LeEco to sell mall on Taobao

Chinese tech firm LeEco has put a Beijing shopping centre up for auction on Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao.

Experiencing financial difficulties, yet determined to uphold its online trading practices, the firm has listed the 50,000sqm Beijing Shimao Gongsan Plaza at a reserve of RMB2.3 billion (US$334 million). The move follows legal action by mortgagor China Citic Bank against LeEco for failing to meet repayment obligations.

The auction opens on Taobao’s distressed asset channel, which saw an 88 per cent rise in listings in October against the backdrop of China’s enormous bad debt market. Under supervision of the courts, the auction will start on January 7 at 10 am and run for 24 hours.

The property was expected to sell last year to leading Chinese developer China Vanke, but was not traded due to unmatched expectations in price.

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