New York AG is investigating WeWork: report

The SEC is also reportedly looking into the shared-office-space startup

TRD New York /
Nov.November 18, 2019 11:04 PM
Attorney General Letitia James (Credit: Getty Images)

Attorney General Letitia James (Credit: Getty Images)

The New York State Attorney General’s office has launched an investigation into WeWork, Reuters reported.

The embattled office-space company, which is soon set to lay off thousands of workers, confirmed to the news outlet that it had received a request from the state’s AG office, led by Letitia James.

James’ office is reportedly looking into multiple transactions involving former CEO Adam Neumann that were scrutinized for potential self-dealing. One arrangement involved millions of dollars paid to Neumann by WeWork to lease buildings that he owned. Another transaction reportedly being examined is a $5.9 million payment to Neumann by the company to buy from him the trademark “We.”

The inquiry follows a Bloomberg report last week that stated the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had launched a separate probe into WeWork, and pointed to the same transactions as potentially being examined by the agency. [Reuters] — David Jeans

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