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SoftBank Abandons $3 Billion Deal With WeWork Investors

  • SoftBank had earlier agreed to buy shares from ex-CEO, others
  • Adam Neumann, Benchmark would have received most of the money
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SoftBank Is Said to Plan to Abandon WeWork Shareholders Deal
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SoftBank Group Corp. scrapped an agreement to spend $3 billion to buy WeWork stock from former Chief Executive Officer Adam Neumann and other shareholders, despite threats of legal action from some members of the company’s board.

SoftBank had agreed to buy the shares from Neumann, Benchmark Capital and others as part of a bailout package last year, but notified stockholders in mid-March that conditions for the deal hadn’t been met. On Thursday, after the deal’s deadline passed, SoftBank confirmed it would end the offer, citing five conditions that were not satisfied by the closing date.