The team is staffed with professionals who have previous experience at top ranking investment banks, equity houses and asset management companies. Istnvest team members have excellent technical capabilities and a considerable number of high-level contacts in CEE, MENA and Turkey.

Mehmet Urcu Mehmet Urcu
Managing Partner
 
Mehmet Urcu is a Founder and a Managing Partner of Istnvest Corporate Finance. Prior to forming Istnvest, Mr. Urcu was the Co-Founder and the Managing Partner of Danista Capital Partners based in Istanbul. Prior to that, he had successfully run YF Securities as Executive Vice President and Orion Investment as CEO, a Dubai based investment firm. Prior to this, Mr. Urcu served in a variety of positions during his 5-year tenure at TSKB, a leading investment bank in Turkey. Mehmet Urcu started his financial career at Prudential Investments, part of Prudential Financial. He then worked as an Executive Country Director in USAID/IESC Business Development and JVs program. Mr. Urcu received a BS in Electronics Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and obtained a MS degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in MIS and Financial Engineering. Selected transaction history is listed below:

IPO:Denizbank, AFM Sinemaları, Favori Dinlenme Tesisleri, Başkent Y.O (Lead Manager) 50+ Initial Public Offerings (Consortium Member)
SPO:Lead Manager in TSKB, İş Finansal Kiralama, Ege Seramik, Marmaris Martı placements (Private Placement to major international equity funds and pension funds)
M&A: Alarko-Carrier, Arbel Makarna - Saskcan Pulse(Canada), Borkim - Almana Group,
Privatization: Başkent Doğalgaz Dağıtım A.Ş (Buy-side Advisor) Derince Port ( Advised for the purpose of securing the acquisiton finance)
Project Finance:Advised WinwinD (Finland) for the acquisition and the financing of a 30 MW Wind Park project in Söke. Facilitated the financing of 750 kW Jeoden Geothermal Plant in Denizli which has been presented by US Ex-Im Bank as a Case Study. The loan was made to Jeoden on a corporate finance basis. Member of the Financing Team for the financing of Adularya Coal-Fired Power Plant with an installed capacity of 2 X 145 MW with an investment amount of 440 mn Euro. Czech Export Bank financed the project.
Debt: Advised Morgan Stanley for the structurer of a financing in an amount of EUR 40 mn through the international debt for the purpose of acquiring a mining company. Advised Lehman Brothers extensively for the ISE listed companies. Facilitated several debt financing for mid-sized industrial companies.
Mehmet Urcu arranged Investor Roadshow for Başkent Doğalgaz Dağıtım under buy-side mandate Mehmet Urcu, Financal Advisor of Arbel Bakliyat Mehmet Urcu, Transaction Team Leader, BBF Partners AG, Türk Ticaret Bank Mehmet Urcu, Execution Team Leader and Book Runner, TSKB
Deniz Öztin Kudret Vurgun
Executive Director
 
Kudret VURGUN is Executive Director of Istnvest Corporate Finance, holds a BSc in Business Administration from Istanbul University. Prior to joining to Istnvest, he spent 23 years of career in Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE). As a Listing Director during 18 years at ISE (Borsa Istanbul), he has actively involved in hundreds of public offerings, securitizations, M&As, corporate disclosures, corporate governance facilities and special projects; as well as he had closely cooperations with Capital Market Board (CMB) of Turkey, Union of Chambers of Trade and Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), Energy Market Regulation Board, Banking Regulation and Supervision Board (BDDK), in terms of contributing to regulation He is a board member of KOTEDER (Association of Listed Companies) proposals of capital markets and banking sector and stock exchange, market regulations; he arranged presentations/meetings to candidate companies which seem to go public, he has widely contacts with foreign stock exchanges and capital market institutions. He attended to US Securities and Exchange Commission's special training program "Securities Market Development" in 1991 and 1998. Since joining to Istnvest, he will be in charge of 'special projects and capital market issues'. He is actually interested "Listing İstanbul" project which is initiated by Borsa Istanbul and focused on bringing foreign companies around the world to list their shares on Borsa İstanbul. We consider this mission as a chance to foster 'Istanbul Financial Center' project.
Giuseppe Regia Giuseppe Reggia
Managing Consultant
Giuseppe Reggia is a Managing Consultant of Istnvest Corporate Finance. He is an international business consultant with significant expertise in design, developing and managing business cross different countries and companies size from SMEs to Largest Group with regard to Partnership, innovative business projects and joint venture. Prior to joining Istnvest, Mr. Reggia was the Owner of B.C.I.-Business, Consulting & Information based in Milano, Italy for 20 years. He is also the General Manager of AZT Turkey which is a joint-venture between one of the biggest Italian ICT Company and a Turkish Group for more than 4 years. Prior to that, Mr. Reggia was worked for multinational companies as manager for 15 years including Montedison Group, Milan, Ciba Geigy (now Novartis)-Milan, General Electric Info. Services – Milan & Dallas-Tx. He then worked as a Consultant in Price Waterhouse Management Consultans for 8years. Mr. Reggia received a BA in Economics from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Engin Ertam Engin Ertam
Asset Management Director
 
Engin Ertam, Asset Management Director of Istnvest Corporate Finance, holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from Bosphorus University and an MSc. in International Business Administration from Istanbul University.

Prior to joining Istnvest Corporate Finance, Engin Ertam was a Portfolio Manager at Orion Investment Istanbul office. Previously, he worked as a portfolio manager in Gisad Securities and Anadolubank Stock Fund. Before that, he worked as a portfolio manager on A Type Mutual Funds for Bayındır and Meksa Securities. Mr. Ertam began his career in Fon Menkul as Portfolio Management Assistant.

Engin Ertam has worked in the field of portfolio management for approximately 16 years.

Selected experiences are listed below:
Managing A Type Variable Fund of Anadolubank
Managing A Type Variable and Equity Funds of Bayındırbank
1999 – Ranked as 2nd among over 100 A Type Equity Funds
2000 – Ranked as 5th among over 100 A Type Equity Funds
Managing A Type Variable Fund of Meksa Yatırım
Fırat Zeytinci Fırat Zeytinci
Corporate Finance Analyst
 
Fırat Zeytinci, Analyst at Istnvest Corporate Finance, holds a BSc degree in Economics from Koç University (Full-Scholar Student).

Prior to joining Istnvest Corporate Finance as an analyst, Fırat Zeytinci was an intern at Finansbank HQ, one of the leading bank in Turkey, in the department of operations. At Istnvest Corporate Finance, Mr.Zeytinci focuses on conducting research, preparing feasibility and information documents.

Fırat Zeytinci has worked in the fields of acquisition and sale advisory, valuation and feasibility studies for more than a year.