September 27, 2023

Byju’s Takes Legal Action Against Investment Firm Over $1.2 Billion Loan Repayment Dispute

Byju’s, the prominent Indian edtech company, has filed a case against investment firm Redwood in the New York Supreme Court regarding the repayment of a $1.2 billion loan. Byju’s alleges that Redwood acquired a significant portion of the loan while primarily engaging in distressed debt trading, which contradicts the conditions of the term loan facility.

According to Byju’s, they have also issued a notice to the Redwood entities, disqualifying them as lenders with critical rights under the term loan agreement once it becomes effective. The company stated that these actions were necessitated by a series of predatory tactics employed by the lenders, particularly led by Redwood.

The dispute arose in March when the lenders allegedly unlawfully accelerated the term loan B, citing certain non-monetary and technical defaults. Byju’s further claimed that the lenders resorted to unwarranted enforcement measures, including taking control of its U.S. subsidiary, BYJU’S Alpha, and appointing their own management.

To address the situation, Byju’s has decided to withhold further payments to the term B loan providers, including any interest, until the court resolves the dispute.

This legal action signifies a significant escalation in the disagreement between Byju’s and Redwood over the loan repayment terms. As the case proceeds in the New York Supreme Court, both parties will have the opportunity to present their arguments and seek a resolution.

The outcome of this lawsuit holds implications not only for Byju’s and Redwood but also for the wider financial and investment community. It highlights the importance of adhering to loan agreements and the potential consequences that may arise when lenders deviate from the agreed-upon terms.

Byju’s, known for its innovative approach to education and its strong presence in the Indian edtech sector, will now navigate this legal process in pursuit of a resolution to the loan repayment dispute. The outcome will be closely watched by industry observers and stakeholders alike, as it may have implications for future loan agreements and business dealings in the investment landscape.

Note: This article is based on available information and does not constitute legal advice.