WeWork's India business is trying to raise $200 million after prior funding was pulled following the firm's botched IPO
- WeWork India is battling to raise $200 million in fresh capital after a local lender pulled $100 million in funding following the The We Company's failed initial public offering, according to Reuters.
- The business is a franchise of WeWork owned by investors including the Embassy Group, a real estate developer based in India.
- Jitu Virwani, the venture's largest shareholder in the venture, said existing investors will inject their own capital into the business if they have to, Reuters reported.
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WeWork's failed initial public offering is sending ripples through its businesses across the world.
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Embassy Group chairman Jitu Virwani - the lead shareholder of WeWork India - told Reuters any talks to sell a stake back to The We Company have been put on hold while they raise cash. Embassy is in the process of raising about $563 million from asset sales that it would inject into WeWork India if necessary, according to Reuters."Yes, it (WeWork's IPO failure) has been a bit of a challenge for us, we had a bit of a setback when we were looking to raise $100 million from ICICI. But we've decided to put our own money into the business (if needed)," Jirwani told a group of journalists, Reuters reported.
WeWork parent The We Company pulled its initial public offering after its co-founder and chief executive officer Adam Neumann stepped down in late September. Investors and analysts expressed concerns about the company's governance structure and path to profitability leading up to the IPO."Adam Neumann or no Adam Neumann, our business is here to stay," Virwani told Reuters. Read more: Morgan Stanley says WeWork's failed IPO marks the end of an era for unprofitable unicorns - and explains why it leaves the market's tech kingpins vulnerable
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