China Everbright, Catalyst raise $100 mln for Israel-focused fund
Feb. 27, 2014
China Everbright Ltd (CEL) and Israel's Catalyst Equity Management said on Wednesday they have raised $100 million for a private equity fund that will invest in Israeli companies.
The Catalyst CEL Fund will target mid-to-late stage companies with proven innovation, whose strategy includes expansion into emerging markets with a special focus on China, or firms with products that have significant commercial potential in these markets.
"Our goal is to reach $200 to $300 million. We just had our first closing of $100 million but we have strong interest from Chinese, Israeli and international investors to join the fund," Edouard Cukierman, managing partner of the Catalyst CEL Fund, told Reuters. "We are confident we will be able to reach our goal by the end of this year."
CEL committed $75 million of the first $100 million.
The fund is examining investments in mature companies in sectors such as Internet, mobile technology, medical devices, agro tech and water technology. The first investment is expected to be made in the coming weeks.
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