from the May 2015 issue

Eucalyptus Growth Capital to raise $300m fund

The fund, managed by Dadi Perlmutter, Rami Hadar and Tamir-Fishman, will invest in late stage Israeli technology companies.

Dadi Perlmutter, Rami Hadar and Tamir-Fishman have formed a partnership and plan to raise $300 million for a late stage investment firm named Eucalyptus Growth Capital. Eucalyptus will focus on investing and helping late stage Israeli companies grow their business, penetrate international markets and achieve successful IPO's as part of their growth while creating revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Investment focus will be on companies with experienced management teams that have developed disruptive technologies and can become world leaders in the new digital revolution. The three founding partners - Dadi Perlmutter, Rami Hadar and Eldad Tamir - plan on taking proactive board seats, leveraging their personal experience to help the companies grow and maximize shareholder value.

An important part of Eucalyptus strategy is the assembly of an advisory board with world class industry leaders to help portfolio companies scale and penetrate international markets. The advisory board will be: Paul Otellini former CEO of Intel and Google board member, Atiq Raza former President and COO of AMD, Irwin Federman General Partner USVP, Eyal Waldman CEO of Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq:MLNX) and Yonel Cohen former CEO of Migdal Insurance and Financial Holdings Ltd. (TASE: MGDL)

Dadi Perlmutter served as an EVP and general manager of the Intel Architecture Group (IAG), and Chief Product Officer of Intel Corp. During this period (2009-2013), he was responsible for the business and development of Intel's platform solutions for all computing and communication segments covering data centers, desktops, laptops, handhelds, embedded devices and wireless communication that generated sales growth from $34 billion to $52 billion and made acquisitions that totaled $2.4 billion.

Rami Hadar is the former CEO of Allot Communications Ltd. (Nasdaq:ALLT; TASE: ALLT), where over eight years he grew sales to over $100 million, made three acquisitions and led its Nasdaq IPO. In 2012, the company reached over $900 million valuation. Before Allot, he was the CEO of two other Israeli companies with successful exits; CTP which was acquired by DSPC and Native Networks acquired by Alcatel, and also a cofounder and board member at Combox acquired by Terayon [NASDAQ: TERN].

Eldad Tamir is the founder & CEO of the Tamir Fishman Group, which today manages over NIS 16 billion in different asset classes, and he is one of Israel's leading economic public figures. He has over 25 years of experience in investments, investment banking and venture capital. Tamir was the sole founder and partner at all TF VC funds that have created some of Israel's greatest companies and exits, including companies such as Chromatis, Allot, Modem Art, Copergate, Radware and many others. Prior to that, he was the EVP of the Evergreen Group & Venture Funds, executive in Clal Holdings and as an analyst at one of Israel's first ever venture funds.

Managing partner Dadi perlmutter said, "There is a large funnel of Israeli companies with sales over $10M that can grow to be billion dollar companies in sales and multi $B in value. But they need appropriate funding, long term strategy and experienced guidance in order to achieve their full potential, rather than sell out at an early stage. We plan to work with the right teams and companies and help them grow. Our mission is to maximize investors' returns and help build more very large companies like Teva and Checkpoint and others."

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report May 2015

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