### A finite multiplicity Helson-Lowdenslager-de Branges theorem

We prove two theorems. The first theorem reduces to a scalar situation the well known vector-valued generalization of the Helson-Lowdenslager theorem that characterizes the invariant subspaces of the operator of multiplication by the coordinate function z on the vector-valued Lebesgue space L²(;ℂⁿ). Our approach allows us to prove an equivalent version of the vector-valued Helson-Lowdenslager theorem in a completely scalar setting, thereby eliminating the use of range functions and partial isometries....