April Edition 2022

19 significant opportunities they have already been able to leverage from in the UK market. Outside of these industries, we are particularly excited at the prospects for sportstech, crypto/NFT, insuretech and the edtech which has seen a real surge since Covid-19 brought into sharp focus the need for the education sector to cater to the technological needs of students at all levels. Etay Katz, Partner, Ashurst: We see increased amplified interest in Israel by UK trade, venture and private equity investors. We expect this trend to continue to rise given the maturity of the Israeli market alongside its highly innovative nature. Focus on CleanTech to drive a broader adoption of Environmental Social and Governance agenda offers a rare opportunity for Israeli technology to lead a global revolution.Solar energy,water desalination and waste management are amongst areas that Israeli innovators are very focused on and these offer a great collaboration platform. On the other hand the continued growth of some of Israel's technology unicorns make them likely predators for small to medium size acquisitions of UK companies looking to break new grounds in the same fields of interest. We are seeing unprecedented interest in bolt on acquisitions by Israeli companies across Europe and with a focus on the UK. Alex Haffner, Partner, Fladgate: We deal with a lot of VCs and family office investment groups and we have noticed an increasing interest amongst all of themtoscout for opportunities in Israel.This in turnhas ledtomany investments by UK based investors in funding rounds in Israeli companies. However, the most notable transaction was the listing at the end of 2021 of Windward – the Israeli maritime technology company – on the London Stock Exchange. We were Windward’s legal advisors on the flotation, which marked the longawaited return of Israeli technology companies to London. Once the current market uncertainty dissipates,we expect to see other Israeli companies turning to London for growth opportunities and access to capital markets. In these and other fields, what have been themajor commercial transactions between the countries over the last year?