Howard Kennedy facilitates strategic restructuring of MUJI Europe Holdings

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Howard Kennedy advised MUJI Europe Holdings (MEH) on a strategic restructuring initiative aimed at optimising its European business operations following changes in the ownership and shareholding structure.

Under the counsel of Howard Kennedy's Restructuring and Insolvency team, led by partners Vernon Dennis and Paul Glassberg, the conclusion of the strategic restructuring saw MEH enter into a pre-pack administration sale, which saw the transfer its business, including 10 European subsidiary entities, to a newly formed holding company wholly owned by Muji Japan.

The successful completion of this strategic restructuring, facilitated by Howard Kennedy, ensures continuity for all stakeholders, including customers, employees, and business partners. The sale and purchase of MUJI's European operation were successfully completed via a pre-pack administration process, preserving the integrity of MUJI's European presence.

Howard Kennedy's expertise in strategic planning and legal execution has been instrumental in navigating this complex process, positioning MUJI for enhanced growth opportunities in the European market.

Vernon Dennis, partner and Head of Business Advisory at Howard Kennedy, said: "We are proud to have advised and assisted MUJI in strengthening its European operation. In an era marked by escalating socioeconomic uncertainty, businesses must be both flexible and agile, while having the stability to meet economic headwinds.  Our commitment to delivering unparalleled legal solutions, propelling clients to meet their goals remains steadfast, even amidst challenging economic landscapes."

The cross departmental team is led by Vernon Dennis (partner) and Paul Glassberg (partner), assisted by Rebecca Stratton (solicitor), Eve Gallagher (senior associate), Shattik Shaheen (associate), Robert Lands (partner), Lydia Christie (legal director) and Thomas Wood (trainee solicitor).


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