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Pepe Jeans to exit India joint venture

Our Bureau | | Updated on: Nov 20, 2021
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Has agreed to transfer of shares of Pepe Jeans Innerfashion to G.O.A.T Brand Labs

Pepe Jeans has decided to exit its joint venture in India. The Spanish brand had formed a 50:50 joint venture with Dollar Industries in India in 2017.

Dollar renounces ROFO

Pepe being desirous to exit from Pepe Jeans Innerfashion had offered Dollar to buy out Pepe’s entire stake in accordance with the clause dealing with Right of First Offer (ROFO) in the said JV agreement.

Dollar, in exercise of its rights as per JV agreement, has renounced the ROFO and has agreed to the transfer of shares held by Pepe in Pepe Jeans Innerfashion in favor of G.O.A.T Brand Labs (G.O.A.T) incorporated in Singapore.

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Consequently, G.O.A.T shall purchase the entire stake of Pepe Jeans Europe BV and has executed a Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Pepe.

New trademark agreement

Accordingly, the existing JV agreement between Pepe and Dollar would stand terminated on transfer of shares by Pepe to G.O.A.T.

“Due to the proposed sale of its stake by Pepe to G.O,A.T, Dollar would be entering into new JV agreement with G.O.A.T. The existing license agreement of the JV Company with Pepe Hungry KFT for use of their trademark ‘Pepe Jeans/Pepe Jeans London’ would continue to be used by the JV Company on such revised terms and conditions as may be agreed on between the JV Company and Pepe,” Dollar Industries said in a stock exchange filing.

The Board of Dollar in its meeting held on November 18 has approved the draft JV agreement which would be executed upon transfer of shares and termination of the existing agreement.

50 per cent paid-up share capital

G.O.A.T will purchase 1,00,00,000 equity shares of the JV company from Pepe which constitutes 50 per cent of the paid-up share capital. In addition to this, G.O.A.T will further subscribe 2 per cent of additional non-voting equity on the existing and increased paid up capital.

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G.O.A.T invests in and scales digitally native brands in the lifestyle space (fashion, home & kitchen, nutrition, beauty and personal carc). Founded by industry veterans Rishi Vasudev and Rameswar Misra and backed by marquee investors such as Tiger Global and Flipkart Ventures, G.O.A.T supports brands by providing them with growth capital, data-based insights, seamless operations and deep expertise in brand building, digital marketing and product development.

Published on November 20, 2021

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