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OUR FIRM

Catalyst is a leading private equity firm in Israel with more than $250 million in assets under management. Since its founding in 1999, Catalyst has successfully completed over 25 investments and raised three funds.

Catalyst uses its knowledge, experience and resources to invest sensibly, create value for its portfolio companies and generate maximum returns for investors. We typically support capital and long-term growth of mature Israeli and Israeli-related innovative companies that have significant revenue, an impressive management team and a meaningful growth potential in global markets, with a special focus on China and other emerging markets. We at Catalyst see our platform as a highly effective conduit for Israeli innovative companies who are seeking global expansion, with a special emphasis on market entry into China backed by strong partners.

Catalyst leverages its unparalleled access to Israeli deal flow and global based network of partners, investors and strategic relationships across Israel, Europe, the US and China to create value for both our investors and our portfolio companies. Our managing partners enjoy a global and multidisciplinary background, wide-reaching operational, financial and sector expertise, significant business networks and vast transactional experience in global capital markets and cross-border M&A.

Catalyst’s current and past portfolio of companies include: Mobileye (NASDAQ, market cap $8.8B), Omrix Biopharmaceuticals (IPO on NASDAQ and then acquisition by Johnson & Johnson), Orex CR Technologies (acquired by Kodak), Lamina Technologies, Dori Media Group, Tufin and many others.

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Catalyst-CEL Fund

Our latest private equity Fund was established in 2014 together with a strong financial partner in Hong Kong. The Fund supports the growth of mature Israeli companies and expansion into Greater China.

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Catalyst Fund II L.P.

Catalyst’s second fund was established in 2006, moved away from VC investing and focused on private equity later-stage investment opportunities. Prominent exits: Mobileye’s IPO on Nasdaq. The Fund is still active until 2016.

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Catalyst Fund L.P.

Established in 1999, Catalyst’s first fund was a venture capital fund that focused on maturing Israeli technology investments.

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  • Yair Shamir
    Founding and Managing Partner
    Yair Shamir
    Founding and Managing Partner

    Mr. Yair Shamir is the Founding and Managing Partner of Catalyst Investments. 

    Mr. Shamir was elected Parliament Member and served as Minister of Agriculture of the State of Israel in the 19th Knesset from 2013 until 2015.

    Mr. Shamir is now serving as the chairman of board of N.T.A - Metropolitan Mass Transit System. He also serves as the President of the Israel Nature and Heritage Foundation, as the Chairman of the General Meeting of Ohalo College and as the Chairman of the Shalem Collage, a research and educational institute in Jerusalem.

    Mr. Shamir served as the Chairman of Israel’s National Roads Company from 2011 until 2012. Mr. Shamir served as the Chairman of IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) from 2005 until 2011. From 2003-2007, Mr. Shamir was the Chairman of Shamir Optical Industry Ltd (NASDAQ: SHMR). From 2004-2005, Mr. Shamir served as the Chairman of EL AL and lead the privatization process of the airline carrier. From 1997- 2006, Mr. Shamir served as the CEO and Chairman of VCON Telecommunications Ltd. Yair was a board member of DSP Group Corporation (NASDAQ: DSPG) from 2005 until 2013. Yair was the CEO of Elite Food Industries, Ltd between the years of 1994 and 1995. He was also the Executive VP of Scitex Corporation and General Manager of Scitex Israel from 1988 until 1993.

    Mr. Shamir served as a Board member of private hi-tech companies that were part of Catalyst’s investment portfolio such as Mobileye (largest Israeli IPO in 2014), Harmoni.ie and was a director of Tufin. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Shamir served as Executive Vice President of the Challenge Fund L.P.

    Mr. Shamir served in the Israeli Air Force as a pilot and commander from 1963-1988. During his term in the Air Force, Mr. Shamir attained the rank of colonel and served as head of the electronics department, the highest professional electronics position within the Israeli Air Force.

    He was the Chairman of Gvahim (from 2006 to 2013), a non-profit organization which assists qualified new immigrants from around the world in realizing their professional aspirations in Israel. He was also the Board Member of Mikveh Israel from 2010 until 2013. Mr. Shamir was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Technion University and sat on the executive committee of the Beer Sheva University from 1990 until 2013.

