VNET Group, Inc., a leading carrier- and cloud-neutral Internet data center services provider in China, announced that the special committee of the Company’s Board of Directors has retained Kroll Securities, LLC and Kroll, LLC (operating through its Duff & Phelps Opinions Practice) as its independent financial advisor, and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as its independent legal counsel. The Special Committee was formed to evaluate and consider the previously announced preliminary non-binding acquisition proposal letter dated September 13, 2022 from Mr. Josh Sheng Chen, founder of the Company and the executive chairman of the Board, to acquire all of the outstanding ordinary shares of the Company as well as other potential strategic alternatives that the Company may pursue.
The Board cautions the Company’s shareholders and others considering trading the Company’s securities that no decisions have been made with respect to the Proposal or any alternative strategic option that the Company may pursue. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made, that any agreement will be executed or that the Proposal or any other transaction will be approved or consummated. The Company does not undertake any obligation to provide any updates with respect to the Proposal or any other transaction, except as required under applicable law.