Receivers move on China's Evergrande

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Lenders of struggling Chinese developer Evergrande Group have appointed a receiver to seize its Hong Kong headquarters as the world's most indebted developer struggles to emerge from its crisis.

Saddled with more than $US300 billion ($A445 billion) in liabilities, Evergrande has been trying to sell its 26-storey China Evergrande Centre in Hong Kong's Wan Chai district after a potential $US1.7 billion ($A2.5 billion) deal collapsed late last year, as part of the asset disposal effort to raise funds.

The Hong Kong tower has been pledged for a loan by lenders led by China Citic Bank International, the Hong Kong subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned bank China Citic Bank Corp Ltd.

Evergrande declined to comment. Citic Bank did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment. The news was first reported on Thursday by the Financial Times.

Reuters reported in July, citing sources, that Evergrande was looking to sell its Hong Kong headquarters via a tendering process and the sale proceeds would be used to repay offshore creditors as part of the debt restructuring plan.

However, one person familiar with the situation said on Thursday that during the July sale, around three bidders had offered lower than $US1.27 billion ($A1.88 billion) and the bid was too low for Evergrande to accept.

Evergrande missed a self-imposed deadline to provide a detailed restructuring proposal by the end of July.

It said in an update in July that the due diligence process was continuing and it expected the work to be completed in the near future, with an aim to announce a specific plan in 2022.