MARKETS & INVESTING | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Singapore and Tel Aviv's exchanges tie up to support fundraising of own firms

The two are focussed on supporting tech and healthcare companies.

Singapore Exchange (SGX) and The Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) formed a partnership that is focussed on growing capital raising opportunities for companies, particularly in the technology sector.

According to an announcement, the two exchanges will work together to support technology and healthcare companies which are looking to tap the capital markets to fund their growth plans in Asia and globally.

"This will include assisting companies during the pre-listing stage, facilitating the listing process, and providing issuers with post-listing support by leveraging the exchanges’ network and platforms," the two said.

Besides listings, SGX and TASE will explore other related areas of collaboration, including the potential development of a private market eco-system in Israel and enhancing the post-trade connectivity and services between the two markets.

TASE CEO Ittai Ben-Zeev noted that the partnership agreement between TASE and SGX creates a unique value proposition for Israeli tech companies. "For the first time, Israeli companies will be able to raise funds on both markets simultaneously. Dual-listing or performing a simultaneous IPO on both exchanges can assist Israeli issuers in increasing liquidity and gaining attractive valuations from a broad Asian investor base while ensuring domestic demand."

SGX CEO Loh Boon Chye commented, "Our partnership with TASE complements SGX’s efforts to strengthen our technology sector, as well as Singapore’s ambitions to be a global technology and R&D hub. We look forward to collaborating with TASE to help companies raise funds on SGX’s international platform, while jointly strengthening our ecosystems and broadening investors’ accessibility to these companies."

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