A WeWork spokesperson mentioned in an e-mail that “we have received an inquiry from the office of the New York State Attorney General and are cooperating in the matter.” TechCrunch additionally contacted the New York State Attorney Generals workplace for remark. WeWork is headquartered in New York Metropolis.
This comes lower than every week after Bloomberg reported WeWork is the topic of a U.S. Securities and Change Fee inquiry into potential rule violations associated to its cancelled IPO.
WeWorks father or mother firm, The We Company, introduced on Sept. 30 that it was withdrawing its S-1 submitting for an preliminary public providing, shortly after Neumann stepped down as CEO. Along with questions in regards to the firm’s monetary state, pink flags for traders included that Neumann had borrowed in opposition to his WeWork shares and leased properties he owned again to the corporate.
An entity Neumann managed additionally bought the corporate the fitting to make use of the phrase We for $5.9 million, although he later asked the company to unwind the settlement and returned the cash after public criticism.
After receiving a lifeline from investor SoftBank value as much as $eight billion, WeWork is now participating in main cost-cutting measures, together with layoffs at Meetup, which it acquired for $200 million in 2017.