The billionaire co-founder of struggling Chinese language expertise big LeEco has had private property frozen by a Shanghai court docket, state media studies.
Belongings value a mixed 1.24bn yuan ($183m; £141m) belonging to Jia Yueting, his spouse, and three associates have reportedly been blocked.
The ruling follows LeEco’s failure to pay curiosity due on financial institution loans taken out to fund its smartphone enterprise.
Neither Mr Jia nor the corporate has commented on the studies.
LeEco was for some time often known as the Netflix of China, an organization that streamed content material and ultimately began making its personal authentic materials.
But it surely then drew comparability with the likes of Apple and Tesla when it started branching out into , together with a sensible TV, telephones and electrical vehicles.
LeEco began promoting gadgets within the US on the tail finish of final yr, however is now dealing with a money crunch and has been compelled to slash prices, together with making job cuts.
Mr Jia, who resigned as chief govt in Could however retains his place as chairman, just lately admitted to shareholders that its monetary issues had been “extra extreme than we anticipated”.
In April, a $2bn deal to purchase shopper electronics-maker Vizio was known as off due to “regulatory headwinds”.
In the meantime LeEco’s smartphone unit, Coolpad, has additional delayed its 2016 monetary outcomes due to audit points. The corporate’s unaudited outcomes from Could counsel it misplaced $542m final yr.
Coolpad shares listed in Hong Kong have been suspended from commerce for 3 months.
The information of the court docket freeze on a few of LeEco’s property was welcomed by Philip G Chiu, CEO of US-based advertising and marketing agency Past Media World.
He took LeEco enterprise LeTV to court docket over money owed of $1m however claims that it nonetheless owes his agency round $100,000.
“LeTV has nonetheless not paid all their debt to our firm,” he advised the BBC.