GBG USA Inc.
Case No. 21-11369
On July 29, 2021, GBG USA Inc., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Brands Group Holding Limited, (“GBG” or the “Group”), and 10 affiliated debtors (collectively, the "Initial Debtors") each filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. On December 1, 2021, GBG Sean John LLC filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (collectively with the Initial Debtors, the "Debtors"). The Debtors' cases are jointly administered under Case No. 21-11369.
In conjunction with the filing, GBG USA has entered into an asset purchase agreement (“APA”) with WH AQ Holdings LLC (as purchaser) and Hilco Brands LLC (as guarantor) (together, the “Stalking Horse Bidder”), pursuant to which the Stalking Horse Bidder will serve as the stalking horse bidder in a court-supervised sale process for GBG USA’s Aquatalia brand and business. GBG USA is also pursuing the sale of a substantial portion of its remaining assets, including Ely & Walker, AIRBAND, MagnaReady, Yarrow, b New York and JUNIPERunltd, in accordance with Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and court-approved bidding procedures.
These actions follow the recent sale of the Group’s South Korean Spyder business to Alpha Vista Investment Co., Ltd., the sale of Spyder USA’s inventory and related assets to Liberated-Spyder LLC, and the sale of Frye’s inventory and related assets to ABG Frye LLC. The recent sales of Spyder and Frye’s inventory and related assets provided GBG USA with cash collateral to meet its immediate liquidity needs and reduce its need for supplemental debtor-in-possession (“DIP”) financing for the Chapter 11 process. GBG USA has further received $16 million in DIP financing from ReStore Capital, LLC to support its additional liquidity needs during the Chapter 11 cases. The DIP facility, coupled with the consensual use of cash collateral, should provide GBG USA with sufficient funding to implement its sale strategy in an orderly manner and to maximize value for all stakeholders.
The Group’s global Brand Management and European wholesale businesses are separate legal entities from GBG USA, not included in this filing, and are continuing to maintain ongoing operations. The Group has and continues to take measures to help improve performance, reduce the cost base and improve working capital of the European wholesale business. The Brand Management business remains robust and profitable.
GBG USA has also filed a number of customary motions with the Court seeking authorization to support its operations, including authority to continue payment of employee wages and maintain healthcare benefits and other relief measures customary in these circumstances.
Important Information & Dates
Plan and Disclosure Statement
On December 18, 2021, the Debtors filed their Joint Liquidating Chapter 11 Plan (the "Plan") and the Disclosure Statement related thereto (the "Disclosure Statement"). A combined hearing to consider, among other matters, the adequacy of the Disclosure Statement and confirmation of the Plan (the "Combined Hearing") was held before the Honorable Michael E. Wiles commencing on January 28, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. (prevailing Eastern Time), and the Effective Date of the Plan occurred on February 24, 2022.
Please click below to view and download the Plan, the Disclosure Statement and related documents:
Deadline to File Claims
The Bankruptcy Court has set the following deadlines for filing proofs of claim against the Debtors:
- All Other Debtors' General Bar Date: November 3, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (ET)
- All Other Debtors' Governmental Bar Date: January 25, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. (ET)
- GBG Sean John LLC General Bar Date: January 18, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. (ET)
- GBG Sean John LLC Governmental Bar Date: May 31, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Click on "Submit a Claim" above to download a proof of claim form and for more information regarding filing a claim against the Debtors.
First Day Hearing
A hearing on the Debtors' First Day Motions was held on July 30, 2021 before the Honorable Judge Michael E. Wiles.
Please click below to view and download the First Day Motions and First Day Orders:
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
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New York, NY 10019
Rachel C. Strickland
Andrew S. Mordkoff
Ciara A. Copell
United States Trustee and Court Information
United States Bankruptcy Court
Southern District of New York
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004-1408
United States Trustee
U.S. Federal Office Building
201 Varick Street, Suite 1006
New York, NY 10014
|Case Number||Debtor Name||Petition Date|
|Case Number 21-11369||Debtor Name GBG USA Inc.||Petition Date July 29, 2021|
|Case Number 21-11372||Debtor Name Jimlar Corporation||Petition Date July 29, 2021|
|Case Number 21-11370||Debtor Name GBG North America Holdings Co., Inc.||Petition Date July 29, 2021|
|Case Number 21-11373||Debtor Name Homestead International Group Ltd.||Petition Date July 29, 2021|
|Case Number 21-11374||Debtor Name IDS USA Inc.||Petition Date July 29, 2021|
|Case Number 21-11375||Debtor Name MESH LLC||Petition Date July 29, 2021|
|Case Number 21-11376||Debtor Name Frye Retail, LLC||Petition Date July 29, 2021|
|Case Number 21-11377||Debtor Name Krasnow Enterprises, Inc.||Petition Date July 29, 2021|
|Case Number 21-11379||Debtor Name Pacific Alliance USA, Inc.||Petition Date July 29, 2021|
|Case Number 21-11371||Debtor Name GBG Spyder USA LLC||Petition Date July 29, 2021|
|Case Number 21-11378||Debtor Name Krasnow Enterprises Ltd.||Petition Date July 29, 2021|
|Case Number 21-12016||Debtor Name GBG Sean John LLC||Petition Date December 01, 2021|