Published On: Sat, Jul 12th, 2014

Global Fund DK Partners Bid to Acquire Israeli Real Estate Co Engel Resources

The US fund was behind the NIS 50 million bid submitted by Yoav Kfir.

DK Partners
Davidson Kempner Capital Management, the 12th largest hedge fund in the world (as of 2013), bid to acquire the Israeli real estate business of Engel Resources and Development Ltd. (TASE:ENRS).

Engel attracted considerable interest in recent weeks, with several investment bids being submitted to the company’s receivers. The bids submitted, whether for acquiring the company in full or for purchasing some of its assets, came also from other large companies, such as Africa Israel Residences and Azorim Investment, Development and Construction Ltd. (TASE: AZRM), which earlier this week decided to retract its bid, and from private developers.

Kfir submitted his bid through Life Green Investments Ltd., and “Globes” has learned that the entity behind his bid is the DK Partners private equity firm. While Kfir has represented the firm in the past, in this case, he is also expected to take part (a 20% share) in its investment, should it win the tender to acquire Engel Resources.

If the fund’s bid is accepted, Kfir is expected to be appointed chairman of Engel Resources, and will probably be joined in the company management by former Azorim chairman Rotem Ravivi and Yehuda Vatkin, who has been active in Israeli real estate for many years.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news – www.globes-online.com 

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