The People

Gil Makov

OBV´s Founder and its Chairman of the Board.

Through membership on boards of directors and his active involvement in business operations, Mr. Makov has developed a keen understanding of the challenges faced by emerging growth companies.
With experience as an investor and as an attorney, Mr. Makov has developed a unique understanding of the issues faced by and alternatives available to companies looking to raise capital.
Prior to founding OBV , he was the Managing Partner of Gil Makov- Advocates where he focused on Corporate Law & Investments.
Mr. Makov earned his LL.B degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Member of the Israeli Bar since 1965.
Certified as a "Foreign Legal Consultant" by the State of Florida Bar.

Dan Makov
OBV´s President and member of the Board .

Dan has a long and successful track record as a business lawyer with Mizrahi, Arnon & Makov , with Efrati, Galili & Co. and with Gil Makov-Advocates. Dan had acquired vast international experience and worldwide business contacts.
With his long and successful track record as a business lawyer and with his other business relationships, Dan has developed an extensive network of private equity and early stage venture capital sources.
Dan earned his LL.B degree from Buckingham University , UK (with Honors) and his LL.M degree (International Banking Law) from Boston University Law School ,and has been a visiting Attorney with Hogan & Hartson LL.P, Washington DC.
Member of the Israeli Bar since1993.

Ariel Makov

OBV´s Chief Operating Officer and member the Board .

Ariel has had vast experience as a lawyer with Mizrahi, Arnon & Makov (Corporate & Franchising) ,with Efrati, Galili & Co. (Corporate , Technology & Licensing ) and with Gil Makov - Advocates (Corporate & Investments).
Ariel has business experience that includes investing in , and raising capital for various growth companies in a broad range of industries. He has substantial expertise in facilitating private equity capital for growth companies.
Ariel earned his LL.B degree from Reading University , UK (with Honors) and earned his LL.M degree from New York University Law School. Ariel was a visiting Attorney with Hogan & Hartson LL.P, Washington DC where he specialized, in capital raising and technology licensing transactions.
Member of the Israeli Bar since1997.
Member of the UK Law Society since 2005.

Shmuel Ben-Tovim
Senior Strategic Advisor

Former Economics Minister at the Israeli Embassy in London. Shmuel brings an impressive track record working with businesses around the world, including Britain, the US and Israel.
By joining OBV team Shmuel will deepen the company's access to sources of capital to investors around the world, in particular in the United Kingdom.

Sherwin Pomerantz

Senior Strategic Advisor

Former Vice-President of Luz Industries Israel Ltd., solar electric generating power in Southern California. Formerly President of Controls for Industry Inc. in Chicago, he graduated with engineering degrees from NYU (BS-Industrial Engineering) and the University of Illinois (MS-Mechanical Engineering) and received advanced MBA education at Northwestern University.

Mr. Pomerantz founded E.D.I. twenty one years ago and have been involved in economic development work ever since.
E.D.I. represents the trade interests, in the Middle East, of a number of U.S.
states, including Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

EDI also consults to the Virginia Economic Development Corporation, Enterprise Ireland and Enterprise Saskatchewan. Beginning January 1, 2013 the company will also be representing Invest Hong Kong in Israel.
A 29-year resident of Israel, Mr. Pomerantz has been both Jerusalem Regional Chairperson and National President of the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel.