Yuval Cohen is the Founding and Managing Partner of Fortissimo. Prior to founding Fortissimo, Mr. Cohen was a General Partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), an international venture capital firm with over $650 million under management. Mr. Cohen led investments in and served on boards of numerous companies. Prior to joining JVP, Mr. Cohen held various executive positions in the Silicon Valley. Mr. Cohen was the Vice President of Business Development and also served as the General Manager of the licensing division at DSP Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DSPG). In addition, Mr. Cohen served as the Vice President of Marketing at VDOnet Corporation and as the Technical Assistant to the President of Intel Capital at Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC). Mr. Cohen received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University.
Eli Blatt has been a partner at Fortissimo since inception. Mr. Blatt has more than 15 years of professional and managerial experience in the fields of finance and business operations for leading high-tech companies. Prior to joining Fortissimo, Mr. Blatt was the CFO and Vice President of Finance & Operations of Noosh, Inc., a supplier of cross-enterprise e-business software solutions. At Noosh, Mr. Blatt was responsible for the general management of Finance and Operations and managed its financing and M&A activities. Prior to joining Noosh, Mr. Blatt was the Director of Operations at CheckPoint Software Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, where he was responsible for OEM operations, product licensing and customer service. Mr. Blatt was previously the Operations Controller at Madge Networks (sold to Avaya). Prior to joining Madge, Mr. Blatt held senior finance and operations positions at Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC) and Israel Chemicals. Mr. Blatt received an MBA from Indiana University and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University.
Shmoulik Barashi has been a partner at Fortissimo since inception. Prior to joining Fortissimo, Mr. Barashi was a senior partner at BDO Ziv Haft, one of the largest accounting firms in Israel. At BDO, Mr. Barashi specialized in corporate finance, initial public offerings, due diligence evaluations, deal structuring, business consultancy, auditing and tax (both international and local), and valuation analysis. Mr. Barashi managed the Jerusalem branch of BDO Israel. Prior to BDO, Mr. Barashi co-founded Yaffe, Biram, Barashi, an accounting firm which merged into BDO Ziv Haft in 2000. Mr. Barashi received an MBA from the Hebrew University, a Master of Laws (LLM) from Bar Ilan University and a B.A. in economics and accounting from the Hebrew University.
Marc Lesnick has been a partner at Fortissimo since inception. Prior to joining Fortissimo, Mr. Lesnick was the Managing Director of Jerusalem Global, a boutique investment bank that specialized in raising capital for Israel-based technology startup companies. Mr. Lesnick was also part of the founding team of a spin-off of Jerusalem Global. Prior to moving to Israel and joining Jerusalem Global, Mr. Lesnick served as a senior corporate attorney at the New York offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. As a lawyer, Mr. Lesnick led several Israeli related transactions and represented many of the leading financial institutions with respect to public and private financings as well as M&A, buyouts, restructurings, reorganizations and securities related activities. Mr. Lesnick received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Yeshiva University.
Yochai Hacohen has been a partner at Fortissimo since inception. Prior to joining Fortissimo, Mr. Hacohen held various managerial positions with Israel-based technology companies. Mr. Hacohen has more than 10 years of professional and executive experience in the fields of sales, marketing, business development and management for leading high-tech companies. Mr. Hacohen served as the CEO of RadView (Nasdaq: RDVWF), a software testing tool performance measurement company. Prior to RadView, Mr. Hacohen was the General Manager of the US based division of Magal Security Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: MAGS), a leading provider of hardware and software solutions for the security market. Prior to Magal, Mr. Hacohen served as the Director of European sales and Marketing at Nice Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: NICE), a leading provider of digital video and audio recording solutions. Mr. Hacohen received an MBA and a B.Sc. from Tel Aviv University.
Yoav Hineman has been a partner at Fortissimo since 2009. Prior to joining Fortissimo, Mr. Hineman spent 10 years on Wall Street as both a technology investment banker and equity research analyst. Mr. Hineman spent three years with Magnolia Capital, the Israeli arm of Thomas Weisel Partners. While at Magnolia, Mr. Hineman was in charge of the company’s investment banking activities in Israel, including executing IPOs and follow-on equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and private placement transactions primarily for technology companies. Prior to joining Magnolia, Mr. Hineman spent three years as a software analyst at SG Cowen & Co., covering 16 infrastructure software companies, and before that, he spent four years with SoundView Technology Group’s investment banking team in San Francisco. Mr. Hineman earned his B.S. in Business Administration from U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business (Phi Beta Kappa).
Uri Nayer has been the CFO and a partner at Fortissimo since inception. Prior to joining Fortissimo, Mr. Nayer worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC Israel), an international auditing and business advisory firm, where he was the engagement manager of several major venture capital funds and high-tech companies. Mr. Nayer also served as the assistant to the Bank’s controller at Bank Polska Kasa Opieki Tel Aviv (Bank Pekao) Ltd., formerly a fully owned subsidiary of one of the largest banks in Poland. Mr. Nayer, a CPA and an Attorney at Law, received a double major in law and accounting and an MBA (with honors, specialty in finance) from Tel Aviv University.
Prior to joining Fortissimo, Mr. Zahavi was an investment professional at Apax Partners, where he worked on a number of transactions and portfolio companies. Prior to Apax Partners, Mr. Zahavi was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs and William Blair in London, where he specialized in advising consumer and retail companies on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising. Mr. Zahavi received an MBA from London Business School and a B.A. in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzlyia.
Prior to joining Fortissimo, Mr. Ophel worked as an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan, where he focused on the Israeli market and was involved in a number of transactions, including M&A activities, equity offerings and debt issuances. Mr. Ophel received an M.A. in Financial Economics (Cum Laude) and B.Sc. in Mathematics and Economics from the Hebrew University.
Prior to joining Fortissimo, Ms. Lewis worked as an analyst in the Principal Strategic Investments group at Morgan Stanley, where she was responsible for building valuation models for prospective investments, conducting business and industry due diligence, and preparing investment committee materials. Ms. Lewis received a B.A. in Math and Economics with Honors from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Dana Levy Rahamim
Prior to joining Fortissimo, Mrs. Levy Rahamim worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC Israel), an international auditing and business advisory firm, where she was a senior manager of several major engagements (high-tech and oil and gas companies) for nine years. Mrs. Levy Rahamim, a CPA, received a B.A. with honors in Business Management and Accounting and a MBA (specialty in finance) from the College of Management in Israel.
Prior to joining Fortissimo in 2006, Ms. Erez worked with the former Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Ehud Barak, as the senior assistant and office manager from 2001 to 2006. Prior thereto, Ms. Erez worked in the Prime Minister’s office. Ms. Erez received a B.S.W. in Social Work from the Hebrew University and a Masters in Political Science (with honors, specialty in political communication) from Tel Aviv University.
Mrs. Daniel has over 13 years of experience in different positions in financial reporting in private and public companies. Mrs. Daniel studied Tax Consulting at Mishlav College in Israel.
Prior to joining Fortissimo, Ms. Yoshpe worked in a law office in Ramat Gan as an administrator. Prior to that, Ms. Yoshpe received a B.A. in Art and Literature from Bar Ilan University.