According to Andrew Ross Sorkin, author of Too Big To Fail, WeWork may have dodged the domino effect.
WeWork now controls 15.5 million square feet of space in over 355 locations in 24 countries. It is now the largest tenant in some of the biggest cities in the world including Manhattan, Washington D.C., and London.
“If they were to let WeWork fail, those landlords would risk depressing commercial real estate prices to such a degree that it would create a serious sense of pain for the country’s largest real estate owners,” Sorkin wrote.
The more likely scenario in this case would be for landlords to swallow their pride and renegotiate leases.
Now that SoftBank has committed $3 billion to WeWork, the giant operator is now the second biggest startup in the U.S. after Uber.