GCA Appoints New Managing Director Ido Zakai to Lead Its Tel Aviv Office
GCA, a global investment bank that provides strategic M&A and capital markets advisory services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ido Zakai as Managing Director of its office in Tel Aviv. Ido, who will focus on further strengthening the firm’s position in Israel and as a leading technology-focused investment bank worldwide, is assuming the role from Gabriel Perel, who is taking over as Chairman of GCA’s Israel business.
Ido joins GCA with over 15 years of experience in investment banking, having completed a wide variety of M&A and capital raise transactions across a broad range of industries including technology, media, consumer and industrials. Previously, Ido was with Barclays’ Investment Banking team based in Tel Aviv, where he focused on covering Israeli clients. Before that he worked for Lehman Brothers in Tel Aviv and London with the Corporate Finance M&A team and also worked at Goldfarb Law Firm.
One of Ido’s primary focus areas will be automotive / mobility technologies—a key segment of the Israeli market—where he will leverage the firm’s deep expertise in the sector, having advised on landmark transactions including Aptiv’s acquisition of Winchester and Delphi’s acquisitions of nuTonomy and Ottomatika. Additionally, Ido will serve clients through the firm’s broad private equity coverage and strong track record selling businesses to leading corporate buyers including Amazon, Dell, Google, Oracle and Rakuten.
“We are delighted to welcome Ido to GCA. Having Ido on board with his in-depth knowledge of the Israeli M&A market reinforces our key strategic focus, which lies on the global internet, technology and consumer segments where we hold a leading position,” commented Alexander Grünwald, Member of the Board of GCA. “Furthermore, we have strong cross-border capabilities, as shown by our track record of selling technology companies to non-European buyers. Further developing our operations in Israel marries our core competence with the growing Israeli M&A market where those segments provide particularly strong opportunities and so will be of significant benefit to our clients.”
GCA is a global investment bank that provides strategic M&A and capital markets advisory services to growth companies and market leaders. The firm offers worldwide coverage with over 400 professionals in 18 offices across America, Asia and Europe. Built by the people that run the business, GCA is a firm of experts who focus on deals that require commitment, original perspective, skill and exceptional networks. Learn more at www.gcaglobal.com.