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Banks pursue Luckin Coffee chairman's assets after $518 million loan default

The banks that lent $518 million to Luckin Coffee Chairman Charles Zhengyao Lu have started court proceedings to liquidate his private company, a government gazette for the British Virgin Islands showed.

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The notice, published on Thursday and reproduced in Hong Kong media on Friday, names Credit Suisse as the security agent, which means it will act on behalf of the banks behind the loan. A court hearing will be held on the island of Tortola on June 8.

Credit Suisse has proposed Grant Thornton be appointed as liquidators of Haode Investments Co., Mr Lu’s private company, which is registered in the Virgin Islands.

Credit Suisse declined to comment. Luckin did not respond to calls or an emailed request for comment.

The banks behind the loan here are Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, China International Capital Corporation and Haitong International Securities (0665.HK), people familiar with the matter have said.

Luckin’s fortunes have crashed since an internal probe showed much of its 2019 sales were fabricated and overestimated by 2.2 billion yuan ($309 million). Haode then defaulted on the loan that had been secured by millions of Luckin shares.

The creditors seized control of the Luckin shares owned by Haode and used as collateral, a notice published by Goldman Sachs on April 6 said.

Goldman Sachs had been appointed to oversee the stock’s sale but Luckin had been suspended from trading on the Nasdaq for more than a month until Wednesday night.

Luckin was told by the Nasdaq on Tuesday its shares would be delisted because of “public concerns” over the company.

Luckin said it would appeal the ruling and remain a listed stock until a decision is made, expected within two months.

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Neha Pandey

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