Highlighting the biggest hot topics in the Israeli M&A and Private Equity market

15 May 2019

Carlton Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
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  • 08:30


  • 09:00
  • 09:10

    Keynote Address

  • 09:40

    The Outlook for M&A in Israel

    In 2018, M&A activity in Israel reached its highest value on Mergermarket record with a number of huge inbound deals from US corporates leading the charge including IFF’s US$ 7bn takeover of Frutarom and the US$ 3.2bn acquisition of SodaStream by PepsiCo. However, 2018 was also characterised by changing geopolitical dynamics and economic slowdown. In the face of this new environment, this panel of deal leaders will explore whether investments and deal values will be disrupted.

    • Exploring international interest and motives for investing in Israel
    • What impact will ongoing trade sanctions between the US and China have on investment and deal-making in Israel?
    • The return of China to Israel – following the clarification of the strict rules imposed around outbound foreign investment Chinese bidders slowly returned in 2018, will this trend continue?
  • 10:30

    The Future of Private Equity

    This panel will explore the outlook for private equity in Israel for foreign and domestic firms.

    • International vs domestic investment – what differences are there in the size of investments as well as the volume?
    • Exit strategies – go public or stay private? What opportunities and risks are associated with both strategies? Will dual-track become a more popular route?
    • Will the US exchanges remain the primary target for IPOs in 2019? What can other exchanges do to become more attractive to Israeli companies looking to list?
  • 11:20

    Networking Break

  • 11:50

    Start-up nation to scale-up nation - The maturing of the Israeli tech market

    Israel has long branded itself as the ‘start-up nation’ with the most start-ups per capita in the world and its long history of cutting-edge technology entrepreneurs. As the ecosystem continues to mature, with many firms engaging in further rounds of funding instead of selling quick, is it more apt to call Israel a scale-up nation? And what does this mean for Israel’s technology sectors?

    • What is driving technology market in Israel? How is disruptive technology impacting other sectors and what opportunities does this bring?
    • Are start-ups pursuing different funding strategies? What does this mean for M&A activity and valuations?
    • Will the use of private placements to raise capital increase as an alternative to going public?
    Walid Khiari
    Walid Khiari
    Managing Director, Technology Investment Banking, Rothschild & Co
  • 12:40

    Comparing US and European deal styles and strategies

    Both the US and Europe remain the largest deal corridors for Israeli M&A transactions.  It is important for international dealmakers, whether seller, buyer or target, to understand the current thinking on, and differences with respect to, deal terms and process in both regions.  Many different factors can have an effect on such deal terms and process such as the increasingly competitive deal landscape, financing options, regulatory issues  and the presence of a private equity sponsor in the transaction.

    During this session, the speakers will be debating and comparing deal styles and strategies currently being used in the US and across Europe, in what promises to be a lively and informative debate.

  • 13:00

    Closing Remarks

  • 13:10

    Networking Lunch

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