    Mr. Shamir holds a B.Sc. Electronics Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

    Mr. Shamir is now serving as the chairman of board of N.T.A - Metropolitan Mass Transit System.

    Mr. Shamir also serves as the President of the Israel Nature and Heritage Foundation and as the Chairman of the General Meeting of Ohalo College.

  • Edouard Cukierman
    Founding and Managing Partner
    Edouard Cukierman
    Founding and Managing Partner

    Mr. Edouard Cukierman is the Founder and Managing Partner of Catalyst Investments and serves as the Chairman of Cukierman & Co. Investment House. Since its establishment in 1993, Cukierman & Co. Investment House advised in more than € 4 billion worth of corporate finance transactions.

    Prior to establishing and managing Catalyst Investments in 2000, Mr. Cukierman was the President and CEO of Astra Technological Investments, a Venture Capital Fund established in 1993, which was the first Israeli company to go public in Continental Europe. He is also the Founder of the Go4Europe annual conference.

    Today, Edouard Cukierman serves as Chairman of BOS (NASDAQ: BOSC). He is a board member of Lamina Technologies which is based in Switzerland, Tufin technologies, Dori Media Group as well as Harmon.ie in Israel. Edouard Cukierman is the Chairman of the European Committee of the "High-Tech Industry Association" in Israel since May 2011.

    Mr. Cukierman serves as the Vice President of the Fondation France Israël. He is a board member of "Alliance Israelite Universelle en Israel" and a board member of Sar-El (Association that brings volunteers from across the world to the IDF in Israel).

    In the past, he was also the President of the Supervisory Board of Citec Environment SA in Paris.
    He was a Board member of Orex, MTI Wireless and other portfolio companies of Catalyst Investments and served as a Board member of Otto Capital, a Singapore based VC fund.

    He now serves as a reserve officer in the Crisis & Hostage Negotiation team and in the Spokesperson’s Unit of the IDF.
    Edouard Cukierman together with Dr. Daniel Rouach co-authored the book “Israel Valley Le bouclier technologique de l’innovation” published in June 2013 by Edition Pearson in Paris and in Chinese in October 2014.

    Mr. Cukierman holds an MBA from INSEAD, France and a B.Sc. from the Technion – Israel’s Institute of Technology.

  • Boaz Harel
    Senior Partner
    Boaz Harel
    Senior Partner

    Mr. Harel brings 20 years of management experience in various industries including hi-tech to the Catalyst management team.
    In 1990, he established Mashik-Research & Systems for Business Development Ltd, A consulting firm Consisting of 40 management consultants and industrial engineers.
    From 1993 until 1997, Boaz served as President and CEO of Leedan Holdings, a holding company with major stakes in approximately 25 companies.
    From 1996 until 2001, he worked in Leedans NY office in order to develop these investments.
    Boaz Oversaw Acquisitions and new investments, and developed a reputation as a company turn-around specialist. Mr. Harel was also the Chairman of ICTS International - both public companies traded on Nasdaq. Mr. Harel holds a B.Sc. in Industrial and Management Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

  • Shuang Chen
    Board and Investment Committee Member of Catalyst CEL Fund
    Shuang Chen
    Board and Investment Committee Member of Catalyst CEL Fund

    Mr. Chen Shuang, is a member of the Executive Committee and the Strategy Committee of the Board, the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Management Decision Committee of the Group. He is responsible for the overall operation of the Group.

    Mr. Chen is also a director and deputy general manager of` China Everbright Holdings Company Limited, a director of Everbright Securities Company Limited (stock code: SH 601788), a supervisor of China Everbright Bank Company Limited (stock code: SH 601818, HK 6818), an independent director of Noah Holdings Limited (stock code: NOAH.N) and an independent nonexecutive director of China Nonferrous Mining Corporation Limited (stock code: HK 1258). He is currently a non-official member of Financial Services Development Council, the Chairman of Chinese Financial Association of Hong Kong, the Vice-Chairman of Chinese Securities Association of Hong Kong and the visiting professor of East China University of Political Science and Law.

