Infrastructure & Project Finance

Gornitzky & Co. has historically been involved in a majority of the high-profile infrastructure and energy transactions in Israel, including the financing of these transactions. With extensive experience in the privatization processes, tenders and BOT and PFI projects, Gornitzky is one of the most sought-after firms in Israel for the sector

Over the years, the firm has represented the Israeli government, as well as Israeli and foreign investors, construction and infrastructure companies, and international consortia. Our firm has an “all industry” approach and assists in all ancillary legal issues, including M&A, project development and financing, equity and corporate debt funding, construction and engineering contracts, environment and energy, restructuring and privatization, procurement, regulation, taxation, competition and dispute resolution.

Our infrastructure & project finance team utilizes its comprehensive knowledge in all pertinent facets to provide legal advice in four main sectors.

  • Energy and natural resource projects, including gas, oil, electricity, thermo-solar, PV, wind and bio-mass;
  • Industrial projects, such as water desalination facilities and pneumatic sewage systems;
  • Transportation, including roads, railway projects, tunnels and the rehabilitation of roads;
  • Non-commercial projects, such as a police academy, an IDF non-combat training center, students' dormitories, prison facilities, etc.


We have vast experience in all relevant stages of such projects, from the pre-qualification stage through to commercial operation, with an outstanding track record of dozens of successful financial closings, both with local and international senior lenders.

IFLR1000 2015
IFLR1000 2015

IFLR1000 2015 ranked Gornitzky & Co. as a Tier 1 Project Finance firm.

The Legal 500 2014
The Legal 500 2014

The Legal 500 2014 identified Gornitzky & Co. as a Top Tier Projects and Energy law firm, noting the firm's expertise in large infrastructure projects, as well as its active energy practice. 

 

Partner Jack Smith was ranked as a Leading Individual in this field and identified by the guide as "sharp and proactive" and "a true expert and authority in the area of energy and infrastructure."

Dun's 100 2014
Dun's 100 2014

Dun & Bradstreet's 2013 Dun's 100, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Project Finance, Energy & Infrastructure law firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.

Who's Who Legal 2014
Who's Who Legal 2014

Who's Who Legal 2014 recognized Jack Smith as one of Israel's top 10 Project Finance lawyers, and one of 674 worldwide Project Finance experts.

Chambers Global 2014
Chambers Global 2014

Chambers Global 2014 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as a Band One Projects & Energy firm, noting the firm's representation of major local players in the infrastructure sector and expertise in all ancillary matters connected to construction and project finance. The guide also  noted the firm's "excellent track record in advising companies in the oil and gas sector."  Sources were quoted saying, "The lawyers are business-oriented, always providing good advice and a great service," and "The level of service is very high; the lawyers can be approached 24/7."


Partner Jack Smith was recognized as a Leading lawyer in the field.  He was described as "widely recognised as one of the top oil and gas specialists in the country."  Partner Itay Geffen was also recommended as a Leading lawyer in the field and singled out for his project finance work, with market observers quoted saying, "He is one of the smartest people I know. He helps solve all our problems and is very creative."

BDI Code 2014
BDI Code 2014

BDI Code 2014, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Project Finance, Energy and Infrastructure law firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.

IFLR1000 2014
IFLR1000 2014

IFLR1000 2014 ranked Gornitzky & Co. as a Tier 1 Project Finance firm, 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."

 

Itay Geffen was named one of Israel's Leading lawyers in this field.

Dun's 100 2013
Dun's 100 2013

Dun & Bradstreet's 2013 Dun's 100, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Project Finance, Energy & Infrastructure law firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.

The Legal 500 2013
The Legal 500 2013

The Legal 500 2013 ranked Gornitzky & Co. as a Top Tier "eminent firm for both project finance and energy transactions," noting some of the firm's major work in the last year.

 

The guide identified Itay Geffen as a Leading lawyer in this field, as well as recognizing Jack Smith as a key contact.

Who's Who Legal 2013
Who's Who Legal 2013

Who's Who Legal 2013 recognized Jack Smith (Partner) as one of Israel's top 11 Project Finance lawyers, and one of 608 worldwide Project Finance experts.

Chambers Global 2013
Chambers Global 2013

Chambers Global 2013 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as a leading Projects & Energy firm. The guide noted the firm's diverse practice, saying "This full-service offering covers all the bases when it comes to projects and energy expertise, and clients can call on valuable experience in infrastructure developments, power projects and upstream energy transactions." Sources were quoted saying the firm is "Very responsive with very good experience in BOT projects."

Partner Jack Smith was lauded for his "Extensive knowledge and experience in the energy sector. His local and international expertise in oil and gas work is particularly highly prized," with sources quoted saying he is "The dean of the field." Partner Itay Geffen received high praise from clients for his innovative approach and sources were quoted saying "He is very good, creative, and very successful." His experience in the projects arena was also given recognition and he was described as "very familiar with the Israeli framework for project tenders."

BDI Code 2013
BDI Code 2013

BDI Code 2013, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Project Finance, Energy and Infrastructure law firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.

IFLR1000 2013
IFLR1000 2013

IFLR1000 2013 ranked Gornitzky & Co. as a Tier 1 Project Finance firm, saying, "They have a solid practice," while also noting the firm's involvement in several of the country's most prominent deals in the last year.

 

Itay Geffen was named one of Israel's Leading lawyers in this field.

Who's Who Legal 2012
Who's Who Legal 2012

Who's Who Legal 2012 voted Jack Smith (Partner) one of Israel's top 8 Project Finance lawyers, and one of 480 worldwide Project Finance experts.

The Legal 500 2012
The Legal 500 2012

The Legal 500 2012 ranked Gornitzky & Co. as a Tier 1 Projects and Energy firm, noting some of the firm's major work in the last year.

 

Itay Geffen was identified as one of Israel's Leading lawyers in this field.

Chambers Global 2012
Chambers Global 2012

Chambers Global 2012 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as a leading Projects & Energy firm. The guide noted the firm's diverse practice, saying it "handles a diverse array of energy, infrastructure and desalination projects" and is also "heavily involved in renewable energy work". A quoted source said the firm "demonstrated professionalism, flexibility and creativity, which have all deeply contributed to our business operations".

 

Partner Jack Smith was lauded for his "deep knowledge of power and energy law, and of commercial negotiations", and Partner Itay Geffen was said to receive high praise for the quality of his work ("he is very thorough, extremely intelligent and, most importantly, utterly committed and dedicated to his clients").

Dun's 100 2012
Dun's 100 2012

Dun & Bradstreet's 2012 Dun's 100, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Project Finance, Energy & Infrastructure law firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.

IFLR1000 2012
IFLR1000 2012

IFLR1000 2012 ranked Gornitzky & Co. as a Tier 1 Project Finance firm, saying, "The firm's project finance team are unanimously recognised as one of the leaders in the field in Israel," also noting the firm's involvement in several of the country's most prominent deals in the last year.

 

Itay Geffen was named one of Israel's Leading lawyers in this field.

BDI Code 2012
BDI Code 2012

BDI Code 2012, a leading Israeli legal directory, recognized Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Project Finance, Energy and Infrastructure law firms, naming it a Top Tier firm in this field.

Chambers Global 2011
Chambers Global 2011

Chambers Global 2011 recommended Gornitzky & Co. as one of Israel's leading Projects & Energy law firms, quoting clients saying "The junior and senior lawyers in this team are all very responsive and attentive to their clients, and all have great experience in project work."

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