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Fireman Capital Partners and CFDA Host Fashion Investment Panel in NYC - MarketWatch (press release)

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BOSTON, Apr 17, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Fireman Capital Partners, a consumer-focused buyout and growth equity firm, today announced that, in partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America ("CFDA") the leading trade group of the fashion industry, it hosted a panel discussion regarding investment opportunities and advice for up-and-coming designers in the fashion industry. The invitation-only event took place today at the Andaz Hotel in New York, New York. Entitled "Growth: The Power of Investment," the panel addressed the "Why, When, and How" of financial investment for emerging designers. The discussion showcased professionals with industry-specific expertise, providing the opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insight from investment professionals and legal experts, receive branding advice, and hear directly from a fashion entrepreneur who has successfully navigated the investment process. Moderated by respected fashion journalist and The Wall Street Journal columnist Teri Agins, the panel featured: -- William D. Busko, Managing Director at Consensus Advisors, an investment banking and financial advisory firm focusing on retailing and consumer products businesses. -- Todd Finger, Esq, Capital Partner at McDermott, Will & Emery, an international law firm with significant experience with private equity and venture capital firms. -- Peter Kim, Founder and CEO of Hudson Clothing, a leading global innovator in the premium denim market. -- Hamilton South, Founding Partner at HL Group, a strategic marketing and communication firm servicing corporate, consumer, fashion and lifestyle clients. Marla Sabo, a Partner at Fireman Capital and former President of Christian Dior Americas, said, "We are thrilled to have hosted this event with CFDA to provide a forum for their members to gain a deeper understanding of the financial and strategic aspects of the fashion business. At Fireman Capital, we are continually looking to marry our operating expertise and financial resources to grow and develop distinctive business and brands. With first-hand knowledge of the fashion and consumer worlds as both industry insiders and investors in the space, we approached this event as a unique opportunity to highlight and advise on the challenges that rising designers must navigate, as well as the many opportunities available to them." Steven Kolb, Chief Executive Officer of CFDA, said, "We are excited to have Fireman Capital Partners as a partner and are thankful to the industry experts featured on the panel. Our intent was to address the practical concerns of undercapitalized designers and to outline the business considerations needed to succeed in fashion's competitive market." About Fireman Capital Partners (FCP) Fireman Capital Partners ("FCP") is a Boston-based, consumer-focused buyout and growth equity firm which has made six investments to date. The firm was founded in 2008 by Paul Fireman (founder and former Chairman and CEO of Reebok International) who is FCP's Chairman and his son Dan Fireman (the former CEO of Willowbend Development) who is FCP's Managing Partner. FCP's Partners and operating team have previously built successful consumer brands through innovative strategies and prudent management. The firm's focus is on leveraging its deep operating expertise, broad industry relationships, and financial resources to grow distinctive businesses and create value. FCP seeks consumer-facing companies with unique products, a disruptive edge in their industry, and the potential to grow into powerful brands. SOURCE: Fireman Capital Partners Media Contacts for Fireman Capital Partners: Sard Verbinnen & Co Jamie Tully, Sarah Brown, 212-687-8080 Copyright Business Wire 2012

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