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Valentino’s Qatari Owners Acquire French Fashion Brand Balmain

  • Mayhoola for Investments said to pay as much as $563 million
  • Fashion deal is second this week by Middle Eastern investors

Mayhoola for Investments, an investment fund backed by the emir of Qatar, acquired French fashion house Balmain, adding a brand favored by Kim Kardashian to a roster of labels that includes Italy’s Valentino.

Financial terms were not disclosed, though a person familiar with the matter said Mayhoola agreed to pay close to 500 million euros ($563 million). The acquisition of 100 percent of Balmain from shareholders including France’s Hivelin family will allow the brand to accelerate its development by opening new stores around the world, advisers Bucephale Finance said in a statement late Tuesday.