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  • Viola Partners | 06 Apr 2016

    Viola Group enters the Hedge Fund Asset Class: Viola Group Announces Strategic Partnership with ION Asset Management

    Israel, April 5th 2016 -  Viola Group, Israel’s premier technology focused private equity investment group announced today that it has completed a strategic investment in ION Asset Management, Israel's leading research-based hedge fund. This strategic investment reflects a strong affiliation between the firms and ION Asset Management is now officially a member of the Viola Group.

    Viola Group, with over $2 billion assets under management, aims to provide long term, world-class returns by identifying and pursuing attractive investment strategies in the vibrant Israeli technology and industry market. In addition to its current investment strategies that include early stage VC, growth and venture lending, Viola Group now expands its offering by adding a hedge fund –which provides a liquid asset that is less volatile than the public markets and has a proven track record of yielding superior returns to its investors.

    ION was founded in 2006 by Stephen Levey and Jonathan Half as a fundamental research-based long-short equity hedge fund allowing liquid and low risk exposure to Israeli and Israeli related public companies. The firm with over $400M assets under management has generated attractive long term risk-adjusted returns. ION's investors include institutional investors, endowments, family offices and high net-worth individuals.

    Jonathan Kolber of Viola Group, Chairman of ION said: "We are happy to strengthen our affiliation with ION Asset Management. We share the same values of professionalism, transparency and passion for tech companies and markets. We at Viola, always seek to support and partner with the best entrepreneurial teams that build high potential, growth-oriented enterprises and investment funds. This deal allows us to follow our vision and expand our investment strategy by partnering with the best Israeli hedge fund."

    Stephen Levey and Jonathan Half from ION Asset Management said: "We have a long standing relationship with the partners at Viola Group and the connection between the teams is exceptional. We both founded investment funds that are fundamentally based on excellent people, thorough research and due-diligence, deep domain knowledge and have built excellent track records.  The partnership with Viola is a natural development to our firm, and we feel that it will allow us to share insights, access to investors, global ecosystem and investment opportunities

    By completing this deal, Viola Group's asset management reach $2.4 billion across the following partnerships: Carmel Ventures, Viola Private Equity, Viola Credit, Viola Partners and ION Asset Management. The group's Partners include Shlomo Dovrat, Harel Beit-On, Avi Zeevi, Jonathan Kolber and Ruthi Simha.

    About Viola Group

    Viola Group, with over $2 Billion under management, is Israel’s premier technology oriented private equity investment group. Viola Group is comprised of focused best of class partnerships including Carmel Ventures – a top tier Venture Capital fund; Viola Credit – a leading equity-based lending fund; Viola Private Equity – technology focused growth capital and buyout fund; and Viola Partners – an exclusive investment fund mainly for private investors.
    Each partnership operates independently while enjoying access to market and technology research and insights, global tier-one investors, superior investment opportunities, a global industrial network, and access to leading management and investment talent. The partnerships identify, partner with and actively support leading entrepreneurs and high potential, growth-oriented enterprises and investment funds.
    Following the addition of ION Asset Management, a research-based hedge fund, as a member of the Viola Group, the Group’s assets under management will increase to over $2.4 million.
    For more information please visit: www.viola-group.com and our blog: www.viola-notes.com.

    About ION

    ION Asset Management was established in 2006 by Jonathan Half and Stephen Levey as a fundamental research focused long/short equity hedge fund. ION capitalizes on it’s on the ground presence to create attractive long term risk adjusted returns in Israeli and Israeli-related public companies. Since inception, ION has outpaced relevant indices, generating an annual net return of approximately 10%.  

    Jonathan and Stephen each have roughly 20 years' experience analyzing investment opportunities in the public markets. Prior to forming ION they managed the UBS Israel office and were ranked #1 research team for 6 years in a row by Institutional Investor Magazine. ION employs 15 people including 7 investment professionals.
    ION has a diversified investor base including insurance companies, universities, endowments and high net worth individuals primarily from the US, UK, Israel and Australia. For more information please visit: www.ion-am.com

