Next in the race to buy Green’s Arcadia

Next could be a potential frontrunner in the buyout of TopShop owner Arcadia Group.

According to a report by The Sunday Times, the British clothing, footwear, and homeware retailer is bidding for Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group in partnership with US hedge fund Davidson Kempner.

But Next is not the only bidder, in December it was reported Primark and Authentic Brands Group were just two of 40 parties interested in bidding for parts of Green’s retail empire.

More recently it’s been reported that Authentic Brands, the New York based brand management company which has Juicy Couture in its portfolio, has been in talks about a potential joint bid for the retail empire with JD Sports.

Billionaire Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group has also indicated that it is interested in buying some of Arcadia’s most iconic brands, including TopShop.

Last year River Island was also identified as a potential bidder.

At the end of last year it was reported that Arcadia administrator Deloitte were seeking bids of up to £200 million for TopShop.

The forced closure of stores across the Arcadia group as a result of COVID-19 restrictions had a significant impact on the group last year.

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