Cukurova has not signed agreement on Turkcell Holding shares

Cukurova has not signed the negotiated final share purchase agreement with TeliaSonera on the sale of all its Turkcell Holding shares. TeliaSonera will pursue legal actions to protect its rights.

On March 25, 2005, an agreement was announced in which Cukurova agreed to sell all its shares in Turkcell Holding to TeliaSonera. The agreement stated that the transaction was subject to further due diligence on Turkcell and on agreement on final share purchase agreement. That agreement also included a May 23rd deadline for execution of the final share purchase agreement. That time limit has now been passed.

The parties agreed all material terms to the final share purchase agreement in late March, and TeliaSonera has completed its due diligence. While Cukurova has not signed the final share purchase agreement, TeliaSonera believes that Cukurova is still required to complete the transaction. The agreement states that the parties were required to act in good faith and use their reasonable best endeavours to conclude the due diligence and a final share purchase agreement. Çukurova has in TeliaSonera’s view not acted accordingly. TeliaSonera will therefore pursue legal actions to protect its rights.

The agreement regarding Çukurova accepting TeliaSonera’s proposal to acquire an effective 27 percent stake in Turkcell for USD 3.1 billion (SEK 23 billion) was approved by 99.55 percent of the votes at Turkcell’s Annual General Meeting on April 29, 2005. TeliaSonera has been and remains prepared and committed to complete a transaction.


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