Richard Baker would have taken over Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof

The American businessman, a specialist in real estate and distribution, is reported to have taken over the German department store chain Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof from its Austrian owner, the Signa Group, which is in the throes of a financial and legal collapse. Richard Baker is said to be allied in the deal with German Bernd Beetz, ex-managing director of Coty, Lvmh and Christian Dior.


Austrian real estate group Signa’s failing retail empire is the subject of much speculation and rumor.

According to the German press, Signa’s German department store group Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof has been acquired by American businessman Richard Baker. This was done in partnership with German entrepreneur Bernd Beetz, former head of Coty, the perfumes and cosmetics division of Lvmh and CEO of Christian Dior.

This information has not been commented on by those involved.


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As far as Richard Baker is concerned, the takeover is said to have been carried out by NRDC Equity Partners, his investment fund.

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Sophie Michentef
Sophie Michentef has worked for more than 30 years in the professional press. For fifteen years, she managed the French and international editorial staff of the Journal du Textile. She now puts her press, textile, fashion, and luxury expertise at the service of newspapers, professional organizations, and companies.

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