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Italy's Burani fashion house seeks bankruptcy protection

Feb 14, 2010

ROME, Feb 13, 2010 (AFP) - Debt-ridden Italian fashion house Mariella Burani said Saturday 13 February it would seek bankruptcy protection after failing to raise funds to cover losses.

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With a debt of nearly 500 million euros (680 million dollars), the company decided to begin bankruptcy proceedings with the intention of "continuing business activities," it said in a statement after an extraordinary board meeting.

Burani had "no evidence of a binding commitment from partners or third parties" to raise the funds necessary for a restructuring, the statement said.

MBFG, a purveyor of "accessible luxury," whose labels include Mandarina Duck and Coccinelle, recorded a loss of 185 million euros in the first nine months of 2009.

The decision came after a Milan court on Thursday 11 February declared bankrupt the Burani Designer Holding (BDH), which indirectly controls Mariella Burani Fashion Group (MBFG).

"After months of fruitless negotiations... the minimum conditions for a rescue" of the group overall are no longer present, the court said.

Milan prosecutors are investigating Walter Burani for currency speculation, false accounting and tax fraud.

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