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Mike Ashley forced to requisition another meeting of Debenhams shareholders after initial cock-up

The billionaire first called for a shareholder meeting earlier this month, but his requisition was invalid because Sports Direct held its near-30% stake via a third-party nominee account

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The retail mogul wants Debenhams investors to sack the current board and appoint him to an executive role

Mike Ashley has been forced to call for a meeting of Debenhams PLC (LON:DEB) shareholders for a second time after a cock-up in his initial request.

The billionaire owns almost 30% of the struggling department store chain through his Sports Direct International PLC (LON:SPD) retail business.

READ: Debenhams “disappointed” with Mike Ashley’s latest grab for power

Earlier this month, Ashley made a grab for power and called for a meeting where he would ask shareholders to back his plan to remove the current Debenhams’ board and appoint him to an “executive role”.

Any shareholder with more than a 5% stake in a company is entitled to requisition such a meeting.

But because Sports Direct held its share through a third-party nominee account, Ashley’s first requisition was invalid.

The 54-year-old hasn’t given up though and after sorting out the paperwork, has once again called for a general meeting.

"Sports Direct would like the matter of Debenhams board appointments to be put to the vote of the Debenhams shareholders as soon as possible," read a statement.

Debenhams shares edged 0.5% lower to 2.9p on Thursday morning, while Sports Direct fell 0.8% to 285.2p.

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