    Mr. Chen holds a Master of Laws Degree from East China University of Political Science and Law and a Diploma in Legal Studies from the School of Professional and Continuing Education of the University of Hong Kong. He is a qualified lawyer in the PRC and a senior economist. Prior to joining China Everbright Group, Mr. Chen was the Chief of the Legal Department of Bank of Communications. He has over 20 years of extensive experience in commercial banking and investment banking. He joined the Board in August 2004.

  • Richard Tang
    Board Member and Investment Committee Member of Catalyst CEL Fund
    Richard Tang
    Board Member and Investment Committee Member of Catalyst CEL Fund

    Richard Tang is the Chief Financial Officer of the China Everbright Limited ("CEL", SEHK:165), Managing Partner of Catalyst CEL Fund and also serves on the Investment Committee.
    He has overall responsibility for supervising the financial resources planning, allocation and control of CEL. Mr. Tang is a member of Executive Committee of the board of CEL. Mr. Tang is a Non-executive director of China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited (stock code: HK 1848). He was a director of Everbright Securities Company Limited (stock code: SH 601788) from February 2008 to January 2011. Mr. Tang is a Certified Public Accountant and is a graduate of the Accountancy Department from Hong Kong Polytechnic. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has over 22 years of experience in audit, investment, accounting and finance. Since 1990, Mr. Tang had been engaged as department head of the financial and business operations of various international financial institutions. He joined CEL in September 2005 and joined the board of CEL in July 2007.

  • Shengyan Fan
    Managing Partner of Catalyst CEL Fund
    Shengyan Fan
    Managing Partner of Catalyst CEL Fund

    Joined CEL in 2009. Oversees the day-to-day operation of Strategic Investment & Development Department, responsible for CEL’s new business development in strategic investments and mergers & acquisitions project

    Previously over ten years of experience with increasing responsibility at multinational investment banks

    BA and BS from Tsinghua University (Beijing) and a MA from the University of Oxford.

  • John Chan
    Managing Partner of Catalyst CEL Fund
    John Chan
    Managing Partner of Catalyst CEL Fund

    Responsible for M&A transactions in relation to principal investment, strategic development initiatives, including forming cooperation with international partners

    Previously over ten years of experience working with regional and international financial institutions and investment banks

    Joined CEL in 2010

    MA and BA from University of Cambridge.

  • Harry Chang
    Managing Partner of Catalyst CEL Fund
    Harry Chang
    Managing Partner of Catalyst CEL Fund

    Harry Chang is the Managing Partner of Catalyst CEL Fund and the Director of M&A Department of China Everbright Limited (CEL).
    Mr. Chang joined CEL in 2014 and is responsible for Fund's set-up and project management.
    Harry has 18 years of finance experience, 16 years out of which as Principal, investing across all parts of the capital structure totaling US$1.6 billion. Harry has been with Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers International and Citic Capital.
    Mr. Chang holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth, School of Business.

  • Dorothée Moshevich
    Partner
    Dorothée Moshevich
    Partner

    Dorothee Moshevich is a Partner at Catalyst Funds. She joined Catalyst team in 2006 and is responsible of the Portfolio Companies, from the due diligence process, the negotiation and structuring of the deals and the monitoring of the portfolio companies until the exit. Along with the CFO of the fund, she in charge of the fund's accounting, legal and administrative issues. Prior to joining Catalyst, Dorothee served as an analyst at ING Bank-France in the Corporate Finance department and as a Product Launch coordinator at CATHERINE M. ZADEH in New York. Dorothee holds a Master Degree in Management from Rouen School of Management, France with a specialization in finance and accounting.

  • Olga Bermant
    Director
    Olga Bermant
    Director

    Ms. Olga Bermant joined Catalyst in 2012. She was instrumental in the fundraising process of the latest Catalyst Fund (Catalyst CEL Fund) and is responsible for analyzing incoming investment opportunities. The Catalyst-CEL Fund is the first Israel-China investment fund which supports the growth of innovative Israeli companies expanding in China. She is a Board Member of Tufin Technologies and harmon.ie, two portfolio companies of the previous Catalyst II Private Equity Fund.

