Execs of bankrupt Chinese conglomerate arrested in crackdown


Chinese police have arrested the highest two executives and co-founders of HNA Group, a bankrupt conglomerate that crumbled earlier this year after racking up almost $90 billion in debt, the company introduced Friday.

The arrests come amid a broader crackdown by Chinese authorities concentrating on debt-laden corporations which have helped gasoline the growth of China’s economic system over the previous decade by spending wildly with borrowed money.

Chen Feng, HNA’s chairman, and Tan Xiangdong, the company’s CEO, had been arrested and brought into custody Friday over suspected crimes in Hainan Province, the place HNA is headquartered.

The company didn’t specify the fees towards Chen and Tan.

The arrests are the newest twist in the years-long saga at HNA, whose different co-founder and former chairman Wang Jian fell to his loss of life in Southern France in 2018. Local police dominated the incident an accident.

The company, which began its business with Hainan Airlines, expanded aggressively in the 2010s, shopping for up main stakes in world corporations just like the Hilton lodge chain, Dutch transport group TIP Trailer Services and Deutsche Bank.

HNA chairman Chen Feng was additionally busted in the big crackdown.

But the growth was fueled virtually solely by enormous quantities of debt secured towards its core property in China, drawing scrutiny from Beijing.

In January, Chinese collectors of the company launched chapter proceedings and inside days, HNA subsidiaries stated billions of {dollars} in funds had been misused.

Last week, HNA introduced that it could be reorganized into 4 independently operated sections and that every one fairness held by its previous shareholders can be worn out.

The particular expenses towards Chen Feng and Tan Xiangdong weren’t introduced by HNA.
Andy Wong, File/AP

On high of the arrest of the 2 HNA executives, Yuan Renguo, the previous chairman of Kweichow Moutai Group, an enormous producer of liquor in China, was sentenced to life in jail for accepting greater than $17 million in bribes, the state-run Xinhua information company reported earlier Friday.

The arrests come as Chinese authorities attempt to cope with their homebound debt-reliant corporations like property developer Evergrande Group with out sending a panic all through the nation’s credit score markets.

It stays unclear if Beijing will bail Evergrande out or let it default on its greater than $300 billion in debt it amassed throughout an aggressive growth just like that of HNA.

Tan Xiangdong had allegedly dedicated crimes in the Hainan Province of China.
Niu bo – Imaginechina

Evergrande stated Thursday it managed to resolve curiosity funds that had been as a result of home bondholders, however has but to touch upon funds as a result of worldwide collectors, who say they haven’t obtained fee.

The company has 30 days to resolve the overdue funds earlier than collectors can provoke proceedings.