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Israeli fund Hagshama to ramp up NYC presence

Avi Katz’ firm competes with pension funds
November 01, 2016 10:39AM

Avi Katz

Avi Katz

Israeli investment firm Hagshama Fund is looking to open a New York City office next year and plans to ramp up real estate investments.

Founded by Avi Katz in 2009, the fund has raised around $650 million from individual investors chipping in $25,000 each on average. In the U.S., it plans to compete with pension funds as a vehicle for middle-class and upper-middle-class savers to invest in real estate.

“Anyone can now go on Google Earth, see the color of the windows in a Manhattan building, or an office door in Tel Aviv,” Katz told Bloomberg.

According to Katz, Hagshama already holds a $6 million stake in an unnamed, $21 million Manhattan apartment building. Katz also runs the Israeli grocery store chain Cofix. [Bloomberg]Konrad Putzier