World Footwear

Acquisitions

Clarks: majority stake acquisition completed and new CEO named

Mar 17, 2021 / Hong Kong
The Hong Kong-based private equity firm LionRock Capital has completed its investment in Clarks. The deal, announced back in November, amounts to 100 million British pounds

Christian Louboutin sells 24% stake to Ferrari owner

Mar 9, 2021 / France
Holding company Exor and Christian Louboutin announced a partnership whereby Exor will invest 541 million euros to become a 24% shareholder in Christian Louboutin, alongside the founders and will nominate 2 of the 7 members of the Company’s Board of Directors

Yellow Wood Partners to acquire Scholl from Reckitt Benckiser

Mar 4, 2021 / United States
The Boston-based private equity firm focused on investing in consumer brands and companies announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the Scholl footcare brand, from UK-based consumer-goods company Reckitt Benckiser

Birkenstock sells majority stake to the company behind LVMH

Mar 2, 2021 / Germany
The Germany-based lifestyle brand has reached an agreement to sell a majority stake in Birkenstock Group to L Catterton, the private equity firm, and its affiliates including Financière Agache, the family investment company of Bernard Arnault (owner of LVMH)

CEO Giorgio Presca exits Clarks

Feb 25, 2021 / United Kingdom
According to several reports on the news, the CEO of Clarks has reportedly left the business. Other members of the company’s executive team are allegedly leaving as well

Boohoo buys several brands from Arcadia

Feb 10, 2021 / United Kingdom
The United Kingdom-based online fashion retailer acquired Dorothy Perkins, Burton and Wallis' brands, its intellectual property and stocks for 25.2 million British pounds in cash

JD Sports Fashion to acquire US-based DTLR

Feb 2, 2021 / United States
The UK-based retailer of sports, fashion and outdoor brands, announces it entered into a conditional agreement for the acquisition of 100% of DTLR Villa LLC, a US-based lifestyle retailer with roughly 250 stores in 19 states

Li Ning’s unit Viva China to acquire majority stake at Clarks

Jan 29, 2021 / United Kingdom
The Chinese gymnast-turned-businessman Li Ning is about to take control of the British shoemaker less than a month after Clarks sold a majority stake to the Hong Kong-based private equity firm LionRock Capital, of which Li is Non-Executive Chairman

G-III enters the race to buy Arcadia

Jan 18, 2021 / United Kingdom
The New York-based group G-III Apparel is said to have entered the race to acquire Arcadia and to be among the top four candidates (Next, Boohoo and American-based Authentic Brands). However, G-III has not yet publicly confirmed

JD Sports buys menswear retailer Wellgosh

Jan 11, 2021 / United Kingdom
The British sports-fashion retailer JD Sports acquired the Leicester-based menswear retailer Wellgosh. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed yet

Arcadia’s Evans brand acquired by Australia’s City Chic for 23 million British pounds

Dec 21, 2020 / United Kingdom
The agreement includes the acquisition of the Evans brand, the eCommerce and wholesale businesses for 23.1 million British pounds in cash by City Chic. This deal, excludes the brick and mortar stores and follows Arcadia entering into administration a few weeks ago

adidas to sell Reebok business

Dec 17, 2020 / Germany
In a statement recently issued, the Germany-based company said that as part of the development of its new five-year strategy, adidas has begun to assess strategic alternatives for Reebok

Dr. Martens could launch IPO soon

Nov 27, 2020 / United Kingdom
The British-based footwear brand known for its iconic boots has reportedly appointed Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to lead its initial public offering (IPO)

Eurazeo Brands buys Axel Arigato for 56 million euros

Nov 16, 2020 / Sweden
The global investment company is investing 56 million euros in Axel Arigato, a Swedish premium sneaker, ready-to-wear and accessories brand, to become a majority shareholder, alongside brand's founders Max Svärdh and Albin Johansson

VF to buy Supreme

Nov 10, 2020 / United States
The branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories group VF announced a definitive merger agreement has been achieved to acquire Supreme, a privately-owned global streetwear brand from current investors, The Carlyle Group and Goode Partners
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