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Court clears way for sale of Brooks Brothers Canada assets to SPARC Group LLC

TORONTO — An Ontario Superior Court judge has granted an order adding Brooks Brothers Canada Ltd. to its parent company’s U.S. bankruptcy proceedings, paving the way for the sale of the luxury clothing retailer’s Canadian assets. 

The order, issued by Justice Glenn Hainey under the cross-border insolvencies section of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, allows Brooks Brothers Group Inc. to act as the Canadian retailer’s foreign representative.

It also recognizes the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chapter 11 restructuring process as the foreign main proceeding and grants a stay against debtors. 

The court approval clears the sale of the 202-year-old clothier’s Canadian assets — mainly inventory — to SPARC Group LLC, which purchased Brooks Brothers and its subsidiaries and affiliates for $325 million last month.

Brooks Brothers, the oldest apparel company in the United States, shuttered stores and reported poor online sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In July, the retailer, founded in 1818, filed for bankruptcy. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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