Suitors opting out of race for Lavasa over fall in realty prices

Top suitors of Lavasa Corporation, including Haldiram Snacks Pvt Ltd and Oberoi Realty, have quit the race to acquire the debt-laden company, citing falling real estate prices due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A subsidiary of construction major HCC, Lavasa had defaulted on bank loans worth Rs 7,700 crore, prompting its lenders to send it to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in 2018 for debt resolution under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).

Axis Bank has made the highest claim of Rs 1,266 crore against the company. According to a banking source, demand for real estate …