On Thursday, October 24, DLA Piper hosted its inaugural Israeli Global Private Equity Conference in Tel Aviv focused on the trends, perspectives and future outlook of the private equity markets in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific.
The exclusive event featured Senator George Mitchell, chairman emeritus of DLA Piper, and Sir Ronald Cohen, chairman of Big Society Capital and founder chairman of The Portland Trust. In attendance and participating were representatives from many of Israel’s largest private equity firms, including Viola Private Equity, Fortissimo Capital and the Sky Fund, among others, along with foreign firms such as Silver Lake Sumeru Equity Partners, the Pritzker Group and Apex Communication.
The conference was organized by Jeremy Lustman, corporate partner in Tel Aviv and Washington, DC, and Tony Angel, global co-chairman of DLA Piper. Other key DLA Piper lawyers involved in the event included Lee Miller, global co-chairman of DLA Piper; partner Paul Jayson in London; country managing partner Michel Frieh in France; partners Rick Chesley, David Glickstein and Andy Weil in Chicago; and partner Leon Medzhibovsky in New York.
“Given our private equity presence and strength throughout the world, coupled with our physical presence and active engagement in the local market, we thought it would be very beneficial to host an event for this audience and provide a glimpse into the global private equity climate,” said Lustman, head of DLA Piper’s Israel practice. “DLA Piper has significantly expanded its activity in Israel, as we are seeing more foreign investors putting their capital into Israeli private equity funds and a number of new entrants have come into the market.”
Presentations and panel sessions at the event included:
The Importance of Resolving Conflicts in Divided Societies and its Effect on the Business Environment
The Outlook for Private Equity in 2014 for Israeli Investors
The Importance of Impact Investing and the Role it Plays in Private Equity
Current Trends for Foreign Private Equity Investors
DLA Piper currently represents over 100 clients in Israel and has advised Israeli companies and investors across more than 35 different jurisdictions. The firm works with funds in their formation, private equity funds in their investments abroad, foreign private equity firms in their inbound investments into Israel, Israeli limited partners in their private equity investments abroad, and private-equity backed portfolio companies on various legal issues.