Sign in confidence in the business partner to spend his money on bribes, then bring the company into bankruptcy and to cheaply buy out someone else's share, bribe control - scheme worked and does not fail. In its operations, the shareholders of "Vympelcom" and "Alfa Group" do not much difference between Europe and Asia. But bribed EU citizens do not know - in the case of force majeure corporate culture dictates bribers wash our hands and allow the unfortunate to get out themselves.
Recently, the Spanish police arrested a well-known Dutch lawyer Peter Nicholas Vacca (Peter Nicolaas Wakkie), control bankrotyaschegosya Madrid Zed +. It stated that Vacca obstruct the investigation of the multi-million dollar bribes Russian Zed units. This was reported by the online edition of the Spanish El Confidencial, a source confirmed to Reuters the arrest of the local police.
Zed - one of the world leaders in mobile content sales. The company is owned by Spanish businessmen, including the founder of Zed Javier Perez Dolsetu (Javier Perez Dolset), bank Santander are, Planeta media group, as well as the Russian telecom operator "VimpelCom". The main beneficiary of the "VimpelCom" (via the "Alfa Group") - a citizen of Russia, Israel and France, Mikhail Fridman, two in the national list of Forbes room with a fortune of $ 13.3 billion Another beneficiary is considered to be his partner Pyotr Aven.. The last couple of years, after the sale of "Alpha" its stake in TNK-BP "Rosneft" for $ 13.9 billion, Friedman developed with partners LetterOne Holding (based in Luxembourg).
Peter Vacca was arrested at the airport in Madrid, where he was going to Amsterdam. Brief biography of 68-year-old lawyer-manager with a list of posts takes a whole page to the Dutch media arrest was unexpected news. His last employer was a major Dutch bank ABN Amro, where he was a member of the Supervisory Board and was mainly for salaries and bonuses. Often consults football club "Ajax".
Vacca leads the main holding structure of the group Zed - Dutch Zed +, it was formed a few years ago through the merger of the Spanish Zed Worldwide and Russian Temafon - had plans to bring Zed + on the stock exchange in an IPO at € 1,5 billion Long before that, "VimpelCom" has entered into the capital. mobile content provider "Subject", and Zed bought "Threads" a controlling stake in 2009. By this time, Friedman and his partner Pyotr Aven got acquainted with the founder of Zed Javier Dolsetom. By 2014, Friedman structures was 31% Zed. Friendship did not last long.
Dolset in 2013 found that funds from Zed suddenly began to leak through Temafon Vstrecha business in the company and out of it were sent to FunBox company - has flowed around $ 30 million was subsequently discovered that the money was used to bribe officials..
Guide Zed + just could not believe in such a brazen scheme Friedman and even asked for more expert advice from consulting firm Pricewaterhouse. Auditors came to the natural conclusion that "the Spanish firm's resources and its Russian division were used to create profits for third parties."
Dolset refused to sign the annual report of the company and went to the police. However, at the same time the company was unable to repay the loan of € 140 million and went to bankruptcy. Commercial court of Amsterdam in 2014, he was appointed manager of Zed + Vacca and Dolset was removed from the company's management. It is reported that in general corporate conflict provoked by the Russian side to LetterOne was able to buy it at bargain prices.
El Confidential calls Vacca right hand Mikhail Fridman. According to the newspaper, Vacca associated with Highland Marine Stichting Foundation. Through this company LetterOne Mikhail Fridman, Pyotr Aven and German Khan owned and sold assets in the North Sea. In addition, how to write the Dutch edition of NRC, appointed Zed + auditor Frank Shreve (Frank Shreve) and Spanish shareholders stated that acts in the interests Vacca LetterOne - and wants the company purchased this structure Friedman, Avena and Khan. That is why, in their view, in 2015, Vacca refused Zed takeover offer from China Dawn Galaxy.
Spanish shareholders are interested in the law enforcement agencies of the European Union and the United States. The investigation also involved the Securities and Exchange Commission, the US prosecutor's office, the FBI and even CIA.
Russian business Zed are mainly CJSC "Temafon" CJSC and "Subjects" (owns zedplus.ru domain). Total revenues of the Company for 2015 - 1.7 billion rubles, net profit - 517.6 million rubles. Business Zed Russia at the moment is trivial: the company organizes a variety of entertainment services for controlled Fridman and Aven operator "Beeline", among other things, is "Melody instead of beeps." In different periods of all these firms charge businessman Vladimir Turovetsky. He was the CEO of LLC "Meeting" - the firm is now in the process of liquidation.
"Please help us I'm nine years to build this business." - Trembling voice asked in English Turovetsky Amsterdam commercial court in 2015, wrote ratings for NRC.
Spanish police, together with colleagues from the USA and the Netherlands believes that the "meeting" is not the only company, which was used by the attackers. It is indicated that bribery can participate in at least four other firms: Vstrecha 2, BMK, A1 Systems and Expert Promotion. The fraudulent schemes allegedly involved itself "VimpelCom", Bambalia and Gervaser. The beneficiary of the last two companies, as pointed out by El Confidencial, is Vahe Engibaryan, a close friend Mikhail Fridman. It is known, for example, that a few years ago, together they made a three-day pilgrimage on foot from the deserts of Arabia to Jerusalem.
Friedman often remember the phrase, uttered in 2003, in an interview with Financial Times: "Business Rules [in Russia] is quite different from Western standards is difficult to say that one can be completely clear and transparent.". With this reality had to be reconciled, and the former head of "VimpelCom" Michael Slobodina. Its in 2016 declared wanted for taking bribes while serving as the director of "IES-Holding" (now "T plus" "Renova" Viktor Vekselberg), two of his former colleagues were arrested. So far, the investigation is focused on the Russian subsidiary of Zed, but in the future it is possible to attract to the case and "VimpelCom".
The official representative of Mr. Friedman declined to comment.
- For the first time I hear the name Peter Vacca - Life he said.
But on the Commission on the Securities and Exchange Commission Mikhail Fridman, Pyotr Aven and German Khan clearly hear the first time. "VimpelCom" large-scale corruption of the transaction As previously reported the agency "Ruspres' investigation of the Commission revealed. Holding gave the daughter of the late President Gulnara Karimova a bribe for the allocation of subsidiary cellular frequencies. Then the "VimpelCom" had to pay US authorities a few hundred million dollars in fines.