DIFC Courts Appoint Liquidators to Oversee Abraaj Capital

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts have appointed Phil Bowers and David Soden from Deloitte following the Abraaj Capital’s request to wind up Abraaj Capital Limited on August 01.

In addition to DIFC Courts appointing provisional liquidators, Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) – the country’s financial services regulator – has stopped the larger firm Abraaj Capital from transferring any funds to any other entity or starting any new work. The regulator has also been observing the entity’s operations for some time now to investigate the irregularities within the Abraaj Group.

As the financial services of the entity are being closely followed, it is allowed the following financial services currently:

  • advising on credit
  • arranging credit
  • arranging investment deals
  • advising on financial products
  • providing fund administration
  • managing assets

Middle East’s biggest private equity firm is in hot waters following the allegations of an investor misusing their investment in a $1 billion healthcare fund which has led to a liquidity crisis even though the group has denied any wrongdoing. The group is being restructured on the orders of the court.

Its founder, Arif Naqvi, is allegedly involved in bouncing cheques to a creditor.

A Sharjah court is likely to issue a sentence against the founder of Abraaj Capital which might lead to an international arrest order if the issue is not settled. His lawyer Habib Al Mulla is hoping to settle the issue out of court before the arrest takes place.

Once a $14 billion group, it is facing the heat following

The DFSA will continue to take all necessary actions within its remit to protect the interests of investors and the DIFC.

Via The National

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