As Benjamin Netanyahu tries to put together a coalition government after last month’s landmark elections in Israel, he faces the additional task of finding a replacement for Stanley Fischer, the much-admired governor of the Bank of Israel. What will these elections mean for businesses and investors, both local and international? In this op-ed, economic analyst and consultant Pinchas Landau notes that over the short run, experts expect pressure on corporate profits to be stepped up — via tighter regulation; more activist consumerism among the general public; new legislation aimed at breaking up conglomerates and ceilings on executive compensation.
Major discoveries of natural gas by Israel, a country that imports virtually all of its energy requirements, have created a wealth of potential opportunities for the country. But the finds also come with significant economic, political and geo-political challenges as Israel seeks to reduce its trade deficit and embrace a cheaper, environmentally cleaner energy source. Although the government has made some progress in resolving some of the critical issues surrounding the natural gas discoveries, several questions remain unanswered.
Apple has become the latest U.S.-based multinational to acquire an Israeli technology company — in this case, the flash storage firm Anobit Technologies. According to Wharton’s Leonard Lodish, the purchase reflects a larger trend of Israeli innovations in the digital … Continue reading
A physician who shops the world for medical technology ideas says that Israel has the four ingredients needed to rank among the world’s top medical-device “clusters,” plus one additional ingredient that’s unique: “chutzpah.” According to Dr. Stephen Oesterle, senior vice … Continue reading
Gazit Globe (usually called Gazit) is among the world’s top real estate investment multinationals. Listed on the Tel Aviv stock exchange, the firm operates in some 20 countries and owns or operates 6.3 million square meters of space spread over … Continue reading
This has been a bad year for Israeli venture capital funds — but then 2009 was a bad year, too. That alone can go a long way to explaining the angst gripping much of the VC industry in Israel. But … Continue reading