel, the concessioners (as well as their major subcontractors) and the financiers.
Mr. Geffen has been representing various clients in a wide range of legal aspects related to a substantial number of national infrastructure projects, which can be divided into four categories:
- Transportation: the Cross-Israel Highway project; the Carmel Tunnels project; Jerusalem Light Railway (LTR) project; The Tel Aviv Light Rail Project; a major roads rehabilitation project in northern Israel; The 531 and 431 Highways Projects; and The Fast Lane to Tel Aviv Project.
- Industrial: the world's largest desalination facility, built in the city of Hadera; a desalination facility in Soreq area; a desalination facility in Ashkelon; and a pneumatic solid urban waste collection system in the city of Yavne.
- Renewable Energy: A 110 MW thermo solar power plant to be located in Ashalim, in southern Israel; A solar photovoltaic power plant to be constructed in southern Israel; a major 120 MW private thermo solar power station, to be located in Kibutz Zeelim in southern Israel.
- Non Commercial/ Accommodation: The new main IDF training camp; The national policy academy; A private prison.
Additionally, Mr. Geffen is at the forefront of the firm’s Domestic Securities practice, which provides legal services in four major specialization fields – Public Offerings, Private Placements, Ongoing Service and Counseling Services. As such, Mr. Geffen has been involved in a long list of IPO's, capital and debt raising, restructuring transactions and innovative pre-rulings of the leading and most prominent corporations in Israel, as the Arison group, Bank Hapoalim, Shikun & Binui Group, Strauss Group, Ofer Brothers Group (including Melisron and British Israel) and others.
In the past, Mr. Geffen served as a member of the firm's executive committee.
Mr. Geffen's prior legal experience includes clerking for a judge at the Tel Aviv District Court.
While performing his national service with the Israel Defense Forces, Mr. Geffen was given an award for creative thinking by the Chief of Intelligence of the Israel Defense Forces.
LL.B., Tel Aviv University (1993)
1995, Israel Bar Association
Member of the Israel Bar Association Securities Committee (2010-present)
Mr. Geffen published many articles and commentaries in a wide range of legal topics.
Teaching Assistant, Liquidations and Company’s Receivership Law (Dr. Dalia Even-Lahav) - Buchman Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University (1995)
Hebrew and English
Chambers Global 2017 identified Itay Geffen as a leading lawyer in Projects and Energy, saying "he is
highlighted for his excellent client service. He co-heads the firm's project finance group and has advised on a wide variety of projects matters.
IFLR1000 2017 identified Itay Geffen as one of Israel's Leading Lawyers in the fields of Banking and Finance, and Capital Markets Debt & Equity.
The Legal 500 2016 identified Itay Geffen as a Leading Projects and energy lawyer.
Chambers Global 2016 recommended Itay Geffen as a Leading lawyer in the fields of Projects and Energy (" Itay Geffen earns praise for his skill in project finance and is described by sources as "very talented." He has significant experience advising on transportation, energy and industrial projects.")
, and Capital Markets ("possesses experience assisting with IPOs in the Israeli market. He also advises on capital and debt raising, as well as restructuring matters.")
Chambers Global 2015 recommended Itay Geffen as a Leading lawyer in the fields of Projects and Energy, and Capital Markets.
IFLR1000 2015 identified Itay Geffen as one of Israel's Leading Lawyers in the fields of Banking and Finance, and Capital Markets.
Best Lawyers International 2014 identified Itay Geffen as a leading lawyer in the area of Projects Finance and Development Practice.
The Legal 500 2014 identified Itay Geffen as a skilled Capital Markets lawyer, saying "Itay Geffen and Yair Shiloni also have strong reputations."
Chambers Global 2014 recommended Itay Geffen as a Leading lawyer in the fields of Projects and Energy, and Capital Markets.
IFLR1000 2014 identified Itay Geffen as one of Israel's Leading Project Finance lawyers, saying, "Project finance is where the firm excels, with its team ranking among the country's best practices. Quite simply this is down to the strength of its two projects partners, Itay Geffen and Jack Smith. The pair are a formidable team."
The Legal 500 2013 recommended "Key contact" Itay Geffen as a Leading lawyer in the field of Projects and Energy for the third consecutive year.
Chambers Global 2013 recommended Itay Geffen as a Leading Projects and Energy, and Capital Markets lawyer, whose innovative approach is "Applauded by clients, who value the fact that 'he is very good, creative, and very successful'." The guide noted his experience in the projects arena as "A valued trait", and took notice of his wide-ranging capital markets practice, which includes advising a number of top Israeli public companies.
IFLR1000 2013 identified Mr. Geffen as one of Israel's Leading lawyers in the fields of Project Finance and Capital Markets, while quoting clients as saying that Itay is "very goal-oriented."
Legal Experts EMEA 2013 recognized Itay Geffen as a leading Capital Markets and Projects Finance/Energy expert.
Mr. Geffen has been consistently recognized a leading lawyer in these fields since 2011.
The Legal 500 2012 recommended Itay Geffen as a Leading lawyer in the field of Projects and Energy.
Chambers Global 2012 recommended Itay Geffen for Capital Markets transactions and praised him for his dedication to clients' needs, saying "He's very smart and pays great attention to detail." Itay was also recommended and received high praise for the quality of his Projects & Energy work, with clients saying "He is very thorough, extremely intelligent and, most importantly, utterly committed and dedicated to his clients."
Mr. Geffen was chosen by "Global Water Intelligence" as one of the world's leading lawyers in the water industry.
IFLR1000 2012 identified Mr. Geffen as one of Israel's Leading lawyers in the field of Project Finance.
Legal Experts EMEA 2012 recognized Itay Geffen as a leading Capital Markets and Projects Finance/Energy expert.
The Legal 500 2011 ranked Mr. Geffen as a Leading Projects and Energy lawyer, while quoting a client saying he is "one of Israel's most experienced project finance and infrastructure lawyers," and "very thorough as well as extremely creative, intelligent and utterly committed."
Chambers Global 2011 identified Mr. Geffen as a Leading Individual in the fields of Capital Markets and Projects & Energy. He is said to be "extremely smart and always takes care of all the details of a case" and an "experienced and highly-respected lawyer, who is very thorough and dedicated to his clients".
PLC Which Lawyer 2011 identified Mr. Geffen as a recommended individual in the field of Capital Markets.
Expert Guides 2011 identified Itay Geffen as one of Israel's leading lawyers in the Project Finance field of practice.
Legal Experts EMEA 2011 recognized Itay Geffen as a leading Capital Markets and Projects Finance/Energy expert.
PLC Which Lawyer 2010 named Itay Geffen as a recommended individual in the field of Project Finance.