Paul joined AYR as a Partner in the Commercial Department in December 2017.
He has considerable experience and expertise in the fields of Project Finance, Energy and Infrastructure, PPP and BOT, Finance and International transactions.
He has been involved in many of Israel’s largest Infrastructure and Project Finance projects in recent years, including the Cross Israel Highway, the Carmel Tunnels project, the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Light Railway projects, the Seawater Desalination projects in Ashkelon and Hadera, and the OPC Rotem Power Station in the Negev.
In the Project Finance and BOT sector, Paul’s expertise covers a wide range of areas such as tenders, legislative issues, concession agreements, consortium structuring, project agreements and financing agreements.
He was ranked by the “Maariv” newspaper as one of the top 10 lawyers in Israel in the Project Finance and BOT sector.
Paul was previously at the law firms of Pearl Cohen, Firon-Epstein, and Gornitzky & Co., as well as the International legal department at Bank Hapoalim.
Paul was born in London, England and is a graduate of the University of Law of London. He practiced in London as a solicitor and subsequently moved to Israel where he was admitted to the Israel Bar.
He is a member of the Israel Bar Association, a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, and a member of the Law Society of England and Wales.
Paul served as a member of the Knesset Committee on the reform of the Guarantees Law. He serves as a member of the Board of the Israel-Britain Chamber of Commerce, is a Director of the Confederation House Cultural Centre in Jerusalem and is a Vice President of the World Confederation of United Zionists, affiliated to the WZO.
Paul speaks English and Hebrew, and is conversant in French.
Paul has been involved in many of Israel’s leading BOT and infrastructure projects including:
* the flagship Cross Israel Highway project (representing both the Israeli Government as well as the Principal Lenders);
* the Carmel Tunnels project;
* the Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem Light Railway projects;
* the Seawater Desalination projects in Ashkelon and Hadera;
* the Beer-Sheba Private Prison Facility tender;
* the Wisconsin Project (returning recipients of supplemental benefits to the workplace);
* the Israeli Air Force Flight School project, etc..
Paul has advised clients in relation to the 440 MW OPC Rotem Combined Cycle Power Station in the Negev, and in relation to the Israeli Government Tender for the IDF Training Centre PPP Project in the Negev.
He also advised the Israel Ministry of Defense on various matters and he has advised the Mayor and Municipality of Thessaloniki in Greece on various infrastructure projects.
Paul also has extensive experience in structuring and handling complex financing transactions with banks in Israel and abroad. These include representing Israeli clients in relation to multi-million dollar credit facilities with a Swiss bank and a UK Bank in London, representing an Israeli bank on a multi-million dollar credit facility in the UK, and an Israeli client on a Development loan from the International Finance Corporation.
In the field of acquisitions and mergers, Paul has handled the acquisition of companies in Israel and abroad and has disposed of a UK subsidiary of an Israeli insurance company at Lloyds of London.
In the field of Telecommunications, Paul has represented a leading TV satellite company in Israel in its dealings with overseas television channels as well as an Israeli company in its activities in Africa.
Paul has also represented clients in the Hotel & Leisure industry and Real Estate transactions.