Israel’s highly developed legal system, availability of local financing, and expanding pool of technology-based targets helped the region post its best first-half PE deal figures in over a decade. The Israeli PE ecosystem is growing, buoyed by the development of local PE groups, such as FIMI Opportunity Funds, and greater brand recognition from global players such as KKR executing on high-profile transactions in the region. Israeli company founders and management teams are becoming more receptive to PE’s value proposition, as seen from PE IT deal count already surpassing full-year figures between 2014 and 2018.
Israel has blossomed into a diverse and crucial VC ecosystem in the last decade. Innovative programmes have helped domestic entrepreneurship prosper while international tech companies have cropped up in regional pockets. High-quality talent and capital resources have enabled numerous cybersecurity, business productivity and healthtech startups to grow and compete internationally for investment. Notable mobility tech exits have helped the Israeli ecosystem emerge globally. VC fundraising has developed strongly as new GPs have been formed, specialist VC funds catering to strong VC sectors have emerged, and international investors have expanded into the Israeli ecosystem via locally raised funds.
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