Why PE Isn't The Real Reason Retailers Are Going Bankrupt

Law360 (April 4, 2018, 8:07 PM EDT) -- The idea that private equity backers are to blame for the demise of well-known retailers like Toys R Us, Payless and Claire's is overblown, experts say, and the reality is that the companies fell into bankruptcy because they failed to adapt their business models to combat disruptive and technologically savvy competitors like Amazon.

The narrative that private equity players should be held responsible for the bankruptcies of a number of iconic retailers has picked up steam in recent weeks in the wake of the announcement that Toys R Us Inc. will shutter or sell all of its U.S. stores. That revelation...

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