LISBON, July 22 Rioforte said on Tuesday it has
requested protection from creditors in Luxembourg where it is
registered, becoming the second holding company of Portugal's
troubled Espirito Santo banking family to do so after failing to
pay off debts.
Espirito Santo International, which owns Rioforte, said on
Tuesday Luxembourg authorities had accepted its request for
creditor protection that it filed on Friday.
Rioforte said in a statement that it was not able to meet
certain debt obligations due after July 9.
The Espirito Santo family is the largest shareholder in
Portugal's Banco Espirito Santo.
(Reporting By Axel Bugge, editing by Laura Noonan)