The Virwanis of the Embassy group are considering the buyback of a 27% stake in WeWork India, which is currently owned by the struggling WeWork Global.
Speculation of the large buy back, initially published by Business Standard, arrives in the wake of WeWork Inc’s application for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in New Jersey.
Unnamed sourced told Business Standard that the Virwanis, who currently hold a 73% stake in WeWork India and operate the business independently in Bangalore, are looking to consolidate their ownership. The move would have major implications, both for the more successful Indian operation for the struggling U.S.-based WeWork. For the more independently based WeWork India, it would mean 100% ownership for a firm eyeing expansion in the months and years to come. For the U.S.-based WeWork, WeWork India is one of the more successful investments it has made in international markets prior to bankruptcy.
WeWork’s brand has helped bring coworking spaces to greater popularity. The company has helped redefine traditional office environments by offering flexible, community-driven workspaces that cater to freelancers, startups, and even large corporations.
The rumored buyback by the Virwanis signifies a strategic move to strengthen local control over WeWork India, possibly allowing for more tailored approaches to the Indian market. This could lead to more customized solutions for the diverse and rapidly growing Indian workforce — which is increasingly embracing flexible work arrangements and innovative work environments.
As companies like WeWork navigate financial and operational challenges, they also pave the way for new models of working that could define the future of the global economy.