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About Cukierman & Co.

Founded in 1993, Cukierman & Co. Investment House Ltd. is the leading Israeli investment house, providing a full array of services including M&A, Private Placements, Public Offerings, Family Office and Consulting Services to Israeli, European and Asian clients.

With over USD $7B in completed transactions, they have one of the largest Corporate Finance teams in Israel with dedicated experts in the Life Sciences; Technology, Media &  Telecom(TMT); New Mobility, Green Technology and Real Estate industries.

Their Private Equity activities include the Catalyst Funds, which rank among the best performing Israeli private equity funds. In 2019, capitalizing on our 27 years of experience, Catalyst created a unique Private Equity platform facilitating the growth of Israeli companies into key emerging markets with a special emphasis on China.

Edouard Cukierman

Mr. Edouard Cukierman is the Founder and Managing Partner of Catalyst Investments and serves as the Chairman of Cukierman & Co. Investment House. Since its establishment in 1993, Cukierman & Co. Investment House has been engaged in more than €5.5 billion cross-border transactions across industries.

Prior to establishing and managing Catalyst Investments in 2000, Mr. Cukierman was the President and CEO of Astra Technological Investments, a Venture Capital Fund established in 1993, which was the first Israeli company to go public in Continental Europe.

Today, Edouard Cukierman serves as a board member of Tufin technologies, a leading Cyber security company in Israel that went public in April 2019 (NYSE: TUFN), and Dori Media Group in Israel. 
Together with Dr. Daniel Rouach, Edouard Cukierman co-authored the book “Israel Valley: Le bouclier technologique de l’innovation” published in June 2013 and later translated into Chinese, Italian and in Portuguese (Brazil).
Mr. Cukierman served for many years as a reserve officer in the Crisis & Hostage Negotiation team and in the Spokesperson’s Unit of the IDF.
Mr. Cukierman holds an MBA from INSEAD, France and a B.Sc. from the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology.

Yair Shamir

Mr. Yair Shamir is the Founding and Managing Partner of Catalyst Investments.
Mr. Shamir was elected as a member of the 19th Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and served as Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for the Government of Israel from 2013 until 2015.
Mr. Shamir serves as chairman of the National Road Safety Authority, chairman of the Shalem Collage, a research and educational institute in Jerusalem and chairman of the General Meeting of Ohalo College.

Mr. Shamir has formerly served as chairman of four government companies: Metropolitan Mass Transit System (NTA), Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), EL-AL Israel Airways and the National Roads Company.
Mr. Shamir has served as a member of numerous company boards within Catalyst’s investment portfolio – currently he serves as a board member of Tufin (NYSE: TUFN), Satixfy, and is chairman of the board of Xjet.
Mr Shamir also serves as a board member of Gvahim, a non-profit organization which assists qualified new immigrants from around the world in realizing their professional aspirations in Israel, and is a director at Rami Levi, a national Israeli retail chain.

From 2003-2007, Mr. Shamir was the Chairman of Shamir Optical Industry Ltd (NASDAQ: SHMR). From 1997-2006, Mr. Shamir served as the CEO and Chairman of VCON Telecommunications Ltd. From 2005-2013, he served as a board member of DSP Group Corporation (NASDAQ: DSPG). Mr Shamir was the CEO of Elite Food Industries, Ltd between the years of 1994 and 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Shamir served as Executive Vice President of the Challenge Fund L.P. Prior to this he was Executive VP of Scitex Corporation and General Manager of Scitex Israel from 1988 until 1993.

Mr Shamir was the Chairman of Gvahim from 2006 to 2013. He was also a Board Member of Mikveh Israel from 2010 until 2013. Mr. Shamir was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Technion University and sat on the executive committee of the Beer Sheva University from 1990 until 2013.

Mr. Shamir served in the Israeli Air Force as a pilot and commander from 1963-1988. During his term in the Air Force, Mr. Shamir attained the rank of colonel and served as head of the electronics department, the highest professional electronics position within the Israeli Air Force.
Mr. Shamir holds a B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.


Laurent Choppe

Laurent leads Cukierman & Co. Life Sciences since 2008 and has been involved in more than 100 medtech and biotech corporate finance transactions and advisory assignments for the Cukierman group. His team works worldwide with venture-backed and middle market companies for fund raising, licensing deals and M&A transactions as well as strategic projects for key life sciences industry players.
Laurent brings an extensive international life sciences experience in managing multifunctional teams and setting up new businesses in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, nutraceuticals, animal health and direct-to-consumer markets.
After a veterinary practice and a new venture management experience, he worked 10 years in Schering-Plough (acquired by Merck & Co.) in marketing positions in dermatology, allergy, respiratory and animal health in France, General Manager in Israel and Vice President, Virology, Oncology and Cardiology in Canada. He then served 4 years as International General Manager at Bellus Health (ex-Neurochem, NASDAQ & TSE, dedicated to Alzheimer’s disease and AA amyloidosis). Laurent is a board member of Israel Brain Technology (IBT) http://israelbrain.org/, HeroKi Ltd. www.heroki.co and N.E.W.S. Navigation www.newsnavigation.org.
Dr. Choppe is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine of the University Paris XII, laureate of the École Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort, CES of Veterinary Ophthalmology and earned a MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France). He is married, father of 3 and lives in Lausanne (Switzerland) and Tel Aviv (Israel).