     

    Before joining Catalyst, Olga was a financial and media analyst at an American start-up based in Israel. Prior to that she worked in the international department of the Israel Antitrust Authority as part of an elite program which enables young Jewish leaders to come to Israel and work with the government. While there, Olga co-authored the OECD report on Israel’s competition policy.

     

    While studying Literature and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, Olga was actively involved in pro-Israel advocacy. She was President of Oxford’s Jewish Society and co-Founder of the Israel Society. After university, she was a consultant to the Israeli Embassy on fighting academic boycotts on British campuses.  

     

    Olga was born in St. Petersburg in Russia. Aged 7, she moved to Berlin in Germany together with her family and completed her high school and university studies in the UK. She currently lives and works in Israel. Olga is fluent in 4 languages and has a strong international background and cross-cultural communication skills.

     

  • Yaron Yonati
    VP Finance
    Yaron Yonati
    VP Finance

    Yaron Yonati joined Catalyst as a CFO in November 2015 and brings with him extensive experience in accounting, finance, taxes, business management and operations. Prior to joining Catalyst, Yaron served as CPA in the audit department at Erez Komornik CPA firm for allmost 5 years.


    During his work, he has gathered audit records of large companies and also fill position of financial controller in international company. 

    Before that Yaron worked for Shaham&Co CPA as an intern for 2 years. Yaron is a CPA and a member of the institution of Certified Public Accountants in Israel (ICPAS).  He holds a Bachelors Degree (B.A) in Business Administration and Accounting from Ono Academic center.

  • Alex Lu
    Vice President of Catalyst CEL Fund
    Alex Lu
    Vice President of Catalyst CEL Fund

    Mr. Lu is the Vice President of the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of CEL and the Vice President of CEL Catalyst China Israel Fund. Mr. Lu Joined CEL in 2013 and has over eight years of experience in M&A and corporate finance gained from international and regional investment banks.
    Mr. Lu holds MPhil and BS from the University of Hong Kong and he is also Certified Public Accountant.

  • Alan Lau
    Senior Associate, CEL Fund
    Alan Lau
    Senior Associate, CEL Fund

    Mr. Lau is the Senior Associate of the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of CEL and he is also the Senior Associate of CEL Catalyst China Israel Fund. Mr. Liu Joined CEL in 2011. He has over eight years of experience in M&A, corporate finance and investment research.
    Mr. Lau holds BBA (Finance) from the Chinese University of HK and MSc (Law and Accounting) from the London School of Economics and he is also a CFA charter holder.

  • Audrey Gozlan
    Executive Assistant to Edouard Cukierman
    Audrey Gozlan
    Executive Assistant to Edouard Cukierman

    Audrey Gozlan joined Catalyst Fund in 2008 as a Personal Assistant to Edouard Cukierman. Prior to joining Catalyst, Audrey served as web manager for an Israeli e-newspaper specializing in High Tech. Fifteen years ago, after studying Tourism at the "Ecole Francaise de Tourisme" in Paris, Audrey settled in Israel.

  • Roger Cukierman
    Board Member of Catalyst II and Catalyst CEL Fund
    Roger Cukierman
    Board Member of Catalyst II and Catalyst CEL Fund

    Mr. Roger Cukierman is the Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress and of the European Jewish Congress, vice president of Alliance Israelite Universelle and director of the Claims Conference. Mr. Cukierman was until May 2007, the President of the CRIF (French Jewish Community). Mr. Cukierman was the former CEO of the Edmond de Rothschild Group as well as former CEO of the Israel General Bank and Israel 2000 Mutual Fund. Mr. Cukierman also served as president of the venture capital firm established by the Rothschild Group. His experience includes directorships of several international groups such as Club Med, Publicis, and the Association of French Bankers. Mr. Cukierman holds a doctorate degree in economics from the Paris University, a bachelor's in law, and the ESCP - European School of Management- diploma in business administration. He is also the author of The Capital in the Japanese Economy.

  • Luc Muller
    Board Member of Catalyst II
    Luc Muller
    Board Member of Catalyst II

    Luc Muller is the Founder and Chairman of Euro-Asian Management Advisory Pte. Ltd. (Euro-Asian), an Executive Management firm started in 2016 and specializing in helping companies develop their international business or   restructure difficult operations. Euro-Asian is active either as a Board member, temporary executive management, or as stakeholder advisor.

    Luc Muller currently serves as well as CEO of OHAP in Singapore, a trading company active in the environmental and plastics sectors with operations in 7 Asian countries.

    Luc Muller holds several non-executive positions:

    • Chairman of Lamina Technologies (Yverdon, Switzerland),
    • Vice-Chairman of the Board of Cukierman Investment House Ltd.(Tel-Aviv, Israel),
    • Member of the Board of OTTO Industries N.A., Inc. (Charlotte, USA).

     

    Luc Muller spent 24 years in the OTTO Group, a family-owned globally diversified industrial group and acted as its CEO from 2000 until December 2015. Mr. Muller led market entries, merger and acquisition projects as well as divestitures and corporate restructurings in Europe, the USA, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Asia and Australia in both manufacturing and services. Through the private equity arm of OTTO, he led small size investments in venture capital in the U.S, Germany, France, Switzerland, Israel and Taiwan.  

    Luc Muller was also a Board Member of Israeli private equity funds Catalyst I and Catalyst II.
    Luc Muller, an avid art supporter, is Vice-Chairman of The Glass Art Fund (non-profit, France).
    Mr. Muller's holds an MBA from INSEAD (France / Singapore), and a bachelor's degree in finance and controlling from the European Business School of the University of Strasbourg, France (IECS).

  • Antony Leung
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst CEL Fund
    Antony Leung
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst CEL Fund

    Antony Leung, former Financial Secretary of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is Group CEO of Nan Fung Group, a leading regional conglomerate focusing on property & investment businesses.  He is also Independent Non-Executive Director of China Merchants Bank, Chairman of charity organizations Heifer International Hong Kong and Food Angel, and Chairman of Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong.

    Mr. Leung has extensive experience in financial services, including Chairman of Greater China of Blackstone, Chairman of Asia of JP Morgan Chase, Asia Head of Citi Private Bank, Regional Head of Citi Investment Bank, Treasury and Greater China.  In addition, he was independent director of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Mobile (Hong Kong) Limited, American International Assurance (Hong Kong) Limited, and international advisory board member of China Development Bank. His past public service include Non-Official Member of the Executive Council, member of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, Hong Kong Airport Authority, Chairman of the Education Commission and University Grants Committee in Hong Kong.

  • Dr. Lee George LAM
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst CEL Fund
    Dr. Lee George LAM
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst CEL Fund

    Dr. Lee George LAM holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Sciences, a Master of Science in Systems Science, and a Master of Business Administration, all from the University of Ottawa in Canada, a Post-graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Carleton University in Canada, a Post-graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law and a Bachelor of Law (Hons) from Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom, a PCLL in law from the City University of Hong Kong, a Certificate in Professional Accountancy from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, a LLM in law from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master ofPublic Administration from The University of Hong Kong. Dr. Lam has over 30 years of multinational general management, management consulting, corporate governance, investment banking, direct investment and investment fund management experience. Dr. Lam is Chairman – Indochina, Myanmar and Thailand of Macquarie Capital (an international investment bank from Australia). He serves on the board of several publicly-listed companies and investment funds in the Asia Pacific region. Having served as a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for two terms and the Legal Aid Services Council, Dr. Lam is a member of the General Committee and the Corporate Governance Committee of The Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies, a member of the Derivatives Market Consultative Panel of Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing Limited, a non-official member of the New Business Committee of the Financial Services Development Council, a visiting professor a the School of Economics & Management of Tsinghua University in Beijing, and an adjunct professor at the Department of Management in the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

  • Yair Ziv
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst CEL Fund
    Yair Ziv
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst CEL Fund

    Yair Ziv is the Partner at VIYM Investment Firm. Yair has more than 20 years of cumulative international experience in mining, oil & gas, commodity trading and CRE investments. He brings to VIYM his experience in capital markets and commercial property investment management in the OECD and in emerging markets.

