UPDATE 2-WeWork troubles deepen as SoftBank pulls $3 bln tender offer

(Reuters) – SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) said it has terminated a $3 billion tender offer for additional WeWork shares agreed last year with shareholders, including ousted co-founder Adam Neumann, drawing threats of legal action from other board members. SoftBank said in a statement it is pulling out of the offer agreed as part of last year’s bailout plan of the floundering shared-office operator. The statement cites issues, which include a failure to recapitalize WeWork’s struggling joint venture in China, criminal and civil investigations into the startup and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the business. A special committee of WeWork’s board said it was “disappointed” by the development and is considering “all of its legal options, including litigation.”

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