On April 6, Debenhams filed a notice of intent to appoint an administrator. The British retailer’s move would provide protection from any legal action that could push the business into liquidation, especially while the nationwide lockdown over the Covid-19 pandemic keeps its 142 department stores shuttered. Debenhams is preparing to resume trading in its stores once government restrictions are lifted. It is planning a “light touch” administration process, with the existing management team remaining in place under the administrator’s supervision. As the company points out, Debenhams has the support of its lenders, which plan to provide funding to keep it operating. Payments to suppliers, which will continue to provide goods and services during the administration, will remain unaffected and be paid according to the agreed terms, the company said. Debenhams continues to operate online in the U.K. and Ireland. In Denmark its, its Magasin department store operation (formerly Magasin du Nord) went into bankruptcy proceedings in April 2019, and was then taken over by its creditors.