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China debt crunch

Chinese developer Sunac seeks Chapter 15 protection in NY court

Creditors approved $9bn debt restructuring

Sunac is the first major Chinese land developer in default to have reached an agreement with foreign creditors to restructure its debts.   © Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) -- Chinese developer Sunac China Holdings has filed for Chapter 15 protection from creditors in a U.S. bankruptcy court, court documents showed on Tuesday.

The company sought protection under Chapter 15 of the U.S. bankruptcy code, which shields non-U.S. companies that are undergoing restructurings from creditors that hope to sue them or tie up assets in the United States.

Creditors of Sunac China Holdings approved its $9 billion offshore debt restructuring plan on Monday, marking the first approval of such debt overhaul by a major Chinese property developer.

Sunac is among a string of Chinese property developers that have defaulted on their offshore debt payment obligations since the sector was hit by a liquidity crisis in 2021, roiling global markets.

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