As Managing Partner of Gatewood, Mr. Aviv leads transaction origination, structuring, execution and portfolio management, as well as the overall management of the firm. Mr. Aviv has extensive background in establishing, growing and running Private Equity, Direct Investments, Commercial Banking and International Private Banking platforms.
Prior to joining Gatewood, Mr. Aviv served as Deputy CEO and Member of the Board of Management of Bank Hapoalim BM (TASE:BH), Israel’s largest financial institution. In this capacity, he headed the Bank’s International Division overseeing its International Private Banking and Commercial Banking operations across 13 countries. Prior to this, Mr. Aviv served as the President & CEO of Poalim Capital Markets (PCM), the Investment and Investment Banking subsidiary of Bank Hapoalim and as Chairman of Hapoalim Securities USA Inc. At PCM, Amir spearheaded the establishment of the successful Strategic Alliance with William Blair & Co. and under his leadership PCM witnessed remarkable growth. His previous roles include serving as a Vice President at Tamir Fishman & Co., the Israeli strategic partner of RBC Bank as well as internship positions at Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division and at Capital Financial Assets Management.
Mr. Aviv holds an MBA from the London Business School (Leigh Scholar) and a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Wales, Cardiff Business School (Benedict Scholar). Prior to his studies Mr. Aviv spent three and a half years in the Israeli Air Force (IAF) as an Air Born Combat Crew Leader, First Staff Sergeant, in the Special Forces Search and Rescue Unit.