    From 1993 to 2003, Yair served as a Director of Subsidiaries for Topland Group PLC, a major investment company in UK commercial property, with a portfolio valued at over GBP 2.5 billion.

    He has a degree in political science from Tel Aviv University and, after some further academic study and a period in the Israeli Foreign Office, he became the General Manager of Meridian Commodities, a group trading in bulk grains and foodstuffs. During his time at Meridian Commodities, Yair acquired expertise in international finance, banking and company administration.

    He is fluent in English and Hebrew.

  • Gad Propper
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst CEL Fund
    Gad Propper
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst CEL Fund

    Gad Propper is the chairman of Gad-Pro Investments Ltd and its sister companies, dealing with Private Equity and Real Estate development projects. Gad is also the chairman of L'Oreal Israel.

    Gad was honored by the Queen of England as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), and by the President of France as a Chevalier de Legion D'Honneur.

    Gad is chairing the Israel -EU Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is member of the Board of Governors of the Tel Aviv University, the Shenkar College of Engineering & Design and of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

    Gad is active as Director of various companies, was chairman of the Israel Export Institute, chaired the Association of Building Material and Consumer Goods Division at the Israel manufacturers association and was member of the Presidium of the Israel Manufacturers Association.

  • Laurent Dassault
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst II
    Laurent Dassault
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst II

    Mr. Dassault is the Vice President of the GIMD (Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault). Within the family, he is in charge of the diversification of the group's activities and of its investments. He is also the ambassador of the group abroad.
    He also organized the acquisition of Château La Fleur. In addition to wine and real estate investments, Mr. Dassault and his father are also involved in the development of a technically high performing electric car, in cooperation with Electricité de France (EDF - France's main Electricity Operator) and the Heuliez group to improve urban environment and fight urban pollution. Mr. Dassault exercises thirty mandates in the financial, industrial and viticultural sectors, which places him -according to a Monde Diplomatique poll- at the 22nd rank on the list of the most powerful Frenchmen in the economic and financial world.

  • Joel Adler
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst II
    Joel Adler
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst II

    Mr. Adler is a leading partner in the Corporate Group at the renowned UK law firm Mishcon de Reya in London. Joel has a wide range of experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity transactional work and IPO on the London Stock Exchange. He specialises in advising international entrepreneurs and corporate in international transactions involving a number of overseas jurisdictions in a variety of business sectors and is known for his lateral solution orientated thinking. He has established a wide network of professional and business relationships in the USA, Europe and Israel. Mr. Adler received an LL.B. in Israel and a Master's Degree in Law at London University.

  • Itzik Devash
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst II
    Itzik Devash
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst II

    Mr. Devash is a business and social entrepreneur with thirteen years of international private equity and venture capital experience and several years of experience as an international Investment Banker with Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, London and Tokyo. He founded two private equity funds and forged strategic alliances with large global institutions including, Hambros Bank Plc, Nomura Japan, Jafco Singapore and Israel Discount Bank. Among Mr. Devash's successful exits are: Morecom (enabling the transmission of the internet over cable TV- that was sold to Liberate for $561 million),


    Israel Direct Insurance global operations and Shahal Telemedicine (world leader in telemedicine that was listed in Swiss stock market and that received an investment of $40 million from Philips). Before founding these funds, Mr. Devash managed the $157 million Renaissance Fund. More recently, he co-founded a biotechnology start-up company called BiondVax Pharmaceuticals that is developing a multi-season/multi-strain vaccine against the Influenza virus. Mr. Devash is the Founder and President of the Wharton-Penn Club of Israel and of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Israel. Mr. Devash serves on the Executive Board of Wharton for Europe, Africa and the Middle East and as a member of Board of Governors of Ben Gurion University in the Negev and the Board of Governors of Jerusalem College of Engineering. Mr. Devash holds a MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration and an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School, Summa Cum Laude.

