Kedma Capital (“Kedma”) (previously known as KCPS Private Equity) invests in Israeli and Israel-related companies across different sectors, including heavy industry, industrial agriculture, information technology, advanced technologies, logistics, services and homeland security. Kedma primarily takes control or joint-control positions in small to mid-sized companies in leveraged transactions. It also has the flexibility to invest in larger deals in partnership with co-investors.
Kedma accesses its extensive local and international networks to originate and successfully close investment opportunities for the Fund. The founding partners have proven track-records and significant operational expertise, which they leverage to drive the performance of their portfolio companies. Kedma, in partnership with management teams, realizes untapped value by penetrating new markets, conducting acquisitions, improving efficiency and restructuring capital.
Gilead Halevy is a Founding Partner of Kedma. Prior to joining Kedma, Mr. Halevy was a Director at Giza Venture Capital, where he led investments in communications and information technology companies, and directed Giza's European business activities. Previously, Mr. Halevy practiced law at White & Case, where he advised M&A transactions in the Telecom Media and Technology group. Mr. Halevy was a founding member of the White and Case Israel practice. Mr. Halevy was also a senior associate with Zellermayer & Pelossof, one of Israel's leading commercial law firms, where he advised public markets, cross-border M&A, and private equity transactions.
Mr. Halevy holds an LL.B., magna cum laude, and B.A. in Humanities (interdisciplinary course for exceptional students), both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Gilad Shavit is a Founding Partner of Kedma. Prior to joining Kedma, Mr. Shavit was Deputy CEO at the Israel Corporation, a leading Israeli holding Company, where he had direct responsibility for all aspects of M&A activities in Israel and internationally and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Israel Chemicals Ltd., Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd., and Oil Refineries Ltd (ORL). Mr. Shavit was the CEO of Kol1, an investment vehicle of the Israel Corporation focused on the telecom sector which made several successful investments abroad. Prior to joining the Israel Corp. group, Mr. Shavit was a member of the Executive Management team at Bezeq, the Israel Telecommunication Corporation, where he served as Head of the Economics and Strategy division and Head of the Finance & Investments sector. Mr. Shavit also served as the Treasurer of Israel Chemicals Ltd.
Mr. Shavit received his B.A. in Economics from Tel Aviv University. He has completed an Executive program at the INSEAD Business School and holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the Recanati School of Business Management.
Uri Einan is a Founding Partner of Kedma. Prior to joining Kedma, Mr. Einan was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey and Co., where he led teams in various advisory projects in Israel and abroad in the areas of operations, mergers and acquisitions, sales and marketing and strategy. Previously, Mr. Einan headed the Corporate Finance division at Deloitte Management Consulting Israel where he led a team that advised on M&A transactions and capital raising. Prior to that, Mr. Einan practiced law at Herzog, Fox and Neeman and Co. where he focused on tax and M&A. Mr. Einan also served as an accountant at Fridman, Shapira, Goldstein and Co. (now part of Deloitte Israel).
Mr. Einan received a LL.B., magna cum laude, and a B.A. in accounting, magna cum laude, from the Tel Aviv University and an M.B.A, magna cum laude, from INSEAD.
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Brand designs and manufactures large-scale steel structures, notably for the energy, chemical, infrastructures and construction industries. The company is listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
Since July 2008, the fund holds a controlling stake in Brand. Kedma Founding Partners Uri Einan, Gilad Shavit and Gilead Halevy, joined the board of directors of the company, the latter as Chairman of the Board.
Hatehof Ltd. Founded in 1947, and went public in 1981, Hatehof is among Israel's leading manufacturers of high quality, field proven Designated vehicles such as Riot-Control, Fire-fighting, Tankers and Aircraft Refuellers.
Hatehof specializes in providing tailor-made vehicles. Gilad Shavit and Gilead Halevy the Fund’s Founding Partners, both sit on the board of directors of the company, the latter as Chairman of the Board.
In 2007 Kedma invested in FIS, a leading global provider of IT solutions for the life insurance, pension and investment management industries.
On August 21, 2011 FIS completed its three way merger with Sapiens (NASDAQ: SPNS) and IDIT. Each of the three companies develops, markets and distributes software solutions to the insurance industry and is considered as a market leader in its own niche. The merger created a combined entity with an extensive portfolio of software products for several verticals of the insurance industry, a worldwide geographic footprint and an annual turnover of over US$100,000,000. In 2014, Kedma made a successful exit from Sapiens.
Marina is a leading grower, marketer and distributer of mushrooms, sprouts and spices in Israel. Since December 2009, the fund owns 50% of the shares of the company.
The other 50% are owned by the founder of the Company Mr. Remo Ben Shushan. Uri Einan and Gilead Halevy, the Fund’s Founding Partners, both sit on the board of directors of the company. In April 2015, Kedma made a successful exit from Marina.
QualiTest Ltd is a leading QA and testing company, offering quality assurance and software testing services.
In May 2011, the Fund, along with a co-investor, acquired 50% of the shares of the company. Uri Einan and Gilad Shavit, the Fund’s Founding Partners, both joined the board of directors of the company, the former as the Chairman of the board.
Danel (Adir Yehoshua) is Israel's largest provider of home-care nursing and general HR services. The company has been providing a wide range of employment and welfare solutions to its customers for over 30 years, and is listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
The fund acquired a controlling stake in Danel on April 2008 and Gilad Shavit and Uri Einan joined the board of directors of the company, the latter as Chairman of the Board. In August, 2011 Kedma made a successful exit from Danel.