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Is Martins Kveps again continuing his illegal efforts trying to take over control in AS Ventbunkers?

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There are many rumors in the Ventspils transit business Community that the notorious lawyer Martins Kveps (Mārtiņš Kvēps) may in the next few weeks again try his illegal tactics against AS Ventbunkers.

Martins Kveps (Mārtiņš Kvēps)Local businessmen and the management of AS Ventbunkers share such concerns. «Kveps is the master of falsified shareholders’ meetings. As long as somebody pays him for his illegal activities, he will always try to falsify the results of shareholders meetings as he did in December 2009 with Ventbunkers and again in spring 2010 in Kalija Parks and Ventspils Commercial Port,» says Dr. Rudolf Meroni, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

One year ago, on December 18, 2009, Martins Kveps tried to take over control over the Ventbunkers Supervisory and Management Boards. Kveps was using (together with his accomplices) a falsified list of shareholders and refused the legitimate shareholders representatives access to the Meeting Room in the SAS Radisson Hotel with physical force. Bodyguards with weapons following the orders of Kveps refused access to the shareholders owning more than 70% of the shares. Shockingly the Register of Enterprises registered the results of the falsified meeting, even though the Ventbunkers officials warned the Register well in advance.

Shareholders meeting

In January 2010 the situation changed again after the old legitimate management had called for a new shareholders’ meeting in Switzerland, where Kveps and his accomplices could not so easily falsify the results of the meeting. Since January every month a shareholders’ meeting has taken place and reconfirmed the current legitimate management of Ventbunkers including Janis Haze (Jānis Hāze) ,  Alvis Haze (Alvis Hāze), Michael Dementev (Mihails Dementjevs)  and Franz Harrand. During a substantial part of this year the Ventbunkers business was obstructed by an ongoing fight about the former company headquarter in Sanatorijas iela in Ventspils which was illegally occupied by the Berkis/Kveps management with the help of the scandalous security company TM Security. The battle was finally resolved in favor of the legitimate Ventbunkers Management in October 2010 after the Police ordered TM Security to leave the Ventbunkers territory.

During the last few weeks more and more rumors are heard that Olafs Berkis and people close to him are spreading out that in the very near future the power in Ventbunkers will shift again to their side. Similarly threats and claims from the minority shareholder were heard in the past, but this time these rumors coincide with some ongoing frivolous court cases in the Zemgale District Court in Riga.

One of the two civil law cases in Zemgale District Court is a fictitious dispute invented by M. Kveps, about which companies are the shareholders of Ventbunkers, even though the situation is utterly clear. Two mysterious offshore companies Steropes Limited and Gyges Limited, never mentioned before in connection with Ventbunkers, are trying to “prove” that they own part of the Ventbunkers shares. Astonishingly, the Judge E. Stelte-Auzina ordered some preliminary measures on December 17, 2010, which helped Kveps to falsify the December 18 shareholders’ meeting.

The involvement of this court case is even more scandalous from to the fact that the proceeding was initiated, exclusively based on an alleged false and non-existing residence address of Rudolf Meroni, the Chairman of the Ventbunkers Supervisory Board. The claimants, orchestrated by Kveps, alleged that Meroni is living at a non-existing address in Riga, at Olga Street 8. Based on this false address the geographical jurisdiction of the Zemgale District Court was established. R. Meroni stated to BNN that he never lived in Riga and even less at this non-existing address, but that he is domiciled in Switzerland. «The claimants had to invent a non-existing address to bring this case before the Zemgale District Court. They must have special reasons for bringing the case before judge E. Stelte-Auzina. Interestingly enough, SIA Kement, the company of Olafs Berkis, introduced another frivolous case to the Zemgale District Court for alleged damages against the Ventbunkers management. And believe it or not, the case ended again before the same Judge E.Stelte-Auzina. Too many coincidences …,» says R. Meroni.

The hearing

Today, November 29, 2010 a hearing in this matter takes place in the Zemgale District Court. The claimants Steropes and Gyges requested to withdraw the preliminary measures ordered by the judge in 2009 and want to change their claim: It will be interesting what Kveps invents this time. BNN will follow the story.

In the beginning of the year 2010 another court, the Riga Regional Court, ordered preliminary measures in another civil law suit against Steropes and Gyges (group led by Kveps): the court found that Steropes Limited and Gyges Limited could not allege to be Ventbunkers shareholders and prohibited both companies from participating in Ventbunkers shareholders’ meetings. Also Steropes Limited and Gyges Limited cannot exercise shareholders’ rights. A hearing will take place on December 2, 2010.

Aivars Gobins, the Ventbunkers PR Director points out that «there is only one legitimate Ventbunkers Management Board and it has been successfully running the company for more than a year. This Board consists of the following individuals: Janis Haze , Alvis Haze, Mihhail Dementjev and Franz Harrand. Despite all difficulties and challenges, the Ventbunkers Management is doing an excellent job running the company. For 2010, Ventbunkers will have very good year. One problem still exists however. A client, very possibly under the influence of Berkis,Kveps and his accomplices, still refuses to reviel information about payments made to Ventbunkers for services rendered in excess of 20 million Euros.»

However the Ventbunkers management is confident that they will resolve the problem. Rudolf Meroni expressed some hope that if this attack pn VBU could be overcome, a more peaceful 2011 would be ahead.

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  1. Urmas says:

    Thanks for an interesting story. Makes one think what is actually going on there. Some illegal activities again…

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