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    • Criminal Complaint filed against Al Fajer Properties Sheikh Maktoum
      Criminal Complaint filed in Germany against Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum CEO of Dubai Developer Al Fajer Properties The Dubai Sheikh who mislead and extort a German Couple  Germany – Dubai 2011 A German elderly couple , today 80 + 50 years old who have been Dubai Tourists since a decade, bought in 2005 an apartment at Nakheel´s Dubai Residen […]
    • UAE: Human Rights Blogger, Sorbonne Lecturer Charged With ‘Humiliating' Officials
      source Human Rights Watch www.hrw.org (Beirut) - The United Arab Emirates attorney general should immediately drop all charges against five pro-democracy activists to halt their trial, Human Rights Watch said today. The charges of "humiliating" top officials relate solely to the defendants' peaceful use of speech to criticize the UAE governmen […]
    • Nakheel Dubai Sunland Case
      June 5, 2011After 21 hearings, Chris O'Donnell, the Australian chief executive of Dubai's major developer, Nakheel, came to the defence of his former colleagues Matthew Joyce and Marcus Lee. Mr Joyce and Mr Lee are accused of profiting from the sale of land that had been earmarked for a colossal high-rise development, which was to include the futur […]
    • Dubai Nakheel CEO decided to leave the company
      Dubai June 7, 2011 Nakheel said on Wednesday that its CEO Chris O'Donnell had left the company "after completing his contract terms". O'Donnell, an Australian who joined the developer in 2006, said he had decided to leave Nakheel following five years spent with the company, the statement added. O'Donnell has overseen a traumatic time […]
    • Owner of Dubai Developer Damac Hussain Sajwani files case against Egypt corruption ruling
      Dubai property developer Damac said on Tuesday it had filed an international arbitration case against Egypt over a land dispute and the conviction of its chairman and owner, Hussain Sajwani.A Cairo court last week sentenced Sajwani in his absence to jail and ordered him to pay a $40.5 million fine in connection with his 2006 purchase of land at Egypt's […]
    • Dubai Palm Jumeriah - Investors plan to take legal action
      Investors in Dubai Palm Jumeirah’s Golden Mile complex will this week serve the developer behind the project with a legal ultimatum to hand over their units or issue them with a refund.Up to ten investors in the luxury complex plan to issue Souq Residences with legal notice in a bid to force a resolution to a dispute that has been ongoing for more than a yea […]
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Dubai Group sued over 10 Billion Debt in London by international Banks

Posted by 7starsdubai on September 15, 2012


Sorting out Dubai Group’s $10bn debts was always going to be tougher than most negotiations over the emirate’s total $110 debt pile.

RBS, Commerzbank, Standard Bank and Commercial International Bank of Egypt calling for immediate repayment of their loans after claiming two years of talks had failed.

 Now RBS, Commerzbank, Standard Bank and Commercial International Bank of Egypt have raised the stakes by launching arbitration proceedings in London, calling for immediate repayment of their loans after claiming two years of talks had failed.

RBS was co-chair of a group of partially-secured banks that made up $4.5bn of the $6bn owed to lenders. The remaining $4bn lies in inter-company loans with Dubai Group’s parent, Dubai Holding, owned by Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Dubai Group raked up billions of dollars of debt to acquire mainly minority stakes in financial companies and real estate across the world, including Bank Islam Malaysia and regional investment banks EFG-Hermes and Shuaa Capital.

The value of those assets, put at around $3bn at the start of the debt talks in 2010, has declined to around $2bn, says one person aware of the matter.

The legal action in London stems from a fundamental disagreement between western banks seeking to exit the non-performing loans as soon as possible and local banks that arguing for longer term restructured loans that would have required lower provisioning.

Assuming the banks win an arbitration award against Dubai Group, they could then seek to attach their claims against Dubai Group assets worldwide.

Under the New York Convention of 1958, signed by the UAE, international arbitration awards should automatically be approved by Dubai courts.

One person aware of the situation says the claims threaten to push the investment company into insolvency, putting Dubai Group directors in legal jeopardy for potentially trading as an insolvent company.

But lawyers also point out that these domestic laws are rarely enforced in the UAE against any company, making implementation against a company owned by Dubai’s ruler even less likely.

read the full article  original source ” Dubai’s creditors: playing chicken” Financial Times Blog

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