  • Viola Credit | 21 Feb 2016

    ECI's Neptune (NPT) Selected by Baharti Airtel India to Expand Mobile Backhaul Transport Capabilities and Support 4G
    NPT provides optimized, multi-layer packet transport for metro-core and aggregation networks PETACH TIKVA, ISRAEL, February 19, 2016 --- ECI Telecom, a global provider of ELASTIC Network™ solutions for service providers, utilities and data center operators, announced today that Bharti Airtel has chosen ECI's Neptune (NPT) family of products to expand its mobile backhaul transport capabilities across India to support the increasing demand for bandwidth. Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 3 mobile service providers globally, with more than 350M subscribers. Bharti chose ECI’s Neptune solutions for their ‘state of the art’ Evolved Packet Transport (EPT) Network. The Neptune (NPT) solutions will be deployed countrywide and will enable Bharti to provide services efficiently, as it migrates its mobile networks from 2G to 3G to 4G, and eventually to LTE-A. Neptune offers a powerful, efficient, E2E metro-core and aggregation solution for highperformance L1 to L3 services through convergence of IP, Elastic MPLS (IP and TP), Ethernet (MEF CE2.0 certified), OTN and WDM. The platform will evolve to support NFV services and SDN applications, compulsory in future metro environments. Mr. Sorin Lupu, EVP Global Sales and Marketing at ECI said, “Our Neptune family was developed to help service providers flexibly and cost effectively cope with the surge in data traffic. The products in the family are uniquely scalable, enabling our customers to stagger their investments as their needs change over time. As such they are ELASTIC enough to serve the needs of Tier 1 operators like Bharti as well as smaller service providers. Bharti’s decision to choose the Neptune family is a huge vote of confidence, in terms of our solution as well as ECI. We are confident that ECI’s Neptune solutions will satisfy Bharti’s current as well as future needs.” Neptune is designed to efficiently and reliably carry packet traffic, while maintaining essential carrier-grade characteristics like low transit latency, hitless protection and restoration mechanisms. The platforms combine a scalable modular architecture, with a minimal footprint in a rugged solution designed to meet any network topology. As with all of ECI’s transport products, Neptune is managed by the unified, multilayer LightSoft® NMS that provides full control over tens of thousands of elements and tight monitoring of critical data traversing the network. ECI will be exhibiting at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 22-25, 2016 in Hall 5 Booth #5F81. ABOUT ECI ECI is a global provider of ELASTIC network solutions to CSPs, utilities as well as data center operators. Along with its long-standing, industry-proven packet-optical transport, ECI offers a variety of SDN/NFV applications, end-to-end network management, a comprehensive cyber security solution, and a range of professional services. ECI's ELASTIC solutions ensure open, future-proof, and secure communications. With ECI, customers have the luxury of choosing a network that can be tailor-made to their needs today as well as be seamlessly and cost effectively upgraded to future requirements. For more information, visit us at www.ecitele.com. Press contact: Marjie Hadad Press Contact MH Communications On behalf of ECI +972-54-536-5220 marjierhadad@gmail.com
  • Carmel Ventures | 03 Feb 2016

    Providence Equity invests $96M in Skybox Security

    SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwired – February 03, 2016) – Skybox® Security, a global leader in security analytics, announced today the company has received a $96 million investment from Providence Strategic Growth (PSG), the growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity Partners, a global private equity firm with $45 billion in assets under management. Skybox is headquartered in Silicon Valley and develops powerful software solutions that extract insight from cybersecurity data to give unprecedented visibility of an enterprise’s attack surface, the ways in which its IT systems are vulnerable to threats.

    Despite billions of dollars spent annually on cybersecurity tools and services, the time required to resolve a cyberattack continues to increase. This is compounded by the increasing complexity of networks with thousands of potentially exploitable attack vectors, leaving security professionals struggling to discover areas of highest risk and prioritize mitigation and remediation actions. CISOs are also searching for ways to properly evaluate strategic options and convey the potential business impact of emerging threats to senior executives and the board.

    The Skybox Security Suite solves these problems by integrating with more than 90 networking and security tools in use by enterprises today. The Suite utilizes advanced analytics, such as modelling and simulation, to extract relevant and actionable intelligence from the silos of data created by those tools, giving security leaders the most comprehensive view of their attack surface and the insight needed to quickly make informed decisions about where to direct security resources.

    “Skybox is on the leading edge of a security segment that’s highly relevant right now, given the high-profile network security breaches that have occurred at numerous large enterprises,” said Thomas M. Reardon, managing director of PSG.

    According to recent analysis, IDC estimates that the security and vulnerability management market alone will reach $6.5 billion in 2018 and continue to grow at a rate exceeding 10 percent.

    “Skybox Security innovations in network visualization and intelligence are reshaping how large enterprises manage their security programs,” continued Reardon. “The company is also showing very strong business performance, with impressive top-line growth, profitability and incredibly high customer acquisition and retention rates.”

    In four years, Skybox has grown its acquisition rate of new customers by 220 percent and revenue by 221 percent. In 2015, the company increased year-over-year sales by 55 percent, fueled by a 59 percent increase in deals valued more than $100,000 and a 165 percent increase in deals valued more than $500,000.

    Skybox customers are Global 2000 companies and government agencies, in more than 50 countries and nearly every industry. The company’s products are used by six of the top 10 global banks, 10 global telecommunications firms, five of the world’s largest consumer goods manufacturers and 10 of the largest energy providers globally.

    With the investment, Mark Hastings and Thomas Reardon, managing directors with PSG, will join the Skybox board of directors.

    “This deal is a great validation of our strategic vision for the company, the success of our technology in the market and our ability to execute,” said Gidi Cohen, founder and CEO of Skybox Security. “We’ve been on an incredible upward trajectory, and the investment will accelerate that growth. I’ve no doubt, with the innovations we’re bringing to market this year and next, Skybox will become the undisputed leader in security analytics.”

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