Roberto Cavalli Wins Court Approval for Sale to Dubai’s Damac Founder

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By Reuters October 29, 2019 17:20

SESTO FIORENTINO, Italy – Italy’s troubled fashion house Roberto Cavalli said on Tuesday a court had approved a debt restructuring agreement needed for its sale to Dubai’s Vision Investment Company, a group owned by the founder of Damac Properties Group .

Italian private equity firm Clessidra took over 90 percent of the label from its founder in 2015, in a deal that valued the company at about €390 million (£337 million), sources said at the time.

But the new owner was unable to turn around the Italian brand despite appointing a new chief executive and a new designer. The group started looking for an investor over a year ago, given that the Clessidra fund holding the Cavalli stake was close to its statutory investment limit, a source had said.

Clessidra and the board of Cavalli chose the Dubai-based company among five other offers. Damac is already a partner of Cavalli in a real estate project in the middle eastern region.

By Claudia Cristoferi; editor: Giulia Segreti.