NYSE to Help Israel to Create Secondary Tech Stock Exchange

New exchange would cater to smaller high-tech companies, as Tel Aviv Stock Exchange regulations often too stringent

Director General of Israeli Ministry of Finance Shai Babad, left, and Israel's Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, center, listen to NYSE Vice Chairman John Tuttle during their visit to the New York Stock Exchange trading floor, July 8, 2019.
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The New York Stock Exchange will work with Israel in setting up a secondary stock exchange for high-tech companies, Israel’s Finance Ministry said on Tuesday.

At a meeting between senior NYSE and ministry officials, they agreed to form a joint team to set up the secondary exchange, a move that is part of Israel’s securities regulator’s strategy to create secondary and digital stock markets, the ministry said. No further details were provided.

“This is an expression of confidence by the world’s strongest stock exchange in Israel’s economy,” said Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon.

Israel has a bustling technology sector but most start-ups and established companies opt for private sources of funding rather than tapping the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE), whose regulations are deemed too stringent for smaller companies. Others have looked to stock markets overseas, in places such as Canada and Australia, to go public.

The TASE and the Israel Securities Authority have long tried to lure tech firms to the stock exchange with little success.

Israel Securities Authority chairwoman Anat Guetta said her goal for the future was to lay the foundations today to shape an innovative and relevant stock exchange. “We are working to examine the establishment of digital markets in Israel,” she said.