Asian consortium including Korea’s E-Land in exclusive talks to buy Italy’s luxury leather goods brand Bruno Magli

Asian consortium in exclusive talks to buy Italy’s Bruno Magli

2:25pm EDT

MILAN (Reuters) – Italian luxury leather goods brand Bruno Magli said on Tuesday its hedge fund owner Fortelus has begun exclusive talks to sell the entire company to a consortium of Asian investors. Bruno Magli said London-based Fortelus is expected to close the deal with a group of investors including South Korean retailer E-Land and Hong Kong-based private equity firm CDIB Capital in November. The luxury shoe and handbag brand dates back to the early 1900s when two brothers and their sister set up a workshop in their basement with a share capital of 35 old Italian lira, according to the company. E-Land has been acquiring outlets, leisure holdings and fashion brands since 2009, and already owns upmarket Italian bag and wallet maker Mandarina Duck. CDIB Capital is owned by Taiwan-based investment and merchant banking group China Development Financial (2883.TW: QuoteProfileResearchStock Buzz).

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