By Amy Thomson and Jef Feeley Two independent WeWork directors sued SoftBank Group Corp., its biggest shareholder, after the Japanese investor scrapped a $3 billion deal to buy stock from ex-Chief Executive Officer Adam Neumann and other shareholders to bail out the struggling workplace provider. SoftBank reneged on promises to “use its reasonable best efforts to consummate” the stock-purchase agreement because of “buyer’s remorse,” the directors, which make up a special committee of WeWork’s board, said in the Delaware Chancery Court lawsuit. “Instead of abiding by its contractual obligations, SoftBank, under increasing pressure from activist investors, has engaged in a purposeful campaign to avoid completion of the tender offer,” said Bruce Dunlevie and Lew Frankfort, who make up the committee. The pair regret “the fact SoftBank continues to put its own interests ahead of those of WeWork’s minority stockholders,” according to an emailed statement. A spokesperson for SoftBank said it would vigorously defend the lawsuit. “Nothing in the special committee’s filing today credibly refutes SoftBank’s decision to terminate the tender offer,” the spokesperson said Tuesday in a statement. Softbank said several conditions for completing the tender were not met and called the special committee’s filing a “desperate and misguided attempt”… Read full this story
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