Impact of Covid-19 on U.S Capital Market: Insights from Israeli Companies’ Experiences




Sass Darwish, MD, RBC Capital Markets

Miri Segal-Scharia, CEO of MS-IR LLC

Oded Har-Even, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester LLP


The disruption to global business caused by the coronavirus pandemic has forced us to change the way we operate, but it has also highlighted the importance of certain fundamental best practices. Looking back to March, consensus viewed the pandemic as temporary, with the return to normalcy expected within several months. However, as we enter July, the crisis continues to cripple the world with no end in sight. As a result, issuers and capital market participants need to operate and do business differently.  

We will discuss various aspects of the U.S market and how it was impacted by Covid-19. Our board members will review the following topics:

·      Capital raise of public and private companies

·      M&A industry

·      Investor communication

·      Regulatory changes implemented by leading exchanges

We will provide a general overview and also drill down on how Israeli companies and management teams have operated during this period. We hope that you will find the discussion insightful and we welcome your participation, live questions and feedback.




About the speakers: 

Sass Darwish, MD, RBC Capital Markets

Sasson Darwish is a Managing Director in the Technology Investment Banking Group at RBC, leading the Software Infrastructure market coverage, including AI, Analytics and IoT. Sass is also heading the Israel country coverage for RBC across all industry sectors. 

Prior to that, he was a Managing Director and Head of the Americas Technology Investment Banking Group at Nomura Holdings Inc., and Head of East Coast coverage for the Technology Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Earlier in his career, he was a Vice President in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Lehman Brothers.

Sass serves as a guest professor at Yale School of Management, teaching “Introduction to Connected Cities and Urban Ecosystems”. Sass was a Captain in the Israeli Defense Force, received his undergraduate degrees in economics and management from Tel Aviv University and his MBA from Yale School of Management.


Miri Segal- Scharia, CEO of MS-IR LLC

Miri Segal-Scharia is the owner and founder of MS-IR, a leading New York-based Investor Relations boutique focusing on high-growth global companies.

For over two decades, she has successfully led Investor Relations strategies, IPOs and capital raises for companies trading on the Nasdaq, New York, London, Singapore, Australia and Tel Aviv exchanges. Prior to founding MS-IR in 2009, Miri served for three years as a Vice President at Strategic Growth International (SGI), a global Investor Relations boutique based in New York and focusing mainly on American and Chinese companies. Before living in NYC, she was a partner in the leading Israeli Investor Relations firm Kishrei Mashkiim, successfully managing IR accounts of companies with market capitalizations ranging from $20 million to over $1 billion, including M-Systems, Lipman, Fundtech, XTL Biotech and many others.

Miri Segal-Scharia holds a Masters in Business Administration (specializing in Marketing) from the University of Manchester and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and French Literature from Tel Aviv University.


Oded Har-Even, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester LLP


Oded is a Partner in the New York office and also serves as Managing Partner of our Tel Aviv office. His practice focuses on capital markets. He specializes in counseling public companies on financings and ongoing corporate governance, disclosure and compliance matters. Oded has been involved in numerous public offerings and exchange listings in Wall Street of both private and TASE-listed Israeli companies. He has extensive experience representing New York investment banks in public offerings and private placements. Oded is counsel to several Israeli governmental entities that operate in the U.S. He also guides and assists Israeli start-up companies in their various legal needs while establishing presence in the U.S. Oded has been involved in various public interest activities in Israel and New York. He served as a Captain in the Israeli Defense Forces.  


Event Details

Event date: 07-16-2020
Event End Date: 07-16-2020
Cut off date 07-16-2020
Individual Price Free
Time 12pm EDT
Opening Remarks by Inon Elroy, Economic Minister to North America, Ministry of Economy and Industry, Israel
Location Zoom link will be provided upon RSVP
Event Language Event will be conducted in English
Event registration is closed
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