  • Christiaan De Lint
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst II
    Christiaan De Lint
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst II

    Christiaan de Lint is a partner and co-founder of Headway Capital Partners, a London based firm which invests in private equity secondaries in Europe and the US. Headway provides liquidity to institutions and individuals seeking an exit from their private equity investments, including both limited partnership interests and portfolios of direct investments. Headway focuses on small to medium sized deals and more complex situations.
    Prior to co-founding Headway in early 2004, Christiaan was part of the investment team at Coller Capital, one of the largest players in the private equity secondaries market where he worked since early 1999. Prior to Coller Capital, Christiaan worked in the Alternative Investment Strategies and Corporate Banking divisions of Citibank in London and New York.

    Christiaan received a BA in Economics and an MBA from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Christiaan is Swiss-Dutch and is a CFA Charter-holder.

  • Bernard Nabet
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst II
    Bernard Nabet
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst II

    Bernard Nabet joined the Venture Capital department of Crédit Agricole Private Equity in September 2005, as an Investment Director. Since 2007, he is based in Tel Aviv to develop the fund of fund activity in Israel.

    He graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Electronique, Informatique et Radiocommunications (French engineering school) in Bordeaux and holds a DEA (post-graduate diploma) in Applied Physics and Microelectronics and a DESS (specialised post-graduate diploma) in Business Administration from the IAE (institute of business administration) Paris.

    Bernard Nabet began his career as a Research Engineer at France Telecom R&D in the optoelectronic laboratories, and later worked for several years in consulting at Arthur Andersen and later at A.T. Kearney Interactive. He managed many projects in the areas of consulting, design, architecture and deployment of business IT systems.
    In 2000, he co-founded Negopartner, a company specialised in "e-sourcing" solutions for SMEs. As CEO, he was in particular responsible for strategic planning, development and financial control.
    He started working in the field of Venture Capital in 2001 when he was hired as a Partner in the Spef eFund structure of the Venture Capital department of the Natexis group.

  • Bert Knobloch
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst II
    Bert Knobloch
    Advisory Board Member of Catalyst II

    Mr. Knobloch, born in Munich, Germany on 26/03/1958, grew up in Milan, Italy until graduation and then continued his studies in business and economics in a joint program between Bocconi University of Milan and Wharton in Philadelphia. He begun his professional career in banking in NY and then went on to work as a builder/developer with a large private development group in NY. Mr. Knobloch moved to Madrid, Spain in 1989 for family reasons and continued to develop properties as well as set up a company distributing mobile telecommunications technologies mainly to operators and banks. He is active in venture financing in the same field and particularly with Israeli companies.

OUR SUCCESS

INVESTMENT STRATEGY

Catalyst primarily invests in mature public and private technology and industrial Israeli and Israeli-related companies that require a capital injection, strategic guidance and most importantly the right partner in order to expand their business in China and across the world. Our portfolio companies tend to be innovative, with significant revenues and already run profitable operations; they have significant growth potential and tangible growth engines, and lastly a highly capable and motivated management team.

We are long term investors and seek to partner with management to shape the future of their business. Our managing partners typically serve on the boards of our portfolio companies and are proactively involved. We work with our companies to best understand the operational and strategic challenges as well as the opportunities faced by them. This understanding enables our team to provide guidance and support that helps the companies realize their full potential. Our portfolio companies benefit from the vast transactional experience of our managing partners and their wide-reaching global networks.

Our sector diversification is key to Catalyst’s successful investment strategy. Our investments are spread over a wide variety of sectors, such as agriculture, energy, water, industrials & manufacturing processes, aerospace and defense, materials, chemicals, high-tech, med-tech, life sciences and others. We do not invest in financial or real-estate companies.

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CONTACT

For additional information on Catalyst, please contact us :


Catalyst

3 Daniel Frisch, 11th floor
Tel Aviv, 64731, Israel

 

Catalyst CEL Fund

Catalyst CEL Fund
40/F,Far East Finance Centre,
16 Harcourt Road, Hong Kong

 


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