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Ventbunkers: Martins Kveps orchestrates another falsified Shareholders Meeting on January 19/20, 2012

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Press release was prepared by  Ventbunkers/LNT Media Service

Ventbunkers’ Minority shareholders lead by Olafs Berkis and Martins Kveps try again to confuse the Register of Enterprises with another falsified Shareholders’ Meeting and systematically distribute false information to the public.

The Master of falsified shareholders’ meetings, Martins Kveps, has again taken the lead and, under the direction and instruction of Olafs Berkis, executed and filed falsified Shareholders’ meetings of JSC Latvijas Naftas Tranzits (“LNT”) and JSC Ventbunkers (“VBU”) on January 19/20, 2012. For more than a month now, Olafs Berkis and his accomplices have been using desperate methods that include confusing the public by distributing false information in the mass media and submitting false documents to the Register of Enterprises (RE). By submitting falsified documents the team of raiders is attempting to obtain control over VBU and its subsidiaries including LNT.

We do not have the connections or doubtful influence that Kveps and Co have at Register of Enterprises or in the Ministry of Justice. But we have the truth on our side. We have been asking for the involvement of the Authorities since December 2009. This problem with falsified shareholders’ meetings and illegal registration of changes is totally out of control. The intervention by the Ministry of Justice is long overdue. We are pleased to see that they have taken up our case and are now actively becoming involved. We only hope that this is not a scheme designed by those under Kveps influence and that proper changes will be made for the good of the people and for honest businessmen in Latvia and abroad,” stated Rudolf Meroni, Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of LNT and VBU.

At the same time as the real, legitimate shareholders meeting in Ventspils last week, the minority shareholders led by Berkis held an illegal gathering by the entrance to JSC Kalija Parks (KP) on which territory the legitimate shareholders meetings were being held. Kveps later claimed that he and other shareholders were not permitted entrance, which was not true.

This is an absurd allegation. No person with a valid power of attorney of a real shareholder was refused entrance. Berkis as well as Kveps showed up with their accomplices of TM security and refused to present any document that would prove that they are representing a shareholder. Berkis was even informed that he could attend as a representative of Kement Ltd, one of the shareholders. But obviously his plan was different. His plan was to claim that he had been denied entry and then to hold a gathering in a different location, and then to submit this false document to the RE for registration. So he did. Another falsified shareholders’ meeting has been submitted for registration today.”

Certain minority shareholders, accompanying Berkis, showed proper documents, registered for admittance to the location and were issued entry permit passes. However, they just dropped the documents and left seemingly to participate in the false meeting held by Kveps and Co. This included Gatis Klimass representing Optima Management and Escalada Holding (two companies related to Lembergs) and Hardija Vaivade representing Global Oil Services Limited (related to Mamerts Vaivads and Uldis Pumpurs).

Kveps, however, failed to provide any proper documents and was denied entrance to the Port territory.

Since Kveps and his accomplices cannot win with legal methods, they are desperately attempting to get support of certain government officials by using methods of doubtful legality. Kveps alleges that the companies Steropes Limited (owned by Igors Skoks) and GygesLimited (owned by Genadijs Sevcovs) are VBU shareholders. These companies have nothing to do with VBU and never have been shareholders. On the other hand, Kveps refuses to recognize Yelverton Investment B.V., which became the owner of 29% of VBU shares by a share transfer from its sister company in January 2007. As Rudolf Meroni stated: “Yelverton Investment became a shareholder of 29% by a legal written contract. VBU shares have been transferred to them by a written request of the former owner. They own the legally valid VBU share certificates. They are registered in the VBU shareholders’ register and have participated in all the VBU shareholders’ meetings until November 2009 and thereafter. All this is proven with documents. But what have Steropes and Gyges? They have nothing, absolutely nothing. Not one single document transferring the shares to them. Only the lies and falsifications of Kveps. They are not VBU shareholders. Nevertheless, Steropes and Gyges participate in all the false Kveps’ meetings alleging to be shareholders. But they are not VBU shareholders, even if they participate in a hundred false meetings, which were not convoked.”

Only with their illegal methods can Kveps and Berkis be successful. VBU’s majority shareholders, representing over 70% of the shares, once again ask the authorities to get involved and put an end to this ongoing charade of criminals posing as shareholders and trying to gain illegal control of companies by using criminal methods. VBU is wondering why criminal investigation authorities remain inactive. All the elements of this fraud are on the table. The motives of Berkis, Kveps, and Stepanovs are more than evident. They want to get control of the money in VBU and LNT. As it is widely rumored in Latvia, they are in a financially desperate situation. For this reason, more and more alleged shareholders meetings have to be falsified by Kveps.

Contact: Aivars Gobins

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