PRESS: Barclays In USD130 Million Claim Against NMC, Finablr Founder

(Alliance News) - Barclays PLC has launched a USD130 million legal claim against the founder of ...

Alliance News 2 January, 2021 | 12:22PM
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(Alliance News) - Barclays PLC has launched a USD130 million legal claim against the founder of NMC Health PLC and Finablr PLC, the private hospital chain and payments provider caught up in financial scandals over the past year, the Times reported Saturday.

The claim, filed in October at the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts, is over a personal guarantee that Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty is alleged to have given on debts at part of Finablr, the newspaper said.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/barclays-in-legal-battle-over-shetty-guarantee-pjhhbjkcf

Unlike NMC Health, Finbablr remains listed in London, though its shares are suspended from trading.

Bhairav Trivedi resigned as chief executive officer of Finablr, effective from Friday, having served only since March.

Human Resources & Restructuring Implementation Director Robert Miller was appointed as CEO and board member, also from January 1. Miller joined Finablr in October 2019 from accountants Deloitte LLP, where he had been a partner in the London office.

Finablr said its acquisition by Global Fintech Investments Holding AG, an affiliate of Prism Group AG, is progressing in line with its announcement of the deal earlier in December. GFIH is buying Finablr Ltd, the remaining part of the Finablr group, for a nominal USD1, but also will provide working capital support to enable Finablr to continue to operate and pay employees and creditors.

Finablr shares were suspended from trading in March after a series of bombshells. A major cyber attack on the company at the start of 2020 was followed by travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning a slump in demand for currency exchange.

In August, Shetty resigned as Finablr's co-chair. Shetty until mid-February also chaired UAE-focused hospital operator NMC Health.

In April, Shetty said "serious fraud and wrongdoing" had taken place at Finablr and NMC, but he said he had "no knowledge" of transactions made under his name. Shetty said bank accounts were fraudulently created under his name, something he said he had no knowledge of nor had he consented to.

By Tom Waite; thomaslwaite@alliancenews.com

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