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Turkven Makes Investment in Mavi Jeans - October 2008
NOTE: To all my readers, I'm sorry for the recent hiatus in updates, but during the course of a full time job and starting a masters program, I've had little time for anything else. Needless to say, we are amidst an economic conundrum of sorts, but that doesnt mean that things have come to a standstill. When times look most bleak, we must all remember the cyclical nature of things.

Also, I would like to point out that my blog as well as the millions of other Blogger blogs were blocked by a court ruling inside of Turkey during a weekend in October. Apparently, the local satelite provider needed to block a blog that was posting videos of football matches, and we all got thrown in the same basket. In addition, it appears that Dogan Media has decided to envelop all of the Turkish Daily News and will no longer be running their website. Unfortunately, a lot of my previous posts have links to the TDN and will no longer work - for that I'm sorry, but it is out of my control. Life is like this sometimes.

So, in doing some housecleaning, I would like to publish the press release in its entirety from Turkven that came out in October 2008. What can we take away from this venture? Was it a last ditch effort for TVPE II to get deals done before the sh*t hit the fan? Equally, on both sides of the boardroom table, this very well could have been of critical importance for Mavi to find liquidity. Do you consider a jeans maker a conservative or risky investment at this stage? Albeit a very competitive market, perhaps the terms of the deal were too good to pass up.

October 2008

Turkven has acquired a stake in Mavi, the leading Turkish apparel brand.

Founded in 1991 by the Akarlilar family, Mavi has operations in 27 countries through a retail network of 190 stores generating over US$150 million of sales in 2007.

Ersin Akarlilar, Executive Board Member of Mavi said: "Mavi’s ambition is to become a US$1 billion company with a global brand and retail operations. We have partnered up with Turkven to leverage their network and operational expertise to achieve our goals."

Turkven Managing Director Seymur Tari said: "Mavi will build on its strong denim heritage to grow into a global lifestyle brand. Mavi is a pioneer, and it serves as a role model for Turkish companies with its brand, design capability and global ambitions."

Turkven Principal Kerem Onursal added: "We are an industry leader with a track record of investing in industry leaders. Our experience allows us to look beyond the short term volatility to identify sustainable businesses with a potential to create substantial shareholder value."

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