AI Fund Awards 2017

Acquisition International - International Fund Awards 2017 25 Mediterra Capital Mirova Best Mid- Market PE Firm - Turkey Best European Diversified Bond Fund (Since Inception): Mirova Euro Sustainable Aggregate Fund Mediterra Capital Mirova Mediterra Capital is an independent private equity firm focused on investing in Turkish companies. We profile the firm and explore how it came to achieve its current, market leading success. Mirova is an asset management company dedicated to sustainable investing, with an aim to combine impact and performance for its clients, across a range of investment strategies in fixed income, listed equities, infrastructure and impact investing as well as engagement and voting services. We invited Emna Baklouti to tell us more. Company: Mediterra Capital Address: Sehit Halil Ibrahim Cad. No: 39 Istinye 34460 Sariyer Istanbul Turkey Phone: +90 (212) 323 54 00 Fax: +90 (212) 323 54 46 Email: Web: Company: Mirova Contact: Emna Baklouti Email: Address: 21 quai d’Austerlitz, Paris, 75013, France Phone: 0033 1 78 40 32 74 IF17024 IF17039 Established in 2011, Mediterra is now the leading private equity firm focusing on the mid-market and SME sector in Turkey. The firm acts as a trusted partner for mid-market and SME companies in Turkey, supporting them to become industry leaders with global management practices. Mediterra’s exclusive investment adviser Mediterra Private Equity Limited employs a world class team that has global private equity experience as well as Turkish deal making experience, with investment professionals from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), Lehman Brothers, Bedminster Capital and İş Private Equity. Team has served more than 30 boards in 11 countries, and invested over $2.0 billion globally and over $900 million of equity capital in Turkey. Mediterra is actively investing in mid- market companies with enterprise values ranging from €25 million to € 200 million, geographically focusing on broader Turkey particularly to Anatolian businesses and targeting export driven industrial companies as well as domestic consumer demand driven sectors. Mediterra’s partners have a mix of international and local private equity experience and include market leaders such as KKR, Lehman Brothers, Bedminster Capital Management and Is Private Equity, enabling it to offer the very Mirova is an asset manager whose approach is designed to combine financial and ESG (environmental, social and government) research. Emna outlines the benefits of the firm’s ESG driven approach, discussing how it provides the firm’s varied clients, who include institutional investors, companies, private banks, retail banks and other distribution networks, with the best possible returns. “At Mirova, security selection is at the heart of the process with sustainability driving alpha. We believe that the winners of tomorrow are companies positioned on solutions for sustainable development challenges and that investors and markets often take a short term view and fail to appreciate the way companies factor in these challenges. Long term vision such as the one Mirova chooses to adopt is an attribute essential for long term success and stable client service. It is this approach which, we believe, is vital for the success of any company in our sector. “Our use of ESG analysis helps us to better understand the challenges and opportunities caused by long term megatrends, as well as allowing us to stay at the forefront of emerging developments. It also best solutions on the market and leverage their expertise and reach. There are many benefits to investing in Turkey, which Mediterra aims to take advantage of. Although Turkey does have a very competent and well capitalized banking system, Turkish businesses are in general short of equity capital to finance the economic strong growth of c. 4% p.a. as the country have a young population and low savings rate. Due to this lack of equity, banks also provide relatively modest levels of credit to SMEs. This creates very attractive investment opportunities for financial investors. In addition, investee company’s customers and suppliers are in many instances undercapitalized, making customer/ supplier credit risk and cash flow management one of the key challenges for many businesses. Ultimately, with extensive know-how obtained from 30+ investments in 11 countries, Mediterra Capital has the experience, knowledge and reach to support investors around the world. The firm’s ongoing goal is to remain the leading mid-market private equity investor in Turkey by any means. allows us to identify the solutions needed to face those challenges and harvest opportunities. This research also allows us to better identify the companies offering those solutions, a group that is predicted to outperform the broad market over the next decade.” This focus on remaining at the forefront of emerging industry developments will continue moving forward, as Mirova looks to build upon its current success and take advantage of the latest trends in the industry as Emna concludes. “Within the wider investment market, we believe that the emergence of the Green Bonds market is a very positive trend, and Mirova is well positioned to contribute to this trend by investing in these types of issues: By independently analyzing each Green Bond from an ESG and financial point of view, Mirova can discover value in the market while building a bond portfolio with a significant environmental impact. Mirova furthermore meets issuers before investing in a Green Bond program and commits to monitoring investments through an annual review of each bond in order to ensure the proper use of funds raised.” €