Last updated September 23rd 2014

British investors are now able to invest in a secondary market of Israeli companies through in-house VCs, following the expansion by PrivatEquity.biz secondary market trading platform to the UK.

Oren Harel, Chairman of PrivatEquity.bizOren Harel, Chairman of PrivatEquity.biz

The online platform — which allows obtaining exposure to the securities offered by private companies and shareholders such as employees, former employees, service providers and founders — is offering private and institutional investment managers in the UK the opportunity to establish in-house VCs which invest in the secondary market in Israel.

“The high-tech industry is flourishing in Israel, and it has sprouted thousands of start-up companies, many of which are issued or sold to corporations. This industry has yielded countless breakthrough technologies – from the disk-on-key, through Intel processors, and up to the firewall. Therefore, private Israeli high-tech companies are an extraordinary investment opportunity for UK investors,” says Oren Harel, Chairman of PrivatEquity.biz.

London, which according to Global Financial Centers Index of Z/Yen has been classed as the second most important financial center in the world, was chosen along with Berlin as one of the first two centers to which PrivatEquity.biz is expanding outside of Israel.

Investment managers as well as private and institutional investment entities will be able to offer their clients direct access through the secondary market to long term investments in a diverse portfolio of growing private technological companies in Israel.

“The trade in private shares is one of the fast-growing fields in the financial trade world, and for a good reason. Outside the public trading arenas, there’s a whole, constantly-growing world of private companies which haven’t yet reached issuance, and even more importantly – these companies are in a very dynamic stage of their life cycle. The potential of these companies is very attractive to many investors, private and institutional alike, who are looking for promising and unusual investments outside the traditional arenas and the low interest areas, investments to which they can funnel their extra funds,” says Harel.