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Regulator summons LeEco founder back to China
    2017-12-27  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE national securities regulator has formally ordered the founder of indebted tech conglomerate LeEco to return to China and sort out a mounting debt pile linked to his firms, ramping up pressure on the head of the embattled entertainment-to-autos group.

The Beijing branch of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said in a notice late Monday that LeEco founder Jia Yueting must return to China before Dec. 31 to “fulfil his obligation” and protect investors’ rights.

LeEco, an entertainment, electronics and electric vehicles group, has struggled to pay its debts after rapid expansion into multiple sectors sparked a cash crunch, a plunge in the shares of a listed unit and multiple defaults.

The regulator said it had previously asked Jia to return to China in September, but since then had not seen any action taken by the LeEco founder to comply. It did not specify where Jia was, although he has business interests in the United States.

“Firms you control owe huge amounts to listed companies, which has not yet been returned,” the CSRC said. “This behavior seriously harms the legal rights of listed firms and the personal interests of a wide range of investors.”

A spokeswoman for LeEco’s main listed unit Leshi said Jia’s personal behavior would not have a major impact on the listed company’s overall operations and his ties with the firm were no longer that close. Jia stepped down as CEO of Leshi in May, but remains the head of parent LeEco.

Earlier this month, Jia was placed on an official blacklist of debt defaulters, a move taken by Chinese courts to put pressure on people and entities to repay debts.(SD-Agencies)

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