September 12, 2018 / 1:39 PM / 13 days ago

UPDATE 2-Greek court extends Folli asset protection from creditors by two months-source

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ATHENS, Sept 12 (Reuters) - A Greek court on Wednesday extended by two months an injunction protecting jewellery maker Folli Follie’s assets from creditors, a judicial source said.

Folli, which employs about 5,000 people worldwide, had obtained a temporary court injunction to protect its assets. A group of creditors sought the lifting of the injunction to recoup loans.

Folli was not immediately available to comment on the ruling. It had applied for an extension of the temporary injunction, seeking to reach an arrangement with its creditors and prepare a restructuring plan after the conclusion of a financial audit.

Greek authorities opened an investigation into Folli earlier this year after equity fund Quintessential Capital Management (QCM) alleged the company had overstated the number of retail outlets it operates worldwide, raising concerns over its 2017 reported finances.

Folli’s shares plunged in May after the QCM report, prompting the Greek securities regulator to suspend trading of the shares on May 25 after the firm failed to provide requested financial data.

The company last week pushed back its annual shareholder meeting to Oct. 10, saying it expected the conclusion of a financial audit by then. (Reporting by Constantinos Georgizas and Angeliki Koutantou; Editing by Mark Potter/Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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