26.12.07


Lendemain de Noël.
Merci pour les courriers (à l'adresse du comité) et les post que je reçois suite à la publication des comptes. Je n'avais jamais vraiment pris le temps de me renseigner sur ces centaines de sociétés aux noms bizarres ayant ouvert des comptes à Clearstream. Continuez à gratter et à m'envoyer des informations.
Voici deux nouvelles liste sortie tout droit de la hotte du Père Noël.

2 Comments:

Anonymous aurelien said...

Tiens tiens, le Crédit Lyonnais fait des documentaires animaliers ?

12:58  
Anonymous Anonyme said...

Hi Denis,

Listing line 4241 (90315)

'Coutts made $45m offer to pay off rabbi'

The rabbi, the Queen's bank
and the missing millions


Coutts & Co, personal bankers to the Queen, offered $45 million to
a customer who had threatened to expose an alleged fraud and
money-laundering ring operating within its New York branch, The
Observer can reveal.

The deal, which would have cancelled out an outstanding loan, was
offered to businessman Rachamim Anatian after he claimed to have
uncovered a range of illegal activities at the American branch.
The branch was subsequently shut down with losses of $50 million
and its activities are currently the subject of investigations by
the Federal Reserve Bank and the Manhattan District Attorney's
office. Coutts says the accusations are 'without substance' and
denies any wrongdoing.

In addition to the $45 million, Coutts, through its legal
representatives, also discussed giving Anatian shares valued at up
to $10 million to resolve the dispute which began when the bank
allegedly backed out of an agreement to help Anatian establish a
television shopping network by lending him $100 million.

Anatian demanded that the bank fulfil its commitment or compensate
him and threatened to go public on what he had learnt about the
bank's operations.

He claimed to have been sent to Monaco to attend a seminar
organised by the bank where he was taught systems for concealing
money abroad, evading taxes through fraudulent charitable
contributions, and techniques that could be used for
money-laundering. When Anatian refused to accept the settlement,
Coutts sued him for the outstanding loan.

Even after it began collection proceedings, Coutts remained
willing to write off the loan. In a letter obtained by The
Observer, lawyers acting for the bank write: 'Notwithstanding its
decision to proceed to collect the debt owed to it, Coutts remains
ready and willing to discuss a resolution which would not have an
unduly harsh effect of Mr Anatian and his family.'

Coutts won the case but Anatian is appealing. He is not the only
person involved in legal action with the bank's New York branch.
According to papers in two other cases filed at the US Supreme
Court, between 1995 and 1997, staff at the branch are alleged to
have taken kickbacks, signed up clients who were embroiled in
major criminal trials, hired consultants with reputations for
breaching banking regulations and made multi-million-dollar loans
without adequate security. All the allegations remain unproved and
are denied by Coutts.

The closure of the New York branch was followed by the closure of
branches in Beverly Hills and San Diego. At the time of the
closure, a bank spokesman said: 'In the United States, there were
a small number of significant problems and when we examined the
operation we decided to close it down.'

The investigation by the Federal Reserve Bank is understood to be
focussing on the actions of four senior employees at Coutts New
York, all of whom have subsequently had their contracts with the
bank terminated. A Federal Reserve spokesman confirmed that
generally such files would only be passed on if there was evidence
of criminal activity. No charges have yet be laid.

The four former staff, all of whom dealt with Anatian, claimed
their actions were authorised by Coutts at the very highest
levels. The bank claims they acted alone. One former Coutts
employee, who asked not to be named but knew the four well, told
The Observer: 'There is no doubt in my mind that when I left, they
[the four employees] were taking on some business which was
obviously very, very risky. I told them not to do it, that it
would blow up in their faces, but they did not listen.'

On termination of their employment, the four are understood to
have been given indemnities in which Coutts agrees to cover the
cost of any legal actions against them. The bank has provided them
with funds to meet their 'living costs' for several months.

Among the lawyers who represented Anatian in negotiations is Barry
Slotnick, one of the most famous and respected attorneys in the
United States who has represented the likes of actor Anthony Quinn
and Mafia boss John Gotti.

When details of the proposed settlement with Anatian were put to
Slotnick, he told The Observer : 'I cannot confirm or deny any
details of what was said. All I can confirm is that I had talks
with the lawyers from Coutts about Anatian and that the
discussions were labelled "settlement talks".'

When it was put to the bank that they had offered to pay off the
loan, a Coutts spokesperson told The Observer: 'That did not
happen, we did not make any offer to do that. We deny the
allegation.'

Guardian Unlimited © Guardian Newspapers Limited 1999

18:37  

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