WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann sues SoftBank over failed $3 billion tender offer

WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann filed a lawsuit in opposition to Japan’s SoftBank Group and its Vision Fund on Monday for terminating a $3 billion tender offer to the office-sharing startup’s shareholders.
The tender offer was a part of a $9.6 billion rescue financing bundle that SoftBank agreed with WeWork in October and gave it management of the corporate. Since then, WeWork’s occupancy charges have plummeted amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April, SoftBank stated it could not press forward with the tender offer as a result of a number of pre-conditions had not been met, irritating WeWork’s minority shareholders, who had been anticipating a payout. The traders included Adam Neumann.

“The abuses dedicated by (SoftBank) and SBVF (SoftBank Vision Fund) are so brazen that they’ve prompted authorized motion by a particular committee of WeWork’s board,” the lawsuit filed in a Delaware Court stated.

An impartial particular committee, comprised of Bruce Dunlevie, who’s a common associate at WeWork shareholder Benchmark Capital, and Lew Frankfort, former CEO of luxurious purse maker Coach, had additionally filed a lawsuit, calling SoftBank’s resolution to terminate the tender offer wrongful.

SoftBank’s attorneys had questioned the particular committee’s proper to characterize minority shareholders, an assertion the committee rejected final month.

“In real time, SBG (SoftBank) and SBVF (SoftBank Vision Fund) are abusing their control of WeWork in an effort to stop the special committee’s meritorious lawsuit from being heard,” the lawsuit stated.

Meanwhile, SoftBank’s Chief Legal Officer Rob Townsend referred to as Neumann’s claims “meritless”. Under the phrases of the settlement, he stated, SoftBank had “no obligation” to finish the tender offer during which Neumann – the largest beneficiary – sought to promote practically $1 billion in inventory.

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