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SMCP Shareholders Vote for Board Reshuffle Following Ownership Change

Amid ongoing legal battles, the fashion group’s shareholders voted to dismiss five board members associated with its former owner.
Yafu Qiu, the chairman of Ruyi.
SMCP shareholders vote for board reshuffle following ownership change, including the dismissal of board president Yafu Qiu. (Getty Images)

The shareholders of fashion group SMCP on Friday voted to dismiss five board members associated with its former majority owner Shandong Ruyi, including board president Yafu Qiu and his daughter Chenran Qiu, and add three new independent members.

SMCP, the owner of contemporary French fashion labels Sandro and Maje, said in a statement on Friday that the board would meet in the coming days to appoint a new chairman.

The board reshuffle follows legal battles between shareholders of the French fashion group dating back to last autumn.

Tensions have been high between European TopSoho, a unit of the conglomerate Shandong Ruyi, and its former debtholders since it defaulted on €250 million of bonds exchangeable into SMCP shares in October.

By Mimosa Spencer and Dominique Vidalon; Editor: Kirsten Donovan

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