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Forever 21 Taps Latham, Alvarez & Marsal in Effort to Avoid Bankruptcy, Report

June 20, 2019, 08:55 AM
Filed Under: Retail
Related: Alvarez & Marsal

Forever 21, the cash strapped young women's retailer founded in 1984 by Korean businessman  Do Won Chang, is turning to restructuring advisors in a last ditch effort to avoid filing for bankruptcy, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.

According to "people familiar with the matter," the company has engaged Latham & Watkins LLP to help renegotiate leases with landlords and Alvarez & Marsal to overhaul the company’s operations.

Forever 21 recently burned through a loan from JPMorgan Chase to cover losses and now finds itself struggling to purchase new merchandise and fulfill lease obligations for its more than 700 brick-and-mortar outlets.

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