The fallen Belgian fashion empire FNG has been given a (small) second life, with e-commerce company Ellos as the only remaining activity. The shareholders have agreed to the relaunch plan, in which the founding trio has been completely sidelined.
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Ellos may be the only remaining star of the FNG firmament, but it sure shines. The Scandinavian e-commerce platform saw its profits double during the last quarter.
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About fifty FNG bondholders are going to court: they are suing both the fashion company and the three founders, who they claim have deliberately deceived them.
In addition to the three founders and some advisers, Belgian fashion group FNG itself is now also officially a suspect in its fraud case. The fashion group is trying a restart, but it is highly uncertain whether that will succeed.
FNG may keep the e-commerce platform Ellos (for now) after all: the fashion group, formerly also the owner of Brantano, is paying the disgruntled former owner Nordic Capital 100 million euros. Together they will ensure a relaunch.
FNG wants to avoid bankruptcy in order to restart its Swedish e-commerce company Ellos Group. "If the relaunch does not take place, there is a threat of value destruction," says CEO Paul Lembrechts.
What will happen to Ellos, FNG's only remaining retail asset? The banks demand 200 million euros. Previous owner Nordic Capital starts arbitration because it now has a pack of worthless FNG shares.
FNG Holding is having serious financial difficulties. If the listed company does not find new resources, bankruptcy seems inevitable.
Belgian plus size fashion label Paprika takes over the Dutch FNG daughter brand Promiss from entrepreneur Martijn Rozenboom. The company wants to turn it into a fully digitalized brand.
Investigations into bankrupt fashion group FNG are now also leading to the Netherlands: over the years, the retailer has channelled 110 million euros to a dubious fund, without any explanation.
Dutch shoe store chain vanHaren (part of the German Deichmann group) has announced more details about its partial acquisition of Brantano. Just forty stores will reopen, staff is not included in the acquisition.
Martijn Rozenboom has acquired five Dutch chains of the bankrupt FNG group. The Belgian stores, meanwhile, are still waiting for more news about their fate.
German shoe group Deichmann has acquired 43 of the over 100 stores of bankrupt shoe chain Brantano, saving 300 jobs in the process. The saved stores will join Deichmann's Dutch vanHaren brand, which quadruples its presence in Belgium.
Mixed feelings for the employees of the bankrupt FNG group. While three chains are saved by local competitor Claes Retail Group (CRG), things are looking bleak for the group's biggest chain, Brantano.
Another turbulent week has delivered two more episodes to the saga about Belgian fashion retailer FNG. As an examining magistrate started a legal investigation, a former 'sibling' announced it wants to buy the Brantano chain.
Just days after their Belgian counterparts, the Dutch constituents of FNG have also been declared bankrupt. According to the fashion group, its chains like Miss Etam, Expresso and Claudia Sträter will stand a better chance of a second life this way.