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Jun 18, 2019 03:37 PM
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Chinese Banks Demand $2.1 Billion From Tycoon Anil Ambani's Firm

 Indian industrialist and Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani addresses a press conference in Mumbai, India, on June 2 2017. Photo: IC Photo
 Indian industrialist and Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani addresses a press conference in Mumbai, India, on June 2 2017. Photo: IC Photo

(Bloomberg) — Chinese lenders, including China Development Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Exim Bank of China, have demanded at least $2.1 billion from embattled Indian tycoon Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications Ltd. (RCom), which slid into bankruptcy earlier this year.

State-owned China Development Bank, with loans worth 98.6 billion rupees ($1.4 billion) was the biggest creditor to the indebted telecom company, according to a filing made by the Indian company to stock exchanges. Exim Bank of China sought payment of 33.6 billion rupees, while Industrial and Commercial Bank of China claimed 15.54 billion rupees, according to the filing.

India’s bankruptcy court is hearing lenders, and the former Indian billionaire’s telecom firm, as it attempts to find buyers for the company’s assets and pay debt. Anil Ambani’s older sibling and Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. had earlier offered to purchase RCom’s assets in a 173 billion rupee deal, which would have helped partly pay off lenders. The deal fell through after encountering regulatory hurdles.

Mukesh Ambani had in March helped his younger brother avert the risk of being jailed by making an $80 million payment on his behalf to the local unit of Ericsson AB for past maintenance services.

Rcom on Monday released list of financial creditors that are claiming 573.82 billion rupees under Indian bankruptcy proceedings.

Investment bank VTB Capital of Russia has also featured in the list with a claim of 5.11 billion rupees while Standard Chartered Bank (London), Deutsche Bank (Hong Kong), DBS Bank and Emirates NBD Bank are among the company’s other foreign financial creditors.

Contact editor Yang Ge (geyang@caixin.com)

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