Antelope Valley Press

Ousted founder of WeWork wants company back


NEW YORK — Adam Neumann, the ousted co-founder of WeWork, is exploring a deal to buy back the office sharing company after expressing dismay over its bankruptcy process.

In a Monday letter obtained by The Associated Press, an attorney representi­ng Neumann and Flow Global Holdings said that WeWork’s former CEO had partnered up with capital sources like Dan Loeb’s Third Point and “stands ready to submit a detailed proposal to purchase the Company or its assets.”

Third Point, however, says it has not committed to such a purchase yet.

“Third Point has had only preliminar­y conversati­ons with Flow and Adam Neumann about their ideas for WeWork, and has not made a commitment to participat­e in any transactio­n,” the hedge fund said in a prepared statement, which was first shared with The Financial Times Tuesday.

WeWork filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November, just months after sounding the alarm on its ability to stay in business — as the company pointed to increased member churn, financial losses and mounting needs to cut back on its real estate portfolio.

According to Monday’s letter, written by attorney Alex Spiro, Neumann and his affiliates have been attempting to obtain informatio­n from WeWork necessary for a purchase offer since December but have been met with a “lack of engagement” from the company. They still do not have access.

These actions have jeopardize­d WeWork’s ability to explore options outside of its restructur­ing agreement, the letter added, and “failed to maximize value for all stakeholde­rs” as a result.

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