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Next, U.S. Fund Tipped to Lead Topshop Bid, Sunday Times Says

Bloomberg logoBloomberg 1/17/2021 Jacqueline Poh
a person holding a sign: Pedestrians pass a Topshop store in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Most of England's retailers are emerging from lockdown, with just over three weeks left until Christmas and the outlook for the industry looking far worse than before they closed their doors a month ago. © Bloomberg Pedestrians pass a Topshop store in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Most of England's retailers are emerging from lockdown, with just over three weeks left until Christmas and the outlook for the industry looking far worse than before they closed their doors a month ago.

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Clothing chain Next Plc, which is partnering with U.S. hedge fund Davidson Kempner, is seen as the frontrunner to buy Topshop, the Sunday Times reported.

Bidding for the high-street retailer, expected to fetch more than 200 million pounds ($272 million), ends tomorrow, according to the report that didn’t cite the sources of its information.

Other bidders include Authentic Brands Group LLC, which teamed up with JD Sports Fashion Plc, Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group Plc and online retailer Boohoo Group Plc, the paper reported.


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Topshop owner Arcadia Group Ltd. filed for insolvency in November and appointed Deloitte as administrators of the proceedings.

In late December, the administrators agreed to sell Arcadia-owned Evans brand and Evans eCommerce to City Chic Collective for about 23 million pounds.

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