Tamares Group

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Tamares Group
Type Private
Industry Private equity
Founders Shlomo Zabludowicz
Headquarters Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Number of locations 10
Area served International
Key people Poju Zabludowicz (Chairman and CEO)
Products Investment management, equity investment, real estate investment, venture capital, growth capital, fund of funds, real estate development
Subsidiaries Tamares Real Estate
Tamares Private Equity
Tamares Media
Tamares Leisure
Tamares Telecom
Website www.tamares.com

Tamares Group is a private equity investment firm based in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Tamares has interests in real estate, finance, technology, communications, manufacturing, leisure and media.[1][2] The firm invests in a number of different private[3] and public[4] companies, and in real estate properties.[5]

Tamares was founded after the second World War by Finnish entrepreneur, Shlomo Zabludowicz.[1] Since 1990, it has been headed by his son, Poju Zabludowicz.[6]

Offices[edit]

Tamares seeks investment opportunities in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. It has 10 offices:[1][2]

Portfolio[edit]

Currently, Tamares has ownership in the following private and public companies:

  • Private companies:
    • EcoStream - develops lubricants by recycling and re-refining used engine oils[7]
    • Foris Telecom - global wireless broadband mobile WiMAX carrier and Internet service provider[8]
    • Mustavaaran Kaivos - engages in the exploration of Mustavaara vanadium-iron-titanium deposits[9]
    • N-trig - provider of DuoSense technology combining pen, zero-pressure touch and multi-touch for mobile and fixed computers into a single device[10]
    • Pontifax - venture capital fund with $120 million of assets under management, focusing on the Israeli life sciences sector[11]
    • Se-cure Pharmaceuticals - clinical stage, biotech company focused on developing safe and effective therapeutic solutions, targeting high prevalence medical conditions[12]
    • Siklu - builds gigabit wireless backhaul solutions operating in the 60, 70 & 80 GHz millimeter wave bands[13]
    • Tamares Telecom - Israeli service provider that supplies and operates communication services[14]
    • Tower Vision - tower management company specializing in the provision of passive infrastructure to the wireless telecommunications industry[15]

Past holdings:

  • Axis Mobile - complete mobile email solution, company went public on AIM in 2006[21]
  • British Israel Investments - property management company in the field of shopping mall and commercial centers, acquired by the Melisron Group in 2011 for an implied valuation of $700 million[22]
  • Dione - smart card-based payment systems, acquired by Lipman Electronic Engineering in 2004 for $104 million[23]
  • eXalink - WAP gateway, acquired by Comverse Technology in 2000 for $550 million[24]
  • Mellanox - provider of InfiniBand chipset, company went public on NASDAQ in 2007[25]
  • Panaya - develops automatic tools to support systems managers, Tamares shares were acquired in 2010 as part of fundraising round[26]
  • Storwize - online storage optimization through real-time data compression, acquired by IBM in 2010 for $140 million[27]

Business history[edit]

  • On June 28, 2005, Tamares acquired total control of the hotels and casinos from Barrick, including the Nevada Club Hotel & Casino and Queen of Hearts Hotel & Casino, as well as 40 other commercial and residential sites in downtown Las Vegas. However, Barrick was retained as the lessee of the casinos since Tamares does not hold a Nevada Gaming License.[32] On December 22, 2005, Tamares entered into a lease agreement with Navegante to operate the Las Vegas casinos through a subsidiary called PlayLV. The Queen of Hearts was later acquired by LiveWork Las Vegas.[33]
  • On July 12, 2007, the Gold Spike was sold for $15.6 million to Gregg Covin.[34][35]
  • On January 16, 2012, The Western was closed for an indefinite period of time.[37]
  • In March 2013, The Western was sold for $14 million to a company affiliated with Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project, a campaign to revitalize the Fremont Street area.[38]
  • On April 9, 2013, it was announced that the Las Vegas Club will be closing its hotel. The casino will remain open. A possibility of a renovation for the hotel was hinted.[39]
  • On June 16, 2013, it was announced that the ViaEuropa consortium has won the tender for the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) fiber optic communications infrastructure joint venture. Tamares Telecom is one of the four companies in the consortium, headed by ViaEuropa. ViaEuropa will own half of the consortium, while each of the four Israeli companies will own 12.5%. The consortium will own 60% of the fiber optic venture, and IEC will own 40%.[40] The venture is expected to cost about $1.4 billion.[41]
  • In September 2013, it was reported that Tamares will participate in a financing round, estimated at $15–20 million, for N-trig.[42]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tamares Group", Tamares Telecom. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Management", Tamares Hotels Resorts & Spas. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Selected Investments (Private)", Tamares. Retrieved on 26 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Selected Investments (Listed)", Tamares. Retrieved on 26 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Selected Properties", Tamares. Retrieved on 26 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Poju Zabludowicz", The Jewish Leadership Council. Retrieved on 26 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Ecostream", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Foris Telecom", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Mustavaaran Kaivos", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  10. ^ "N-Trig", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Pontifax I+II", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Secure Pharma", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Investors", Siklu. Retrieved on 2 September 2013.
  14. ^ "Tamares Telecom", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  15. ^ "Tower Vision", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  16. ^ "Dori Media", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  17. ^ "Knafaim", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  18. ^ "Outotec", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  19. ^ "Protalix", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  20. ^ "RESTAMAX PLC’S LARGEST SHAREHOLDERS". Restamax. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  21. ^ "Axis Mobile", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  22. ^ "British Israel Investments Ltd", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  23. ^ "Dione", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  24. ^ "eXalink", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  25. ^ "Mellanox", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  26. ^ "Panaya", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  27. ^ "Storwize", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  28. ^ "Times Square", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  29. ^ "Plaza America", Tamares. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  30. ^ "Gaughan changeover leaves workers a little melancholy". Las Vegas Sun (Las Vegas). 25 March 2004. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  31. ^ Benston, Liz (27 June 2005). "Barrick hampered by debt, sources say". Las Vegas Sun (Las Vegas). Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  32. ^ Benston, Liz (28 June 2005). "Downtown Las Vegas: Barrick Sells Casino Stakes". Las Vegas Sun (Las Vegas). Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  33. ^ Toplikar, Dave (29 January 2010). "Queen of Hearts hotel-casino to be demolished Tuesday". Las Vegas Sun (Las Vegas). Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  34. ^ "Dreary hotel to get revamp". Las Vegas Review-Journal (Las Vegas). 12 July 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  35. ^ "DOWNTOWN PROPERTY: $15 MILLION". Las Vegas Review-Journal (Las Vegas). 4 May 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  36. ^ Purkiss, Alan (22 March 2011). "Tamares Puts in a Bid for the Whole of Warner Music, FT Reports". Bloomberg. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  37. ^ Goldberg, Delen (15 November 2011). "Downtown Western Casino closing after 41 years". Vegas Inc (Las Vegas). Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  38. ^ Segall, Eli (21 March 2013)."Tony Hsieh’s group buys shuttered downtown casino for $14 million". Vegas Inc (Las Vegas). Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  39. ^ Mehaffey, John (9 April 2013). "Two Downtown Las Vegas Hotels Closing". 4Flush. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  40. ^ Perez, Gad (16 June 2013). "ViaEuropa wins fiber optic venture tender". Globes. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  41. ^ Schuster, Ruth (15 July 2013). "Tech roundup / Even the board at Alvarion has given up". Haaretz. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  42. ^ Hoffman, Tzahi (30 September 2013). "Intel, Qualcomm reportedly invest in N-trig". Globes. Retrieved 30 September 2013.

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