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Altium eröffnet Büro in Tel Aviv
Altium is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Tel Aviv, Israel. It is the Group’s 16th international location, and its first in the region.
Altium Tel Aviv is headed by Alexander Grünwald, Managing Director, supported by two senior advisers, Gabriel Perel and Ronen Melnik, and a local Altium team based in Tel Aviv. The office is located in Museum Tower, 18th floor, 4 Berkovich Street, Tel Aviv.
Gabriel Perel is an experienced executive, businessman and deal maker. He has been involved in numerous transactions as an institutional investor, a principal, a fund manager and an entrepreneur. In 2009 he founded Bersheit fund, a NIS 2bn Israeli government sponsored debt fund. He managed debt and equity deals across a broad range of sectors. In 2007, he co-founded Wanaka Capital, a Mid-Tech Israeli VC fund. He is also the founder and Managing Director of Odin Investments.
Ronen Melnik is an experienced technology investor, dealmaker, strategist, and business developer. Having worked both in Israel and abroad primarily with global businesses, He has a deep understanding of corporate decision-making processes, and the language of international business. He is Managing Partner of Wanaka Capital, serves on the boards of three of the Wanaka companies, and is also Chairman of Oplon Pure Science and Insuline Medical.
Altium’s strategic focus lies on the international mid-cap Internet, Technology and Consumer segments where the company holds a leading position, particularly in Europe and, through its partner Petsky Prunier, the USA. Building up operations in Israel marries this core competence with the growing Israeli M&A market where those segments provide particularly strong opportunities. Israel is currently experiencing its highest rate of M&A since about 20 years, and 2013 set new records for investments in and exits by Israeli high-tech companies.
Alexander Grünwald, Managing Director at Altium, said: “I’m pleased to welcome Gabriel Perel and Ronen Melnik to Altium. With them, we gain profound knowledge of the Israeli market and strong expertise in various sectors, particularly Technology. Given the recent M&A boom in Israel, its focus on the high-tech sector and our leading position in the mid-market Internet and Technology space in Western Europe and the USA, it’s a logical consequence for us to become active in this market.”
Altium has strong cross-border capabilities, with over 120 professionals in M&A and Debt Advisory in Europe, and over 200 professionals worldwide. For its key sectors, Altium operates teams of experts across its global network. Its TMT team consists of over 20 dedicated technology bankers across Europe alone, and the company also has a strong track record in this field in both Asia and the USA. More than half of the TMT companies sold by Altium went to non-European buyers in the past 5 years.